New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, April 19, 2013

April 15, 2013


Becoming Melungeon: Making an Ethnic Identity in the Appalachian South by Melissa Schrift (University of Nebraska Press; 222 pages; $35). Explores the social construction of Melungeon identity and its wholesale embrace in recent decades.

Forest of Struggle: Moralities of Remembrance in Upland Cambodia by Eve Monique Zucker (University of Hawai'i Press; 256 pages; $57 hardcover, $28 paperback). Focuses on the southwestern highland community of O'Thmaa and surrounding villages in a study of post-conflict recovery in Cambodia and the persistent impact of war and genocide on the social and moral order.

Potent Landscapes: Place and Mobility in Eastern Indonesia by Catherine Allerton (University of Hawai'i Press; 240 pages; $55 hardcover, $25 paperback). Draws on fieldwork in rural Flores in a study of the Manggarai people's view of a literally animate and potent landscape.


Custer, Cody, and Grand Duke Alexis: Historical Archaeology of the Royal Buffalo Hunt by Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed, and Stephen Damm (University of Oklahoma Press; 203 pages; $84.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). An archaeological study of a Russian duke's encampment and hunt in southwestern Nebraska in 1872.


Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art by Jennifer Doyle (Duke University Press; 203 pages; $84.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Examines works by such artists as Ron Athey, Aliza Shvarts, James Luna, Carrie Mae Weems, and David Wojnarowicz.

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age by Judith K. Major (University of Virginia Press; 302 pages; $45). An intellectual biography of the American architectural critic (1851-1934).

Modernism on Stage: The Ballets Russes and the Parisian Avant-Garde by Juliet Bellow (Ashgate Publishing Company; 280 pages; $119.95). Discusses Serge Diaghilev's dance troupe in the 1910s and 20s, and ballets designed by the artists Pablo Picasso, Sonia Delaunay, Henri Matisse, and Giorgio de Chirico.

Persistent Ruskin: Studies in Influence, Assimilation, and Effect edited by Keith Hanley and Brian Maidment (Ashgate Publishing Company; 215 pages; $99.95). Topics include the English critic's intellectual legacy to the working class, and his global influence beyond Europe.

The Power and the Glorification: Papal Pretensions and the Art of Propaganda in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries by Jan L. de Jong (Penn State University Press; 192 pages; $79.95). Examines the role of the visual arts in efforts to reinforce Catholic power structures in the wake of the Great Schism of 1378 and the later Protestant Reformation.

The Video Art of Sylvia Safdie by Eric Lewis (McGill-Queen's University Press; 136 pages; US$55). A study of the contemporary Canadian artist; topics include her use of improvised music.


From Groups to Individuals: Evolution and Emerging Individuality edited by Frederic Bouchard and Philippe Huneman (MIT Press; 278 pages; $55). Writings on the biological and philosophical implications of "collective individuals," such as ant colonies and beehives; topics include tensions between individual adaptation and group evolution.


Shut Off: The Canadian Digital Television Transition by Gregory Taylor (McGill-Queen's University Press; 232 pages; US$95 hardcover, US$29.95 paperback). Includes comparative discussion on how the shift from analog to digital television has been handled around the world.

Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture by Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green (New York University Press; 350 pages; $29.95). Discusses "participatory circulation" in social media.

Your Ad Here: The Cool Sell of Guerrilla Marketing by Michael Serazio (New York University Press; 226 pages; $70 hardcover, $22 paperback). Draws on interviews with advertising "creatives," and executives in a study of new, studiously casual approaches to marketing.


Vulnerability to Poverty: Theory, Measurement, and Determinants, With Case Studies From Thailand and Vietnam edited by Stephan Klasen and Hermann Waibel (Palgrave Macmillan; 337 pages; $100). Essays on such topics as the impact of food-price shocks on vulnerability to poverty.


The Infrastructure of Accountability: Data Use and the Transformation of American Education edited by Dorothea Anagnostopoulos, Stacey A. Rutledge, and Rebecca Jacobsen (Harvard Education Press; 287 pages; $29.95). Writings on the gathering and impact of quantitative data on student performance.

