A Disability of the Soul: An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan by Karen Nakamura (Cornell University Press; 256 pages; $75 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). A study of a community for people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders founded in a fishing village in northern Japan in 1984; documents its success, through work programs, in reintegrating the mentally ill.
The Drug Company Next Door: Pollution, Jobs, and Community Health in Puerto Rico by Alexa S. Dietrich (New York University Press; 231 pages; $75 hardcover, $24 paperback). An ethnographic study of a town in Puerto Rico with more than a dozen drug factories, representing five multinationals.
Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places by Erica T. Lehrer (Indiana University Press; 296 pages; $80 hardcover, $28 paperback). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a study of the encounter of Jewish and Polish "memory projects" on Warsaw's Kazimierz neighborhood.
Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan edited by Alisa Freedman, Laura Miller, and Christine R. Yano (Stanford University Press; 296 pages; $80 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Writings on "shop girls," "elevator girls," flight attendants, "dancehall girls," and bus guides.
Singing for the Dead: The Politics of Indigenous Revival in Mexico by Paja Faudree (Duke University Press; 315 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Draws on fieldwork in Oaxaca in a study of the revival of Mazatec-language culture through a Day of the Dead song contest.
Merchants, Markets, and Exchange in the Pre-Columbian World edited by Kenneth G. Hirth and Joanne Pillsbury (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, distributed by Harvard University Press; 469 pages; $70). Focuses on the central highlands of Mexico, the Maya lowlands, and the central Andes.
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
American Painters on Technique, 1860-1945 by Lance Mayer and Gay Myers (Getty Research Institute; 298 pages; $50). Draws on sources from artists' notebooks, diaries, and interviews to suppliers' catalogues and painting manuals.
Architecture as a Performing Art edited by Marcia Feuerstein and Gray Read (Ashgate Publishing Company; 224 pages; $89.95). Topics include the political street theater of Basel, Switzerland's pre-Lenten carnival, or Fasnacht.
Dressed as in a Painting: Women and British Aestheticism in an Age of Reform by Kimberly Wahl (University of New Hampshire Press/University Press of New England; 240 pages; $40). Explores links among fashion, art, and aestheticism in the second half of the 19th century.
Found Sculpture and Photography From Surrealism to Contemporary Art edited by Anna Dezeuze and Julia Kelly (Ashgate Publishing Company; 200 pages; $99.95). Topics include Richard Wentworth's series Making Do, Getting By, the films of Man Ray, and "voluntary" and "involuntary" sculpture.
Pay for Your Pleasures: Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon by Cary Levine (University of Chicago Press; 211 pages; $45). A study of the individual and collaborative work of three southern California artists.
Suffering and Sentiment in Romantic Military Art by Philip Shaw (Ashgate Publishing Company; 248 pages; $104.95). Focuses on the figure of the common soldier.
Women and Ledger Art: Four Contemporary Native American Artists by Richard Pearce (University of Arizona Press; 112 pages; $24.95). Focuses on the work of Sharron Ahtone, Colleen Cutschall, Linda Haukaas, and Dolores Purdy Corcoran.
The Orphic Hymns translated by Apostolos N. Athanassakis with Benjamin M. Wolkow (Johns Hopkins University Press; 288 pages; $40 hardcover, $20 paperback). Translation of Greek hymns composed anonymously in Asia Minor, probably in the mid-third century AD.
Pythagorean Women: Their History and Writings by Sarah B. Pomeroy (Johns Hopkins University Press; 200 pages; $49.95). Examines the lives and writings of female adherents of Pythagoreanism and neo-Pythagoreanism, topics include the philosopher's view of a single sexual standard for men and women.
On Gaia: A Critical Investigation of the Relationship Between Life and Earth by Toby Tyrrell (Princeton University Press; 320 pages; $35). Draws on research in climate science, oceanography, ecology, and other fields to dispute the "Gaia hypothesis" of James Lovelock and his supporters.
