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Palimpsest - Volume #8, Issue #2
Palimpsest - Volume #8, Issue #2 (11/2019)
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting - Editor
Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers - Editor

 
 
Reconciling Nature
Reconciling Nature (November 2019)
Literary Representations of the Natural, 1876-1945
Robert M. Myers - Author

Reveals how classic American novels embodied the tensions embedded in American views of the natural world from the Centennial until the end of the Second World War.

Reconciling Nature maps the complex views of the environment that are evident in celebrated American novels written between the Centennial Celebration of 1876 and the end of the Second World War. During this per...(Read More)
 
 
Tales from the Temple
Tales from the Temple (November 2019)
A Collection of Zen Prose Poems Translated from the Korean
Oh-hyun Cho - Author
Heinz Insu Fenkl - Translator

A collection of prose poems by Musan Cho Oh-hyun (1932–2018), celebrated poet-monk of the Nine Mountain school of Korean Zen.

In this collection of prose poems, Musan Cho Oh-hyun, renowned abbot of Baekdamsa, one of Korea’s central Zen temples, innovates on a millenia-old Buddhist literary tradition going back to Buddhist classics like the Biographies of Eminent Monks. Tales from the Temple not only p...(Read More)
 
 
Tuitions and Intuitions
Tuitions and Intuitions (November 2019)
Essays at the Intersection of Film Criticism and Philosophy
William Rothman - Author

Makes the case that philosophy has an essential role to play in the serious study of film.

William Rothman has long been considered one of the seminal figures in the field of film-philosophy. From his landmark book Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze, now in its second edition, to the essays collected here in Tuitions and Intuitions, Rothman has been guided by two intuitions: first, that his kind of film criticism is philosop...(Read More)
 
 
When I Am Italian
When I Am Italian (November 2019)
Joanna Clapps Herman - Author

Can a person born outside of Italy be considered Italian?

“My ancestral Italian village in America was in Waterbury, Connecticut.” In this sentence, Joanna Clapps Herman raises the central question of this book: To what extent can a person born outside of Italy be considered Italian? The granddaughter of Italian immigrants who arrived in the United States in the early 1900s, Clapps Herman takes a complicated and ...(Read More)
 
 
Metaphysics of Goodness
Metaphysics of Goodness (October 2019)
Harmony and Form, Beauty and Art, Obligation and Personhood, Flourishing and Civilization
Robert Cummings Neville - Author

Develops a theory of culture based on a metaphysics that elaborates on the Platonic and Confucian traditions.

In Metaphysics of Goodness, Robert Cummings Neville extends Alfred North Whitehead’s project of cultural studies, which was based on a new metaphysics that Whitehead developed in Adventures of Ideas. Neville’s focus is value or goodness in many modes. The metaphysics treated in this book derive ...(Read More)
 
 
The Catcher in the Loft
The Catcher in the Loft (October 2019)
Un-yŏng Ch’ŏn - Author
Bruce Fulton - Translator
Ju-Chan Fulton - Translator

A novel of political intrigue and coming of age, centered in a torture operative who is a fugitive and his unsuspecting daughter who must shelter him.

Inspired by the case of a torture specialist in 1980s South Korea who from 1988 to 2000 was a fugitive in his own house, The Catcher in the Loft (published in South Korea in 2011 as Saenggang) is in equal parts a portrait of a man coming to terms with his notorious p...(Read More)
 
 
Authorized Agents
Authorized Agents (October 2019)
Publication and Diplomacy in the Era of Indian Removal
Frank Kelderman - Author

Examines the relation between Indian diplomacy and nineteenth-century Native American literature.

In the nineteenth century, Native American writing and oratory extended a long tradition of diplomacy between indigenous people and settler states. As the crisis of forced removal profoundly reshaped Indian country between 1820 and 1860, tribal leaders and intellectuals worked with co...(Read More)
 
 
Bergson and History
Bergson and History (October 2019)
Transforming the Modern Regime of Historicity
Leon ter Schure - Author

Explores the philosophy of history of Henri Bergson and shows its relevance to contemporary historical thought.

Henri Bergson is famous for his explorations of time as duration, yet he rarely referred to history in his writings. Simultaneously, historians and philosophers of history have generally disregarded Bergson’s ideas about the nature of time. Modernity has brought change at an ever-accelerating rate, and one of the...(Read More)
 
 
Culture and Tactics
Culture and Tactics (October 2019)
Gramsci, Race, and the Politics of Practice
Robert F. Carley - Author

Juxtaposes Antonio Gramsci’s work and critical race theory to offer a new understanding of tactics as a transformative practice.

While scholars of social and political movements tend to analyze tactics in terms of their effectiveness in achieving specific outcomes, Robert F. Carley argues by contrast that tactics are, above all, what social movements do. They are not mere means to an end so much as they are a public form...(Read More)
 
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