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Dear Friends: as you all know, Helen tartar was tragically killed on March 3, 2014. the academic community has lost a legendary editor and fierce champion of the humanities. Helen was one of the most passionate and dedicated editors that i have ever worked with, and i feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her for the past five years and to collaborate with her on transforming Fordham university Press into one of the leading scholarly presses in the united states. i was in awe of her tireless commitment to enhancing scholarship in the humanities and across academic disciplines, and her ability to attract a devoted group of authors. When i think of Helen, i think of words. Helen loved words and putting them together and creating beautiful, thoughtful sentences. i thought about her love of words when immediately following the announcement of her death i was inundated with an outpouring of affection, kindness, and generosity from all her “children” (as she frequently referred to her authors) — friends, colleagues, and acquaintances who responded to the shocking news with words. they felt the need to describe their connection to Helen with words as a way to capture her essence, her importance, and her genius. she helped them become writers; she shaped their words. she would have loved that the reaction to loss, sadness, shock, and disbelief came in the form of words. Helen created a community, and her work will live on through that community and the many books she has published and in the many more books that will be published by members of that community inspired by Helen’s words. i’ll end with this: on a cold and dreary February morning, possibly on a day after one of Fordham’s many recent snow closings, i came into my office to find an eileen Fisher bag on my desk. inside, folded in tissue paper with a Post-it note from Helen that read, “Hope this will be useful.” inside, i found a beautiful hand-knitted scarf. My day brightened. thank you, Helen. We will miss your intelligence, passion, and thoughtfulness. sincerely, Fredric nachbaur Director

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John ashbery, Acrobats, (detail), c. 1972, collage, 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, courtesy tibor de nagy Gallery, new York.

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“Sal Basile’s conversational style and knack for turning a phrase make Cool a brisk and delightful read.” — Christo p her Diet riCh, Fordham University


How Air Conditioning Changed Everything Sa lvatore B aSile 288 pages • 80 period illustrations 978-0-8232-6176-5 • Cloth • $29.95 (01), £19.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available S EPT EmbEr H iSTo ry | A mE riCAn STudiE S

It’s a contraption that makes the lists of “Greatest Inventions Ever”; at the same time, it’s accused of causing global disaster. It has changed everything from architecture to people’s food habits to their voting patterns, to even the way big business washes its windows. It has saved countless lives . . . while causing countless deaths. Most of us are glad it’s there. But we don’t know how, or when, it got there. It’s air conditioning. For thousands of years, humankind attempted to do something about the slow torture of hot weather. Everything was tried: water power, slave power, electric power, ice made from steam engines and cold air made from deadly chemicals, “zephyrifers,” refrigerated beds, ventilation amateurs and professional air-sniffers. It wasn’t until 1902 when an engineer barely out of college developed the “Apparatus for Treating Air”—a machine that could actually cool the indoors—and everyone assumed it would instantly change the world. That wasn’t the case. There was a time when people “ignored” hot weather while reading each day’s list of heat-related deaths, women wore furs in the summertime, heatstroke victims were treated with bloodletting . . . and the notion of a machine to cool the air was considered preposterous, even sinful. The story of air conditioning is actually two stories: the struggle to perfect a cooling device, and the effort to convince people that they actually needed such a thing. With a cast of characters ranging from Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Nixon to Felix the Cat, Cool showcases the myriad reactions to air conditioning— some of them dramatic, many others comical and wonderfully inconsistent—as it was developed and presented to the world. Here is a unique perspective on air conditioning’s fascinating history: how we rely so completely on it today, and how it might change radically tomorrow. Salvatore BaSile was educated at the Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School and began his career as a professional musician. After penning various music-related articles, he entered the field of social commentary with his history Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Fordham).

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“A wonderful book. Thoroughly enjoyable.” — Christ in e paw ley, University of wisconsin–Madison

“A deeply researched, well-written, and solid contribution to library history literature that will interest not only members of the library profession but also scholars and students of intellectual, cultural, social, urban, and print culture history whose own research has been heavily influenced by the rich collections Glynn discusses.” —wayn e w iega n D, professor of library and information studies emeritus, Florida state University

Reading Publics

New York City’s Public Libraries, 1754–1911 tom G lynn 400 pages • 15 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-6264-9 • Cloth • $35.00 (01), £22.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available Empire State Editions n ovEmbEr H iSTory | n Ew york

On May 11, 1911, the New York Public Library opened its “marble palace for book lovers” on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. This was the city’s first public library in the modern sense, a tax-supported, circulating collection free to every citizen. Since before the Revolution, however, New York’s reading publics had access to a range of “public libraries” as the term was understood by contemporaries. In its most basic sense a public library in the eighteenth and most of the nineteenth centuries simply meant a shared collection of books that was available to the general public and promoted the public good. From the founding in 1754 of the New York Society Library up to 1911, public libraries took a variety of forms. Some of them were free, charitable institutions, while others required a membership or an annual subscription. Some, such as the Biblical Library of the American Bible Society, were highly specialized; others, like the Astor Library, developed extensive, inclusive collections. What all the public libraries of this period had in common, at least ostensibly, was the conviction that good books helped ensure a productive, virtuous, orderly republic—that good reading promoted the public good. Tom Glynn’s vivid, deeply researched history of New York City’s public libraries over the course of more than a century and a half illuminates how the public and private functions of reading changed over time and how shared collections of books could serve both public and private ends. Reading Publics examines how books and reading helped construct social identities and how print functioned within and across groups, including but not limited to socioeconomic classes. The author offers an accessible while scholarly exploration of how republican and liberal values, shifting understandings of “public” and “private,” and the debate over fiction influenced the development and character of New York City’s public libraries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Reading Publics is an important contribution to the social and cultural history of New York City that firmly places the city’s early public libraries within the history of reading and print culture in the United States. is a librarian at Rutgers University, where he is the selector and liaison for British and American history, the history of science, American studies, and political science.

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“I can’t imagine any specialist in the field not finding this book a worthy addition to the literature. It’s a pleasure to read.” — p hillip lo pat e, author of Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan

Walking New York

Reflections of American Writers from Walt Whitman to Teju Cole St ephe n mille r

It’s no wonder that New York has always been a magnet city for writers. Manhattan is one of the most walkable cities in the world. While many novelists, poets, and essayists have enjoyed long walks in New York, not all of them have had favorable impressions. Addressing an endlessly appealing subject, Walking New York is a study of twelve American writers and several British writers who walked the streets of New York and wrote about their impressions of the city in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Seen through the eyes of Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, William Dean Howells, Jacob Riis, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, James Weldon Johnson, Alfred Kazin, Elizabeth Hardwick, Colson Whitehead, and Teju Cole, almost all the works in Walking New York are about Manhattan, with only Whitman and Kazin writing about Brooklyn. Though the writers were often irritated, disturbed, and occasionally shocked by what they saw on their walks, they were still fascinated by the city William Dean Howells called “splendidly and sordidly commercial” and Cynthia Ozick called “faithfully inconstant, magnetic, man-made, unnatural—the synthetic sublime.” In this idiosyncratic guidebook to New York, celebrated writers ruminate on questions that are still hotly debated to this day: the pros and cons of capitalism and the impact of immigration. Many imply that New York is a bewildering text that is hard to make sense of. Returning to New York after an absence of two decades, Henry James loathed many things about “bristling” New York, while native New Yorker Walt Whitman both celebrated and criticized “Mannahatta” in his writings. Combining literary scholarship with urban studies, Walking New York reveals how this crowded, dirty, noisy, and sometimes ugly city gave these “restless analysts” plenty of fodder for their craft. Ste phe n miller is a freelance writer and the author of five books. His articles on literary, political, and cultural questions have appeared in many journals in the United States and Great Britain, including the American Scholar, the Times Literary Supplement, Partisan Review, and Sewanee Review, among others. He has an M.A. in English from Yale and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Rutgers.

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“Kostelanetz tells a great neighborhood story as important for understanding the past as for reinventing the future. Those thinking about New York City— the avant-garde, architectural preservation, urban planning, and American utopias—will find it rich and provocative.” — Ja n e MU sha b aC, co-author of A Short and Remarkable history of new york City, a “best of the best” of the american association of University presses

“. . . Like the neighborhood it describes, Kostelanetz’s cheerfully episodic book is full of odd corners, secret alleys and sudden vistas.” —Publ iS h eR S W eek ly, on the first edition

Artists’ SoHo

50 Episodes of Intimate History r ic ha rd KoSte lan etz 288 pages • 20 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-6282-3 • Paper • $25.00 (01), £15.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available Empire State Editions n ovEmbEr H iSTory | n Ew york

During the 1960s and 1970s in New York City, young artists exploited an industrial wasteland to create spacious studios where they lived and worked, redefining the Manhattan area just south of Houston Street. Its use fueled not by city planning schemes but by word-of-mouth recommendations, the area soon grew to become a world-class center for artistic creation—indeed, the largest urban artists’ colony ever in America, let alone the world. Richard Kostelanetz’s Artists’ SoHo not only examines why the artists came and how they accomplished what they did but also delves into the lives and works of some of the most creative personalities who lived there during that period, including Nam June Paik, Robert Wilson, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Hannah Wilke, George Macuinas, and Alan Suicide. Gallerists followed the artists in fashioning themselves, their homes, their buildings, and even their streets into transiently prominent exhibition and performance spaces. SoHo pioneer Richard Kostelanetz’s extensively researched intimate history is framed within a personal memoir that unearths myriad perspectives: social and cultural history, the changing rules for residency and ownership, the ethos of the community, the physical layouts of the lofts, the types of art produced, venues that opened and closed, the daily rhythm, and the gradual invasion of “new people.” Artists’ SoHo also explores how and why this fertile bohemia couldn’t last forever. As wealthier people paid higher prices, galleries left, younger artists settled elsewhere, and the neighborhood became a “SoHo Mall” of trendy stores and restaurants. Compelling and often humorous, Artists’ SoHo provides an analysis of a remarkable neighborhood that transformed the art and culture of New York City over the past five decades. richard KoSte lane tz is a critical cultural historian and literary artist who has been active in New York arts for more than five decades. He moved to SoHo just as it was being developed by the arts community and his loft studio home—aptly named Wordship—became legendary. Now residing along the L-Train in FarEast BushWick, he is a rare living witness to the life and times of New York City’s artistic neighborhoods.


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From a Nickel to a Token The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA a nd r ew J. SparB e rG 400 pages • 150 b/w illustrations • 7 × 10 978-0-8232-6190-1 • Cloth • $35.00 (01), £22.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available Empire State Editions o C TobEr T rA n S PorTAT ion | nE w york | HiSTory

Streetcars “are as dead as sailing ships,” said Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in a radio speech, two days before Madison Avenue’s streetcars yielded to buses. LaGuardia was determined to eliminate streetcars, demolish pre-1900 elevated lines, and unify the subway system, a goal that became reality in 1940 when the separate IRT, BMT, and IND became one giant system under full public control. In this fascinating micro-history of New York’s transit system, Andrew Sparberg examines twenty specific events between 1940 and 1968, bookended by subway unification and the MTA’s creation. From a Nickel to a Token depicts a potpourri of well-remembered, partially forgotten, and totally obscure happenings drawn from the historical tapestry of New York mass transit. Sparberg deftly captures five boroughs of grit, chaos, and emotion grappling with a massive and unwieldy transit system. During these decades, the system morphed into today’s familiar network. The public sector absorbed most private surface lines operating within the five boroughs, and buses completely replaced streetcars. Elevated lines were demolished, replaced by subways or, along Manhattan’s Third Avenue, not at all. Beyond the unification of the IND, IRT, and BMT, strategic track connections were built between lines to allow a more flexible and unified operation. The oldest subway routes received muchneeded rehabilitation. Thousands of new subway cars and buses were purchased. The sacred nickel fare barrier was broken, and by 1968 a ride cost twenty cents. From LaGuardia to Lindsay, mayors devoted much energy to solving transit problems, keeping fares low, and appeasing voters, fellow elected officials, transit management, and labor leaders. Simultaneously, American society was experiencing tumultuous times, manifested by labor disputes, economic pressures, and civil rights protests. Featuring many photos never before published, From a Nickel to a Token is a historical trip back in time to a multitude of important events. has spent forty years in the transportation field, starting at Tri-State Regional Planning Commission, and then for twenty-five years at the Long Island Railroad. Since retiring from the LIRR he has worked on transportation’s academic side, most recently at St. John’s University and the City University of New York. He served as an associate editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City, contributing numerous articles to that publication. He was technical editor of Long Island Rail Road, a 2007 history by well-known author Stan Fischler. For more than twenty years, Mr. Sparberg has conducted tours as a volunteer for the New York Transit Museum. andre w J. SparBe rG

