Darker Than Blue: On the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture by Paul Gilroy (Harvard University Press; 207 pages; $22.95). Discusses music, luxury goods, and other realms in a study that explores, among other things, how consumerism has affected African-Americans' political aspirations.
Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic by Amy Abugo Ongiri (University of Virginia Press; 240 pages; $55 hardcover, $21.50 paperback). Analyzes works by such figures as Amiri Baraka, Chester Himes, and Melvin van Peebles.
The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement From Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey by Trysh Travis (University of North Carolina Press; 357 pages; $35). Draws on previously unexamined materials from A.A."s archives.
Black and Indigenous: Garifuna Activism and Consumer Culture in the Honduras by Mark Anderson (University of Minnesota Press; 290 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Traces the embrace of indigenous and African identity among the Garifuna, a people of mixed ancestry; draws on fieldwork in Sambo Creek, west of the port of La Ceiba.
City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala by Kevin Lewis O'Neill (University of California Press; 278 pages; $55 hardcover, $21.95 paperback). Draws on fieldwork at a megachurch in Guatemala City in a study of "neo-Pentecostalism" and politicization.
Conversion After Socialism: Disruptions, Modernisms, and Technologies of Faith in the Former Soviet Union edited by Mathijs Pelkmans (Berghahn Books; 208 pages; $85). Ethnographic essays on conversion in the former republics of the Soviet Union, with particular attention to Pentecostalism.
Food and Everyday Life in the Postsocialist World edited by Melissa L. Caldwell (Indiana University Press; 231 pages; $65 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Essays on such topics as the social and gendered "lives" of vodka in rural Siberia, informal dairy markets in Lithuania, and cooking competitions in Russia.
Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights Among Mexican Immigrants by Alyshia Galvez (New York University Press; 237 pages; $70 hardcover, $23 paperback). Describes how devotions to the Virgin of Guadalupe figure in undocumented immigrants' wider struggles.
Managing African Portugal: The Citizen-Migrant Distinction by Kesha Fikes (Duke University Press; 195 pages; $74.95 hardcover, $21.95 paperback). A study of how Portugal's integration into the European Union shaped perceptions of the suitability of domestic work for working-class Portuguese women as compared to Cape Verdean immigrant women.
Remembering Violence: Anthropological Perspectives on Intergenerational Transmission edited by Nicolas Argenti and Katharina Schramm (Berghahn Books; 270 pages; $90). Essays on the transgenerational impact of trauma; topics include comparisons of Israeli descendants of Holocaust survivors, and Cambodian Canadians.
Your Pocket Is What Cures You: The Politics of Health in Senegal by Ellen E. Foley (Rutgers University Press; 188 pages; $72 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Documents the local impact of neoliberalism in health policy through an ethnographic study people in the northeastern city of Saint Louis and its surrounding rural area.
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art, 1920-1960 by Michele Greet (Penn State University Press; 300 pages; $65). Focuses on the Ecuadorean artists: Camilo Egas, Eduardo Kingman Riofrio, and Oswaldo Guyasamin Calero.
John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art by Frances Spalding (Oxford University Press; 598 pages; $45). Explores mid-20th century British art through a dual biography of the artist John Piper and his wife Myfanwy Piper, a librettist who collaborated with Benjamin Britten.
Melodramatic Landscapes: Urban Parks in the Nineteenth Century by Heath Schenker (University of Virginia Press; 232 pages; $35). Focuses on Paris, New York, and Mexico City in a study of the cultural and social meanings embedded in urban parks.
Muralism Without Walls: Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros in the United States, 1927-1940 by Anna Indych-Lopez (University of Pittsburgh Press; 250 pages; $45). Focuses on how the three artists' both engaged and resisted U.S. perceptions of Mexican culture.
Cougar: Ecology and Conservation edited by Maurice Hornocker and Sharon Negri (University of Chicago Press; 306 pages; $49). Research on the big cat's ecology, behavior, genetics, and conservation needs.
Approaches to Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey" edited by Kostas Myrsiades (Peter Lang Publishing; 262 pages; $76.95). Essays on such topics as standing and inertia in the Iliad, Poulydamas as "double" to Hector, and Aias and the gods.
Eratosthenes' "Geography" translated by Duane W. Roller (Princeton University Press; 304 pages; $49.50). Translation, with commentary, of a geographical treatise by a polymath of the third century BC.
The Last Pharaohs: Egypt Under the Ptolemies, 305-30 BC by J.G. Manning (Princeton University Press; 264 pages; $39.50). A study of the dynasty's model of state-making.
Out of Athens: The New Ancient Greeks by Page duBois (Harvard University Press; 236 pages; $29.95). Draws on postcolonial, postmodern, and psychoanalytic theory in a study of ancient Greek culture.
Religion and Reconciliation in Greek Cities: The Sacred Laws of Selinus and Cyrene by Noel Robertson (Oxford University Press; 414 pages; $99). A study of inscribed laws in the cities of Selinus in Sicily and Cyrene in Libya.
Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy by Gregory A. Staley (Oxford University Press; 185 pages; $74). A study of the Roman writer's Stoic poetics of tragedy.
Gendered Media: Women, Men, and Identity Politics by Karen Ross (Rowman & Littlefield; 201 pages; $49.95). Discusses such topics as news coverage of women, differences in men's and women's behavior online, and claims of the "pornographication" of popular culture.
The Tube has Spoken: Reality TV and History edited by Julie Anne Taddeo and Ken Dvorak (University Press of Kentucky; 275 pages; $40). Essays on American reality TV since Candid Camera, along with writings on Australian, British, and Canadian programs.
The Culture of Knitting by Joanne Turney (Berg Publishers, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 274 pages; $34.95). Focuses on Britain and the United States since 1970 in a study of knitting as art, craft, fashion, and performance.
Deluezian Intersections: Science, Technology, Anthropology edited by Casper Bruun Jensen and Kjetil Rodje (Berghahn Books; 278 pages; $95). Writings that apply the work of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze to science and technology studies, as well as social anthropology.
Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spain's Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference by Justin Crumbaugh (State University of New York Press; 192 pages; $70). Analyzes the impact of a tourist boom in the 1960s that followed Franco's decision in 1959 to devalue Spain's currency and liberalize the economy.
Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces edited by Melanie Kloetzel and Carolyn Pavlik (University Press of Florida; 316 pages; $34.95). Writings on dance performances in unconventional venues.
Exchange Rate Regimes in the Modern Era by Michael W. Klein and Jay C. Shambaugh (MIT Press; 253 pages; $40). Analyzes the impact of varied approaches since 1973.
Strategies of Multinationals in Central and Eastern Europe: Innovation Systems and Embeddedness edited by Yordanka Chobanova (Palgrave Macmillan; 269 pages; $94.95). Writings that focus on food-processing companies that have invested in the region, including Nestle, Unilever, and InBev.
Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts by Michael A. Rebell (University of Chicago Press; 192 pages; $35). Defends state-court involvement in school-finance issues.
Ubiquitous Learning edited by Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis (University of Illinois Press; 279 pages; $70 hardcover, $25 paperback). Writings on an educational model linked to the omnipresence of digital media.
The Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s-1900s: Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change by Dorceta E. Taylor (Duke University Press; 626 pages; $99.95 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Topics include the displacement of minorities for the production of open space for the white and wealthy.
Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis edited by Eileen Crist and H. Bruce Rinker (MIT Press; 371 pages; $54 hardcover, $27 paperback). Essays on Gaian theory and ethics in relation to environmental issues, including biodiversity, global warming, and water resources.
Afterimages of Gilles Deleuze's Film Philosophy edited by D.N. Rodowick (University of Minnesota Press; 396 pages; $82.50 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). New and previously published writings on the arguments and influence of the French philosopher's writings on film.
Hollywood Lighting From the Silent Era to Film Noir by Patrick Keating (Columbia University Press; 296 pages; $84.50 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). A study of lighting as a distinct compositional force; films analyzed include Girl Shy (1924), Anna Karenina (1935), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), and T-Men (1947).
Irving Thalberg: Boy Wonder to Producer Prince by Mark A. Vieira (University of California Press; 504 pages; $34.95). Draws on previously unpublished production files and other materials to document the life and innovative career of the Hollywood producer (1899-1936).
The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov: Laughing Matters by Rimgaila Salys (Intellect Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 352 pages; $35). Discusses highly popular musical films created by the Soviet director in collaboration with the composer Isaak Dunaevskii in the 1930s and 40s.
Post-Classical Cinema: An International Poetics of Film Narration by Eleftheria Thanouli (Wallflower Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 239 pages; $80 hardcover, $25 paperback). Develops formal principles for a model of post-classical cinema; films analyzed include Fight Club, Run Lola Run, and Trainspotting.
GAY AND LESBIAN STUDIES
Gay Shame edited by David M. Halperin and Valerie Traub (University of Chicago Press; 395 pages; $73 hardcover, $29 paperback). Essays by scholars, performers, and others on aspects of gay culture and sexuality that the gay-pride movement has repressed or disavowed.
Sapphistries: A Global History of Love Between Women by Leila J. Rupp (New York University Press; 301 pages; $29.95). Traces how varied societies across history have shaped love and sex between women.
Megaflooding on Earth and Mars edited by Devon M. Burr, Paul A. Carling, and Victor R. Baker (Cambridge University Press; 319 pages; $140). Pays particular attention to outflow channels on the Martian surface and to Icelandic jokulhlaups, or floods produced by volcanic melting of subglacial ice.
After Hitler, Before Stalin: Catholics, Communists, and Democrats in Slovakia, 1945-1948 by James Ramon Felak (University of Pittsburgh Press; 272 pages; $50). Considers the church's political role in postwar Slovakia, including its April 1946 pact with the Democratic Party, and the courting of Catholic voters by the Communists, who took power in February 1948.
After Khomeini: Iran Under His Successors by Said Amir Arjomand (Oxford University Press; 272 pages; $24.95). Traces the emergence of Iran's system of rule by councils of mullahs, and the subordinate position of the president.
