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Teaching While Black

A New Voice on Race and Education in New York City PA M ELA LEW IS

Teaching should never be color-blind. In a world where many believe the best approach toward eradicating racism is to feign ignorance of our palpable physical differences, a few have led the movement toward convincing fellow educators not only to consider race but to use it as the very basis of their teaching. This is what education activist and writer Pamela Lewis has set upon to do in her compelling book, Teaching While Black: A New Voice on Race and Education in New York City. As the title suggests, embracing blackness in the classroom can be threatening to many and thus challenging to carry out in the present school system. Unapologetic and gritty, Teaching While Black offers an insightful, honest portrayal of Lewis’s turbulent eleven-year relationship within the New York City public school system and her fight to survive in a profession that has undervalued her worth and her understanding of how children of color learn best. Tracing her educational journey with its roots in the North Bronx, Lewis paints a vivid, intimate picture of her battle to be heard in a system struggling to unlock the minds of the children it serves, while stifling the voices of teachers of color who hold the key. The reader gains full access to a perspective that has been virtually ignored since the No Child Left Behind Act, through which questions surrounding increased resignation rates by teachers of color and failing test scores can be answered. Teaching While Black is both a deeply personal narrative of a black woman’s reallife experiences and a clarion call for culturally responsive teaching. Lewis fearlessly addresses the reality of toxic school culture head-on and gives readers an inside look at the inert bureaucracy, heavy-handed administrators, and ineffective approach to pedagogy that prevent inner-city kids from learning. At the heart of Lewis’s moving narrative is her passion. Each chapter delves deeper into the author’s conscious uncoupling from the current trends in public education that diminish proven remedies for academic underachievement, as observed from her own experiences as a teacher of students of color. Teaching While Black summons everyone to re-examine what good teaching looks like. Through a powerful vision, together with practical ideas and strategies for teachers navigating very difficult waters, Lewis delivers hope for the future of teaching and learning in inner-city schools. PAMELA LE WIS

is a teacher in the New York City Department of Education.

240 pages 978-0-8232-7141-2 • Paper • $19.95 (03) • £13.99 978-0-8232-7140-5 • Cloth • $70.00 (06) • £49.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available M AR C H EDU C AT I O N | BIO G RA PH Y | URBAN STUDIE S

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“Outstanding. In many ways, this is much more than a biography of one Bob Brown; it is a biography of a lost twentieth century.” — CRA IG DWO RK IN , University of Utah

“A cross between an intellectual biography of this literary dynamo and a picaresque novel. Bob Brown has found a sensitive, insightful, and appreciative biographer who knows not only how to narrate (and condense) his amazing adventures but also how to draw the connections that make this overflowing life of letters seem all the more meaningful and significant in our era of digital multimedia.” — LO U IS KA P LA N , University of Toronto

The Amazing Adventures of Bob Brown

A Real-Life Zelig Who Wrote His Way Through the 20th Century C RA I G SA PER

288 pages • 52 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-7146-7 • Paper • $24.95 (03) • £16.99 978-0-8232-7145-0 • Cloth • $90.00 (06) • £62.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available M AY B I O G RAP H Y | H ISTO RY | MED IA STUDIE S

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Contemporary publishing, e-media, and writing owe much to an unsung hero who worked in the trenches of the culture industry (for pulp magazines, Hollywood films, and advertising) and caroused and collaborated with the avant-garde throughout the first half of the twentieth century. Robert Carlton Brown (1886–1959) turned up in the midst of virtually every significant American literary, artistic, political, and popular or countercultural movement of his time—from Chicago’s Cliff Dweller’s Club to Greenwich Village’s bohemians and the Imagist poets; from the American vanguard expatriate groups in Europe to the Beats. Bob Brown churned out pulp fiction and populist cookbooks, created the first movie tie-ins, and invented a surreal reading machine more than seventy-five years ahead of e-books. He was a real-life Zelig of modern culture. With The Amazing Adventures of Bob Brown, Craig Saper disentangles, for the first time, the many lives and careers of the intriguing figure behind so much of twentiethcentury culture. Saper’s lively and engaging yet erudite and subtly experimental style offers a bold new approach to biography that perfectly complements his multidimensional subject. Readers are brought along on a spirited journey with Bob and the Brown clan—Cora (his mother), Rose (his wife), and Bob, a creative team who sometimes went by the name of CoRoBo—through globetrotting, fortune-making and fortune-spending, culture-creating and culture-exploring adventures. Along the way, readers meet many of the most important cultural figures and movements of the era and are witness to the astonishingly prescient vision Brown held of the future of American cultural life in the digital age. Although Brown traveled and lived all around the world, he took Manhattan with him, and his New York City had boroughs around the world. CRAIG SAPER is Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program at UMBC.


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Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker The Miracle of Our Continuance

photographs by VIVI AN CHE RRY text by D O R OT HY DAY edited, with an Introduction and additional text by KATE HE NN E SSY 128 pages • 65 b/w illustrations • 8½ x 11 978-0-8232-7136-8 • Cloth • $39.95 (02) • £27.99 Catholic Practice in North America M AY PH OTO G RA P H Y | CAT H OLIC ST UDIE S

Compelling and prophetic, Dorothy Day is one of the most enduring icons of American Catholicism. In the depths of the Great Depression and guided by the Works of Mercy, Day, a journalist at the time, published a newspaper, the Catholic Worker, and co-founded a movement dedicated to the poorest of the poor, while living with them and sharing their poverty. In 1955, Vivian Cherry, a documentary photographer known for her disturbing and insightful work portraying social issues, was given unprecedented access to the Catholic Worker house of hospitality in New York City, its two farms, and to Day herself. While much has been written about Day, the portrait that emerges from Cherry’s intimate lens is unrivaled. From the image of the line of men waiting for soup outside St. Joseph’s on Chrystie Street to pictures of Day and others at work and in prayer, Cherry’s photographs offer a uniquely personal and poetic glimpse into the life of the movement and its founder. In this beautiful new book, more than sixty photographs—many published here for the first time—are accompanied by excerpts of Day’s writings gleaned from her column “On Pilgrimage” and other articles published in the Catholic Worker between 1933 and 1980. The result is a powerful visual and textual memoir capturing the life and times of one of the most significant and influential North American Catholics of the twentieth century. The aptly paired images and words bring new life to Day’s political and personal passions and reflect with clarity and simplicity the essential work and philosophies of the Catholic Worker, which continue to thrive today. The Introduction and additional commentary by Day’s granddaughter Kate Hennessy provides rich contextual information about the two women and what she sees as their collaboration in this book. In 2000, twenty years after her death, Archbishop of New York John J. O’Connor of New York City opened the cause for Dorothy Day’s canonization, and the Vatican conferred on her the title of Servant of God. The Catholic Worker continues to flourish, with more than 200 affiliated houses in the United States and overseas. The miracle of this enduring appeal lies in Day’s unique paradigm of vision, conscience, and a life of sacrifice that is one not of martyrdom but of joy, richness, and generosity—vividly portrayed through these photographs and excerpts. is a photographer whose work is in the permanent collections of many galleries and museums, including the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art. VIVIAN CHERRY

