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Literary Studies 2018

New and Forthcoming Titles

Co lumbia Unive r si t y P r ess c u p. c o l u m b i a . e d u

Letter from the editors: To some, the title of George Hutchinson’s new book, Facing the Abyss, might seem apt for the times

we are living in. However, American writers and artists of the 1940s, the subject of Hutchinson’s book, confronted as wide a range of problems as we do today, from racism and social division to nuclear annihilation and existential dread. Hutchinson’s book, which offers new ways of understanding

this pivotal and frequently misunderstood decade, joins with our other books to provide global,

contemporary, and historical, and theoretical perspectives into how literature and art frame our world while also asking us to view it in new ways.

Turning from our literary past to our digital present, Roberto Simanowski’s Facebook Society, examines how algorithms and social media are determining autobiography and the potentially insidious consequences for our concept of the self. Zara Dinnen’s new book, The Digital Banal, considers how contemporary novelists such as Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, and Mark Amerika depict and analyze the

everydayness of our use of digital technology as a way to recover the shrouded disturbances that can help us recognize and antagonize our media environment. The idea of the present is the subject of Theodore

Martin’s Contemporary Drift, which argues that the contemporary is not just a historical period but also a conceptual problem and that genre fiction offers a much-needed resource for resolution.

Several books consider the contexts and idea of world literature in new ways. Gloria Fisk’s Orhan

Pamuk and the Good of World Literature examines how the idea of “world literature” and the reception of the Turkish novelist have served certain purposes in the Anglophone world. Understanding world literature beyond its Western formulations is crucial to Nicolai Volland’s Socialist Cosmopolitanism,

which reads Chinese socialist literature as world literature. Our focus on the global is also reflected

in our continuing commitment to fiction in translation, including the first English translation of In

Black and White by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki and The Reincarnated Giant, a new anthology of Chinese science fiction. Our groundbreaking Russian Library series features the much-anticipated translation of writings by the acclaimed and versatile contemporary author Linor Goralik.

We are also proud to continue our translation of works by major French thinkers. This catalogue

features Roland Barthes’s Album: Unpublished Correspondence and Texts; Jacques Derrida’s Artaud the

Moma; and The Enchanted Clock: A Novel and Passions of the Times, by Julia Kristeva. These works are complemented by a range of other new exciting theoretical works including Elizabeth Grosz’s The Incorporeal: Ontology, Ethics, and the Limits of Materialism, the pathbreaking Speculative Taxidermy:

Natural History, Animal Surfaces, and Art in the Anthropocene, by Giovanni Aloi, and Stefani Engelstein’s Sibling Action: The Genealogical Structure of Modernity.

These are just some of the highlights from our literary studies list. Thank you for your continued interest in Columbia University Press books, and we hope they inspire new debates and conversation. Sincerely, Christine Dunbar, editor for Asian Humanities and literature in translation Philip Leventhal, senior editor for literary and film studies Wendy Lochner, publisher for philosophy and religion


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For a complete listing of Columbia’s titles or for more information about any book in this catalog, visit our website Most titles in this catalogue published by Columbia University Press are available worldwide from the press. If no UK price appears for a title, it is most likely available from Columbia only in the United States, its possessions, and Canada.

Album provides an unparalleled look into Roland Barthes's life of letters. It presents a selection of correspondence, from his adolescence through the last years of his life. The first English-language publication of Barthes's letters, Album is a comprehensive testimony to one of the most influential critics of the twentieth century. $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-17986-7 2018 392 pages 12 illus.

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Artaud the Moma

Jacques Derrida Edited with an afterword by Kaira M. Cabañas

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In 1996, Jacques Derrida gave a lecture at the Museum of Modern Art on Antonin Artaud. Artaud the Moma reveals the challenge that Artaud posed to Derrida—and to art and its institutional history. It is a powerful interjection into the museum halls, a crucial moment in Derrida’s thought, and an insightful reading of a challenging writer and artist. $20.00 / £14.95 paper 978-0-231-18167-9 $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-18166-2 2017 112 pages

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Passions of the Times

The Enchanted Clock

Julia Kristeva Edited with a foreword by Lawrence D. Kritzman

A Novel

Julia Kristeva. Translated by Armine Kotin Mortimer

Passions of the Times showcases recent essays of Julia Kristeva’s that demonstrate her capacious intellect, her gifts as a stylist, and the profound contribution of her thought to the challenges of the present. Kristeva considers literature, translation, psychoanalysis, disability, gender, humanism, and universalism, among other topics.

Julia Kristeva’s intricate, multifaceted novel The Enchanted Clock is built around a golden astronomical clock in the Palace of Versailles. Part detective mystery, part historical fiction, and full of ruminations on memory, love, and the transcendence of linear time, it is one of the most illuminating works of one of France’s great thinkers.

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Facing the Abyss

American Literature and Culture in the 1940s George Hutchinson



JOURNEY The L if e

The Untold Journey

The Life of Diana Trilling Natalie Robins


D ia n a g Tri ll in


George Hutchinson challenges the mythology of the “good war” and the “Greatest Generation,” to provide a new understanding of 1940s as a pivotal decade in modern American life. He argues that writers and artists probed the darkness that the war opened up and confronted bigotry, sexism, existential guilt, ecological concerns, and fear about the nature and survival of the human race. $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-16338-5

The first biography to foreground one of the most vivid figures and uncompromising cultural critics of the mid-twentieth century. $32.95 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-18208-9 2017 424 pages 30 illus.

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Novel Sounds

Southern Fiction in the Age of Rock and Roll

“Do YoU HaVE a BAnd?”

Florence Dore

"Do You Have a Band?"

Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City Daniel Kane

P o eT R y a n d P u nK r oc k

in NeW YorK ciTy daniel KanE

Novel Sounds shows how Southern writers turned to rock music and its technologies—tape, radio, vinyl—to develop the “rock novel.” Florence Dore considers the work of writers like William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and William Styron alongside Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, and Bob Dylan to uncover deep historical links between rock and literature.

During the late 1960s, throughout the 1970s, and into the 1980s, New York City poets and musicians played together, published each other, and inspired one another to create groundbreaking art. In "Do You Have a Band?", Daniel Kane reads deeply across poetry and punk music to capture this compelling exchange and its challenge.

