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Weekly Book List, December 17, 2012

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES

The Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching by Sandy Alexandre (University Press of Mississippi; 240 pages; $55). Documents the impact of literary and photographic representations of lynching from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

ANTHROPOLOGY

The Art of Making Do in Naples by Jason Pine (University of Minnesota Press; 360 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). An ethnographic study of the neomelodica music scene in the Italian port city that explores its ties to organized crime.

Central America in the New Millennium: Living Transition and Reimagining Democracy edited by Jennifer L. Burrell and Ellen Moodie (Berghahn Books; 333 pages; $95). Writings by anthropologists and other scholars from the United States, Europe, and Central America; topics include democracy, disenchantment, adn the future in El Salvador, and sex and power in Nicaraguan tourism.

Intimate Indigeneities: Race, Sex, and History in the Small Spaces of Andean Life by Andrew Canessa (Duke University Press; 325 pages; $94.95 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Explores the complex and shifting nature of indigenous identity through a study of an Aymara village in Bolivia.

ARCHAEOLOGY

Crafting Prehispanic Maya Kinship by Bradley E. Ensor (University of Alabama Press; 160 pages; $34.95). Draws on data from a site in the Chontalpa Maya region of Tabasco, Mexico.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Cezanne, Murder, and Modern Life by Andre Dombrowski (University of California Press; 309 pages; $60). A study of Cezanne's early work that focuses on his depiction of murder and other scenes of emotional intensity; considers such imagery as a critique of modern subjectivity and in contradistinction to his rival Manet.

Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures by Leonard Barkan (Princeton University Press; 232 pages; $22.95). Explores the relationship between painting and poetry from the ancients through the Renaissance.

Picturing Disability: Beggar, Freak, Citizen, and Other Photographic Rhetoric by Robert Bogdan, Martin Elks, and James A. Knoll (Syracuse University Press; 198 pages; $55). Draws on an analysis of more than 200 historical photographs of disabled people.

BOTANY

The Reindeer Botanist: Alf Erling Porsild, 1901-1977 by Wendy Dathan (University of Calgary Press, distributed by Michigan State University Press; 726 pages; US$46.95). A biography of the Danish-born Canadian botanist, who grew up on the Arctic Station in West Greenland and later studied reindeer in Alaska and in Canada's Northwest Territories.

CLASSICAL STUDIES

Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome edited by Richard J.A. Talbert (University of Chicago Press; 264 pages; $65). Essays on such topics as Greek and Roman surveying and surveying instruments.

The Chreia and Ancient Rhetoric: Commentaries on Aphthonius's "Progymnasmata" translated by Ronald F. Hock (Society of Biblical Literature; 345 pages; $46.95). Translation and study of Byzantine commentaries on portions of a work by the fourth-century rhetorician.

Monumentality in Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture: Ideology and Innovation edited by Michael L. Thomas and Gretchen E. Meyers (University of Texas Press; 184 pages; $60). Topics include somatic symbolism and the Tuscan temple.

The Political Biographies of Cornelius Nepos by Rex Stem (University of Michigan Press; 304 pages; $70). A study of a Roman writer of the first century BC whose On Famous Men includes portions that are among the earliest surviving Latin biographies.

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Sensorimotor Cognition and Natural Language Syntax by Alistair Knott (MIT Press; 392 pages; $45). Develops a Chomskyan view of the relationship between language and the sensory motor system through the illustrative example of a man grabbing a cup.

COMMUNICATION

Advertising at War: Business, Consumers, and Government in the 1940s by Inger L. Stole (University of Illinois Press; 280 pages; $85 hardcover, $30 paperback). Documents how the war consolidated the advertising industry's role in American society, deflecting earlier criticism.

CULTURAL STUDIES

Performing the US Latina and Latino Borderlands edited by Arturo J. Aldama, Chela Sandoval, and Peter Garcia (Indiana University Press; 522 pages; $90 hardcover, $35 paperback). Essays on music, theater, dance, visual arts, body art, performance activism, fashion, and other realms.

Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire by Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns (New York University Press; 192 pages; $70 hardcover, $22 paperback). Explores the performing body in U.S.-Philippines imperial relations from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair to Lea Salonga and other Filipina and Filipino actors in Miss Saigon.

DANCE

Swans of the Kremlin: Ballet and Power in Soviet Russia by Christina Ezrahi (University of Pittsburgh Press; 322 pages; $27.95). Documents the resilience of artistic creativity in a history of the Bolshoi and Marinsky (later Kirov) ballets in the wake of the Bolshevik revolution.

ECONOMICS

Expats and the Labor Force: The Story of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries by George Naufal and Ismail Genc (Palgrave Macmillan; 179 pages; $100). Discusses the inflow of foreign labor to the Gulf and the outflow of remittances.

Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers: The Economic Engine of Political Change by Wayne A. Leighton and Edward J. Lopez (Stanford University Press; 224 pages; $29.95). Discusses the politics of influence in economic policy making; topics include why certain wasteful policies eventually get repealed while others endure.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

From Precaution to Profit: Contemporary Challenges to Environmental Protection in the Montreal Protocol by Brian J. Gareau (Yale University Press; 362 pages; $55). Examines the protectionist, neoliberal, and other forces that have undermined an initially promising treaty on ozone depletion.

Open for Business: Conservatives' Opposition to Environmental Regulation by Judith A. Layzer (MIT Press; 499 pages; $35). Documents increasingly sophisticated tactics in conservative opposition since the Nixon administration.

FILM STUDIES

Brazilian Women's Filmmaking: From Dictatorship to Democracy by Leslie L. Marsh (University of Illinois Press; 234 pages; $85 hardcover, $28 paperback). A study of female filmmakers since the mid-1970s, with particular attention to the work of Ana Carolina and Tizuka Yamasaki.

The French Road Movie: Space, Mobility, Identity by Neil Archer (Berghahn Books; 192 pages; $70). Documents the reconfiguration of the road movie in the French context.

Zimbabwe's Cinematic Arts: Language, Power, Identity by Katrina Daly Thompson (Indiana University Press; 256 pages; $80 hardcover, $27 paperback). Traces the impact of local and foreign film and television on Zimbabwean audiences.

GENDER STUDIES

Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa by Amanda Lock Swarr (State University of New York Press; 329 pages; $80 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Topics include why transsexuals' sex transitions were encouraged under the apartheid regime and made illegal during the transition to democracy.

HISTORY

Alexander I: The Tsar Who Defeated Napoleon by Marie-Pierre Rey, translated by Susan Emanuel (Northern Illinois University Press; 439 pages; $39.95). Translation of a 2009 French biography of the Russian emperor (1777-1825) who was known as "the Sphinx."

American Girls, Beer, and Glenn Miller: GI Morale in World War II by James J. Cooke (University of Missouri Press; 232 pages; $40). Discusses the work of the Special Services Division, PX, and USO in providing entertainment and creature comforts to GIs.

Consent of the Damned: Ordinary Argentinians in the Dirty War by David M.K. Sheinin (University Press of Florida; 216 pages; $64.95). Documents a higher level of civilian acquiescence and complicity with the military dictatorship than has been acknowledged.

Eating the Enlightenment: Food and the Sciences in Paris, 1670-1760 by E.C. Spary (University of Chicago Press; 366 pages; $45). Considers how discourse on eating and drinking was linked to wider debates in French society.

Europe in Crisis: Intellectuals and the European Idea, 1917-1957 edited by Mark Hewitson and Matthew D'Auria (Berghahn Books; 350 pages; $95). Essays on contested ideas of Europe and Europeanism in the decades before the formation the European Community.

Family or Freedom: People of Color in the Antebellum South by Emily West (University Press of Kentucky; 233 pages; $50). Discusses cases in which free or emancipated blacks voluntarily entered or reentered slavery to preserve family unity.

Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 464 pages; $30). Focuses on the Sheremetev and the Golitsyn families in a study of the destruction of the aristocratic class with the Bolshevik revolution.