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“Mark Bulik’s The Sons of Molly Maguire is a superb work of scholarship. Focused on origins, this work situates the Irish emergence and American persistence of the Molly Maguires in all of their considerable complexity, while likewise ably revealing not only the crucial developments of the 1870s that have embedded the Mollies in American memory but also the factors contributing to the Mollies’ continuing legacy extending into the present.” — Ja Mes p. lea ry, University of wisconsin

The Sons of Molly Maguire The Irish Roots of America’s First Labor War ma r K Buli K 352 pages • 8 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-6223-6 • Cloth • $39.95 (01), £25.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available JA n uA ry H iSTo ry


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Sensational tales of true-life crime, the devastation of the Irish potato famine, the upheaval of the Civil War, and the turbulent emergence of the American labor movement are connected in a captivating exploration of the roots of the Molly Maguires. A secret society of peasant assassins in Ireland that re-emerged in Pennsylvania’s hard-coal region, the Mollies organized strikes, murdered mine bosses, and fought the Civil War draft. Their shadowy twelve-year duel with allpowerful coal companies marked the beginning of class warfare in America. But little has been written about the origins of this struggle and the folk culture that informed everything about the Mollies. A rare book about the birth of the secret society, The Sons of Molly Maguire delves into the lost world of peasant Ireland to uncover the astonishing links between the folk justice of the Mollies and the folk drama of the Mummers, who performed a holiday play that always ended in a mock killing. The link not only explains much about Ireland’s Molly Maguires—where the name came from, why the killers wore women’s clothing, why they struck around holidays—but also sheds new light on the Mollies’ re-emergence in Pennsylvania. The book follows the Irish to the anthracite region, which was transformed into another Ulster by ethnic, religious, political, and economic conflicts. It charts the rise there of an Irish secret society and a particularly political form of Mummery just before the Civil War, shows why Molly violence was resurrected amid wartime strikes and conscription, and explores how the cradle of the American Mollies became a bastion of later labor activism. Combining sweeping history with an intensely local focus, The Sons of Molly Maguire is the captivating story of when, where, how, and why the first of America’s labor wars began. marK Bu liK is an assistant news editor at the New York Times. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives with his wife and two children in West Caldwell, New Jersey.

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The Peacock and Beauty in Art edited by B artholomew F. Bland and laura l. vooKle S 200 pages • 150 color illustrations • 9½ × 13 978-0-943651-45-3 • Paper • $35.00 (01), £22.99 o C TobEr A rT Co -PubLiS H Ed wiTH THE HudSon rivE r muSE um

Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art explores our fascination with that most glamorous of birds. The peacock, strutting in its sapphire-blue and emerald-green plumage, symbolizes all things vain and beautiful in centuries of painting and sculpture, in books, and on clothes that swirl and shine like the iridescent bird itself. Intrigued by the exotic art of Asia that prized and portrayed the peacock and its trail of an emblazoned train of feathers, Western artists in the 1890s chose the bird as a symbol of design on their canvases and for objects in the home. Though striking Gilded Age peacock imagery escalated in fin-de-siècle French Art Nouveau and the Art Deco of the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression of 1929 quelled the idea of beauty for its own sake; art now needed to be more than beautiful— it should serve, first, the social good. While in the aftermath of the Depression and a world war Americans of the ’50s looked, again, for luxury, modernism gave rise to the ethos “Less is more.” The peacock’s profile changed once more, this time into a symbol of drama and decadence. Today, as the contemporary art world renews its embrace of visual beauty, the peacock in form, color, and association resurges. The first major scholarly examination of the peacock in visual arts in the United States, England, and France, from the nineteenth century’s Gilded Age to today, Strut, organized by the Hudson River Museum, has assembled paintings and decorative arts from museums and private collections throughout the United States. Contributing essays to the catalog Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art by Bartholomew F. Bland; Penelope Fritzer; Kirsten M. Jensen; Melissa J. Martens; Ellen E. Roberts; and Laura L. Vookles. Bartholome w F. Bland is Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Hudson River Museum. Among the exhibitions with accompanying catalogs he has organized for the museum are “Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900–1940”; “The Panoramic River: The Hudson and the Thames”; “Sylvia Sleigh: Invitation to a Voyage”; “Whitfield Lovell: All Things in Time”; “Red Grooms: In the Studio”; and “I Want Candy: The Sweet Stuff in American Art.” He has organized interpretive projects for the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, the Ronchini Gallery in London, and the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida. lau ra l. vooKleS is Chief Curator of Collections at the Hudson River Museum. For the museum she has curated exhibitions and accompanying catalogs that include “The Panoramic River: The Hudson and the Thames”; “The Old Croton Aqueduct: Rural Resources Meet Urban Needs”; “Next Stop Westchester! People and the Railroad”; “Westchester: The American Suburb”; “Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture”; and “Paintbox Leaves: Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to Wyeth.”

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“This is an excellent volume, written with clarity, precision, and deep feeling for a better understanding of the sacred character of animal beings within the wider natural world.” — Ma rk wa llaCe, swarthmore College


Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology edited by Stephen d. moore foreword by lau re l Ke arn S 392 pages • 6 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-6320-2 • Paper • $33.00 (01), £21.99 978-0-8232-6319-6 • Cloth • $110.00 (06), £72.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia S EPT EmbEr T H Eo Lo gy | AnimAL STudiE S

A turn to the animal is underway in the humanities, most obviously in such fields as philosophy, literary studies, cultural studies, and religious studies. One important catalyst for this development has been the remarkable body of animal theory issuing from such thinkers as Jacques Derrida and Donna Haraway. What might the resulting interdisciplinary field, commonly termed animality studies, mean for theology, biblical studies, and other cognate disciplines? Is it possible to move from animal theory to creaturely theology? This volume is the first full-length attempt to grapple centrally with these questions. It attempts to triangulate philosophical and theoretical reflections on animality and humanity with theological reflections on divinity. If the animal– human distinction is being rethought and retheorized as never before, then the animal–human–divine distinctions need to be rethought, retheorized, and retheologized along with it. This is the task that the multidisciplinary team of theologians, biblical scholars, philosophers, and historians assembled in this volume collectively undertakes. They do so frequently with recourse to Derrida’s animal philosophy and also with recourse to an eclectic range of other relevant thinkers, such as Haraway, Giorgio Agamben, Emmanuel Levinas, Gloria Anzaldúa, Hélène Cixous, A. N. Whitehead, and Lynn White Jr. The result is a volume that will be essential reading for religious studies audiences interested in ecological issues, animality studies, and posthumanism, as well as for animality studies audiences interested in how constructions of the divine have informed constructions of the nonhuman animal through history. contriButorS: An Yountae, Denise Kimber Buell, Jacob J. Erickson, Laura Hobgood-Oster, Laurel Kearns, Jennifer L. Koosed, Beatrice Marovich, Glen A. Mazis, Jay McDaniel, Peter Anthony Mena, Eric Daryl Meyer, Stephen D. Moore, Erika Murphy, Kate Rigby, Matthew T. Riley, Terra S. Rowe, Robert Paul Seesengood, J. Aaron Simmons, Ken Stone Ste phe n d. moore is Professor of New Testament Studies in the Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion of Drew University. The most recent of his many books is The Invention of the Biblical Scholar: A Critical Manifesto, with Yvonne Sherwood. laurel Ke arnS is Associate Professor of Sociology of Religion and Environmental Studies in the Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion of Drew University. She is the co-editor of Ecospirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth (Fordham).


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Maps for a Fiesta

A Latina/o Perspective on Knowledge and the Global Crisis ot to maduro introduction by eduardo me n dieta

What can theology offer in the context of neoliberalism, globalization, growing inequality, and an ever more ecologically precarious planet that disproportionately affects the poor? This book, by one of the country’s best-known Latino theologians, explores possibilities for liberation from the forces that would impose certain forms of knowledge on our social world to manipulate our experience of identity, power, and justice. Beautifully written in a refreshingly direct and accessible prose, Maduro’s book is nevertheless built upon subtly articulated critiques and insights. But to write a conventional academic tractatus would have run counter to Maduro’s project, which is built on his argument that ignorance is masked in the language of expertise, while true knowledge is dismissed because it is sometimes articulated in pedestrian language by those who produce it through the praxis of solidarity and struggle for social justice. With a generosity and receptivity to his readers reminiscent of letters between old friends, and with the pointed but questioning wisdom of a teller of parables, Maduro has woven together a twenty-first-century reply to Marx’s “Theses on Feuerbach.” Neither conventional monograph nor memoir, neither a theological nor a political tract, but with elements of all of these, Maps for a Fiesta arrives as Maduro’s philosophical and theological testament—one that celebrates the knowledge-work and justice-making of the poor. What Maduro offers here is a profound meditation on the relationship between knowledge and justice that could be read as a manifesto against the putatively unknowable world that capitalist chaos has made, in favor of a world that is known by the measure of its collective justice. His fiesta grants us the joy that nourishes us in our struggles, just as knowledge gives us the tools to build a more just society. What Maduro offers is nothing less than an epistemology of liberation. otto maduro (1945–2013) was Professor of World Christianity at Drew University. His life’s work includes more than one hundred articles published in a dozen languages on five continents, and five books in five languages. Involved in Latin American theology since its inception, Maduro was the first Hispanic president of the American Academy of Religion. e duardo me ndieta

is Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University.

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“Veena Das is one of the most deservedly celebrated and widely read anthropologists in the world today. Her work reaches across disciplinary lines, engaging the interests of philosophers, social scientists, cultural theorists, and scholars in gender studies, performance studies, postcolonial studies, and crosscultural psychology. The essays in this volume testify both to her eclecticism and her ethic of responsiveness to others. In groundbreaking analyses of ‘critical events’ (such as the Bhopal disaster of 1985) and of refugee ‘woundedness,’ memory, and pain, and in theoretical arguments for an anthropology of ‘life itself’ based on ‘the descent into the ordinary,’ Veena Das has demonstrated how ethnographic praxis implies a demanding humanism in which one places one’s own identity and security on the line in order to achieve a deep engagement with what is at stake for the other without, however, forfeiting one’s own critical voice and vision.” — MiCha el JaCkso n , author of The Wherewithal of life: ethics, Migration, and the Question of Well-being

Wording the World

Veena Das and Scenes of Inheritance edited by roma chatte rJi 608 pages • 51 b/w illustrations • 7 × 10 978-0-8232-6186-4 • Paper • $40.00 (01), £25.99 978-0-8232-6185-7 • Cloth • $125.00 (06), £81.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Forms of Living o C TobEr A nT H ro Po Logy

The essays in this book explore the critical possibilities that have been opened by Veena Das’s work. Taking off from her writing on pain as a call for acknowledgment, several essays explore how social sciences render pain, suffering, and the claims of the other as part of an ethics of responsibility. They search for disciplinary resources to contest the implicit division between those whose pain receives attention and those whose pain is seen as out of sync with the times and hence written out of the historical record. Another theme is the co-constitution of the event and the everyday, especially in the context of violence. Das’s groundbreaking formulation of the everyday provides a frame for understanding how both violence and healing might grow out of it. Drawing on notions of life and voice and the struggle to write one’s own narrative, the contributors provide rich ethnographies of what it is to inhabit a devastated world. Ethics as a form of attentiveness to the other, especially in the context of poverty, deprivation, and the corrosion of everyday life, appears in several of the essays. They take up the classic themes of kinship and obligation but give them entirely new meaning. Finally, anthropology’s affinities with the literary are reflected in a final set of essays that show how forms of knowing in art and in anthropology are related through work with painters, performance artists, and writers. contriButorS: Yasmeen Arif, Pratiksha Baxi, Rita Brara, Andrew Brandel, Lotte Buch Segal, Roma Chatterji, Sangeeta Chattoo, Veena Das, Aaron Goodfellow, Clara Han, Naveeda Khan, Ein Lall, Deepak Mehta, Sameena Mulla, Anand Pandian, Sylvain Perdigon, Don Selby, Bhrigupati Singh, Mani Shekhar Singh roma chatterJ i is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. Her most recent books are Speaking with Pictures: Folklore and the Narrative Imagination in India and, with Deepak Mehta, Living with Violence: An Anthropology of Events and Everyday Life.