DOROTHY DAY was born in in Brooklyn on November 8, 1897, and died in New York City on November 29, 1980. She is most known for establishing the Catholic Worker movement and devoting her life to helping and fighting for the poor. She also served as the editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper from 1933 to 1980. She has cemented herself as the iconic Catholic and New Yorker. KATE HENNE SSY,

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Red Apple

Communism and McCarthyism in Cold War New York P H I L L I P D E ERY

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“[Deery] . . . focuses on six individuals, including Lyman Bradley and Edwin Burgum, who taught at New York University; the writer Howard Fast; and O. John Rogge, who would become the lawyer for David Greenglass, whose testimony sent his sister and brother-in-law to the electric chair in the Rosenberg spy case.” — T H E NE W YORK TIMES

“Deery’s meticulously detailed case studies and critical use of new sources enrich our understanding of just how McCarthyism worked on the grassroots level and how high were its human costs in broken lives and careers.” — JO U R NA L OF AMERIC AN STUD IES

268 pages • 6 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-7179-5 • Paper • $24.95 (01) • £16.99 {Cloth available: 978-0-8232-5368-5} Simultaneous electronic edition available M AY N E W YO R K | BIO G RA PH Y | POLITICAL T H EO RY | H ISTORY

“Red Apple is clearly written, based on an exhaustive list of sources, and most impressively shows a nuanced grasp of the American political and cultural scene that is impressive for a scholar from Australia.” —T H E A ME RIC AN CON S ERVATIVE

is Professor of History at Victoria University, Melbourne, where he teaches American and Cold War history. PHI LLI P D EERY

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From a Nickel to a Token

The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA A ND R EW J. S PARBERG

“In each of the book’s 20 chapters, Sparberg investigates a particular event that altered New York City transit during those 28 tumultuous years in New York and American history.” —CHOICE

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192 pages • 150 b/w illustrations • 7 x 10 978-0-8232-7180-1 • Paper • $24.95 (03) • £16.99 [Cloth available: 978-0-8232-6190-1] Simultaneous electronic edition available J U LY T RAN S P O RTAT ION | NEW YO RK | HISTORY

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“Sparberg traces nearly three decades at the dawn of public ownership, from the city’s acquisition and unification of the subway system, to the demolition of the elevated lines, to the replacement of trolleys by buses, to the elimination of the politically sacrosanct nickel fare and the first air-conditioned subways.” — NE W YO R K TIMES

“There never has been a better, more comprehensive history of New York’s elaborate transit system than From a Nickel to a Token. . . . This is not a book merely for transit buffs; it should be a must-read for any New Yorker who wants an inside view of his or her city during a gripping, tumultuous era. Nobody in the transit-writing business can do a better job than Sparberg has done for us.” — STA N FI S CHLER, author of The Subway and the City: Celebrating a Century

has spent forty years in the transportation field, starting at Tri-State Regional Planning Commission and then for twenty-five years at the Long Island Railroad. Since retiring from the LIRR he has worked on transportation’s academic side, most recently at St. John’s University and the City University of New York. AND R EW J. S PARBE RG


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City of Gods

Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens R . S COT T HA NS ON f oreword by MA RTI N E . MARTY

336 pages • 15 color and 50 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-7160-3 • Paper • $35.00 (01) • £23.99 978-0-8232-7159-7 • Cloth • $135.00 (06) • £94.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available JU LY HI STO RY | RELIG IO N | URBA N STUDIE S

Known locally as the birthplace of American religious freedom, Flushing, Queens, in New York City is now so diverse and densely populated that it has become a microcosm of world religions. City of Gods explores the history of Flushing from the colonial period to the aftermath of September 11, 2001, spanning the origins of Vlissingen and early struggles between Quakers, Dutch authorities, Anglicans, African Americans, Catholics, and Jews to the consolidation of New York City in 1898, two World’s Fairs and postwar commemorations of Flushing’s heritage, and, finally, the Immigration Act of 1965 and the arrival of Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, and Asian and Latino Christians. A synthesis of archival sources, oral history, and ethnography, City of Gods is a thought-provoking study of religious pluralism. Using Flushing as the backdrop to examine America’s contemporary religious diversity and what it means for the future of the United States, R. Scott Hanson explores both the possibilities and limits of pluralism. Hanson argues that the absence of widespread religious violence in a neighborhood with such densely concentrated religious diversity suggests that there is no limit to how much pluralism a pluralist society can stand. Seeking to gauge interaction and different responses to religious and ethnic diversity, the book is set against two interrelated questions: how and where have the different religious and ethnic groups in Flushing associated with others across boundaries over time; and when has conflict or cooperation arisen? By exploring pluralism from a historical and ethnographic context, City of Gods takes a micro approach to help bring an understanding of pluralism from a sometimes abstract realm into the real world of everyday lives in which people and groups are dynamic and integrating agents in a complex and constantly changing world of local, national, and transnational dimensions. Perhaps the most extreme example of religious and ethnic pluralism in the world, Flushing is an ideal place to explore how America’s long experiment with religious freedom and religious pluralism began and continues. City of Gods reaches far beyond Flushing to all communities coming to terms with immigration, religion, and ethnic relations, raising the question as to whether Flushing will come together in new and lasting ways to build bridges of dialogue or will it further fragment into a Tower of Babel. R. SCOTT HANSON is a Lecturer in History at the University of Pennsylvania and an Affiliate of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University.

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The Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone Poems

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“Not only one poem but the whole of Nancy K. Pearson’s breathtaking second book, The Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone, presses the question ‘Do you understand the urgency?’ Urgency hums through this collection like current through an electric fence.” — H. L. HIX “So wondrous and happily strange that I had to take breaks in my reading of it to make sure that everything I thought I knew was still the way I remembered it. This is, in the best way, a book about what it means to be surprised.” — MICHA EL K LEIN

104 pages, 5 x 8 978-0-8232-7117-7 • Paper • $24.00 (01) • £16.99 Poets Out Loud AP R I L P O E T RY

In this, her second collection of poetry, Nancy K. Pearson explores the possibilities of recovery and transformation in a world where “words cease to matter.” The speaker attempts to reconcile the past—a past shadowed by depression, addiction, and misdiagnosis. Pearson refuses to end in a place of relief, asking, “[D]on’t we all / fall into aggregate darkness / for something?” Instead, her poems meditate on the lyric of absence and fragmentation. Pearson’s poems are restless, unsettling, and revelatory. NA NCY K . PEARSON ’s first book of poems, Two Minutes of Light, received the L. L. Winship / PEN New England award and was named a “Must Read Book” at the 2009 Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. Pearson recently taught poetry at the University of Houston and now lives in Maryland with her partner. general interest

A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent Poems

G R E G O RY M AH RER, foreword by JO HN YAU

64 pages • 3 b/w illustrations • 8 x 9 978-0-8232-7115-3 • Paper • $18.00 (01) • £11.99 Poets Out Loud APRIL P O E T RY

