The Chronicle Review

Weekly Book List, October 11, 2013

October 14, 2013


Composing Cultures: Modernism, American Literary Studies, and the Problem of Culture by Eric Aronoff (University of Virginia Press; 240 pages; $65 hardcover, $24.50 paperback). Explores ties between literature, anthropology, and other realms in the modernist conception of culture; figures discussed include Willa Cather and Edward Sapir.


About the Hearth: Perspectives on the Home, Hearth, and Household in the Circumpolar North edited by David G. Anderson, Robert P. Wishart, and Virginia Vate (Berghahn Books; 324 pages; $99). Topics include the mobile dwellings of the Sami in Norway and log cabins in the Teetl'it Gwich'in country of the Canadian sub-Arctic.

Art for Social Change and Cultural Awakening: An Anthropology of Residence in Taiwan by Wei Hsiu Tung, edited by Gerald Cipriani (Lexington Books; 175 pages; $80). Examines the experiences of artists-in-residence in Taiwan from the revocation of martial law in 1987 to 2000.

Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption Across Race, Class, and Nation by Linda J. Seligmann (Stanford University Press; 336 pages). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a comparative ethnographic study of transnational and interracial adoption.

Growing Artefacts, Displaying Relationships: Yams, Art, and Technology Amongst the Nyamikum Abelam of Papua New Guinea by Ludovic Coupaye (Berghahn Books; 352 pages; $95). Draws on fieldwork in East Sepik province in a study of the cultivation and ceremonial exchange of specially decorated tubers.

Life on the Malecon: Children and Youth on the Streets of Santo Domingo by Jon M. Wolseth (Rutgers University Press; 216 pages; $85 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). An ethnographic study that draws on the anthropologist's work as a street educator with a child-welfare organization in the Dominican Republic.

A Monastery in Time: The Making of Mongolian Buddhism by Caroline Humphrey and Huurelbaatar Ujeed (University of Chicago Press; 426 pages; $90 hardcover, $30 paperback). Combines history and ethnography in a study of the Mergen monastery, whose monks rejected the Tibetan liturgy used throughout inner Asia and insisted on their own vernacular.

More Than Two to Tango: Argentine Tango Immigrants in New York City by Anahi Viladrich (University of Arizona Press; 250 pages; $26.95). Focuses on the social networks key to the lives of professional tango dancers living as immigrants in New York.

Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic by Jinghong Zhang (University of Washington Press; 249 pages; $75 hardcover, $30 paperback). Combines ethnography and history in a study of the rise, peak, and crash of a market for a prized variety of tea grown in China's Hunnan Province.

The Social Life of Water edited by John R. Wagner (Berghahn Books; 313 pages; $99). Ethnographic essays on water resources and water crises around the world; topics include urban poverty and water supply in northern Ghana.

Sounding Out Heritage: Cultural Politics and the Social Practice of Quan ho Folk Song in Northern Vietnam by Lauren Meeker (University of Hawai'i Press; 200 pages; $45). Explores the politics and framing of folk music as "cultural heritage" in a study of quan ho, a distinct style that originated in Bac Ninh province.


The Court of Comedy: Aristophanes, Rhetoric, and Democracy in Fifth-Century Athens by Wilfred E. Major (Ohio State University Press; 232 pages; $57.95). Focuses on Aristophanes in a study of how comedic writers of the period satirized the emerging art of rhetoric.

Oedipus and the Sphinx: The Threshold Myth From Sophocles Through Freud and Cocteau by Almut-Barbara Renger (University of Chicago Press; 126 pages; $25). Discusses vase painting, Sophoclean tragedy, psychoanalytic theory, and poetics in a study of Oedipus' encounter with the Sphinx.


Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing by Didier Fassin (Polity Press, distributed by Wiley-Blackwell; 287 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Translation of a 2011 French ethnographic study of a police station in the Parisian outskirts; topics include factors that exacerbate tensions with you of North African and other immigrant origins.


