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Toward a Pragmatist Philosophy of the Humanities

Develops a pragmatist approach to the philosophy of the humanities, interpreting history, literature, and religion in terms of pragmatic realism.

Heidegger and the Human

Original and critical essays by leading scholars on the question of the human in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.

Moving across Differences

Explores how discussion of LGBTQ+ themes in a high-school literature course can foster ethical engagement among students.

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.

Home as Found

A novel of manners set in the drawing rooms, ballrooms, and Wall Street offices in 1830s New York, dramatizing conflicts that we are still grappling with nearly two hundred years later.

Of an Alien Homecoming

The first book-length study in English of the Heidegger-Hölderlin relation, addressing the tension between Heidegger's political commitments during National Socialism and Hölderlin's ideal of poetic dwelling.

Wonder Strikes

By Steven E. Knepper
Foreword by William Desmond
Subjects: Philosophy

The first book-length examination of the prominent contemporary philosopher William Desmond's approach to aesthetics, art, and literature.

Dimensions of Aesthetic Encounters

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

More Than Our Pain

Covering rage and grief, as well as joy and fatigue, examines how Black Lives Matter activists, and the artists inspired by them, have mobilized for social justice.

Seeing with Free Eyes

Examines the ideas of justice in Euripidean tragedy, which reveals the human experience of justice to be paradoxical, and reminds us of the need for humility in our unceasing quest for a just world.

The Water-Witch

An exciting tale of nautical adventure on the waters of colonial New York Harbor.

Since 1948

A portrait of Israeli literature in its full transnational and multilingual complexity.

The Blossom Which We Are

Charts the vicissitudes of a distinctly modern and peculiarly human vulnerability—our intimate dependence on the fragile, time-bound cultural framework that we inhabit—in the history of the realist novel.

Open Borders

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

José María Heredia in New York, 1823–1825

Edited and translated by Frederick Luciani
Introduction by Frederick Luciani
Subjects: Literature

An English translation, with introduction and annotations, of a selection of the letters and verse that José María Heredia (b. Cuba, 1803; d. Mexico, 1839), wrote during his months of political exile in New York from November 1823 to August 1825.

Michael Gold

An authoritative biography of the dean of American proletarian writers during the interwar years.

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.

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 Chainbearer

Cooper’s The Chainbearer presents an exciting narrative that interrogates issues of what it means to own land. The novel examines the claims of ownership of wilderness land among Native Americans, New England squatters, and the old New York families with legal deeds.

Niagaras of Ink

Makes literature of Niagara Falls available to readers with a variety of interests in literature, culture, and place.

Fiction as History

Explains the Hindi novel’s role in anticipating and creating the story of middle-class modernity and modernization in North India.

Homer's Hero

Draws on Plato to argue that Homer elevated private life as the locus of true friendship and the catalyst of the highest human excellence.

The Autobiography of a Language

Explores the links between language, cultural identity, and creativity through the works of Emanuel Carnevali, one of the first Italian American authors to attain literary recognition.

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.

Possessed Voices

Analyzes audio recordings of interwar Hebrew plays, providing a new model for the use of sound in theater studies.

Age of Shojo

Examines the role that Japanese girls’ magazine culture played during the twentieth century in the creation and use of the notion of shōjo, the cultural identity of adolescent Japanese girls.

Logoi and Muthoi

Essays on Greek philosophy and literature from Homer and Hesiod to Aristotle.

The Aesthetics of Senescence

Investigates how nineteenth-century British literature grappled with a new understanding of aging as both an individual and collective experience.

Let's Hear Their Voices

The first anthology of poetry, prose, and drama by second-generation Cuban American writers.

New Directions in Jewish American and Holocaust Literatures

Surveys the current state of Jewish American and Holocaust literatures as well as approaches to teaching them.

Recovering Lost Footprints, Volume 2

By Arturo Arias
Subjects: Literature

Analyzes contemporary Yucatecan and Chiapanecan Maya narratives.

The Concept of Bharatavarsha and Other Essays

This exploration of key terms related to social and political order, found in early Indian texts, challenges the idea of a unified ancient India and a unified national identity at that time.

Signatures of Struggle

A Marxist history of Israeli literature, tracing the relations between economic, social, and aesthetic transformations.