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“Reading Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty is like observing a master at work. [This is a] formidable piece of scholarship immersed in more than a decade of ethnographic engagement etched in stunningly crafted anthropological prose. This longitudinal immersion in the everyday lives of urban poor produces a tender and intimate account without lapsing into unwitting sentimentality. An ethnographic and theoretical tour de force!” —a Dit ya b ha ra Dwa J, the graduate institute, geneva


Health, Disease, Poverty veena daS 272 pages • 8 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-6181-9 • Paper • $26.00 (01), £16.99 978-0-8232-6180-2 • Cloth • $85.00 (06), £55.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Forms of Living JA n uA ry A nT H ro Po Lo gy | mE diCinE | bioE THiCS | SoCioLogy

Affliction inaugurates a novel way of understanding the trajectories of health and disease in the context of poverty. Focusing on low-income neighborhoods in Delhi, it stitches together three different sets of issues. First, it examines the different trajectories of illness: What are the circumstances under which illness is absorbed within the normal and when does it exceed the normal—putting resources, relationships, and even one’s world into jeopardy? A second set of issues involves how different healers understand their own practices. The astonishing range of practitioners found in the local markets in the poor neighborhoods of Delhi shows how the magical and the technical are knotted together in the therapeutic experience of healers and patients. The book asks: What is expert knowledge? What is it that the practitioner knows and what does the patient know? How are these different forms of knowledge brought together in the clinical encounter, broadly defined? How does this event of everyday life bear the traces of larger policies at the national and global levels? Finally, the book interrogates the models of disease prevalence and global programming that emphasize surveillance over care and deflect attention away from the specificities of local worlds. Yet the analysis offered retains an openness to different ways of conceptualizing “what is happening” and stimulates a conversation between different disciplinary orientations to health, disease, and poverty. Most studies of health and disease focus on the encounter between patient and practitioner within the space of the clinic. This book instead privileges the networks of relations, institutions, and knowledge over which the experience of illness is dispersed. Instead of thinking of illness as an event set apart from everyday life, it shows the texture of everyday life, the political economy of neighborhoods, as well as the dark side of care. It helps us see how illness is bound by the contexts in which it occurs, while also showing how illness transcends these contexts to say something about the nature of everyday life and the making of subjects. vee na daS is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University. She is the author, most recently, of Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary and the co-editor of The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy.

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“Indispensable reading for any serious student of contemporary Latin American populism.” — ClaU Dio lo Mn itz, Columbia University

“I found this book spellbinding. It has a wildly original thesis (of ‘monumentalization’) to expound. It is staggeringly erudite in terms of Venezuelan history. And it has a marvelously relaxed writing style—ironic, easy, witty, and rounded. Like a mature wine composed of various blends, it brings wonderfully well-wrought ideas to the reader’s attention, and while it seems to bear the gravitas of a life’s work assiduously distilled, it retains the sparkle of fresh discoveries. Rarely have anthropology and history, events and theory, been so beautifully entwined as here, not to mention the shocking relevance of the past to the present. I know of no publication like this.” — MiCha el taU ssig, Columbia University

Dancing Jacobins

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Since independence from Spain, a trope has remained pervasive in Latin America’s republican imaginary: that of an endless antagonism pitting civilization against barbarism as irreconcilable poles within which a nation’s life unfolds. This book apprehends that trope not just as the phantasmatic projection of postcolonial elites fearful of the popular sectors but also as a symptom of a stubborn historical predicament: the cyclical insistence with which the subaltern populations menacingly return to the nation’s public spaces in the form of crowds. Focused on Venezuela but relevant to the rest of Latin America, Dancing Jacobins is a genealogical investigation of the intrinsically populist “monumental governmentality” that in response to this predicament began to take shape in that nation at the time of independence. Informed by a Bolivarian political theology, the nation’s representatives, or “dancing Jacobins,” recursively draw on the repertoire of busts, portraits, and equestrian statues of national heroes scattered across Venezuela in a montage of monuments and dancing—or universal and particular. They monumentalize themselves on the stage of the polity as a ponderously statuesque yet occasionally riotous reflection of the nation’s general will. To this day, the nervous oscillation between crowds and peoplehood intrinsic to this form of government has inflected the republic’s institutions and constructs, from the sovereign “people” to the nation’s heroic imaginary, its constitutional texts, representative figures, parliamentary structures, and, not least, its army. Through this movement of collection and dispersion, these institutions are at all times haunted and imbued from within by the crowds they otherwise set out to mold, enframe, and address. raFael Sánche z

teaches at Amsterdam University College.

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“Naas solidifies his singular place as our most brilliant and incisive scholar of Derrida’s work.” — J eFFrey n ea lo n , pennsylvania state University

“The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments is a striking tribute to the end of the world that was Derrida, and it lives up to the responsibility of carrying forward what remains.” — k elly o liver, vanderbilt University

The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments Jacques Derrida’s Final Seminar

The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments follows the remarkable itinerary of Jacques Derrida’s final seminar, “The Beast and the Sovereign” (2001–3), as the explicit themes of the seminar—namely, sovereignty and the question of the animal— come to be supplemented and interrupted by questions of death, mourning, survival, the archive, and, especially, the end of the world. The book begins with Derrida’s analyses, in the first year of the seminar, of the question of the animal in the context of his other published works on the same subject. It then follows Derrida through the second year of the seminar, presented in Paris from December 2002 to March 2003, as a very different tone begins to make itself heard, one that wavers between melancholy and an extraordinary lucidity with regard to the end. Focusing the entire year on just two works, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Martin Heidegger’s seminar of 1929–30, “The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics,” the seminar comes to be dominated by questions of the end of the world and of an originary violence that at once gives rise to and effaces all things. The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments follows Derrida as he responds from week to week to these emerging questions, as well as to important events unfolding around him, both world events—the aftermath of 9/11, the American invasion of Iraq—and more personal ones, from the death of Maurice Blanchot to intimations of his own death less than two years away. All this, the book concludes, makes this final seminar an absolutely unique work in Derrida’s corpus, one that both speaks of death as the end of the world and itself now testifies to that end—just one, though hardly the least, of its many teachable moments. michael naaS is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. His most recent books include Derrida from Now On and Miracle and Machine: Jacques Derrida and the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media (both Fordham).

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“A powerful reflection on our times, our condition, and the fate of our civilization, as revealed by the catastrophe of Fukushima.” — Fra n ço is ra FFo U l, louisiana state University

“Leave it to Jean-Luc Nancy to take an event like the Fukushima nuclear disaster and turn it into an occasion for rethinking the essence of capitalism, globalization, the fate of the Earth, and the future of democracy.” — MiCha el n aas, Depaul University

In this book, the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy examines the nature of catastrophes in the era of globalization and technology. Can a catastrophe be an isolated occurrence? Is there such a thing as a “natural” catastrophe when all of our technologies—nuclear energy, power supply, water supply—are necessarily implicated, drawing together the biological, social, economic, and political? Nancy examines these questions and more. Exclusive to this English edition are two interviews with Nancy conducted by Danielle Cohen-Levinas and Yuji Nishiyama and Yotetsu Tonaki. is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. Among the most recent of his many books to be published in English are Corpus; Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity; Noli me tangere: On the Raising of the Body; The Truth of Democracy; Adoration: The Deconstruction of Christianity II; Corpus II: Writings on Sexuality; and The Pleasure in Drawing (all Fordham).

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After Fukushima The Equivalence of Catastrophes

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charlotte mandell has translated more than thirty books, including two other books by Jean-Luc Nancy for Fordham University Press, Listening and The Fall of Sleep.

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Our contemporary challenge, according to Jean-Luc Nancy and Aurélien Barrau, is that a new world has stolen up on us. We no longer live in a world, but in worlds. We do not live in a universe anymore, but rather in a multiverse. We no longer create; we appropriate and montage. And we no longer build sovereign, hierarchical political institutions; we form local assemblies and networks of cross-national assemblages— and we do this at the same time as we form multinational corporations that no longer pay taxes to the state. In such a time, one of the world’s most eminent philosophers and an emerging astrophysicist return to the ancient art of cosmology. Nancy and Barrau’s work is a study of life, plural worlds, and what the authors call the struction or rebuilding of these worlds. Nancy and Barrau invite us on an uncharted walk into barely known worlds when an everyday French idiom, “What’s this world coming to?,” is used to question our conventional thinking about the world. We soon find ourselves living among heaps of odd bits and pieces that are amassing without any unifying force or center, living not only in a time of ruin and fragmentation but in one of rebuilding. Astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau articulates a major shift in the paradigm of contemporary physics from a universe to a multiverse. Meanwhile, Jean-Luc Nancy’s essay “Of Struction” is a contemporary comment on the project of deconstruction and French poststructuralist thought. Together Barrau and Nancy argue that contemporary thought has shifted from deconstruction to what they carefully call the struction of dis-order.

What’s These Worlds Coming To? J ean- luc nancy and auréli e n B arrau translated by traviS holloway and Flor mé chain foreword by david pettiGrew

is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. Among the most recent of his many books to be published in English are Corpus; Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity; Noli me tangere: On the Raising of the Body; The Truth of Democracy; Adoration: The Deconstruction of Christianity II; Corpus II: Writings on Sexuality; and The Pleasure in Drawing (all Fordham).

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works in the CNRS Laboratory for Subatomic Physics and Cosmology and is Professor of Physics at Joseph Fourier University.

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traviS holloway is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at SUNY–Stony Brook and a fellow in poetry at New York University. Flor méchain holds an M.A. in literary translation from the University of Paris VII and is a translator of English, Spanish, and French. david pe ttiG rew


is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State

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“What brings Communities in Fiction its true distinction is the facility and creativity with which Miller retrofits each of the major artifacts in his purview to his communal ‘reality testing.’ Communities in Fiction is a work utterly remarkable for its mastery, its erudition, its theoretical creativity, and its good sense. This wonderful volume is truly delightful.” — hen ry sU ssMa n , yale University

Communities in Fiction J. hill iS mi lle r

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Communities in Fiction reads six novels or stories (one each by Trollope, Hardy, Conrad, Woolf, Pynchon, and Cervantes) in the light of theories of community worked out (contradictorily) by Raymond Williams, Martin Heidegger, and JeanLuc Nancy. The book’s topic is the question of how communities or noncommunities are represented in fictional works. Such fictional communities help the reader understand real communities, including those in which the reader lives. As against the presumption that the trajectory in literature from Victorian to modern to postmodern is the story of a gradual loss of belief in the possibility of community, this book demonstrates that communities have always been presented in fiction as precarious and fractured. Moreover, the juxtaposition of Pynchon and Cervantes in the last chapter demonstrates that period characterizations are never to be trusted. All the features both thematic and formal that recent critics and theorists such as Fredric Jameson and many others have found to characterize postmodern fiction are already present in Cervantes’s wonderful early-seventeenth-century “Exemplary Story,” “The Dogs’ Colloquy.” All the themes and narrative devices of Western fiction from the beginning of the print era to the present were there at the beginning, in Cervantes. Most of all, however, Communities in Fiction looks in detail at its six fictions, striving to see just what they say, what stories they tell, and what narratological and rhetorical devices they use to say what they do say and to tell the stories they do tell. The book attempts to communicate to its readers the joy of reading these works and to argue for the exemplary insight they provide into what Heidegger called Mitsein— being together in communities that are always problematic and unstable. is UCI Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. Among his many books are For Derrida and Literature as Conduct (both Fordham). Miller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. He received the Modern Language Association Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award in 2005 and in 1986 was President of the MLA.

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“For more than twenty years, Jeff Williams has been one of the indispensable critics of the politics of American higher education, and one of the most reliable and perceptive commentators on the intellectual trajectory of cultural studies. Since taking over the minnesota review in the early 1990s (when he was what, maybe twenty years old?), he has also become something else: the most astute and rigorous interviewer in the business. No one has even attempted to perform the kind of interlocutor/archaeologist role Jeff has defined for himself—and I am not sure anyone could. Every essay here, and every interview, offers an invaluable demonstration of how to be a responsible, engaged, and organic intellectual.” — MiCha el b érU b é, Director, institute for the arts and humanities, pennsylvania state University

How to Be an Intellectual Essays on Criticism, Culture, and the University J eF F r ey J. wi lliamS 232 pages 978-0-8232-6381-3 • Paper • $27.00 (01), £17.99 978-0-8232-6380-6 • Cloth • $95.00 (06), £62.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available S EPT EmbEr LiT ErAT urE | EduCATion

Over the past decade, Jeffrey J. Williams has been one of the most perceptive observers of contemporary literary and cultural studies. He has also been a shrewd analyst of the state of American higher education. How to Be an Intellectual brings together noted and new essays and exemplifies Williams’s effort to bring criticism to a wider public. How to Be an Intellectual profiles a number of critics, drawing on a unique series of interviews that give an inside look at their work and careers. The book often looks at critical thought from surprising angles, examining, for instance, the history of modern American criticism in terms of its keywords as they morphed from sound to rigorous to smart. It also puts in plain language the political travesty of highereducation policies that produce student debt, which, as Williams demonstrates, all too readily follow the model of colonial indenture, not just as a metaphor but in actual point of fact. How to Be an Intellectual tells a story of intellectual life since the culture wars. Shedding academic obscurity and calling for a better critical writing, it reflects on what makes the critic and intellectual—the accidents of careers, the trends in thought, the institutions that shape us, and politics. It also includes personal views of living and working with books. has published widely on criticism, the novel, and the politics of higher education, in Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, LARB, Salon, and VLS, as well as in major academic journals. He is one of the editors of the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. He also served as editor of the minnesota review from 1992 to 2010. He is Professor of English and of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.

