New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, November 15, 2013

November 11, 2013


Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America by David H. Ikard (Indiana University Press; 192 pages; $28). Draws on black feminist theory in a study of the persistence of white supremacism in contemporary America.


Black Women Against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil by Keisha-Khan Y. Perry (University of Minnesota Press; 213 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Focuses on the central neighborhood of Gamboa de Baixo in a study of the role of black female activists in the land- and housing-rights movement in Salvador, Bahia.

Days of Revolution: Political Unrest in an Iranian Village by Mary Elaine Hegland (Stanford University Press; 316 pages; $95 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Combines history and anthropology in a study of the experience of the 1979 revolution and its aftermath in a village near Shiraz.

Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China by Michael J. Hathaway (University of California Press; 256 pages; $65 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). A study of Chinese scientists, officials, villagers, and expatriate conservationists.

Go Nation: Chinese Masculinities and the Game of Weiqi in China by Marc L. Moskowitz (University of California Press; 184 pages; $70 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Combines a history of the ancient game Go (known as Weiqi in Chinese) with an ethnographic study of the game and what it means to be a man in contemporary China.

The Legacies of a Hawaiian Generation: From Territorial Subject to American Citizen by Judith Schachter (Berghahn Books; 226 pages; $95). Combines history and anthropology in a study of the experiences of an extended Native Hawaiian family.

Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut by Lara Deeb and Mona Harb (Princeton University Press; 286 pages; $75 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Explores the phenomena of cafe culture for young Shi'ite Muslims, male and female, in the Beirut suburb of Dahiya.

The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India by Francis Cody (Cornell University Press; 272 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Draws on fieldwork in the rural district of Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu in a study of the complexities of mobilizing women in a literacy movement known as Arivoli Iyakkam.


Animal Teeth and Human Tools: A Taphonomic Odyssey in Ice Age Siberia by Christy G. Turner II, Nicolai D. Ovodov, and Olga V. Pavlova (Cambridge University Press; 500 pages; $110). Uses data from more than 30 Pleistocene sites across a span of 2,000 miles to propose a revised view of Siberian prehistory and the timing of migration to the New World.

Early and Middle Woodland Landscapes of the Southeast edited by Alice P. Wright and Edward R. Henry (University Press of Florida; 336 pages; $79.95). Offers 14 case studies from sites in what became Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, and Tennessee from 1000 BC to AD 500.


Fate, Glory, and Love in Early Modern Gallery Decoration: Visualizing Supreme Power by Margaretha Rossholm Lagerlof (Ashgate Publishing Company; 276 pages; $119.95). A study of the Galleria Farnese in Rome, La Galerie des Glaces at Versailles, La Galerie de Francois Ier at Fontainbleau, and Karl XI's gallery in Stockholm.

Pepon Osorio by Jennifer A. Gonzalez (University of Minnesota Press; 119 pages; $29.95). A study of the Puerto Rican installation artist (b. 1955).


Southern Gaul and the Mediterranean: Multilingualism and Multiple Identities in the Iron Age and Roman Periods by Alex Mullen (Cambridge University Press; 473 pages; $115). Combines archaeology and linguistic theory in a study of multilingualism in the region from 600 BC to the end of Roman rule.


The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America by Todd R. Clear and Natasha A. Frost (New York University Press; 257 pages; $30). Discusses the move toward mass incarceration in the United States as a social experiment now nearing its end.


Animals as Neighbors: The Past and Present of Commensal Species by Terry O'Connor (Michigan State University Press; 158 pages; $44.95). Discusses animals such as rats, mice, pigeons, gulls, and other species that while not domesticated, have adapted to human society.


The Citizen's Share: Putting Ownership Back Into Democracy by Joseph R. Blasi, Richard B. Freeman, and Douglas L. Kruse (Yale University Press; 293 pages; $38). Asserts the benefits to business and the wider society of employee ownership and profit-sharing plans.

Monitoring Movements in Development Aid: Recursive Partnerships and Infrastructures by Casper Bruun Jensen and Brit Ross Winthereik (MIT Press; 192 pages; $28). Focuses on aid organizations' efforts to make better use of information technologies; case studies of monitoring include a Danish branch of NatureAid and an ecotourism project in Vietnam.


All the Trees of the Forest: Israel's Woodlands From the Bible to the Present by Alon Tal (Yale University Press; 348 pages; $50). Focuses on afforestration and reforestration efforts since the Mandate period.

Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Rats by Dawn Day Biehler (University of Washington Press; 338 pages; $34.95). Explores the history and politics of pest control in American cities.


Aesthetics and Politics in the Mexican Film Industry by Misha MacLaird (Palgrave Macmillan; 230 pages; $90). Sets the industry since the early 1990s in wider cultural and political context.

Dream West: Politics and Religion in Cowboy Movies by Douglas Brode (University of Texas Press; 378 pages; $60 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Documents how Hollywood's liberals used the western to promote a progressive agenda.

Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up by Tricia Welsch (University Press of Mississippi; 480 pages; $35). Traces the seven-decade career of the American actress, in and out of Hollywood.

Theorizing Art Cinemas: Foreign, Cult, Avant-Garde, and Beyond by David Andrews (University of Texas Press; 310 pages; $60). Develops an inclusive, flexible understanding of the "supergenre" of art cinema.


The Garage: Automobility and Building Innovation in America's Early Auto Age by John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle (University of Tennessee Press; 170 pages; $29.95). Traces regional differences in the spread of the garage, both in the sense of car-repair sites and domestic architecture.


Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 by Nicholas R. Parrillo (Yale University Press; 568 pages; $55). Describes how in the 18th century and beyond, public officials were compensated on a non-salary basis, with, for example, prosecutors paid a fee for each conviction; considers the shift away from that approach.

Black Revolutionary: William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle by Gerald Horne (University of Illinois Press; 300 pages; $90 hardcover, $28 paperback). A biography of the American Communist (1891-1980) who drew international support for the defeat of Jim Crow.

Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom by David W. Akin (University of Hawai'i Press; 552 pages; $59). Focuses on a movement known as Maasina Rule in a political history of Malaita, one of the Solomon Islands, from 1927 to 1953.

The Dividing Line Histories of William Byrd II of Westover edited by Kevin Joel Berland (University of North Carolina Press; 508 pages; $59.95). Scholarly edition of a Virginia planter and politician's public and private writings about his 1728 Virginia-North Carolina boundary expedition.

European Coasts of Bohemia: Negotiating the Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal in a Troubled Twentieth Century by Jiri Janac (Amsterdam University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 273 pages; $49.95). Focuses on experts, infrastructure, and national and transnational interests in a study of a canal that was never built, but was debated for over a century.

The French Revolution: Faith, Desire, and Politics by Noah Shusterman (Routledge; 265 pages; $135 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). Focuses on the roles of sex and religion in the 1789 revolution, including children's revolutionary catechisms and pornography about Marie Antoinette.

Front Porch Politics: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s by Michael Stewart Foley (Hill & Wang; 401 pages; $30). Discusses ACT UP, the California tax revolt, farmers' campaigns, and other activism, left and right, during the period.

Germans to Poles: Communism, Nationalism and Ethnic Cleansing after the Second World War by Hugo Service (Cambridge University Press; 387 pages; $99). Topics include the expulsion of more than three million Germans by Poland after the war, and the re-categorization of one million Germans as native Poles.

Growing to One World: The Life of J. King Gordon by Eileen R. Janzen (McGill-Queen's University Press; 492 pages; US$49.95). Traces the life of the Canadian diplomat, academic, and self-described "Christian radical" (1900-89).

Hanukkah in America: A History by Dianne Ashton (New York University Press; 342 pages; $29.95). Traces American Jews' transformation of Hanukkah from a minor Jewish festival to a major holiday.

Improbable Women: Five Who Explored the Middle East by William Woods Cotterman (Syracuse University Press; 312 pages; $29.95). Discusses Hester Stanhope, Jane Digby, Isabel Burton, Gertrude Bell, and Freya Stark.

Indians and the Political Economy of Colonial Central America, 1670-1810 by Robert W. Patch (University of Oklahoma Press; 284 pages; $36.95). Focuses on highland Guatemala and Nicaragua in a study of the repartimiento de mercancias, or commercial dealings between regional magistrates and the general population.

Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy by Eri Hotta (Alfred A. Knopf; 320 pages; $27.95). Draws on previously neglected archives in a study of Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective, including the debates that preceded the attack.

M.K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law; The Man Before the Mahatma by Charles R. DiSalvo (University of California Press; 350 pages; $34.95). A biographical study of the Indian leader that focuses on his law studies in Britain, failure at practice in India, and ultimate success in South Africa.

Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco by Aomar Boum (Stanford University Press; 220 pages; $40). Combines history and ethnography in a study of how four successive generations remember Morocco's Jewish community, which by the 1980s had lost 240,000 people to emigration.

Model Immigrants and Undesirable Aliens: The Cost of Immigration Reform in the 1990s by Christina Gerken (University of Minnesota Press; 328 pages; $82.50 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). Analyzes debates surrounding the passage of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, the Personal Responsibility Act, and the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act.

Mutiny and Aftermath: James Morrison's Account of the Mutiny on the "Bounty" and the Island of Tahiti edited by Vanessa Smith and Nicholas Thomas (University of Hawai'i Press; 266 pages; $45). Scholarly edition of writings by Morrison (1760-1897) the boatswain's mate on the Bounty.

On the Corner: African American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis by Daniel Matlin (Harvard University Press; 350 pages; $39.95). Focuses on Kenneth B. Clark, Amiri Baraka, and Romare Bearden in a study of black intellectuals and artists as "indigenous interpreters" of a community in crisis.

The Origins of Southern Evangelicalism: Religious Revivalism in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1670-1760 by Thomas J. Little (University of South Carolina Press; 280 pages; $49.95). Uses the colony's lowcountry region to document a much earlier beginning for evangelical Christianity in the South than is traditionally acknowledged.

Prelude to Blitzkrieg: The 1916 Austro-German Campaign in Romania by Michael B. Barrett (Indiana University Press; 399 pages; $45). Documents how German strategy in Romania and Transylvania anticipated the blitzkrieg strategy of World War II and avoided the deadlock of trench warfare.

The Remarkable Chester Ronning: Proud Son of China by Brian L. Evans (University of Alberta Press, distributed by Wayne State University Press; 336 pages; US$34.95). A biography of the Canadian diplomat (1894-1984), who was born in China to Lutheran missionaries.

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine (Alfred A. Knopf; 744 pages; $40). Offers a global view of how people have come into contact with one another via oceans, seas, and rivers since ancient times.

Surviving the French Revolution: A Bridge Across Time by Bette W. Oliver (Lexington Books; 135 pages; $60). Topics include aristocrats and others who fled France after the storming of the Bastille, including those who did and did not plan to return.

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A. Spellberg (Alfred A. Knopf; 392 pages; $27.95). Documents Jefferson's extension of religious pluralism to include future Muslim citizens of America.

U.S.-Habsburg Relations from 1815 to the Paris Peace Conference: Sovereignty Transformed by Nicole M. Phelps (Cambridge University Press; 301 pages; $99). Describes how the Habsburg Empire shaped the United States' inclusion among the great powers, and discusses American racial politics in relation to Habsburg notions of nationalism and democracy.

Who Owns America's Past? The Smithsonian and the Problem of History by Robert C. Post (Johns Hopkins University Press; 384 pages; $29.95). Examines changes in the conception, design, and goals of Smithsonian exhibitions over the years, with particular attention to the history of technology.

Witness: A Hunkpapha Historian's Strong-Heart Song of the Lakotas by Josephine Waggoner, edited by Emily Levine (University of Nebraska Press; 824 pages; $85). Annotated edition of accounts of Lakota and Dakota life gathered in the 1920s and 30s along with biographies of chiefs and headmen.


Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry by Matthew M. Heaton (Ohio University Press; 288 pages; $32.95). A study of Nigerian psychiatry from the 1950s to the 1980s that pays particular attention to T. Adeoye Lambo and his efforts to integrate Western and indigenous perspectives.

The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa by William H. Schneider (Ohio University Press; 244 pages; $32.95). Traces the history of the practice from colonial times to the AIDS epidemic, where transfusion offered a "royal road" for infection.


Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures From the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize by Sean B. Carroll (Crown; 581 pages; $28). Draws on previously untapped and unpublished material in study of the friendship between Jacques Monod and Albert Camus.

Buried Glory: Portraits of Soviet Scientists by Istvan Hargittai (Oxford University Press; 352 pages; $35). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in discussions of Yakov Zeldovich, Petr Kapitza, Yulii Khariton, and 11 other Soviet scientists.


Chasing Sound: Technology, Culture, and the Art of Studio Recording from Edison to the LP by Susan Schmidt Horning (Johns Hopkins University Press; 320 pages; $45). A history of studio recording in the United States that combines archival sources with oral historical interviews with engineers, producers, and others.