“With high-wire imagination and hybrid language, A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent surveys a world post-catastrophic, elasticized, semi-mythic yet founded in the real. Scribbling clerks, horse carts, and confectioners coincide with glass towers, climate-caused sea rise, and species extinction. In this book, makings and fracturings become part of one gesture. Gregory Mahrer’s continually burning city consumes, it seems, all futures, all lives; and the ember at the center of virtually every sentence is an irreversible, prophetic, and utterly accurate grief.” — JA N E HIRSHFIELD A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent charts a territory built of speculative histories, indeterminate landscapes, and mock narratives, all of them at the threshold linking exterior and interior worlds. Their logic is highly grammatical and slyly confounding, perfectly clear and drawn from dream. It is here, “between / what is occluded and what has elapsed,” that Mahrer’s ambiguous, disordered subjects begin their journeys. GR EGORY M AHRE R ’s poems have been published in The New England Review, The Indiana Review, Green Mountains Review, Volt, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. He lives and works in rural northern California and Baja California Sur, Mexico. J OHN YAU is a poet and critic who lives in New York City. He has published more than 50 books of poetry, artists’ books, fiction, and art criticism.

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“Lovecidal: Walking with the Disappeared is filled with provocation and guided by evocation. Encompassing various forms (poetry, treatise, memoir, and historiography) and capaciously conceived, Trinh T. Minh-ha’s contemplation of war, state-authorized violence, state-sanctioned ‘security,’ and international amnesia is skillfully tempered by observations of beauty, humanity, and resistance. To say that this is an important book is in many ways an understatement; rather, Lovecidal is transformative.” — CAT HY J. SCHLU N D-VIA LS, author of War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work

“A searing trek through our bellicose and warring times, Lovecidal makes an impressive, laser-like, and passionate plea to explore what is possible now for humans as living, feeling, and thinking beings.” — REN ÉE GREEN , author of Other Planes of There

Lovecidal

Walking with the Disappeared T RI N H T. M INH -HA

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In this new work, renowned feminist filmmaker and postcolonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha offers a lyrical, philosophical meditation on the global state of endless war and the violence inflicted by the imperial need to claim victory. She discusses the rise of the police state as linked, for example, to U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, or to China’s occupation of Tibet, examining legacies of earlier campaigns and the residual effects of the war on terror. She also takes up the shifting dynamics of peoples’ resistance to acts of militarism and surveillance as well as social media and its capacity to inform and mobilize citizens around the world. At once an engaging treatise and a creative gesture, Lovecidal probes the physical and psychic conditions of the world and shows us a society that is profoundly heartsick. Taking up with those who march both as and for the oppressed—who walk with the disappeared to help carry them forward—Trinh T. Minh-ha engages the spiritual and affective dimensions of a civilization organized around the rubrics of nonstop governmental subjugation, economic austerity, and highly technologized military conflict. In doing so, she clears a path for us to walk upon. Along with our every step, the world of the disappeared lives on. TRINH T. MINH-HA is a filmmaker, writer, composer and Professor of Rhetoric and of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work includes numerous books, such as D-Passage: The Digital Way; Elsewhere, Within Here: Immigration, Refugeeism, and the Boundary Event; Cinema Interval; and Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism, as well as eight feature-length films, including Forgetting Vietnam, Night Passage, The Fourth Dimension, Shoot for the Contents, and Surname Viet Given Name Nam.

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“Tom Shelley’s distinguished record as an historian of Catholic America, with a particular mastery of the Catholic experience in New York, makes him an ideal choice to produce the first full-scale history of one of the most important Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. The vivid writing briskly carries the story along; the unobtrusive, shrewd evaluations provide an appropriate weight to the narrative. From his apt chapter titles, through his careful layering of context, to his uniformly spot-on characterizations, this is first-rate history. He has really captured Fordham’s unique history.” — EMMET T CU RRA N , Professor Emeritus of History, Georgetown University

Fordham, A History of the Jesuit University of New York 1841–2003

T H O M AS J. SH E LLEY

400 pages • 25 b/w illustrations • 7 x 10 978-0-8232-7151-1 • Cloth • $39.95 (06) • £27.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available JUNE E DU C AT I O N | H ISTORY | C AT H OLIC STUDIE S

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Based largely on archival sources in the United States and Rome, this book documents the evolution of Fordham from a small diocesan college into a major American Jesuit and Catholic university. It places the development of Fordham within the context of the massive expansion of Catholic higher education that took place in the United States in the twentieth century. This was reflected at Fordham in its transformation from a local commuter college to a predominantly residential institution that now attracts students from 48 states and 65 foreign countries to its three undergraduate schools and seven graduate and professional schools with an enrollment of more than 15,000 students. This is honest history that gives due credit to Fordham for its many academic achievements, but it also recognizes that Fordham shared the shortcomings of many Catholic colleges in the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. There was an ongoing struggle between Jesuit faculty who wished to adhere closely to the traditional Jesuit ratio studiorum and those who recognized the need for Fordham to modernize its curriculum to meet the demands of the regional accrediting agencies. In recent decades, like virtually all American Catholic universities and colleges, the ownership of Fordham has been transferred from the Society of Jesus to a predominantly lay board of trustees. At the same time, the sharp decline in the number of Jesuit administrators and faculty has intensified the challenge of offering a first-rate education while maintaining Fordham’s Catholic and Jesuit identity. MSG R. THOMAS J. SHE LLE Y is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and Professor Emeritus of Church History at Fordham University. His most recent book is The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York.


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Strategies for Media Reform International Perspectives

D E S F R E E D M AN, JO NAT HAN OBAR, CHERYL MART ENS, and R O B E RT W. McCHESNEY, editors

Media reform plays an increasingly important role in the struggle for social justice. As battles are fought over the future of investigative journalism, media ownership, spectrum management, speech rights, broadband access, network neutrality, the surveillance apparatus, and digital literacy, what effective strategies can be used in the pursuit of effective media reform? Prepared by thirty-three scholars and activists from more than twenty-five countries, Strategies for Media Reform focuses on theorizing media democratization and evaluating specific projects for media reform. This edited collection of articles offers readers the opportunity to reflect on the prospects for and challenges facing campaigns for media reform and gathers significant examples of theory, advocacy, and activism from multinational perspectives. 304 pages • 6 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-7165-8 • Paper • $35.00 (01) • £23.99 978-0-8232-7164-1 • Cloth • $125.00 (06) • £87.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Donald McGannon Research Center’s Everett C. Parker Book Series JU N E ME DI A ST U D IES & CO MMUNICATION

D ES FR EED M A N is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. JONATHAN OBAR is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada. CHERY L MARTENS is Senior Lecturer in the Media School at Bournemouth University, UK. ROBE RT W. McCHE SNEY is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois Center for Global Studies.