Aphrodite's Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti by Anne Salmond (University of California Press; 537 pages; $29.95). Combines discussion of Western exploration and cultural fascination with Tahiti with an account of Tahitians' perceptions of Europeans.
Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security---From World War II to the War on Terrorism by Julian E. Zelizer (Basic Books; 583 pages; $35). A study of how partisanship has shaped U.S. foreign policy.
Birthright: The True Story That Inspired "KIdnapped" by A. Roger Ekirch (W.W. Norton & Company; 258 pages; $24.95). Traces the life of James Annesley (1715-60), the scion of an aristocratic family who was kidnapped at age 12 by an uncle and shipped from Dublin to America as an indentured servant; considers how he proved his identity 12 years later upon return.
Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations by Howard Jones (University of North Carolina Press; 432 pages; $30). Topics include the North's attempts to block the Confederacy from achieving foreign recognition as a nation.
Charlemagne and Louis the Pious: Lives by Einhard, Notker, Ernoldus, Thegan, and the Astronomer by Thomas F.X. Noble (Penn State University Press; 320 pages; $84). Translation of five royal biographies of the Carolingian period.
Chewing Gum, Candy Bars, and Beer: The Army PX in World War II by James J. Cooke (University of Missouri Press; 208 pages; $39.95). Combines an administrative history of the Army Exchange Service with accounts of the experiences of soldiers who used it.
The Clerical Dilemma: Peter of Blois and Literate Culture in the Twelfth Century by John D. Cotts (Catholic University of America Press; 322 pages; $74.95). A study of the 12th-century poet, diplomat, and theologian.
Contested Territory: Mapping Peru in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries by Heidi V. Scott (University of Notre Dame Press; 256 pages; $35). Topics include how indigenous peoples shaped Spanish perceptions of the landscape.
Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power From George Washington to George W. Bush by John Yoo (Kaplan Publishing; 524 pages; $29.95). Offers a historical perspective on the presidency that links presidential greatness to the vigorous exercise of executive power.
The Death of the Shtetl by Yehuda Bauer (Yale University Press; 256 pages; $35). Draws on previously unpublished material in a study of the Nazis' destruction of small Jewish townships in Poland and Russia.
Dr. Mary Walker: An American Radical, 1832-1919 by Sharon M. Harris (Rutgers University Press; 308 pages; $49.95). A biography of the Oswego, N.Y.-born feminist, reformer, and Civil War surgeon, who is the only woman to have ever won the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Exiled in the Homeland: Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine by Donna Robinson Divine (University of Texas Press; 255 pages; $55). Describes the varied motivations and outcomes of Jewish immigration during the first decade of the British Mandate (1919-29).
The "Final Solution" in Riga: Exploitation and Annihilation, 1941-44 by Andrej Angrick and Peter Klein (Berghahn Books; 517 pages; $80). A study of the ghetto in the Latvian capital and the nearby camps of Jungfernhof and Salaspils.
Frenchness and the African Diaspora: Identity and Uprising in Contemporary France edited by Charles Tshimanga, Didier Gondola, and Peter J. Bloom (Indiana University Press; 336 pages; $65 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Essays by French and other scholars on tensions over the emergence of a multicultural France, including in the riots of autumn 2005.
Genesis of the Rising, 1912-1916: A Transformation of Nationalist Opinion by Christopher M. Kennedy (Peter Lang Publishing; 315 pages; $81.95). Identifies an earlier date for a shift in Irish public opinion that set the stage for the 1916 Easter Rising.
Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967 by Hillel Cohen, translated by Haim Watzman (University of California Press; 272 pages; $27.50). Documents the extent of Palestinian collaboration with Israelis in the first three decades of the state.
In Your Face: Professional Improprieties and the Art of Being Conspicuous in Sixteenth-Century Italy by Douglas Biow (Stanford University Press; 272 pages; $70 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Discusses Michelangelo, Pietro Aretino, and other artists and writers who used their work to portray their social transgressions.
Indian Slavery in Colonial America edited by Alan Gallay (University of Nebraska Press; 440 pages; $60). Essays on the capture and enslavement of American Indians, with a focus on the 17th and 18th centuries; also discusses slave trading by Indians.
Indigenous Citizens: Local Liberalism in Early National Oaxaca and Yucatan by Karen D. Caplan (Stanford University Press; 304 pages; $60). Compares both states to examine local forms of liberalism and their divergent impact on indigenous peoples.
The Ismailis in the Colonial Era: Modernity, Empire, and Islam, 1839-1969 by Marc Van Grondelle (Columbia University Press; 139 pages; $65). Considers how diplomatic interactions with the British shaped the growth and modernization of the Nizari Ismailis, a small sect in Shi'ite Islam.
Japanese War Brides: An Oral History by Miki Ward Crawford, Katie Kaori Hayashi, and Shizuko Suenaga (Praeger Publishers; 268 pages; $54.95). Documents the experiences of 19 war brides, with a focus on the immediate postwar period.