The Endtimes of Human Rights by Stephen Hopgood (Cornell University Press; 272 pages; $27.95). Examines the internal contradictions and hypocrisies in the Western backed notions of a universal human-rights regime.

Guantanamo and Beyond: Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions in Comparative Perspective edited by Fionnuala Ni Aolain and Oren Gross (Cambridge University Press; 408 pages; $99 hardcover, $36.99 paperback). Includes writings by scholars and policy makers on the use of military commissions and exceptional courts in American, British, Indian, Israeli, and international law.


All the Odes by Pablo Neruda, edited by Ilan Stavans (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 861 pages; $40). Bilingual edition of 225 odes by the Chilean poet (1904-73).

The Banshees: A Literary History of Irish American Women Writers by Sally Barr Ebest (Syracuse University Press; 272 pages; $39.95). Examines the writings of Irish-American activists, novelists, historians, and others, including Mother Jones, Kate Chopin, and Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Biography and the Black Atlantic edited by Lisa A. Lindsay and John Wood Sweet (University of Pennsylvania Press; 370 pages; $55). Essays on biographical and autobiographical writings by authors of African descent in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Desegregating Desire: Race and Sexuality in Cold War American Literature by Tyler T. Schmidt (University Press of Mississippi; 279 pages; $55). Analyzes works by Elizabeth Bishop, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Edwin Denby, Ann Petry, William Demby, Joe Sinclair, and Carl Offord.

Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic by Samantha Pinto (New York University Press; 288 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). A comparative study of African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and black British writers.

The English Boccaccio: A History in Books by Guyda Armstrong (University of Toronto Press; 496 pages; US$95). Traces the Italian author's reception in English translation from the early 15th century to the 1930s.

Fifties Ethnicities: The Ethnic Novel and Mass Culture at Midcentury by Tracy Floreani (State University of New York Press; 192 pages; $75). Discusses Invisible Man, Rock Wagram, I Love Lucy, and other "texts" in a study of how literature and the mass media shaped ideas of ethnicity in the 1950s.

Green Retreats: Women, Gardens and Eighteenth-Century Culture by Stephen Bending (Cambridge University Press; 319 pages; $40). Draws on letters, diaries, and other realms in a study of women's engagement with gardens and gardening literature; topics include Elizabeth Montagu and the Bluestocking circle.

Language Lost and Found: On Iris Murdoch and the Limits of Philosophical Discourse by Niklas Forsberg (Bloomsbury Academic; 245 pages; $110). Pays particular attention to the British writer's 1973 novel, The Black Prince.

Marketing Literature and Posthumous Legacies: The Symbolic Capital of Leonid Andreev and Vladimir Nabokov by Yuri Leving and Frederick H. White (Lexington Books; 280 pages; $95). Draws on the theories of Pierre Bourdieu in a study of the literary reputations and legacies of two Russian-born authors.

Order in Disorder: Intratextual Symmetry in Montaigne's "Essais" by Randolph Paul Runyon (Ohio State University Press; 328 pages; $87.95). Identifies "verbal echoes" linking each of Montaigne's chapters with another.

Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books by Claudia Roth Pierpoint (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 353 pages; $27). Traces Philip Roth's life and development as a writer.

Scandal Work: James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars by Margot Gayle Backus (University of Notre Dame Press; 328 pages; $37). Traces the rise of the newspaper sex scandal and considers how its conventions were appropriated and transformed in Joyce's writings.

Scheherazade's Children: Global Encounter With the "Arabian Nights" edited by Philip F. Kennedy and Marina Warner (New York University Press; 450 pages; $79 hardcover, $25 paperback). Writings on the tales' reception, translation, and transformation in forms from literature to baroque opera to cinema and British pantomime.

Shades of Laura: Vladimir Nabokov's Last Novel, The Original of Laura edited by Yuri Leving (McGill-Queen's University Press; 320 pages; US$100 hardcover, US$29.95 paperback). Essays on the controversial posthumous publication of Nabokov's unrealized, fragmented novel, which he had requested be destroyed.

Shaw's Settings: Gardens and Libraries by Tony Jason Stafford (University Press of Florida; 160 pages; $74.95). Explores the role and significance of gardens and libraries as recurrent settings in Shaw's drama.

Women, Work, and Clothes in the Eighteenth-Century Novel by Chloe Wigston Smith (Cambridge University Press; 269 pages; $95). Examines works by such authors as Jane Barker, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Charlotte Lennox, John Cleland, Frances Burney, and Mary Robinson.