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The Ethnography of Rhythm Orality and Its Technologies H AU N SAU SSY

Who speaks? The author as producer, the contingency of the text, intertextuality, the “device”— core ideas of modern literary theory—were all pioneered in the shadow of oral literature. Authorless, loosely dated, and variable, oral texts have always posed a challenge to critical interpretation. When it began to be thought that culturally significant texts—starting with Homer and the Bible—had emerged from an oral tradition, assumptions on how to read these texts were greatly perturbed. Through readings that range from ancient Greece, Rome, and China to the Cold War imaginary, The Ethnography of Rhythm situates the study of oral traditions in the contentious space of nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinking about language, mind, and culture. It also demonstrates the role of technologies in framing this category of poetic creation. By making possible a new understanding of Maussian “techniques of the body” as belonging to the domain of Derridean “arche-writing,” Haun Saussy shows how oral tradition is a means of inscription in its own right, rather than an antecedent made obsolete by the written word or other media and datastorage devices. 264 pages • 13 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-7047-7 • Paper • $32.00 (01) • £21.99 978-0-8232-7046-0 • Cloth • $100.00 (06) • £69.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Verbal Arts: Studies in Poetics MA R C H LIT E RA RY CRIT ICIS M | MED IA STUDIE S & CO M M U N IC AT ION

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“In this masterful study, which lays out the groundwork for his later corpus, Jean-Luc Nancy examines the emergence of subjectivity as a philosophical event whose advent is decisively shaped by its discursive articulation. Taking to task the attempt to utter through one’s mouth rather than merely think the givens of one’s existence, he deftly captures the struggle of modern thought to re-envision its modes of being in the margins of philosophy and literature.” — DA LIA J U DOVITZ, Emory University

First published in 1979 but never available in English until now, Ego Sum challenges, through a careful and unprecedented reading of Descartes’s writings, the picture of Descartes as the father of modern philosophy: the thinker who founded the edifice of knowledge on the absolute self-certainty of a Subject fully transparent to itself. While other theoretical discourses, such as psychoanalysis, have also attempted to subvert this Subject, Nancy shows how they always inadvertently reconstituted the Subject they were trying to leave behind. Nancy’s wager is that, at the moment of modern subjectivity’s founding, a foundation that always already included all the possibilities of its own exhaustion, another thought of “the subject” is possible. By paying attention to the mode of presentation of Descartes’s subject, to the masks, portraits, feints, and fables that populate his writings, Jean-Luc Nancy shows how Descartes’s ego is not the Subject of metaphysics but a mouth that spaces itself out and distinguishes itself.

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Corpus, Anima, Fabula

JEA N- LUC NA NCY translated, with an introduction by M A R IE - EVE MORI N 200 pages 978-0-8232-7062-0 • Paper • $28.00 (01) • £18.99 978-0-8232-7061-3 • Cloth • $95.00 (06) • £66.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available M AY P H I LOSO P HY

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is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, as well as a respected commentator on art and culture. His wide-ranging thought is developed in books including Listening; Dis-Enclosure: The Deconstruction of Christianity; Noli me Tangere: On the Raising of the Body; Corpus; and Corpus II: Writings on Sexuality, all published by Fordham University Press.

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MARIE -EVE MORIN is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta in Canada. She is the author of Jean-Luc Nancy and co-editor of Jean-Luc Nancy and Plural Thinking: Expositions of World, Ontology, Politics, and Sense.


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 Winner, French Voices Grand Prize 

“A rich and moving account of home and homelessness by one of the most important and distinctively original French thinkers of our time.” — SIMO N CRITCHLEY, The New School for Social Research

“This precise and beautifully written exploration of the meaning of nostalgia (well served by the translation) is throughout, like all of Barbara Cassin’s work, a meditation on languages in their plurality and their equivalence, and on translation. When we fully understand that we do not speak the logos and when we authentically experience that our language is just ‘one language among others,’ then we are ready to philosophize otherwise, to philosophize between languages, or, in Cassin’s words, to ‘philosophize in tongues.’” — from SO U LEYMA N E B ACHIR DIAGN E’ S foreword

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When Are We Ever at Home?

BA RBAR A CASSI N translated by PA S CALE - A NNE B RAULT foreword by S O U L EY MA NE B ACHIR DI AGN E 96 pages • 5 x 8 978-0-8232-6951-8 • Paper • $19.00 (01) • £12.99 978-0-8232-6950-1 • Cloth • $75.00 (06) • £52.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available M AR C H PH I LOSO P H Y | CLASS ICA L ST UDIE S

Nostalgia makes claims on us both as individuals and as members of a political community. In this short book, Barbara Cassin provides an eloquent and sophisticated treatment of exile and of desire for a homeland, while showing how it has been possible for many to reimagine home in terms of language rather than territory. Moving from Homer’s and Virgil’s foundational accounts of nostalgia to the exilic writings of Hannah Arendt, Cassin revisits the dangerous implications of nostalgia for land and homeland, thinking them anew through questions of exile and language. Ultimately, Cassin shows how contemporary philosophy opens up the political stakes of rootedness and uprootedness, belonging and foreignness, helping us to reimagine our relations to others in a global and plurilingual world. BARBARA CASSIN is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and president of the board of the Collège International de Philosophie. She is the editor of Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon and author of Sophistical Practice: Toward a Consistent Relativism (Fordham, 2014). Forthcoming works include translations of two books co-written with Alain Badiou. PASCALE -ANNE BRAULT is Professor of French at DePaul University. She is the co-translator of several works of Jacques Derrida’s, most recently For Strasbourg: Conversations of Friendship and Philosophy (Fordham). SOU LEY MANE BACHIR DIAG NE is Professor of French and Philosophy at Columbia University. He is the author of African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson, and the Idea of Negritude.

This work, published as part of a program providing publication assistance, received financial support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange).

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“The depth, breadth, and bristling erudition of Bennington’s text are simply breathtaking. Tracking his theme across a shifting and complex terrain— Foucault’s evasiveness about rhetoric, Heidegger’s fateful decision, and Derrida’s unthematized appeal to dignity—Bennington hunts down the thought of a politics worthy of the name. Not a politics that is free from ‘the politics of politics’ but certainly free from the self-righteousness and moralism of those who think they are. This is a decisive book for our time and its baleful pieties.” — SIMO N GLEN DIN N IN G, London School of Economics and Political Science

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The Politics of Politics in Foucault, Heidegger, and Derrida G E O FFR EY BENN INGTON 344 pages • 5 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-7053-8 • Paper • $35.00 (01) • £23.99 978-0-8232-7052-1 • Cloth • $125.00 (06) • £87.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available MAY P H I LOSO P H Y | POLIT ICA L T H EORY

