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Fordham Scholarship Online (FSO) is now delivered by University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO), a vast and rapidly-expanding online research library, offering full-text access to thousands of academic monographs from key disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law. With its 186 titles and four subject modules, Fordham Scholarship Online joins other university presses from around the world in UPSO, opening up new possibilities for research and access to even more award-winning scholarship. To browse our titles, visit http://fordham.universitypressscholarship.com/.

ACA DEM IC TRA DE _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 HISTORY _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 17 A NTHROP OLOGY _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 1 RACE & ETHNIC STU D IE S _ _ _ _ _ 2 2 PHILOS OPHY _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 3 RELIGION _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 7 LITERA RY STUDIES _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 8 M EDIEVA L STUDIES _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 1

Fordham Univeristy Press is excited to announce that its books will be included in the recently announced e-book initiative, University Press Content Consortium (UPCC). UPCC is a merger of two major university press e-book initiatives, Project MUSE Editions (PME) and the University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC). UPCC eBook Collections on Project MUSE will launch January 1, 2012. As part of UPCC collections on Project MUSE, Fordham University Press books will be searchable and retrievable to the chapter level. Our books will be available in PDF format with unlimited simultaneous usage and no DRM. MARC records will be available for our books. Fordham Univeristy Press is thrilled that our books may now be viewed online by researchers and students at our institution and others worldwide.

J OURNA LS_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 2 BACKLIST _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 3 INDEX_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 9 ORDER FORM_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 40 SALES INFORMATION _ _ _ inside back cover

The complete announcement of the new UPCC collaboration may be found at http://muse.jhu.edu/about/new/ebook_collections.html. Project MUSE’s announcement to libraries with further details may be found at http://tools.muse.jhu.edu/cgi-bin/announcements.cgi#20110316133446.

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Floris Neusüss, Bin Gleich Zurück (Be Right Back). Photograph installation, 1984/87. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Floris Neusüss.


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“Encountering Richard Giannone’s writing through his academic studies of Willa Cather and Flannery O’Connor, I was impressed by his skill, sensitivity, and thoughtfulness. Even so, I was unprepared for the power of this book, this very personal memoir. The vulnerability and rawness of emotion revealed here were unexpected. . . . A brave, haunting work.” —A . J. MOJ TA B A I, author of Blessed Assurance

Hidden

Reflections on Gay Life, AIDS, and Spiritual Desire R I CH AR D G IANNONE

Hidden—Richard Giannone’s searingly honest, richly insightful memoir—eloquently captures the author’s transformation from a solitary gay academic to a dedicated caregiver as well as a sexually and spiritually committed man. Always alone, always fearful, he initially resisted the duty to look after his dying female relatives. But his mother’s fall into dementia changed all that. Her vulnerability opened this middle-aged man to the love of another man, a former priest and Jersey boy like himself. Together the two men saw the old woman to her death and did the same for Giannone’s sister. In Hidden Giannone uncovers how, ultimately, these experiences moved him closer to participating in the vitality he believed pulsed in the world but had always eluded him. The mothering life of this gay partnership evolved alongside the AIDS crisis and within and against Italian American culture that reflected the Catholic Church’s discountenancing of homosexual love. Giannone vividly weaves his reflections on gay life in Greenwich Village and his spiritual journey as a gay man and Catholic into his experience of caring for the women of his family. In Hidden Giannone recounts a gripping religious conversion, drawing on the wisdom of the ancient desert mothers and fathers of Egypt and Palestine. Because he was raised a Catholic, the shift is not from nothing to something. Rather, it is away from the modeling power of institutional Christianity to the tempering influence of homosexuality on the Gospel. Gay or straight, so long as we remain hidden from ourselves, the true God remains hidden from us. RICHARD G IANNONE is Professor Emeritus at Fordham University. He is the author of four books, including Flannery O’Connor: Hermit Novelist.

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“. . . [A] masterfully researched detective story with a wealth of detail about the rise of an African American family.” — J O HN R. W EN N ERST EN , University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

From Slave Ship to Harvard

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From Slave Ship to Harvard is the true story of an African American family in Maryland over six generations. The author has reconstructed a unique narrative of black struggle and achievement from paintings, photographs, books, diaries, court records, legal documents, and oral histories. From Slave Ship to Harvard traces the family from the colonial period and the American Revolution through the Civil War to Harvard and finally today. Yarrow Mamout, the first of the family in America, was an educated Muslim from Guinea. He was brought to Maryland on the slave ship Elijah and gained his freedom forty-four years later. By then, Yarrow had become so well known in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., that he attracted the attention of the eminent American portrait painter Charles Willson Peale, who captured Yarrow’s visage in the painting that appears on the cover of this book. The author here reveals that Yarrow’s immediate relatives—his sister, niece, wife, and son—were notable in their own right. His son married into the neighboring Turner family, and the farm community in western Maryland called Yarrowsburg was named for Yarrow Mamout’s daughterin-law, Mary “Polly” Turner Yarrow. The Turner line ultimately produced Robert Turner Ford, who graduated from Harvard University in 1927. Just as Peale painted the portrait of Yarrow, James H. Johnston’s new book puts a face on slavery and paints the history of race in Maryland. It is a different picture from what most of us imagine. Relationships between blacks and whites were far more complex, and the races more dependent on each other. Fortunately, as this one family’s experience shows, individuals of both races repeatedly stepped forward to lessen divisions and to move America toward the diverse society of today. JAME S H. J OHNSTON , an attorney and journalist, has published extensively on

national affairs, law, telecommunications, history, and the arts. His contributions include papers on local Washington, D.C., history, Yarrow Mamout, and an edition of The Recollections of Margaret Cabell Brown Loughborough.


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“Throughout the text there is a tone of concern and care toward the participants, the young men who courageously took on the horrors of the apartheid state.” — DO N FOST ER, University of Cape Town

War in Worcester

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The South African government gave no quarter to young people who joined the struggle against the apartheid state; indeed, it targeted them. Security forces meted out cruel treatment to youth who rebelled, incarcerated even the very young under dreadful conditions, and used torture frequently, sometimes over long periods of time. Little is known, however, from the perspective of young fighters themselves about the efforts they made to sustain the momentum of struggle, how that affected and was affected by their other social bonds, and what they achieved in terms of growth and paid in terms of harm. War in Worcester combines a study of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s findings on the stand taken by South African youth with extended fieldwork undertaken with fourteen young men who, starting in their schooldays, were involved in the struggle in a small town in the Western Cape. Filling a gap in the ethnographic analysis of the role of youth in armed conflict, the book describes, from the perspective of the young fighters themselves, the tactics that young local leaders used and how the state retaliated, young peoples’ experiences of pain and loss, the effect on fighters of the extensive use of informers by the state as a weapon of war, and the search for an ethic of survival. The testimony of these young fighters reveals some limitations of the processes used by the TRC in its search to document the truth. War in Worcester problematizes the use of the term “victim” for the political engagement of young people and calls for attention to patterns of documenting the past and thus to the nature of the archive in recording the character of political forces and the uses of violence. It encourages a fresh analysis of the kinds of revolt being enacted by the young elsewhere in the world, such as North Africa and the Middle East. WRITTE N IN COLLABORATION WITH: Nana Charity Khohlokoane, Amos Monde Khomba, Eric Ndoyisile Tshandu, Xolile Dyabooi, Paulos Mnyuka, Zandisile Leonard Ntsomi, Mawethu Bikani, Vuyisile Malangeni, Zingisile Yabo, Nation Andile March, Edwin Mnyamana Rasmeni, Isaac Lehlohonolo Tshabile, Sonwabo Sitsili, and Ntando Pringle Mrubata PAMELA RE Y NOLDS is Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University, and Honorary Professor, University of Cape Town. Her books include Growing Up in a Divided Society: The Contexts of Childhood in South Africa, Childhood in Crossroads: Cognition and Society in South Africa, Dance Civet Cat: Child Labour in the Zambezi Valley, and Traditional Healers and Childhood in Zimbabwe.

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“This richly variegated volume gathers together bracing and often brilliant analyses of matters one wishes were not so timely: the practices of torture and how people speak, lie, and obfuscate about them. It opens our eyes and keeps them open wide.” — IA N B A LFO U R, York University

Speaking about Torture edited by J ULIE A. CARLS ON and ELISABET H WE B E R

This collection of essays is the first book to take up the urgent issue of torture from the array of approaches offered by the arts and humanities. In the post-9/11 era, where we are once again compelled to entertain debates about the legality of torture, this volume speaks about the practice in an effort to challenge the surprisingly widespread acceptance of state-sanctioned torture among Americans, including academics and the media–entertainment complex. Speaking about Torture also claims that the concepts and techniques practiced in the humanities have a special contribution to make to this debate, going beyond what is usually deemed a matter of policy for experts in government and the social sciences. It contends that the way one speaks about torture—including that one speaks about it—is key to comprehending, legislating, and eradicating torture. That is, we cannot discuss torture without taking into account the assaults on truth, memory, subjectivity, and language that the humanities theorize and that the experience of torture perpetuates. Such accounts are crucial to framing the silencing and demonizing that accompany the practice and representation of torture. Written by scholars in literary analysis, philosophy, history, film and media studies, musicology, and art history working in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, the essays in this volume speak from a conviction that torture does not work to elicit truth, secure justice, or maintain security. They engage in various ways with the limits that torture imposes on language, on subjects and community, and on governmental officials, while also confronting the complicity of artists and humanists in torture through their silence, forms of silencing, and classic means of representation. Acknowledging this history is central to the volume’s advocacy of speaking about torture through the forms of witness offered and summoned by the humanities. is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among her recent books is England’s First Family of Writers: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley.