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Facebook Society

Media U

Losing Ourselves in Sharing Ourselves

How the Need to Win Audiences Has Shaped Higher Education

Roberto Simanowski

Mark Garrett Cooper and John Marx

Translated by Susan H. Gillespie

Roberto Simanowski takes Facebook as a starting point to investigate our social-media society— and its insidious consequences for our concept of the self. Presenting a creative, philosophically informed perspective that speaks to a shared reality, Facebook Society asks us to come to terms with the networked world.

Media U presents a provocative rethinking of the development of American higher education centered on the insight that universities are media institutions. Mark Garrett Cooper and John Marx argue that the fundamental goal of the American research university has been to cultivate audiences and convince them of its value.

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The Digital Banal


New Media and American Literature and Culture Zara Dinnen

Contemporary Drift CON TEM POR ARY


Genre, Historicism, and the Problem of the Present Theodore Martin





Zara Dinnen analyzes a range of contemporary novels, films, and artworks to contend that we live in the condition of the “digital banal,” not noticing the affective and political novelty of our relationship to digital media. The Digital Banal recovers the shrouded disturbances that can help us recognize and antagonize our media environment. $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-18428-1 2018 240 pages 10 illus.

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In Contemporary Drift, Theodore Martin argues that the contemporary is not just a historical period but also a conceptual problem, and he claims that contemporary genre fiction offers a much-needed resource for resolving that problem. Martin shows how the problem of the contemporary preoccupies a wide range of novelists and filmmakers, including Zadie Smith, Colson Whitehead, Vikram Chandra, China Miéville, Kelly Reichardt, and the Coen brothers. $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-18192-1 2017 264 pages 23 illus.

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Orhan Pamuk and the Good of World Literature

Islamophobia and the Novel Peter Morey

Gloria Fisk

Gloria Fisk traces the terms of Orhan Pamuk's engagement with a literary market dominated by the tastes of its Anglophone publics and the instrumental use of literature as a source of crosscultural understanding. She proposes a new way to think about the uneven processes of translation that carry contemporary literature to its readers.

Peter Morey analyzes how recent works of fiction have framed and responded to the rise of anti-Muslim prejudice alongside changing concepts of cultural difference. Morey offers readings of novels that show how their portrayal of difference both reflects and refutes the ideological preoccupations of the post-9/11 West.

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The Microeconomic Mode

David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books

Political Subjectivity in Contemporary Popular Aesthetics

Fictions of Value Jeffrey Severs

Jane Elliott

Literature, film, and television have become obsessed with the intersection of survival and choice. Jane Elliott analyzes this new and distinctive aesthetic phenomenon, which she calls the microeconomic mode, through close readings that show how an aesthetics of choice has reshaped contemporary understanding of what it means to be human.

Jeffrey Severs reveals David Foster Wallace to be a thoroughly political writer whose works provide an often surreal history of financial crises and economic policies. A rebellious economic thinker, Wallace satirized the deforming effects of money, questioned the logic of the monetary system, and saw the world through the lens of value’s many hidden and untapped meanings.

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The Incorporeal

Secularism and Cosmopolitanism

Ontology, Ethics, and the Limits of Materialism

Critical Hypotheses on Religion and Politics

Elizabeth Grosz

Étienne Balibar

Elizabeth Grosz shows that not only are idealism and materialism inextricably linked but that this “belonging together” of the entirety of ideality and the entirety of materiality is not mediated or created by human consciousness. Instead, it is an ontological condition for the development of human consciousness. In this work, Grosz proposes a new resolution of the mind-body problem that reconciles materialism and idealism.

Étienne Balibar explores the tensions between cosmopolitanism and secularism in order to advance a truly democratic and emancipatory cosmopolitanism, which requires a secularization of secularism. Going beyond circumscribed notions of religion and the public sphere, Secularism and Cosmopolitanism is a profound rethinking of identity and difference.

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2017 336 pages

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The Ethics of Opting Out

Penis Envy and Other Bad Feelings

Mari Ruti

Mari Ruti

Queer Theory's Defiant Subjects

The Emotional Costs of Everyday Life

Mari Ruti provides an accessible yet theoretically rigorous account of the ideological divisions that have animated queer theory during the last decade, paying particular attention to the field’s rejection of dominant neoliberal narratives of success, cheerfulness, and self-actualization. Ruti analyzes the role of subjectivity, defiance, agency, and affect theory in contemporary queer theory

Mari Ruti combines theoretical reflection, cultural critique, feminist politics, and personal anecdotes to analyze the prevalence of bad feelings in everyday life. Proceeding from a playful engagement with Freud’s idea of penis envy, Ruti fans out to a broader consideration of neoliberal pragmatism and a trenchant critique of gender relations.

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2018 288 pages

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Sibling Action

Speculative Taxidermy

The Genealogical Structure of Modernity

Natural History, Animal Surfaces, and Art in the Anthropocene

Stefani Engelstein

Giovanni Aloi


S t e fa n i e n g e l S t e i n

Stefani Engelstein argues that the sibling paradigm shaped the modern subject, life sciences, human sciences, and collective identities such as race, religion, and gender. Integrating close readings with panoramic intellectual history, Sibling Action presents a compelling new understanding of systems of knowledge.

Giovanni Aloi maps the discourses and practices that have enabled the emergence of taxidermy in contemporary art. Speculative Taxidermy contextualizes the resilient presence of animal skin, bones, and feathers in gallery spaces, films, and fashion as a productive opportunity to rethink ethical and political stances in human-animal relationships.

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Critical Life Studies

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Why Only Art CAn SAve US Aesthetics and the Absence of emergency

Why Only Art Can Save Us


Santiago Zabala

Paolo D'Angelo

Concealing the Effort of Art from Aristotle to Duchamp

Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency


Santiago Zabala declares that in an age where the greatest emergency is the absence of emergency, contemporary art's ability to create new realities is fundamental to democracy. He advances a new aesthetics that draws on Martin Heidegger's distinction between works of art that rescue us from emergency and those that are rescuers into emergency.

Paolo D’Angelo traces the history of concealing art—which Italian calls sprezzatura—from ancient rhetoric to our own times. Finding the precept that art must be hidden from cosmetics to interior design, politics to poetry, the English garden to shabby chic, Sprezzatura is an erudite and surprising tour of aesthetics, philosophy, and art history.