Banking on Democracy: Financial Markets and Elections in Emerging Countries by Javier Santiso (MIT Press; 317 pages; $40). Focuses on Brazil in a study of links between democratic elections and financial markets.
Employment Guarantee Schemes: Job Creation and Policy in Developing Countries and Emerging Market. edited by Michael J. Murray and Mathew Forstater (Palgrave Macmillan; 191 pages; $85). Focuses on direct job-creation policies in China, Ghana, Argentina, and India.
Income Inequality in Korea: An Analysis of Trends, Causes, and Answers by Chong-bum An and Barry Bosworth (Harvard University Press; 188 pages; $39.95). Examines equalizing trends in the 1980s and 90s and their later erosion.
Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown by Philip Mirowski (Verso; 467 pages; $29.95). Discusses the recent economic crisis as both social disaster and intellectual debacle and considers how neoliberalism survived stronger than ever.
The Demoralization of Teachers: Crisis in a Rural School in China by Dan Wang (Lexington Books; 149 pages; $65). An ethnographic study that examines teachers' bad morale in a rural elementary school in southwest China.
Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cities by Julie L. Davis (University of Minnesota Press; 336 pages; $69 hardcover, $22.95 paperback). A study of the Earth school in Minneapolis and the Red School House in St. Paul, two schools founded by American Indian Movement activists and Indian parents in the 1970s.
Exporting Perilous Pauline: Pearl White and the Serial Film Craze edited by Marina Dahlquist (University of Illinois Press; 248 pages; $85 hardcover, $25 paperback). Writings on the global popularity of action serials with female heroines, including Pearl White in The Perils of Pauline.
Maternal Horror Film: Melodrama and Motherhood by Sarah Arnold (Palgrave Macmillan; 206 pages; $80). Explores the tropes of the self-sacrificing and the demonic mother in horror movies; films discussed include The Brood, The Others, and Ringu.
Open Roads, Closed Borders: The Contemporary French- Language Road Movie edited by Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt (Intellect Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 247 pages; $60). Writings on films made in France, Belgium, and North Africa, including the Laurent Cantet's Time Out, the Dardenne brothers' The Promise, and Mehdi Charef's The Daughter of Keltoum.
The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe by Olga Gershenson (Rutgers University Press; 275 pages; $85 hardcover, $32.50 paperback). Combines interview and archival research in a study of all Soviet narrative films dealing with the Holocaust, including both finished works and those banned during production.
Postwall German Cinema: History, Film History, and Cinephilia by Mattias Frey (Berghahn Books; 206 pages; $90). Analyzes a trend toward period or historical films in recent German cinema and considers how the genre "channels" past styles.
Rising Sun, Divided Land: Japanese and South Korean Filmmakers by Kate E. Taylor-Jones (Wallflower Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 253 pages; $85 hardcover, $28 paperback). A study of the directors Fukasaku Kinji, Im Kwon-teak, Kawase Naomi, Miike Takashi, Lee Chang-dong, Kitano Takeshi, Park Chan-wook, and Kim Ki-duk.
Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century by Ann K. Ferrell (University Press of Kentucky; 312 pages; $50). Combines ethnographic, archival, and rhetorical perspectives in a study of tobacco's changing fortunes in the state.
GAY AND LESBIAN STUDIES
Queer Media Images: LGBT Perspectives edited by Jane Campbell and Theresa Carilli (Lexington Books; 200 pages; $60). Essays on media representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community; topics include Glee, Katy Perry's song "I Kissed a Girl," and sports coverage of "intersex" athletes.
Why Europe is Lesbian and Gay Friendly (and Why America Never Will Be) by Angela R. Wilson (State University of New York Press; 196 pages; $75). Focuses on European social-welfare policy and the involvement of Christian churches.
From Enron to Evo: Pipeline Politics, Global Environmentalism, and Indigenous Rights in Bolivia by Derrick Hindery (University of Arizona Press; 302 pages; $55). Documents the impact of the Cuiaba pipeline on Bolivia's indigenous population.