Migration and the Transformation of the Southern Workplace Since 1945 edited by Robert Cassanello and Colin J. Davis (University Press of Florida; 209 pages; $65). Essays on such topics as the Latinization of Miami's work force, Tyson Foods, Holly Farms, and the rise of "big chicken," and globalization and the coalfields of Alabama and Colombia.
Mitterand, the End of the Cold War, and German Unification by Frederic Bozo, translated by Susan Emanuel (Berghahn Books; 417 pages; $110). Documents the French president's role in furthering German reunification.
A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees by Resat Kasaba (University of Washington Press; 194 pages; $70 hardcover, $30 paperback). A study of the status of tribes in the empire, including periods of forced settlement and forced migration.
A Nation of Politicians: Gender, Patriotism, and Political Culture in Late Eighteenth-Century Ireland by Padhraig Higgins (University of Wisconsin Press; 333 pages; $29.95). Focuses on the role of the Volunteers in the politicization of Catholics, lower-class Protestants, and other non-elites.
Nexus of Empire: Negotiating Loyalty and Identity in the Revolutionary Borderlands, 1760s-1820s edited by Gene Allen Smith and Sylvia L. Hilton (University Press of Florida; 375 pages; $69.95). Biographical and other essays on the diverse Gulf of Mexico region, in which Spain, France, England, the United States, and indigenous nations competed for power.
A People's History of the Hmong by Paul Hillmer (Minnesota Historical Society Press; 327 pages; $27.95). Draws on more than 200 interviews in a history of the South East Asian people, who immigrated in large numbers to the United States in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Laos in 1975.
Race, Place, and Reform in Mexican Los Angeles: A Transnational Perspective, 1890-1940 by Stephanie Lewthwaite (University of Arizona Press; 297 pages; $50). Topics include challenges to assimilation from Mexican nationalists and American nativists.
Reminiscences of an Old Georgia Lawyer by Judge Garnett Andrews, edited by S. Kittrell Rushing (University of Tennessee Press; 200 pages; $42). Scholarly edition of writings privately published by the Georgia jurist in 1870.
Rome Reborn on Western Shores: Historical Imagination and the Creation of the American Republic by Eran Shalev (University of Virginia Press; 320 pages; $45). Considers how classical antiquity shaped Americans' understandings of history, politics, and time.
Utopia or Auschwitz? Germany's 1968 Generation and the Holocaust by Hans Kundnani (Columbia University Press; 374 pages; $27.50). Topics include how the 60 generation's tendency to see Auschwitz everywhere relativized the Holocaust.
War and German Memory: Excavating the Significance of the Second World War in German Cultural Consciousness by K. Michael Prince (Lexington Books; 179 pages; $60). Argues that German suffering has been the dominant theme of postwar German historical memory; draws on literature, film, popular media, and other realms.
The Wars of Myron King: A B-17 Pilot Faces WWII and U.S.-Soviet Intrigue by James Lee McDonough (University of Tennessee Press; 250 pages; $32.95). Discusses an American bomber pilot who, forced to land in Poland after enemy fire, became embroiled in U.S.-Soviet tensions.
We Ain't What We Ought To Be: The Black Freedom Struggle From Emancipation to Obama by Stephen Tuck (Harvard University Press; 494 pages; $29.95). A revisionist study that challenges the placement of the nonviolent civil-rights movement as the focal point of the struggle.
Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America by Douglas Cazaux Sackman (Oxford University Press; 176 pages; $22). Sets the friendship between the anthropologist Alfred Kroeber and a Californian known as the "last wild Indian" in the wider cultural context of American modernity.
Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic by Michael Scammell (Random House; 689 pages; $35). A biography of the controversial Hungarian-born intellectual Arthur Koestler (1905-83).
The Double Helix and the Law of Evidence by David H. Kaye (Harvard University Press; 330 pages; $45). Discusses science, statistics, and evidentiary rules in courtroom battles over the admissibility of genetic proof of identity.
Framing Equal Opportunity: Law and the Politics of School Finance Reform by Michael Paris (Stanford University Press; 336 pages; $75 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Focuses on Kentucky and New Jersey in a study of how reformers cast their legal arguments.
Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives by Rebecca J. Cook and Simone Cusack (University of Pennsylvania Press; 270 pages; $49.95). Draws on a 1979 United Nations convention to examine how gender stereotypes might be eliminated.
Law and Economics of Contingent Protection in International Trade edited by Kyle W. Bagwell, George A. Bermann, and Petros C. Mavroidis (Columbia University Press; 424 pages; $95). Research on such topics as antidumping and countervailing measures agreements.
Navajo Courts and Navajo Common Law: A Tradition of Tribal Self-Governance by Raymond D. Austin (University of Minnesota Press; 268 pages; $60 hardcover, $19.95 paperback). Describes how the tribal courts apply Navajo doctrine to legal issues.
The Road to Abolition? The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States edited by Charles J. Ogletree Jr. and Austin Sarat (New York University Press; 374 pages; $79 hardcover, $22 paperback). Topics include how debates over lethal injection affect the wider movement for abolition.