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ELISABETH WE BER is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of numerous texts on contemporary French thought.


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PRAISE FOR MARJ ORIE G ARBER:

“Garber’s is the most exhilarating seminar room you’ll ever enter.” — N EWSW EEK magazine, review of Shakespeare After All (a top five best nonfiction book of 2004)

“[Garber’s] gift for analytical gab has few rivals. . . . [a] lucid synthesis of detail, documents, and historical fact.” — TH E N EW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW , review of Symptoms of Culture

“Erudite and stimulating. . . . Garber is warmly clarifying and acerbically entertaining.” — BOOK L IST, review of The Use and Abuse of Literature

“Masterfully bridging the gap between high culture and low, Garber’s witty, accessible essays give us surprising angles on a host of topics.” — J O N AT HA N CU LLER, Cornell University

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In Loaded Words the inimitable literary and cultural critic Marjorie Garber invites readers to join her in a rigorous and exuberant exploration of language. What links the pieces included in this vibrant new collection is the author’s contention that all words are inescapably loaded—that is, highly charged, explosive, substantial, intoxicating, fruitful, and overbrimming—and that such loading is what makes language matter. Garber casts her keen eye on terms from knowledge, belief, madness, interruption, genius, and celebrity to humanities, general education, and academia. Included here are an array of stirring essays, from the title piece, with its demonstration of the importance of language to our thinking about the world; to the superb “Mad Lib,” on the concept of madness from Mad magazine to debates between Foucault and Derrida; to pieces on Shakespeare, “the most culturally loaded name of our time,” and the Renaissance. With its wide range of cultural references and engaging style coupled with fresh intellectual inquiry, Loaded Words will draw in and enchant scholars, students, and general readers alike. MARJ ORIE G ARBER is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Among her many books are Symptoms of Culture, Quotation Marks, Shakespeare After All, and The Use and Abuse of Literature.

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“Simon During is one of the most original, intelligent, unpredictable literary critics currently writing in the English language. Sentence by elegant sentence, one generally learns more from him than from almost anyone else I can think of.” — B RU CE RO B B IN S, Columbia University

“Against Democracy is a frame-shifting discussion of the interrelated histories of democracy, conservative thought, and the rise of literary criticism and theory. Highly readable, and displaying a rare blend of literary and political insight, this book is sure to influence ongoing debates in the literary humanities.” —A MA N DA A N DERSO N , Johns Hopkins University

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This book argues that we can no longer envision a political system that might practically displace democracy or, more accurately, global democratic state capitalism. Democracy has become fundamental: It extends deeper and deeper into everyday life; it grounds and limits our political thought and values. That is the sense in which we do indeed live at history’s end. But this end is not a happy one, because the system that we now have does not satisfy tests that we can legitimately put to it. In this situation, it is important to come to new terms with the fact that literature, at least until about 1945, was predominantly hostile to political democracy. Literature’s deep-seated conservative, counterdemocratic tendencies, along with its capacity to make important distinctions among political, cultural, and experiential democracies and its capacity to uncover hidden, nonpolitical democracies in everyday life, is now a resource not just for cultural conservatives but for all those who take a critical attitude toward the current political, cultural, and economic structures. Literature, and certain novelists in particular, helps us not so much to imagine social possibilities beyond democracy as to understand how life might be lived both in and outside democratic state capitalism. Drawing on political theory, intellectual history, and the techniques of close reading, Against Democracy offers new accounts of the ethos of refusing democracy, of literary criticism’s contribution to that ethos, and of the history of conservatism, as well as innovative interpretations of a range of writers, including Tocqueville, Disraeli, George Eliot, E. M. Forster, and Saul Bellow. SIMON DU RING is an Australian Research Professor at the University of Queensland. His most recent books are Modern Enchantments: The Cultural Power of Secular Magic and Exit Capitalism: Literary Culture, Theory and Post-Secular Modernity.


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“In short, this is a book that is both deeply original and an important contribution to work in the field; a book that is accessible to an interdisciplinary audience and of remarkable theoretical and scholarly sophistication.” — ELIZA B ET H W EED, Brown UniversitY

“Each chapter is beautifully written, thoughtful, ironic, trenchant, and simply interesting.” — J U DIT H B U T LER, University of California, Berkeley

This book examines the eastern European seminar of the late 1980s and early 1990s— an ongoing academic meeting place outside the formal rubric of the university— tracing its evolution into a social movement on the street and identifying the political force of the theoretical conversations that took place there. It also shows how these theories reflect the loss of socialist idealisms and established materialist frameworks that eventually evolved into a set of heterotopic visions with a fundamentally altered sense of materialism. It provides both glimpses of a genuinely alternative world to the Western academy that its denizens are so prone to critique, one in which oral discourse and dialogism were especially prominent values, and a utopian view of the Western intellectual world from that now-lost space.

Lost Unicorns of the Velvet Revolutions

MIG LE NA NIKOLCHINA is Chair of the Department of Theory of Literature, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria. Her publications in English include Matricide in Language: Writing Theory in Kristeva and Woolf.

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Harry Berger, Jr.

“A Fury in the Words shows Berger’s sophisticated conceptual framework and intensive close readings in their most lucid, accessible, and human form. Berger’s analysis takes us slowly, step by step, deep into the inner logic of the characters’ language and helps us to make rigorous sense of the psychological motivation their words imply.” — P ET ER ERICKSO N , Williams College

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“The energy, penetration, and inventiveness of Berger’s thought in this book are astonishing. Embarrasment has rarely seemed so dangerous a thing. By myriad directions and indirections he leads the reader back into the surprise and the strangeness of the Venetian plays, and of Shakespeare’s mind at large. A masterwork.” — K EN N ET H GROSS, author of Shylock Is Shakespeare and Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life

Shakespeare’s two Venetian plays are dominated by the discourse of embarrassment. The Merchant of Venice is a comedy of embarrassment, and Othello is a tragedy of embarrassment. This nomenclature is admittedly anachronistic, because the term “embarrassment” didn’t enter the language until the late seventeenth century. To embarrass is to make someone feel awkward or uncomfortable, humiliated or ashamed. Such feelings may respond to specific acts of criticism, blame, or accusation. “To embarrass” is literally to “embar”: to put up a barrier or deny access. The bar of embarrassment may be raised by unpleasant experiences. It may also be raised when people are denied access to things, persons, and states of being they desire or to which they feel entitled. The Venetian plays represent embarrassment not merely as a condition but as a weapon and as the wound the weapon inflicts. Characters in The Merchant of Venice and Othello devote their energies to embarrassing one another. But even when the weapon is sheathed, it makes its presence felt, as when Desdemona means to praise Othello and express her love for him: “I saw Othello’s visage in his mind” (1.3.253). This suggests, among other things, that she didn’t see it in his face. HARRY BERG E R, J R. , is Professor Emeritus of Literature and Art History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His most recent books include Fictions of the Pose: Rembrandt Against the Italian Renaissance; Situated Utterances: Texts, Bodies, and Cultural Representations; Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief: Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” and Other Dutch Group Portraits; and Caterpillage: Reflections on Seventeenth-Century Dutch Still Life Painting (the last three from Fordham).


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“Interruptions mingle with saturations, private intensities with social commentary, lyric aperçus with skeptical suspicion—this multi-track work by Michelle Naka Pierce correlates many streams of insight and produces elegant and self-assured results.” — RACHEL B LAU DU P LESSIS

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Continuous Frieze Bordering Red documents the migratory patterns of an Other, as she travels between countries, languages, seasons, and shifting identities. A narrative on hybridity, the text explores [dis] location as a cultural swerve while it interrogates Rothko’s red: his bricked-in, water-damaged windows [floating borders], which reflect unstable cultural borders to the hybrid. A person of mixed race [hybrid, mongrel, mutt] traverses these “invisible” cultural borders repeatedly. Border identity comes with flux, instability, and vibrational pulls. An Other is marked as someone who does not belong. She is always a foreigner: when traveling and when at “home.” She is cast aside, bracketed from the dominant culture. She is [neither][nor][both]. She exists in a liminal space: in place and displaced simultaneously. That is, her identity and body are peripatetic, which is reflected in the continuous horizontal frieze. The reader must literally cross the borders of each page in order to navigate each line of text, leaving the reader in constant motion as well. The poem also functions as an ekphrasis of Rothko’s Seagram murals: Rothko writes that the paintings make the observers “feel that they are trapped in a room where all the doors and windows are bricked up.” The hybrid is confined and isolated. Even though the Other is estranged from herself and desires a sense of cultural belonging, she ultimately wants to “acknowledge this scar tissue and proceed” so that she is not held to false measures of “purity.” Continuous Frieze Bordering Red attempts to move away from pejorative definitions of “hybrid” and embrace the monstrous self. Born in Japan, MICHE LLE NAKA PIE RCE is Associate Professor of Writing & Poetics and Director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Among her most recent publications are She: A Blueprint and Beloved Integer. Her work has appeared in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, Trickhouse, Mandorla, Rain Taxi, and Teachers and Writers.

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“This book works with one of those serious beautiful struggles—how to be someone to something, in a world where ‘I’ and ‘thou’ are so often nothing to no one, where ‘pronouns are disasters.’ We readers of poetry are ‘uncertain animals,’ and, lucky for us, Julie Choffel’s poems get caught up in the filmy place between our uncertainty and our animality. Her work has both the delicacy and the ungainly chaos of forms emerging from raw materials curiously moving toward thinghood, following their vowels toward meaning: ‘the topical, psychotropic battle.’ The Hello Delay is teeming with animist music, animal motion, and human circumspection. Teeming.” — JA RED STA N LEY

The Hello Delay asks what happens around the saying of a thing and the receiving. Inside and outside of our daily communications, there are events, there are silences, déjà-vus, and intentions. These poems question the determined nature of our relationships to one another: What if this territory isn’t familiar after all? I Will Whisper it to you so that someone else may hear it. whether or not it’s heard by you, whether or not I hear it myself—that it is heard by a stranger.