Aristocratic Vice: The Attack on Duelling, Suicide, Adultery, and Gambling in Eighteenth-Century England by Donna T. Andrew (Yale University Press; 318 pages; $50). Describes how campaigns against four vices associated with the aristocracy cultivated a sense of superiority among members of England's emerging middle class.
Call for Change: The Medicine Way of American Indian History, Ethos, and Reality by Donald L. Fixico (University of Nebraska Press; 288 pages; $50). Proposes a new approach to American Indian history that will better incorporate indigenous traditions and experience.
A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II by Maury Klein (Bloomsbury Press; 897 pages; $40). Traces the history and legacy of the wave of production that followed President Roosevelt's call for America to become the "great arsenal of democracy."
The Cambodian Wars: Clashing Armies and CIA Covert Operations by Kenneth Conboy (University Press of Kansas; 464 pages; $39.95). Combines a history of Cambodia from the 1950s to the 1990s with a study of CIA operations in 1970-75 and 1981-91.
Centering Animals in Latin American History edited by Martha Few and Zeb Tortorici (Duke University Press; 391 pages; $94.95 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Essays on nonhuman animals in the histories of Mexico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Chile, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina; topics include canine baptisms, weddings, and funerals in Bourbon Mexico.
Cotton and Conquest: How the Plantation System Acquired Texas by Roger G. Kennedy (University of Oklahoma Press; 352 pages; $34.95). Discusses international commerce, partisan politics, Indian-white relations, and other factors in the extension of the South's cotton economy to Texas.
Cultural Exchange: Jews, Christians, and Art in the Medieval Marketplace by Joseph Shatzmiller (Princeton University Press; 185 pages; $35). Topics include how pawnbroking brought Jews into contact with Christian art and artisanship and, in turn, influenced the design of Jewish liturgical objects.
Ellis Island Nation: Immigration Policy and American Identity in the Twentieth Century by Robert L. Fleegler (University of Pennsylvania Press; 270 pages; $49.95). Focuses on how eastern and southern European immigrants came to be seen as assets that strengthened the United States.
JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President by Thurston Clarke (Penguin Press; 432 pages; $29.95). Argues that Kennedy's final few months reveal a president changing in his views toward civil rights, Vietnam, and detente.
Liberty's Dawn: A People's History of the Industrial Revolution by Emma Griffin (Yale University Press; 320 pages; $45). Analyzes hundreds of British working-class autobiographies from 1760 to 1900 that reveal an emancipatory view of industrialization.
A Living Exhibition: The Smithsonian and the Transformation of the Universal Museum by William S. Walker (University of Massachusetts Press; 304 pages; $80 hardcover, $27.95 paeprback). Focuses on the Smithsonian's expansion after World War II.
The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 461 pages; $28). Combines archaeological and archival sources in a history of Sylvester Manor, a plantation founded by slave-holding Quakers in the mid-1700s on Shelter Island, between the North and South Forks of Long Island, New York.
Murder in the State Capitol: The Biography of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Augustus Alston, 1832-1879 by Pamela Chase Hain (Mercer University Press; 273 pages; $35). Traces the life of the Georgia planter, politician, and newspaper editor whose murder in 1879 seems to have been linked to his attacks on the convict-lease-labor system.
The Name of a Queen: William Fleetwood's Itinerarium ad Windsor edited by Charles Beem and Dennis Moore (Palgrave Macmillan; 203 pages; $85). Combines an edition of Fleetwood's consideration of Elizabeth I and regnant queenship with scholarly essays on the topic.
Native Americans in the Susquehanna River Valley, Past and Present edited by David J. Minderhout (Bucknell University Press; 225 pages; $75). Combines archival, archaeological, and oral-historical perspectives in a history of indigenous peoples in a region centered on Pennsylvania.
The Pro-War Movement: Domestic Support for the Vietnam War and the Making of Modern American Conservatism by Sandra Scanlon (University of Massachusetts Press; 352 pages; $80 hardcover, $28.95 paperback). Topics include the shifting rhetoric of pro-war Americans, from total victory to peace with honor.
Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas by Jeffrey Stuart Kerr (Texas Tech University Press; 352 pages; $39.95). Traces the rivalry of Mirabeau B. Lamar and Sam Houston in the founding of Texas' capital.
The Soldiers' Press: Trench Journals in the First World War by Graham Seal (Palgrave Macmillan; 256 pages; $85). A study of British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and American newspapers and magazines written by and about soldiers.
Transatlantic Cultural Exchange: African American Women's Art and Activism in West Germany by Katharina Gerund (Transcript-Verlag, distributed by Columbia University Press; 315 pages; $55). Figures discsussed include Josephine Baker, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison.
Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country by William Philpott (University of Washington Press; 488 pages; $39.95). Traces the postwar transformation of a once isolated and little-visited region.
The Devil's Tabernacle: The Pagan Oracles in Early Modern Thought by Anthony Ossa-Richardson (Princeton University Press; 352 pages; $35). Pays particular attention to a dispute over the nature of the pagan oracles between Bernard de Fontenelle and Jean-Francois Baltus.
A History of Political Ideas: From Antiquity to the Middle Ages by Philippe Nemo, translated by Kenneth Casler (Duquesne University Press; 665 pages; $36). Translation of the French scholar's 2007 work.
Continuing "La Causa": Organizing Labor in California's Strawberry Fields by Gilbert Felipe Mireles (Lynne Rienner Publishers; 191 pages; $59.95). Topics include how a disengagement from the fields hampered the United Farm Workers' campaign, beginning in 1996, to organize workers at Coastal Berry.
Man of Fire: Selected Writings by Ernesto Galarza, edited by Armando Ibarra and Rodolfo D. Torres (University of Illinois Press; 336 pages; $65). Writings by the Mexican-American scholar, activist, and labor organizer (1905-84).
The American Illness: Essays on the Rule of Law edited by F.H. Buckley (Yale University Press; 534 pages; $60). Writings by scholars in law, economics, and international relations on how America's legal system and hyper-litigiousness has contributed to the country's decline in recent decades.
In the Clutches of the Law: Clarence Darrow's Letters edited by Randall Tietjen (University of California Press; 550 pages; $100). Scholarly edition of 500 of the famed lawyer's letters, including previously unknown material.
Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law by Teemu Ruskola (Harvard University Press; 338 pages; $39.95). Describes how notions of China as a nation without the rule of law evolved in the 19th century and shaped American exclusionary immigration policy and the imposition of U.S. extraterritorial jurisdiction.
Slavery, Abortion, and the Politics of Constitutional Meaning by Justin Buckley Dyer (Cambridge University Press; 208 pages; $90 hardcover, $29.99 paperback). Examines parallels between slavery and abortion in American constitutional law, but at a more nuanced level than is suggested in political debate.
Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability by Emily Apter (Verso; 358 pages; $95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Questions assumptions of translatability in world literature.
The Charleston Bulletin Supplements by Virginia Woolf and Quentin Bell, edited by Claudia Olk (British Library, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 129 pages; $18). Transcription of a family newspaper written by Woolf and illustrated by her young nephew Quentin between 1923 and 1927.
Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction by Kate Marshall (University of Minnesota Press; 256 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Explores architectural elements in Manhattan Transfer, Native Son, and other late naturalist fiction of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.
Dostoevsky's Political Thought edited by Richard Avramenko and Lee Trepanier (Lexington Books; 254 pages; $70). Topics include the Russian writer and the politics of humility, and moral reasoning in Crime and Punishment.
The Ebony Column: Classics, Civilization and the African American Reclamation of the West by Eric Ashley Hairston (University of Tennessee Press; 272 pages; $48). Documents the influence of Greek and Roman literature on African-American writing from Phillis Wheatley to W.E.B. DuBois.
Exemplary Figures/Fayan by Yang Xiong, translated by Michael Nylan (University of Washington Press; 368 pages; $75). Facing Chinese text and unabridged, annotated English translation of a work by the poet-philosopher (53 BC-AD 18).