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American Literature in the World

Poetry and Animals

Blurring the Boundaries with the Human

An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler

Onno Oerlemans

Edited by Wai Chee Dimock, with Jordan


Brower, Edgar Garcia, Kyle Hutzler, and Nicholas Rinehart

American Literature in the World is an innovative anthology offering a new way to understand the global forces that have shaped the making of American literature. The wide-ranging selections are structured around five interconnected nodes: war; food; work, play, and travel; religions; and human and nonhuman interfaces. $40.00 / £32.95 paper 978-0-231-15737-7

Onno Oerlemans explores a broad range of English-language poetry about animals from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world. Through careful readings of dozens of poems, Oerlemans demonstrates how poetry can sensitize us to the moral standing of animals and give us new ways to think through the problems of the human-animal divide.

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Dickinson’s Nerves, Frost’s Woods

Thick and Dazzling Darkness

William Logan

Peter O'Leary

Poetry in the Shadow of the Past

Religious Poetry in a Secular Age

William Logan reconciles history and poetry to provide new ways of reading poets ranging from Shakespeare and Shelley to Lowell and Heaney. In these striking essays, Logan presents the poetry of the past through the lens of the past, attempting to bring poems back to the world in which they were made.

Peter O’Leary reads a diverse set of writers to argue for the importance of religious poetry in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. He traces a poetic genealogy that begins with Whitman and Dickinson and continues today to defend the value and meaning of religious poetry against the grain of a secular society.

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2017 280 pages

Critics, Coteries, and Pre-Raphaelite Celebrity


Wendy Graham

Wendy Graham

Tainted Witness


Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives Leigh Gilmore



Wendy Graham traces the critical discourses that shaped the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s reception and continues to inform responses to them. She explains the mechanics of fame and the politics of scandal contributing to the rise of aestheticism, providing a new interpretation of the place of aesthetic counterculture in Victorian England. $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-18020-7 2017 360 pages 47 illus.

Tainted Witness examines how gender, race, and doubt stick to women witnesses as their testimony circulates in search of an adequate witness. Leigh Gilmore provides provocative readings of what happens when women’s testimony is discredited. She demonstrates how testimony crosses jurisdictions, publics, and the unsteady line between truth and fiction in search of justice. $30.00 / £24.95 cloth 978-0-231-17714-6

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2017 240 pages

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Extreme Domesticity

A View from the Margins Susan Fraiman

Of Women Borne o f wo m e n b o r n e A Literary Ethics of Suffering Cynthia R. Wallace

Susan Fraiman links terms often seen as antithetical: domestic knowledge coinciding with female masculinity, feminism, and divorce; domestic routines elaborated in the context of Victorian poverty, twentieth-century immigration, and new millennial homelessness. She demonstrates that far from being exclusively middle-class, domestic concerns are all the more urgent and ongoing when shelter is precarious. $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-16634-8

A Literary Ethics of Suffering Cynthia R.Wallace

The literature of Adrienne Rich, Toni Morrison, Ana Castillo, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie teaches a risky, self-giving way of reading (and being) that brings home the dangers and the possibilities of suffering as an ethical good. Examining these writers from a feminist and philosophical perspective, Cynthia R. Wallace crafts a literary ethics attentive to the paradoxes of critique and re-vision, universality and particularity, and reads in suffering a redemptive or redeemable reality.

2017 272 pages 14 illus.

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2016 352 pages 48 illus.

Modernist Latitudes

Little Magazine, World Form

At the Mercy of Their Clothes

Eric Bulson

Modernism, the Middlebrow, and British Garment Culture

Celia Marshik

Little magazines made modernism. Little Magazine, World Form shows that their reach and importance extended far beyond Europe and the United States. By investigating the global and transnational itineraries of the little-magazine form, Eric Bulson uncovers a worldwide network that influenced the development of literature and criticism.

At the Mercy of Their Clothes explores the agency of fashion in modern literature, its reflection of new relations between people and things, and its embodiment of a rapidly changing society confronted by war and cultural and economic upheaval.

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Incomparable Empires

Chimeras of Form

Modernism and the Translation of Spanish and American Literature

Modernist Internationalism Beyond Europe, 1914–2016 Aarthi Vadde

Gayle Rogers

Following networks of American and Spanish writers, translators, and movements, Gayle Rogers uncovers the arguments that forged the politics and aesthetics of modernism. He revisits the role of empire—from its institutions to its cognitive effects—in shaping a nation’s literature and culture. $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-17856-3 2016 312 pages

Modernist Latitudes

Aarthi Vadde vividly illustrates how modernist and contemporary writers reimagine the nation and internationalism in a period defined by globalization. She explains how Rabindranath Tagore, James Joyce, Claude McKay, George Lamming, Michael Ondaatje, and Zadie Smith use modernist literary forms to develop ideas of international belonging sensitive to the afterlife of empire. $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-18024-5

2016 288 pages

Modernist Latitudes

Epilepsy Metaphors

Extraordinary Bodies

Liminal Spaces of Individuation in American Literature, 1990-2015

Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature 20th Anniversay Edition

Eleana Vaja

Rosemarie Garland Thomson

Extraordinary Bodies is a cornerstone text of disability studies, establishing the field upon its publication in 1997. Framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, the book added depth to oppressive narratives and revealed novel, liberatory ones. $30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-18317-8

Applying philosophy as well as “hard sciences” (i.e., mathematics, medicine, physics) to disability studies, Eleana Vaja examines elected works by Siri Hustvedt, Thom Jones, Reif Larsen, Dennis Mahagin, Audrey Niffenegger, Rodman Philbrick, and Lauren Slater showing how epilepsy metaphors redefine the notion of the “liminal” and the “normal.”

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2017 224 pages

2018 256 pages


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Beckett's Late Stage

Power Relations in Black Lives

Trauma, Language, and Subjectivity

Reading African American Literature and Culture with Bourdieu and Elias

Rhys Tranter

Edited by Christa Buschendorf

The contributions to this volume highlight the role of power relations in the black experience. By applying key concepts of Pierre Bourdieu and Norbert Elias to African American literature and culture, the authors offer new readings of power asymmetries as they are represented in the works of canonical and contemporary black writers, rap music, and figurations of political activism. $35.00 / £27.95 paper 978-3-8376-3660-4 2018 180 pages

Beckett’s Late Stage reexamines the author’s postwar prose and drama in the light of contemporary trauma theory. The study demonstrates how the comings and goings of Beckett’s prose unsettles the Western philosophical tradition; it reveals how Beckett’s live theatrical productions are haunted by the rehearsal of traumatic repetition, and asks what his ghostly radio recordings might signal for twentieth-century modernity. $45.00 / £37.95 paper 978-3-8382-1135-0


2018 280 pages

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Beckett, Lacan, and the Voice

A Theatre of Affect

Foreword by Jean-Michel Rabaté

Charlotta P. Einarsson

The Corporeal Turn in Samuel Beckett's Drama

Llewellyn Brown

The voice traverses Beckett’s work in its entirety, defining its space and its structure. Emanating from an indeterminate source situated outside the narrators and characters, while permeating the very words they utter, it proves to be incessant. In this study, Lacanian psychoanalysis offers the means to approach the voice’s multiple and fundamentally paradoxical facets with regards to language that founds the subject’s vital relation to existence.