Camp Sites: Sex, Politics, and Academic Style in Postwar America by Michael Trask (Stanford University Press; 259 pages; $85 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Draws on literary and other realms in a study that argues, among other things, that the New Left's critique of liberalism drew on cold-war homophobia.


The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World by William Nordhaus (Yale University Press; 378 pages; $30). Examines the science, economics, and politics of climate change as the defining issue of our time.

The Essential Hirschman by Albert O. Hirschman, edited by Jeremy Adelman (Princeton University Press; 384 pages; $29.95). Edition of 16 essays by the economist and political theorist (1915-2012), who fled Germany in 1933, eventually for the United States.

Europe's Deadlock: How the Euro Crisis Could Be Solved---and Why It Won't Happen by David Marsh (Yale University Press; 130 pages; $15). Analyzes the current crisis and predicts a further phase of standoff and stalemate.

Housing and the Financial Crisis edited by Edward L. Glaeser and Todd Sinai (University of Chicago Press; 431 pages; $110). Topics include the causes of the boom and bust in the housing market and why some areas experienced more volatility than others.


Oil and Wilderness in Alaska: Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, and National Policy Dynamics by George J. Busenberg (Georgetown University Press; 168 pages; $29.95). Examines competing environmental and developmental interests in the state through a study of the Trans-Alaska pipeline, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and reforms after the Exxon Valdez disaster.


Animated Documentary by Annabelle Honess Roe (Palgrave Macmillan; 194 pages; $85). A study of what animation brings to documentary as a representational strategy, whether in segments or throughout; works discussed include Waltz With Bashir and Walking With Dinosaurs.

Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature, and Film by Elisabeth Bronfen, translated by David Brenner (Columbia University Press; 452 pages; $105 hardcover, $35 paperback). Explores nocturnal life as experienced and represented in artistic and other realms.

Queer Enchantments: Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy by Annne E. Duggan (Wayne State University Press; 195 pages; $29.95). A study of the French New Wave film director that discusses Donkey Skin, The Pied Piper, and other examples of his recurrent use of the fairy tale.

Transnational Film Culture in New Zealand by Simon Sigley (Intellect Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 281 pages; $30). Discusses film societies, art-house cinemas, festivals, and academic film studies in New Zealand, a country that had no regular film production until the 1970s.

"West Side Story" as Cinema: The Making and Impact of an American Masterpiece by Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz (University Press of Kansas; 232 pages; $29.95). Draws on previously unreleased production documents in a study of the 1961 Robert Wise film and its differences from the Broadway production.


The Dynamics of Disaster by Susan W. Kieffer (W.W. Norton & Company; 315 pages; $25.95). Discusses the underlying geology and dynamics of earthquakes, tsunamis, and other disasters and argues for better preparation for phenomena that are more common than we realize.


African American Life and Culture in Orange Mound: Case Study of a Black Community in Memphis, Tennessee, 1890-1980 by Charles Williams (Lexington Books; 162 pages; $80). Combines history and anthropology in a study of a planned community built as an all-black subdivision on land that was once part of the Deaderick Plantation.

American Relief Aid and the Spanish Civil War by Eric R. Smith (University of Missouri Press; 206 pages; $60). A study of U.S.-based relief campaigns on behalf of the Spanish Republic.

Andrew Jackson, Southerner by Mark R. Cheathem (Louisiana State University Press; 312 pages; $39.95). Disputes the emphasis on Jackson as a frontiersman and argues that the politician lived the life of an elite Southern gentleman.

Becoming a Nazi Town: Culture and Politics in Gottingen between the World Wars by David Imhoof (University of Michigan Press; 292 pages; $70). Documents the cultural continuities between the Weimar and Nazi periods through a study of three pastimes in the Lower Saxony city: sharpshooting, an opera festival, and cinema.

Becoming East German: Socialist Structures and Sensibilities After Hitler edited by Mary Fulbrook and Andrew I. Port (Berghahn Books; 303 pages; $95). Essays on food, health, socialization, sports, and other psychological and physical aspects of everyday life in the GDR.