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stranger and stranger. get out the fires and fire hoses, put away the stars. daybreak breaks into noon breaks into after, and after is a song, and singing makes you calmer. that’s okay but what are they saying down the street and lost on you, lost on you, lost on you. In this human ecology, language is king. In this book, familiarity resides in memory or song, but perhaps nothing is so familiar as the experience of the present. What is it then to be present, when meaning persists among us? We are more than what we say and what we think, but these words are the lucite passages we travel to that aggregate. In this place where understanding means being wrong together or just pretending to be right, Choffel’s poems honor the grandeur, the danger, and the mediocrity in manifesting what we make up as we go along. The Hello Delay might be experimental, but it is mostly experiential. It calls us out not to see how we will answer but to linger in the gaps of our refrain. was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She has studied rhetoric, geography, and plant ecology and is a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. Her poems have been published in Denver Quarterly, Fairy Tale Review, Make/shift, American Letters & Commentary, and elsewhere; and she is the author of Figures in a Surplus, a chapbook. She teaches creative writing at the University of Connecticut and lives in Connecticut with her husband and their daughter. J ULIE CHOFFEL


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Adoration The Deconstruction of Christianity II

Adoration

“Nancy pursues his explorations of Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity by treating the old and complex Christian ‘legacy’ in an original and stimulating manner, thereby demonstrating a remarkable mastery of and erudition in the fields of Christian theology and of the philosophy of religion. But he also takes some important new steps in this trajectory that will fascinate the reader.” — LAU REN S T EN KAT E, University for Humanistics, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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The Deconstruction of Christianity II JEA N- LUC NA NCY translated by J O HN McKE AN E

Adoration is the second volume of the Deconstruction of Christianity, following DisEnclosure. The first volume attempted to demonstrate why it is necessary to open reason up not to a religious dimension but to one transcending reason as we have been accustomed to understanding it; the term “adoration” attempts to name the gesture of this dis-enclosed reason. Adoration causes us to receive ignorance as truth: not a feigned ignorance, perhaps not even a “nonknowledge,” nothing that would attempt to justify the negative again, but the simple, naked truth that there is nothing in the place of God, because there is no place for God. The outside of the world opens us in the midst of the world, and there is no first or final place. Each one of us is at once the first and the last. Each one, each name. And our ignorance is made worse by the fact that we do not know whether we ought to name this common and singular property of all names. We must remain in this suspense, hesitating between and stammering in various possible languages, ultimately learning to speak anew. In this book, Jean-Luc Nancy goes beyond his earlier historical and philosophical thought and tries to think—or at least crack open a little to thinking—a stance or bearing that might be suitable to the retreat of God that results from the selfdeconstruction of Christianity. Adoration may be a manner, a style of spirit for our time, a time when the “spiritual” seems to have become so absent, so dry, so adulterated. The book is a major contribution to the important strand of attempts to think a “post-secular” situation of religion.

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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; The Ground of the Image; Listening; Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity; Noli me tangere: On the Raising of the Body; On the Commerce of Thinking: Of Books and Bookstores; and The Truth of Democracy (all Fordham).

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is Laming Junior Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford. His thesis addressed the fragmentary writing of Maurice Blanchot, and he is the co-editor of Blanchot Romantique.

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Terms of the Political: Community, Immunity, Biopolitics presents a decade of thought about the origins and possibilities of political theory from one of contemporary Italy’s most prolific and engaging political theorists, Roberto Esposito. He has coined a number of critical concepts in current debates about the past, present, and future of biopolitics—from his work on the implications of the etymological and philosophical kinship of community (communitas) and immunity (immunitas) to his theorizations of the impolitical and the impersonal. Taking on interlocutors from throughout the Western philosophical tradition, from Aristotle and Augustine to Weil, Arendt, Nancy, Foucault, and Agamben, Esposito announces the eclipse of a modern political lexicon—“freedom,” “democracy,” “sovereignty,” and “law”—that, in its attempt to protect human life, has so often produced its opposite (violence, melancholy, and death). Terms of the Political calls for the opening of political thought toward a resignification of these and other operative terms—such as “community,” “immunity,” “biopolitics,” and “the impersonal”—in ways that affirm rather than negate life. An invaluable introduction to the breadth and rigor of Esposito’s thought, the book will also welcome readers already familiar with Esposito’s characteristic skill in overturning and breaking open the language of politics. ROBERTO E SPOSITO teaches contemporary philosophy at the Italian Institute for the Human Sciences in Naples. His books translated into English include Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy; Communitas: The Origin and Destiny of Community; and Immunitas: The Protection and Negation of Life. RHIANNON NOEL WELCH teaches in the Department of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is completing a book on race and biopolitics in post-unification Italy titled Vital Subjects: Race, (Re)productivity and Italian Modernity.

is Associate Professor at the School for Political Science and the Institute for Humanities at the Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile. She previously taught at Northwestern University and at the European College for Liberal Arts, Berlin. She is the author of Nietzsche’s Animal Philosophy: Culture, Politics, and the Animality of the Human Being (Fordham). VANESSA LE MM


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“An extraordinary little book on a subject of interest quite literally to us all.” — MICHA EL N AAS, DePaul University

How Are We to Confront Death?

How Are We to Confront Death? An Introduction to Philosophy Translated by Robert Vallier Foreword by David Farrell Krell

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PersPectives in c o n t i n e n ta l PhilosoPhy

How Are We to Confront Death? An Introduction to Philosophy

F R A NÇ O ISE DASTU R translated by R O BE RT VALLIE R foreword by DAVID FARRE LL KRE LL

Confronting death means looking it squarely in the face. Contemporary society refuses to do so, preferring to hide it and hide from it. Funeral rites no longer function as a way to mediate death or to maintain a link between the living and dead. Today the disappearance of certain funerary practices attests to the denial of death as such. They reflect a preference for focusing on remembering the life of the deceased in order to neutralize death, thus displacing the value of mourning, now viewed as something to be done as quickly as possible. Moreover, science, like religion before it and like the contemporary “cult of the body,” has fed our fantasies about immortality, promising us longer lives of better quality, and even the possibility of conquering death altogether. Despite all these attempts to overcome or neutralize death, humanity has been unable to eliminate its anxiety about death and nothingness. True to her roots in phenomenology, Dastur not only examines these contemporary tendencies with a critical eye but also argues that we must once again learn to assume death, to become mortal, to learn how to die. Death is not the last moment of human life, but rather its essential attribute. Dastur’s skill as a “translator” of phenomenology into accessible and clear prose is nowhere more apparent than in her “little book on death”—indeed, the intended audience is less those who specialize in phenomenology or academic philosophy than a nonspecialist public hungry for philosophical reflection on what is closest to us. And nothing is closer to us than the ever-present possibility of our own imminent death. As its subtitle suggests, this book is an “introduction to philosophy,” one that obliges the reader to ask what it means to be human and to embrace death and mortality as the defining essence of our humanity. FRANÇOISE DASTU R is Professeur Emerita at the Université de Nice. She is the author of many books and countless essays on Husserl, Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Merleau-Ponty. ROBE RT VALLIE R is the Academic Program Director for Graduate Studies at Columbia University’s Paris Campus. He is the translator of Merleau-Ponty’s Nature and Dastur’s Questioning Phenomenology.

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“. . . [U]nimpeachably brilliant, a marvelous addition to the discourse about contemporary literature. . . .” — J O N AT HA N FREEDMA N , University of Michigan

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Death’s Following

Mediocrity, Dirtiness, Adulthood, Literature JO H N LIM O N 208 PAGES • 2 b/w ILLUSTRATIONS

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Almost all twentieth-century philosophy stresses the immanence of death in human life—as drive (Freud), as the context of Being (Heidegger), as the essence of our defining ethics (Levinas), or as language (de Man, Blanchot). In Death’s Following, John Limon makes use of literary analysis (of Sebald, Bernhard, and Stoppard), cultural analysis, and autobiography to argue that death is best conceived as always transcendentally beyond ourselves, neither immanent nor imminent. Adapting Kierkegaard’s variations on the theme of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac while refocusing the emphasis onto Isaac, Limon argues that death should be imagined as if hiding at the end of an inexplicable journey to Moriah. The point is not to evade or ignore death but to conceive it more truly, repulsively, and pervasively in its camouflage: for example, in jokes, in logical puzzles, in bowdlerized folk songs. The first of Limon’s two key concepts is adulthood: the prolonged anti-ritual for experiencing the full distance on the look of death. His second is dirtiness, as theorized in a Jewish joke, a logical exemplum, and T. S. Eliot’s “Ash Wednesday”: In each case, unseen dirt on foreheads suggests the invisibility of inferred death. Not recognizing death immediately or admitting its immanence and imminence is for Heidegger the defining characteristic of the “they,” humanity in its inauthentic social escapism. But Limon vouches throughout for the mediocrity of the “they” in its dirty and ludicrous adulthood. Mediocrity is the privileged position for previewing death, in Limon’s opinion: practice for being forgotten. In refusing the call of twentiethcentury philosophy to face death courageously, Limon urges the ethical and aesthetic value of mediocre anti-heroism. is John J. Gibson Professor of English and chair of the English Department at Williams College. His previous books are The Place of Fiction in the Time of Science, Writing After War, and Stand-Up Comedy in Theory. J OHN LIMON


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The Singularity of Being Mari Ruti