Combining phenomenological analysis with dance and performance analysis and affect theory, Charlotta P. Einarsson takes stock of the various ways in which the body in Samuel Beckett’s drama participates in the affective ecology of performance. $45.00 / £37.95 paper 978-3-8382-1118-3 2017 302 pages

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Mind Presentation in Ian McEwan's Fiction

Transformations of the Supernatural

Consciousness and the Presentation of Character in Amsterdam, Atonement, and On Chesil Beach

Problems of Representation in the Work of Daniel Defoe Petra Schoenenberger

Karam Nayebpour

This book explores the central fictional minds in Ian McEwan’s Amsterdam, Atonement, and On Chesil Beach. Mind presentation constitutes the main part of characterization in the second phase of McEwan’s writing, where his plot structure depends to a large degree on the presentation of the characters’ mental workings. Karam Nayebpour analyzes the function of fictional minds and their $45.00 / £37.95 paper 978-3-8382-1029-2

Daniel Defoe’s work displays a keen interest in stories of supernatural encounters. Like his contemporaries, Defoe wonders about the range of scientific insight and the moral and epistemological ramifications of unchallenged trust and faith. Petra Schoenenberger shows how Defoe’ stransformations of the supernatural probe the boundaries of knowledge and evidence and play with the limits of cognition, emphasizing the inseparability of mind and emotion.

2017 320 pages

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2017 204 pages


operational modes in these narratives.

Without Jews?

Joseph Conrad and the Voicing of Textuality

Yiddish Literature in the People’s Republic of Poland on the Holocaust, Poland, and Communism

Claude Maisonnat

Magdalena Ruta

Joseph Conrad and the Voicing of Textuality offers an original approach to Conrad’s work rooted in linguistics and psychoanalytic theory. Claude Maisonnat provides fresh insight into the poetics of textuality by introducing the concept of textual voice, as opposed to the traditional conceptions of authorial voice and narrative voice.

In postwar Poland a little-known a small though dynamic center of Jewish life emerged, with creative figures who sought to revive and foster culture in their mother tongue, Yiddish. Without Jews? examines the literary output of this community of survivors, studying works created and/or published in post-war Poland to 1968.

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2017 416 pages

2018 450 pages

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The Mongol Conquests in the Novels of Vasily Yan

Re-forming World Literature

Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Short Story

An Intellectual Biography Dmitry Shlapentokh

Edited by Gerri Kimber and Janet Wilson

Contributors to this volume argue that global paradigms of world literature, often referencing the major metropolitan centers of cultural and literary production, do not always accommodate voices from the margins and writing within minority genres such as the short story. Utilizing the growing reception of Katherine Mansfield’s work worldwide since her death in 1923, the volume shows how literary modernism can be read in a myriad of ways in terms of the contemporary category of new world literature.

This book is not just a biographical sketch of an important Russian/Soviet writer basically unknown to the Western public. The focus on Vasily Yan and his work also demonstrates the role of ideology in a totalitarian society. Dmitry Shlapentokh shows that ideology and cultural and intellectual life in totalitarian regimes are more complex than is often assumed. Intellectuals often engaging in stressful, but—in its literary outcome—captivating “cat and mouse” games with censors, the powerful, and the government.

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2017 130 pages

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Aging in Slavic Literatures


Edited by Dagmar Gramshammer-Hohl

Lukas Hoffmann

The Nonfictional Literature of David Foster Wallace and Dave Eggers

Essays in Literary Gerontology

In Slavic studies, aging and old age have thus far been only marginal concerns. This volume brings together the scattered research that has been done up to now on aging as represented and narrated in Slavic literatures. The essays investigate Bosnian/ Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, and Ukrainian representations of age and aging in various literary genres and epochs and analyze age as a powerful marker of difference and as constitutive of social relations and personal identity

Postirony is a response to the ironic zeitgeist. Moreover, it is the key to understanding a specific form of literature—ironic, self-reflexive metafiction. Despite the reign of contemporary irony, authors like David Foster Wallace and Dave Eggers choose a different path: they strive to reach the reader cognitively as well as emotionaly in a way they claim to be sincere and true. Focusing largely on nonfiction by these authors, Lukas Hoffmann explores the means the texts use to achieve a new form of sincerity.

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Sentimental Tales


Translated by Boris Dralyuk

Translated by Andrew Bromfield

Mikhail Zoshchenko

Friedrich Gorenstein

Mikhail Zoshchenko’s Sentimental Tales are satirical portraits of small-town characters on the fringes of Soviet society in the first decade of Bolshevik rule. An original perspective on Soviet life and uproariously funny, Sentimental Tales at last shows Anglophone readers why Zoshchenko is considered among the greatest humorists of the Soviet era.

Friedrich Gorenstein’s Redemption is a stark and powerful portrait of humanity caught up in Stalin’s police state in the aftermath of World War II. A major work bearing witness to the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, Redemption is an important reckoning with anti-Semitism and Stalinist repression from a significant Soviet Jewish voice.

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2018 224 pages

2018 224 pagesn

Russian Library

Russian Library

Sisters of the Cross

Found Life

Alexei Remizov

Poems, Stories, Comics, a Play, and an Interview

Translated by Roger Keys and Brian Murphy

Linor Goralik. Edited by Ainsley Morse, Maria Vassileva, and Maya Vinokour

The first English translation of this remarkable 1910 novel by Alexei Remizov, Sisters of the Cross is a masterpiece of early modernist fiction. It tells the story of a poor clerk who rebels against the suffering and humiliation afflicting his own life and the women he encounters in the tenement building where he lives in Petersburg.