By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey by Erskine Clarke (Basic Books; 450 pages; $29.99). A study of John Leighton and Jane Wilson, married missionaries who went to West Africa in the 1830s, fought for decades against the international slave trade, but ultimately sided with their native South in the Civil War.

Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure by Samira Kawash (Faber & Faber; 402 pages; $27). A cultural history of candy in the United States; topics include why it has been scapegoated by reformers despite other equally sugared processed foods.

Charles Lee: Self Before Country by Dominick Mazzagetti (Rutgers University Press; 271 pages; $32.95). A biography of an American officer who was captured by the British in December 1776 and later court-martialed for aiding the enemy.

Confederate Bushwhacker: Mark Twain in the Shadow of the Civil War by Jerome Loving (University Press of New England; 243 pages; $27.95). Offers a "microbiographical" look at 1885, a pivotal year for Twain as an author and businessman.

Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia by Andrew Friedman (University of California Press; 416 pages; $70 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Discusses the construction of the CIA's headquarters at Langley and other aspects of the national-security "footprint" in Washington's Northern Virginia suburbs.

Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants by Sunil S. Amrith (Harvard University Press; 353 pages; $29.95). Discusses the northeastern Indian Ocean bay as central to Asian migration, Western imperial rivalries, and other aspects of global history.

Death in East Germany, 1945-1990 by Felix Robin Schulz (Berghahn Books; 232 pages; $95). A study of funeral and sepulchral culture in the former GDR, including the introduction of anonymous communal areas for the internment of urns.

Everyday Technology: Machines and the Making of India's Modernity by David Arnold (University of Chicago Press; 223 pages; $30). Focuses on the introduction and use of the sewing machine, typewriter, bicycle, and rice mill.

For God and Revolution: Priest, Peasant, and Agrarian Socialism in the Mexican Huasteca by Mark Saad Saka (University of New Mexico Press; 186 pages; $50). Examines the ideological and material origins of a rebellion in the mountainous Huasteca region in the 1880s; pays particular attention Mauricio Zavala, a socialist priest whose rhetoric anticipates liberation theology and Zapatismo.

Freedom's Pragmatist: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights by Sylvia Ellis (University Press of Florida; 328 pages; $44.95). Evaluates Johnson's record on race throughout his life and argues that his commitment to racial equality, despite fits and starts, predates his presidency.

The French Anarchists in London, 1880-1914: Exile and Transnationalism in the First Globalisation by Constance Bantman (Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 219 pages; $99.95). Focuses on the 1890s in a study of some 500 French-speaking anarchists who lived in exile in the city under surveillance by British and French intelligence.

Gambling on Ore: The Nature of Metal Mining in the United States, 1860-1910 by Kent A. Curtis (University Press of Colorado; 232 pages; $39.95). Focuses on Montana as representative of the metal-mining West.

Government by Dissent: Protest, Resistance, and Radical Democratic Thought in the Early American Republic by Robert W.T. Martin (New York University Press; 262 pages; $49). Examines the rhetoric and causes of radicals of the 1790s who viewed dissent as central to democracy.

The History and Practice of Humanitarian Intervention and Aid in Africa edited by Bronwen Everill and Josiah Kaplan (Palgrave Macmillan; 250 pages; $90). Essays on humanitarian intervention beginning in the 19th century; settings discussed include Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, southern Africa, and the Congo.

Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland by Jan Grabowski (Indiana University Press; 303 pages; $35). Documents how the local Polish population aided in the Nazi hunt for hidden Jews in Dabrowa Tarnowska, a rural county in southeastern Poland.

Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster Bay by Llyn de Danaan (University of Nebraska Press; 304 pages; $29.95). Traces the accomplished but troubled, short life of a woman born into a Salish Indian community in the 1850s on Puget Sound.

Kindred by Choice: Germans and American Indians Since 1800 by H. Glenn Penny (University of North Carolina Press; 400 pages; $45). Explores the origins and persistence of a German fascination with American Indians.

