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Immigrant Protest

Explores how political activism, art, and popular culture challenge the discrimination and injustice faced by “illegal” and displaced peoples.

The Aesthetics of the Ephemeral

Analyzes theatrical texts and performances while providing political and historical mappings.

Lens, Laboratory, Landscape

An interdisciplinary study of the rise of empirical observation in the Spanish arts and sciences as the principle vehicle for acquiring knowledge about the natural world.

The Sage Returns

An interdisciplinary exploration of the contemporary Confucian revival.

The Demise of the Inhuman

Employs a critical Afrocentric reading of Western constructions of knowledge so as to overcome the dehumanizing tendencies of modernity.

Desiring Emancipation

Uses historical case studies to illuminate women’s claims to emancipation and to sexual subjectivity during the tumultuous Wilhelmine and Weimar periods in Germany.

Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusive Excellence

An interdisciplinary anthology exploring issues related to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Happiness as Enterprise

Examines the contemporary discourse on happiness through the lens of governmentality theory.

Social Theory and Regional Studies in the Global Age

A pioneering approach to social theory that rectifies overreliance on Western historical experience of development and modernization.

B Is for Bad Cinema

Considers films that lurk on the boundaries of acceptability in taste, style, and politics.

Uncoupling American Empire

A cultural studies consideration of marriage and those considered “deviant” in the nineteenth-century American imagination.

American Dolorologies

Offers a critical history of the role of pain, suffering, and compassion in democratic culture.

Beyond Explicit

Develops a novel characterization of the pornographic as a cultural concept.

A Pedagogy of Witnessing

Explores the curating of “difficult knowledge” through the exhibition of lynching photographs in contemporary museums.

How to Escape

Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.

Circle of Vines

Traces the history of the New York wine industry as it evolved across the state.

The Transatlantic Gaze

Tracks the influence of Italian cinema on American film from the postwar period to the present.

Fifties Ethnicities

Demonstrates how written and visual representations worked to construct definitions of ethnicity in midcentury America.

Indigenous Bodies

An interdisciplinary exploration of indigenous bodies.

Mutual Othering

Explores interactions between Europeans and Moroccans on both sides of the straits in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Virtual Intimacies

Uses ethnography and cultural analysis to track scenes of intimate connection and disconnection among gay men across an array of media sites.

Postmodernism, Traditional Cultural Forms, and African American Narratives

Examines how six writers reconfigure African American subjectivity in ways that recall postmodernist theory.

Good White People

Argues for the necessity of a new ethos for middle-class white anti-racism.

Slouching towards Gaytheism

Argues that homophobia will not be eradicated in the United States until religion is ended.

Bitter Greens

Food-based reflections on Italian food, American culture, and globalization.

The Better Story

Illuminates the emotional significance of stories in response to racial traumas related to the Middle East.

Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood

Provides a model for queering motherhood that resists racist, neoliberal, and hetero- or homonormative ideals of “good” mothering.

Lost in Transition

Looks at the fate of Hong Kong’s unique culture since its reversion to China.

Zines in Third Space

Develops third-space theory by engaging with zines produced by feminists and queers of color.

The Sense of Space

A phenomenological account of spatial perception in relation to the lived body.

Conversations with Remarkable Native Americans

Entertaining and enlightening interviews with some of today’s most important Native Americans.

The Structures of Love

Reframes the terms of cultural analysis with a fresh take on transference theory in Freud and Lacan and a critical engagement with the philosophy of Alain Badiou.

Shinohara Pops!

Surveys the fifty-year career of the avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara.

Fashion Talks

Essays on the politics of everyday style.

Nagai Kafu's Occidentalism

Describes how writer Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) used his experience of the West to reconcile modernization and Japanese identity.

Hitchcock at the Source

Considers the ways in which Alfred Hitchcock adapted and transformed a variety of literary works—novels, plays, and short stories—into film.

Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions

Innovative analysis of the relationship of gender to East Asian economic development.

Precarious Liberation

Examines the relationship of precarious employment to state policies on citizenship and social inclusion in the context of postapartheid South Africa.

Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination

An authoritative and comprehensive guide to cinema’s first true blockbuster.

Reading Human Nature

Showcases the latest developments in literary Darwinism, a powerful approach that integrates evolutionary social science with literary humanism.

Proving Up

Uses the interdisciplinary approach of evolutionary economics to explore the history of land domestication in the United States.

PhanFood

A cookbook for—and by—fans of the rock band Phish.

Displaced at Home

Edited by Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh & Isis Nusair
Foreword by Lila Abu-Lughod
Subjects: Area Studies

Groundbreaking essays by Palestinian women scholars on the lives of Palestinians within the state of Israel.

Cooking with Chef Silvio

A guided tour of the cuisine, culture, and rich culinary history of the Campania region of Italy.

Roman Candle

A multilayered portrait of this brash, gifted artist, whose restless voice and spirit seem as alive today as ever.

Terror and Irish Modernism

Presents a new genealogy and synoptic overview of modern Irish fiction.

The Making of a Family Saga

By Jin Feng
Subjects: Education

Looks at China’s Ginling College, the women’s missionary institution of higher learning that developed a discourse of family, recasting the Chinese Confucian family ideal as a female and Christian one.

Toward Filipino Self-Determination

Examines the project of Filipino self-determination in the context of capitalist globalization.

Destination Dictatorship

Examines the relationship of Spain’s 1960s tourist boom to Franco’s right-wing dictatorship.

Policing Narratives and the State of Terror

Examines the recent “War on Terror” and the increasing privatization of international policing through the lens of detective fiction and security and espionage narratives.