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The Helmholtz Curves Tracing Lost Time

h e nninG S ch midGen, translated by n i l S F. S chot t

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This book reconstructs the emergence of the phenomenon of “lost time” by engaging with two of the most significant time experts of the nineteenth century: the German physiologist Hermann von Helmholtz and the French writer Marcel Proust. Its starting point is the archival discovery of curve images that Helmholtz produced in the context of pathbreaking experiments on the temporality of the nervous system in 1851. With a “frog drawing machine,” Helmholtz established the temporal gap between stimulus and response that has remained a core issue in debates between neuroscientists and philosophers. When naming the recorded phenomena, Helmholtz introduced the term temps perdu, or lost time. Proust had excellent contacts with the biomedical world of late-nineteenth-century Paris, and he was familiar with this term and physiological tracing technologies behind it. Drawing on the machine philosophy of Deleuze, Schmidgen highlights the resemblance between the machinic assemblages and rhizomatic networks within which Helmholtz and Proust pursued their respective projects. henninG SchmidG en


is Professor of Media Studies at the Bauhaus University in Weimar,

ni lS F. Schott is the James M. Motley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University.

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Bruno Latour in Pieces

An Intellectual Biography

h e nninG S ch midGen, translated by G lori a cu Sta nce Bruno Latour stirs things up. Latour began as a lover of science and technology, co-founder of actor-network theory, and philosopher of a modernity that had “never been modern.” In the meantime he is regarded not just as one of the most intelligent—and also popular—exponents of science studies but also as a major innovator of the social sciences, an exemplary wanderer who walks the line between the sciences and the humanities. This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the Latourian oeuvre, from his early anthropological studies in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), to influential books like Laboratory Life and Science in Action, and his most recent reflections on an empirical metaphysics of “modes of existence.” In the course of this enquiry it becomes clear that the basic problem to which Latour’s work responds is that of social tradition, the transmission of experience and knowledge. What this empirical philosopher constantly grapples with is the complex relationship of knowledge, time, and culture. he nninG SchmidG en

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is Professor of Media Studies at the Bauhaus University in Weimar,

lives and works as a translator in Berlin.

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Cultural Techniques

Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real Ber nh ard Si e Ge rt translated by G eo F F rey winthrop-younG

In a crucial shift within posthumanistic media studies, Bernhard Siegert dissolves the concept of media into a network of operations that reproduce, displace, process, and reflect the distinctions fundamental for a given culture. Cultural Techniques aims to forget our traditional understanding of media so as to redefine the concept through something more fundamental than the empiricist study of a medium’s individual or collective uses or of its cultural semantics or aesthetics. Rather, Siegert seeks to relocate media and culture on a level where the distinctions between object and performance, matter and form, human and nonhuman, sign and channel, the symbolic and the real are still in the process of becoming. The result is to turn ontology into a domain of all that is meant in German by the word Kultur. Cultural techniques comprise not only self-referential symbolic practices like reading, writing, counting, or image-making. The analysis of artifacts as cultural techniques emphasizes their ontological status as “in-betweens,” shifting from firstorder to second-order techniques, from the technical to the artistic, from object to sign, from the natural to the cultural, from the operational to the representational. Cultural Techniques ranges from seafaring, drafting, and eating to the production of the sign-signaldistinction in old and new media, to the reproduction of anthropological difference, to the study of trompe-l’oeils, grids, registers, and doors. Throughout, Siegert addresses fundamental questions of how ontological distinctions can be replaced by chains of operations that process those alleged ontological distinctions within the ontic. Grounding posthumanist theory both historically and technically, this book opens up a crucial dialogue between new German media theory and American postcybernetic discourses. Bernhard SieG e rt is Gerd Bucerius Professsor of the History and Theory of Cultural Techniques at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar and Director of the International Research Center for Cultural Techniques and Media Philosophy at Weimar. Together with Friedrich Kittler, Norbert Bolz, and Wolfgang Coy, he is one of the pioneers of German media theory. He is the author of Relays: Literature as an Epoch of the Postal System. G eoFFrey winthrop-you nG is Professor of German at the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia.

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The Church of Greece under Axis Occupation pa nt e leymon anaStaSaKiS

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Axis forces (Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria) occupied Greece from 1941 to 1944. The unimaginable hardships caused by foreign occupation were compounded by the flight of the government days before enemy forces reached Athens. This national crisis forced the Church of Greece, an institution accustomed to playing a central political and social role during times of crisis, to fill the political vacuum. Led by Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens, the clergy sought to maintain the cultural, spiritual, and territorial integrity of the nation during this harrowing period. Circumstances forced the clergy to create a working relationship with the major political actors, including the Axis authorities, their Greek allies, and the growing armed resistance movements, especially the communist-led National Liberation Front. In so doing the church straddled a fine line between collaboration and resistance—individual clerics, for instance, negotiated with Axis authorities to gain small concessions, while simultaneously resisting policies deemed detrimental to the nation. Drawing on official archives—of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the British Foreign Office, the U.S. State Department, and the Greek Holy Synod—alongside an impressive breadth of published literature, this book provides a refreshingly nuanced account of the Greek clergy’s complex response to the Axis occupation of Greece during World War II. The author’s comprehensive portrait of the reaction of Damaskinos and his colleagues, including tensions and divisions within the clergy, provides a uniquely balanced exploration of the critical role they played during the occupation. It helps readers understand how and why traditional institutions such as the Church played a central social and political role in moments of social upheaval and distress. Indeed, as this book convincingly shows, the Church was the only institution capable of holding Greek society together during World War II. While The Church of Greece under Axis Occupation elucidates the significant differences between the Greek case and those of other territories in Axis-occupied Europe, it also offers fresh insight into the similarities. Greek clerics dealt with many of the same challenges clerics faced in other parts of Hitler’s empire, including exceptionally brutal reprisal policies, deprivation and hunger, and the complete collapse of the social and political order caused by years of enemy occupation. By examining these challenges, this illuminating new book is an important contribution not only to Greek historiography but also to the broader literatures on the Holocaust, collaboration and resistance during World War II, and church–state relations during times of crisis. pante ley mon anaStaSaKiS is an independent scholar who specializes in twentieth-century Balkan history, World War II, collaboration and resistance in times of war, and church–state relations.

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“Here is an informative and provocative collection of essays about Lincoln’s assassination and the place it occupies in American history and culture. The authors are not only in full command of their special approaches to the subject, but they fully command our interest and respect, as well. This is a must.” —w illia M ha n Chet t, author of The lincoln Murder Conspiracies

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“These essays offer concise versions of the latest and best scholarship on the Lincoln assassination and the trials of the conspirators, written by the foremost historians of these events. Of special interest are the varying perspectives on the legitimacy of the trial by a military court, which are relevant to the current debate over trial of accused terrorists by military courts.” — Ja Mes M. MCp herso n

“Once again, the Lincoln Forum has assembled some of the finest historians and most compelling historical writers, this time to produce a lively collection of essays that manages to challenge many of our assumptions about Lincoln’s assassination and the subsequent military trials of the conspirators. I learned a great deal from this volume and expect that every reader will come away with something new.” — Mat t hew p in sk er, author of lincoln’s Sanctuary:Abraham lincoln and the Soldiers’ home

The Lincoln Assassination Crime and Punishment, Myth and Memory A Lincoln Forum Book edited by harold holze r, c r aiG l. SymondS, and Fr a nK J. wi lliamS 256 pages • 56 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-6398-1 • Paper • $24.00 (01), £15.99 {Cloth available: 978-0-8232-3226-0} Simultaneous electronic edition available The North’s Civil War novEmbEr H iSTo ry

“A bonanza of penetrating, insightful, and thoughtful essays on multiple aspects of Lincoln’s assassination that will be warmly welcomed by scholars and amateurs alike.” —a n t ho n y s. p itCh, author of “They have killed Papa Dead!”: The Road to Ford’s Theatre, Abraham lincoln’s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance

contriButorS: Richard Nelson Current, Harold Holzer, Michael W. Kauffman, Elizabeth D. Leonard, Thomas P. Lowry, Richard Sloan, Edward Steers Jr., Craig L. Symonds, Thomas R. Turner, Frank J. Williams harold holzer , Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one of the nation’s leading authorities on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He served as co-chairman of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and has written, co-written, or edited thirty-five books.

is Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught courses on the American Civil War and naval history for thirty years. He is the author of twelve books, most recently Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War, which won the Barondess/Lincoln Prize, the Daniel and Marilyn Laney Prize, the John Lyman Book Award, and the Lincoln Prize in 2009. craiG l. Sy mondS

FranK J. williamS , a renowned Lincoln scholar, is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and author or editor of many books, including Judging Lincoln. He is chair of the Lincoln Forum.

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On the Edge of Freedom

The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820–1870 dav id G. Smit h

“David Smith’s On the Edge of Freedom is the most nuanced, detailed, and sophisticated study of the Underground Railroad in rural Pennsylvania that I have ever read. Based on a wide variety of primary sources, this study offers a series of fresh insights about how the fugitive crisis along the Mason-Dixon Line directly affected the wider national struggle over slavery and union.” — Mat t hew p in sk er, Dickinson College “On the Edge of Freedom is a thoroughly researched, informative, and engaging piece of scholarship.” —Th e C iVil WAR book ReVieW

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“Smith shows how antislavery activists in Pennsylvania engaged in a number of activities to assist fugitive slaves who entered Pennsylvania from Maryland and Virginia on their quest for freedom. . . Highly recommended.” —C h oiC e david G. Smith received his Ph.D. in American History from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006. He is a social historian of the Civil War period whose research centers on the intersection of war, societal conflict, and race. He currently works as a consultant to the Department of Defense.

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The Synagogues of New York’s Lower East Side A Retrospective and Contemporary View, 2nd Edition

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G erard r. wo lFe, photographs by Jo rené e Fine and no rman B orden, foreword by JoSeph BerGer “. . .This volume, which is illustrated with black and white photographs and has a foreword by the Times’s Joseph Berger, uses historic houses of worship as a prism to explore immigrant life and culture.” — sa M ro b erts, Th e N eW yoRk TiMeS 232 pages • 100 b/w illustrations • 9 × 8 978-0-8232-6385-1 • Paper • $22.00 (01), £13.99 {Cloth available: 978-0-8232-5000-4} Empire State Editions n ovEmbEr

“Wolfe, an architectural historian, unpeels layers of the past behind the congregations and their building. . . [An] excellent new edition.” —Th e JeW iS h W eek “This book stands as a loving tribute to Jewish life on the Lower East Side. It is filled with Wolfe’s erudite narrative and beautiful archival and contemporary photographs of synagogues, Jewish life, and the restoration projects.” —JeW iS h book Co uNCi l Gerard r. wolFe, ph.d. , is an architectural historian and former administrator and Professor of Romance Languages at New York University and at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Jo re né e Fine, ph.d. , is Director of Training and Content Development at Harris, Rothenberg


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“Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism is a powerful, remarkable book. It insightfully explores the nexus of punishment, disenfranchisement, and racism in the United States. Dilts calls on all of us to rethink our longstanding practice of felony disenfranchisement. His argument is subtle and thoroughly convincing. Written in an engaging and lucid style, it is truly a pleasure to read.” —aU st in sa rat, amherst College

Punishment and Inclusion

Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism a nd r ew di ltS

At the start of the twenty-first century, 1 percent of the U.S. population is behind bars. An additional 3 percent is on parole or probation. In all but two states, incarcerated felons cannot vote, and in three states felon disenfranchisement is for life. More than 5 million adult Americans cannot vote because of a felony-class criminal conviction, meaning that more than 2 percent of otherwise eligible voters are stripped of their political rights. Nationally, fully a third of the disenfranchised are African American, effectively disenfranchising 8 percent of all African Americans in the United States. In Alabama, Kentucky, and Florida, one in every five adult African Americans cannot vote. Punishment and Inclusion gives a theoretical and historical account of this pernicious practice of felon disenfranchisement, drawing widely on early modern political philosophy, continental and postcolonial political thought, critical race theory, feminist philosophy, disability theory, critical legal studies, and archival research into state constitutional conventions. It demonstrates that the history of felon disenfranchisement, rooted in postslavery restrictions on suffrage and the contemporaneous emergence of the modern “American” penal system, reveals the deep connections between two political institutions often thought to be separate, showing the work of membership done by the criminal punishment system and the work of punishment done by the electoral franchise. Felon disenfranchisement is a symptom of the resolved tension that persists in democratic politics between membership and punishment. This book shows how this tension is managed via the persistence of white supremacy in contemporary regimes of punishment and governance. is Assistant Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

andre w diltS

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“Jeremy Barris analyzes the philosophical paradoxes of commitment and belief with a view to extracting their general structure and offering real ideas about how to live with them, as we must in order to live together successfully in contemporary societies. This is a topical and timely analysis that moves beyond considering the philosophical problems of pluralism and relativism in the abstract to show how we might begin to deal with them here and now.” — paUl livin gsto n , University of new Mexico