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What if political rhetoric is unavoidable, an irreducible part of politics itself ? In contrast to the familiar denunciations of political horse-trading, grandstanding, and corporate manipulation from those lamenting the crisis in liberal democracy, this book argues that the “politics of politics,” usually associated with rhetoric and sophistry, is, like it or not, part of politics from the start. Denunciations of the sorry state of current politics draw on a dogmatism and moralism that share an essentially metaphysical and Platonic ground. Failure to deconstruct that ground generates a philosophically and politically debilitating selfrighteousness that this book attempts to understand and undermine. After a detailed analysis of Foucault’s influential late concept of parrhesia, which is shown to be both philosophically and politically insufficient, close readings of Heidegger, Kierkegaard, and Derrida trace complex relations between sophistry, rhetoric, and philosophy; truth and untruth; decision; madness and stupidity in an exploration of the possibility of developing an affirmative thinking of politics that is not mortgaged to the metaphysics of presence. It is suggested that Heidegger’s complex accounts of truth and decision must indeed be read in close conjunction with his notorious Nazi commitments but nevertheless contain essential insights that many strident responses to those commitments ignore or repress. Those insights are here developed—via an ambitious account of Derrida’s often misunderstood interruption of teleology—into a deconstructive retrieval of the concept of dignity. This lucid and often witty account of a crucial set of developments in twentiethcentury thought prepares the way for a more general re-reading of the possibilities of political philosophy that will be undertaken in Volume 2 of this work, under the sign of an essential scatter that defines the political as such. G EOFFREY BE NNINGTON is Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought at Emory University. His most recent books are Not Half No End: Militantly Melancholic Essays in Memory of Jacques Derrida and Géographie et autres lectures.


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Tricksters and Cosmopolitans

Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Asian American Literary Production R E I M AG O SA KI

168 pages 978-0-8232-7131-3 • Paper • $25.00 (01) • £16.99 978-0-8232-7130-6 • Cloth • $90.00 (06) • £62.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available AUG U ST A M E R I C A N ST UD IES | RACE & ETHNIC ST U D I E S | LIT ERA RY CRIT ICIS M

Tricksters and Cosmopolitans is the first sustained exploration into the history of cross-cultural collaborations between Asian American writers and their non–Asian American editors and publishers. The volume focuses on the literary production of the cosmopolitan subject, featuring the writers Sui Sin Far, Jessica Hagedorn, Karen Tei Yamashita, Monique Truong, and Min Jin Lee. The newly imagined cosmopolitan subject that emerges from their works dramatically reconfigured Asian American female subjectivity in metropolitan space with a kind of fluidity and ease never before seen. But as Rei Magosaki shows, these narratives also invariably expose the problematic side of this figure, which also serves to perpetuate exploitative structures of Western imperialism and its legacies in late capitalism.  Arguing that the actual establishment of such a critical standpoint on imperialism and globalization required the expansive and internationalist vision of editors who supported, cultivated, and promoted these works, Tricksters and Cosmopolitans reveals the negotiations between these authors and their publishers and between the shared investment in both politics and aesthetics that influenced the narrative structure of key works in the Asian American literary canon. R EI M AGOSA KI

is Associate Professor of English at Chapman University.

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Black Lives and Sacred Humanity

Toward an African American Religious Naturalism CA R O L WAY NE W HIT E

Identifying African American religiosity as the ingenuity of a people constantly striving to inhabit their humanity and eke out a meaningful existence for themselves amid harrowing circumstances, Black Lives and Sacred Humanity constructs a concept of sacred humanity and grounds it in the writings of Anna Julia Cooper, W. E. B. Du Bois, and James Baldwin. Supported by current theories in science studies, critical theory, and religious naturalism, this concept, as Carol Wayne White demonstrates, offers a capacious view of humans as interconnected, social, value-laden organisms with the capacity to transform themselves and create nobler worlds wherein all sentient creatures flourish. Acknowledging the great harm wrought by divisive and problematic racial constructions in the United States, this book offers an alternative to theistic models of African American religiosity to inspire newer, conceptually compelling views of spirituality that address a classic, perennial religious question: What does it mean to be fully human and fully alive? 180 pages 978-0-8232-6982-2 • Paper • $25.00 (01) • £16.99 978-0-8232-6981-5 • Cloth • $90.00 (06) • £62.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available M AY R E L I G I O N | A F RICA N A MERIC A N STUDIE S | PH I LOSO P H Y

CA R OL WAYNE WHITE is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Bucknell University. She is the author of Poststructuralism, Feminism, and Religion: Triangulating Positions and The Legacy of Anne Conway (1631–1679): Reverberations from a Mystical Naturalism.

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Dante and the Dynamics of Textual Exchange

Authorship, Manuscript Culture, and the Making of the ‘Vita Nova‘ J E L E NA TO DOROV IĆ

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Dante and the Dynamics of Textual Exchange is the first book-length study to explore the question of poetry and genre in Dante’s Vita Nova (ca. 1292–1294). In paying particular attention to complex and multifaceted interactions between different cultures in Italy in the thirteenth century, this study illuminates the multicultural and plurilinguistic society transitioning from the feudal court to the modern city-state, advanced by the rising mercantile class. Working at the intersection of textual, material, and cultural elements, this study complements the current state of scholarship by providing information and answers informed by an in-depth analysis of the manuscript culture and its role in the birth and development of European vernacular traditions. Furthermore, Dante and the Dynamics of Textual Exchange expands the literature’s understanding of the dynamics between a text and its material support by looking at this relationship within a broader framework of intercultural exchange, which suggests an increased dynamics and fluidity between cultures. JELENA TOD OR OVIĆ

is Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Renaissance Posthumanism J O SE P H CA M PANA and S COT T MAISANO, editors

“Exciting, scholarly, and untimely in the best way, the essays in Renaissance Posthumanism cross-multiply history and theory into bracingly new forms.” — D R E W DA N IEL, Johns Hopkins University

Connecting Renaissance humanism to the variety of “critical posthumanisms” in twentyfirst-century literary and cultural theory, Renaissance Posthumanism reconsiders traditional languages of humanism and the human, not by nostalgically enshrining or triumphantly superseding humanisms past but rather by revisiting and interrogating them. What if today’s “critical posthumanisms,” even as they distance themselves from the iconic representations of the Renaissance, are in fact moving ever closer to ideas in works from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century? What if “the human” is at once embedded and embodied in, evolving with, and de-centered amid a weird tangle of animals, environments, and vital materiality? Seeking those patterns of thought and practice, contributors to this collection focus on moments wherein Renaissance humanism looks retrospectively like an uncanny “contemporary”—and ally—of twenty-first-century critical posthumanism. 320 pages • 35 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-6956-3 • Paper • $35.00 (01) • £23.99 978-0-8232-6955-6 • Cloth • $125.00 (06) • £87.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available MARCH

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CONTR I B UTOR S: Lara Bovilsky, Joseph Campana, Stephen J. Campbell, Holly Dugan, Erica Fudge, Kenneth Gouwens, Scott Maisano, Vin Nardizzi, Judith Roof, Diane Wolfthal, Julian Yates JOS EPH CA M PANA is Alan Dugald McKillop Chair and Associate Professor at Rice University. S COTT M A I SANO is Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


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This Distracted Globe Worldmaking in Early Modern Literature

M A R C I E F R A NK , JO NAT HAN GOLDBERG, and KA R E N NEW MAN, editors

Worldmaking takes many forms in early modern literature and thus challenges any single interpretive approach. The essays in this collection investigate the material stuff of the world in Spenser, Cary, and Marlowe; the sociable bonds of authorship, sexuality, and sovereignty in Shakespeare and others; and the universal status of spirit, gender, and empire in the worlds of Vaughan, Donne, and the dastan (tale) of Chouboli, a Rajasthani princess. Together, these essays make the case that to address what it takes to make a world in the early modern period requires the kinds of thinking exemplified by theory. CONTR I B UTOR S : Lara Bovilsky, Brent Dawson, Meredith Evans, Marcie Frank, Daniel Juan Gil, David Glimp, Jonathan Goldberg, Aaron Kunin, James Kuzner, Robert Matz, Lynn Maxwell, Madhavi Menon, Karen Newman 240 pages • 2 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-7029-3 • Paper • $32.00 (01) • £21.99 978-0-8232-7028-6 • Cloth • $110.00 (06) • £76.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available APRIL

M AR CI E FRANK is Professor of English at Concordia University in Montréal. J ONATHAN GOLD B ER G is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at Emory University. KAR EN NE WMAN is Owen Walker ’33 Professor of Humanities and Professor of

Comparative Literature and English at Brown University.