Teaching the Silk Road

Advocating a global as opposed to a Eurocentric perspective in the college classroom, discusses why and how to teach about China's Silk Road.

In the Hamptons Too

Tales of the sometimes rich, sometimes famous, but always quirky residents of one of America’s best-known summer colonies, as told by the editor and publisher of Dan’s Papers, the area’s free weekly newspaper.

Native Authenticity

A survey of current critical perspectives on how North American indigenous peoples are viewed and represented transnationally.

Second Takes

The first collection of essays devoted to the phenomenon of the film sequel.

Unresolved Identities

Explores the ways that immigrant youth identities are shaped by dominant discourses.

Ideologies of Forgetting

First book to study rape and sexual abuse of Vietnamese women by U. S. soldiers during the Vietnam War.

Measured Meals

Provides an alternative history of nutrition in the U.S. that focuses on the power of scientific language.

Victorian Fetishism

Examines the importance of fetishism in nineteenth-century cultural theory.

Aging by the Book

Uncovers the origins of midlife anxiety in Victorian print culture.

Belonging Too Well

Shows how Ozick’s characters attempt to mediate a complex Jewish identity, one that bridges the differences between traditional Judaism and secular American culture.

Paradigm City

Materially grounded analysis of contemporary film, literature, and music in Hong Kong that resists the superficial stereotypes of the “global city. ”

My Life at the Gym

Edited by Jo Malin
Subjects: Gender And Sexuality

Personal accounts celebrating the place of exercise in women’s lives—and as the site of women’s community.

Constructing the Nation

Philosophers and social theorists of color examine how racism can creep into defensive forms of nationalism.

The Trauma Controversy

Provides multiple and accessible perspectives on trauma both as a condition and as a cultural phenomenon.

Vampire God

By Mary Y. Hallab
Subjects: Literature

Examines the enormous popular appeal of vampires from early Greek and Slavic folklore to present-day popular culture.

Perpetual Adolescence

Explores the arrested development of American culture.

Summer Pleasures, Winter Pleasures

A light-hearted cookbook that reflects the historical and culinary heritage of the Hudson Valley.

Queer Externalities

Provocative take on the negative effects of increasing queer visibility and assimilation on the lives of queer people and politics in the U. S.

Wine - A Gentleman's Game

How one man and his family made their dream of owning a winery come true--and helped revitalize New York's winemaking industry in the process.

Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End

A comprehensive cultural and historical portrait of Italian American identities in Boston’s North End.

Going Blind

Memoir and meditation on blindness.

Disciplining the Holocaust

Explores the relationship between disciplinarity and contemporary ethics of scholarship about the Holocaust.

Anxious Anatomy

Examines the body in literature and science in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe.

Otherwise Occupied

Questions whether current theories and pedagogies of alterity have allowed us truly to engage the Other.

The Erotics of Corruption

A provocative retelling of the story of political corruption in the modern period.

Intertwinings

Edited by Gail Weiss
Subjects: Philosophy

Connects Merleau-Ponty’s thought to themes and issues central to continental philosophy today.

Unspeakable Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Culture

Explores the radical political potential of close reading to make the case for a new and invigorated psychoanalytic cultural studies.

Burning Darkness

Encourages a deep reading of a selection of essential Spanish films.

The Politics of Identity

Makes the surprising claim that identity politics can facilitate rather than undermine worker solidarity.

Herman Melville and the American Calling

Argues that Herman Melville’s later work anticipates the resurgence of an American exceptionalist ethos underpinning the U. S.-led global “war on terror. ”

Race after Sartre

Examines Jean-Paul Sartre’s antiracist politics and his contributions to critical race theories, postcolonialism, and Africana existentialism.

Hetero

Uncovers the queer nature of heterosexuality on film.

The Body in Medical Culture

Edited by Elizabeth Klaver
Subjects: Cultural Studies

Engages critically with historical and contemporary representations of the medicalized human body.

When Play Was Play

A celebration of childhood pick-up games.

Where We Find Ourselves

Explores the universal longing for home, illuminated through the essays, poetry, and fiction of forty Jewish women writers from around the world.

The Order of Joy

Provocative exploration of a new concept of “joy” within psychoanalytic and cultural studies.

Locating Race

Pinpoints the limits of many current globalization theories in challenging racial oppression, and argues instead for local and situated strategies for resisting racism and imperialism.

White Horizon

From explorers’ accounts to boys’ adventure fiction, how Arctic exploration served as a metaphor for nation-building and empire in nineteenth-century Britain.

Cary Nelson and the Struggle for the University

Scholars engage the ideas and legacy of Cary Nelson in conversations about the corporate university, teaching, poetry, and activism.

The Oprah Affect

Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.

The Browning of America and the Evasion of Social Justice

Considers the effects of the browning of America on philosophical debates over race, racism, and social justice.

Taking South Park Seriously

Collection of scholarly essays on the wildly popular Comedy Central show.

Olympic Industry Resistance

A critical look at the Olympics in the postbribery, post-9/11 era, particularly at consequences for host cities and so-called “Olympic education” for schoolchildren.

The Comedy of Philosophy

Melds philosophical analysis with early cinematic history to develop a fresh theory of the notion of comedy.

Religion without Belief

Shows there is a strong religious impulse in postmodern literature and film.

The Anorexic Self

Critically examines diagnostic and popular discourses on eating disorders.

Queer Youth Cultures

Essays explore the contemporary contexts, activism, and cultural productions of queer youth and their communities.

Give and Go

A pickup basketball player looks at the pickup game as a distinctive culture using both personal experience and cultural studies theory.