The Mind of the Nation: "Volkerpsychologie" in Germany, 1851-1955 by Egbert Klautke (Berghahn Books; 188 pages; $72). Traces the rise and decline of the field of folk psychology, beginning with its "invention" by the philosopher Moritz Lazarus and the linguist Heymann Steinthal in the 1850s.

The Nature of Empires and the Empires of Nature: Indigenous Peoples and the Great Lakes Environment edited by Karl S. Hele (Wilfrid Laurier University Press; 348 pages; US$85). Essays on such topics as the impact of the uranium industry on the Serpent River First Nation in northern Ontario.

A Political History of National Citizenship and Identity in Italy, 1861-1950 by Sabina Donati (Stanford University Press; 406 pages; $65). Includes comparative discussion of French, British, and German identity.

The Power to Name: A History of Anonymity in Colonial West Africa by Stephanie Newell (Ohio University Press; 248 pages; $32.95). Documents how anonymous and pseudonymous authors challenged colonial government in letters, articles, fiction, and poetry in African-owned newspapers of the 1880s to 1940s.

The Vicksburg Campaign, March 29-May 18, 1863 edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear (Southern Illinois University Press; 288 pages; $32.50). First book in a projected five-volume series on Grant's pivotal campaign to capture the Mississippi River port.

W.E.B. Du Bois and "The Souls of Black Folk" by Stephanie J. Shaw (University of North Carolina Press; 288 pages; $49.95). Topics include the scholar's appropriation of Hegelian idealism in Du Bois's sociohistorical account of black life in America.

War and Nationalism: The Balkan Wars, 1912-1913, and Their Sociopolitical Implications edited by M. Hakan Yavuz and Isa Blumi (University of Utah Press; 884 pages; $48). Writings on conflicts in the region that further diminished the Ottoman Empire and contributed to the outbreak of World War I.


The Body in Balance: Humoral Medicines in Practice edited by Peregrine Horden and Elisabeth Hsu (Berghahn Books; 288 pages; $90). Essays by historians, anthropologists, and other scholars on medical traditions, past and present, centered on the balance of bodily humors.


Law and Legal Process: Substantive Law and Procedure in English Legal History edited by Matthew Dyson and David Ibbetson (Cambridge University Press; 365 pages; $99). Essays on such topics as lawyers, merchants, and the law of contract in the "long 18th century."


Componential Analysis of Kinship Terminology: A Computational Perspective by Vladimir Pericliev (Palgrave Macmillan; 178 pages; $80). Discusses KINSHIP, a computer program developed for the analysis of kin vocabulary.


Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume II: The Complete and Authoritative Edition edited by Benjamin Griffin and Harriet Elinor Smith (University of California Press; 733 pages; $45). Second book in a three-volume edition of the complete and uncensored text of Twain's memoir, more than half of which has never before been in print.

Black Soundscapes White Stages: The Meaning of Francophone Sound in the Black Atlantic by Edwin C. Hill Jr. (Johns Hopkins University Press; 192 pages; $39.95). Draws on Frantz Fanon in a study of sound as manifest in the poetry, music, and film of the Francophone African diaspora.

Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage by Susan Shillinglaw (University of Nevada Press; 312 pages; $34.95). Draws on previously unpublished material in a study of the writer's relationship with his first wife and her influence on his work, culminating in The Grapes of Wrath.

Community in Twentieth-Century Fiction edited by Paula Martin Salvan, Gerardo Rodriguez Salas, and Julian Jimenez Heffernan (Palgrave Macmillan; 278 pages; $90). Essays on James Joyce, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Alex LaGuma, Katherine Mansfield, Robertson Davies, Edna O'Brien, V.S. Naipaul, Don DeLillo, J.M. Coetzee, Janet Frame, and Margaret Atwood.

Deciphering Poe: Subtexts, Contexts, Subversive Meanings edited by Alexandra Urakova (Lehigh University Press; 149 pages; $65). Essays by Poe scholars from North America, France, and Germany on such topics as mother-goddess manifestations in "Catholic Hymn" and "Morella."

