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Critical Studies on Heidegger

Original reading of Heidegger suggesting what his project could mean for building an ethical way of life now and in the future.

Tommy, Trauma, and Postwar Youth Culture

The cultural history of one of rock’s greatest masterpieces told through the eyes of its creator

Ana M. López

Brings together Ana M. López's field-defining essays on Latin American film and media in one indispensable volume.

Dialogue on the Threshold

A reconstruction and critical interpretation of Heidegger's remarkable relationship to the poet Georg Trakl.

Personation Plots

Examines the fascination with identity fraud in sensation fiction and Victorian culture more broadly.

Relocating the Sacred

Maps manifestations of the sacred and religious syncretism in Afro-Brazilian cultural forms.

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies

This textbook offers accessible, academically sound information on a wide range of LGBTQ+ topics. The 12 chapters cover LGBTQ+ history, culture, and Queer Theory, but also explore LGBTQ+ relationships, families, parenting, health, and education - as well as a separate chapter on how to conduct research on LGBTQ+ topics.

Woman-Centered Brazilian Cinema

Illuminates the complex factors that have helped or hindered creative work by and about women in the twenty-first-century Brazilian film industry.

In the Brightness of Place

Drawing on a range of sources in philosophy and literature, but with particular reference to the work of Heidegger, makes a compelling case for the importance of place in philosophical discourse.

Normality, Abnormality, and Pathology in Merleau-Ponty

Drawing on Merleau-Ponty offers new insights into our understandings of health and illness, ability and disability, and the scientific and cultural practices that both enable and limit our capacity for diverse experiences.

Addiction Recovery and Resilience

Analyzes the tensions and triumphs of a unique, faith-based, addiction recovery organization in a high poverty neighborhood.

Truth and Politics

Endorses the pursuit of paradigm shifts in our understandings of faith, truth, and nature to remedy the "underside" of modernity and thus to inaugurate a post-modern (but not anti-modern) and post-secular (but not anti-secular) view of the world.

The Threefold Struggle

Drawing on the thought of novelist and cultural critic Daniel Quinn, argues it is not too late to free ourselves from a culture in which we are compelled to destroy the world, one another, and even ourselves.

The Tyranny of Common Sense

Elucidates how neoliberalism rules all areas of life and operates as a form of common sense, taking Mexico as a case study.

Democracy at the Ballpark

Examines how the national pastime of baseball has the capacity to shape politics and American democracy.

Playing Games in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

Illuminates the ways games—from baseball cards to board games, charades to boxing, and croquet to strategies of war—were integral to nineteenth-century life and culture in the United States and Britain.

The Cultural Power of Personal Objects

Edited by Jared Kemling
Subjects: Philosophy

Historical and theoretical discussions that describe and reflect on personal objects from a variety of perspectives.

The Future of Lenin

Essays that argue in favor of Lenin's continuing relevance for twenty-first century politics and thought.

Drops of Inclusivity

A critical view of race relations on the island of Puerto Rico from 1898 to 1965.

No Jurisdiction

A deeply personal study of post-9/11 film that exposes how genre can frame the shifting meanings of the War on Terror and its impact on American law and culture.

Whiteness at the End of the World

Examines the ways in which post-apocalyptic films express white racial anxiety.

Dimensions of Aesthetic Encounters

A novel fusing of multiple approaches and range of examples exploring the dimensions, objects, and import of aesthetic encounters.

Post-Chineseness

Analyzes international and cultural relationships informed by "China," a category that is becoming ever more indispensable and yet unstable in everyday narratives.

Ida Rubinstein

The critical biography of a dynamic and under-represented figure who produced and starred in some of the most innovative works of her day.

Accumulation and Subjectivity

Reconsiders key concepts in Marxist thought by examining the relationship between accumulation and subjectivity in Latin American narrative, film, and social and political theory.

Barcelona, City of Comics

Explores the close relationship between comics and urbanism in one of Europe's most notable global cities.

Premises and Problems

Discusses world literature and cinema from the perspective of literary languages and film traditions that do not hold a hegemonic position.

Sappho's Legacy

Examines women’s food cooperatives and local dining venues on the Greek island of Lesvos and how tourism, gender, and sexualities inform the creation of these alternative economies.

Contemporary Italian Women Philosophers

A unique portrayal of the theoretical positions of eleven Italian women thinkers who share the practice of philosophy and extend philosophical work and interests beyond the realm of the discipline strictly defined.

The Seasons

Edited by Luke Fischer & David Macauley
Subjects: Philosophy

Pioneering essays that demonstrate the significance of the seasons for philosophy, environmental thought, anthropology, cultural studies, aesthetics, poetics, and literary criticism.

Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema

Sheds light on emergent Latin America cinema that addresses the politics of environmental destruction, the unevenness of climate change consequences, and new ways of visualizing the world beyond the human.

Avant-Gardes in Crisis

Charts underexamined genealogies of minoritarian aesthetic responses to the multiple crises of the long 1970s.

The Left Hand of Capital

Original and comprehensive examination of Chilean political and economic development since the end of the Pinochet military regime in 1990.

The Students We Share

Edited by Patricia Gándara & Bryant Jensen
Subjects: Education

Examines policies, norms, and classroom practices of the US and Mexican education systems, with the aim of preparing educators to understand and help transnational children and youth.

Perpetual Movement

Offers both a production history and a close analysis, with a chapter for each of the film's eleven shots.

Continental Theory Buffalo

Revisits, reassesses, and reclaims the legacy of May '68 in light of our present cultural and historical emergency.

Mexico Unmanned

Demonstrates how transhistorical myths of masculinity are both perpetuated and challenged in recent Mexican cinema.

Meander

Draws on the author's own experiences as a watershed planner, teacher, and activist to tell the story of the Great Lakes region's experiment in restoring a complicated natural system of flowing water.

Capitán Latinoamérica

Analyzes contemporary superhero-themed cinema, television, and web series in Latin America.

Open Borders

Offers a dialogue about the future of the nature of the human, technology, metaphysical foundations, globalization, and social and political oppression.

Against the Despotism of Fact

First comprehensive account of the figure of the Irish Celt in modern British and Irish literature.

Changed Forever, Volume II

The second volume of the first in-depth study of a range of literature written by Native Americans who attended government-run boarding schools.

From World Religions to Axial Civilizations and Beyond

Essays in the field of comparative world religions and corresponding axial civilizations.

Identities in Flux

Reevaluates the significance of iconic Afro-Brazilian figures, from slavery to post-abolition.

Mind Reeling

Across a variety of genres, shows how mental disorders are depicted in cinema.

The Ideology of Civic Engagement

Examines the organization, regulation, and enactment of civic engagement within AmeriCorps, an American volunteer service program.

Garbage in Popular Culture

Explores the cultural politics of garbage in contemporary global society.

Screen Love

Engaging analysis of men-seeking-men media as paradoxical sites of both self-marketing and radical queer sociality.

Higher Education for Democracy

Uses a cross-national comparison of Los Angeles, New Delhi, and Hong Kong to develop strategies universities should employ to strengthen democracy and resist fascism.

Édouard Glissant, Philosopher

By Alexandre Leupin
Translated by Andrew Brown
Subjects: Philosophy

Translation of Alexandre Leupin’s award-winning study of Édouard Glissant’s entire work in relation to philosophy.

Bringing the Nation Back In

Argues that concern with the nation and national community will be a key factor in redefining twenty-first-century politics.

Postcolonial Lack

Examines representations of surplus enjoyment in postcolonial literature and film to focus on self-other relations rather than difference.

Revealing/Reveiling Shanghai

Examines Shanghai both as a real city and an imaginary locale, from diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives.

Capital in the Mirror

Analyzes contemporary capitalism through the products of culture and art for fresh insight into emancipatory possibilities concealed within capitalism’s darkest dynamics.

Miraculous Realism

An authoritative study of this postsecular film movement from the French-Belgian border region that rose to prominence at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Walter Benjamin's Antifascist Education

By Tyson E. Lewis
Subjects: Education

A comprehensive study of education in the writings of Walter Benjamin.

A Postcolonial Leadership

Explores the possibilities and challenges of Asian immigrant Christian leadership in the United States.

Victorian Structures

Argues that the descriptions of buildings frequently encountered in Victorian novels offer more than evocative settings for characters and plot; instead, such descriptions signal these novels' self-reflexive consideration of the structure itself.

The Politics of Right Sex

Examines the limitations of rights-based mobilization and litigation for advancing the interests of trans individuals in the contemporary United States.

Culture and Tactics

Juxtaposes Antonio Gramsci’s work and critical race theory to offer a new understanding of tactics as a transformative practice.

Brute Force

Considers how dangerous beasts in horror films illuminate the human-animal relationship.

The Politics of People

Explores the cultural dimensions of protest and dissent in China, focusing on dramatic forms of bodily, spatial, strategic, and artistic performativity.

Authorized Agents

Examines the relation between Indian diplomacy and nineteenth-century Native American literature.

Cub Reporters

By Paige Gray
Subjects: Literature

Investigates how depictions of young people in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America use artifice to destabilize pre-existing narratives of truth, news, and fact.

Victorian Negatives

Argues that the photographic negative gives a new way of understanding Victorian debates surrounding origins and copies as well as reality and representation.