The History of Futurism: The Precursors, Protagonists, and Legacies edited by Geert Buelens, Harald Hendrix, and Monica Jansen (Lexington Books; 431 pages; $90 hardcover, $40 paperback). Writings on Futurism, with a focus on the Italian movement and such figures as Paolo Buzzi, Rosa Rosa, as well as F.T. Marinetti.

The Indian Bourgeoisie: A Political History of the Indian Capitalist Class in the Early Twentieth Century by David Lockwood (I.B. Tauris, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 315 pages; $95). Discusses Indian capitalists who benefited from British rule, but ultimately sided with the socialist-led Indian National Congress.

Inhumanities: Nazi Interpretations of Western Culture by David B. Dennis (Cambridge University Press; 541 pages; $35). Draws on the daily Volkischer Beobachter in a study of the Nazis' understanding, appropriation, and recasting of literature, philosophy, painting, music, and other cultural realms.

Iran and the World in the Safavid Age edited by Willem Floor and Edmund Herzig (I.B. Tauris, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 506 pages; $79.95). Writings on Iran's foreign relations---broadly definied in commercial, cultural, diplomatic, religious, and other terms---from the 16th to the mid-18th centuries.

Israel: A History by Anita Shapira (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England; 502 pages; $35). Traces Israel's history since the emergence of the Zionist movement in the late 19th century.

The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747: A Sojourner in the French Atlantic translated by Gordon M. Sayre, edited by Gordon M. Sayre and Carla Zecher (University of North Carolina Press; 480 pages; $50). Translation of the memoir of a French lieutenant whose story sheds light on early colonialism in Louisiana.

A Military History of the Cold War, 1944-1962 by Jonathan M. House (University of Oklahoma Press; 546 pages; $45). Pays particular attention to tensions between military commanders and political leaders, including Anthony Eden, Nikita Khruschev, and John Kennedy.

Murder Most Russian: True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia by Louise McReynolds (Cornell University Press; 288 pages; $35). Discusses a series of murders and trials that enthralled Russia in the period after 1864, when Czar Alexander II introduced reforms that created juries of common citizens and allowed the press in courtrooms.

The North African Air Campaign: U.S. Army Air Forces From El Alamein to Salerno by Christopher M. Rein (University Press of Kansas; 290 pages; $34.95). A study of how America's fledgling U.S. Army Air Force negotiated a balance between strategic bombing and support for ground and naval forces.

The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess, and the Analysts by Daniel Pick (Oxford University Press; 357 pages; $35). Examines the Allies' use of psychoanalysis to understand the mentality of Nazi leaders and the psychology of fascism; pays particular attention to British psychiatrists and Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess, who was captured in 1941 in Britain.

HISTORY OF SCIENCE

I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science by Marjorie Senechal (Oxford University Press; 288 pages; $34.95). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a biography of the controversial British mathematician (1894-1976).

Robert Recorde: The Life and Times of a Tudor Mathematician edited by Gareth Roberts and Fenny Smith (University of Wales Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 232 pages; $95). Writings on the 16th-century Welsh mathematician said to have invented the = or equal sign.

The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future by W. Patrick McCray (Princeton University Press; 328 pages; $29.95). Focuses on the Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill and the MIT-trained engineer Eric Drexler in a study of the promise and perils of exploratory science.

LAW

Laws of Creation: Property Rights in the World of Ideas by Ronald A. Cass and Keith N. Hylton (Harvard University Press; 275 pages; $55). Defends the role of intellectual property law in promoting the development, diffusion, and exploitation of ideas.

LINGUISTICS

Dialect Diversity in America: The Politics of Language Change by William Labov (University of Virginia Press; 192 pages; $30). Argues that geographically localized dialects are growing increasingly divergent over time; also links dialect differences and electoral politics.

LITERATURE

C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages by Robert Boenig (Kent State University Press; 192 pages; $55). A study of the British writer's personal and professional engagement with medieval culture and literature.

