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The China Order

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

Text and Tradition in South India

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

Affective Images

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

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.

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.

Marionette Plays from Northern China

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

English-language translations of traditional plays from the marionette puppet theater of Northern China.

Passionate Detachments

Investigates the cultural value of film violence.

After Katrina

Argues that post-Katrina New Orleans is a key site for exploring competing narratives of American decline and renewal at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The Love of Ruins

Explores issues related to race and religion in Lovecraft criticism.

The World, the Text, and the Indian

Advances critical conversations in Native American literary studies by situating its subject in global, transnational, and modernizing contexts.

Failing Desire

Draws on theology and queer theory to argue for the power of humiliating pleasures in a culture oriented very strongly to denying any enjoyment that is not about success.

Beauty in the City

Presents a major new interpretation of the Ashcan School of Art, arguing that these artists made the working class city at the turn of the century a subject for beautiful art.

Regarding Life

Contends that the narrative and aesthetic qualities of the documentary genre enable new understandings of animals and animal/human relationships.

Trendy Fascism

Explores how white supremacist groups use popular music and culture to teach hate and promote violence.

Literature and "Interregnum"

Examines literary responses to the impact of economic and technological globalization in Latin America.

Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries

A story of self, braided to a story of American culture.

Judicial Power and National Politics, Second Edition

Chronicles the conflict between religious and secular forces in Israel.

Historicizing Post-Discourses

Examines how postfeminism and postracialism intersect to perpetuate systemic injustice in the United States.

The Fifth Element

Explores spoken word poetry as a tool for social justice, critical feminist pedagogy, and new ways of teaching.

Human Rights Standards

A bracing critique of human rights law and activism from the perspective of the Global South.

Inventing the Mathematician

Considers how our ideas about mathematics shape our individual and cultural relationship to the field.

Figures of Memory

Explores how the USHMM and other museums and memorials both displace and disturb the memories that they are trying to commemorate.

City in Common

Addresses ways that cultural imaginaries point toward alternative urban futures.

The Disappearing L

Investigates the rise and fall of US American lesbian cultural institutions since the 1970s.

Out for Blood

Frames menstruation as a site of resistance, defiance, and shamelessness, showcasing the work of those who fight back against shame and silence.

A Postcolonial Self

A theologically informed look at the postcolonial self that forms as Korean immigrants confront life in the United States.

Age Becomes Us

Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to further understandings of how aging and old age are created.

The Spike Lee Brand

A rare look at Spike Lee’s creative appropriation of the documentary film genre.

A Very Old Machine

Argues that Indian cinema’s deep nineteenth-century past continues to play a vital role in its twenty-first-century present.

Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian

Discusses how contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern thinkers and artists are forging a new postmodern vision.

Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies

Provides encyclopedic coverage of female sexuality in 1940s popular culture.

Bricktop's Paris

Tells the fascinating story of African American women who traveled to France to seek freedom of expression.

Retrieving the Human

An interdisciplinary consideration of Paul Gilroy's contributions to cultural theory and understandings of modernity.

Bad Seeds and Holy Terrors

Examines the complexities and contradictions that arise when the monsters in the movies are children.

Passing Interest

Explores how the trope of racial passing continues to serve as a touchstone for gauging public beliefs and anxieties about race in this multiracial era.

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 Demise of the Inhuman

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

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.

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.

Fifties Ethnicities

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

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.

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.

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.

Fashion Talks

Essays on the politics of everyday style.

Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions

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

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.

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.

Native Authenticity

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

Unresolved Identities

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

Victorian Fetishism

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

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.

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.

Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End

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

Disciplining the Holocaust

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

The Erotics of Corruption

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

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 Body in Medical Culture

Edited by Elizabeth Klaver
Subjects: Cultural Studies

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

The Order of Joy

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

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.

Taking South Park Seriously

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

The Anorexic Self

Critically examines diagnostic and popular discourses on eating disorders.

Give and Go

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

Edible Ideologies

Contributors explore the relationship between food and the production of ideology.

Mexico's Ruins

Explores the trope of modernity in García Ponce’s writings.

Sex, Paranoia, and Modern Masculinity

How modern conceptions of paranoia became associated with excessive or unregulated masculinity.

Seoul Searching

Korean cinema as industry, art form, and cultural product.

In-Between Bodies

Connects theories of sexual difference to race and queer theories through a focus on “in-between” bodies.

Gettin' My Word Out

Addresses the social, educational, and political implications of youth activism, especially peace activism.

The Melancholy Android

Explores the cultural significance of androids.

Detecting Men

Looks at how detective films have reflected and shaped our ideas about masculinity, heroism, law and order, and national identity.

Roll Over Adorno

Moves from Beethoven to Buffy to examine the blurred nexus of elite and popular culture in the twenty-first century.

Reading the Beatles

Addresses the band’s resounding impact on how we think about gender, popular culture, and the formal and poetic qualities of music.

Empire and Poetic Voice

Explores the relation of post-colonization authors to literary traditions.

Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning

A cross-cultural analysis of the work of Coetzee, Harris and Morrison, demonstrating that the fundamental task of postcolonial narrative is the work of mourning.

Deconstructing Sport History

Presents a broad spectrum of critical approaches that question traditional sport history.