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Writing Home

Letters written by Leslie Fiedler to his wife Margaret from May 1944 to December 1945 while he was stationed in Hawaiʻi and various parts of the Pacific Theater as an intelligence officer during World War II.

Hindi Hindu Histories

Explores how four public intellectuals in North India imagined freedom and Hindi-Hindu nationhood through their writings on caste, Ayurveda, travel, and communism.

Systems from Hell

Examines how contemporary novels document and define social problems using a variety of narrative techniques to focus attention on systemic failure.

Perversions of the Market

An engaging analysis of the catastrophic ways capital perverts market dynamics by a leading scholar of Deleuze.

Freedom Is Not Enough

Shows the surprising ways T. S. Eliot's work sheds light on—and proves useful to—the contemporary struggle for a freer and more just world.

Laughing on the Brink of Humanity

Stretching from antiquity to AI, a provocative study of the joyless laughter that emerges at the boundary of the human and the inhuman.

Emporialism

By Amr Kamal
Subjects: Literature

A comparative study of iconographic and fictional representations of department stores in France and Egypt, as sites of imperial and Mediterranean cultural memory, from 1859 to the present.

Phenomenology and Future Generations

Demonstrates the fertility of the phenomenological tradition of philosophy for intergenerational justice and climate ethics.

Killing Children in British Fiction

By Dominic Dean
Subjects: Literature

Investigates how British fiction and film use dangerous and endangered children to explore conflicts over the future, from the Thatcher to Brexit eras.

Cold War Genres

Argues that the post-independence period was a unique era of literary experimentation in Hindi literature, which must be read in the contexts of both local and global cultural, social, and literary history.

Common Scents

Attends to the much-neglected sense of smell in and around modern poetry to suggest the possibility of a revolution of the senses.

Novel Pedagogy

Explores Victorian writers’ conception of the novel’s potential to become serious knowledge and differentiate itself from other educational genres.

The Redskins

Cooper's 1846 novel about the Anti-Rent Wars in upstate New York, now available in a scholarly edition.

How Close Reading Made Us

Shows how the method of close reading traveled from the United States to Brazil and Israel, revealing its profound impact on global modernisms and reframing the lasting significance of New Criticism.

Spring and Autumn Annals of Wu and Yue

Translated by Olivia Milburn
Introduction by Olivia Milburn
Notes by Olivia Milburn
Subjects: General Interest
Series: SUNY series, Translating China

An approachable and readable translation of a classic work of Chinese literature and landmark work of non-Western fiction writing.

Heidegger and Classical Thought

Explores Martin Heidegger's rich and profound engagement with ancient philosophy and literature and demonstrates both his essential place within the discourse of classical studies and the fundamental significance of classical thought for his own work.

Heidegger's Conversations

Offers the first comprehensive study of Martin Heidegger's five conversational texts.

Machado de Assis, Blackness, and the Americas

Examines the reception of Brazil’s most-canonized writer in the United States to shed light on questions of Blackness and hemispheric American experience.

Kant and the Feeling of Life

Collects together for the first time essays devoted to a detailed historical and systematic discussion of the topic of life in Kant's work.

Theatres of Value

Explores the value of Shakespeare for theatrical businesspeople and audiences in nineteenth-century New York City.

Sounding Bodies

Shows how nineteenth-century discoveries in acoustical science shaped Victorian literary representations of gender, sexuality, and intimacy.

A Lover of God

Collects and interprets the literary legacy of Nūrī, an early Sufi master known for his ecstatic behaviour, eccentric acts, and passionate poems of mystical love.

A Fanny Fern Reader

By Fanny Fern
Edited by Emily E. VanDette
Introduction by Emily E. VanDette
Subjects: Literature

The most complete collection of works by the nineteenth century's most famous and groundbreaking woman journalist.

Music's Making

A personal voyage of discovery drawing on musicology, literary theory, Jewish studies, and philosophical phenomenology.

The Philosophical Animal

Argues that humans are animals that philosophize about their condition by fictionalizing other animals.