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Shakespeare as a Way of Life Skeptical Practice and the Politics of Weakness

JA M E S KU ZN ER

“This is broad and provocative thinking of the first order that promises to show how Shakespeare engages what remain some of the deepest questions concerning the human condition. Throughout the book, Kuzner reads Renaissance humanism, ethics, epistemology, and theology in relation to their modern responses and redirections, reinvigorating historical study and theoretical discourse alike through the kinds of astute and creative cross-pollination that have made his such a distinctive voice on the scene of Renaissance studies.” — JULI A R E I N HA RD LU P TO N , University of California, Irvine

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“Shakespeare as a Way of Life is a thoughtful, meditative, beautifully written book that will interest readers of all critical stripes, whether their bent is toward history, theory, or close reading. Kuzner gives us poised and nuanced readings of his key Shakespearean works. Most of all, he makes a brilliant, original case for Shakespeare’s carving out a new kind of skepticism, one that is his own and not classifiable as purely Pyrrhonian or Montaignean or proto-Cartesian.” — KAT H E R I N E EGGERT, University of Colorado, Boulder

JA M ES KUZ NER

is Joukowsky Family Assistant Professor of English at Brown University.

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The Work of Difference

Modernism, Romanticism, and the Production of Literary Form

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The Work of Difference addresses a fundamental ontological question: What is literature? And at the heart of this question, it argues, is the problem of the new. How is it that new works or new forms are possible within the rule-governed orders of history, language use, or the social? How are new works in turn recognizable to already-existing institutions? Tracing the relationship between literature and the problem of newness back to a set of concerns first articulated in early German romanticism, this book goes on to mount a critique of romantic tendencies in contemporary criticism in order, ultimately, to develop an original theory of literary production. Along the way, it offers new readings of major modernist novels by Samuel Beckett, Marcel Proust, and Gertrude Stein. AUD R EY WASS ER

is Assistant Professor of French at Miami University, Ohio.

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Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism JAC Q U E S K HALIP and FOREST PYLE, editors

Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism takes its title and point of departure from Walter Benjamin’s concept of the historical constellation, which puts both “contemporary” and “romanticism” in play as period designations and critical paradigms. Featuring fascinating and diverse contributions by an international roster of distinguished scholars working in and out of romanticism—from deconstruction to new historicism, from queer theory to postcolonial studies, from visual culture to biopolitics—this volume makes good on a central tenet of Benjamin’s conception of history: These critics “grasp the constellation” into which our “own era has formed with a definite earlier one.” Each of these essays approaches romanticism as a decisive and unexpired thought experiment that makes demands on and poses questions for our own time: What is the unlived of a contemporary romanticism? What has romanticism’s singular untimeliness bequeathed to futurity? What is romanticism’s contemporary “redemption value” for painting and politics, philosophy and film? 344 pages • 20 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-7104-7 • Paper • $35.00 (01) • £23.99 978-0-8232-7103-0 • Cloth • $110.00 (06) • £76.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Lit Z J U LY

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Contributors: Ian Balfour, David L. Clark, Peter de Bolla, Lee Edelman, Joel Faflak, William Galperin, Mike Goode, Sara Guyer, Mary Jacobus, Simon Jarvis, Jacques Khalip, Robert Mitchell, Forest Pyle, Marc Redfield, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Orrin N.C. Wang is Associate Professor of English at Brown University. FOREST PY LE is Professor of English at the University of Oregon and the author of Art’s Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism (Fordham).

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Think, Pig!

Beckett at the Limit of the Human J E A N- M I C H EL RABAT É

This book examines Samuel Beckett’s unique lesson in courage in the wake of humanism’s postwar crisis—the courage to go on living even after experiencing life as a series of catastrophes. Rabaté, a former president of the Samuel Beckett Society and a leading scholar of modernism, explores the whole range of Beckett’s plays, novels, and essays. He places Beckett in a vital philosophical conversation that runs from Bataille to Adorno, from Kant and Sade to Badiou. At the same time, he stresses Beckett’s inimitable sense of metaphysical comedy. Foregrounding Beckett’s decision to write in French, Rabaté inscribes him in a continental context marked by a “writing degree zero” while showing the prescience and ethical import of Beckett’s tendency to subvert the “human” through the theme of the animal. Beckett’s “declaration of inhuman rights,” he argues, offers the funniest mode of expression available to us today. is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written or edited more than thirty-five books on modernism, psychoanalysis, and philosophy.

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The Common Growl Toward a Poetics of Precarious Community TH O M A S C L AV IEZ , editor foreword by J EAN-LUC NANCY

“Revolt does not discourse, it growls. What does ‘growl’ mean? It’s almost an onomatopoeia. It means to bawl, bellow, and roar. It means to shout together, to murmur, mumble, grouse, become indignant, protest, become enraged together. One tends to grumble alone, but people growl in common. The common growl is a subterranean torrent: It passes underneath, making everything tremble.” — JE A N - LUC N A N CY, from his Foreword

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No longer able to read community in terms colored by a romantic nostalgia for homogeneity, closeness and sameness, or the myth of rational choice, we nevertheless face an imperative to think the common. The prominent scholars assembled here come together to articulate community while thinking seriously about the tropes, myths, narratives, metaphors, conceits, and shared cultural texts on which any such articulation depends. The result is a major contribution to literary theory, postcolonialism, philosophy, political theory, and sociology. CONTR I B UTOR S : Homi K. Bhabha, Thomas Claviez, Nancy Fraser, Paul Gilroy, Djelal Kadir, Jacques Rancière, Dietmar Wetzel, Robert J.C. Young THOM AS CLAV I EZ is Professor for Literary Theory and Director of the Center for Cultural Studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

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The Alchemy of Empire Abject Materials and the Technologies of Colonialism R A JA NI SU DAN

“An intriguing book that brings together an array of literary and nonliterary texts dealing with eighteenth-century British response to South Asian techne. Sudan’s is a significant voice in global eighteenth-century studies as well as a leading critic of Anglo-Indian relations.” — R O BE RT MA RK LEY, University of Illinois

224 pages 978-0-8232-7068-2 • Paper • $25.00 (01) • £16.99 978-0-8232-7067-5 • Cloth • $85.00 (06) • £59.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available JUNE

The Alchemy of Empire unravels the non-European origins of Enlightenment science. Focusing on the abject materials of empire-building, this study traces the genealogies of substances like mud, mortar, ice, and paper, as well as forms of knowledge like inoculation. Showing how East India Company employees deployed the paradigm of alchemy in order to make sense of the new worlds they confronted, Rajani Sudan argues that the Enlightenment was born largely out of Europe’s (and Britain’s) sense of insecurity and inferiority in the early modern world. Plumbing the depths of the imperial archive, Sudan uncovers the history of the British Enlightenment in the literary artifacts of the long eighteenth century, from the correspondence of the East India Company and the papers of the Royal Society to the poetry of Alexander Pope and the novels of Jane Austen. RA JA NI S UDA N

is Associate Professor of English at Southern Methodist University.