The Singularity of Being Lacan and the Immortal Within Mari Ruti

“In her breathtaking new work, Mari Ruti completely transforms our understanding of ambivalence, revealing the role that art plays in the expression of singularity and the role that commodities play in its destruction.” —TO DD McGOWA N , University of Vermont

Fordham

The Singularity of Being Lacan and the Immortal Within M A RI RUT I

The Singularity of Being presents a Lacanian vision of what makes each of us an inimitable and irreplaceable creature. It argues that, unlike the “subject” (who comes into existence as a result of symbolic prohibition) or the “person” (who is aligned with the narcissistic conceits of the imaginary), the singular self emerges in response to a galvanizing directive arising from the real. This directive carries the force of an obligation that cannot be resisted and that summons the individual to a “character” beyond his or her social investments. Consequently, singularity expresses something about the individual’s non-negotiable distinctiveness, eccentricity, or idiosyncrasy at the same time it prevents both symbolic and imaginary closure. It opens to layers of rebelliousness, indicating that there are components of human life exceeding the realm of normative sociality. Written with an unusual blend of rigor and clarity, The Singularity of Being combines incisive readings of Lacan with the best insights of recent Lacanian theory to reach beyond the dogmas of the field. Moving from what, thanks in part to Slavoj Žižek, has come to be known as the “ethics of the act” to a nuanced interpretation of Lacan’s “ethics of sublimation,” the book offers a sweeping overview of Lacan’s thought while making an original contribution to contemporary theory and ethics. Aimed at specialists and nonspecialists alike, the book manages to educate at the same time as it intervenes in current debates about subjectivity, agency, resistance, creativity, the self–other relationship, and effective political and ethical action. By focusing on the Lacanian real, Ruti honors the uniqueness of subjective experience without losing sight of the social and intersubjective components of human life. MARI RU TI is Associate Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, where she teaches contemporary theory, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy. She is the author of Reinventing the Soul: Posthumanist Theory and Psychic Life; A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living; and The Summons of Love.

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Lincoln and Leadership

Military, Political, and Religious Decision Making edited by R A NDALL M. MILLE R afterword by ALLE N C. GU E LZO 144 PAGES • 29 b/w ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-4345-7 • PAPER • $18.00 (01) 978-0-8232-4344-0 • CLOTH • $55.00 (06) The North’s Civil War APRI L HISTORY

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Lincoln and Leadership offers fresh perspectives on the 16th president—making novel contributions to the scholarship of one of the more studied figures of American history. The book explores Lincoln’s leadership through essays focused, respectively, on Lincoln as commander-in-chief, deft political operator, and powerful theologian. Taken together, the essays suggest the interplay of military, political, and religious factors informing Lincoln’s thought and action and guiding the dynamics of his leadership. The contributors, all respected scholars of the Civil War era, focus on several critical moments in Lincoln’s presidency to understand the ways Lincoln understood and dealt with such issues and concerns as emancipation, military strategy, relations with his generals, the use of black troops, party politics and his own re-election, the morality of the war, the place of America in God’s design, and the meaning and obligations of sustaining the Union. Overall, they argue that Lincoln was simultaneously consistent regarding his commitments to freedom, democratic government, and Union but flexible, and sometimes contradictory, in the means to preserve and extend them. They further point to the ways that Lincoln’s decision making defined the presidency and recast understandings of American “exceptionalism.” They emphasize that the “real” Lincoln was an unabashed party man and shrewd politician, a self-taught commander-in-chief, and a deeply religious man who was self-confident in his ability to judge men and to persuade them with words but unsure of what God demanded from America for its collective sins of slavery. Randall Miller’s Introduction in particular provides essential weight to the notion that Lincoln’s presidential leadership must be seen as a series of interlocking stories. In the end, the contributors collectively remind readers that the Lincoln enshrined as the “Great Emancipator” and “savior of the Union” was in life and practice a work-in-progress. And they insist that “getting right with Lincoln” requires seeing the intersections of his—and America’s—military, political, and religious interests and identities. CONTRIBUTORS: Allen C. Guelzo, Randall M. Miller, Matthew Pinsker, Harry S. Stout, Gregory J.W. Urwin RANDALL M. MILLE R is Professor of History and holder of the William Dirk Warren Sesquicentennial Chair at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.

is the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, where he serves as Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program.

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Published in collaboration with the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia.


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320 PAGES 978-0-8232-4334-1 • CLOTH • $55.00 (06) The North’s Civil War APRI L

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— MICHA EL FRISCH, University at Buffalo, SUNY

New Bedford’s Civil War EA RL F. MULD ERINK III

| african

“Imaginative and exhaustive research grounds New Bedford’s story in the rich details of people’s lives, whether these involve day-to-day business in New Bedford or life and death on the battlefield . . . the book illuminates a city whose history speaks usefully to the Civil War in general and to the Civil War in the North more specifically.”

CIVIL WAR

Earl F. Mulderink III

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New Bedford’s Civil War examines the social, political, economic, and military history of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in the nineteenth century, with a focus on the Civil War homefront from 1861 to 1865 and on the city’s black community, soldiers, and veterans. Earl Mulderink’s engaging work contributes to the growing body of Civil War studies that analyzes the “war at home” by focusing on the bustling center of the world’s whaling industry in the nineteenth century. Using a broad chronological framework of the 1840s through the 1890s, this book contextualizes the rise and fall of New Bedford’s whaling enterprise and details the war’s multifaceted impacts between 1861 and 1865. A major goal of this book is to explore the war’s social history by examining how the conflict touched the city’s residents—both white and black. Known before the war for both its wealth and its antislavery fervor, New Bedford offered a congenial home for a sizeable black community that experienced a “different Civil War” than did native-born whites. Drawing upon military pension files, published accounts, and welfare records, this book pays particular attention to soldiers and families connected with the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the “brave black regiment” (made famous by the Academy Award–winning 1989 film Glory) that helped shape national debates over black military enlistment, equal pay, and notions of citizenship. New Bedford’s enlightened white leaders, many of them wealthy whaling merchants with Quaker roots, actively promoted military enlistment that pulled 2,000 local citizen-soldiers (about 10 percent of the city’s total population) into the Union ranks. As the Whaling City gave way to a postwar landscape marked by textile manufacturing and heavy foreign immigration, the black community fought to keep alive the meaning and history of the Civil War. Joining their one-time neighbor Frederick Douglass, New Bedford’s black veterans used the memory of the war and their participation in it to push for full equality—a losing battle by the turn of the twentieth century. EARL F. MULDE RINK III

is Professor of History at Southern Utah University.

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Süssen Is Now Free of Jews

World War II, the Holocaust, and Rural Judaism

Gilya Gerda Schmidt

Süssen Is Now Free of Jews

World War II, the Holocaust, and Rural Judaism G I LYA G ER DA S CHMIDT 416 PAGES • 40 b/w ILLUSTRATIONS 978-0-8232-4329-7 • CLOTH • $60.00 (06) World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension JULY

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Süssen Is Now Free of Jews offers a close look at the legacy of a few Jewish families from Süssen—a village in the District of Göppingen, which is located in the state of Baden Württemberg in southern Germany. The author, Gilya Gerda Schmidt, looks at this rural region through the lens of two Jewish families—the Langs and the Ottenheimers—who settled there in the early twentieth century. As a child, she shared with the Langs the same living space for just a few months. She remembers her mother’s telling her of the Jews who lived in Süssen until the Holocaust. More than thirty years later, the author accidentally found in a book about the surviving Jews of Württemberg in a used bookstore in Knoxville, Tennessee, documentation verifying Süssen’s Jewish presence. In it, she found confirmation that there had been Jews living in Süssen until the Holocaust. For the first time, she had the proof she needed to look into the reality behind this lingering mystery. Here began her detective-like journey to find out what happened to the Jews of Süssen. A decade of research into local and regional archives ensued, and this very penetrating study is the result. In it, the author attempts to shed light on not just the original question of what happened to the two families during the Holocaust but also on a host of other questions: What was it like to be Jewish in rural southern Germany a century ago? What were the Jewish traditions of this region? What were the relations between Jews and Christians before the Holocaust? And where did those family members who were able to escape or who survived the concentration camps go when they left Süssen or Göppingen? Few witnesses came forward, yet the documents in the archives spoke volumes. This micro-history records the not-so-romantic journey of two Jewish families who lived in the Fils Valley. The study also addresses issues of being an American prisoner of war; of resuming life after the Holocaust; of the bureaucratic nightmare of requisitions, restitution, and reparations; and of life in America. This unique book will be of interest to a general readership and is an important book for scholars in German and Holocaust studies. G ILYA G ERDA SCHMIDT is Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, and Director, the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville. She has written three books and edited and/or translated five from German into English.


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“This book tells a fascinating story, one that needs to be told.” — N A N CY W IN GFIELD, Northern Illinois University

“I found this material to be both fresh and interesting.” —A LEXA N DER DE GRA N D, North Carolina State University

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In the Name of Italy Nation, Family, and Patriotism in a Fascist Court M AU R A HA M ETZ 288 PAGES

What was the nature of justice in Italian Fascist society? Through the lens of the case of Luigia Paulovich, a legal appeal filed against the Prefect of Trieste in 1931, In the Name of Italy: Nation, Family, and Patriotism in a Fascist Court demonstrates the inconsistencies of the Fascist attack on traditional political liberties and the incomplete nature of Fascist legal reform. A compelling narrative of an elderly widow’s successful challenge to the “italianization” of her surname, the book reveals institutional uncertainty, signs of underlying discontent, and legal opposition to Fascistization in the first decade of Mussolini’s rule. It explores the world of Fascist justice in the halls of the Italian Administrative Court, highlighting the interplay of Italian law and the judiciary in the interpretation of Fascist expectations and the enforcement of Fascist policies against the backdrop of inherited cultural, political, and gendered beliefs. Fascist aims to create a “new” society clashed with conservative notions of family, church, and patriotism to affect the perception and practice of justice. Competing visions of nationalism from Italy’s Adriatic borderlands, Dalmatia, and Rome show how the persistence of regional cultural and legal particularities impeded Fascist efforts to promote national standardization and enforce government centralization. Focusing on the proceedings of the case revealed in local documents and national court records, the account of the woman who pit Fascist officials against the national government engages legal scholars, historians, onomasticians, and theorists of Fascism, nationalism, and borderlands in debates over the nature of citizenship and the meanings of nationalism, patriotism, and justice. It explores Fascist legal reform and sheds light on the nature of Fascist authority, demonstrating the fragmentation of power, the constraints of dictatorship, and the limits of popular quiescence. The widow’s triumph indicates that while Fascist dictatorship appeared in many guises, dissent adopted many masks. MAURA HAME TZ

is Associate Professor of History at Old Dominion University.

