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From Situated Selves to the Self
From Situated Selves to the Self (April 2020)
Conversion and Personhood among Roman Catholics in Tokyo
Hisako Omori - Author

Argues for an important transformation in the construction of the self among Japanese converts to Roman Catholicism.

In many parts of the world, the Roman Catholic Church in the twenty-first century finds itself mired in scandal, and its future prospects appear fairly dim in the eyes of many social critics. In From Situated Selves to the Self, however, Hisako Omori finds a radically different situation, with jubilant...(Read More)
 
 
Funny How?
Funny How? (April 2020)
Sketch Comedy and the Art of Humor
Alex Clayton - Author

Uses comedy skits, from Monty Python to Key and Peele, to probe how humor works.

What makes something funny? This book shows how humor can be analyzed without killing the joke. Alex Clayton argues that the brevity of a sketch or skit and its typical rejection of narrative development make it comedy-concentrate, providing a rich field for exploring how humor works. Focusing on a dozen or so skits and scenes, Clayto...(Read More)
 
 
Kept from All Contagion
Kept from All Contagion (April 2020)
Germ Theory, Disease, and the Dilemma of Human Contact in Late Nineteenth-Century Literature
Kari Nixon - Author

Highlights connections between authors rarely studied together by exposing their shared counternarratives to germ theory’s implicit suggestion of protection in isolation.

Kept from All Contagion explores the surprising social effects of germ theory in the late nineteenth century. Connecting groups of authors rarely studied in tandem by highlighting their shared interest in changing interpersonal relationships in the...(Read More)
 
 
Living Landscapes
Living Landscapes (April 2020)
Meditations on the Five Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas
Christopher Key Chapple - Author

Explores the role of meditation on the five elements in the practice of Yoga.

In Living Landscapes, Christopher Key Chapple looks at the world of ritual as enacted in three faiths of India. He begins with an exploration of the relationship between the body and the world as found in the cosmological cartography of Sāṃkhya philosophy, which highlights the interplay between consciousness (puruṣa) and ...(Read More)
 
 
Navigating Deep River
Navigating Deep River (April 2020)
New Perspectives on Shūsaku Endō's Final Novel
Mark W. Dennis - Editor
Darren J. N. Middleton - Editor

An interdisciplinary dialogue with Shūsaku Endō’s last novel offering new perspectives on Japanese culture, Christian doctrine, Hindu spiritualities, and Buddhist worldviews.

In Navigating Deep River, Mark W. Dennis and Darren J. N. Middleton have curated a wide-ranging discussion of Shūsaku Endō’s final novel, Deep River, in which four careworn Japanese tourists journey to Indi...(Read More)
 
 
Off the Derech
Off the Derech (April 2020)
Leaving Orthodox Judaism
Ezra Cappell - Editor
Jessica Lang - Editor

Combines powerful first-person accounts with incisive scholarly analysis to understand the phenomenon of ultra-Orthodox Jews who leave their insular communities and venture into the wider world.

In recent years, many formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews have documented leaving their communities in published stories, films, and memoirs. This movement is often identified as “off the derech” (OTD), or off the path, with ...(Read More)
 
 
The Holocaust and Masculinities
The Holocaust and Masculinities (April 2020)
Critical Inquiries into the Presence and Absence of Men
Björn Krondorfer - Editor
Ovidiu Creangă - Editor

Critically assesses the experiences of men in the Holocaust.

In recent decades, scholarship has turned to the role of gender in the Holocaust, but rarely has it critically investigated the experiences of men as gendered beings. Beyond the clear observation that most perpetrators of murder were male, men were also victims, survivors, bystanders, beneficiaries, accomplices, and enablers; they negotiated roles as fathers, spouses,...(Read More)
 
 
The Space of Disappearance
The Space of Disappearance (April 2020)
A Narrative Commons in the Ruins of Argentine State Terror
Karen Elizabeth Bishop - Author

Examines the evolution of disappearance as a formal narrative and epistemological phenomenon in late twentieth-century Argentine fiction.

More than thirty thousand people were forcibly disappeared during the military dictatorship that governed Argentina from 1976 to 1983, leaving behind a cultural landscape fractured by absence, denial, impunity, and gaps in knowledge. This book is about how these absences assume narrative form ...(Read More)
 
 
The World after the End of the World
The World after the End of the World (April 2020)
A Spectro-Poetics
Kas Saghafi - Author

Examines themes of loss and mourning in the late work of Derrida.

In this book, Kas Saghafi argues that the notion of “the end the world” in Derrida’s late work is not a theological or cosmological matter, but a meditation on mourning and the death of the other. He examines this and several other tightly knit motifs in Derrida’s work: mourning, survival, the phantasm, the event, and most significantly, t...(Read More)
 
 
Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray
Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray (April 2020)
Language, Origin, Art, Love
Gail M. Schwab - Editor

A broad exploration of Irigaray’s philosophy of life and living.

Featuring a highly accessible essay from Irigaray herself, this volume explores her philosophy of life and living. Life-thinking, an important contemporary trend in philosophy and in women’s and gender studies, stands in contrast to philosophy’s traditional grounding in death, exemplified in the work of philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Sc...(Read More)
 
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