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Monstrosity and Chinese Cultural Identity:

Xenophobia and the Reimagination of Foreignness in Vernacular Literature since the Song Dynasty
Isaac Yue
ISBN: 9781621965046

"Using selected key figures from Chinese literature from the Tang through the Qing, Isaac Yue traces the increasing attribution of monstrous qualities to foreigners as a means to demean the Other while inflating the stature of Chinese cultural identity. Yue’s sharp observations on the evolving images of Zhang Fei, Sun Wukong, and Zhong Kui will surely inspire a reevaluation of the cultural relevance of the texts in which these figures appear." —Robert E. Hegel, Washington University in St. Louis Read More..

In(ter)ventions of the Self:

Writing and the Autobiographical Subject in Hispanic American Literature (1974–2002)
Sergio R. Franco
ISBN: 9781621965565

"This book is both an insightful theoretical intervention in critical discussions of the autobiographical genre and a highly original analysis of the autobiographies of five giants of Latin American literature ... Sergio Franco teaches us to read autobiography in new and productive ways, ... providing a valuable framework for future studies." —Anne Lambright, Carnegie Mellon University Read More..

American Ideas of Equality:

A Social History, 1750–2020
Carl L. Bankston III
ISBN: 9781621965558

"American Ideas of Equality provides a social history spanning 270 years, longer than the founding of the American nation. Bankston deftly reveals how the American idea of equality evolved and diverged and how conflicting ideas intersect race and class to shape prevailing patterns of group formation and identity politics. With his rigorous analysis of empirically rich data and lucid narrative, Bankston advances our understanding of the complex notion of inequality." —Min Zhou, UCLA Read More..

Japan's Russia:

Challenging the East-West Paradigm
Olga V. Solovieva and Sho Konishi
ISBN: 9781621965534

"Japan’s Russia presents a re-interpretation of modern Japanese culture and society by focusing on the Russia-Japan relationship. Building on Sho Konishi’s earlier and important rethinking of visions of modernity in the early twentieth-century Russia-Japan relationship, this book expands the horizons by exploring a range of literary, artistic, intellectual, and political encounters. It also extends the timeframe from the late nineteenth century to the present day, offering fascinating and important insights." —Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Professor Emerita of Japanese History, Australian National University Read More..

Shaping Chinese Art History:

Pang Yuanji and His Painting Collection
Katharine P. Burnett
ISBN: 9781604979916

"An engaging and well-researched volume on this pivotal collector, Shaping Chinese Art History: Pang Yuanji and His Collection makes a substantial contribution to the burgeoning field of studies of modern museum collections of Chinese art.” —Amy McNair, University of Kansas Read More..

Remapping the Contested Sinosphere:

The Cross-cultural Landscape and Ethnoscape of Taiwan
Chia-rong Wu
ISBN: 9781621965442

"Examining trends and transformations that go up against rigidly conceived, monolithic cultural ideologies and the distinctive achievements of a new generation of Taiwanese writers in various literary subgenres, this book engages in dialogue with critical issues raised by Sinophone Studies and is at the same time a welcome new addition to the Taiwanese literature scholarship in the English-speaking world."—Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang, The University of Texas at Austin Read More..

Locating Taiwan Cinema in the Twenty-First Century

Paul G. Pickowicz and Yingjin Zhang
ISBN: 9781621965459

“Highlighting a multitude of glocal, sociopolitical, and aesthetic-ethical transcodes, this book explores the complex trajectory of identity formation, structural transformation, and cultural dynamics of the island state since 2000. This volume is an essential sourcebook for students in world cinema.” —Ping-hui Liao, University of California, San Diego Read More..

Human Rights Ombudsmen in Latin America:

From Justitieombudsman to Defensor del Pueblo
Erika Moreno
ISBN: 9781621965251

This study aims to define the Defensoría del Pueblo, provide context for its emergence in Latin America, and examine variations in the structure of the office and its implications for democracy and its citizens. Through systematic, regional analysis with Bolivia and Colombia as case studies, this book sheds light on how the agencies in these countries have evolved, their contributions to human rights, and the impact of this unsung institution. Read More..

Metalworking in Bronze Age China:

The Lost-Wax Process
Peng Peng
ISBN: 9781604979626

"This impressive book—with its wide, detailed coverage, high-quality illustrations, and extensive list of references—will receive much attention from students and scholars working on Chinese archaeology as well as the history of metalworking, and will certainly stimulate much more research on lost–wax casting technology in early China in the years to come." —Jianjun Mei, Cambridge University and Needham Research Institute Read More..

Reexamining the Sinosphere:

Transmissions and Transformations in East Asia
Nanxiu Qian, Richard J. Smith, and Bowei Zhang
ISBN: 9781604979879

"Represents the best scholarship in Sinosphere studies that discusses how literary Sinitic texts and Chinese cultural products were transmitted, transformed and domesticated in East Asia." —Professor Benjamin Wai-ming Ng, Chinese University of Hong Kong Read More..

 

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