One of the first Russian writers to make a name for herself on the Internet, Linor Goralik writes conversational short works that conjure the absurd, reflecting post-Soviet life and daily universals. Her mastery of the minimal is on full display in this collection of poems, stories, comics, a play, and an interview, translated for the first time.

$14.95 / £12.95 paper 978-0-231-18543-1

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2017 192 pages

2017 400 pages 38 comics

Russian Library

Russian Library

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Writings from the Golden Age of Russian Poetry

Konstantin Batyushkov. Presented and translated by Peter France

Konstantin Batyushkov was one of the great poets of the Golden Age of Russian literature. Peter France interweaves Batyushkov’s life and writings, presenting masterful new translations of his work with the compelling story of Batyushkov’s career as a soldier, diplomat, and poet and his tragic decline into mental illness at the age of thirty-four. $19.95 / £14.95 paper 978-0-231-18541-


COSMOPOLITANISM The Chinese Literary Universe, 1945-1965


Socialist Cosmopolitanism

The Chinese Literary Universe, 1945-1965 Nicolai Volland

Socialist Cosmopolitanism offers an innovative interpretation of that reads Chinese socialist literature as world literature. Far from rejecting the worldliness of earlier eras, the young People’s Republic developed its own cosmopolitanism that viewed its own cultural works as part of a much larger universe and an ambitious—but ultimately doomed— attempt to redraw the literary world map.

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2017 256 pages

2017 304 pages

Russian Library

Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute,

Columbia University

Chinese Script

History, Characters, Calligraphy

The Spatiality of Emotion in Early Modern China

Translated by Maximiliane Donicht

Ling Hon Lam

From Dreamscapes to Theatricality

Thomas O. Höllmann

Thomas O. Höllmann explains the development of the Chinese writing system and its importance in literature, religion, art, and other aspects of culture. Spanning epigraphs and oracle bones to writing and texting, Chinese Script is a wide-ranging introduction to the complexity and beauty of written text and calligraphy in the Chinese world. $18.00 / £14.95 paper 978-0-231-18173-0

Ling Hon Lam gives a deeply original account of the history of emotions in Chinese literature centered on the idea of emotion as space. Tracing how the emotion realm underwent significant transformations from the dreamscape to theatricality in sixteenth- to eighteenth-century China, this book is a major rethinking of key terms in Chinese culture.

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2017 144 pages 40 illus.

2018 352 pages

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Transpacific Attachments

The Reincarnated Giant

Lily Wong

Edited by Mingwei Song

Sex Work, Media Networks, and Affective Histories of Chineseness

An Anthology of TwentyFirst-Century Chinese Science Fiction and Theodore Huters

Lily Wong studies the transpacific mobility and mobilization of the sex worker figure, illuminating the intersectional politics of racial, sexual, and class structures. Transpacific Attachments examines shifting depictions of Chinese sex workers in popular media from the early twentieth century to the present. $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-18338-3 2018 248 pages 30 illus.

Global Chinese Cultures

This anthology showcases the best of contemporary science fiction from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China. Going beyond political utopianism and technological optimism, contemporary Chinese writers conjure glittering visions and subversive experiments—ranging from space opera to cyberpunk, utopianism to the posthuman, and parodies of China’s rise to deconstructions of the myth of national development. $35.00 / £27.95 paper 978-0-231-18023-8 $105.00 / £87.95 cloth 978-0-231-18022-1 September 2018 416 pages

Weatherhead Books on Asia

Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories

Quelling the Demons' Revolt

A Novel from Ming China

A Parallel Text

Attributed to Luo Guanzhong

Translated and edited by Aili Mu with Mike Smith

Translated by Patrick Hanan Introduction by Ellen B. Widmer and David Der-wei Wang

This book presents Chinese short-short stories in English and Chinese, integrating language learning with cultural studies for intermediate to advanced learners of Mandarin Chinese and students of contemporary Chinese literature. Each chapter begins with a critical introduction, followed by two or more stories in parallel Chinese and English texts.

In this Ming-era novel, historical narrative, raucous humor, and the supernatural are interwoven to tell the tale of an attempt to overthrow the Song dynasty. Quelling the Demons’ Revolt is centered on the rebellion led by Wang Ze in 1047–48, warning of the vulnerability of a world plagued by demonic forces as well as mundane corruption.

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2017 528 pages

2017 240 pages

Translations from the Asian Classics

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The Book of Swindles

Hawk of the Mind

Selections from a Late Ming Collection

Collected Poems Yang Mu

Zhang Yingyu

Edited by Michelle Yeh

Translated by Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk

The Book of Swindles, a seventeenth-century story collection, offers a panoramic guide to the art of deception. Ostensibly a manual for self-protection, it presents a tableau of criminal ingenuity in late Ming China. Each story comes with commentary by the author, who expounds a moral lesson while also speaking as a connoisseur of the swindle.

Yang Mu is a towering figure in modern Chinese poetry. Hawk of the Mind is a comprehensive collection of Yang Mu’s poetry that presents crucial works from the many stages of his long creative career, rendered into English by a team of distinguished translators, illustrating the distinctive style and affective power of a great poet.

$25.00 / £19.95 paper 978-0-231-17863-1

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2017 272 pages

2018 224 pages no art

Translations from the Asian Classics

Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan

Hidden and Visible Realms

How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context

Early Medieval Chinese Tales of the Supernatural and the Fantastic

Poetic Culture from Antiquity Through the Tang Edited by Zong-qi Cai

Liu Yiqing. Zhenjun Zhang

How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context is an introduction to the golden age of Chinese poetry, spanning the earliest times through the Tang dynasty. Presenting poems in Chinese along with English translations and commentary, it is a pioneering and versatile text for the study of Chinese language, literature, history, and culture.

Hidden and Visible Realms is one of the most significant medieval Chinese collections of stories of the fantastic and otherworldly phenomena, distinguished by its varied contents, elegant writing style, and Buddhist influence. This annotated first complete English translation explains the key themes and textual history of the work.

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2018 224 pages

2018 328 pages 27 illus.

Translations from the Asian Classics

How to Read Chinese Literature

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The Great Flowing River

The Making and Remaking of China's "Red Classics"

A Memoir of China, from Manchuria to Taiwan

Politics, Aesthetics, and Mass Culture

Chi Pang-yuan

Edited by Rosemary Roberts and Li Li

Translated by John Balcom

Heralded as a literary masterpiece and a best-seller in the Chinese-speaking world, The Great Flowing River is a personal account of the history of modern China and Taiwan unlike any other. The noted scholar, writer, and teacher Chi Pang-yuan recounts her youth in mainland China and adulthood in Taiwan in a novelistic, epoch-defining narrative.