The Imprint of Another Life: Adoption Narratives and Human Possibility by Margaret Homans (University of Michigan Press; 312 pages; $60). Explores the questioning inherent in literary and other representations of adoption.
Last Steps: Maurice Blanchot's Exilic Writing by Christopher Fynsk (Fordham University Press; 301 pages; $95 hardcover, $28 paperback). Pays particular attention to the French critic's The Step Not Beyond.
Literary Expressions of African Spirituality edited by Carol P. Marsh-Lockett and Elizabeth J. West (Lexington Books; 239 pages; $65). Authors discussed include Edwidge Danticat, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zakes Mda, and Jacques Roumain.
Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the Azure Spell of Liguria by Martina Kolb (University of Toronto Press; 280 pages; US$55). A study of how the three men's affinities with the land- and seascapes in the Mediterranean region figured in their work.
Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics by Brian M. Reed (Cornell University Press; 248 pages; $45). A study of Flarf and Conceptual Poetry and the work of such writers as Andrea Brady, Craig Dworkin, Kenneth Goldsmith, Danny Snelson, and Rachel Zolf.
Of Bondage: Debt, Property, and Personhood in Early Modern England by Amanda Bailey (University of Pennsylvania Press; 209 pages; $55). Discusses Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice Fletcher and Massinger's The Custom of the Country, and other works that reflect notions of the debtor's body as forfeit.
The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land: Bilingual Edition by Aime Cesaire, edited and translated by A. James Arnold and Clayton Eschleman (Wesleyan University Press, distributed by University Press of New England; 120 pages; $24.95). Facing French text, and first English translation, of the original 1939 version of a long poem by the Martinican-born French thinker.
Practicing Literary Theory in the Middle Ages: Ethics and the Mixed Form in Chaucer, Gower, Usk, and Hoccleve by Eleanor Johnson (University of Chicago Press; 254 pages; $40). Discusses the mixing of prose and lyric poetry in Middle English texts.
Reading for Liberalism: "The Overland Monthly" and the Writing of the Modern American West by Stephen J. Mexal (University of Nebraska Press; 336 pages; $65). Discusses a San Francisco-based literary magazine founded in 1868 whose writers included Jack London, John Muir, Ina Coolbrith, and founding editor, Bret Harte.
Redrawing French Empire in Comics by Mark McKinney (Ohio State University Press; 304 pages; $79.95). Traces the French comics' varied representation of colonialism and war in Algeria and Indochina.
Reinventing the Renaissance: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries in Adaptation and Performance edited by Sarah Annes Brown, Robert I. Lublin, and Lynsey McCulloch (Palgrave Macmillan; 325 pages; $90). Essays on stage, film, ballet, and other adaptations, as well as on issues of "creativity" on the part of Shakespeare's biographers.
The Signifying Eye: Seeing Faulkner's Art by Candace Waid (University of Georgia Press; 368 pages; $44.95). A study of the author's lifelong engagement with the visual arts.
Situated Testimonies: Dread and Enchantment in an Indonesian Literary Archive by Laurie J. Sears (University of Hawai'i Press; 352 pages; $57). A study of Dutch Indies and Indonesian literature, including works by such authors as Louis Couperus, Maria Dermout, Tirto Adhi Soerjo, and Soewarsih Djojopoespito.
Slavery in American Children’s Literature, 1790--2010 by Paula T. Connolly (University of Iowa Press; 270 pages; $42.50). Topics include how later generations of authors have drawn on antebellum literature.
Sonic Modernity: Representing Sound in Literature, Culture, and the Arts by Sam Halliday (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 206 pages; $115). Writers, artists, and composers discussed include Joyce, Woolf, Henry Roth, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Kandinsky.
Topographies of Fascism: Habitus, Space, and Writing in Twentieth-Century Spain by Nil Santianez (University of Toronto Press; 432 pages; US$85). Explores the representation of space in Spanish fascist writing, from essays and speeches to poems, novels, and memoirs.