“Students of philosophy and its history have long wondered how any useful knowledge can be obtained in a field where there is little but disagreement and discord. Jeremy Barris’s Sometimes Always True proposes a novel, insightful, and widely informed response to this conundrum.” — n iCho las resCher, University of pittsburgh

Sometimes Always True

Undogmatic Pluralism in Politics, Metaphysics, and Epistemology J er emy B arriS 288 pages 978-0-8232-6214-4 • Cloth • $55.00 (06), £36.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available o C TobEr PH iLoSoPH y | P oLiTiCAL THEory


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Sometimes Always True aims to resolve three connected problems. First, we need an undogmatic pluralist standpoint in political theory, metaphysics, and epistemology. But genuine pluralism suffers from the contradiction that making room for fundamental differences in outlook means making room for outlooks that exclude pluralism. Second, philosophy involves reflecting on the world and meaning as a whole, yet this means adopting a vantage point in some way outside of meaning. Third, our lived experience of the sense of our lives similarly undermines its own sense, as it involves having a vantage point in some way wholly outside ourselves. In detailed engagement with, among others, Davidson, Rorty, Heidegger, Foucault, Wilde, and gender and sexuality theory, the book argues that these contradictions are so thoroughgoing that, like the liar’s paradox, they cancel the bases of their own meaning. Consequently, it argues, they resolve themselves and do so in a way that produces a vantage point on these issues that is not dogmatically circular because it is, workably, both within and outside these issues’ sense. The solution to a genuinely undogmatic pluralism, then, is to enter into these contradictions and the process of their self-resolution. is Professor of Philosophy at Marshall University and author, most recently, of The Crane’s Walk: Plato, Pluralism, and the Inconstancy of Truth (Fordham).

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“An original and sensitive study that brings a Continental philosophical sensibility to the problem of loss—destitution, suffering, and bearing witness to catastrophe. Mugerauer explores the question ‘How can we deal with what befalls us in life?’” — Jaso n w irt h, seattle University

Much recent philosophical work proposes to illuminate dilemmas of human existence with reference to the arts and culture, often to the point of submitting particular works to preconceived formulations. In this examination of three texts that respond to loss, Robert Mugerauer responds with close, detailed readings that seek to clarify the particularity of the intense force such works bring forth. Mugerauer shows how, in the face of what is irrevocably taken away as well as of what continues to be given, the unavoidable task of interpretation is ours alone. Mugerauer examines works in three different forms that powerfully call on us to respond to loss: Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing, Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin, and Wim Wenders’s film Wings of Desire. Explicating these difficult but rich works with reference to the thought of Martin Heidegger, Jean-Luc Marion, Hannah Arendt, and Emmanuel Levinas, the author helps us to experience the multiple and diverse ways in which all of us are opened to the saturated phenomena of loss, violence, witnessing, and responsibility.

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roBert mu G erau e r is Professor and Dean Emeritus in the Departments of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington.

Heideggerian Reflections on Literature, Architecture, and Film r o Bert muGe raue r 208 pages 978-0-8232-6324-0 • Cloth • $45.00 (06), £29.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Perspectives in Continental Philosophy oCTobEr PH iLoSo PH y | ArCHiTECTurE | FiLm & THE ATE r | LiTE r AT ur E

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“Edward Baring and Peter Gordon are to be commended for assembling such a high-quality collection.” — sa Mir ha DDa D, Fordham University

“Edward Baring and Peter Gordon offer up to us an astonishingly fresh and vivid set of essays that not only cast new light on the work of the greatest philosophical provocateur of the late twentieth century but also provide food for reflecting today on the relations among violence, modernity, secularity, and religion.” —a lla n Megill, University of virginia

Derrida’s writings on the question of religion have played a crucial role in the transformation of scholarly debate across the globe. The Trace of God provides a compact introduction to this debate. It considers Derrida’s fraught relationship to Judaism and his Jewish identity, broaches the question of Derrida’s relation to the western Christian tradition, and examines both the points of contact and the silences in Derrida’s treatment of Islam. contriBu torS: Edward Baring, John D. Caputo, Joseph Cohen, Peter E. Gordon, Martin Hägglund, Sarah Hammerschlag, Richard Kearney, Ethan Kleinberg, Anne Norton, Hent de Vries, Raphael Zagury-Orly e dward BarinG is Assistant Professor of Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History at Drew University. He is the author of The Young Derrida.

The Trace of God Derrida and Religion

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peter e. G ordon is Amabel B. James Professor of History at Harvard University. Among his most recent books are Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos and Adorno and Existence (forthcoming).


“In Under the Gaze of the Bible, Chrétien opens up the depth and warming brilliance of the Word by finding how to appropriately address oneself to the Bible as a listener and doer of the Word, such as he has learned from Origen, Augustine, Aquinas, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Barth, von Balthsar, and others. He shows us how to engage the Divine Word, mind and heart, so as to understand and live Christian wisdom, joy, hope, and witness as have the great Christian masters. In the span of eight well-crafted chapters, Chrétien takes the reader on a journey through some key texts and themes of the Bible and draws upon some of the great thinkers of the Christian tradition. I enthusiastically recommend this book for its illuminating reading of the Word, for the wisdom it proffers, and for its surprising and delightful understanding of just what ‘reading the Word’ can and must entail.” — J o hn p. hit t in ger, University of st. thomas

Under the Gaze of the Bible J ean- lou iS chréti e n translated by Jo hn marS on du naway

Chrétien’s essays on reading sacred scripture are enriched by his immersion in the classics of ancient philosophy and theology, as well as his poetic sensibility. He is as likely to quote Claudel as Aquinas or Origen. His intimate acquaintance with Patristic writings combines with a sympathetic understanding of such Protestant sources as Luther, Calvin, and Barth to yield an admirably ecumenical perspective. The book’s title refers to James 1:23–24, which portrays the Word of God as a mirror into which one gazes. The concomitant notion of not only examining the text but also being examined by the Word is a fruitful one for learning how to be more fully nourished by one’s study of the Bible. is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne. His books in English translation include The Unforgettable and the Unhoped For, The Call and the Response, and Hand to Hand: Listening to the Work of Art (all Fordham). J ean-louiS chré tien

is Professor of French and Interdisciplinary Studies at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

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“From his earliest work, where the philosopher’s task was to ‘look at science through the optic of the artist, but also to look at art through the optic of life,’ to his final critiques of nihilism and the ascetic ideal for their inability to affirm or enhance life, Nietzsche’s thinking never strayed from the perspective of life. But what does Nietzsche mean by ‘life’? And what would it mean to affirm it? Rather than concede to the biological and evolutionary sciences the task of unlocking the secret codes of life, Vanessa Lemm brings together in this timely volume essays by an international array of leading Nietzsche scholars who examine from each of the three dominant approaches to Nietzsche interpretation—existentialist, naturalist, and poststructuralist—Nietzsche’s insight that the becoming of biological life is of the utmost normative significance to human beings.” —a la n D. sChriFt, F. wendell Miller professor of philosophy, grinnell College

“Vanessa Lemm is one of the most original Nietzsche scholars working today and an expert on a key aspect of Nietzsche’s thought: animal life. Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life presents original interpretations of Nietzsche’s works, addressing his conception of life from the observation point of topics such as naturalism, evolutionary biology, bodily experience, normativity, justice, and self-experimentation. It is a much welcome addition to Nietzsche studies.” — FeDeriCo lU iset t i, the University of north Carolina at Chapel hill

Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life edited by vaneSSa le mm

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Throughout his writing career Nietzsche advocated the affirmation of earthly life as a way to counteract nihilism and asceticism. This volume takes stock of the complexities and wide-ranging perspectives that Nietzsche brings to bear on the problem of life’s becoming on Earth by engaging various interpretative paradigms reaching from existentialist to Darwinist readings of Nietzsche. In an age in which the biological sciences claim to have unlocked the deepest secrets and codes of life, the essays in this volume propose a more skeptical view. Life is both what is closest and what is furthest from us, because life experiments through us as much as we experiment with it, because life keeps our thinking and our habits always moving, in a state of recurring nomadism. Nietzsche’s philosophy is perhaps the clearest expression of the antinomy contained in the idea of “studying” life and in the Socratic ideal of an “examined” life and remains a deep source of wisdom about living. contriButorS: Keith Ansell-Pearson, Babette Babich, Debra Bergoffen, Virginia Cano, Daniel D. Conway, Mónica B. Cragnolini, Mariana A. Cruz, Rainer J. Hanshe, Lawrence J. Hatab, Scott Jenkins, Vanessa Lemm, Donovan Miyasaki, Eduardo Nasser, Gary Shapiro, Herman W. Siemens, Tracy B. Strong, Dieter Thomä vaneSSa le mm is Professor in Philosophy at the School of Humanities and Languages of the University of New South Wales, Australia.


“Looney gives a general introduction to Jankélévitch’s thought, then goes on to provide an in-depth study of Jankélévitch’s book Forgiveness by comparing and contrasting it with thinkers such as Max Scheler, Nietzsche, Levinas, Derrida, Aristotle, and other prominent writers in moral thought.” —a n Drew k elley, bradley University

Vladimir Jankélévitch: The Time of Forgiveness traces the reflections of the French philosopher and musicologist Vladimir Jankélévitch on the conditions and temporality of forgiveness in relation to creation, history, and memory. The author demonstrates the influence of Jewish and Christian thought on Jankélévitch’s philosophy and compares his ideas about the gift character of forgiveness, the role of retributive emotions in conceptions of justice, and the limits of reason with those of Aristotle, Butler, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Scheler, Arendt, Derrida, Levinas, and Ricoeur. The Shoah was the pivotal historical event in Jankélévitch’s life. As this book shows, Jankélévitch’s question “Is forgiveness possible as a response to evil?” remains a potent philosophical conundrum today. Paradoxically, for Jankélévitch, evil is both the impetus and the obstacle to forgiveness. aaron t. loone y

teaches philosophy at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen.

Vladimir Jankélévitch The Time of Forgiveness a a r o n t. looney 368 pages 978-0-8232-6296-0 • Cloth • $65.00 (06), £42.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Perspectives in Continental Philosophy oCTobEr PH iLoSo PH y

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The Feminine Symptom Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos e m anu ela Bianchi

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The Feminine Symptom takes as its starting point the problem of female offspring for Aristotle: If form is transmitted by the male and the female provides only matter, how is a female child produced? Aristotle answers that there must be some fault or misstep in the process. This inexplicable but necessary coincidence—sumpt ma in Greek—defines the feminine symptom. Departing from the standard associations of male-activity-form and female-passivitymatter, Bianchi traces the operation of chance and spontaneity throughout Aristotle’s biology, physics, cosmology, and metaphysics and argues that it is not passive but aleatory matter— unpredictable, ungovernable, and acting against nature and teleology—that he continually allies with the feminine. Aristotle’s pervasive disparagement of the female as a mild form of monstrosity thus works to shore up his polemic against the aleatory and to consolidate patriarchal teleology in the face of atomism and Empedocleanism. Bianchi concludes by connecting her analysis to recent biological and materialist political thinking, and makes the case for a new, antiessentialist politics of aleatory feminism. emanue la Bianchi is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. She is the editor of Is Feminist Philosophy Philosophy?



