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The Poetics and Politics of Sensuality in China:

The “Fragrant and Bedazzling” Movement (1600-1930)
Xiaorong Li
ISBN: 9781604979527

"Professor Li proves with rigorous, persuasive scholarship that the xiangyan genre was indeed a political exercise with a 600-year lineage. ... her study is diachronic; the poems and attached theories were aggressively articulated in the late Ming, continued through the Qing—despite charges of indecency—and taken up with zeal in the Republican era. ... she also firmly and solidly, with elegant argument and resourceful use of paratextual material, proves that poets, anthologists, editors, and essayists not only believed in the power of the sensual, but also advocated the authority of the sensual." —China Review International Read More..

Reading John Banville Through Jean Baudrillard

Hedda Friberg-Harnesk
ISBN: 9781604979534

"Hedda Friberg-Harnesk sheds new light on the fiction of John Banville thanks to an original theoretical frame ... [Her] eloquent, thought-provoking study grants the reader a deeper insight into Banville’s bewitching “territory of mercurial instability” ... This brilliant book, which itself involves creative reiterations, casts light on Banville’s mature treatment of exquisitely recycled literary concerns in his more recent fiction..." — Études Irlandaises Read More..

Postcolonial Heritage and Settler Well-Being:

The Historical Fictions of Roger McDonald
Christopher Lee
ISBN: 9781604979497

"Lee’s appraisal of McDonald’s take on the challenges faced by Australians—particularly Australian men—is intelligent, illuminating, and ‘appreciative’ without being overly respectful. ... He [McDonald] deserves the recognition afforded by being included in the ‘Australian Literature Series’ ... Under the general editorship of Susan Lever, the series has produced several studies [and] provides a valuable collective survey of the field, in the broader context of international literary developments." —Australian Book Review Read More..

Spatial Imaginaries in Mid-Tang China:

Geography, Cartography, and Literature
Ao Wang
ISBN: 9781604979411

"Ao Wang’s new book, executed with critical insight and poetic sensitivity, encompasses diverse literary forms and lends new nuances to our understanding of mid-Tang literature. Imaginative and inspiring, it is a significant contribution to the study of medieval Chinese literature and cultural history." —Xiaofei Tian, Harvard University Read More..

Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture

Megan M. Ferry
ISBN: 9781604979381

"In Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture, Professor Megan Ferry provides a meticulous analysis of the gendered spaces that modern Chinese publishers, editors, critics, propagandists, and policy makers created for the work of female authors, both before and after the Communist revolution of 1949. This detailed study of the textual and visual mechanisms that bring gender into being makes an important and original contribution to our understanding of print culture, both in China and beyond." —Michel Hockx, Professor of Chinese Literature and Director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, University of Notre Dame Read More..

Reading Lu Xun Through Carl Jung

Carolyn Brown
ISBN: 9781604979374

“This is truly a great contribution not only to Lu Xun studies but also to modern Chinese intellectual history. The approach is seminal and convincing. The arguments based on close reading of the texts are careful, coherent, and revealing. What Carolyn T. Brown has accomplished in this book is akin to a highly skilled doctor who makes an accurate etiological diagnosis." —Guoxiang Peng, Zhejiang University Read More..

Contemporary Taiwanese Women Writers:

An Anthology
Jonathan Stalling, Lin Tai-man, and Yanwing Leung
ISBN: 9781604979558

"These gems of short fiction by women writers from Taiwan are a wonderful treat. Beautifully translated into English, they unfold and flicker with wistful, comic, and enigmatic lights and shadows. The vignettes and snapshots imbue existential anxiety and street life with grim and exquisite lyricism, mixed with unstoppable yearnings for sunlight and romance." —Ban Wang, William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Stanford University Read More..

The Monster as War Machine

Mabel Moraña
ISBN: 9781604979862

"A far-ranging, audacious, erudite, and exquisitely written examination of monsters and the monstrous. It spans the broad sweep of history, from the Classical and Medieval Periods to the present. Moraña achieves this immense feat through lucid yet vivid prose that thoughtfully weaves a series of what at first glance might appear to be divergent and scattered theories, into a set of intense and thought-provoking constellations of ideas and experiences.—Joanne Rappaport, Georgetown University; and President of LASA, 2016–2017 Read More..

David Malouf and the Poetic:

His Earlier Writings
Yvonne Smith
ISBN: 9781604979367

"In this carefully researched book, Smith offers close studies of a number of Malouf’s works including fiction and poetry against 'the context from which they arose'. This engaging, accessible study will well serve students and teachers. Meticulously researched." —The Australian Read More..

Christos Tsiolkas:

The Utopian Vision
Jessica Gildersleeve
ISBN: 9781604979787

"an important touchstone for anyone interested in Tsiolkas and affect theory, or in Australia’s contemporary literary landscape more generally. Read More..

 

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