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Ooku, The Secret World of the Shogun’s Women

Cecilia Segawa Seigle and Linda H. Chance
ISBN: 9781604978728

"A wonderfully detailed history of the shogunal harem ... and it does not shy away from discussion of the sex—or lack of it—at the heart of the Ooku’s raison d’être ... Many of the primary sources consulted by the authors are still in manuscript form and exceptionally difficult to decipher, let alone interpret. The authors thus deserve high praise for their dedication to locating, making sense of, selecting, and translating a vast range of material for a scholarly audience.” - Gaye Rowley, Waseda University Read More..

The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography:

Censorship and Transformation of the Tripitaka
Tanya Storch
ISBN: 9781604978773

"As the first general study of Chinese Buddhist bibliography in English by an author who demonstrates a thorough command of the material, this book is the first place scholars should turn to for information about the structure and formation of the Chinese Buddhist canon. This book deserves a place on the bookshelf of every specialist in pre-modern Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhism." – John Kieschnick, Stanford University Read More..

The Chinese Prose Poem:

A Study of Lu Xun's Wild Grass (Yecao)
Nicholas A. Kaldis
ISBN: 9781604978636

"A comprehensive, well-balanced study ... Kaldis's analyses of many of the pieces are brilliant and insightful. His own prose style and argumentation are impeccable. ... As scholars, we have to be more than recorders of facts or appliers of methodologies. Kaldis's book is an example of how much can be achieved by combining careful scholarship with creative reading and inspired writing. Students, scholars, and anyone who is curious to learn more about Lu Xun should turn to this superlative work for many years to come."– CLEAR Read More..

Alienglish:

Eastern Diasporas in Anglo-American Tongues
Sheng-mei Ma
ISBN: 9781604978681

English has long emerged as the lingua franca of globalization but has been somehow estranged in the hands or mouths of aliens, from Joseph Conrad to Chang-rae Lee. Haltingly, their alien characters come to speak in the Anglo-American tongue, yet what emerges is skewed by accents, syntax, body language, and nonstandard contextual references—an uncanny, off-kilter language best described as Alienglish. Alienglish arrays itself on a spectrum from English’s Alien to Alien’s English, from white representations of the Other to aliens’ self-representations. Read More..

Modern Poetry in China:

A Visual-Verbal Dynamic
Paul Manfredi
ISBN: 9781604978629

"Manfredi’s book contains a wealth of contextualizing detail and focused reading/argument ... Modern Poetry in China is a very well-written, researched, illustrated and convincingly argued book that will no doubt be read widely among those with a specialist interest in Chinese literature and traditional culture. It is a text that challenges rigid distinctions between the verbal and the visual, not simply through theoretical appeals but also thoroughly grounded historical analysis." – Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art Read More..

Confucian Prophet:

Political Thought In Du Fu’s Poetry (752–757)
David K. Schneider
ISBN: 9781604978391

"An engaging piece of scholarship," which "raises thought-provoking questions while demonstrating solid command of relevant texts." [Regarding the objective to] "establish that Du was troubled by a political system that allowed powerful families to live luxuriously at court while the people suffered amid deteriorating conditions in the mid-750s, and that he produced powerful art to register his objections," "Schneider has accomplished this and much more by reviving the question of how exactly Du Fu’s artistry relates to the grand political and social issues of his day." – Journal of Asian Studies Read More..

British Asian Fiction:

Framing the Contemporary
Neil Murphy and Wai-chew Sim
ISBN: 9781604975413

In this outstanding collection of essays, Neil Murphy and Wai-chew Sim seek not so much to demarcate the field of British Asian fiction, but to offer due acknowledgment of the artistic merit of the works of selected authors and simultaneously register their cultural significance. Read More..

Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora:

Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrations
Karen An-hwei Lee
ISBN: 9781604978605

"The use of concepts such as translation and migration in a way that allows flexibility shows Lee’s depth of knowledge in such areas, and her confidence in applying it to literary criticism. The close textual analysis is also carefully developed, convincing and allows Lee to draw highly insightful and fascinating conclusions. Finally, she situates her work in a wider field that show just how relevant literary scholarship can be to current scholarly debates, as well as to the contemporary world ... What Lee’s monograph aims to do is ambitious, and it certainly succeeds at this goal." – International Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies Read More..

Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture:

The Conquest through the Lens of Textual and Visual Multiplicity
Lauren Beck
ISBN: 9781604978544

"An exhaustive study. An examination both broad and deep. This work has been extensively researched. The appeal of this book should be broad and it should easily find a home on the bookshelf of the specialist, the student or just the interested reader in Latin American history, European history, comparative cultural studies, religious studies, or art. - Hispania Read More..

The Story of Traditional Korean Literature

Peter H. Lee
ISBN: 9781604978537

In this book, renowned Korean studies scholar Peter H. Lee casts light on important works previously undervalued or suppressed in Korean literary history. He illuminates oral-derived texts as Koryo love songs, p’ansori, and shamanist narrative songs which were composed in the mind, retained in the memory, sung to audiences, and heard but not read, as well as other texts which were written in literary Chinese, the language of the learned ruling class, a challenge even to the reader who has been raised on the Confucian and literary canons of China and Korea. Read More..

 

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