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The Interval

Relation and Becoming in Irigaray, Aristotle, and Bergson r eBecca hill

“Ostensibly a book on Aristotle, Irigaray and Bergson, Hill’s profound meditation on the interval offers a rich and provocative argument regarding the very relation between temporality and being. Anyone interested in contemporary philosophy, including readers who want to experience the complexity of an insightful reading that charts its way between fidelity to authorial intention and conceptual complexity, should read and appreciate this timely text. This book should appeal to readers who are unfamiliar with the philosophy of Luce Irigaray or Bergson as much as to those who would benefit from the original interpretations and connections that Hill offers.” — Cla ire Ma ry Co leb ro o k , pennsylvania state University

“The interval is a force of dispersal or difference that is constitutive of identity: it is the necessity of relations between terms. Rebecca Hill has provided a powerful original analysis of the interval in thinking sexual difference and its implications for our thinking about space, time and identity.” 198 pages 978-0-8232-6273-1 • Paper • $22.00 (01), £13.99 {Cloth available: 978-0-8232-3724-1} Simultaneous electronic edition available n ovEmbEr


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Giorgio Agamben Beyond the Threshold of Deconstruction K ev in at t ell

304 pages 978-0-8232-6205-2 • Paper • $25.00 (01), £15.99 978-0-8232-6204-5 • Cloth • $70.00 (06), £46.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Commonalities oCTobEr

Agamben’s thought has been viewed as descending primarily from the work of Heidegger, Benjamin, and, more recently, Foucault. This book complicates and expands that constellation by showing how throughout his career Agamben has consistently and closely engaged (critically, sympathetically, polemically, and often implicitly) the work of Derrida as his chief contemporary interlocutor. The book begins by examining the development of Agamben’s key concepts—infancy, Voice, potentiality—from the 1960s to approximately 1990 and shows how these concepts consistently draw on and respond to specific texts and concepts of Derrida. The second part examines the political turn in Agamben’s and Derrida’s thinking from about 1990 onward, beginning with their investigations of sovereignty and violence and moving through their parallel treatments of juridical power, the relation between humans and animals, and finally messianism and the politics to come. K evin atte ll is Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University. He is the translator of The Open: Man and Animal and State of Exception and co-translator of The Signature of All Things by Giorgio Agamben.



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Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject i rvinG Go h

“A highly ambitious, theoretically engaged, and timely response to several strands in recent French philosophical and intellectual thought.” — p hilip a rMst ro n g, the ohio state University

This book proposes a theory of the reject, a more adequate figure than the subject for thinking friendship, love, community, democracy, the postsecular, and the posthuman. Through close readings of Nancy, Deleuze, Derrida, Cixous, Clément, Bataille, Balibar, Rancière, and Badiou, Goh shows how the reject has always been nascent in contemporary French thought. The recent turn to animals and bare life, as well as the rise of the Occupy movement, he argues, presents a special urgency to think the reject today. Thinking the reject most importantly helps to advance our commitment to affirm others without acculturating their differences. But the reject also offers, Goh proposes, a response finally commensurate with the radical horizon of Nancy’s question of who comes after the subject. 400 pages 978-0-8232-6269-4 • Paper • $28.00 (01), £17.99 978-0-8232-6268-7 • Cloth • $95.00 (06), £62.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Commonalities o C TobEr

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“God’s Mirror is a substantial contribution to twentieth-century French intellectual history, and more broadly to the history of Catholicism. The editors build on previous scholarship on Catholic intellectual life and political activism by highlighting the work of journalists, scholars, and artists who participated in the Catholic renewal of the mid–twentieth century.” —t ho Mas kselMa n , University of notre Dame

Gathering in one place a cohesive selection of articles that deepen our sense of the vitality and controversy within the Catholic renewal of the mid-twentieth century, God’s Mirror offers historical analysis of French Catholic intellectuals. This volume highlights the work of writers, thinkers and creative artists who have not always drawn the attention given to such luminaries as Maritain, Mounier, and Marcel. Organized around the typologies of renewal and engagement, editors Katherine Davies and Toby Garfitt provide a revisionist and interdisciplinary reading of the narrative of twentieth-century French Catholicism. Renewal and engagement are both manifestations of how the Catholic intellectual reflects and takes position on the relationship between the Church, personal faith and the world, and on the increasingly problematic relationship between intellectuals and the Magisterium. A majority of the writings are based on extensive research into published texts, with some occasional archival references, and they give critical insights into the tensions that characterized the theological and political concerns of their subjects.

God’s Mirror

Renewal and Engagement in French Catholic Intellectual Culture in the Mid-Twentieth Century edited by Kathe ri ne davie S and toBy GarFi tt 304 pages 978-0-8232-6237-3 • Cloth • $45.00 (06), £29.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available novEmbEr rELig io n


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contriBu torS: Katherine Davies, Toby Garfitt, Joseph Dunlop, Paul Gifford, Michael Kelly, Florence de Lussy, Brenna Moore, Anthony O’Mahony, Stephen Schloesser, Brian Sudlow Katherine davieS received her Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, where she served as a Lecturer. toBy G arFitt


is a Tutorial Fellow in Modern Languages at Magdalen College,


“Padilla’s constructive proposal of a theology of a passionate and exuberant God— the God of eros, desire, compassion, suffering, love, and self-transformation— will resonate deeply with contemporary readers of diverse religious persuasions. The book is a highly erudite and breathtakingly creative synthesis of classical theological works. It transforms and enriches our understanding of who God is in a way totally unexpected. It is no doubt one of the best books on God by the younger American theologians.” — p et er p ha n , georgetown University

“Brimming with laughter, subversion, and fiesta, Divine Enjoyment leads us with utter grace in a new theological dance. Attentive to the open wounds of human suffering precisely as open ends of a boundless passion, Elaine Padilla has with stunning lucidity and erudition opened a cosmos of erotic splendor, enjoyed by a God of utter permeability and care. Here—with the most sensitive polyamory—Aquinas, Whitehead, Maduro, Marion, and Althaus Reid form with her a carnivalesque ensemble, inviting philosophical theology to its own most vibrant becoming.” — Cat herin e k eller, author of The Cloud of the impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary entanglement (forthcoming)

Divine Enjoyment

A Theology of Passion and Exuberance elaine padilla 272 pages 978-0-8232-6357-8 • Paper • $27.00 (01), £17.99 978-0-8232-6356-1 • Cloth • $85.00 (06), £55.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available n ovEmbEr T H Eo Lo gy | rE Ligion | gE ndE r STudiE S

“Elaine Padilla’s book offers a breath of fresh air into a theological discourse that often dwells on suffering and survival, ignoring our desire and attempts to achieve enjoyment. Her theology of enjoyment emphasizes reciprocal and communal relations between God and God’s creation. Padilla’s poetic, erotic, and aesthetic approach expands theological language about the sacred and offers an alternative metaphysics infused with passion and pleasure.” — MiChelle go n za lez Ma lDo n a Do, University of Miami

This book’s theological and philosophical construction of a God of enjoyment poetically remaps divine love. Posing a critique to the Aristotelian unmoved mover whose intellective enjoyment is self-enclosed, this book’s affective tones depict a passionate God who intermingles with the cosmos to suffer and yearn out of love— even improper love. Divine Enjoyment leads the reader to a path of excess, first in the form of an intellective appetite that for Aquinas places God beyond the divine self, then more erotically in the silhouette of a lover whose love is like the delectable pain of mystics. Culminating with banqueting, fiesta, and carnival, the book deterritorializes God’s affect, conceiving of an expansively hospitable enjoyment stemming from many life forms. With a renewed welcome for pleasure, the book also upholds a disruptive ethic. Ultimately, an immoderate God of love whose passionate enjoyment stems from the sufferings as well as joys of the cosmos offers another paradigm of lovingly enjoying oneself in relationship with passionate becomings that belong to many others. e laine padilla is Assistant Professor of Constructive Theology at New York Theological Seminary.

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“This magisterially researched and probingly argued study opens a completely new and potentially groundbreaking perspective on Orientalism. In impeccably executed detail, it demonstrates that what has long been seen as a binary opposition between East and West has in fact relied since its inception on a triangular dynamic between three shifting poles: not simply Occident vs. Orient, but the Occident, the Orient, and the Jew. Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew will be of interest to a wide range of scholars.” — DaviD Ma rt yn , Macalester College

Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew J eF F r ey S. liB rett

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Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew proposes a new way of understanding modern Orientalism. Tracing a path of modern Orientalist thought in German across crucial writings from the late eighteenth to the mid–twentieth centuries, Librett argues that Orientalism and anti-Judaism are inextricably entangled. Librett suggests, further, that the Western assertion of “material” power, in terms of which Orientalism is often read, is overdetermined by a “spiritual” weakness: an anxiety about the absence of absolute foundations and values that coincides with Western modernity itself. The modern West, he shows, posits an Oriental origin as a fetish to fill the absent place of lacking foundations. This fetish is appropriated as Western through a quasi-secularized application of Christian typology. Further, the Western appropriation of the “good” Orient always leaves behind the remainder of the “bad,” inassimilable Orient. The book traces variations on this theme through historicist and idealist texts of the nineteenth century and then shows how high modernists like Buber, Kafka, Mann, and Freud place this historicist narrative in question. The book concludes with the outlines of a cultural historiography that would distance itself from the metaphysics of historicism, confronting instead its underlying anxieties. J e FFrey S. liBrett

is Professor of German at the University of Oregon.


“This is criticism as literature, literature as anthropology, anthropology as ethics. Ambitious and generous, it is a profoundly creative step in the renewal and integration of Jewish and critical discourses. It will, as Newton says he wishes, doubtless inspire much ‘countertext, original response.’” — J o n at ha n b oya rin , Mann professor of Modern Jewish studies, Cornell University

“To Make the Hands Impure brings together Newton’s impressive and successful academic/scholarly writing career. But it does not do so in a way that merely repeats and organizes what he has already done. The book is new and expansive and shows that Newton has not stopped rethinking the questions that have engaged him throughout his career.” —tsvi b la n Cha rD, national Jewish Center for learning and leadership

“Newton’s new book heuristically suggests that it is no longer the case that reading Bible is the same as reading any other piece of literature, as Spinoza suggested, but rather that reading any piece of literature is like reading the Bible, if one reads it the way rabbis do.” — sergey Do lgo p o lsk i, University at buffalo sUny

To Make the Hands Impure Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult, and the Holy

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How can cradling, handling, or rubbing a text be said, ethically, to have made something happen? What, as readers or interpreters, may come off in our hands in as we maculate or mark the books we read? For Adam Zachary Newton, reading is an embodied practice wherein “ethics” becomes a matter of tact—in the doubled sense of touch and regard. With the image of the book lying in the hands of its readers as insistent refrain, To Make the Hands Impure cuts a provocative cross-disciplinary swath through classical Jewish texts, modern Jewish philosophy, film and performance, literature, translation, and the material text. Newton explores the ethics of reading through a range of texts, from the Talmud and Midrash to Conrad’s Nostromo and Pascal’s Le Mémorial, from works by Henry Darger and Martin Scorsese to the National September 11 Memorial and a synagogue in Havana, Cuba. In separate chapters, he conducts masterly treatments of Emmanuel Levinas, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Stanley Cavell by emphasizing their performances as readers—a trebled orientation to Talmud, novel, and theater/film. To Make the Hands Impure stages the encounter of literary experience and scriptural traditions—the difficult and the holy—through an ambitious, singular, and innovative approach marked in equal measure by erudition and imaginative daring. is University Professor at Yeshiva University, where he holds the Ronald P. Stanton Chair in Literature and the Humanities.

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“The 1964 visit to the Holy Land by Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras was a watershed event in the history of both the Eastern and Western Churches. The Patriarch and the Pope began a fruitful, respectful, and loving dialogue aimed at healing the divisions that had kept the churches apart for centuries. That dialogue has blossomed and allowed the two churches to draw ever closer. It is not at all surprising that Paul’s and Athenagoras’s successors Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have chosen to mark the fiftieth anniversary by returning to the Holy Land to celebrate it. This volume sheds light on the significance of that initial shared pilgrimage, highlights the progress made, and points the way toward even greater dialogue—dialogue aimed at fulfilling the Lord’s dream that all might be one.” —t he reveren D J osep h M. Mcsha n e, s.J., president of Fordham University

Dialogue of Love

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In 1964, a little-noticed albeit pioneering encounter in the Holy Land between the heads of the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church spawned numerous contacts and diverse openings between the two “sister churches,” which had not communicated with each other for centuries. Fifty years later, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew meet in Jerusalem to commemorate that historical event and celebrate the close relations that have developed through mutual exchanges of formal visits and an official theological dialogue that began in 1980. This book contains three unique chapters: The first is a sketch of the behind-the-scenes challenges and negotiations that accompanied the meeting in 1964, detailing the immediate consequences of the event and setting the tone for the volume. The second is an inspirational account, interwoven with a scholarly evaluation of the work of the North American Standing Council on Orthodox/Catholic relations over the past decades. The third chapter presents a recently discovered reflection on the meeting that took place fifty years ago by one of the most important Orthodox theologians of the twentieth century, expressing cautious optimism about the future of Christian unity. contriButorS: Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon; John Chryssavgis; Brian E. Daley, S.J.; Protopresbyter Georges Florovsky; Matthew Baker; Walter Cardinal Kasper

The rev. dr. J ohn chrySSavG iS is Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne and a clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, where he serves as theological advisor in the office of Inter-Orthodox and ecumenical relations. He is also theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental affairs. He studied in Athens and Oxford, as well as taught in Sydney and Boston. The author of numerous books and articles on Orthodox theology, spirituality, and ecology, he has edited three volumes containing the selected writings of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (Fordham University Press, 2010–12) and co-edited the signature anthology on Orthodoxy and the environment, Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation (Fordham). He lives in Harpswell, Maine.