William Ellery Leonard: The Professor and the Locomotive God by Neale Reinitz (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; 211 pages; $75). Traces the life of a poet, professor, translator, and critic (1876-1944), whose severe phobias, including a pathological fear of railroad trains, led him to an ever-more confined existence at the University of Wisconsin.
The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop by Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. (University of California Press; 288 pages; $34.95). A study of the American jazz pianist (1924-66), whose art has often been overshadowed by accounts of his troubled life.
"God Bless America": The Surprising History of an Iconic Song by Sheryl Kaskowitz (Oxford University Press; 210 pages; $29.95). Traces the shifting politics and associations of the song from its composition by Irving Berlin in 1918 through its signature appropriation by Kate Smith, to its popularity after 9/11 and its ubiquity in professional baseball games.
Mary, Music, and Meditation: Sacred Conversations in Post-Tridentine Milan by Christine Getz (Indiana University Press; 368 pages; $45). Explores the role of music in Marian cults and confraternities in early modern Milan.
"On My Way": The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and "Porgy and Bess" by Joseph Horowitz (W.W. Norton & Company; 282 pages; $26.95). Documents how Mamoulian, director of the original play Porgy in 1927, shaped Gershwin's 1935 opera, which he also directed.
Orientalism and Musical Mission: Palestine and the West by Rachel Beckles Willson (Cambridge University Press; 377 pages; $99). Explores links between music and imperialism since the late Ottoman and British Mandate periods.
Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums edited by George Plasketes (Ashgate Publishing Company; 250 pages; $99.95). Writings on 23 debut albums from Buddy Holly and the Crickets in 1957 to The Go! Team in 2004.
Song and Social Change in Latin America edited by Lauren Shaw (Lexington Books; 249 pages; $70). Essays on such topics as the Tropicalia movement in Brazil, rock in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Peru, and the vallenato in Colombia.
Art and Truth After Plato by Tom Rockmore (University of Chicago Press; 335 pages; $55). Analyzes philosophical responses, since ancient times, to Plato's claim that art lacks access to truth; argues that the matter remains unresolved.
Beyond Aesthetics and Politics: Philosophical and Axiological Studies on the Avant-Garde, Pragmatism, and Postmodernism by Kryzsztof Piotr Skowronski (Rodopi; 158 pages; $54). Topics include democracy and aesthetic experience in William James.
A Defense of Dignity: Creating Life, Destroying Life, and Protecting the Rights of Conscience by Christopher Kaczor (University of Notre Dame Press; 232 pages; $30). New and previously published writings on medical ethics from a Catholic and natural-law perspective.
Derrida and Joyce: Texts and Contexts edited by Andrew J. Mitchell and Sam Slote (State University of New York Press; 313 pages; $90). Combines writings by Derrida on Joyce with nine scholarly essays on the French philosopher's view of the Irish writer; includes the first complete translation of Derrida's work Ulysses Gramophone: Two Words for Joyce and the first translation of "The Night Watch."
Derrida and Our Animal Others: Derrida’s Final Seminar, the Beast and the Sovereign by David Farrell Krell (Indiana University Press; 196 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Sets the Fernch philosopher's final seminar in the context of his late work and his critique of Heidegger.
If A Then B: How the World Discovered Logic by Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White (Columbia University Press; 333 pages; $89.50 hardcover, $29.50 paperback). Traces the development of logic from Aristotle to Alan Turing.
Levinas and Twentieth Century Literature: Ethics and the Reconstitution of Subjectivity edited by Donald R. Wehrs (University of Delaware Press; 362 pages; $90). Essays that set the philosopher in dialogue with such authors as A.A. Milne, Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and Marguerite Duras.
Our Bodies, Whose Property? by Anne Phillips (Princeton University Press; 202 pages; $27.95). A critique of property discourse in reference to the body, including asserting the right to make one's own body available for trade; focuses on the issues of rape, surrogracy, and the marketing of organs.
Sounding/Silence: Martin Heidegger at the Limits of Poetics by David Nowell Smith (Fordham University Press; 240 pages; $55). A study of the German philosopher's engagement with poetry.
