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Sufism and American Literary Masters
Sufism and American Literary Masters (November 2014)
Mehdi Aminrazavi - Editor
Jacob Needleman - Foreword by

Explores the influence of Sufism on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century writers.

This book reveals the rich, but generally unknown, influence of Sufism on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature. The translation of Persian poets such as Hafiz and Sa’di into English and the ongoing popularity of Omar Khayyam offered intriguing new spiritual perspectives to some of the major American literary figur...(Read More)
 
 
Buddhism and American Cinema
Buddhism and American Cinema (September 2014)
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor
Gary Storhoff - Editor
Danny Rubin - Foreword by

Discusses both depictions of Buddhism in film and Buddhist takes on a variety of films.

In 1989, the same year the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a decade-long boom of films dedicated to Buddhist people, history, and culture began. Offering the first scholarly treatment of Buddhism and cinema, the editors advise that there are two kinds of Buddhist film: those that are about Buddhists and those that...(Read More)
 
 
Delicious December
Delicious December (July 2014)
How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats: A Holiday Cookbook
Peter G. Rose - Author

Food and history combine in this exploration of the Dutch influence on American holiday traditions. Includes more than one hundred easy-to-make holiday recipes.

Delicious December mixes food and history in a celebration of Dutch and American Christmas traditions. In more than one hundred tried-and-true recipes, award-winning food historian Peter G. Rose draws on traditions that date back to the Middle Ag...(Read More)
 
 
Repositioning Race
Repositioning Race (May 2014)
Prophetic Research in a Postracial Obama Age
Sandra L. Barnes - Editor
Zandria F. Robinson - Editor
Earl Wright II - Editor

Examines the progress of and obstacles faced by African Americans in twenty-first-century America.

In Repositioning Race, leading African American sociologists assess the current state of race theory, racial discrimination, and research on race in order to chart a path toward a more engaged public scholarship. They contemplate not only the paradoxes of Black freedom but also the paradoxes of equality and ...(Read More)
 
 
American Dolorologies
American Dolorologies (April 2014)
Pain, Sentimentalism, Biopolitics
Simon Strick - Author

Offers a critical history of the role of pain, suffering, and compassion in democratic culture.

American Dolorologies presents a theoretically sophisticated intervention into contemporary equations of subjectivity with trauma. Simon Strick argues against a universalism of pain and instead foregrounds the intimate relations of bodily affect with racial and gender politics. In concise and original readings ...(Read More)
 
 
Thinking through Thomas Merton
Thinking through Thomas Merton (February 2014)
Contemplation for Contemporary Times
Robert Inchausti - Author

Considers the legacy of Thomas Merton and his relevance for contemporary times.

With the publication of The Seven Storey Mountain in 1948, Thomas Merton became a bestselling author, writing about spiritual contemplation in a modern context. Although Merton (1915–1968) lived as a Trappist monk, he advocated a spiritual life that was not a retreat from the world, but an alternative to it, particularly...(Read More)
 
 
Uncoupling American Empire
Uncoupling American Empire (January 2014)
Cultural Politics of Deviance and Unequal Difference, 1890-1910
Yu-Fang Cho - Author

A cultural studies consideration of marriage and those considered “deviant” in the nineteenth-century American imagination.

A radical revision of the politics of race and sexuality within racial capitalism, Uncoupling American Empire provides an original cultural genealogy of how the institutionalization of marriage shaped imagined relationships among working people who were seen as sexually devia...(Read More)
 
 
Fifties Ethnicities
Fifties Ethnicities (November 2013)
The Ethnic Novel and Mass Culture at Midcentury
Tracy Floreani - Author

Demonstrates how written and visual representations worked to construct definitions of ethnicity in midcentury America.

Fifties Ethnicities brings together a variety of texts to explore what it meant to be American in the middle of “America’s Century.” In a series of comparative readings that draws on novels, television programs, movie magazines, and films, Tracy Floreani crosses generi...(Read More)
 
 
Love, Rōshi
Love, Rōshi (October 2012)
Robert Baker Aitken and His Distant Correspondents
Helen J. Baroni - Author

Robert Baker Aitken’s correspondence with Buddhist sympathizers and solo practitioners reveals a significant, little-understood aspect of American Buddhism.

Love, Rōshi explores the relationship between Robert Baker Aitken (1917–2010), American Zen teacher and author, and his distant correspondents, individuals drawn to Zen teachings and practice through books. Aitken, founder of the Ho...(Read More)
 
 
After Artest
After Artest (May 2012)
The NBA and the Assault on Blackness
David J. Leonard - Author

Explores how the NBA moved to govern black players and the expression of blackness after the “Palace Brawl” of 2004.

On November 19, 2004, a fight between NBA players Ron Artest and Ben Wallace escalated into a melee involving several other players and many fans. The “Palace Brawl,” writes David J. Leonard, was a seminal event, one that dramatically altered outside perceptions of the spo...(Read More)
 
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