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The Entrapments of Form Cruelty and Modern Literature CATH E R I NE TOAL

Arguing that cruelty acquires a new meaning in modernity, The Entrapments of Form follows its evolution through exchanges between French and American literature over the contradictions of Enlightenment (slavery, genocide, libertine aristocratic privilege). Catherine Toal traces Edgar Allan Poe’s influence on the Sadean legacy, Melville’s fictional dramatization of Tocqueville, and Henry James’s response to the aesthetic of his French contemporaries, including Flaubert. The result is not simply a work that provides close readings of key literary texts of the nineteenth century—Benito Cereno, The Turn of the Screw, Les Chants de Maldoror—but one that shows how in this era cruelty develops a specific narrative structure, one that is confirmed by the manner of its negation in twentieth-century philosophy. The final chapters address this shift: the postwar French reception of Sade and the relationship between American cultural theory and the rhetoric of the so-called war on terror. CATHER I NE TOAL

Germany. 168 pages 978-0-8232-6935-8 • Paper • $25.00 (01) • £16.99 978-0-8232-6934-1 • Cloth • $85.00 (06) • £59.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available M AR C H

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The Death of the Book Modernist Novels and the Time of Reading J O H N LU R Z

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An examination of the ways major novels by Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf draw attention to their embodiment in the object of the book, The Death of the Book considers how bookish format plays a role in some of the twentieth century’s most famous literary experiments. Tracking the passing of time in which reading unfolds, these novels position the book’s so-called death in terms that refer as much to a simple description of its future vis-à-vis other media forms as to the sense of finitude these books share with and transmit to their readers. As he interrogates the affective, physical, and temporal valences of literature’s own traditional format and mode of access, John Lurz shows how these novels stage intersections with the phenomenal world of their readers and develop a conception of literary experience not accounted for by either rigorously historicist or traditionally formalist accounts of the modernist period. Bringing together issues of media and mediation, book history, and modernist aesthetics, The Death of the Book offers a new and deeper understanding of the way we read now. JOHN LUR Z

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Supernatural Fiction by American Women With a new Preface J E F F R EY A ND REW W EINSTO CK

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“Scare Tactics is that rare academic work that’s accessible rather than purposefully opaque, and it has much to offer readers interested in American literature, Gothic fiction, or uppity women.” — B I TC H MAG AZIN E

Between the end of the U.S. Civil War and roughly 1930, hundreds of uncanny tales were published by women in the periodical press and in books. These include stories by familiar figures such as Edith Wharton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, as well as by authors almost wholly unknown to twenty-first-century readers. In Scare Tactics, Jeffrey Weinstock identifies an important but overlooked tradition of supernatural writing by American women, making a strong case that this body of literature should be read as a specifically feminist literary tradition. Especially intriguing, Weinstock demonstrates, is that women authors repeatedly used Gothic conventions to express discontentment with circumscribed roles for women, creating types of political intervention connected to the broader sphere of women’s-rights activism. JEFFR EY AND R E W WE INSTOCK

is Professor of English at Central Michigan University.

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Northern Character

College-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era KA NI S O R N WONGSRICH ANALAI

The elite young men who inhabited northern antebellum states—the New Brahmins—developed their leadership class identity based on the term “character”: an idealized internal standard of behavior consisting most importantly of educated, independent thought and selfless action. With its unique focus on Union honor, nationalism, and masculinity, Northern Character addresses the motivating factors of these young college-educated Yankees who rushed into the armed forces to take their place at the forefront of the Union’s war. This social and intellectual history tells the New Brahmins’ story from the campus to the battlefield and, for the fortunate ones, home again. Northern Character examines how these good and moral “men of character” interacted with common soldiers and faced battle, reacted to seeing the South and real southerners, and approached race, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation. 288 pages 978-0-8232-7182-5, Paper, $35.00 (01), £23.99 978-0-8232-7181-8, Cloth, $140.00 (06), £98.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available The North’s Civil War JUNE

KA NI S OR N WONG SRICHANALAI , Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of history at Angelo State University. He is co-editor (with Lorien Foote) of So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War–Era North, also from Fordham University Press.

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Too Great a Burden to Bear The Struggle and Failure of the Freedmen’s Bureau in Texas C H R I STO P H ER B. BEAN

“Deftly combining storytelling with systematic quantitative analyses of the evidence, Bean offers new information, not just on the agents themselves, but also on the largest issues in Reconstruction historiography.” — J. WI LLI A M HA RRIS, University of New Hampshire

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In its brief seven-year existence, the Freedmen’s Bureau became the epicenter of the debate about Reconstruction. Historians have only recently begun to focus on the Bureau’s personnel in Texas, the individual agents termed the “hearts of Reconstruction.” Specifically addressing the historiographical debates concerning the character of the Bureau and its sub-assistant commissioners (SACs), Too Great a Burden to Bear sheds new light on the work and reputation of these agents. Focusing on the agents on a personal level, author Christopher B. Bean reveals the type of man Bureau officials believed qualified to oversee the Freedpeople’s transition to freedom. This work shows that each agent, moved by his sense of fairness and ideas of citizenship, gender, and labor, represented the agency’s policy in his subdistrict. These men further ensured the former slaves’ right to an education and right of mobility, something they never had while in bondage. C HR I STOPHER B. BE AN is Assistant Professor of History and Native American Studies at East Central University, Oklahoma.


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Educational Reconstruction

African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865–1890 H I L A RY G R E EN

“. . . A significant contribution to our understanding of the long Reconstruction era, and to the origins of Booker T. Washington’s ascendancy.” — M I K E FI TZG ERA LD

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Tracing the first two decades of state-funded African American schools, Educational Reconstruction addresses the ways in which black Richmonders, black Mobilians, and their white allies created, developed, and sustained a system of African American schools following the Civil War. Hilary Green proposes a new chronology in understanding postwar African American education, examining how urban African Americans demanded quality public schools from their new city and state partners. Revealing the significant gains made after the departure of the Freedmen’s Bureau, this study reevaluates African American higher education in terms of developing a cadre of public school educator-activists and highlights the centrality of urban African American protest in shaping educational decisions and policies in their respective cities and states. HI LA RY GR EEN is an Assistant Professor of History in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama.