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Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy edited by Gy u l a Klima

It is commonly supposed that certain elements of medieval philosophy are uncharacteristically preserved in modern philosophical thought through the idea that mental phenomena are distinguished from physical phenomena by their intentionality, their intrinsic directedness toward some object. The many exceptions to this presumption, however, threaten its viability. This volume explores the intricacies and varieties of the conceptual relationships medieval thinkers developed among intentionality, cognition, and mental representation. Ranging from Aquinas, Scotus, Ockham, and Buridan through less-familiar writers, the collection sheds new light on the various strands that run between medieval and modern thought and bring us to a number of fundamental questions in the philosophy of mind as it is conceived today. 384 pages • 2 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-6275-5 • Paper • $40.00 (01), £25.99 978-0-8232-6274-8 • Cloth • $150.00 (06), £98.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Medieval Philosophy: Texts and Studies d ECEmbEr

contriBu torS: Susan Brower-Toland, Russell L. Friedman, Christophe Grellard, Joshua P. Hochschild, Elizabeth Karger, Peter King, Gyula Klima, Henrik Lagerlund, Stephan Meier-Oeser, Claude Panaccio, Martin Pickavé, Giorgio Pini, Olaf Pluta, Stephen Read, Jack Zupko Gyula Klima

is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University.

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Dante and Islam


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Dante put Muhammad in one of the lowest circles of Hell. At the same time, the medieval Christian poet placed several Islamic philosophers much more honorably in Limbo. Furthermore, it has long been suggested that for much of the basic framework of the Divine Comedy Dante was indebted to apocryphal traditions about a “night journey” taken by Muhammad. Dante scholars have increasingly returned to the question of Islam to explore the often surprising encounters among religious traditions that the Middle Ages afforded. This collection of essays works through what was known of the Qur’an and of Islamic philosophy and science in Dante’s day and explores the bases for Dante’s images of Muhammad and Ali. It further compels us to look at key instances of engagement among Muslims, Jews, and Christians. con triButorS: David Abulafia, Giorgio Battistoni, Daniela Boccassini, Thomas E. Burman, Vicente Cantarino, Maria Corti, Maria Esposito Frank, Karla Mallette, José Martínez Gázquez, Brenda Deen Schildgen, Gregory B. Stone, John V. Tolan, Jan M. Ziolkowski Ja n m. ziolKowSKi


is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard

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The Perils of Uglytown reannounced

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Studies in Structural Misanthropology from Plato to Rembrandt h arry BerGer, Jr. In The Perils of Uglytown, Harry Berger, Jr., considers a variety of texts and images ranging from those of Thucydides and Plato to those of Shakespeare and Rembrandt. The Introduction explains the key concept of the study, structural misanthropology, a variant on Claude Lévi-Strauss’s idea of structural anthropology. Part I explores its activity in several Platonic dialogues: Lysis, Crito, Phaedo, The Republic, and Timaeus. Part II turns to the Renaissance in Italy, England, and the Netherlands. Structural misanthropology is discussed first in the work of several Italian humanists (Alberti, Leonardo, Castiglione, and Vasari), then in English drama (Gorbuduc and several plays by Shakespeare), and finally in group portraits by Hals and Rembrandt. The Perils of Uglytown applies and brings up to date the methods of interpretation Berger has developed during the past half-century in his many studies of literature, drama, philosophy, social and cultural studies, and the visual arts. harry BerG e r, J r. , is Professor Emeritus of Literature and Art History at the University of

California, Santa Cruz.

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The Ploy of Instinct

Victorian Sciences of Nature and Sexuality in Liberal Governance Kat hleen FredericKS o n

208 pages 978-0-8232-6252-6 • Paper • $26.00 (01), £16.99 978-0-8232-6251-9 • Cloth • $75.00 (06), £49.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Forms of Living S EPT EmbEr


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It is paradoxical that instinct became a central term for late Victorian sexual sciences as they were elaborated in the medicalized spaces of confession and introspection, given that instinct had long been defined in its opposition to self-conscious thought. The Ploy of Instinct ties this paradox to instinct’s deployment in conceptualizing governmentality. Instinct’s domain, Frederickson argues, extended well beyond the women, workers, and “savages” to whom it was so often ascribed. The concept of instinct helped to gloss over contradictions in British liberal ideology made palpable as turn-of-the-century writers grappled with the legacy of Enlightenment humanism. For elite European men, instinct became both an agent of “progress” and a force that, in contrast to desire, offered a plenitude in answer to the alienation of self-consciousness. This shift in instinct’s appeal to privileged European men modified the governmentality of empire, labor, and gender. The book traces these changes through parliamentary papers, pornographic fiction, accounts of Aboriginal Australians, suffragette memoirs, and scientific texts in evolutionary theory, sexology, and early psychoanalysis. Kathlee n Fre dericKSon


is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California,

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Benjamin’s Passages Dreaming, Awakening

a l exander Gelley

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In transposing the Freudian dream work from the individual subject to the collective, Walter Benjamin projected a “macroscosmic journey” of the individual sleeper to “the dreaming collective, which, through the arcades, communes with its own insides.” Benjamin’s effort to transpose the dream phenomenon to the history of a collective remained fragmentary, though it underlies the principle of retrograde temporality, which, it is argued, is central to his idea of history. The “passages” are not just the Paris arcades: They refer also to Benjamin’s effort to negotiate the labyrinth of his work and thought. Gelley works through many of Benjamin’s later works and examines important critical questions: the interplay of aesthetics and politics, the genre of The Arcades Project, citation, language, messianism, aura, and the motifs of memory, the crowd, and awakening. For Benjamin, memory is not only antiquarian; it functions as a solicitation, a call to a collectivity to come. Gelley reads this call in the motif of awakening, which conveys a qualified but crucial performative intention of Benjamin’s undertaking. a le xander G e lle y

California, Irvine.

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The People’s Right to the Novel War Fiction in the Postcolony e l eni cou ndou riot iS This study offers a literary history of the war novel in Africa. Coundouriotis argues that this genre, aimed more specifically at African readers than the continent’s better-known bildungsroman tradition, nevertheless makes an important intervention in global understandings of human rights. The African war novel lies at the convergence of two sensibilities it encounters in European traditions: the naturalist aesthetic and the discourse of humanitarianism, whether in the form of sentimentalism or of human rights law. Both these sensibilities are present in culturally hybrid forms in the African war novel, reflecting its syncretism as a narrative practice engaged with the colonial and postcolonial history of the continent. The war novel, Coundouriotis argues, stakes claims to collective rights that contrast with the individualism of the bildungsroman tradition. The genre is a form of people’s history that participates in a political struggle for the rights of the dispossessed. eleni coundou riotiS

is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

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Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol a dam FranK

Transferential Poetics presents a method for bringing theories of affect to the study of poetics. Informed by the thinking of Silvan Tomkins, Melanie Klein, and Wilfred Bion, it offers new interpretations of the poetics of four major American artists: Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Andy Warhol. The author emphasizes the close, reflexive attention each of these artists pays to the transfer of feeling between text and reader, or composition and audience— their transferential poetics. The book’s historical route from Poe to Warhol culminates in television, a technology and cultural form that makes affect distinctly available to perception. The peculiar theatricality of these four artists, Frank argues, can best be understood as a reciprocal framing relation between the bodily means of communicating affect (by face and voice) and technologies of graphic reproduction. 224 pages • 7 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-6247-2 • Paper • $22.00 (01), £13.99 978-0-8232-6246-5 • Cloth • $75.00 (06), £49.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available American Literatures Initiative d ECEmbEr

is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He co-edited, with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader, and he has written and produced two full-length recorded audiodramas.

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The Body of Property


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Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession c had lucK

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What does it mean to own something? How does a thing become mine? Liberal philosophy since John Locke has championed the salutary effects of private property but has avoided the more difficult questions of property’s ontology. Chad Luck argues that antebellum American literature is obsessed with precisely these questions. Reading slave narratives, gothic romances, city-mystery novels, and a range of other property narratives, Luck unearths a wide-ranging literary effort to understand the nature of ownership, the phenomenology of possession. In these antebellum texts, ownership is not an abstract legal form but a lived relation, a dynamic of embodiment emerging within specific cultural spaces—a disputed frontier, a city agitated by class conflict. Luck challenges accounts that map property practice along a trajectory of abstraction and “virtualization.” The book also reorients recent Americanist work in emotion and affect by detailing a broader phenomenology of ownership, one extending beyond emotion to such sensory experiences as touch, taste, and vision. This productive blend of phenomenology and history uncovers deep-seated anxieties—and enthusiasms—about property across antebellum culture. c had lucK

is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, San Bernardino.

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Misfit Forms

Paths Not Taken by the British Novel lo r ri G. nandrea

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The complicated junctions negotiated by the novel during the eighteenth century reveal not only achievements but also exclusions. Misfit Forms offers a speculative reconstruction of roads less traveled. What if typographical emphasis and its associated transmission of sensuality and feeling had not lost out to “transparent” typography and its paradigms of sympathetic identification? What was truncated when cumulative narrative structures were declared primitive in relation to the unified teleological plot? What visions of the novel’s value as an arena for experience were sidelined when novel reading was linked to epistemological gain? Reading novels by Sterne, Charlotte Brontë, Defoe, Gaskell, Hardy, and Woolf in tandem with less-known works, Nandrea illuminates the modes and techniques that did not become mainstream. Following Deleuze, Nandrea traces the “dynamic repetitions” of these junctures in the work of later writers. Far from showing the eclipse of primitive modes, such moments of convergence allow us to imagine other possibilities for the novel’s trajectory. lorri G . nandre a

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Imperial Babel

Translation, Exoticism, and the Long Nineteenth Century pa d ma ranGaraJan

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At the heart of every colonial encounter lies an act of translation. Once dismissed as a derivative process, the new cultural turn in translation studies has opened the field to dynamic considerations of the contexts that shape translations and that, in turn, reveal translation’s truer function as a locus of power. In Imperial Babel, Padma Rangarajan explores translation’s complex role in shaping literary and political relationships between India and Britain. Unlike other readings that cast colonial translation as primarily a tool for oppression, Rangarajan’s argues that translation changed both colonizer and colonized and undermined colonial hegemony as much as it abetted it. Imperial Babel explores the diverse political and cultural consequences of a variety of texts, from eighteenth-century oriental tales to mystic poetry of the fin de siècle and from translation proper to its ethnological, mythographic, and religious variants. Searching for translation’s trace enables a broader, more complex understanding of intellectual exchange in imperial culture as well as a more nuanced awareness of the dialectical relationship between colonial policy and nineteenth-century literature. Rangarajan argues that while bearing witness to the violence that underwrites translation in colonial spaces, we should also remain open to the irresolution of translation, its unfixed nature, and its ability to transform both languages in which it works. pa dma ranG araJan

is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Portrait Stories m i chal peled GinSBu rG

What makes stories about portraits so gripping and unsettling? Portrait Stories argues that it is the ways they problematize the relation between subjectivity and representation. Through close readings of short stories and novellas by Poe, James, Hoffmann, Gautier, Nerval, Balzac, Kleist, Hardy, Wilde, Storm, Sand, and Gogol, the author shows how the subjectivities of sitter, painter, and viewer are produced in relation to representations shaped by particular interests and power relations, often determined by gender as well as by class. She focuses on the power that can accrue to the painter from the act of representation (often at the expense of the portrait’s subject), while also exploring how and why this act may threaten the portrait painter’s sense of self. Analyzing the viewer’s relation to the portrait, she demonstrates how portrait stories problematize the very act of seeing and with it the way subjectivity is constructed in the field of vision.

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m i chal peled G inSBu rG is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. She is the author of Flaubert Writing: A Study in Narrative Strategies and Economies of Change: Form and Transformation in the Nineteenth-Century Novel as well as the co-author of a book on the Israeli novelist David Shahar.

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Lyric Apocalypse

Milton, Marvell, and the Nature of Events ryan netz ley What’s new about the apocalypse? Revelation does not allow us to look back after the end and enumerate pivotal turning points. It happens in an immediate encounter with the transformatively new. John Milton’s and Andrew Marvell’s lyrics attempt to render the experience of such an apocalyptic change in the present. In this respect they take seriously the Reformation’s insistence that eschatology is a historical phenomenon. Yet these poets are also reacting to the Regicide, and, as a result, their works explore very modern questions about the nature of events, what it means for a significant historical occasion to happen. Lyric Apocalypse argues that Milton’s and Marvell’s lyrics challenge any retrospective understanding of events, including one built on a theory of revolution. Instead, these poems show that there is no “after” to the apocalypse, that if we are going to talk about change, we should do so in the present, when there is still time to do something about it. For both of these poets, lyric becomes a way to imagine an apocalyptic event that would be both hopeful and new.