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The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral SA LVATO R E BASILE, foreword by MOST REV EREND TI M OTH Y M . DO LAN, ARCH BISH O P OF NEW YORK

“The story of the music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral has now been told in a new and richly detailed book.” — CATH OL IC N EW YORK

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PAPERBACK Foreword by Most reverend tiMothy M. dolan, archbishop oF new york

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Since its inception more than 125 years ago, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir has been considered the gold standard of liturgical music—an example of artistic excellence that has garnered worldwide renown. Yet behind this stately façade lies an intriguing mix of New York history, star secrets, and high-level office politics that has made the choir not only a source of prime musical entertainment but also fodder for tabloids and periodicals across the nation. In this unique and engaging book, readers are treated to a treasure trove of vibrant characters, from opera stars from around the world to the thousands of volunteer singers who brought their own hopes and dreams— and widely varying musical abilities—to the fabled choir. Entwined with the history of New York, Salvatore Basile’s pitch-perfect exploration shows the choir as a microcosm for the larger trends, upheavals, and events that have made up the history of the city, the nation, and even the world. SA LVATOR E B ASILE is Cathedral Music Historian as well as a soloist and Senior Cantor of the Cathedral Choir at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Chagas Disease

F R A NÇ O I S D ELAP O RT E translated by ART HU R GO LDH AMMER, foreword by TODD MEYERS

Between 1909 and 1911, Carlos Chagas described a pathogenic trypanosome, its intermediate host, and the illness he believed it caused, parasitic thyroiditis. He described a domestic insect and an endocrine disease caused by a parasite, which was called Chagas Disease. In 1935, a new form of parasitosis, called American trypanosomiasis, appeared. It soon came to be seen as one of Latin America’s most serious endemic diseases. The revelation of what was called “Romaña’s sign” (a palpebral edema) marked a transformation in medical knowledge of the disease. Not only was the disease that Chagas had described shown to be an illusion, but twentyfive years of scientific controversy turned out to have been based on a misunderstanding. This book examines the various discoveries, dead ends, controversies, and major epistemological transformations that marked the history of Chagas Disease. It shows how an epistemological focus can add depth and complexity to the history of medicine.

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FRANÇOI S D ELAPORTE is Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Picardie–Jules Verne. Several of his books have earlier appeared in English translation, among them Anatomy of the Passions and A Vital Rationalist: Selected Writings from Georges Canguilhem. ARTHUR GOLDHAMMER is Senior Affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. TOD D M EYER S

is Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at Wayne State University.


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RADICAL E GAL ITARIANISM LO C A L R E A L I T I E S , G LO B A L R E L AT I O NS EDITED BY FELICITY AULINO, MIRIAM GOHEEN, AND STANLEY J. TAMBIAH With an Afterword by Michael M. J. Fischer u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u u

Radical Egalitarianism Local Realities, Global Relations edited by FELIC ITY AU LI NO, M I RI AM G O HEEN, and STA N LEY J. TAMB I AH with an afterword by M I CH AEL M.J. FI S CHE R

“The scholarship embodied in the collection is of consistently high quality and the contributions combine theoretical rigor with rich empirical detail.” — ELIZA B ET H T RAU B E, Wesleyan University

In this volume, leading scholars in anthropology, religion, and area studies engage global and local perspectives dialectically to develop a historically grounded, ethnographically driven social science. The book’s chapters, drawing on research in East and Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, are also in conversation with the extensive work of editor and contributor Stanley J. Tambiah: They all investigate some aspect of what Tambiah has called “multiple orientations to the world.” The implicit focus throughout is on human cultural differences and the historically constituted nature of the political potentialities (both positive and negative) that stem from these. As a whole, then, the volume promotes an approach to scholarship that actively avoids privileging any one conceptual framework or cultural form at the expense of recognizing another—a style of inquiry that the editors call “radical egalitarianism.” Together, these scholars encourage a comparative examination of contemporary societies, provide insights into the historical development of social scientific and sociopolitical categories, and raise vital questions about the possibilities for achieving equality and justice in the presence of competing realities in the global world today. Michael M.J. Fischer’s Afterword provides a brilliant exegesis of Tambiah’s multifaceted oeuvre, outlining the primary themes that inform his scholarship and, by extension, all the chapters in this book. Felicity Aulino, James Ferguson, Michael M.J. Fischer, Miriam Goheen, Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Byron Good, Michael Herzfeld, Irving Chan Johnson, Ingrid Jordt, Liisa Malkki, Victor Manfredi, Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, Mariza Peirano, Michael Puett, Prista Ratanapruck, Marshall Sahlins, Stanley J. Tambiah, and James Taylor.

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FE LICITY AU LINO

Anthropology.

is a PhD candidate in Harvard University’s Department of

is Professor of Anthropology-Sociology and Black Studies at Amherst College and editor of The African Studies Review. Her publications include Men Own the Fields, Women Own the Crops: Gender and Power in the Cameroon Highlands.

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Poets of the Italian Diaspora

A bilinguAl Anthology

A Bilingual Anthology

edited by LU I GI B O NAFFINI and JO SEPH PERRICONE

“An outstanding pioneering work that will mark a milestone in Italian Studies and will serve as the foundation of a new discipline, the literature of the Italian Diaspora.” — SA N T E M AT T EO, Miami University

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EdiTEd By Luigi bonAFFini & josEPh PErriconE

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In the century between 1870 and 1970, about 27 million migrants left Italy to work and live abroad. As a result, the worldwide Italian diaspora reportedly numbers more than 60 million people. Until now, however, there has not been an anthology devoted to the literature of the Italian diaspora that places it in a global context. This landmark volume presents a truly international selection of works by more than seventy Italian-language poets writing in countries from Australia to Venezuela. Their poetry is collected here into eleven geographical regions. The history and current state of Italian-language poetry in each region receives a critical overview by a knowledgeable scholar who also introduces each poet and provides a bibliography of his or her work. All poems appear on facing pages in both Italian and English. Poets of the Italian Diaspora is part of a long-range project, by the editors and contributors, to expand the boundaries of the Italian literary canon. LUI GI B ONAFFI N I

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Italian Translation.

is Professor of Italian at Brooklyn College. He is the editor of the Journal of

is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Fordham University. He is the book review editor of the Journal of Italian Translation.

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On Becoming God

On Becoming God

Late Medieval Mysticism and the Modern Western Self

On Becoming God

Late Medieval Mysticism and the Modern Western Self BEN MORGAN

“It stands on its own as a new and essential contribution both to the interpretation of the significance of medieval mysticism and to the question of identity-formation.” — N I K LAUS L A RGIER, University of California, Berkeley

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P e r s Pe c t i v e s i n c o n t i n e n ta l PhilosoPhy

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Do we have to conceive of ourselves as isolated individuals, inevitably distanced from other people and from whatever we might mean when we use the word “God”? On Becoming God offers an innovative approach to the history of the modern Western self by looking at human identity as something people do together rather than on their own, as a way of managing and keeping at bay the impulses and experiences associated with the word “God.” The “self” is a way of doing things, or of not doing things, with “God.” The book draws on phenomenology (Heidegger), gender studies (Beauvoir, Butler), and contemporary neuroscience. It surveys existing approaches to modern selfhood (Foucault, Charles Taylor) and proposes an alternative account by investigating late medieval mysticism, in particular texts written in Germany by Meister Eckhart and others. It concludes by exploring the parallel between late medieval confessors and their spiritual charges, and late-nineteenth-century psychoanalysts and their patients, in search of a vocabulary for acknowledging and nurturing our everyday commitments to others and to our spiritual longings. B EN M OR GAN

is University Lecturer in German and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.


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“Beautifully written and elegantly theorized.” —VIRGIN IA B U RRU S, Drew Theological Seminary

KARMEN MACKENDRICK

Divine Enticement THEOLOGICAL SEDUCTIONS

Divine Enticement

Theological Seductions

KA R MEN MAC K E N DRICK

Theology usually appears to us to be dogmatic, judgmental, condescending, maybe therapeutic, or perhaps downright fantastical—but seldom enticing. Divine Enticement takes as its starting point that the meanings of theological concepts are not so much logical, truth-valued propositions—affirmative or negative—as they are provocations and evocations. Thus it argues for the seductiveness of both theology and its subject—for, in fact, infinite seduction and enticement as the very sense of theological query. The divine name is one by which we are drawn toward the limits of thought, language, and flesh. The use of language in such conceptualization calls more than it designates. This is not a flaw or a result of vagueness or imprecision in theological language but rather marks the correspondence of such language to its subject: that which, outside of or at the limit of our thought, draws us as an enticement to desire, not least to intellectual desire. Central to the text is the strange semiotics of divine naming, as a call on that for which there cannot be a standard referent. The entanglement of sign and body, not least in interpretations of the Christian incarnation, both grounds and complicates the theological abstractions. A number of traditional notions in Christian theology are reconceived here as enticements, modes of drawing the desires of both body and mind: faith as “thinking with assent”; sacraments as “visible words” read in community; ethics as responsiveness to beauty; prayer as the language of address; scripture as the story of meaning-making. All of these culminate in a sense of a call to and from the purely possible, the open space into which we can be enticed, within which we can be divinely enticing. KARME N MACKENDRICK is Professor of Philosophy at Le Moyne College. Her other books with Fordham include Fragmentation and Memory: Meditations on Christian Doctrine; Word Made Skin: Figuring Language at the Surface of Flesh; and, with Virginia Burrus and Mark Jordan, Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions.

