New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, February 20, 2015

February 16, 2015


The Land of Weddings and Rain: Nation and Modernity in Post-Socialist Lithuania by Gediminas Lankauskas (University of Toronto Press; 352 pages; US$85 hardcover, US$36.95 paperback). Discusses both civil and religious ceremonies in a study of changes in weddings in the wake of Westernization and heightened consumerism.

Unsettling India: Affect, Temporality, Transnationality by Purnima Mankekar (Duke University Press; 301 pages; $94.95 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Draws on fieldwork in Delhi and the San Francisco Bay Area in a study of the construction of ideas of India and Indian culture in films, television, advertising, and other realms.


Emergence and Diversity of Modern Human Behavior in Paleolithic Asia edited by Yousuke Kaifu and others (Texas A&M University Press; 580 pages; $65). Writings by anthropologists and archaeologists on South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Siberia, as well as Australia; pays particular attention to the Japanese archipelago.


Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder by Adnan Morshed (University of Minnesota Press; 296 pages; $112.50 hardcover, $37.50 paperback). Writings on the aesthetic impact of aerial perspective and movement on the visual culture of the interwar period.

The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh, and American Art by Carmenita Higginbotham (Penn State University Press; 211 pages; $79.95). Examines representations of blacks in the Depression-era work of the "urban realist" Marsh and his contemporaries.


Morality, Competition, and the Firm: The Market Failures Approach to Business Ethics by Joseph Heath (Oxford University Press; 412 pages; $65). New and previously published writings on the moral obligations of private actors in a market economy.


Ex Oriente Lex: Near Eastern Influences on Ancient Greek and Roman Law by Raymond Westbrook, edited by Deborah Lyons and Kurt Raaflaub (Johns Hopkins University Press; 288 pages; $59.95). Edition of writings by the American scholar (1946-2009).

Shaping Ceremony: Monumental Steps and Greek Architecture by Mary B. Hollinshead (University of Wisconsin Press; 208 pages; $50). Explores ritual, biomechanical, political, and other aspects of the steps found in ancient Greek monuments; focuses on 38 sites from the sixth through the second centuries BC.


When the Devil Knocks: The Congo Tradition and the Politics of Blackness in Twentieth-Century Panama by Renee Alexander Craft (Ohio State University Press; 240 pages; $69.95). Offers an ethnographic perspective on the Afro-Latin carnival tradition of "Congo" as enacted in the Panamanian town of Portobelo.


The Disintegration of Production: Firm Strategy and Industrial Development in China edited by Mariko Watanabe (Edward Elgar Publishing; 260 pages; $145). Includes case studies from the electronics, automotive, coal, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

The Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Capitalism by David M. Kotz (Harvard University Press; 270 pages; $39.95). Argues that the economic crisis that began in 2008 is a structural crisis of the neoliberal form of capitalism and ultimately cannot be resolved within the current system.


Black Hills Forestry: A History by John F. Freeman (University Press of Colorado; 246 pages; $34.95). Uses a history of the Black Hills National Forest to examine land management by the U.S. Forest Service.


Adaptation, Authorship, and Contemporary Women Filmmakers by Shelley Cobb (Palgrave Macmillan; 176 pages; $95). Examines female filmmakers' adaptations, since 1990, of works that foreground a female authorial figure; examples discussed include Sally Potter's Orlando.

The Disney Fetish by Sean J. Harrington (John Libbey Publishing, distributed by Indiana University Press; 234 pages; $30). Applies Lacanian, post-Marxist, and other theory in a study of the Disney company and its products, with particular attention to its classic films.


Battleground New Jersey: Vanderbilt, Hague, and Their Fight for Justice by Nelson Johnson (Rutgers University Press; 259 pages; $29.95). Draws on previously untapped sources to trace the clash between Arthur T. Vanderbilt, chief justice of the State Supreme Court, and Frank Hague, mayor of Jersey City, over efforts to reform the legal system.

Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans by Malcolm Gaskill (Basic Books; 484 pages; $35). Documents the experiences of 17th-century colonists as they were thwarted in their efforts to recreate England in America.

Civil War Canon: Sites of Confederate Memory in South Carolina by Thomas J. Brown (University of North Carolina Press; 376 pages; $39.95). Discusses Fort Sumter and other prominent sites in a study of commemoration as a dynamic, adaptive process.

Daughters of the Trade: Atlantic Slavers and Interracial Marriage on the Gold Coast by Pernille Ipsen (University of Pennsylvania Press; 269 pages; $49.95). Examines five generations of cassare or "keeping house" marriages between African women and Danish men in the 18th and 19th centuries, with a focus on Fort Christiansborg in what is now Accra, Ghana.

Designing Dixie: Tourism, Memory, and Urban Space in the New South by Reiko Hillyer (University of Virginia Press; 280 pages; $45). Describes how boosters, entrepreneurs, and architects in the cities of St. Augustine, Richmond, and Atlanta used historical imagery to attract investors and tourists.

Feeding Barcelona, 1714-1975: Public Market Halls, Social Networks, and Consumer Culture by Montserrat Miller (Louisiana State University Press; 400 pages; $39.95). Explores the social networks and other factors that have sustained the vibrancy and abundance of the city's food markets since the 18th century.

Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron by Menachem Klein, translated by Haim Watzman (Oxford University Press; 336 pages; $30). Draws on memoirs, diaries, and other sources in a history of interactions in the three cities over the past 150 years.

The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo by Brendan Simms (Basic Books; 208 pages; $24.99). Discusses the key role played by the Second Light Battalion, King's German Legion, in the June 18, 1815, battle.

Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France: Currency, Culture, and the State by Jotham Parson (Cornell University Press; 336 pages; $59.95). Examines the expanding powers of the royal Cour des Monnaies.

Mobilizing Zanzibari Women: The Struggle for Respectability and Self-Reliance in Colonial East Africa by Corrie Decker (Palgrave Macmillan; 272 pages; $90). A study of women's education, professionalization, and political mobilization under Arab and later British rule in the Zanzibar archipelago in what is now Tanzania.

Obama's Time: A History by Morton Keller (Oxford University Press; 327 pages; $27.95). Discusses the president's persona, leadership style, and policies during his first term.

Prep School Cowboys: Ranch Schools in the American West by Melissa Bingmann (University of New Mexico Press; 230 pages; $45). Discusses boarding schools in Arizona and other Western states and their appeal to wealthy parents in the East and elsewhere seeking to cultivate traditional values and self reliance in their sons.

The Radical King by Martin Luther King Jr., edited by Cornel West (Beacon Press; 300 pages; $26.95). Thematic edition of writings by the civil-rights leader that document his radical politics, including opposition to imperialism and the Vietnam War.

Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845 edited by Porscha Fermanis and John Regan (Oxford University Press; 333 pages; $99). Essays that document how aesthetic innovations in the literature of the period overlapped with developments in history writing; topics include James Mill's History of British India and the poetics of Benthamite historiography.

Seeking Our Eden: The Dreams and Migrations of Sarah Jameson Craig by Joanne Findon (McGill-Queen's University Press; 240 pages; US$34.95). Examines the life and travels of a Canadian woman (1840-1919) who hoped to found a utopian community grounded in alternative medicine and women's equality---notably "dress reform" along the lines of her own short dress over trousers.

"Settling the Peace of the Church": 1662 Revisited edited by N.H. Keeble (Oxford University Press; 270 pages; $100). Essays on the Act of Uniformity in the established Church of England, passed on May 19, 1662, and the subsequent "Great Ejection" of dissenters on St. Bartholomew's Day (August 24).

Sex, Money and Personal Character in Eighteenth-Century British Politics by Marilyn Morris (Yale University Press; 257 pages; $85). Shows how the Anglo-American concern with politicians' private lives today is a legacy of 18th-century preoccupations with the sexual, financial, and other imprudence of royal and other elites.