The Soul of Creativity: Forging a Moral Rights Law for the United States by Roberta Rosenthal Kwall (Stanford University Press; 272 pages; $70 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Develops an approach to authors' rights grounded in an appreciation of the inspirational aspects of the creative process.
What Books by African American Women Were Acquired by American Academic Libraries? A Study of Institutional Legitimation, Exclusion, and Implicit Censorship by Kimberly Black (Edwin Mellen Press; 211 pages; $109.95). Focuses on poetry and fiction by black women written between 1980 and 1990.
Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture by Geoffrey Hughes (Wiley-Blackwell; 320 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). Combines a modern history of political correctness in language with discussion of its earlier manifestations in English-language culture since the medieval era.
Archives of American Time: Literature and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century by Lloyd Pratt (University of Pennsylvania Press; 252 pages; $55). Draws on historical romance, Southwestern humor, African-American autobiography, and other genres to explore competing visions of time in the antebellum era.
Bohemia in America, 1858-1920 by Joanna Levin (Stanford University Press; 480 pages; $65). Traces the embrace of the French notion of la vie boheme in literary and other cultural realms.
Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas by Charles A. Perrone (University Press of Florida; 250 pages; $69.95). Discusses poetry, film, music, and other realms in a study of Brazilians' engagement with English- and Spanish-language culture.
The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume VIII: Letters and Social Aims edited by Ronald A. Bosco and others, Glen M. Johnson, and Joel Myerson (Harvard University Press; 398 pages; $95). Combines writings originally published in the early 1840s with later works, including essays said to document Emerson's declining creative powers after 1865.
The Cynic Enlightenment: Diogenes in the Salon by Louisa Shea (Johns Hopkins University Press; 262 pages; $70). Discusses Diderot, Rousseau, Wieland, Sade, and other thinkers who drew on ancient Cynicism.
Democracy's Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing by Jennifer Greiman (Fordham University Press, distributed by New York University Press; 276 pages; $45). Focuses on de Tocqueville, Gustave de Beaumont, Lydia Maria Child, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville.
Disseminal Chaucer: Rereading "The Nun's Priest's Tale" by Peter W. Travis (University of Notre Dame Press; 443 pages; $40). Discusses the tale as "Menippean didascalic parody."
Francophone Women: Between Visibility and Invisibility edited by Cybelle H. McFadden and Sandrine F. Teixidor (Peter Lang Publishing; 143 pages; $66.95). Essays on writers said to foreground the female body and write across geographical borders; authors discussed include Colette, Nina Bouraoui, Assia Djebar, Annie Ernaux, and Malika Mokeddem.
Killing Time: Waiting Hierarchies in the Twentieth-Century German Novel by Jennifer Marston William (Bucknell University Press; 264 pages; $58). Explores the emblematic depiction of characters' states of waiting in novels by Kafka, Thomas Mann, Anna Seghers, Uwe Johnson, Ingeborg Bachmann, Wolfgang Hilbig, and Marlene Streeruwitz.
The Long Space: Transnationalism and Postcolonial Form by Peter Hitchcock (Stanford University Press; 320 pages; $65 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Focuses on the Guyanese writer Wilson Harris, the Somali Nuruddin Farah, the Indonesian Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and the Algerian Assia Djebar.
Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West by Clare Cavanagh (Yale University Press; 332 pages; $45). Uses works by Akhmatova, Blok, Mayakovsky, and others to explore links among poetry, national, life, and identity.
Masculine Identity in the Fiction of the Arab East Since 1967 by Samira Aghacy (Syracuse University Press; 225 pages; $34.95). Uses analyses of 20 novels by Lebanese, Jordanian, Palestinian, Syrian, and Iraqi authors to dispute essentialist views of Arab masculinity.
Modernist Cultural Studies by Catherine Driscoll (University Press of Florida; 280 pages; $69.95). Argues for seeing cultural studies as a continuation of the concerns and innovations of modernism.
Multi-Ethnicity as a Resource for the Literary Imagination: The Creative Achievements of Women Artists, Poets, and Novelists by Pamela J. Rader (Edwin Mellen Press; 145 pages; $99.95). A study of Paula Gunn Allen, Myriam Chancy, Edwidge Danticat, Julie Dash, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Carmen Tafolla.
On the Dark Side of the Archive: Nation and Literature in Spanish America at the Turn of the Century by Juan Carlos Gonzalez Espitia (Bucknell University Press; 256 pages; $58.50). Analyzes works by such authors as Jose Maria Vargas Vila, Horacio Quiroga, and Clemente Palma.
The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse by Siobhan Phillips (Columbia University Press; 319 pages; $45). Focuses on the poetics of the quotidian in works by Stevens, Frost, Bishop, and Merrill.
Postnational Feminisms: Postcolonial Identities and Cosmopolitanism in the Works of Kamala Markandaya, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Ama Ata Aidoo, and Anita Desai by Hena Ahmad (Peter Lang Publishing; 148 pages; $69.95). A study of Aidoo's Changes, Desai's Clear Light of Day, Markandaya's Nectar in a Sieve, and Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions.
Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture edited by Stephen Paul Miller and Daniel Morris (University of Alabama Press; 456 pages; $67.50 hardcover, $39.95 paperback). Essays on such poets as Alan Ginsberg, Adina Karasick, George Oppen, Charles Reznikoff, Gertrude Stein, and Louis Zukofsky.
Reading Emily Dickinson's Letters: Critical Essays edited by Jane Donahue Eberwein and Cindy MacKenzie (University of Massachusetts Press; 304 pages; $39.95). Topics include the poet's neglected family correspondence with her aunt Kate Sweeser and her cousin Eugenia Montague.
Real and Imagined Women in British Romanticism by Gaura Shankar Narayan (Peter Lang Publishing; 206 pages; $72.95). Sets the poets' views on feeling and sentiment in the context of Mary Wollstonecraft's challenge to the gendered notion of reason versus sentiment.
Shaping Words to Fit the Soul: The Southern Ritual Grounds of Afro-Modernism by Jurgen E. Grandt (Ohio State University Press; 232 pages; $41.95). Authors discussed include Frederick Douglass, Jean Toomer, Richard Wright, and Tayari Jones.
Stalin in Russian Satire, 1917-1991 by Karen L. Ryan (University of Wisconsin Press; 264 pages; $29.95). Describes the varied satirical treatments of Stalin, including works that sought to distance him from Russian culture.
Two Texts by Edward Everett Hale: "The Man Without a Country" and "Philip Nolan's Friends" edited by Hsuan Hsu and Susan Kalter (Lexington Books; 444 pages; $90). Edition of a short story and its novel-length sequel that were written by the American writer and clergyman (1822-1909) in response to Clement Vallandigham's speeches against Abraham Lincoln's suspension of civil liberties.
Violence in Francophone African and Caribbean Women's Literature by Chantal Kalisa (University of Nebraska Press; 225 pages; $45). Explores colonial, familial, and other violence in works by such writers as Nadine Bar, Ken Begul, Calixthe Beyala, Michele Lacrosil, and Gisele Pineau.
Voices Out of Africa in Twentieth-Century Spanish Caribbean Literature by Julia Cuervo Hewitt (Bucknell University Press; 408 pages; $80). Explores often hidden elements of African myth and symbolism in works by Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican writers.
Women Writers of the Provincetown Players: A Collection of Short Works edited by Judith E. Barlow (State University of New York Press; 320 pages; $75 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Edition of 13 short plays originally performed by one of the early 20th century's most influential non-commercial theater groups.
Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing by Vilashini Cooppan (Stanford University Press; 400 pages; $65). Draws on deconstructionist and psychoanalytic theory in a study of such writers as Chinua Achebe, Amitav Ghosh, and Salman Rushdie.
Matrices, Moments, and Quadrature With Applications by Gene H. Golub and Gerard Meurant (Princeton University Press; 363 pages; $65). Presents and applies algorithms to estimate bilinear forms involving two vectors and a function of the matrix.
Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe by Florin Diacu (Princeton University Press; 240 pages; $24.95). Traces the history and use of mathematical models for the prediction of natural and manmade disasters.
A Language of Its Own: Sense and Meaning in the Making of Western Art Music by Ruth Katz (University of Chicago Press; 354 pages; $48). Explores links between theoretical texts on music and musical composition.
Oye Como Va! Hybridity and Identity in Latino Popular Music by Deborah Pacini Hernandez (Temple University Press; 220 pages; $69.50 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Pays particular attention to styles associated with Colombians and Dominicans.
Rush: Rock Music and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown by Chris McDonald (Indiana University Press; 255 pages; $60 hardcover, $22.95 paperback). A study of the Canadian band and its relationship to the culture of North America's middle class.
Sibelius: A Composer's Life and the Awakening of Finland by Glenda Dawn Goss (University of Chicago Press; 549 pages; $55). A biography of the Finnish composer (1865-1957) that explores the wider cultural and national context of his lapse into artistic silence for the final 30 years of his life.
Unaccompanied Bach: Performing the Solo Works by David Ledbetter (Yale University Press; 348 pages; $45). Combines history and commentary in a study of Bach's six suites for solo cello and other solo instrumentals.
Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals by Jean Kazez (Wiley-Blackwell; 206 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Offers a middle ground between extreme egalitarianism and positions that dismiss animal rights.
Emile or On Education (Includes Emile and Sophie; or The Solitaries) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, translated and edited by Christopher Kelly and Allan Bloom (Dartmouth College Press/University Press of New England; 775 pages; $85). Completes an edition of the French philosopher's collected writings; includes previously untranslated drafts.
Ethics of Writing by Carlo Sini, translated by Silvia Benso with Brian Schroeder (State University of New York Press; 192 pages; $70). First English translation of the Italian philosopher's work on the influence of the alphabet and writing on Western rationality.
From Bondage to Freedom: Spinoza on Human Excellence by Michael LeBuffe (Oxford University Press; 253 pages; $74). A study of Spinoza's view of bondage to passion and the attainment of freedom.
