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Imagining China in Tokugawa Japan
Imagining China in Tokugawa Japan (March 2019)
Legends, Classics, and Historical Terms
Wai-ming Ng - Author

Pioneering study of the localization of Chinese culture in early modern Japan, using legends, classics, and historical terms as case studies.

While current scholarship on Tokugawa Japan (1603–1868) tends to see China as either a model or “the Other,” Wai-ming Ng’s pioneering and ambitious study offers a new perspective by suggesting that Chinese culture also functioned as a collection of “cultural buildi...(Read More)
 
 
In Celebration
In Celebration (March 2019)
A Recent Gift from the Photography Collection of Marcuse Pfeifer
Wayne Lempka - Author
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders - Author
Bill Mindlin - Author

Exhibition catalogue for the exhibition In Celebration: A Recent Gift from the Photography Collection of Marcuse Pfeifer,held at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz, from February 9–July 14, 2019.

This catalogue accompanies the exhibition In Celebration: A Recent Gift from the Photography Collection of Marcuse Pfeifer, held at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State...(Read More)
 
 
Malleable Mara
Malleable Mara (March 2019)
Transformations of a Buddhist Symbol of Evil
Michael D. Nichols - Author

Analyzes the breadth of representations of the mythic figure of Māra in Buddhism to reveal how closely tied such narratives are to the social and historical concerns of Buddhist communities.

This is the first book to examine the development of the figure of Māra, who appears across Buddhist traditions as a personification of death and desire. Portrayed as a combination of god and demon, Māra serves as a key antag...(Read More)
 
 
New Directions in Jewish American and Holocaust Literatures
New Directions in Jewish American and Holocaust Literatures (March 2019)
Reading and Teaching
Victoria Aarons - Editor
Holli Levitsky - Editor

Surveys the current state of Jewish American and Holocaust literatures as well as approaches to teaching them.

What does it mean to read, and to teach, Jewish American and Holocaust literatures in the early decades of the twenty-first century? New directions and new forms of expression have emerged, both in the invention of narratives and in the methodologies and discursive approaches taken toward these texts. The premise of th...(Read More)
 
 
Nothingness in the Heart of Empire
Nothingness in the Heart of Empire (March 2019)
The Moral and Political Philosophy of the Kyoto School in Imperial Japan
Harumi Osaki - Author

Reveals the complicity between the Kyoto School’s moral and political philosophy, based on the school’s founder Nishida Kitarō’s metaphysics of nothingness, and Japanese imperialism.

In the field of philosophy, the common view of philosophy as an essentially Western discipline persists even today, while non-Western philosophy tends to be undervalued and not investigated seriously. In t...(Read More)
 
 
Organizing for Transgender Rights
Organizing for Transgender Rights (March 2019)
Collective Action, Group Development, and the Rise of a New Social Movement
Anthony J. Nownes - Author

Illuminates transgender activists’ successful strategies to organize for social and political change in the US.

In recent years, gender-variant people—including those we now call transgender people—have won public policy victories that had previously seemed unwinnable: the American Psychiatric Association replaced the term “gender identity disorder” with “gender dysphoria” in the Diagnosti...(Read More)
 
 
The Cudgel and the Caress
The Cudgel and the Caress (March 2019)
Reflections on Cruelty and Tenderness
David Farrell Krell - Author

Offers philosophical and psychological reflections on cruelty and tenderness.

The Cudgel and the Caress explores the enduring significance of tenderness and cruelty in a range of works across philosophy, psychoanalysis, and literature. Divided into two parts, the book initially focuses on tenderness, with David Farrell Krell delivering original readings of Homer’s Iliad, Sophocles’s Antigone, and ...(Read More)
 
 
The First Zionist Congress
The First Zionist Congress (March 2019)
An Annotated Translation of the Proceedings
Michael J. Reimer - Translated and with an introduction by

An indispensable primary source in the history of Zionism.

The First Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland, in August 1897, was arguably the most significant Jewish assembly since antiquity. Its delegates surveyed the situation of Jews at the end of the nineteenth century, analyzed cultural and economic issues facing them, defined the program of Zionism, created an organization for planning and decision-making, and coale...(Read More)
 
 
The Majestic Nature of the North
The Majestic Nature of the North (March 2019)
Thomas Kelah Wharton’s Journeys in Antebellum America through the Hudson River Valley and New England
Steven A. Walton - Editor
Michael J. Armstrong - Editor

The illustrated nineteenth-century travel diaries of artist, educator, and architect Thomas Kelah Wharton, documenting his trips in the lower Hudson River Valley and New Orleans to Boston and back.

Thomas Kelah Wharton’s travel diaries provide an intimate glimpse into the society of early nineteenth-century America. As a young immigrant from England, the eldest son of a wealthy merchant who fell on hard times, Wharton (18...(Read More)
 
 
Totalitarian Space and the Destruction of Aura
Totalitarian Space and the Destruction of Aura (March 2019)
Saladdin Ahmed - Author

Diagnoses our contemporary spatial experience as fundamentally totalitarian through a multilayered critical theory of space.

We live today within a system in which state and corporate power aim to render space flat, transparent, and uniform, for only then can it be truly controlled. The gaze of power and the commodity form are capable of infiltrating even the darkest of corners, and often, we invite them into our most private spa...(Read More)
 
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