From Sight to Light: The Passage From Ancient to Modern Optics by A. Mark Smith (University of Chicago Press; 457 pages; $45). Discusses the history of optic theory in terms of a "Keplerian turn" with the German astronomer's theory of retinal imaging in 1604.


The Force of Law by Frederick Schauer (Harvard University Press; 239 pages; $35). Argues that coercion is central to law's effectiveness.

The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg edited by Scott Dodson (Cambridge University Press; 336 pages; $29.99). Essays by scholars and others on the U.S. Supreme Court Justice; topics include Ginsburg's "reconstructive feminism."


Indexing It All: The Subject in the Age of Documentation, Information, and Data by Ronald E. Day (MIT Press; 170 pages; $30). Focuses on the documentary index and ideas and uses of "indexicality" since the early 20th century; draws on the French documentalist Suzanne Briet.


A Grammar of the Seneca Language by Wallace Chafe (University of California Press; 250 pages; $65). A study of an indigenous language of the Northern Iroquoian branch of the Iroquoian family.

Regional Language Policies in France during World War II by Aviv Amit (Palgrave Macmillan; 196 pages; $90). Offers a historical and sociolinguistic analysis of how efforts to preserve the languages of Brittany, Corsica, and other French regions became more political during the wartime occupation.


The Archpoet and Medieval Culture by Peter Godman (Oxford University Press; 280 pages; $110). Explores the intellectual history of the 12th century through a study of a German writer known by the pseudonym the Archpoet and his patron, Archchancellor Rainald of Dassel.

Classical Traditions in Science Fiction edited by Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens (Oxford University Press; 380 pages; $99 hardcover, $35 paperback). Topics include Virgil in Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, time and self-referentiality in the Iliad and Dune, and refiguring the Roman Empire in The Hunger Games trilogy.

Food and the Literary Imagination by Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Richard Marggraf Turley, and Howard Thomas (Palgrave Macmillan; 248 pages; $90). Focuses on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's King Lear, Keats's "To Autumn," and Eliot's The Mill on the Floss.

The Geopoetics of Modernism by Rebecca Walsh (University Press of Florida; 201 pages; $74.95). Explores links between American modernism and geographic discourse, including in the work of Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, H.D., and Gertrude Stein.

Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature edited by Monika Fludernik and Miriam Nandi (Palgrave Macmillan; 328 pages; $95). Writers discussed include the late medieval Ricardian poets, Thomas Deloney, Thomas Dekker, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and Oscar Wilde.

A Kiss from Thermopylae: Emily Dickinson and Law by James R. Guthrie (University of Massachusetts Press; 272 pages; $80 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Considers how legal language and reasoning influenced the work of the poet, who was born into a family of lawyers.

Literati Storytelling in Late Medieval China by Manling Luo (University of Washington Press; 240 pages; $50). Examines narrative poems, "tales of the marvelous," and other forms of storytelling that shed light on the changing role of China's literati with the shift away from a hereditary aristocracy.

Relics of Death in Victorian Literature and Culture by Deborah Lutz (Cambridge University Press; 260 pages; $90). Uses Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Dickens's Great Expectations, Tennyson's "In Memoriam," Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, and other works to explore Victorians' practice of treasuring locks of hair and other objects associated with their dead.

Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786--1989 by Halina Filipowicz (Ohio University Press; 408 pages; $90 hardcover, $35 paperback). Explores Polish plays and political writings in a study of "non-nationalist patriotism."

A Temporary Future: The Fiction of David Mitchell by Patrick O'Donnell (Bloomsbury Academic; 216 pages; $100 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). A critical study of the English novelist (b. 1969), whose works include number9dream and Cloud Atlas.

Words Like Daggers: Violent Female Speech in Early Modern England by Kirilka Stavreva (University of Nebraska Press; 202 pages; $55). Draws on letters, legal documents, ballads, dramas, and other sources in a study of women's curses, prophecies, scolding, and other subversive speech from the 1590s to the 1660s.