This book brings together research on the "red classics" across the entire Maoist period through the reform era. It covers a range of genres including literature, film, TV, and visual art, offering a panoramic view of the production and reception of the original "red classics" and their adaptations and remakes after the Cultural Revolution.

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$60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-988-8390-89-2

2018 448 pages

2018 232 pages 24 illus.

Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan

Hong Kong University Press

Senses of the City

From Textuality to Historicity

Perceptions of Hangzhou and Southern Song China, 1127–1279

Subjective Writing in Contemporary Chinese Literature

Edited by Joseph S. C. Lam, Shuen-fu Lin, Christian de Pee, and Martin Powers

Leading scholars of the field, including Beverly Bossler, Stephen West, and Martin Powers, have produced essays that relate changes in literary convention to shifts in territorial boundaries, analyzing writing, painting, dance, and music as a means by which individual literati placed themselves in time and space. The contributors re-establish the historical connections between writing and meaningful action, between text and world, between the sources and their own words, and between the page and the senses. $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-962-996-786-4 2017 328 pages 15 illus.

Jin Siyan

Translated by Isabelle Wen

Translated from the original French publication, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of 20th century Chinese literature and examines the relationship between Chinese literary theory and modernity. Jin Siyan surveys the work of leading writers including Zhang Ailing, Beidao, and Mu Dan. $52.00 / £43.95 cloth 978-962-996-787-1 2017 412 pages

The Chinese University Press

The Chinese University Press

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Colonizing Language

Modern Japan's Greatest Novelist

Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern Japan and Korea

John Nathan

Christina Yi

John Nathan provides a lucid and vivid account of Natsume Sōseki, the father of the modern novel in Japan. This biography elevates Sōseki to his rightful place as a great synthesizer of literary traditions and a brilliant chronicler of universal experience who, no less than his Western contemporaries, anticipated twentieth-century modernism. $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-17142-7 2018 320 pages 7 illus.

Christina Yi investigates linguistic nationalism in the formation of literary canons through an examination of Japanese-language cultural production by Korean and Japanese writers from the 1930s through the 1950s. She challenges conventional understandings of national literature by showing how Japanese language ideology shaped colonial histories. $65.00 / £54.95 cloth 978-0-231-18420-5

Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture

2018 248 pages

Idly Scribbling Rhymers

In Black and White A Novel

Poetry, Print, and Community in Nineteenth-Century Japan

Jun'ichirō Tanizaki

Translated by Phyllis I. Lyons

Robert Tuck

Robert Tuck offers a groundbreaking study of the connections among traditional poetic genres, print media, and visions of national community in late nineteenth-century Japan. Structured around the work of Masaoka Shiki, Idly Scribbling Rhymers reveals poetry’s surprising yet fundamental role in emerging forms of media and national consciousness.

Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's In Black and White is a literary murder mystery in which the lines between fiction and reality are blurred. The writer Mizuno has penned a story about the perfect murder that comes to intrude on his life. In Black and White is a masterful yet little-known novel from a great writer at the height of his powers.

$65.00 / £54.95 cloth 978-0-231-18734-3

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2018 320 pages 4 illus.

Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

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2018 256 pages

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Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds

The Sarashina Diary

Edited by Keller Kimbrough and Haruo Shirane

Sugawara no Takasue no Musume Translated, with an

A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan (Reader's Edition)

A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Tales

introduction, by Sonja Arntzen and Moriyuki ItM

Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds is a collection of twenty-five medieval Japanese tales of border crossings and the fantastic, featuring demons, samurai, talking animals, amorous plants, and journeys to supernatural realms. With images from the original scroll paintings, it illuminates a rich world of literary, Buddhist, and visual culture.

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl began a diary; from it, she skillfully created an autobiography later in life. This reader’s edition streamlines Sonja Arntzen and Moriyuki ItM’s acclaimed translation of the Sarashina Diary for general readers and classroom use, offering insight into the author’s world and the diary's textual history.

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$120.00 / £99.95 cloth 978-0-231-18446-5 2018 464 pages 120 illus.

Translations from the Asian Classics

2018 176 pages

Premodern Korean Literary Prose

Dust and Other Stories

Edited by Michael J. Pettid, Gregory N. Evon, and Chan Park

Translated by Janet Poole

An Anthology

Yi T'aejun

This anthology presents new translations of Korean prose works from the tenth to the nineteenth century. It offers insight into past societies by highlighting genres that have largely not been translated, such as diaries, short fictional biographies, erotic tales, oral narratives, and novellas, illustrating the variety of premodern Korean writings.

Yi T’aejun was one of twentieth-century Korea’s true masters of the short story—and a man who in 1946 stunned his contemporaries by moving to the Soviet-occupied North. Dust and Other Stories offers a selection of Yi’s stories across time and place, showcasing a superb stylist caught up in his era’s most urgent ideological and aesthetic divides.

$35.00 / £27.95 paper 978-0-231-16581-5

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2018 320 pages

2018 256 pages

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The Tale of Cho Ung


A Classic of Vengeance, Loyalty, and Romance

A Ch'ae Manshik Reader Ch'ae Manshik

Translated by Sookja Cho

Edited and translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton

The Tale of Cho Ung is one of the most widely read and beloved stories of Chos on Korea. The anonymously written tale recounts the adventures of protagonist ChosŠn as he overcomes obstacles and grows into a heroic young man. This first translation into English offers a glimpse into early modern Korean vernacular and popular literature. $30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-18611-7 $90.00 / £74.95 cloth 978-0-231-18610-0 2018 224 pages

Ch’ae Manshik is one of the most accomplished writers of modern Korea yet is underrepresented in English translation because of the challenges posed by his distinctive voice and colloquial style. This anthology provides a well-rounded selection, drawing on Ch’ae’s ten-volume Complete Works. The edition provides a comprehensive introduction that covers the author’s career and the rich Korean tradition of intertextuality and intermediality that he reflects from the country’s earliest times to the new millennium. $30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-18101-3