Time and the Shared World: Heidegger on Social Relations by Irene McMullin (Northwestern University Press; 304 pages; $99.95 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). Disputes the notion that the German philosopher sheds little light on the nature of human relationships; includes related discussion of Levinas and Sartre.
Wonder and Generosity: Their Role in Ethics and Politics by Marguerite La Caze (State University of New York Press; 258 pages; $80). Topics include the relationship between sexism and other forms of oppression and discrimination.
Antigone, Interrupted by Bonnie Honig (Cambridge University Press; 338 pages; $85 hardcover, $29.99 paperback). Explores the appropriation of Sophocles' Antigone in politics and political theory.
The Europeanization of European Politics edited by Charlotte Bretherton and Michael L. Mannin (Palgrave Macmillan; 242 pages; $90). Writings on the impact of the European Union on the politics of member states; includes both country and policy case studies.
Fear, Power, and Politics: The Recipe for War in Iraq After 9/11 by Mary Cardaras (Lexington Books; 249 pages; $75). Focuses on the Bush administration, the U.S. Congress, and the shortcomings of the news media in a study of the path to war in Iraq.
Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism by Glenda Sluga (University of Pennsylvania Press; 210 pages; $69.95). Topics include the League of Nations and the United Nations.
Philosophical Pragmatism and International Relations: Essays for a Bold New World edited by Shane J. Ralston (Lexington Books; 228 pages; $60). Essays that apply the classical and neoclassical pragmatist thought of thinkers from John Dewey to Richard Rorty.
Political Tone: How Leaders Talk and Why by Roderick P. Hart, Jay P. Childers, and Colene J. Lind (University of Chicago Press; 293 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Uses a computer program called DICTION to analyze semantic features of political speeches, debates, advertising, and news coverage.
The Rule of Law, Islam, and Constitutional Politics in Egypt and Iran edited by Said Amir Arjomand and Nathan J. Brown (State University of New York Press; 326 pages; $90). Comparative essays on Islam's role in democratization in authoritarian regimes, with a focus on the Green movement in Iran since 2009 and the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
Selling Guantanamo: Exploding the Propaganda Surrounding America's Most Notorious Military Prison by John Hickman (University Press of Florida; 256 pages; $24.95). Disputes the Bush administration's rationales for prisoners' internment at Guantanamo and argues that that captives were put on display as symbols of military victory and substitutes for the architects of 9/11.
State Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in Nigeria edited by Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome (Palgrave Macmillan; 259 pages; $85). Topics include the role of the Christian church in a failed Nigerian state.
Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement by Alexander Betts (Cornell University Press; 256 pages; $75 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Contrasts neighboring countries' responses to flight from Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia.
The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East by Shibley Telhami (Basic Books; 228 pages; $27.99). Draws on original polling data from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates.
Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives edited by Masao Yokota and Tze-yue G. Hu (University Press of Mississippi; 256 pages; $55). Includes previously untranslated writings on Japanese animation by scholars, media practitioners, and others working in the East Asian Pacific.
Behind the Shock Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments by Gina Perry (New Press; 339 pages; $26.95). Draws on interviews with the original participants in a study of the controversial experiments conducted by Stanley Milgram at Yale University in 1961.
Cosmopolitan Commons: Sharing Resources and Risks Across Borders edited by Nil Disco and Eda Kranakis (MIT Press; 345 pages; $56 hardcover, $28 paperback). Writings on shared resource spaces in Europe; case studies include an overlapping commons in the North Sea for freight, fishing, and fossil fuels.
Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel by Kate Bowler (Oxford University Press; 337 pages; $34.95). Traces the movement's history from its early 20th-century origins to the megachurches and televangelism of such figures as Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes.
From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights edited by R. Drew Smith (State University of New York Press; 369 pages; $90). Essays on civil rights and the black church beyond the mid-20th-century South and to the contemporary North and West; topics include black churches and immigration policy.