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Postmodern Apologetics? Arguments for God in Contemporary Philosophy “This book brings together in one place the thought of seven philosophers of religion who are not well known in the English-speaking world but who have much to say that is relevant to contemporary discussions of religion, whether those discussions occur in philosophy or theology.” — JA MES E. FAU LCO N ER, Brigham Young University

Postmodern Apologetics? Fordham

P e r s Pe c t i v e s i n c o n t i n e n ta l PhilosoPhy

Postmodern Apologetics?

Arguments for God in Contemporary Philosophy C H R I ST INA M . GS CHWANDTNE R 288 PAGES 978-0-8232-4275-7 • PAPER • $27.00 (01) 978-0-8232-4274-0 • CLOTH • $80.00 (06) Perspectives in Continental Philosophy JU LY

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This book provides an introduction to the emerging field of continental philosophy of religion by treating the thought of its most important representatives, including its appropriations by several thinkers in the United States. Part I provides context by examining religious aspects of the thought of Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida. Christina Gschwandtner contends that, although the work of these thinkers is not apologetic in nature (i.e., it does not provide an argument for religion, whether Christianity or Judaism), it prepares the ground for the more religiously motivated work of more recent thinkers by giving religious language and ideas some legitimacy in philosophical discussions. Part II devotes a chapter to each of the contemporary French thinkers who articulate a phenomenology of religious experience: Paul Ricoeur, Jean-Luc Marion, Michel Henry, Jean-Louis Chrétien, and Jean-Yves Lacoste. In it, the author argues that their respective philosophies can be read as an apologetics of sorts—namely, as arguments for the coherence of thought about God and the viability of religious experience—though each thinker does so in a different fashion and to a different degree. Part III considers the three major thinkers who have popularized and extended this phenomenology in the U.S. context: John D. Caputo, Merold Westphal, and Richard Kearney. The book thus both provides an introduction to important contemporary thinkers, many of whom have not yet received much treatment in English, and also argues that their philosophies can be read as providing an argument for Christian faith. CHRISTINA M. G SCHWANDTNER is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Scranton. She is the author of Reading Jean-Luc Marion: Exceeding Metaphysics and has translated Marion’s On the Ego and on God (Fordham), his The Visible and the Revealed (Fordham), and Michel Henry’s Words of Christ (forthcoming 2012).


SCOTT M. CAMPBELL

SCOTT M. CAMPBELL

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The Early Heidegger’s Philosophy of Life Facticity, Being, and Language

The Early Heidegger’s Philosophy of Life

The Early Heidegger’s Philosophy of Life Facticity, Being, and Language S C OTT M . CA MPBELL

Fordham

P e r s Pe c t i v e s i n c o n t i n e n ta l PhilosoPhy

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In his early lecture courses, Martin Heidegger exhibited an abiding interest in human life. He believed that human life has philosophical import while it is actually being lived; language has philosophical import while it is being spoken. In this book, Scott Campbell traces the development of Heidegger’s ideas about factical life through his interest in Greek thought and its concern with Being. He contends that Heidegger’s existential concerns about human life and his ontological concerns about the meaning of Being crystallize in the notion of Dasein as the Being of factical human life. Emphasizing the positive aspects of everydayness, Campbell explores the contexts of meaning embedded within life; the intensity of average, everyday life; the temporal immediacy of life in early Christianity; the hermeneutic pursuit of life’s self-alienation; factical spatiality; the temporalizing of history within life; the richness of the world; and the facticity of speaking in Plato and Aristotle. He shows how Heidegger presents a way of grasping human life as riddled with deception but also charged with meaning and open to revelation and insight. S COTT M . CAM PBE LL

is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Nazareth College of Rochester.

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Reconstructing Individualism A Pr Agm At ic t r A di t ion from EmErson to Ellison

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Reconstructing Individualism

A Pragmatic Tradition from Emerson to Ellison JA M E S M . A L B RECH T

America has a love–hate relationship with individualism. In Reconstructing Individualism, James Albrecht argues that our conceptions of individualism have remained trapped within the assumptions of classic liberalism. He traces an alternative genealogy of individualist ethics in four major American thinkers—Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, John Dewey, and Ralph Ellison. These writers’ shared commitments to pluralism (metaphysical and cultural), experimentalism, and a melioristic stance toward value and reform led them to describe the self as inherently relational. Accordingly, they articulate models of selfhood that are socially engaged and ethically responsible, and they argue that a reconceived—or, in Dewey’s term, “reconstructed”— individualism is not merely compatible with but necessary to democratic community. Conceiving selfhood and community as interrelated processes, they call for an ongoing reform of social conditions so as to educate and liberate individuality, and, conversely, they affirm the essential role individuality plays in vitalizing communal efforts at reform. JA M ES M . A LB R ECHT 368 PAGES

Lutheran University.

is Associate Professor of English and Dean of Humanities at Pacific

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The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce

edited by C O R NELIS de WAAL and KRYSZTO F PIOT R SKOW RO ŃSKI

The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce edited by

Cornelis de Waal and Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński

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This volume explores the three normative sciences that Peirce distinguished (aesthetics, ethics, and logic) and their relation to phenomenology and metaphysics. The essays approach this topic from a variety of angles, ranging from questions concerning the normativity of logic to an application of Peirce’s semiotics to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” A recurrent question throughout is whether a moral theory can be grounded in Peirce’s work, despite his rather vehement denial that this can be done. Some essays ask whether a dichotomy exists between theoretical and practical ethics. Other essays show that Peirce’s philosophy embraces meliorism, examine the role played by self-control, seek to ground communication theory in Peirce’s speculative rhetoric, or examine the normative aspect of the notion of truth. CONTR I B UTOR S: Mats Bergman, Vincent Colapietro, James Liszka, Rosa Maria Mayorga, Mateusz W. Oleksy, Kelly Parker, Helmut Pape, Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen, Sami Pihlström Cornelis de Waal, Ignacio Redondo, and Krysztof Piotr Skowroński CORNELIS de WAAL is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions of the Charles Sanders Peirce Society. KRYSZTOF PIOTR SKOWROŃSKI is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Opole University in

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Loyalty to Loyalty

Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life M ATH EW A . FO U ST

“Foust offers not only a major contribution to Royce scholarship but also an important, original, and timely contribution to ethics generally.” — K E N N E T H ST IK K ERS, Southern Illinois University

“This book makes significant contributions to the ongoing scholarship on the work of Josiah Royce.” — JACQ UE LYN K EGLEY, California State University, Bakersfield

Loyalty to Loyalty

Josi a h Royce

and the Genuine MoRal life

Mathew A. Foust

224 PAGES 978-0-8232-4269-6 • CLOTH • $50.00 (06) American Philosophy MARC H

As a virtue, loyalty has an ambiguous place in our thinking about moral judgments. We lauded the loyalty of firefighters who risked their lives to save others on 9/11 while condemning the loyalty of those who perpetrated the catastrophe. Responding to such uneasiness and confusion, Loyalty to Loyalty contributes to ongoing conversation about how we should respond to conflicts in loyalty in a pluralistic world. The lone philosopher to base an ethical theory on the virtue of loyalty is Josiah Royce. Loyalty to Loyalty engages Royce’s moral theory, revealing how loyalty, rather than being just one virtue among others, is central to living a genuinely moral and meaningful life. Mathew A. Foust shows how the theory of loyalty Royce advances can be brought to bear on issues such as the partiality/ impartiality debate in ethical theory, the role of loyalty in liberatory struggle, and the ethics of whistleblowing and disaster response. M ATHEW A . FOUST

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Wittgenstein’s House Language, Space, and Architecture NA NA L A ST

“Reveals heretofore unseen and unsuspected edifying relations between architecture and philosophy and their distinctive ways of seeing and thinking.” — P OST MO D ERN CULTURE

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“An interesting and thought-provoking work, one that adds to the corpus of writings on Wittgenstein’s ideas about architecture and aesthetics.” — E ST E T I KA : TH E C EN TRAL EUROPEAN JOURN AL OF AESTH ETIC S

Wittgenstein’s House reads his two main philosophical texts, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations, in relation to an experience that intervened between them: his design and construction of the Stonborough-Wittgenstein house in Vienna. Arguing that the practice of architecture occupies not just a historical position between Wittgenstein’s early and late philosophy but a conceptual position as well, the book demonstrates that Wittgenstein’s practice of architecture constitutes a fundamental component in the development of his philosophy of language from its early to late phases. NA NA LAST

is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia.

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Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam

edited by C H R I ST IAN W. T RO LL and C. T. R. HEW ER

This book captures the autobiographical reflections of twenty-eight Christian men and women who, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, committed their lives to the study of Islam and to practical Christian–Muslim relations in new and irenic ways. Their contributions come from across the spectrum of the Western church and record what drew them into the study of Islam. Their accounts take us to twenty-five countries and into all the branches of Islamic studies: Qur’an, Hadith, Shari’a, Sufism, philology, theology, and philosophy. They give fascinating insights into personal encounters with Islam and Muslims, speak of the ways in which their Christian traditions of spiritual training formed and nourished them, and deal with some of the misunderstandings and opposition they have faced along the way.