Tilting at Windmills: School Reform, San Diego, and America's Race to Renew Public Education by Richard Lee Colvin (Harvard Education Press; 248 pages; $29.95). Examines the reforms of former prosecutor Alan Bersin as superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District between 1998 and 2005.


The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation by Adam Rome (Hill & Wang; 346 pages; $30). Traces the origins, events, and impact of the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, which included teach-ins at some 1,500 colleges and universities and 10,000 schools.


The American Jewish Story Through Cinema by Eric A. Goldman (University of Texas Press; 230 pages; $55). Describes how films since the beginning of the sound era track American Jewish experience.

Beyond Bruce Lee: Chasing the Dragon Through Film, Philosophy, and Popular Culture by Paul Bowman (Wallflower Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 209 pages; $85 hardcover, $28 paperback). Draws on poststructuralist theory in a study of the Chinese-American martial artist and actor as icon.

The Last Laugh: Strange Humors of Cinema edited by Murray Pomerance (Wayne State University Press; 244 pages; $31.95). Topics include why Darren Aronofsky's psychodrama about ballet, Black Swan, is unintentionally funny.

Love in Western Film and Television: Lonely Hearts and Happy Trails edited by Sue Matheson (Palgrave Macmillan; 248 pages; $85). Essays on such topics as interracial romance on the frontier and the "bride pool" of female characters in John Wayne westerns.

Queer Bergman: Sexuality, Gender, and the European Art Cinema by Daniel Humphrey (University of Texas Press; 237 pages; $55). A study of what is termed the "profoundly queer" cinema of Ingmar Bergman; draws on the Swedish auteur's own remarks about his "homosexual identifications."

Trash: African Cinema From Below by Kenneth W. Harrow (Indiana University Press; 344 pages; $85 hardcover, $30 paperback). Links tropes of trash in African cinema to that cinema's depiction of a globalized world.


Sexual Deceit: The Ethics of Passing by Kelby Harrison (Lexington Books; 221 pages; $65). Argues against Judith Butler's concept of performativity and other social-constructivist models of identity in a study of the ethics of presenting oneself as one sexual identity while understanding oneself as another.


A Cautious Enthusiasm: Mystical Piety and Evangelicalism in Colonial South Carolina by Samuel C. Smith (University of South Carolina Press; 259 pages; $49.95). Documents the influence of evangelicalism on influential Anglican laymen in the 18th-century colony.

A Confederate Englishman: The Civil War Letters of Henry Wemyss Feilden edited by W. Eric Emerson and Karen Stokes (University of South Carolina Press; 187 pages; $29.95). Edition of the letters of a young British officer---and baronet's son---who resigned his commission to become a Confederate staff officer in Charleston.

A Destiny of Choice? New Directions in American Consumer History edited by David Blanke and David Steigerwald (Lexington Books; 188 pages; $65). Topics include the theories of David Riesman, author of The Lonely Crowd (1950).

1863: Lincoln's Pivotal Year edited by Harold Holzer and Sara Vaughn Gabbard (Southern Illinois University Press; 198 pages; $32.95). Topics include the Emancipation proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, war-powers debates, draft riots turned race riots, the new role of photography in war coverage, and tensions in the Lincoln family.

The Forgotten Presidents: Their Untold Constitutional Legacy by Michael J. Gerhardt (Oxford University Press; 313 pages; $34.95). A study of Martin Van Buren, Wiliam Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland (both administrations), Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft, Calvin Coolidge, and Jimmy Carter.

Land, as Far as the Eye Can See: Portuguese in the Old West by Donald Warrin and Geoffrey L. Gomes (Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth/University Press of New England; 376 pages; $24.95). Traces the experiences of Portuguese immigrants as frontier settlers.

No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement by Susan Goodier (University of Illinois Press; 272 pages; $85 hardcover, $25 paperback). Argues that women who fought against suffrage were not against women's rights, but saw the female domestic role as threatened by masculine political responsibilities.

Orientalism and Identity in Latin America: Fashioning Self and Other From the (Post)Colonial Margin edited by Erik Camayd-Freixas (University of Arizona Press; 241 pages; $55). Includes writings on Latin American societies' encounters with Arab, Chinese, and Japanese cultures and migrants.