Cartographies of Culture: New Geographies of Welsh Writing in English by Damian Walford Davies (University of Wales Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 271 pages; $45). Focuses on Welsh Anglophone writing in a study of links between maps and literature.

Claims and Speculations: Mining and Writing in the Gilded Age by Janet Floyd (University of New Mexico Press; 184 pages; $45). A study of the literature, journalism, folklore, and song linked to America's mining history; writers discussed include Mark Twain, Mary Hallock Foote, Bret Harte, and Jack London.

The Collected Works of Erasmus, Volume 82: Controversies: Clarifications Concerning the Censures Published in Paris in the Name of the Parisian Faculty of Theology edited and translated by Clarence H. Miller (University of Toronto Press; 400 pages; $175). Includes previously untranslated materials related to the clash between the Dutch Humanist and theologians at the University of Paris.

Constituting Old Age in Early Modern English Literature, From Queen Elizabeth to "King Lear" by Christopher Martin (University of Massachusetts Press; 240 pages; $80 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Explores competing views of old age in the era of a long-lived queen.

The Contemporary Narrative Poem: Critical Crosscurrents edited by Steven P. Schneider (University of Iowa Press; 267 pages; $42.50). Topics include how contemporary narrative poems differ from their modernist counterparts.

The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State by Timothy Melley (Cornell University Press; 304 pages; $75 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Draws on literary, cinematic, and other realms in a study of the conflation of reality and fiction in U.S. foreign policy and American culture; authors discussed include Robert Coover, Don DeLillo, and Joan Didion.

The Empire Abroad and the Empire at Home: African American Literature and the Era of Overseas Expansion by John Cullen Gruesser (University of Georgia Press; 159 pages; $59.95 hardcover, $22.95 paperback). Focuses on such writers as James Weldon Johnson, Sutton Griggs, Pauline Hopkins, and W.E.B. Du Bois in a study of black support for and resistance to American expansionism.

Flaubert's "Gueuloir": On "Madame Bovary" and "Salammbo" by Michael Fried (Yale University Press; 184 pages; $35). Contrasts Flaubert's stylistic endeavors in the two novels; considers, for example, how the text of Bovary belies his efforts to eliminate repetitions of all kinds from the text by his practice of le gueuloir, or reading his sentences in a loud voice.

French Women Authors: The Significance of the Spiritual (1400-2000) edited by Kelsey L. Haskett and Holly Faith Nelson (University of Delaware Press; 208 pages; $70). Essays on writers from Christine de Pizan and Marguerite de Navarre to Marguerite Duras and Malika Mokeddem.

The Genre of Medieval Patience Literature: Development, Duplication, and Gender by Robin Waugh (Palgrave Macmillan; 230 pages; $90). Identifies as a distinct literary genre medieval works of literature in which women become famous for patience in the way men are famous for traditional heroic virtues; works discussed include Chaucer's Clerk's Tale and Margery Kempe's Book.

Judaism in Marcel Proust: Anti-Semitism, Philo-Semitism, and Judaic Perspectives in Art by Bette H. Lustig (Peter Lang Publishing; 162 pages; $74.95). Topics include the writer's allusions to the visual arts and their Judaic significance.

Marginal Modernity: The Aesthetics of Dependency from Kierkegaard to Joyce by Leonardo Lisi (Fordham University Press; 352 pages; $45). Traces the influence of Kierkegaard and Ibsen on James, Hofmannsthal, Rilke, and Joyce.

Middleton and Rowley: Forms of Collaboration in the Jacobean Playhouse by David Nicol (University of Toronto Press; 232 pages; US$50). Uses the writers of The Changeling to explore collaborative authorship in early modern English drama.

The Motherless Child in the Novels of Pauline Hopkins by Jill Bergman (Louisiana State University Press; 216 pages; $38.95). Explores a recurrent motif in the work of the American writer (1859-1930), with a focus on Contending Forces, Hagar's Daughter, Winona, and Of One Blood.