Gadamer's Dialectical Hermeneutics by Lauren Swayne Barthold (Lexington Books; 142 pages; $55). A study of the German philosopher that considers how his hermeneutics recall the Platonic notion of chorismos or separation between sensory and transcendent realms.
Gustav Shpet's Contribution to Philosophy and Cultural Theory edited by Galin Tihanov (Purdue University Press; 322 pages; $39.95). Essays on the philosopher (1879-1937) who introduced Husserlian phenomenology to Russia.
Is Killing Wrong? A Study in Pure Sociology by Mark Cooney (University of Virginia Press; 256 pages; $39.50). Applies Donald Black's theory of "pure sociology" to the question of the varied social responses to homicide.
"The Moment" and Late Writings: International Kierkegaard Commentary, Volume 23 edited by Robert L. Perkins (Mercer University Press; 331 pages; $50). Essays on newspaper articles in which the philosopher was critical of the Danish state church.
Plato and Heidegger: A Question of Dialogue by Francisco J. Gonzalez (Penn State University Press; 358 pages; $75). Identifies missed opportunities in the German philosopher's engagement with his Greek predecessor.
Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucian Philosophy by Stephen C. Angle (Oxford University Press; 293 pages; $74). Considers how Neo-Confucian ideas of ethics, education, politics, and psychology engage with contemporary thought.
This Incredible Need to Believe by Julia Kristeva, translated by Beverley Bie Brahic (Columbia University Press; 115 pages; $19.95). Explores the human desire for God.
China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence by Sophie Richardson (Columbia University Press; 332 pages; $50). Draws on interviews with policy makers in a study of Chinese foreign policy since 1954; topics include its support for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge.
The Choice of War: The Iraq War and the Just War Tradition by Albert L. Weeks (Praeger Publishers; 200 pages; $44.95). Argues that the Bush administration fell short of both the criteria of just cause for war and justice in war.
Congressional Representation and Constituents: The Case for Increasing the U.S. House of Representatives by Brian Frederick (Routledge; 169 pages; $135 hardcover, $32.95 paperback). Documents the damaging political impact of the House remaining constant at 435 members for nearly a century, despite an increase in the population of 200 percent.
Death by Moderation: The U.S. Military's Quest for Useable Weapons by David A. Koplow (Cambridge University Press; 263 pages; $85 hardcover, $28.99 paperback). Presents case studies of precision-guided ìsmart bombs,î low-yield nuclear weapons, self-neutralizing anti-personnel land mines, directed-energy anti-satellite weapons, and non-lethal weapons.
Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? What History Teaches Us About Strategic Barriers and International Security by Brent L. Sterling (Georgetown University Press; 354 pages; $32.95). A study of six structural defenses since the fifth century BC: the long walls of Athens, Hadrian's Wall in Roman Britain, the Great Wall of China, France's Maginot Line, and Israel's Bar Lev Line.
Israel in the Second Iraq War: The Influence of Likud by Stephen C. Pelletiere (Praeger Publishers; 134 pages; $34.95). Argues, among other things, that Donald Rumsfeld emulated Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1996 in his planning for the current war in Iraq; draws parallels with the overwhelming air power, limited ground forces, attacks on infrastructure, and civilian casualties.
Moral Dilemmas of Modern War: Torture, Assassination, and Blackmail in an Age of Asymmetric Conflict by Michael L. Gross (Cambridge University Press; 321 pages; $85 hardcover, $27.99 paperback). Discusses ways of reconciling new forms of warfare with international law, including what is termed "targeted killing" and "enhanced interrogation."
On Thin Ice: The Inuit, the State, and the Challenge of Arctic Sovereignty by Barry Scott Zellen (Lexington Books; 251 pages; $70). Focuses on the North American Arctic in a study of Inuit efforts to participate in policy making on security and other issues.
The Partisan Sort: How Liberals Became Democrats and Conservatives Became Republicans by Matthew Levendusky (University of Chicago Press; 184 pages; $57 hardcover, $19 paperback). Traces the consequences of a greater alignment of partisanship and ideology.
The Politics of Regional Integration in Latin America: Theoretical and Comparative Explorations by Olivier Dabene (Palgrave Macmillan; $84.95). Topics include new developments in regional integration following Latin America's recent turn to the left, such as the Venezuelan Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas.
Presidents and Political Thought by David J. Siemers (University of Missouri Press; 240 pages; $49.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Examines links between political philosophy and practical politics in the careers of John Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Clinton.
Superpower Illusions: How Myths and False Ideologies Led America Astray---and How to Return to Reality by Jack F. Matlock Jr. (Yale University Press; 344 pages; $30). Topics include how the collapse of the Soviet Union decreased America's leverage over other countries.
Traitors: Suspicion, Intimacy, and the Ethics of State-Building edited by Sharika Thiranagama and Tobias Kelly (University of Pennsylvania Press; 272 pages; $45). Multidisciplinary writings on such topics as the fear of collaboration among West Bank Palestinians.