A Pact With Vichy: Angelo Tasca From Italian Socialism to French Collaboration by Emanuel Rota (Fordham University Press; 217 pages; $45). A biography of an Italian intellectual and politician (1892-1960) whose life was marked by his radical shifts along a wide political spectrum.

Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters by Kate Brown (Oxford University Press; 406 pages; $27.95). A history of life and dangers to public health in and around Richland, Wash., and Ozersk, Russia, two cities centered on the production of plutonium.

A Vigilant Society: Jewish Thought and the State in Medieval Spain by Javier Ruiz, translated by Selma L. Margaretten (State University of New York Press; 326 pages; $90). Traces a shift away from Sephardic philosophy in 13th-century Iberia.


America's Assembly Line by David E. Nye (MIT Press; 338 pages; $29.95). Traces the evolution of the manufacturing system since its development by Ford in 1913 for the mass production of the Model T.


Legal Integration of Islam: A Transatlantic Comparison by Christian Joppke and John Torpey (Harvard University Press; 211 pages; $39.95). Contrasts Canada, France, Germany, and the United States in a study of law and the integration of Muslim populations in the West.


Birdsong, Speech, and Language: Exploring the Evolution of Mind and Brain edited by Johan J. Bolhuis and Martin Everaert (MIT Press; 542 pages; $50). Research on vocal imitation and other parallels between birdsong and human spoken language.


Anne Around the World: L.M. Montgomery and Her Classic edited by Jane Ledwell and Jean Mitchell (McGill-Queen's University Press; 304 pages; US$100 hardcover, US$29.95 paperback). Essays on the reception and appeal of Anne of Green Gables.

Cinepoetry: Imaginary Cinemas in French Poetry by Christophe Wall-Romana (Fordham University Press; 480 pages; $55). Discusses writers from Mallarme and Jean Epstein to Max Jeanne and Nelly Kaplan.

The Ethics of Swagger: Prizewinning African American Novels, 1977-1993 by Michael DeRell Hill (Ohio State University Press; 195 pages; $51.95). Traces the impact on black literature of Toni Morrison, Charles Johnson, and other black novelists who won major prizes during the period.

From Beasts to Souls: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe edited by E. Jane Burns and Peggy McCracken (University of Notre Dame Press; 280 pages; $38). Writings on how gender figures in medieval representations of animal and other non-human embodiment.

Literary Remains: Death, Trauma, and Lu Xun's Refusal to Mourn by Eileen J. Cheng (University of Hawai'i Press; 328 pages; $54). A study of the Chinese writer (1881-1936) and his complex engagement with tradition and modernity.

Lu Xun's Revolution: Writing in a Time of Violence by Gloria Davies (Harvard University Press; 408 pages; $35). A study of the eminent Chinese writer and intellectual (1881-1936), who, while never a Communist, has been appropriated by the party.

The New Death: American Modernism and World War I by Pearl James (University of Virginia Press; 272 pages; $59.50 hardcover, $29.50 paperback). Examines writers' responses to the unprecedented carnage of the First World War; authors discussed include Cather, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway.

The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration by Jennifer Bowering Delisle (Wilfrid Laurier University Press; 211 pages; US$42.99). A study of how Newfoundland literature has reflected the province's long history of out-migration and economic hardship.

Palimpsestic Memory: The Holocaust and Colonialism in French and Francophone Fiction and Film by Max Silverman (Berghahn Books; 206 pages; $90). Examines the works of such authors and filmmakers as Assia Djebar, Alain Resnais, Georges Perec, and Jean-Luc Godard.

Rhetoric and the Familiar in Francis Bacon and John Donne by Daniel Derrin (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; 197 pages; $70). Discusses the two English writers in the context of the classical rhetorical tradition they inherited through their university education.

Shakespeare and Donne: Generic Hybrids and the Cultural Imaginary edited by Judith H. Anderson and Jennifer C. Vaught (Fordham University Press; 291 pages; $55). Essays on links between the two early modern writers; topics include Donne, Shakespeare, and the interrogative conscience.