The Novel Map: Space and Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century French Fiction by Patrick M. Bray (Northwestern University Press; 271 pages; $45). Focuses on Stendhal, Zola, Nerval, Proust, and Sand.

Philosophies of Sex: Critical Essays on "The Hermaphrodite" edited by Renee Bergland and Gary Williams (Ohio State University Press; 274 pages; $49.95). Essays on a long-secret novel written by Julia Ward Howe, author of the lyrics to "Battle Hymn of the Republic," which was left unpublished until 2004.

Playing With Picturebooks: Postmodernism and the Postmodernesque by Cherie Allan (Palgrave Macmillan; 201 pages; $80). A study of children's picturebooks, with a focus on such books from the 1990s as The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.

Re-Imagining Western European Geography in English Renaissance Drama by Monica Matei-Chesnoiu (Palgrave Macmillan; 220 pages; $80). Topics include romanticized France in the English imagination.

The Romance of the Lyric in Nineteenth-Century Women's Poetry: Experiments in Form by Lee Christine O'Brien (University of Delaware Press; 239 pages; $80). Examines canonical and lesser-known figures, including Christina Rossetti, Augusta Webster, and Rosamund Marriott Watson.

A Room of His Own: A Literary-Cultural Study of Victorian Clubland by Barbara Black (Ohio University Press; 312 pages; $59.95). Draws on literary and other sources in a study of the institution of the gentlemen's club in Victorian London.

Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies edited by Smaro Kamboureli and Robert Zacharias (Wilfrid Laurier University Press; 348 pages; US$42.95). Interdisciplinary essays on such topics as national literatures in the shadow of neoliberalism.

Sympathetic Realism in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction by Rae Greiner (Johns Hopkins University Press; 216 pages; $60). Explores sympathy as an imaginative form of thinking in 19th-century literature; analyzes works by philosophers Hume, Smith, and Benthan, and writers Austen, Dickens, Eliot, Conrad, and James.

The Teller's Tale: Lives of the Classic Fairy Tale Writers edited by Sophie Raynard (State University of New York Press; 183 pages; $75). Writings on such figures as Giovan Francesco Straparola, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, and Giambattista Basile.

Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies by Chadwick Allen (University of Minnesota Press; 336 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Develops a methodology that brings together elements of indigenous culture from North America, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia.

Under Postcolonial Eyes: Figuring the "jew" in Contemporary British Writing by Efraim Sicher and Linda Weinhouse (University of Nebraska Press; 320 pages; $55). Explores what is here termed the "jew" as a cultural construction distinct from Jewishness; writers discussed include Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, Doris Lessing, Monica Ali, and Zadie Smith.

MUSIC

Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron by Paul Combs (University of Michigan Press; 296 pages; $50). A biography of the jazz composer, arranger, and pianist (1917-65).

Highlife Saturday Night: Popular Music and Social Change in Urban Ghana by Nate Plageman (Indiana University Press; 336 pages; $80 hardcover, $28 paperback). A study of dance-band "highlife" music as a medium of social relations in the West African country.

Robert Ashley by Kyle Gann (University of Illinois Press; 184 pages; $80 hardcover, $25 paperback). A critical study of the avant-garde American composer (b.1930), who is known for his innovative operas.

The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture, and America's Most Famous Opera by Ellen Noonan (University of North Carolina Press; 448 pages; $39.95). Traces the controversial history of the opera since its first staging in 1935.

Unfree Masters: Recording Artists and the Politics of Work by Matt Stahl (Duke University Press; 296 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Sets the relationship between recording artists' autonomy and their "contractual bondage" in wider context.

PHILOSOPHY

Georges Bataille: Phenomenology and Phantasmatology by Rodolphe Gasche, translated by Roland Vegso (Stanford University Press; 328 pages; $85 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). First English translation of a 1978 work that discusses the French theorist in relation to Schelling, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Freud.

Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis by David Roochnik (State University of New York Press; 242 pages; $75 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Asserts the Greek philosopher's relevance in an age of environmental and other crises.