Cinematic Skepticism

Drawing on the film-philosophies of Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze, argues that skepticism is an ethical problem that pervades contemporary film.

Fearless

Biography of the early years of A. Bartlett Giamatti, who would become Yale University’s first non-Anglo-Saxon Protestant president and commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era

Edited by Heather E. Harris
Subjects: Communication

Considers the impact of neo-racism during the Obama presidency.

From News to Talk

Explores how journalists think and talk about changes in the news environment, with a focus on the increase in opinion and commentary.

Malleable Mara

Analyzes the breadth of representations of the mythic figure of Māra in Buddhism to reveal how closely tied such narratives are to the social and historical concerns of Buddhist communities.

Postpolitics and the Limits of Nature

Explores why past generations of radical ecological and social justice scholarship have been ineffective, and considers the work of a new wave of scholarship that aims to reinvent the radical project and combat injustice.

Rumble and Crash

Analyzes six films as allegories of capitalism’s precarious state in the early twenty-first century.

Coming Together

Archaeologists, anthropologists, and classicists discuss how urbanization first emerged in strikingly different sociopolitical contexts in North America, Europe, and the Near East.

Lacan and Romanticism

Draws from the work of Jacques Lacan to provide innovative readings of Romantic literature in the long nineteenth century.

The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage

Explores the wide-ranging impact of the Mexican Revolution on global cinema and Western intellectual thought.

Found in Transition

Presents an updated account of Hong Kong and its culture two decades after its reversion to China.

Refugeehood and the Postconflict Subject

Examines the effects of culturally specific interpretations of refugeehood with an ethnographic focus on Cyprus

Rule, Britannia!

Assesses how cinematic biographies of key figures reflect and shape what it means to be British.

Race and Rurality in the Global Economy

Essays that examine globalization's effects with an emphasis on the interplay of race and rurality as it occurs across diverse geographies and peoples.

The Projected Nation

Investigates how Argentine cinema has represented rural spaces and urban margins from the 1910s to the present.

Affectual Erasure

Comprehensive examination of how Indigenous peoples have been represented in Argentine film.

Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality in France

Edited by Heidi Brevik-Zender
Subjects: Literature

An interdisciplinary examination of French fashion, modernity, and materiality from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

Dimensions of Blackness

A multidimensional approach captures the complexities of African American racial identity.

Liminal Sovereignty

Uses cultural representations to investigate how two religious minority communities came to be incorporated into the Mexican nation.

Animating Black and Brown Liberation

Offers a new framework for reading American literatures that critically links African American and Latinx traditions and struggles for liberation.

Our War Paint Is Writers' Ink

Explores a little-known history of exchange between Anishinaabe and American writers, showing how literature has long been an important venue for debates over settler colonial policy and indigenous rights.

Changed Forever, Volume I

The first in-depth study of a range of literature written by Native Americans who attended government-run boarding schools.

Childhood beyond Pathology

Brings psychoanalytic concepts to the notion of childhood development with a keen eye to discussions of social justice and human dignity.

The Trade in the Living

Macro-level study of the South Atlantic throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries demonstrating how Brazil’s emergence was built on the longest and most intense slave trade of the modern era.

The Essentialist Villain

By Mikko Tuhkanen
Subjects: Literature

The first book-length study of Bersani’s work, tracing the unfolding of his onto-ethics/aesthetics amidst numerous literary, artistic, and philosophical influences.

Rx Hollywood

How films of the 1960s and early 1970s framed therapeutic issues as problems of human communication, and individual psychological problems as social ones.

Anti-Music

Examines how African American jazz music was received in Germany both as a racial and cultural threat and as a partner in promoting the rise of Nazi totalitarian cultural politics.

Text and Tradition in South India

Essays on Telugu and South Indian literature and culture by distinguished Telugu scholar Narayana Rao.

Journey of a Goddess

Edited and translated by Fan Pen Li Chen
Introduction by Fan Pen Li Chen
Subjects: Asian Studies

First English translations of a novel and two play excerpts based on tales of the goddess Chen Jinggu, an eighth-century shaman and present-day cult deity.

The China Order

Examines the rising power of China and Chinese foreign policy through a revisionist analysis of Chinese civilization.

Ripping England!

Examines an all too often neglected period of postwar British cinema and popular culture.

Affective Images

Explores intervisual case studies in relation to migration, xenophobia, and gender.

Spontaneous Combustion

Provides answers to one of the enduring paradoxes of mass social change.

Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes

Argues that Indigenous hip hop is the latest and newest assertion of Indigenous sovereignty throughout Indigenous North America.

Marking Time

Addresses an understudied yet highly significant aspect of the work of the influential artist Andy Warhol: his exploration of anniversaries.