$90.00 / £74.95 cloth 978-0-231-18100-6 2017 224 pages

Weatherhead Books on Asia

The Dancing Poet

Erotic Poems from the Sanskrit

Rabindranath Tagore and Modernity in Performance

An Anthology

Rimli Bhattacharya

Drawing on a range of visual archives and personal collections, this book casts Rabindranath Tagore as the “Dancing Poet”—in whom the contours of a pan-Indian diversity seek to merge, albeit selectively, with that of the world, eschewing most emphatically the territorial borders of the nation-state while reiterating civilizational strands. The book outlines the contradictions and possibilities in such aspirations, central to the new cultural texts that Tagore seeks to produce in lyric, songs, dance, image, or narrative. $40.00 / £32.95 cloth 978-93-82381-98-3 2017 232 pages

Tulika Books

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Edited and translated by R. Parthasarathy

Classical Sanskrit literature boasts an exquisite canon of poetry devoted to erotic love. Noted translator and scholar R. Parthasarathy curates a selection in a new verse translation that introduces readers to Sanskrit poetry in a modern English vernacular. $25.00 / £19.95 paper 978-0-231-18439-7 $75.00 / £62.95 cloth 978-0-231-18438-0 2017 216 pages

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An Encyclopaedia of Practical Translation and Interpreting

Translating Boundaries

Constraints, Limits, Opportunities

Edited by Chan Sin-wai

Edited by Dora Renna and Stefanie Barschdorf

Foreword by Jeremy Munday.

As a sequel to An Encyclopaedia of Translation: Chinese-English, English-Chinese published in 1995, this volume focuses on practical translation and interpreting, the two emerging areas of increasing importance in recent decades, and all chapters are fully illustrated with examples in translation between Chinese and English. $52.00 / £43.95 cloth 978-962-996-839-7 2018 530 pages

The Chinese University Press

Translating Boundaries offer insights into the state of the discipline in various nations, often touching on underresearched topics such as the role of translation in the creation of national as well as individual identities or the translation of popular music. They look at the role of culture and, more specifically, sociocultural influences on translation. At the same time, non-linguistic, intra- and extratextual factors are taken into account with particular attention to multimodality. $40.00 / £32.95 paper 978-3-8382-1130-5 2018 250 pages

ibidem Press

A Year Without a Winter

The Politics and Poetics of Friendship

Edited by Dehlia Hannah, with Cynthia Selin, Joey Eschrich, and Brenda Cooper

This book brings together science fiction, history, visual art, and exploration to reframe the relationship among climate, crisis, and creation. A Year Without a Winter presents stories by four renowned science fiction authors alongside critical essays, extracts from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and dispatches from extreme geographies. $23.00 / £18.95 paper 978-1-941332-38-2 2018 284 pages

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

Edited by Ewa Kowal and Robert Kusek

Contributors explore cultural representations of friendship in literary fiction, nonfiction, film, and other visual narratives. The volume features original studies of friendship between Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, in Shakespeare, the WWI Poets, as well as the meaning of friendship for Frances Burney, Frédéric Chopin, Jacques Derrida, E.M. Forster, Eva Hesse, and Mary Shelley, among others. $55.00 / £45.95 paper 978-83-233-4339-4 2018 258 pages

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Actors and Networks in the Megacity

Orhan Pamuk

Critical Essays on a Novelist Between Worlds

A Literary Analysis of Urban Narratives

Edited by Taner Can, Berkan Ulu, and Koray Melikoğlu

Prachi More

A Literary Analysis of Urban Narratives presents an interdisciplinary framework that addresses concerns and questions of epistemology, the sociology of knowledge, and urban and documentary studies. Prachi More describes how these narratives function as sites of knowledge production, particularly in light of the development of historiography and empirical documentation since modernism.

The present essays range widely across Orhan Pamuk’s novelistic oeuvre, dealing with how the writer, often adding an allegorical level to the personages depicted in his experimental narratives, portrays tensions such as those between Western secularism and traditional Islam and different conceptions of national identity.

$40.00 / £32.95 paper 978-3-8376-3834-9

2017 260 pages

2018 220 pages

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$40.00 / £32.95 paper 978-3-8382-1047-6

Ezra Pound's Atlas

From the Absurd to Revolt

Essays on Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Textuality in The Cantos

Dynamics in Albert Camus's Thought

Edited by Piotr Mróz and Maciej KaBu|a

Mark Byron

Foreword by Ira B. Nadel

This collection of essays brings together more than a decade of work on the poetry of Ezra Pound and particularly his modern epic The Cantos. Essays examine recent developments in such fields as early medieval studies, modernism studies, Chinese and Japanese studies, textual criticism, literature and music, and digital scholarly editing to shed new light on Pound’s sources, his scholarly and poetic techniques, and his relevance to contemporary thinking about poetry, editorial methods, and global intellectual history. $50.00 / £41.95 paper 978-3-8382-1081-0

This book presents a selection of texts devoted to two key issues in the thought of Albert Camus: absurdity and rebellion. Contributors explore the problem of transition in the thought of the author of The Rebel from philosophical considerations over the absurd in the human condition to the attitude of rebellion $45.00 / £37.95 paper 978-83-233-4253-3 2017 248 pages

Jagiellonian University Press

2017 310 pages

ibidem Press

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Ancient Enmity [box set]

Ancient Enmity [Anthology]

Edited by Shelby K. Y. Chan, Gilbert C. F. Fong, Lucas Klein, Christopher Mattison, Chris Song, and Ling Wang

Edited by Shelby K. Y. Chan, Gilbert C. F. Fong, Lucas Klein, Christopher Mattison, Chris Song, and Ling Wang

International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong 2017

Poets in this International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong (IPNHK) box set include: Gabeba Baderoon (South Africa), Javier Bello (Chile), Chen Dongdong (China), Jérôme Game (France), Major Jackson (U.S.), George Szirtes (UK), Anja Utler (Germany), Haris Vlavianos (Greece), and others. The IPNHK box set collection includes chapbooks of the most internationally acclaimed contemporary poetry by each invited poet.

