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Unmaking The Making of Americans
Unmaking The Making of Americans (January 2018)
Toward an Aesthetic Ontology
E. L. McCallum - Author

Develops the sustained, relational, dynamic, and reflective attention demanded by Gertrude Stein’s novel into a theory of reading and critical analysis.

Arguing that Gertrude Stein’s monumental novel The Making of Americans models a radically aesthetic relation to the world, E. L. McCallum demonstrates how the novel teaches us to read differently, unmaking our habits of reading. Each of the chapters works thro...(Read More)
 
 
Plato's Laughter
Plato's Laughter (December 2017)
Socrates as Satyr and Comical Hero
Sonja Madeleine Tanner - Author

Counters the long-standing, solemn interpretation of Plato’s dialogues with one centered on the philosophical and pedagogical significance of Socrates as a comic figure.

Plato was described as a boor and it was said that he never laughed out loud. Yet his dialogues abound with puns, jokes, and humor. Sonja Madeleine Tanner argues that in Plato’s dialogues Socrates plays a comical hero who draws heavi...(Read More)
 
 
Satan and Apocalypse
Satan and Apocalypse (December 2017)
And Other Essays in Political Theology
Thomas J. J. Altizer - Author

Finalist – 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in the Religion category

Offers a profound vision of the Christian epic as the site of the modern apocalyptic reenactment of the original apocalypse.

In this series of essays, Thomas J. J. Altizer explores the Christian epic as the site of modern revolutionary apocalyptic reenactments and renewals ...(Read More)
 
 
College Bound
College Bound (November 2017)
The Pursuit of Education in Jewish American Literature, 1896-1944
Dan Shiffman - Author

Argues that first- and second-generation Jewish American writers had an ambivalent relationship with educational success.

Jewish American immigrants and their children have been stereotyped as exceptional educational achievers, with attendance at prestigious universities leading directly to professional success. In College Bound, Dan Shiffman uses literary accounts to show that American Jews’ relationship wi...(Read More)
 
 
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, and prose, Sister...(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)
 
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