A History of Ecology and Environmentalism in Spanish American Literature by Scott M. DeVries (Bucknell University Press; 323 pages; $90). An ecocritical study that covers works from Domingo Faustino Sarmiento's Facundo (1845) to the dystopia of Gioconda Belli's Waslala (1996).

How Literature Plays With the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading and Art by Paul B. Armstrong (Johns Hopkins University Press; 221 pages; $49.95). Draws parallels between, for example, the experience of harmony and dissonance in art and mechanisms of the brain.

Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 461 pages; $30). A biography of the writer (1876-1916) that sheds new light on his relationship with his second wife, Charmian, using previously unpublished material from letters and diaries.

Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs edited by Tess Chakkalakal and Kenneth W. Warren (University of Georgia Press; 328 pages; $79.95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Essays on the Texas-born author, journalist, and Baptist minister, whose Imperium in Imperio (1899) is described as the first black novel to openly advocate the possibility of organized black violence against Jim Crow.

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, 1923-1925 edited by Sandra Spanier, Albert J. DeFazio III, and Robert W. Trogdon (Cambridge University Press; 519 pages; $40). Second book in a projected 16-volume edition; includes 224 of the writers' letters, of which nearly two thirds are previously unpublished.

Literature and Social Justice: Protest Novels, Cognitive Politics, and Schema Criticism by Mark Bracher (University of Texas Press; 334 pages; $60). Draws on cognitive science in a study of literature's potential to produce socially transformative psychological change in readers; focuses on The Jungle, The Grapes of Wrath, and Native Son.

The Making of Thomas Hoccleve's "Series" by David Watt (University of Exeter Press/Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 258 pages; $100). A study of book production in the 15th-century that focuses on four surviving manuscripts compiled by the English poet.

Pathologies of Paradise: Caribbean Detours by Supriya M. Nair (University of Virginia Press; 248 pages; $65 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). Uses the trope of the detour to explore anti-paradise discourse in works by such authors as Jamaica Kincaid, Michelle Cliff, V. S. Naipaul, and Zadie Smith.

Poems of Wine and Tavern Romance: A Dialogue With the Persian Poet Hafiz by Martin Bidney (State University of New York Press; 197 pages; $80). Translation, with commentary and "verse replies," of poems by the 14th-century poet and Sufi monk.

The Poetry of Dylan Thomas: Under the Spelling Wall by John Goodby (Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 492 pages; $99.95). A critical study of the Welsh poet that explores his work from the perspective of contemporary theory.

Reading Christopher Smart in the Twenty-First Century: "By Succession of Delight" edited by Min Wild and Noel Chevalier (Bucknell University Press; 259 pages; $85). Essays on the 18th-century English poet, whose best known works include Jubilate Agno (Rejoice in the Lamb), written during his involuntary confinement in a mental asylum.

Rewriting the Break Event: Mennonites and Migration in Canadian Literature by Robert Zacharias (University of Manitoba Press, distributed by Michigan State University Press; 232 pages; US$31.95). Focuses on fictional retellings of the migration of some 20,000 Russian Mennonites to Canada after the failure of the Mennonite Commonwealth in the 1920s.

The Rise of Prison Literature in the Sixteenth Century by Ruth Ahnert (Cambridge University Press; 241 pages; $90). Explores reasons for the flourishing of prison literature in the English Reformation, including works by such famous prisoners as Thomas More, Lady Jane Grey, and Thomas Wyatt.

Surveying the American Tropics: A Literary Geography From New York to Rio edited by Maria Cristina Fumagalli and others (Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 365 pages; $120). Essays in the literary and cultural history of a loosely defined "extended Caribbean"; topics include writing Caribbean New York, and black Jacobins and New World Mediterraneans.


Scrambling for Africa: AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science by Johanna Tayloe Crane (Cornell University Press; 224 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Draws on fieldwork in Uganda and the United States in a study of AIDS research and how medical partnerships between the West and sub-Saharan countries benefit from the inequalities they intend to address.