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ryan ne tzley

is Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History Ja meS mcFarland

“Not only does McFarland evince himself as an original and compelling interpreter of Nietzsche and Benjamin. He strings key passages together in such a way that his exegetical performance fans out toward both authors, configuring them in an inexorable interface of shared interpretation and critique.”

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— hen ry sU ssMa n , yale University

Constellation is the first extended exploration of the relationship between Walter Benjamin, the Weimar-era revolutionary cultural critic, and the radical philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The affinity between these noncontemporaneous thinkers serves as a limit case manifesting the precariousness and potentials of cultural transmission in a disillusioned present. In five chapters, Constellation presents the changing figure of Nietzsche as Benjamin encountered him: an inspiration to his student activism, an authority for his skeptical philology, a manifestation of his philosophical nihilism, a companion in his political exile, and ultimately a subversive collaborator in his efforts to think beyond the hopeless temporality—new and always the same—of the present moment in history. Ja me S mcFarland

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The Historical Uncanny

Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust Memory Su S anne c. Knit t el

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The Historical Uncanny explores how certain memories become inscribed into the heritage of a country or region while others are suppressed or forgotten. In response to the erasure of historical memories that discomfit a public’s self-understanding, this book proposes the historical uncanny as that which resists reification precisely because it cannot be assimilated to dominant discourses of commemoration. Focusing on the problems of representation and reception, the book explores memorials for two marginalized aspects of Holocaust: the Nazi euthanasia program directed against the mentally ill and disabled and the Fascist persecution of Slovenes, Croats, and Jews in and around Trieste. Reading these memorials together with literary and artistic texts, Knittel redefines “sites of memory” as assemblages of cultural artifacts and discourses that accumulate over time; they emerge as a physical and a cultural space that is continually redefined, rewritten, and re-presented. In bringing perspectives from disability studies and postcolonialism to the question of memory, Knittel unsettles our understanding of the Holocaust and its place in the culture of contemporary Europe. S uSanne c. Knitte l

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is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University

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“A very important contribution in the field of Italian American studies, ethnic studies, cultural studies, feminist studies, literary studies in general, and studies on the memoir in particular. Personal Effects explores Louise DeSalvo’s work as a memoir writer, teacher, and scholar, illustrating the contribution Italian American authors can give both to Italian culture and to American culture and literature.” — Cat erin a ro Meo, sapienza Università di roma

“Personal Effects is a significant contribution to DeSalvo scholarship. It is a stunning example of the power of blending literary and cultural criticism with creative nonfiction.” — rosea n n e gia n n in i Q U in n , De anza College

Personal Effects

Celebrating one of the most important Italian American female authors of our time, Personal Effects offers a lucid view of Louise DeSalvo as a writer who has produced a vast and provocative body of memoir writing, a scholar who has enriched our understanding of Virginia Woolf, and a teacher who has transformed countless lives. More than an anthology, Personal Effects represents an author case study and an example for modern Italian American interdisciplinary scholarship. Personal Effects examines DeSalvo’s memoirs as works that push the boundaries of the most controversial genre of the past few decades. In these works, the author fearlessly explores issues such as immigration, domesticity, war, adultery, illness, mental health, sexuality, the environment, and trauma through the lens of gender, ethnic, and working-class identity. Alongside her groundbreaking scholarship, DeSalvo’s memoirs attest to the power and influence of this feminist Italian American writer.

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contriButorS: Emily Bernard, Mary Jo Bona, Jenn Brandt, Amy Jo Burns, Nancy Caronia, Kimberly A. Costino, Peter Covino, Jeana DelRosso, Joshua Fausty, Margaux Fragoso, John Gennari, Edvige Giunta, Benjamin D. Hagen, Mark Hussey, Jennifer-Ann DiGregorio Kightlinger, Lia Ottaviano, Theodora Patrona, Kym Ragusa, Ilaria Serra, Julija Šukys, Anthony Julian Tamburri

Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo

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nancy caronia is a Lecturer in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island. A recipient of URI’s 2013 Diversity Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published numerous essays, fiction, and poetry in many journals and anthologies. edviG e G iunta is Professor of English at New Jersey City University, where she teaches memoir. She is the author of Writing with an Accent: Contemporary Italian American Women Authors and the co-editor of four books on Italian American literature and culture.

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The incredibly rich tapestry of medicine can never be finished. In every generation, new patterns of service develop, as clinical observations and scientific discoveries change diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. But many other forces affect the ancient profession of medicine: Politics, economics, art and culture, and the expectations made possible in an era of instant communications are but a few of the potent factors rarely considered in the traditional medical school curriculum. The Distinguished International Lecture Series at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland offered an innovative emphasis on the interrelationships of health, foreign policy, and the arts, of mutual lessons learned when diplomats and statesmen, poets, painters, and actors shared their insights, and observed how much they have gained from contact with the healing arts. This book presents the reflections of a remarkable group of world leaders who discuss their own efforts for world peace and reconciliation, efforts that demonstrate the common ground we all seek, regardless of the disciplines and professions that normally identify us. It is a book where artificial barriers are broken, and new horizons emerge. contriBu torS: Boutros Boutros-Ghali; Louis Le Brocquy; Patrick Broe; Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.; Jan Eliasson; Aengus Finucane; Garret FitzGerald; Seamus Heaney; John Hume; Bernard Kouchner; Barry O’Donnell; David Owen; Vanessa Redgrave; Oliver Sacks; Cyrus R. Vance

The Open Door Art and Foreign Policy at the RCSI K evin m. cahill, m.d. 263 pages • 8 × 11 978-0-8232-6399-8 • Cloth • $40.00 (06), £25.99 International Humanitarian Affairs AvA iLA bLE

Kevin m. cahill, m.d. , is University Professor and Director of Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA). He also serves as President of the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC); Director of the Tropical Disease Center at Lenox Hill Hospital; Clinical Professor of Tropical Medicine and Molecular Parasitology at New York University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Advisor for Counterterrorism, NYPD; Professor of International Humanitarian Affairs at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; and Senior Consultant to the United Nations Health Service. Dr. Cahill has served as Chief Advisor on Humanitarian Affairs and Public Health for three Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly.

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At Freedom’s Limit

Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament Sa dia a B B a S

Jacq ue S d e r r i da edited and translated by pa S ca le -a n n e B r ault and m i ch a e l na a S

The Rilke Alphabet

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Beyond the Supersquare Art and Architecture in Latin America after Modernism

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edited by a n to n i o S e r G i o Be SSa , with additional research by ma r io to r r e S 150 pages • 65 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-6079-9 • Paper • $35.00, £22.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available

The Humanities and Public Life

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Home, Uprooted p h i l i p S i cK er teaches in the Department of English at Fordham University.

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Oral Histories of India’s Partition dev iKa ch aw la 288 pages • 6 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-5644-0 • Paper • $30.00, £19.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available

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index A

Abbas, Sadia 46 Affliction 11 After Fukushima 14 After the Monkey Trial 46 Anastasakis, Panteleymon 20 Anglemire, Carlie 46 Artists’ SoHo 4 At Freedom’s Limit 46 Attell, Kevin 31


Baer, Ulrich 46 Baring, Edward 26 Barrau, Aurélien 15 Barris, Jeremy 24 Basile, Salvatore 1 Being Nude 46 Benjamin’s Passages 39 Berger, Harry, Jr. 38 Berger, Joseph 22 Bessa, Antonio Sergio 46 Beyond the Supersquare 46 Bianchi, Emanuela 30 Bland, Bartholomew F. 7 Body of Property, The 40 Borden, Norman 22 Brault, Pascale-Anne 46 Brooks, Peter 46 Bruno Latour in Pieces 18 Bulik, Mark 6


Cahill, Kevin M., M.D. 45 Caronia, Nancy 44 Chatterji, Roma 10 Chawla, Devika 46 Chrétien, Jean-Louis 27 Chryssavgis, John 36 Church of Greece under Axis Occupation, The 20 Cinotto, Simone 46 Communities in Fiction 16 Constellation 43 Cool 1 Coundouriotis, Eleni 39 Cultural Techniques 19 Custance, Gloria 18 Cybertheology 46


Dancer in the Revolution, A 46 Dancing Jacobins 12 Dante and Islam 37 Das, Veena 11 Davies, Katherine 32 De Sanctis, Sarah 46 Del Giudice, Luisa 46 Derrida, Jacques 46 Dialogue of Love 36 Dilts, Andrew 23 Divinanimality 8 Divine Enjoyment 33 Dunaway, John Marson 27 Durante, Francesco 46


End of the World and Other Teachable Moments, The 13


Feminine Symptom, The 30 Ferrari, Federico 46 Ferraris, Maurizio 46 Fine, Jo Renée 22 For Strasbourg 46 Frank, Adam 40 Frederickson, Kathleen 38 From a Nickel to a Token 5


Garfitt, Toby 32 Gelley, Alexander 39 Ginsburg, Michal Peled 42 Giorgio Agamben 31 Giunta, Edvige 44 Glynn, Tom 2 God’s Mirror 32 Goh, Irving 31 Gold, Moshe 46 Gordon, Peter E. 26


Hamilton, Andrew 46 Helmholtz Curves, The 18 Hill, Rebecca 30 Hinze, Christine Firer 46 Historical Uncanny, The 43 Holloway, Travis 15 Holzer, Harold 21

Home, Uprooted 46 Hornbeck, J. Patrick, II 46 How to Be an Intellectual 17 Humanities and Public Life, The 46


Identity 46 Imperial Babel 41 Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy 37 Interval, The 30 Italoamericana 46


Jewett, Hilary 46 Johnson, Howard Eugene 46 Johnson, Wendy 46 Joyce Studies Annual 2014 46


Kearns, Laurel 8 Klima, Gyula 37 Knittel, Susanne C. 43 Kostelanetz, Richard 4


Lemm, Vanessa 28 Librett, Jeffrey S. 34 Lincoln Assassination, The 21 Looney, Aaron T. 29 Luck, Chad 40 Lyric Apocalypse 42


Maduro, Otto 9 Making Italian America 46 Mandell, Charlotte 14 Maps for a Fiesta 9 Mason, Randall 46 McFarland, James 43 Méchain, Flor 15 Mendieta, Eduardo 9 Miller, J. Hillis 16 Miller, Stephen 3 Misfit Forms 41 Moore, Stephen D. 8 More than a Monologue 46 Mugerauer, Robert 25


Naas, Michael 13, 46 Naison, Mark 46 Nancy, Jean-Luc 14, 15, 46 Nandrea, Lorri G. 41 Netzley, Ryan 42 Newton, Adam Zachary 35 Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life 28 North Brother Island 46


Sometimes Always True 24 Sons of Molly Maguire, The 6 Spadaro, Antonio 46 Sparberg, Andrew J. 5 Strut 7 Sullivan, Robert 46 Symonds, Craig L. 21 Synagogues of New York’s Lower East Side, The 22


O’Byrne, Anne 46 On the Edge of Freedom 22 Open Door, The 45 Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew 34

Tamburri, Anthony Julian 46 To Make the Hands Impure 35 Torres, Mario 46 Trace of God, The 26 Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol 40



Padilla, Elaine 33 Payne, Christopher 46 People’s Right to the Novel, The 39 Periconi, James J. 46 Perils of Uglytown, The 38 Personal Effects 44 Pettigrew, David 13 Ploy of Instinct, The 38 Portrait Stories 42 Punishment and Inclusion 23


Raffoul, François 46 Rangarajan, Padma 41 Reading Publics 2 Reject, The 31 Republic of the Living, The 46 Responding to Loss 25 Rilke Alphabet, The 46 Rios, Christopher M. 46


Under the Gaze of the Bible 27


Vatter, Miguel 46 Viscusi, Robert 46 Vladimir Jankélévitch 29 Vookles, Laura L. 7


Walking New York 3 Way, Maria 46 What’s These Worlds Coming To? 15 Where Are You? 46 Williams, Frank J. 21 Williams, Jeffrey J. 17 Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey 19 Wolfe, Gerard R. 22 Wording the World 10


Ziolkowski, Jan M. 37

Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts 46 Sánchez, Rafael 12 Schmidgen, Henning 18 Schott, Nils F. 18 Sicker, Philip T. 46 Siegert, Bernhard 19 Smith, David G. 22

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