Understanding Life in the Borderlands: Boundaries in Depth and in Motion edited by I. William Zartman (University of Georgia Press; 308 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Case studies of the dynamics of borderlands across four millennia.
The Genesis of Desire by Jean-Michel Oughourlian, translated by Eugene Webb (Michigan State University Press; 174 pages; $24.95). Explores the role of rivalry in attraction.
The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease by Jonathan M. Metzl (Beacon Press; 246 pages; $24.95). Focuses on black men taken to the Ionia State Hospital in Michigan in a study of how black protest came to be associated with schizophrenia.
Born Again: Evangelicalism in Korea by Timothy S. Lee (University of Hawai'i Press; 248 pages; $40). Explores cultural, political, and other factors that have contributed to the success of evangelical Christianity in Korea, where it was introduced in the late 19th century.
Buddhist Warfare edited by Michael K. Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer (Oxford University Press; 257 pages; $99 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Essays on how Buddhist groups have used religious rhetoric and images to support warfare since antiquity.
The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition by James R. Edwards (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing; 360 pages; $36). Argues that the high concentration of "Semitisms" in portions of Luke not shared with Matthew or Mark were derived from an original Hebrew Gospel.
The Historical Jesus of the Gospels by Craig S. Keener (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing; 831 pages; $60). Argues that the Gospels provide more historically valuable information about Jesus than many scholars believe.
Jihad and Genocide by Richard L. Rubenstein (Rowman & Littlefield; 250 pages; $59.95). Discusses what is termed the "genocidal potentialities" ofthe Islamic concept of jihad.
The Old Testament as Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East edited by Vahan S. Hovhanessian (Peter Lang Publishing; 137 pages; $63.95). Topics include the Holy Spirit in Cyril of Alexandria's commentary on Isaiah, and Ephraem the Syrian and the authority of Old Testament writings.
Zeal for Zion: Christians, Jews, and the Idea of the Promised Land by Shalom L. Goldman (University of North Carolina Press; 376 pages; $35). Discusses scholars, diplomats, poets, writers, and others in a study of Christian support for the Zionist project.
Preaching the Inward Light: Early Quaker Rhetoric by Michael P. Graves (Baylor University Press; 462 pages; $49.95). Documents the theological innovation of impromptu preaching by 17th-century Quakers.
Animating Difference: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Films for Children by C. Richard King, Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo (Rowman & Littlefield; 189 pages; $60). Analyzes films since 1990 released by Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and Twentieth Century Fox.
At the Altar of the Bottom Line: The Degradation of Work in the 21st Century by Tom Juravich (University of Massachusetts Press; 260 pages; $80 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Draws on interviews with four groups of workers in Massachusetts: hospital employees in Boston, Verizon customer representatives in Andover, undocumented Guatemalan fish processors in New Bedford, and workers from the now-shuttered Jones Beloit paper plant in Dalton.
Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States edited by Rickie Solinger and others (University of California Press; 458 pages; $55 hardcover, $21.95 paperback). Writings by and about women now and previously incarcerated.
The Making of Law: An Ethnography of the Conseil d'Etat by Bruno Latour, translated by Marina Brilman and Alain Pottage (Polity Press, distributed by Wiley-Blackwell; 297 pages; $26.95). An ethnographic study of one of France's supreme courts, specializing in administrative law.
Making Transnational Feminism: Rural Women, NGO Activists, and Northern Donors in Brazil by Millie Thayer (Routledge; 234 pages; $140 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). A study of a rural women's group in Serra Talhada and an urban women's group in Recife, both in the northeastern state of Pernambuco.
The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy by Lisa Dodson (New Press; 227 pages; $24.95). Focuses on actions by middle-class managers and professionals, including nurses who choose to treat uninsured children.
Moving Politics: Emotion and Act Up's Fight Against AIDS by Deborah B. Gould (University of Chicago Press; 524 pages; $65 hardcover, $23 paperback). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a study of emotion and the rise, development, and decline of Act Up's direct-action approach.
Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Culture, and Social Crisis by Ryan Moore (New York University Press; 273 pages; $75 hardcover, $24 paperback). Considers the relationship of youth music culture to wider social changes over the past four decades.
The War on Welfare: Family, Poverty, and Politics in Modern America by Marisa Chappell (University of Pennsylvania Press; 345 pages; $45). Considers how certain of the arguments of liberal antipoverty antivists of the 1960s and 70s set the stage for later retrenchment on welfare.
Transforming Faith: The Story of Al-Huda and Islamic Revolution Among Urban Pakistani Women by Sadaf Ahmad (Syracuse University Press; 240 pages; $34.95). A study of a school that has drawn a growing number of middle- and upper-class Pakistani women to embrace conservative Islam.
Women Elders' Life Stories of the Omaha Tribe: Macy, Nebraska, 2004-2005 edited by Wynne L. Summers (University of Nebraska Press; 112 pages; $35). Documents the lives of Eleanor Baxter, a former tribal chair, and two educators, Alice Saunsoci and Hawate (Wenona Caramony).
January 10, 2010
Weekly Book List, January 11, 2010