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CONTR I B UTOR S : Maurice Borrmans, David B. Burrell, Kenneth Cragg, Arij Roest Crollius, Sebastiano D’Ambra, Andreas D’Souza, Joseph Ellul, Michael Fitzgerald, Jean-Marie Gaudeul, C. T. R. Hewer, Paul Jackson, Felix Körner, Michel Lagarde, Christopher Lamb, Daniel Madigan, David Marshall, Jane McAuliffe, Thomas Michel, Christiaan van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Emilio Platti, Lucie Pruvost, Etienne Renaud, Patrick Ryan, Giuseppe Scattolin, Sigvard von Sicard, Jan Slomp, Christian W. Troll, and Francesco Zannini C HR I STI A N W. TROLL is Honorary Professor for the Study of Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations at St. Georgen Graduate School of Theology and Philosophy, Frankfurt am Main. C . T. R . HEW ER

has worked in the field of Christian–Muslim relations since 1986. F O R D H A M P R E SS .CO M

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The Dream Life of Citizens Late Victorian Novels and the Fantasy of the State ZA R E NA A SL AMI

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“The Dream Life of Citizens will be a must-read not only for scholars of late Victorian literature and culture but also for anyone interested in concepts of the state and state power in relation to liberalism, empire, gender, and personhood.” — IVA N K REILKA MP, Indiana University Scholars have long argued that nations, as imagined communities, are constituted through the incitement of feelings and the operations of fantasy. Can we say the same about the set of disciplinary and regulatory institutions that we call the state? Can we think of it as constituted by feelings and fantasies, too? Zarena Aslami argues that late Victorian novels certainly did. Revisiting major works by Olive Schreiner, Thomas Hardy, and George Gissing, among others, Aslami shows how novels dramatized the feelings and fantasies of a culture that was increasingly optimistic, as well as increasingly anxious, about the state’s capacity to “step in” and help its citizens achieve the good life. In this study of late Victorian culture, Aslami reveals how a historically specific and intriguing fantasy of the state was thought to animate citizens’ psychic lives. This fantasy starred the modern state as a heroic actor with whom one has a relationship and from whom one desires something. While she tracks fantasies of the state in political writing, Aslami argues that novels were a privileged site for meditating on its more tragic implications. Z AR ENA AS LAMI

is Assistant Professor of English at Michigan State University.

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Structures of Appearing   Allegory&the Work of Literature

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Structures of Appearing Allegory and the Work of Literature B R E NDA M ACH O SKY

Allegory&the Work of Literature

“Structures of Appearing may just be the most considerable book on literary allegory of the past decade and more, and [it] should be very influential. Besides being one of those rare works that can rework a field, it is well written, well organized, and, even for so hard-minded an argument, a real pleasure to read.” —T IMOT HY J. REISS, New York University

Brenda Machosky 256 PAGES 978-0-8232-4284-9 • CLOTH • $55.00 (06) AUG UST

Taking a phenomenological approach to allegory, Structures of Appearing seeks to revise the history of aesthetics, identifying it as an ideology that has long subjugated art to philosophical criteria of judgment. Rather than being a mere signifying device, allegory is the structure by which something appears that cannot otherwise appear. It thus supports the appearance and necessary experience of philosophical ideas that are otherwise impossible to present or represent. Allegory is as central to philosophy as it is to literature. Following suggestions by Walter Benjamin, Machosky argues that allegory itself must appear allegorically and thus cannot be forced into a logos-centric metaphysical system. She builds on the work of Maurice Blanchot and Emmanuel Levinas to argue that the allegorical image is not a likeness to anything, not a subjective reflection, but an absolute otherness that becomes accessible by virtue of its unique structure. Allegory thus makes possible not merely the textual work of literature but the work that literature is. Machosky develops this insight in readings of Prudentius, Dante, Spenser, Hegel, Goethe, and Kafka. B R ENDA M ACHOSKY is Associate Professor in Humanities and English at the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu. She is the editor of Faces of Allegory.

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A Common Strangeness

Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature

Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature JAC O B E D M O ND

“Ultimately the readings support an interpretation of Benjamin as authority for interpreting the experience of globalization, or ‘common strangeness’ as that experience appears in poetry. The close readings are quite good and also very worthwhile in the context of critical discussion of world literature.” — EDWA RD M. GU N N , Cornell University

Jacob Edmond

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Why is our world still understood through binary oppositions—East and West, local and global, common and strange—that ought to have crumbled with the Berlin Wall? What might literary responses to the events that ushered in our era of globalization tell us about the rhetorical and historical underpinnings of these dichotomies? In A Common Strangeness, Jacob Edmond exemplifies a new, multilingual and multilateral approach to literary and cultural studies. He begins with the entrance of China into multinational capitalism and the appearance of the Parisian flâneur in the writings of a Chinese poet exiled in Auckland, New Zealand. Moving among poetic examples in Russian, Chinese, and English, he then traces a series of encounters shaped by economic and geopolitical events from the Cultural Revolution, perestroika, and the June 4 massacre to the collapse of the Soviet Union, September 11, and the invasion of Iraq. In these encounters, Edmond tracks a shared concern with strangeness through which poets contested old binary oppositions as they reemerged in new, post–Cold War forms. JACOB ED M OND

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teaches English at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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American Metempsychosis Emerson, Whitman, and the New Poetry J O H N M I C H A EL CORRIGAN

“American Metempsychosis is a valuable work that contributes an original reading of Emerson and Whitman.” —A RT HU R VERSLU IS, author, American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions: The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance

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“The transmigration of souls is no fable. I would it were, but men and women are only half human.” With these words, Ralph Waldo Emerson confronts a dilemma that illuminates the formation of American individualism: To evolve and become fully human requires a heightened engagement with history. Americans, Emerson argues, must realize history’s chronology in themselves— because their own minds and bodies are its evolving record. Whereas scholarship has tended to minimize the mystical underpinnings of Emerson’s notion of the self, his depictions of “the metempsychosis of nature” reveal deep roots in mystical traditions from Hinduism and Buddhism to Platonism and Christian esotericism. In essay after essay, Emerson uses metempsychosis as an open-ended template for understanding human development. In Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman transforms Emerson’s conception of metempsychotic selfhood into an expressly poetic event. His vision of transmigration viscerally celebrates the poet’s ability to assume and live in other bodies; his American poet seeks to incorporate the entire nation into his own person so that he can speak for every man and woman. JOHN M I C HA EL CORRIG AN

University, Taiwan.

is an Assistant Professor of American Literature at Ming Chuan

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Ghost-Watching American Modernity

Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination M A R Í A del P ILAR BLANCO

Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination

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In Ghost-Watching American Modernity, María del Pilar Blanco revisits nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts from Spanish America and the United States to ask how different landscapes are represented as haunted sites. Moving from foundational fictions to Westerns, Blanco explores the diverse ways in which ghosts and haunting emerge across the American hemisphere for authors who are preoccupied with evoking the experience of geographical transformations during a period of unprecedented development. The book offers an innovative approach that seeks to understand ghosts in their local specificity, rather than as products of generic conventions or as allegories of hidden desires. Its chapters pursue formally attentive readings of texts by Domingo Sarmiento, Henry James, José Martí, W. E. B. Du Bois, Juan Rulfo, Felisberto Hernández, and Clint Eastwood. In an intervention that will reconfigure the critical uses of spectrality for scholars in U.S./Latin American Studies, narrative theory, and comparative literature, Blanco advances ghost-watching as a method for rediscovering haunting on its own terms. M A R Í A del PI LAR BLANCO is Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture at University College London. She is the co-editor, with Esther Peeren, of Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture.

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The Other Night DREAMING, WRITING, AND RESTLESSNESS I N T W E N T I E T H - C E N T U RY L I T E R AT U R E

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Dreaming, Writing, and Restlessness in Twentieth-Century Literature H E R S C H E L FARBMAN

“The Other Night is as demanding as the literature it engages with and is not for the fainthearted. Farbman’s strength lies in the rigorous and detailed linguistic analyses of these lengthy, complex texts, to which he brings both considerable and considerate knowledge.” “This book about restlessness generates a restlessness of its own, a ferment of ideas, hints, and possibilities.” — P OSTMOD ERN CULTURE

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“A beautifully written, often moving account of the status of the dream in twentieth-century writing.” — PE R I C LES LEW IS, Yale University Revisiting Freud’s argument that the dream is a form of writing, The Other Night looks at how life becomes literature in this wakefulness. Though we seem to be seeing things in our dreams, we are actually confronted with a kind of writing. This writing is not in our power, and yet it is ours. We are responsible for it in the same strange way that we are responsible for our lives. HER S CHEL FA R BMAN

is a Lecturer in English and French at the University of California, Irvine.


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Isaac on Jewish and Christian Altars

Polemic and Exegesis in Rashi and the Glossa Ordinaria D EVO R A H S CH O ENFELD

“Schoenfeld’s book is at the forefront of new thinking about peshat/literal sense in both Jewish and Christian contexts, and she opens up new territory for exploration and comparison.” — D E E A N A K LEP P ER, Boston University

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Devorah Schoenfeld’s new work offers an in-depth examination of two of the most influential Christian and Jewish Bible commentaries of the High Middle Ages. The Glossa Ordinaria and Rashi’s commentary were standard texts for Bible study in the High Middle Ages, and Rashi's influence continues to the present day. Although Rashi’s commentary and the Glossa developed at the same time with no known contact between them, they shared a way of reading text that shaped their interpretations of the central religious narrative of the Binding of Isaac. Schoenfeld’s text examines each commentary unto itself and offers a detailed comparison, one that illustrates the similarities between Rashi and the Gloss that derive not merely from their shared late antique heritage but also from their common twelfth-century context, and the Jewish-Christian polemic in which they both, implicitly or explicitly, take part. D EVORAH S CHOENFELD is Assistant Professor of Theology (Judaism) at Loyola University Chicago. Her research is on medieval Bible commentaries and Jewish–Christian relations.