The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy by Christopher J. Smith (University of Illinois Press; 352 pages; $60). Examines the 19th-century painter's depiction of black and white fiddlers, banjo players, and dancers.

Heinrich Glarean's Books: The Intellectual World of a Sixteenth-Century Musical Humanist edited by Iain Fenlon and Inga Mai Groote (Cambridge University Press; 398 pages; $110). Essays on the writings and personal library of the Swiss poet and musical theorist.

Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" and "A Passion Play": Inside Two Long Songs by Tim Smolko (Indiana University Press; 242 pages; $70 hardcover, $25 paperback). Explores the innovative arrangements of the British band's 1972 and 73 albums, both of which consist of one continuous song.

MacDowell by E. Douglas Bomberger (Oxford University Press; 349 pages; $39.95). Draws on a previously sealed archive of letters in a biography of the American pianist and composer Edward MacDowell (1860-1908).

Richard Wagner: A Life in Music by Martin Geck, translated by Stewart Spencer (University of Chicago Press; 444 pages; $35). Translation of a 2012 German biography of the composer that sheds new light on key Jewish figures in his life.

The School of Arizona Dranes: Gospel Music Pioneer by Timothy Dodge (Lexington Books; 193 pages; $85). A study of the Texas-born Pentecostal singer and pianist who is known for her recordings for the Okeh label in the 1920s.


Action and Character According to Aristotle: The Logic of the Moral Life by Kevin L. Flannery (Catholic University of America Press; 344 pages; $59.95). Draws on the Nicomachean and Eudemian Ethics.

The Barbarian Principle: Merleau-Ponty, Schelling, and the Question of Nature edited by Jason M. Wirth and Patrick Burke (State University of New York Press; 352 pages; $95). Essays on the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty and his engagement with his German idealist predecessor on the question of nature.

The Critical Theory of Axel Honneth by Danielle Petherbridge (Lexington Books; 256 pages; $85). Traces the intellectual development of the contemporary German philosopher (b. 1949).

Encountering Life in the Universe: Ethical Foundations and Social Implications of Astrobiology edited by Chris Impey, Anna H. Spitz, and William Stoeger (University of Arizona Press; 269 pages; $39.95). Essays by scholars in astrobiology, philosophy, and theology on the ethical issues prompted by the possibility of life arising elsewhere in the cosmos.

Fraud: The World of Ona'ah by Henri Atlan, translated by Nils F. Schott (Stanford University Press; 247 pages; $85 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). Explores fraud in varied realms through the prism of ona'ah, a Hebrew term that can mean both fraud in a financial sense and injuries inflicted by insincere speech.

Impressions of Hume: Cinematic Thinking and the Politics of Discontinuity by Davide Panagia (Rowman & Littlefield; 158 pages; $70). A study of Hume's theories of sensation that argues that the Scottish philosopher, despite his earlier era, was a cinematic thinker.

The Iroquois and the Athenians: A Political Ontology by Brian Seitz and Thomas Thorp (Lexington Books; 295 pages; $90). A work in comparative political philosophy that draws on Kant and Nietzsche in its discussion of ancient Athens and the Iroquois League.

Kant and the Concept of Race: Late Eighteenth-Century Writings edited and translated by Jon M. Mikkelsen (State University of New York Press; 377 pages; $90). Translation of the German philosopher's writings on race as well as those of four of his contemporaries: E. A. W. Zimmermann, Georg Forster, Christoph Meiners, and Christoph Girtanner.

Lectures on the History of Moral and Political Philosophy by G.A. Cohen, edited by Jonathan Wolff (Princeton University Press; 360 pages; $35). Includes previously unpublished lectures by the British political philosopher (1941-2009).

The Phantom of the Ego: Modernism and the Mimetic Unconscious by Nidesh Lawtoo (Michigan State University Press; 366 pages; $29.95). Discusses Nietzsche, Conrad, Lawrence, and Bataille in a study of modernist subjectivity that draws on Rene Girard's concept of mimetic desire.

