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Dress in the Making of African Identity:

A Social and Cultural History of the Yoruba People
Bukola Oyeniyi
ISBN: 9781604978995

This book on the social and cultural history of Yoruba people illuminates the impact of Christianity, Islam, and British colonialism on the construction of Yoruba identity, and how dress was entangled in that construction. It also demonstrates the importance of dress as a site for contesting and articulating postcolonial Yoruba identity and class structure within the Nigerian national space. Read More..

Autobiographical Writing in Latin America:

Folds of the Self
Sergio R. Franco
ISBN: 9781604979794

"Meticulous yet provocative; original yet firmly and scrupulously grounded in a wide and impressive array of carefully selected bibliographical sources; challenging on each and every page...Sergio R. Franco’s new book is all of this and more." —Gerald Martin, author of Gabriel García Márquez: A Life Read More..

Awkward Stages:

Plays about Growing Up Gay
John Clum and Sean Metzger
ISBN: 9781604979084

The plays in this volume, written by some the most celebrated playwrights, illuminate how sexual identity is important to the young men, in great part because they must define themselves against the prejudice and sanctions of family and social institutions. For example, Michael Perlman’s From White Plains shows the power and danger of contemporary media, which has enabled a new, virulent form of bullying. Read More..

The Borderlands of Asia:

Culture, Place, Poetry
Mark Bender
ISBN: 9781604979763

"There is nothing close to this book in terms of quality or range of material. This is a unique and valuable addition to the field of literature and Asian studies.”—Jonathan Stalling, University of Oklahoma; and Editor, Chinese Literature Today Read More..

Buddhist Transformations and Interactions:

Essays in Honor of Antonino Forte
Victor H. Mair
ISBN: 9781604979718

"Each chapter reads like a node in a vast and ongoing network of themes, and promises to become the starting point for new and exciting lines of research. This book is a most valuable resource for scholars in Buddhist studies and Chinese religious studies.” —Fabio Rambelli, Professor of Religious Studies & East Asian Languages and International Shinto Foundation Chair in Shinto Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara Read More..

Chinese Avant-garde Fiction:

Quest for Historicity and Transcendent Truth
Zhansui Yu
ISBN: 9781604979688

"This thoughtful book offers fresh insights into avant-garde fiction in the early decades of China’s reform. Engaging Chinese and Western traditions, Yu Zhansui argues forcefully that the Chinese avant-garde carries on the probe into the darkness of history in a quest for transcendent truths about human conditions." —Ban Wang, William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies, Stanford University Read More..

Christina Stead and the Socialist Heritage

Michael Ackland
ISBN: 9781604979336

Christina Stead was acclaimed for her satirical wit and penetrating psychological characterizations. She enjoyed an international reputation in the 1930s and beyond, then went out of favor as a communist-affiliated writer, until she was rediscovered by feminist critics. In this book, Michael Ackland illuminates how the single most important influence on Stead’s life, socialism, has been seriously neglected in studies of her life and work. Read More..

Christos Tsiolkas:

The Utopian Vision
Jessica Gildersleeve
ISBN: 9781604979787

After the extraordinary critical and commercial success of Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap (2008), his work has become increasingly popular. This first in-depth study of his entire corpus provides an understanding of Tsiolkas’s position in relation to Modernism, thereby drawing out his points about character, setting and politics, thereby helping us to think about what place his ideas about the individual and the community might have in our reading of contemporary Australia and contemporary world literature. Read More..

Contemporary Hispanic Poets:

Cultural Production in the Global, Digital Age
John Burns
ISBN: 9781604978940

"An excellent book on a very interesting topic. ... Good scholarly books on poetry are rare. Good books on Hispanic poetry, transatlantic in content, and with a superb combination of textual analysis and theoretical reflection are even rarer, and this one belongs to the latter category." – Juan Egea, Professor of Spanish , University of Wisconsin-Madison Read More..

Constitutional Democracy and Judicial Supremacy:

John Rawls and the Transformation of American Politics
Jerome C. Foss
ISBN: 9781604979282

"The best books on politics offer us fresh insight into the way things are and powerful arguments about how things ought to be. Jerome Foss's superb book accomplishes both of these ends, rescuing John Rawls's work from the dusty corners of overly abstract theorizing by emphasizing Rawls's dedication to a very practical reinvention of the American political experiment." —Micah J. Watson, William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar Chair in Political Science, Calvin College Read More..

 

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