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Journey of a Goddess
Journey of a Goddess (November 2017)
Chen Jinggu Subdues the Snake Demon
Fan Pen Li Chen - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

First English translation of both a novel and two play excerpts based on tales of the goddess Chen Jinggu, an eighth-century shaman and present-day cult deity.

This book offers the first translation into English of the Chinese novel Haiyouji, as well as excerpts of a marionette play based on the cult lore of the goddess Chen Jinggu (766–790), a historical shaman priestess who became one of Fujian’s most import...(Read More)
 
 
Recovering Lost Footprints, Volume 1
Recovering Lost Footprints, Volume 1 (November 2017)
Contemporary Maya Narratives
Arturo Arias - Author

Analyzes contemporary Maya narratives.

Recovering Lost Footprints is the first full-length critical study to analyze Latin American Indigenous literary narratives in a systematic manner. In the book, Arturo Arias looks at Maya narratives in Guatemala. The study of these works is intended to spark changes so that constitutions recognize these cultures, their rights, their languages, their centers of worship, and their c...(Read More)
 
 
The Afterlife of al-Andalus
The Afterlife of al-Andalus (November 2017)
Muslim Iberia in Contemporary Arab and Hispanic Narratives
Christina Civantos - Author

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

Around the globe, concerns about interfaith relations have led to efforts to find earlier models in Muslim Iberia (al-Andalus). This book examines how Muslim Iberia operates as an icon or symbol of identity in twentieth and twenty-first century narrative, drama, television, and film from the...(Read More)
 
 
Unruly Catholic Nuns
Unruly Catholic Nuns (October 2017)
Sisters' Stories
Jeana DelRosso - Editor
Leigh Eicke - Editor
Ana Kothe - Editor

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

Unruly Catholic Nuns explores the voices of current and former Catholic nuns and, by doing so, contributes to the global conversation about the role of women in the Catholic Church today. Through autobiography, fiction, poetry, an...(Read More)
 
 
Between History and Philosophy
Between History and Philosophy (September 2017)
Anecdotes in Early China
Paul van Els - Editor
Sarah A. Queen - Editor

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

Between History and Philosophy is the first book-length study in English to focus on the rhetorical functions and forms of anecdotal narratives in early China. Edited by Paul van Els and Sarah A. Queen, this volume advances the thesis that anecdotes—brief, freestanding acc...(Read More)
 
 
Hindu Pasts
Hindu Pasts (September 2017)
Women, Religion, Histories
Vasudha Dalmia - Author

Challenges the monolithic view of Hindusim in the nineteenth century, and instead offers a vision of India that contains a rich multiplicity of Hinduisms, women’s stories, and cultural histories.

In her introduction to Hindu Pasts—which showcases her work as a scholar of social, literary, and religious history—Vasudha Dalmia outlines the central ideas which thread her writings: first, to understand in g...(Read More)
 
 
Invisible Hosts
Invisible Hosts (September 2017)
Performing the Nineteenth-Century Spirit Medium's Autobiography
Elizabeth Schleber Lowry - Author

Provides a rhetorical analysis of female spirit mediums’ autobiographies in the historical and social contexts of Victorian-era America.

Invisible Hosts explores how the central tenets of Spiritualism influenced ways in which women conceived of their bodies and their civic responsibilities, arguing that Spiritualist ideologies helped to lay the foundation for the social and political advances made b...(Read More)
 
 
Loving Violet
Loving Violet (August 2017)
A Novel
Steven Lewis - Author

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

Loving Violet is a tight cinematic narrative about conflicting dimensions of love, romantic as well as familial, told against a backdrop of the pleasures and frustrations of “the writing life.” A generational sequel to Lewis’s Take This, the book follows the late Robert Tevis’s grandson Aaron through his entry into a g...(Read More)
 
 
Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth
Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth (July 2017)
Reading Gary Snyder and Dogen in an Age of Ecological Crisis
Jason M. Wirth - Author

Engages the global ecological crisis through a radical rethinking of what it means to inhabit the earth.
Meditating on the work of American poet and environmental activist Gary Snyder and thirteenth-century Japanese Zen Master Eihei Dōgen, Jason M. Wirth draws out insights for understanding our relation to the planet’s ongoing ecological crisis. He discusses what Dōgen calls “the Great Earth” and what...(Read More)
 
 
Text and Tradition in South India
Text and Tradition in South India (July 2017)
Velcheru Narayana Rao - Author
Sanjay Subrahmanyam - Introduction

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

Velcheru Narayana Rao’s contribution to understanding Indian cultural history, literary production, and intellectual life—specifically from the vantage of the Andhra region—has few parallels. He is one of the very rare scholars to be able to reflect magisterially on the precolonial and colonial periods. He mo...(Read More)
 
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