Great Treatise on the Stages of Mantra (sngags rim chen mo): Critical Elucidation of the Key Instructions in All the Secret Stages of the Path of the Victorious Universal Lord, Great Vajradhara), Chapters XI-XII: the Creation Stage by Tsong Khapa Losang Drakpa, translated by Thomas Freeman Yarnall (American Institute of Buddhist Studies, distributed by Columbia University Press; 381 pages; $56). Translation of chapters from a Buddhist text by a Tibetan polymath (1357-1419).
The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life by Giorgio Agamben, translated by Adam Kotsko (Stanford University Press; 157 pages; $50 hardcover, $17.95 paperback). Translation of the Italian philosopher's 2011 work on monasticism from Pachomius to St. Francis.
Imago Dei: Human Dignity in Ecumenical Perspective edited by Thomas Albert Howard (Catholic University of America Press; 144 pages; $19.95). Sets the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant traditions in dialogue on issues of human dignity and the Christian doctrine that states human beings were created in the image of God.
"Israel Served the Lord": The Book of Joshua as Paradoxical Portrait of Faithful Israel by Rachel M. Billings (University of Notre Dame Press; 184 pages; $30). Combines literary and theological perspectives in a study of the biblical book.
The Last Years of Saint Therese: Doubt and Darkness, 1895-1897 by Thomas R. Nevin (Oxford University Press; 289 pages; $35). Explores a period of spiritual turbulence and doubt for a Carmelite sister best known for her confidence.
Lines in Water: Religious Boundaries in South Asia edited by Eliza F. Kent and Tazim R. Kassam (Syracuse University Press; 416 pages; $49.95). Essays on such topics as the living traditions of Ismaili Muslim ginans.
Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ancient Near East edited by Jonathan Stockl and Corrine L. Carvalho (Society of Biblical Literature; 347 pages; $41.95). Essays on such topics as female prophets among the second-century Christian movement known today as Montanism.
Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism edited by Donald E. Miller, Kimon H. Sargeant, and Richard Flory (Oxford University Press; 412 pages; $99 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Multidisciplinary essays on the origins and significance of the movement's global growth.
Atrocity, Deviance, and Submarine Warfare: Norms and Practices during the World Wars by Nachman Ben-Yehuda (University of Michigan Press; 352 pages; $60). Develops a sociological concept of "cultural cores" to discusses submarine warfare and the shift toward targeting of passenger, cargo, and hospital vessels.
Intimacy Across Borders: Race, Religion, and Migration in the U.S. Midwest by Jane Juffer (Temple University Press; 220 pages; $74.50 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Topics include Amistad Cristiana, a largely Latino church, with links to the Reformed tradition, in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future by Robert Wuthnow (Princeton University Press; 498 pages; $35). Draws on more than 700 in-depth interviews in 300 towns in 43 states.
Sociology of Empire: The Imperial Entanglements of a Discipline edited by George Steinmetz (Duke University Press; 610 pages; $109.95 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). Essays on the discipline's engagement with colonialism.
Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu by David L. Swartz (University of Chicago Press; 292 pages; $85 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). A study of the French theorist (1930-2002) that argues that his view of power is central to his sociology.
American "Unculture" in French Drama: "Homo Americanus" and the Post-1960 French Resistance by Les Essif (Palgrave Macmillan; 341 pages; $95). Discusses the portrayal of America and Americans on the French stage, including in plays by such writers as Armand Gatti, Andre Benedetto, Helene Cixous, and Michel Vinaver.
Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America by Andrea Most (New York University Press; 293 pages; $74 hardcover, $26 paperback). Explores the relationship between Judaism and Jewish-created popular culture.
Feeling Women's Liberation by Victoria Hesford (Duke University Press; 339 pages; $94.95 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Explores the rhetoric and representation of second-wave feminism; pays particular attention to Kate Millett and the emergence of the trope of feminist as lesbian.
Passionate Commitments: The Lives of Anna Rochester and Grace Hutchins by Julia M. Allen (State University of New York Press; 364 pages; $95). A dual biography of the two American feminists and reformers, who were partners in love and left-wing politics in the early to mid-20th century.
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