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Other Others
Other Others (April 2010)
Levinas, Literature, Transcultural Studies
Steven Shankman - Author

Looks at literary works from outside the Judeo-Christian tradition to test Levinas’s notion of “the Other.”

In literary and cultural studies today, the term “the Other” appears to have largely lost its moorings in the primacy of the intersubjective encounter, focusing rather on the social construction of the Other. For Emmanuel Levinas, in contrast, the Other is precisely that which el...(Read More)
 
 
The Medusa Effect
The Medusa Effect (December 2009)
Representation and Epistemology in Victorian Aesthetics
Thomas Albrecht - Author

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

Focusing on the recurring metaphor of Medusa’s head, The Medusa Effect examines images of horror in texts by Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, and a series of Victorian artists and critics writing about aesthetics. Through nuanced and innovative readings of canonical works by Freud, Nietzsche, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Walter Pa...(Read More)
 
 
Birth and Death of the Housewife
Birth and Death of the Housewife (October 2009)
Paola Masino - Author
Marella Feltrin-Morris - Translation and introduction by

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

Stepping out of her beloved trunk full of bread crumbs, dust, spider webs, books, and ragged funeral ornaments, the young protagonist of Paola Masino’s most controversial novel realizes that her fate is alread...(Read More)
 
 
The Obsessions of Georges Bataille
The Obsessions of Georges Bataille (October 2009)
Community and Communication
Andrew J. Mitchell - Editor
Jason Kemp Winfree - Editor

Considers Bataille’s work from an explicitly philosophical perspective.

Featuring a new translation of Jean-Luc Nancy’s “Confronted Community” and three essays by Bataille on community and communication available here in English for the first time, The Obsessions of Georges Bataille offers an indispensable account of Bataille’s work. Despite the influence of Bataille on French con...(Read More)
 
 
Rumi's Mystical Design
Rumi's Mystical Design (October 2009)
Reading the Mathnawi, Book One
Seyed Ghahreman Safavi - Author
Simon Weightman - Author
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Foreword by

Reveals the sophisticated design of Rumī’s Mathnawī, showing that this seemingly unstructured work both describes and functions as spiritual training.

This landmark book reveals the structure of Rumī’s thirteenth-century classic, the Mathnawī. A beloved collection of 25,000 picturesque, alliterative verses full of anecdotes and parables on what appear to be loosel...(Read More)
 
 
Fairy Tales
Fairy Tales (March 2009)
A New History
Ruth B. Bottigheimer - Author

2009 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Overturns traditional views of the origins of fairy tales and documents their actual origins and transmission.

Where did Cinderella come from? Puss in Boots? Rapunzel? The origins of fairy tales are looked at in a new way in these highly engaging pages. Conventional wisdom holds that fairy tales originated in the oral traditions of peasants...(Read More)
 
 
Sense and Finitude
Sense and Finitude (March 2009)
Encounters at the Limits of Language, Art, and the Political
Alejandro A. Vallega - Author

Takes Heidegger’s later thought as a point of departure for exploring the boundaries of post-conceptual thinking.

Sense and Finitude interrogates one of continental philosophy’s central insights: the temporality or finitude of philosophical thought. Juxtaposing the views of such philosophers as Plato, Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Gadamer, and Derrida on art, poetry, and non-Western cultures with t...(Read More)
 
 
The Wound and the Witness
The Wound and the Witness (February 2009)
The Rhetoric of Torture
Jennifer R. Ballengee - Author

Explores the rhetorical functions of torture and the witnessing of torture in both classical texts and contemporary contexts.

The Wound and the Witness offers a historically grounded approach to an urgent contemporary problem: the persistence of torture in Western culture. Drawing upon ancient Greek and Roman texts, as well as contemporary media events, Jennifer R. Ballengee explores the spectacle of torture...(Read More)
 
 
Otherwise Occupied
Otherwise Occupied (November 2008)
Pedagogies of Alterity and the Brahminization of Theory
Dorothy M. Figueira - Author

Questions whether current theories and pedagogies of alterity have allowed us truly to engage the Other.

Tracing the historical development of recent identity-based trends in literary theory to their roots in structuralism, Dorothy M. Figueira questions the extent to which theories and pedagogies of alterity have actually enabled us to engage the Other. She tracks academic attempts to deal with alterity from the...(Read More)
 
 
The Gita within Walden
The Gita within Walden (November 2008)
Paul Friedrich - Author

Looks at the connections between Thoreau’s Walden and the work that influenced it, the Bhagavad-Gita.

This book explores and interprets the myriad connections between two spiritual classics, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and the Bhagavad-Gita. Evidence shows that Thoreau took the Gita with him when he moved to Walden Pond, and the books have much in common, touching on ultimate ethical and met...(Read More)
 
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