A Phenomenology of Christian Life: Glory and Night by Felix O Murchadha (Indiana University Press; 252 pages; $50). Challenges separations of philosophy and theology and reason and faith.

Philosophy of Epidemiology by Alex Broadbent (Palgrave Macmillan; 203 pages; $85). Topics include causal inference, risk relativism, and the philosophical problems that arise using epidemiological evidence in court.


The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadhafi Future edited by Jason Pack (Palgrave Macmillan; 254 pages; $90). Writings by scholars and others on such topics as the roles of economics, outside actors, Islamists, and tribes in the rebellions.

Ashes of Hama: The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria by Raphael Lefevre (Oxford University Press; 288 pages; $29.95). A study of the Brotherhood's history in Syria before and after the repression following the killing of some 20,000 people in the group's stronghold of Hama.

Congress and the Fourteenth Amendment: Enforcing Liberty and Equality in the States by William B. Glidden (Lexington Books; 175 pages; $80). Criticizes, among other things, the U.S. Supreme Court's "evisceration" of the Amendment's enforcement provisions and argues for a restoration of the framers' intent.

Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan by Henry R. Nau (Princeton University Press; 321 pages; $35). Identifies a foreign-policy tradition under the four presidents that offers an alternative to liberal internationalism, realism, and nationalism.

Contemporary Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Power Shifts by Tomohito Shinoda (Columbia University Press; 328 pages; $85 hardcover, $28 paperback). Traces changes in Japanese politics since the election of Junichir Koizumi as prime minister in 2001.

Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren edited by Charles Reitz (Lexington Books; 323 pages; $100). Includes four previously unpublished and previously untranslated essays by Herbert Marcuse from the Frankfurt University archive.

A Crucial Link: Local Peace Committees and National Peacebuilding by Andries Odendaal (United States Institute of Peace Press; 183 pages; $19.95). Discusses Nepal, Kenya, Northern Ireland, and other settings in a comparative study of local peace committees, or forums set up to address community-level grievances.

The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck (Princeton University Press; 331 pages; $29.95). Explores the interplay of strategy and chance in the outcome of the 2012 election using a "moneyball" approach that examines quantitative data on the economy, public opinion, news coverage, and political advertising.

Japan's Backroom Politics: Factions in a Multiparty Age by Watanabe Tsuneo, translated by Robert D. Eldridge (Lexington Books; 281 pages; $100). Translation, with commentary, of an influential 1967 book on Japanese politics by an author who would later become the controversial owner of the Yomiuri Shimbun, the country's largest newspaper.

Palestine and the Palestinians in the 21st Century edited by Rochelle Davis and Mimi Kirk (Indiana University Press; 282 pages; $80 hardcover, $28 paperback). Writings on Palestinian politics, law, and history and the prospects for a future state; topics include Palestine in the American political arena.

Partisan Gerrymandering and the Construction of American Democracy by Erik J. Engstrom (University of Michigan Press; 236 pages; $70). Examines the electoral impact of redistricting plans in all states from 1789 through the 1960s.


The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis (Yale University Press; 244 pages; $25). Examines the dangers of a generation dependent on "aps" on their digital media, rather than enabled by them.

Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene (Penguin Press; 422 pages; $29.95). Combines neuroscience and philosophy in an analysis of people's differences over moral issues.


All Good Books Are Catholic Books: Print Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century America by Una M. Cadegan (Cornell University Press; 248 pages; $39.95). Traces the evolution of the church's engagement with the literary world from World War I to Vatican II; topics include the reception of works by Flannery O'Connor and Thomas Merton.

Cultural Conversions: Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missionary Encounters in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia edited by Heather J. Sharkey (Syracuse University Press; 328 pages; $39.95). Essays on such topics as Buddhist responses to Christian missions in Sri Lanka, and the role of Palestinian Episcopalians in the Arab revolt of 1936-39.

Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture With Benedict XVI and St. Thomas Aquinas by Matthew J. Ramage (Catholic University of America Press; 312 pages; $39.95). Draws on writings by the recent pope and the medieval theologian in a study of problematic sections of the Bible dealing with God's nature, the nature of good and evil, and the afterlife.