Elvis Costello and Thatcherism: A Psycho-Social Exploration by David Pilgrim and Richard Ormrod (Ashgate Publishing Company; 222 pages; $79.95). Uses the British musician's early work to examine the relationship between music and politics; topics include the recurrent theme of nostalgia in modern and postmodern life.

Eminem: The Real Slim Shady by Marcia Alesan Dawkins (Praeger Publishers; 206 pages; $37). A critical and biographical study of the rapper, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson (Viking; 164 pages; $25.95). A biography of the composer that focuses on his prolific genius.

Music in Germany since 1968 by Alastair Williams (Cambridge University Press; 290 pages; $99). Pays particular attention to the composers Helmut Lachenmann and Wolfgang Rihm.

Musica Naturalis: Speculative Music Theory and Poetics, from Saint Augustine to the Late Middle Ages in France by Philipp Jeserich, translated by Michael J. Curly and Steven Rendall (Johns Hopkins University Press; 576 pages; $80). Translation of a German study of the poetics of speculative music theory to the late 15th century.

My Voice Is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism, and the Poetics of Palestinian Resistance by David A. McDonald (Duke University Press; 338 pages; $94.95 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). An ethnomusicological study of Palestinian protest in song over the past 80 years.

Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disability by George McKay (University of Michigan Press; 242 pages; $80 hardcover, $37.50 paperback). Considers how disability is addressed in the music and performance of such artists as Johnny Rotten, Neil Young, Johnnie Ray, Ian Dury, Teddy Pendergrass, Curtis Mayfield, and Joni Mitchell.


Aristotle's Modal Syllogistic by Marko Malink (Harvard University Press; 366 pages; $49.95). Defends the consistency and integration of Aristotle's modal logic.

Interpreting Avicenna: Critical Essays edited by Peter Adamson (Cambridge University Press; 309 pages; $99). Topics include the medieval Muslim philosopher's reception in Christian and Jewish cultures, east and west.

Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History by Kristi E. Sweet (Cambridge University Press; 232 pages; $90). Links the unity of Kant's writings in practical philosophy to what he termed the human desire for the "unconditioned."

The Mark of the Sacred by Jean-Pierre Dupuy, translated by M.B. Debevoise (Stanford University Press; 214 pages; $70 hardcover, $22.95 paperback). Translation of a 2008 book by the French philosopher that considers the presence and power of the sacred as a means of keeping violence in check.

The Mind's Construction: The Ontology of Mind and Mental Action by Matthew Soteriou (Oxford University Press; 400 pages; $99). Topics include how agency is exercised in conscious thinking.

Rousseau and German Idealism: Freedom, Dependence, and Neccesity by David James (Cambridge University Press; 243 pages; $99). Argues that Rousseau's work presents challenges unmet by Kant, Fichte, or Hegel.

Schopenhauer and the Aesthetic Standpoint: Philosophy as a Practice of the Sublime by Sophia Vasalou (Cambridge University Press; 244 pages; $90). Sets the German philosopher's aesthetics at the center of his thought.


Digital Politics in Western Democracies: A Comparative Study by Cristian Vaccari (Johns Hopkins University Press; $60 hardcover, $30 paperback). Compares the role of the Internet in politics in Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United States from 2006 to 2010.

Fathers and Sons: The Rise and Fall of Political Dynasty in the Middle East by M.E. McMillan (Palgrave Macmillan; 211 pages; $90). Argues that the father-to-son transfer of power common in the region has no basis in Islam.

Making the News: Politics, the Media, and Agenda Setting by Amber E. Boydstun (University of Chicago Press; 260 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Describes the skew produced in coverage through what are termed the media's "alarm mode" and "patrol mode"; focuses on capital punishment and the "war on terror" and draws on a data set of every New York Times front-page story between 1996 and 2006.

Offering Hospitality: Questioning Christian Approaches to War by Caron E. Gentry (University of Notre Dame Press; 200 pages; $29). A feminist critique of Christian realism, pacifism, and the just-war tradition.

Radical Cosmopolitics: The Ethics and Politics of Democratic Universalism by James D. Ingram (Columbia University Press; 338 pages; $35). Defends a universalism grounded in democratic and egalitarian politics from the bottom up.

Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy by Rahul Sagar (Princeton University Press; 281 pages; $35). Considers the dilemmas that arise when officials, acting anonymously, leak classified material to the press; considers, for example, such leaks' role in partisan politics.