Arranging Gershwin: "Rhapsody in Blue" and the Creation of an American Icon by Ryan Paul Banagale (Oxford University Press; 209 pages; $99 hardcover, $21.95 paperback). Draws on newly discovered manuscripts in a study that discusses Rhapsody in Blue as an arrangement rather than a composition.


Emotion and Value edited by Sabine Roeser and Cain Todd (Oxford University Press; 258 pages; $65). Essays by philosophers on such topics as emotions as unitary states, emotion as agency, emotion, evaluative perception, and epistemic justification, and self-empathy and moral repair.

Kant and Colonialism edited by Katrin Flikschuh and Lea Ypi (Oxford University Press; 255 pages; $74). Writings on the German philosopher's position on colonialism within the parameters of his "Eurocentric cosmopolitanism"; topics include conquest and settlement within the limits of Kant's international right.

Levinas's Existential Analytic: A Commentary on "Totality and Infinity" by James R. Mensch (Northwestern University Press; 248 pages; $79.95 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). A study of the Lithuanian-born French philosopher's 1961 masterwork.

The Political Philosophy of Francis Bacon: On the Unity of Knowledge by Tom van Malssen (State University of New York Press; 321 pages; $95). Topics include the English thinker's distinction between philosophy and inspired theology, and his turn to political thought in De Sapientia Veterum.

The Question of Peace in Modern Political Thought edited by Toivo Koivukoski and David Edward Tabachnick (Wilfrid Laurier University Press; 326 pages; US$48.99). Essays on Martin Luther, Spinoza, Hobbes, Vattel, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, Kant, Thoreau, Heidegger, Benjamin, Arendt, Derrida, and Habermas.

Space, Geometry, and Kant's Transcendental Deduction of the Categories by Thomas C. Vinci (Oxford University Press; 251 pages; $74). Argues, among other things, that the ultimate goal of the "Deduction of the Categories" in the Critique of Pure Reason is to demonstrate two versions of idealism, one for laws of nature and one for objects of empirical intuition.

The Sublime Seneca: Ethics, Literature, Metaphysics by Erik Gunderson (Cambridge University Press; 240 pages; $99). Explores the issue of ethics in literature in a study of Seneca's Moral Letters, Natural Questions, Dialogues, and poetry.


Busted Sanctions: Explaining Why Economic Sanctions Fail by Bryan R. Early (Stanford University Press; 275 pages; $90 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). A study of 60 years of U.S. economic sanctions that links their more-than two-thirds failure rate to third-party nations, often close allies, who act as sanction busters.

Civil Disabilities: Citizenship, Membership, and Belonging edited by Nancy J. Hirschmann and Beth Linker (University of Pennsylvania Press; 307 pages; $65). Essays on symbolic representations of what it means to "belong" as a disabled person in a Western society's political culture.

Federalism on Trial: State Attorneys General and National Policymaking in Contemporary America by Paul Nolette (University Press of Kansas; 296 pages; $37.50). A study of coordinated policy-linked lawsuits brought by state attorneys-general over such issues as drug pricing, environmental policy, and health-care reform.

Syria from Reform to Revolt, Volume 1: Political Economy and International Relations edited by Raymond Hinnebusch and Tina Zintl (Syracuse University Press; 348 pages; $49.95). Writings on Bashar al-Asad's first decade of rule, after assuming power in July 2000, following the death of his father.

US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Evolution of an Incidental Superpower by Derek S. Reveron, Nikolas K. Gvosdev, and Mackubin Thomas Owens (Georgetown University Press; 262 pages; $49.95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Topics include the interrelationship of America's foreign policy, defense strategy, and commercial activities.

The Uses and Misuses of Human Rights: A Critical Approach to Advocacy edited by George Andreopoulos and Zehra Arat (Palgrave Macmillan; 232 pages; $105). Essays on actions taken by human-rights advocates that, for example, undermine the well-being of beneficiaries or otherwise cause harm.


Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder (Duke University Press; 384 pages; $99.95 hardcover, $28.95 paperback). Examines French decolonization from the perspectives of Aime Cesaire in Martinique and Leopold Senghor in Senegal


Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan edited by Mark McLelland and others (University Press of Mississippi; 304 pages; $65). Essays on a genre in manga, anime, and games celebrating "beautiful boys" that first emerged in the 1970s aimed at a largely female audience.


The Correspondence of Pope Julius I translated by Glen L. Thompson (Catholic University of America Press; 288 pages; $39.95). Translation, with commentary and facing Greek and Latin texts, of letters written by or to the fourth-century bishop of Rome.

The Fate of Earthly Things: Aztec Gods and God-Bodies by Molly H. Bassett (University of Texas Press; 283 pages; $60). Topics include ways in which gods could be embodied through sacred bundles of precious objects or a priest wearing the skin of a sacrificial victim.

Karl Barth and the Making of "Evangelical Theology": A Fifty-Year Perspective edited by Clifford B. Anderson and Bruce L. McCormack (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing; 237 pages; $34). Writings on the Swiss theologian's two-month trip to the United States in 1962, which was his sole visit to America and the occasion of lectures that became the basis for Evangelical Theology: An Introduction.

Patrick N. Lynch, 1817-1882: Third Catholic Bishop of Charleston by David C.R. Heisser and Stephen J. White Sr. (University of South Carolina Press; 271 pages; $39.95). A biography of the Irish-born South Carolina prelate and staunch Confederate.

Psalm Studies, Volume 1 by Sigmund Mowinckel, translated by Mark E. Biddle (Society of Biblical Literature; 491 pages; $79.95 hardcover, $59.95 paperback). First English translation of six studies by the Norwegian biblical scholar (1884-1965).

Psalm Studies, Volume 2 by Sigmund Mowinckel, translated by Mark E. Biddle (Society of Biblical Literature; 424 pages; $73.95 hardcover, $53.95 paperback). Continues a translation of the Norwegian biblical scholar's writings on the Psalter.

The Writings and Later Wisdom Books edited by Christl M. Maier and Nuria Calduch-Benages (Society of Biblical Literature; 333 pages; $59.95 hardcover, $44.95 paperback). Focuses on women in essays on the third section of the Hebrew Bible known as the Ketuvim or Writings, and in such wisdom books as Ben Sira and the Wisdom of Solomon.


The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth edited by Orlando Patterson with Ethan Fosse (Harvard University Press; 675 pages; $45). Interdisciplinary writings on the interplay of cultural, structural, and environmental forces in shaping the lives of black youth.

From Cuba With Love: Sex and Money in the Twenty-First Century by Megan Daigle (University of California Press; 276 pages; $65 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Documents the experiences and self-perceptions of Cuban women who date tourists, and examines their punitive treatment by authorities.

Songs of the Factory: Pop Music, Culture, and Resistance by Marek Korczynski (ILR Press/Cornell University Press; 240 pages; $75 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Explores worker agency through a study of how employees of a British window-blind factory made their assembly-line jobs better through music on the shopfloor.


Oliver! A Dickensian Musical by Marc Napolitano (Oxford University Press; 287 pages; $35). Examines the origins, development, and reception of Lionel Bart's musical version of Oliver Twist and the impact of the musical on perceptions of the novel.

Performance and Identity in Irish Standup Comedy: The Comic "I" by Susanne Colleary (Palgrave Macmillan; 224 pages; $90). Examines the work of such comedians as Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran, and Maeve Higgins.


Black Female Sexualities edited by Trimika Melancon and Joanne M. Braxton (Rutgers University Press; 229 pages; $90 hardcover, $28.95 paperback). Interdisciplinary writings on expressions and representations of black female sexuality, including in literature, cinema, and music; topics include black teenage girls, body size, and sexuality.


Holy Treasure and Sacred Song: Relic Cults and Their Liturgies in Medieval Tuscany by Benjamin Brand (Oxford University Press; 296 pages; $55). Discusses music composed as part of the devotions aimed at honoring local saints and martyrs at Arezzo, Florence, Lucca, and other Tuscan dioceses.