International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong 2017

This is an anthology of the International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong (IPNHK) box set including the work of Gabeba Baderoon (South Africa), Javier Bello (Chile), Chen Dongdong (China), Jérôme Game (France), Major Jackson (U.S.), George Szirtes (UK), Anja Utler (Germany), Haris Vlavianos (Greece), and others. $30.00 / £24.95 paper 978988237030-2 2018 240 pages

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The Chinese University Press

2018 1200 pages

The Chinese University Press

Foucault at the Movies

Cinematic Overtures

Translated by Clare O'Farrell

Annette Insdorf

Patrice Maniglier and Dork Zabunyan

Foucault at the Movies brings together all of Foucault’s commentary on film, some of it available for the first time in English, along with important contemporary analysis and further extensions of this work. It offers detailed, up-to-date commentary, inviting us to go to the movies with Foucault. $26.00 / £20.95 paper 978-0-231-16707-9

How to Read Opening Scenes

A great movie’s first few minutes provide the key to the rest of the film. In Cinematic Overtures, Annette Insdorf discusses the opening sequence, inviting viewers to turn first impressions into deeper understanding of cinematic technique. She offers a series of revelatory readings of individual films by some of cinema’s leading directors.

$75.00 / £62.95 cloth 978-0-231-16706-2

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2018 208 pages

$60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-18224-9

2017 208 pages 42 illus.

Leonard Hastings Schoff Lectures

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Essays on the Essay Film

The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction

Edited by Nora M. Alter and Timothy Corrigan

Nora M. Alter

This anthology of fundamental statements on the essay film offers a range of crucial historical and philosophical perspectives. It provides early critical articulations of the essay film as it evolved through the 1950s and 1960s, key contemporary scholarly essays, and a selection of writings by essay filmmakers.

Nora M. Alter reveals the essay film to be a hybrid genre that fuses the categories of feature, art, and documentary film. The essay film draws on a variety of forms and approaches; in the process, it fundamentally alters the shape of cinema. The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction locates the genre’s origins and follows its transformations.

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2017 392 pages

2018 416 pages

Film and Culture Series

Film and Culture Series

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Show Trial

Performing Authorship

Hollywood, HUAC, and the Birth of the Blacklist

Gian Maria Annovi

Thomas Doherty

In Pier Paolo Pasolini: Performing Authorship, Gian Maria Annovi revisits Pasolini’s oeuvre to examine the author’s performance as a way of assuming an antagonistic stance toward forms of artistic, social, and cultural oppression. Annovi connects Pasolini’s notion of authorship to contemporary radical artistic practices and today’s multimedia authorship.

Thomas Doherty tells the story of the 1947 hearings into alleged Communist subversion in the movie industry. Show Trial is a character-driven inquiry into how the HUAC hearings ignited the Hollywood blacklist, providing a gripping new history of one of the most influential events of the postwar era.

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2017 272 pages 41 illus.

2018 400 pages 41 illus.

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Melodrama Unbound

Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes

Edited by Christine Gledhill and Linda Williams

Maggie Hennefeld

Across History, Media, and National Cultures

Drawing on new scholarship in transnational theatrical, film, and cultural histories, this collection demonstrates that melodrama speaks to fundamental aspects of modern life and feeling. Contributors articulate new ways of thinking about melodrama that underscore its pervasiveness across national cultures and in a variety of genres. $40.00 / £32.95 paper 978-0-231-18067$120.00 / £99.95 cloth 978-0-231-18066-5

Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes offers close consideration of hundreds of silent films. Maggie Hennefeld argues that these films provide disturbing but suggestive images for comprehending gendered social upheavals in the early twentieth century and that slapstick comediennes were crucial to the emergence of film language and experimentation with the visual and social potentials of cinema.

2018 432 pages 61 illus.

$30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-17947-8

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March 2018 320 pages 43 Illus.

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Mythopoetic Cinema

Words on Screen

On the Ruins of European Identity

Michel Chion Edited and translated by Claudia Gorbman

Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli

Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli explores how contemporary European filmmakers treat mythopoetics as a critical practice that questions the constant need to provide new identities, a new Europe, and with it a new European cinema. Examining the work of Jean-Luc Godard, Alexander Sokurov, Marina Abramović, and Theodoros Angelopoulos, RavettoBiagioli argues that these disparate artists provide a critical reflection on what constitutes Europe in the age of neoliberalism.

Following his work on sound in film in Audio-Vision and Film, a Sound Art, Words on Screen is Chion’s survey of everything the seventh art gives us to read on screen. He analyzes titles, credits, and intertitles, but also less obvious forms of writing that appear on screen, from the tear-stained letter in a character’s hand to reversed writing seen in mirrors. Through this examination, Chion delves into the multitude of roles that words on screen play.

$30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-18219-5

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2017 272 pages 256 illus.

2017 328 pages 36 illus.

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$30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-17499-2

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How Did Lubitsch Do It?

Studying Shakespeare on Film

Joseph McBride

Joseph McBride analyzes Lubitsch’s films in rich detail in the first in-depth critical study to consider the full scope of his work and its evolution in both Hollywood and Germany. McBride explains the “Lubitsch Touch” and shows how the director challenged American attitudes toward romance and sex. McBride’s analysis brings to life Lubitsch’s inventiveness and offers revealing insights into his working methods.

Rebekah Owens

Aimed at newcomers to literature and film, this book is a guide for the analysis of Shakespeare on film. Starting with an introduction to the main challenge faced by any director—the early-modern language—it presents case studies of the twelve films most often used in classroom teaching, including Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and

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After Uniqueness

Cinema in the Digital Age

A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation

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Erika Balsom

Nicholas Rombes Cinema in the Digital Age REVISED EDITION

Nicholas Rombes

After Uniqueness traces the ambivalence of reproducibility through the intersecting histories of experimental cinema and the moving image in art, examining how artists, filmmakers, and theorists have found in the copy a utopian promise or a dangerous inauthenticity—or both at once. $35.00 / £27.95 paper 978-0-231-17693-4 $105.00 / £87.95 cloth 978-0-231-17692-7 2017 312 pages 27 illus.

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Have digital technologies transformed cinema into a new art, or do they simply replicate and mimic analogue, film-based cinema? Newly revised and expanded to take the latest developments into account, Cinema in the Digital Age examines the fate of cinema in the wake of the digital revolution. Rombes examines how certain digital films are interested not in digital purity but rather in imperfection and mistakes that remind viewers of the human behind the camera. $30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-16755-0 $90.00 / £74.95 cloth 978-0-231-16754-3 2017 280 pages


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After the American Century

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We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think Selected Essays Shirley Hazzard and Brigitta Olubas

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Dark Ecology

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Planetary Modernisms

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The Fate of Ideas

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Data Love

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No Country

Working-Class Writing in the Age of Globalization Sonali Perera

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