You Who Enter Here

A beautifully rendered, brutally realistic Native American gang novel.

Unmaking The Making of Americans

By E. L. McCallum
Subjects: Philosophy

Develops the sustained, relational, dynamic, and reflective attention demanded by Gertrude Stein’s novel into a theory of reading and critical analysis.

States of Grace

Provides in-depth analyses of key moments in Brazilian utopianism, including theologico-political, matriarchal, environmental, and work-free utopias.

Fire and Snow

A broad examination of climate fantasy and science fiction, from The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series to The Handmaid's Tale and Game of Thrones.

Inheritance in Psychoanalysis

Anthology of recent, cutting-edge work in psychoanalysis and philosophy on the concept of inheritance.

The Vocation of Writing

Explores how violence structures language and the writing of literature and philosophy.

The Full Pomegranate

Translations of selected poems by the Yiddish writer, covering the entire breadth of his career.

The Poetry of Georges Bataille

By Georges Bataille
Translated by Stuart Kendall
Introduction by Stuart Kendall
Subjects: General Interest

Presents a new window into the literary, philosophical, and theological concerns of this enigmatic thinker and writer.

On Self-Translation

A fascinating collection of essays and conversations on the changing nature of language.

Phrase

The first complete English translation of Lacoue-Labarthe’s most innovative and original work, exploring the very origins of experience, language, desire, and mortality.

Cultural Journeys into the Arab World

Edited by Dalya Cohen-Mor
Introduction by Dalya Cohen-Mor
Subjects: Literature

A diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction literature from across the Arabic-speaking world.

Plato's Laughter

Counters the long-standing, solemn interpretation of Plato’s dialogues with one centered on the philosophical and pedagogical significance of Socrates as a comic figure.

Text and Tradition in South India

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

Between History and Philosophy

Analyzes the use of anecdotes as an essential rhetorical tool and form of persuasion in various literary genres in early China.

The Afterlife of al-Andalus

The first study to undertake a wide-ranging comparison of invocations of al-Andalus across the the Arab and Hispanic worlds.

Invisible Hosts

Provides a rhetorical analysis of female spirit medium's autobiographies in the historical and social contexts of Victorian era America.

College Bound

Argues that first- and second-generation Jewish American writers had an ambivalent relationship with educational success.

Writing in Witness

A comprehensive survey of the most important writing to come out of the Holocaust.

The Love of Ruins

Explores issues related to race and religion in Lovecraft criticism.

Witnessing beyond the Human

Provides an innovative and theoretically rigorous approach to the subject of testimony in Latin America.

John Huston as Adaptor

Argues that understanding Huston’s film adaptations of literary works is essential to understanding his oeuvre as a filmmaker.

Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth

Engages the global ecological crisis through a radical rethinking of what it means to inhabit the earth.

Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka, and Scientific Imagination

Explores the science and creative process behind Poe’s cosmological treatise.

Unruly Catholic Nuns

Explores the voices of current and former Catholic nuns as they share their lived experiences with Catholicism, both in accordance and in conflict with the institutional Church.

Loving Violet

By Steven Lewis
Subjects: Literature

A love story told against the backdrop of “the writing life. ”

Literature and "Interregnum"

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

Ahmad al-Ghazali, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love

Discusses the work of a central, but poorly understood, figure in the development of Persian Sufism, Aḥmad al-Ghazālī.

Drunk from the Bitter Truth

By Anna Margolin
Edited and translated by Shirley Kumove
Introduction by Shirley Kumove
Subjects: Literature
Series: SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation

The poems of Anna Margolin (1887–1952), appearing here both in the original Yiddish and in English translation.

The Heart and the Island

Makes the case for a distinctly Sicilian American literature.

Writing Widowhood

By Jeffrey Berman
Subjects: Psychology

Explores how memoirs of widowhood can help us understand the reality of bereavement and the critical role of writing and reading in recovery.

Two Confessions

First English translation of these important works by two of Spain’s most gifted writers and intellectuals.

On Nietzsche

By Georges Bataille
Translated by Stuart Kendall
Introduction by Stuart Kendall
Subjects: Philosophy

A poetic, philosophical, and political account of Nietzsche’s importance to Bataille, and of Bataille’s experience in Nazi-occupied France.