Shakespeare in Company by Bart Van Es (Oxford University Press; 357 pages; $45). Topics include how the physical and other distinctiveness of the players in the Chamberlain's Men influenced both the characters and structure of Shakespeare's plays.

Stephen King as a Postmodern Author by Clotilde Landais (Peter Lang Publishing; 105 pages; $66.95). Focuses on the novel The Dark Half (1989) and the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden (1990).

Translating Troy: Provincial Politics in Alliterative Romance by Alex Mueller (Ohio State University Press; 258 pages; $69.95). A study of poets who challenged the traditional notion of the Trojans as ancestors of the English people; focuses on four Middle English alliterative romances inspired by Guido delle Colonne's Historia Destructionis Troiae.


Alec Wilder by Philip Lambert (University of Illinois Press; 153 pages; $80 hardcover, $22 paperback). A study of the versatile American composer (1907-80), who worked in forms from popular song to sonata.

Sweet Air: Modernism, Regionalism, and American Popular Song by Edward P. Comentale (University of Illinois Press; 274 pages; $90 hardcover, $28 paperback). Topics include death, detachment, and the modernity of early country music.


Deep Rhetoric: Philosophy, Reason, Violence, Justice, Wisdom by James Crosswhite (University of Chicago Press; 407 pages; $105 hardcover, $35 paperback). Develops a view of rhetoric as a philosophical endeavor, beyond basic argumentation.

Later Medieval Metaphysics: Ontology, Language, and Logic edited by Charles Bolyard and Rondo Keele (Fordham University Press; 314 pages; $95 hardcover, $35 paperback). Essays on such thinkers as Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Walter Chatton, John Buridan, Dietrich of Freiburg, Robert Holcot, Walter Burley, and Ibn-Sina (Avicenna).

The New Rationalism: Albert Schweitzer's Philosophy of Reverence for Life by David K. Goodin (McGill-Queen's University Press; 234 pages; US$34.95). Topics include the physician and humanitarian's inspiration from Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

Trust: Who or What Might Support Us? by Adriaan T. Peperzak (Fordham University Press; 190 pages; $75 hardcover, $26 paperback). Topics include the difference between trust in God and the universe.


Caring Democracy: Markets, Equality, Justice by Joan C. Tronto (New York University Press; 228 pages; $75 hardcover, $24 paperback). Argues for placing care, rather than economics, at the center of political life.

Shi'i Islam and Identity: Religion, Politics, and Change in the Global Muslim Community edited by Lloyd Ridgeon (I.B. Tauris, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 234 pages; $96). Writings that document the diversity of Shi'ite identity, including in communities in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Senegal, as well as in the Western diaspora.

3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan by Richard J. Samuels (Cornell University Press; 296 pages; $29.95). A study of Japan's government and society in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011.

Trials and Tribulations of International Prosecution edited by Henry F. Carey and Stacey M. Mitchell (Lexington Books; 354 pages; $80). Essays that evaluate the record of international tribunals, including case studies since the Tokyo war crimes trials.


Liberation and Empire: Demonic Possession and Exorcism in the Gospel of Mark by Cheryl S. Pero (Peter Lang Publishing; 270 pages; $87.95). Explores the communally restorative nature of exorcism in the Second Gospel.


Women and Rhetoric Between the Wars edited by Ann George, M. Elizabeth Weiser, and Janet Zepernick (Southern Illinois University Press; 301 pages; $40). Essays on Jane Addams, Jovita Gonzalez, and other well- and lesser-known women who helped shape the field of modern rhetoric.


New Deal Ruins: Race, Economic Justice, and Public Housing Policy by Edward G. Goetz (Cornell University Press; 256 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Focuses on Atlanta, Chicago, and New Orleans in a critique of policies that have favored demolishing public housing and instead giving the poor vouchers for subsidized units in mixed-income communities.


Feminist (Im)Mobilities in Fortress(ing) North America: Rights, Citizenship, and Identities in Transnational Perspective edited by Anne Sisson Runyan and others (Ashgate Publishing Company; 256 pages; $104.95). Topics include anti-sex-trafficking laws in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.