Rules, Reason, and Self-Knowledge by Julia Tanney (Harvard University Press; 368 pages; $49.95). New and previously published writings in the philosophy of mind.

A Wittgensteinian Way With Paradoxes by Rupert Read (Lexington Books; 285 pages; $80). Contrasts philosophical paradoxes with instances of lived paradox, such as self-hatred.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Diffusion of Good Government: Social Sector Reforms in Brazil by Natasha Borges Sugiyama (University of Notre Dame Press; 288 pages; $35). Examines the diffusion of model programs in education and health across Brazil's more than 5,000 municipalities.

POPULAR CULTURE

Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics by Jason Dittmer (Temple University Press; 242 pages; $79.50 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Links popular culture and international relations as reflected in comic books.

Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity: Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand by David E. Kaufman (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England; 360 pages; $85 hardcover, $40 paperback). Discusses the four as figures who mark a turning point between celebrity Jews of the past and present.

RELIGION

Buddhism in a Dark Age: Cambodian Monks under Pol Pot by Ian Harris (University of Hawai'i Press; 256 pages; $22). Examines three phases in the Khmer Rouge's treatment of Buddhist monks.

Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community edited by Rosalie G. Riegle (Vanderbilt University Press; 387 pages; $79.95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Offers oral histories of more than 75 pacifists, including many Catholic Workers, whose acts of resistance and civil disobedience led to incarceration.

Gregory of Nyssa: Homilies on the Song of Songs translated by Richard A. Norris Jr. (Society of Biblical Literature; 527 pages; $59.95). Scholarly translation, with facing Greek text, of homilies by the fourth-century bishop and theologian.

The Intellectual History and Rabbinic Culture of Medieval Ashkenaz by Ephraim Kanarfogel (Wayne State University Press; 600 pages; $59.95). Focuses on the Tosafists in French and German regions in a study that documents Ashkenazi intellectual concerns beyond Talmudic study.

Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions by Christian K. Wedemeyer (Columbia University Press; 313 pages; $50). Disputes the notion that the Tantric traditions were marginal or primitive elements in Buddhism.

The Memory of the Temple and the Making of the Rabbis by Naftali S. Cohn (University of Pennsylvania Press; 241 pages; $69.95). Links the prominent role of the destroyed Jerusalem Temple in the Mishnah to second and third-century rabbis' efforts to assert their authority.

Somatic Lessons: Narrating Patienthood and Illness in Indian Medical Literature by Anthony Cerulli (State University of New York Press; 211 pages; $80). Focuses on fever, miscarriage, and the "king's disease" in a study of the form and function of narrative in Ayurvedic literature.

Toward Our Mutual Flourishing: The Episcopal Church, Interreligious Relations, and Theologies of Religious Manyness by Lucinda Allen Mosher (Peter Lang Publishing; 189 pages; $79.95). Topics include the church's attention to Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim concerns.

RHETORIC

Lacan in Public: Psychoanalysis and the Science of Rhetoric by Christian Lundberg (University of Alabama Press; 248 pages; $44.95). Argues that rhetoric is the central concern of the French psychoanalyst and philosopher's entire body of work.

SOCIOLOGY

In the Public Interest: Medical Licensing and the Disciplinary Process by Ruth Horowitz (Rutgers University Press; 261 pages; $75 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Examines the history and mechanisms of medical licensure and develops an alternative regulatory approach modeled after deliberative democracy.

THEATER

An Aesthetics of Narrative Performance: Transnational Theater, Literature, and Film in Contemporary Germany by Claudia Breger (Ohio State University Press; 344 pages; $72.95). Topics include representations of German unification, cultures of migration, and the transnational "war on terror."

URBAN STUDIES

Urban Sustainability: A Global Perspective edited by Igor Vojnovic (Michigan State University Press; 686 pages; $74.95). Includes case studies from around the world.

WOMEN'S STUDIES

The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women's Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice by Kristin A. Goss (University of Michigan Press; 256 pages; $70). Traces changes in women's "civil place."

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