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Medieval Poetics and Social Practice Responding to the Work of Penn R. Szittya edited by SE ETA CHAGANT I

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This collection responds to the critical legacy of Penn R. Szittya, the recently retired former chair of Georgetown University’s English Department. Inspired by Georgetown’s Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice and its statement that poetry “traverses the fields of aesthetic, social, political, and religious thought,” this work investigates how medieval poetic language reflects and also shapes social, political, and religious worlds. At a moment in contemporary culture when poetry finds its value increasingly challenged, Medieval Poetics and Social Practice looks to the late Middle Ages to assert the indispensability of poetry and poetics in the formation of social structures, actions, and utterances. The contributors offer new readings of canonical late-medieval English poetic texts, such as Langland’s Piers Plowman and Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls, and, of equal importance, explore texts that have hitherto not held a central place in criticism but make important contributions to the literary culture of the period. Introduced by Seeta Chaganti, the collection includes essays by Richard K. Emmerson, J. Patrick Hornbeck, John C. Hirsh, Moira Fitzgibbons, John T. Sebastian, Nicholas R. Havely, Kara Doyle, Anne Middleton, Jo Ann Moran Cruz, and Mark McMorris. CONTR I B UTOR S : Jo Ann Moran Cruz, Kara Doyle, Richard K. Emmerson, Moira Fitzgibbons, Nicholas R. Havely, John C. Hirsh, J. Patrick Hornbeck, Mark McMorris, Anne Middleton, John T. Sebastian. S EETA C HAGA NTI is an Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of The Medieval Poetics of the Reliquary: Enshrinement, Inscription, Performance.

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Conversations on Peirce

Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God

Reals and Ideals

DO UG L A S R . A N D E R S O N and CA R L R . HAU S M A N

edited by D ONNA B OWMA N and CLAY TON CROCK ET T

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American Philosophy

2010 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show, in the Scholarly Illustrated Category

Isabel G. MacCaffrey Prize for the Best Book on Spenser and Renaissance Literature, 2008 & 2009

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Adoration 11 Against Democracy 6 Albrecht, James M. 25 American Metempsychosis 29 Anderson, Douglas R. 33 Anderson, Judith H. 33 Aslami, Zarena 28 Aulino, Felicity 21

B

Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch 33 Basile, Salvatore 20 Berger, Harry Jr. 8 Berkowitz, Roger 33 Berssenbrugge, Mei-Mei 10 Between Page and Screen 34 Beyond the Mother Tongue 38 Beyond the Mushroom Cloud 36 Blanco, María del Pilar 30 Bonaffini, Luigi 22 Bost, Suzanne 33 Bowman, Donna 33 Boyarin, Jonathan 33 Brault, Pascale-Anne 37 Brillenburg, Kiene Wurth 33, 34 Brown, Anna J. 36 Butler, Judith P. 34

C

Cahill, Kevin M. 34 Campana, Joseph 34 Campbell, Scott M. 25 Canaris, Michael M. 35 Carlson, Julie A. 4 Catanzano, Amy 34 Chaganti, Seeta 31 Chagas Disease 20 Choffel, Julie 10 Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam 27 Christiansë, Yvette 34 Chryssavgis, John 33 Common Strangeness, A 29 Constructive Theology of Intellectual Disability, A 35 Continuous Frieze Bordering Red 9 Conversations on Peirce 33 Corrigan, John Michael 29 Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God 33 Crockett, Clayton 33

D

Dangerous Citizens 37 Dante Studies 2011 32 Dastur, Françoise 13 Death’s Following 14 Decolonizing Epistemologies 35

Delaporte, François 20 Democracy’s Spectacle 35 Dim, Joan Marans 36 Divine Enticement 23 Dolan, Timothy M. 20 Dream Life of Citizens, The 28 During, Simon 6

History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861–1865, A 38 Houtman, Dick 35 How Are We to Confront Death? 13 Hughes, George 34

E

In the Name of Italy 19 Irony on Occasion 37 Isaac on Jewish and Christian Altars 31 Isasi-Díaz, Ada María 35

Miller, Randall M. 16 Miller, Steven 36 Miracle and Machine 37 Miracle on High Street 36 Miyamoto, Yuki 36 Morgan, Ben 22 Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul 33 Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, The 36 Mulderink, Earl F. III 17 Multiversal 34 Musically Sublime 33

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N

Early Heidegger’s Philosophy of Life, The 25 Edmond, Jacob 29 Ellsworth, Jonathan 34 Encarnación 33 Enlightened Sentiments 37 Esposito, Roberto 12 Estrine, Judith 38 Ethics of Betrayal, An 37

F

Faith, Resistance, and the Future 36 Falque, Emmanuel 34 Farbman, Herschel 30 Fifth Avenue Famous 20 Fischer, Michael M.J. 21 Fordham University School of Law 35 Foust, Mathew A. 26 Frank, Joseph 34 From Slave Ship to Harvard 2 Furtak, Rick Anthony 34 Fury in the Words, A 8

G

Garber, Marjorie 5 Garrido, Juan Manuel 34 Genealogies of Fiction 38 Ghost-Watching American Modernity 30 Giannone, Richard 1 Giving an Account of Oneself 34 Goheen, Miriam 21 Gold, Moshe 32 Goldhammer, Arthur 20 Goldstein, Ann 36 Gould, Neil 35 Greek 35 Greiman, Jennifer 35 Gschwandtner, Christina M. 24 Guelzo, Allen 16

H

Hametz, Maura 19 Hansen, Hardy 35 Haslam, Molly C. 35 Hausman, Carl R. 33 Hello Delay, The 10 Hewer, C. T. R. 27 Hidden 1

I

Johnston, James H. 2 Jones, Allen 35 Joyce Studies Annual 2011 32

K

Kaczorowski, Robert J. 35 Katz, Jeffrey 33 Keenan, Thomas 33 Kirmse, Anne-Marie 35 Krell, David Farrell 13

L

Lansing, Richard 32 Last, Nana 27 Legacy of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., The 35 Lemm, Vanessa 12 Lienhard, Reverend Joseph T. 32 Limon, John 14 Lincoln and Leadership 16 Loaded Words 5 Lost Unicorns of the Velvet Revolutions 7 Loyalty to Loyalty 26

M

Maas, Sander van 38 Machosky, Brenda 28 MacKendrick, Karmen 23 Malabou, Catherine 36 Marazzi, Martino 36 Marble, Sanders 36 Marder, Elissa 36 Marsh, James L. 36 Masi, Antonio 36 McCabe, Thomas A. 36 McCarrick, Theodore Cardinal 35 McGuinness, Margaret M. 36 McKeane, John 11 Medieval Poetics and Social Practice 31 Mendieta, Eduardo 35 Metamorphosis of Finitude, The 34 Meyer, Birgit 35 Meyers, Todd 20

Reid, James D. 34 Reinvention of Religious Music, The 38 Responses to Modernity 34 Reynolds, Pamela 3 Rohs, Edward 38 Ruti, Mari 15

S

Naas, Michael 37 Naison, Mark 35 Nancy, Jean-Luc 11, 37 Nazar, Hina 37 Neighbors and Missionaries 36 New Bedford’s Civil War 17 New Wounded, The 36 New York’s Golden Age of Bridges 36 Newmark, Kevin 37 Nieves, Marysol 37 Nikolchina, Miglena 7 Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce, The 26

O

On Becoming God 22 On Earth as in Heaven 33 On the Edge of Freedom 38 On Time, Being, and Hunger 34 Other Night, The 30

P

Pacini, David S. 37 Pain of Reformation, The 34 Panourgiá, Neni 37 Parikh, Crystal 37 Peperzak, Adriaan Theodoor 37 Perricone, Joseph 22 Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 33 Pierce, Michelle Naka 9 Poetics of Emptiness 38 Poets of the Italian Diaspora 22 Postmodern Apologetics? 24

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Quinn, Gerald M. 35

R

Racial Fever 38 Radical Egalitarianism 21 Raised by the Church 38 Rat That Got Away, The 35 Reading the Allegorical Intertext 33 Reconstructing Individualism 25

Schmidt, Gilya Gerda 18 Schoenfeld, Devorah 31 Scraping the Barrel 36 Seigneurie, Ken 38 Sicker, Philip T. 32 Singularity of Being, The 15 Skowroński, Krysztof Piotr 26 Slavet, Eliza 38 Smith, David G. 38 Smith, John David 38 Speaking about Torture 4 Stalling, Jonathan 38 Standing by the Ruins 38 Stoppino, Eleonora 38 Structures of Appearing 28 Süssen Is Now Free of Jews 18

T

Taking AIM! 37 Tambiah, Stanley J. 21 Terms of the Political 12 Things 35 Thinking about Thinking 37 Thinking in Dark Times 33 Thoreau’s Importance for Philosophy 34 Through Narcissus’ Glass Darkly 37 Toni Morrison 34 Traditio 2011 32 Troll, Christian W. 27 Tropical Medicine 34 Truth of Democracy, The 37

V

Vallier, Robert 13 Victor Herbert 35 Voices of Italian America 36

W

Waal, Cornelis de 26 War in Worcester 3 Weber, Elisabeth 4 Welch, Rhiannon Noel 12 Williams, George Washington 38 Wittgenstein’s House 27

Y

Yildiz, Yasemin 38

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