Transition Scenarios: China and the United States in the Twenty-First Century by David P. Rapkin and William R. Thompson (University of Chicago Press; 273 pages; $99 hardcover, $35 paperback). Uses IR theory to develop five scenarios of future U.S.-Chinese relations that may serve as "early warning" indicators.


The Gap: The Science of What Separates Us From Other Animals by Thomas Suddendorf (Basic Books; 358 pages; $29.99). Examines the distinctiveness of the human brain from that of other animals, including our primate relatives, and considers what happened to other hominins.

Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom (Crown; 273 pages; $26). Argues that human beings are "hard wired" with a sense of morality and make moral judgments as babies.

Play, Playfulness, Creativity and Innovation by Patrick Bateson and Paul Martin (Cambridge University Press). Topics include non-aggressive play in both humans and animals, the role of play in creativity, play and altered states of consciousness, and parallels among play, humor, and dreaming.


How Change Happens---Or Doesn't: The Politics of US Public Policy by Elaine C. Kamarck (Lynne Rienner Publishers; 163 pages; $18.95). Considers how issues rise to the top of the policy agenda.


Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence by Shai Held (Indiana University Press; 352 pages; $45). A study of the Jewish theologian, scholar, and activist (1907-72) that sets him in dialogue with Jewish, Christian, and other thinkers on the question of transcendence.

Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism by Molly Worthen (Oxford University Press; 352 pages; $27.95). Offers an intellectual history of evangelicalism over the past 70 years centered in tensions over authority.

Orthodox Constructions of the West edited by George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou (Fordham University Press; 367 pages; $125 hardcover, $35 paperback). Essays on the category of the West in the Eastern Orthodox imagination; topics include Byzantine readings of Aquinas.

Religions of Iran: From Prehistory to the Present by Richard Foltz (Oneworld Publications; 314 pages; $60 hardcover, $30 paperback). Topics include the relationship between Zororastrianism and other pre-Islamic religions and the Kurdish Yezidi faith.

Sacrifice and Gender in Biblical Law by Nicole J. Ruane (Cambridge University Press; 278 pages; $95). Considers how distinctions of gender figure in sacrificial rituals; topics include the sacred impurity of the red cow.

Tree of Salvation: Yggdrasil and the Cross in the North by G. Ronald Murphy (Oxford University Press; 239 pages; $35). Explores the interweaving of pre-Christian and Christian beliefs in the evergreen tree of life of Northern European mythology.

Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam by Asma Sayeed (Cambridge University Press; 239 pages; $95). Focuses on engagement with the Hadith in a study of Muslim women's participation in religious learning from the beginnings of Islam through the 17th century.

The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet's Great Saint Milarepa by Andrew Quintman (Columbia University Press; 314 pages; $105 hardcover, $35 paperback). Discusses an oral, written, and artistic tradition of telling the life story of Milarepa, a Buddhist poet and saint of the 11th and early 12th centuries.


A City of Marble: The Rhetoric of Augustan Rome by Kathleen S. Lamp (University of South Carolina Press; 208 pages; $49.95). Examines the relationship between rhetoric and Augustan culture in the Principate (27 BC-AD 14).


How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying by Karla A. Erickson (Temple University Press; 208 pages; $89.50 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). Explores daily life for elderly people and their caretakers in a Midwestern setting.


Dark Matter: Invisibility in Drama, Theater, and Performance by Andrew Sofer (University of Michigan Press; 242 pages; $75 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). A study of the invisible in theater, including black magic in Doctor Faustus, offstage sex in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and masked women in The Rover.

Passionate Amateurs: Theatre, Communism, and Love by Nicholas Ridout (University of Michigan Press; 216 pages; $55). Topics include stagings of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in 1899 Moscow, Weimar Germany, 1960s Paris, and contemporary Europe and the United States.

South African Performance and Archives of Memory by Yvette Hutchison (Manchester University Press, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 238 pages; $95). Explores the role of performance in the re-negotiation of historical memory in the post-apartheid era.

Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era by Denise Varney and others (Palgrave Macmillan; 253 pages; $85). Focuses on Australia, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore.


The Glass Slipper: Women and Love Stories by Susan Ostrov Weisser (Rutgers University Press; 235 pages; $80 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Considers the traditional and modern elements that characterize literary and cinematic love stories aimed at women.