Borges, the Jew

Explores Borges’ infatuation with Jewish history and culture.

Dead Reckoning

A poet and essayist attempt to find their bearings in a civilization lost at sea.

From Comparison to World Literature

Reintroduces the concept of “world literature” in a truly global context, transcending past Eurocentrism.

Talking to the Gods

Explores occultism in the writings of four authors who were members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

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.

Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island

By Colette
Translated by Zack Rogow & Renée Morel
Subjects: Literature
Series: Excelsior Editions

A collection of Colette's best writings that have never before appeared in English.

Reality Crumbs

By Raquel Chalfi
Translated by Tsipi Keller
Afterword by Dan Miron
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

First book-length collection of the work of the celebrated Israeli poet.

Toni Morrison and the Queer Pleasure of Ghosts

By Juda Bennett
Subjects: Literature

Offers the first queer reading of all ten of Morrison's novels.

The Returns of Antigone

Examines Antigone’s influence on contemporary European, Latin American, and African political activism, arts, and literature.

Forgotten Borough

Twenty-four contemporary writers reflect on life in New York City’s biggest underdog, the “forgotten borough” of Queens.

Letters to a Best Friend

A lively and intimate selection of letters on life, literature, and art from one of America’s finest prose stylists.

Spiridion

An abbot’s ghost searches for an intelligent monk to exhume his manuscript from a hellish crypt and learn the truth that monks lack two things: freedom of inquiry and benevolence.

Painting Modernism

Studies the influence of the plastic arts on the major writers of Latin American modernism.

A Wizard of Their Age

Edited by Cecilia Konchar Farr
Subjects: Literature

A collection of student essays that captures the passionate engagement their generation brings to the Harry Potter phenomenon.

Auden's O

Explores the rise of the idea of nothing in Western modernity and how its figuration is transforming and offering new possibilities.

Unruly Catholic Women Writers

A literary anthology exploring contemporary Catholic women’s experiences.

Selected Poems

In these idiosyncratic, subtly rhymed and occasionally violent lyrics, Frost runs her tongue along the edge of the knife dividing wit from rage.

Red Ink

Reexamines the writings of early indigenous authors in the northeastern United States.

Fairy Tales Framed

Edited by Ruth B. Bottigheimer
Subjects: History

Translations of the forewords and afterwords by original fairy tale authors and commentaries by their contemporaries, material that has not been widely published in English.

The Interpreter

A visionary journey into the crucible in which America was born, a tale of love and war and of a master shaman who folds time to seek the key to the survival of his people.

Mentors, Muses & Monsters

Thirty writers look back at the the people, events, and books that launched their literary lives.

Environmental Evasion

By Lloyd Willis
Subjects: Literature

Brings ecocriticism into conversation with critical American studies approaches to literary canon formation.

Queer Times, Queer Becomings

Queer theory essays on time and becoming in the fields of literature, philosophy, film, and performance.

An Unprecedented Deformation

Philosophical interpretation of Proust based on the work of Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze.

Pancake Hollow Primer

By Laurence Carr
Subjects: Literature

An insightful and often humorous tale of rural life and how an old house and its land can bring a broken person back to wellness.

Guilty

A searing personal record of spiritual and communal crisis, wherein the death of god announces the beginning of friendship.

West-East Divan

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Translated by Martin Bidney & Peter Anton von Arnim
Introduction by Martin Bidney
Commentaries by Martin Bidney
Subjects: Literature

Translations of Goethe’s poems about Arabia and Persia and his essays on Islamic culture.

The Medusa Effect

Examines images of horror in Victorian fiction, criticism, and philosophy.

Bound by the City

Explores the connections between sexual difference and political structure in ancient Greek tragedy.

Embodied Shame

Examines how twentieth-century women writers depict female bodily shame and trauma.

Birth and Death of the Housewife

First English translation of Paola Masino’s Nascita e morte della massaia, her most controversial novel that provoked Fascist censorship for its critical portrayal of marriage and motherhood.

Making Poems

Contemporary poets offer behind-the-scenes perspectives on the poetic process.

Knife Song Korea

A tumultuous year in the life of a young surgeon during the Korean War.