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International Medievalism and Popular Culture

Louise D'Arcens and Andrew Lynch
ISBN: 9781604978643

Traversing this transhistoric and crosscultural domain, International Medievalism and Popular Culture presents current considerations of multitemporality with new articulations of how medievalism participates in and expresses a range of international perspectives. In doing so, this study also traces the cultural dynamics of medievalism as it has appeared in various colonial environments, and it analyzes the hybrid forms even apparently nationalist medievalism has taken when transplanted into non-European soil. It engages with a medievalism that is “popular” not only in the sense of garnering a wide international audience, but as emerging within mass commodity culture and the contemporary global mediasphere. Read More..

Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka:

The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries
Sanchita Banerjee Saxena
ISBN: 9781604978780

"Saxena's insightful and perceptive book explains how the garment industry in many Asian countries not only weathered the storm predicted when the Multi Fiber Arrangement was phased out, but in fact exploited the opening to become prominent garment exporters in the world. Her analytic explanation for this success, through the concept of domestic coalitions of the important stakeholders, is creative and persuasive." - William Milam, Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Read More..

Ian McEwan:

Sex, Death, and History
Eluned Summers-Bremner
ISBN: 9781604978704

This book casts light on how despite Ian McEwan's commitment, by and large, to naturalistic means of telling a story, his later novels also demonstrate a concern with opacity, as characters often pursue courses of action for reasons that are unclear to them. It is this focus on enigma in McEwan’s work, whether sexual, mortal, or historical, that lends it to a psychoanalytic reading such as the kind pursued in this book. Read More..

Tolkien’s Intellectual Landscape

Edward Risden
ISBN: 9781604978742

This study looks at what Tolkien wrote about his own ideas and how he used them in both fiction and scholarship; it considers some cultural loci amidst which he fit without particularly trying. Despite the assertions of many anti-Tolkien critics, Tolkien not only fits right in the midst of what was going on in the twentieth century’s intellectual foment; his literary concerns also tie in with, grapple with, or even clarify new and old ideas that collided in a violent century that saw more change in the human condition than had any in our history. This book illuminates how they continue to do so into this century. Read More..