The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero by Joel Baden (HarperOne; 210 pages; $26.99). Challenges what is termed the biblical revisionism concerning the Israelite king and offers a portrait of a brilliant but far more amoral character who didn't kill Goliath, wasn't the author of the Psalms, didn't father Solomon, and served Israel's enemies as a mercenary.

Motherhood as Metaphor: Engendering Interreligious Dialogue by Jeannine Hill Fletcher (Fordham University Press; 260 pages; $85 hardcover, $26 paperback). Draws on three cross-faith encounters: Maryknoll Sisters in China before World War II; women in the feminist movement; and an interfaith dialogue group in Philadelphia.

Religion and Public Diplomacy edited by Philip Seib (Palgrave Macmillan; 224 pages; $90). Topics include Vatican diplomacy in China and Japan, Buddhist media diplomacy in Myanmar, and Muslims' online faith diplomacy.

Return of Ancestral Gods: Modern Ukrainian Paganism as an Alternative Vision for a Nation by Mariya Lesiv (McGill-Queen's University Press; 264 pages; US$65). Draws on fieldwork and previously untranslated sources in a study of revived interest in pre-Christian beliefs among Ukrainians and in the North American Ukrainian diaspora.

Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation edited by John Chryssavgis and Bruce V. Foltz (Fordham University Press; 487 pages; $125 hardcover, $35 paperback). Essays on such topics as man and cosmos in St. Maximus the Confessor, ecology and monasticism, and creation as communion in contemporary Orthodox theology.

The Way: Religious Thinkers of the Russian Emigration in Paris and Their Journal, 1925-1940 by Antoine Arjakovsky, translated by Jerry Ryan, edited by John A. Jillions and Michael Plekon (University of Notre Dame Press; 784 pages; $65). A study of Russian emigre theologians linked to the journal Put' or The Way. topics include their ties to such Western theologians as Jacques Maritain.


Tropic Tendencies: Rhetoric, Popular Culture, and the Anglophone Caribbean by Kevin Adonis Browne (University of Pittsburgh Press; 232 pages; $25.95). Uses a concept of the "Caribbean carnivalesque" to explore the development an Anglophone rhetorical tradition in the region; draws on music, dance, religion, and other realms.


Ancestors and Antiretrovirals: The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa by Claire Laurier Decoteau (University of Chicago Press; 324 pages; $95 hardcover, $32.50 paperback). Discusses neoliberalism and the political economy of post-apartheid health care through a study of people with AIDS in squatter camps in Johannesburg.

Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee by Lisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut (New York University Press; 256 pages; $75 hardcover, $24 paperback). Combines an ethnographic study of beekeeping in New York City with discussion of the bee's representation in children's literature, cinema, and other realms.

Durkheim: The Durkheimians and the Arts edited by Alexander Riley, W.S.F. Pickering, and William Watts Miller (Berghahn Books; 309 pages; $95). Essays on the French sociologist's engagement with art, as well as the engagements of Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert, and other Durkheimian thinkers.

Rich People's Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent by Isaac William Martin (Oxford University Press; 275 pages; $29.95). Traces the history of anti-tax movements from the Progressive era to the Tea Party.

The Undeserving Rich: American Beliefs About Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution by Leslie McCall (Cambridge University Press; 300 pages; $90 hardcover, $29.99 paperback). Topics include media portrayals of social inequality from 1980 to 2010.


Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton by Grant Hayter-Menzies (McGill-Queen's University Press; 232 pages; US$29.95). A study of a Kansas-born woman who encountered piyingxi or shadow theater in 1920s Beijing and became a master of the art, performing for American audiences.

Shakespeare Beyond English: A Global Experiment edited by Susan Bennett and Christie Carson (Cambridge University Press; 341 pages; $80 hardcover, $27.99 paperback). Essays on the diverse stagings of Shakespeare during a 2012 festival that brought together 38 productions from Kenyan, Maori, Russian, Zimbabwean, and other theater.