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How Air Conditioning Changed Everything SA LVATO R E B ASILE

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“Cool is the all-encompassing guidebook to the history of air conditioning, chronicling the numerous gimmicks, failed attempts, con jobs, and eventual successes the concept inspired. From movie theaters and department stores to its final, inevitable move into the home, it’s a surprisingly interesting journey.” — SA N F RA N C ISCO BOOK REVIEW

“A look at our love affair with air conditioning . . . . In his breezily anecdotal book, Mr. Basile reminds readers that . . . air conditioning was not just about comfort. It triggered a cultural and demographic revolution.” — NE W YO R K TIMES

“Not only is Cool an informative read, but each chapter is strewn with more anecdotes than there are sprinkles on an ice cream cone. Some are hilarious, others jaw-dropping. Best of all, each chapter leaves you wanting more.” 288 pages, 80 period illustrations 978-0-8232-7178-8 • Paper • $19.95 (03) • £13.99 [Cloth available: 978-0-8232-6176-5] Simultaneous electronic edition available JU N E

—A ME R I C A N SC IEN TIST

was educated at the Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School and began his career as a professional musician. After penning various music-related articles, he entered the field of social commentary with his history Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Fordham). SA LVATOR E B ASILE

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The Matter of Voice Sensual Soundings

KA R M E N MacKENDRICK

Philosophers for millennia have tried to silence the physical musicality of voice in favor of the purity of ideas without matter, souls without bodies. Nevertheless, voices resonate among bodies, among texts, and across denotation and sound; they are singular, as unique as fingerprints, but irreducibly collective too. They are material, somatic, and musical. But voices are also meaningful—they give body to concepts that cannot exist in abstractions, essential to sense yet in excess of it. They can be neither reduced to neurology nor silenced in abstraction. They complicate the logos of the beginning and emphasize the enfleshing of all words. Through explorations of theology and philosophy, pedagogy, translation, and semiotics, all interwoven with song, The Matter of Voice works toward reintegrating our thinking about both speaking and authorial voice as fleshy combinings of meaning and music. 224 pages 978-0-8232-7000-2 • Paper • $25.00 (01) • £16.99 978-0-8232-6999-0 • Cloth • $85.00 (06) • £59.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available M AY

KA R M EN M acKENDRICK is Professor of Philosophy at Le Moyne College. She is the author of many books, including Word Made Skin: Figuring Language at the Surface of Flesh; Fragmentation and Memory: Meditations on Christian Doctrine; and Divine Enticement: Theological Seductions (all Fordham).

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Dissonance

Auditory Aesthetics in Ancient Greece SE A N A L E XANDER GU RD

In the four centuries leading up to the death of Euripides, Greek singers, poets, and theorists delved deeply into auditory experience. They charted its capacity to develop topologies distinct from those of the other senses; contemplated its use as a communicator of information; calculated its power to express and cause extreme emotion. They made sound too, artfully and self-consciously creating songs and poems that reveled in sonorousness. Dissonance reveals the commonalities between ancient Greek auditory art and the concerns of contemporary sound studies, avant-garde music, and aesthetics, making the argument that “classical” Greek song and drama were, in fact, an early European avant-garde, a proto-exploration of the aesthetics of noise. The book thus develops an alternative to that romantic ideal which sees antiquity as a frozen and silent world. S EA N ALEXA NDER G URD is Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is the author of Iphigenias at Aulis: Textual Multiplicity, Radical Philology and Work in Progress: Literary Revision as Social Performance in Ancient Rome. 200 pages 978-0-8232-6965-5 • Cloth • $55.00 (06) • £38.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Idiom: Inventing Writing Theory J U LY

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Foucault’s Critical Ethics R I C H A R D A . LYNCH

The central thesis of Foucault’s Critical Ethics is that Foucault’s account of power does not foreclose the possibility of ethics; on the contrary, it provides a framework within which ethics becomes possible. Tracing the evolution of Foucault’s analysis of power from his early articulations of disciplinary power to his theorizations of biopower and governmentality, Richard A. Lynch shows how Foucault’s ethical project emerged through two interwoven trajectories: analysis of classical practices of the care of the self, and engaged practice in and reflection upon the limits of sexuality and the development of friendship in gay communities. These strands of experience and inquiry allowed Foucault to develop contrasting yet interwoven aspects of his ethics; they also underscored how ethical practice emerges within and from contexts of power relations. The gay community’s response to AIDS and its parallels with the feminist ethics of care serve to illustrate the resources of a Foucauldian ethic—a fundamentally critical attitude, with substantive (but revisable) values and norms grounded in a practice of freedom. 256 pages 978-0-8232-7125-2 • Cloth • $55.00 (06) • £38.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Just Ideas AUG U ST

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Foucault Circle.

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Aesthetics of Negativity Blanchot, Adorno, and Autonomy W I L L I A M S. ALLEN

“Allen makes us understand why literature matters today by showing how deeply Blanchot and Adorno have probed its most enduring riddles.” — JE A N - M I C HEL RA B AT É, University of Pennsylvania

“Shrewdly mobilizing the tropes of negativity and autonomy that both Blanchot and Adorno develop in ways that differ from the more familiar models offered by Hegel and Heidegger (yet are inevitably indebted to them), Allen’s book convincingly demonstrates how the logic of negativity allows Blanchot and Adorno to circumvent a relationship to the negative that is merely nihilistic. In terms of its style, argumentative rigor, conceptual precision, narrative patience, scholarly circumspection, and overall achievement, the book is truly outstanding.” — G E R H A R D RICHT ER, Brown University

is an independent researcher at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Ellipsis: Of Poetry and the Experience of Language after Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Blanchot, as well as articles on Benjamin, Roussel, and Béla Tarr. W I LLI A M S . ALLEN

312 pages 978-0-8232-6928-0 • Cloth • $65.00 (06) • £45.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Perspectives in Continental Philosophy APRIL

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Celebricities

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Media Culture and the Phenomenology of Gadget Commodity Life

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“In Celebricities, Anthony Curtis Adler gives us Heidegger watching TV, Marx playing with his cell phone, and Althusser contemplating celebrity. Thinking the popular with the philosophical gives us new and dynamic understandings of the commodity form, ontology, and ideology as well as aphorisms for some of the most pressing political questions of our age.” — C H R I STO PHER B REU

256 pages 978-0-8232-7080-4 • Paper • $28.00 (01) • £18.99 978-0-8232-7079-8 • Cloth • $100.00 (06) • £69.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Idiom: Inventing Writing Theory J U LY

What becomes of life, experience, and truth in the hyperconsumeristic culture of the twentyfirst century? What happens to the phenomenological call to go “back to the things themselves” when these things, to an ever greater degree, involve a televised life that is not ours to live, celebrities who are utterly like us yet infinitely untouchable, and uncannily pluripotent electronic gadgets? Combining sustained philosophical inquiry with fragmentary and experimental theoretical interventions, Anthony Curtis Adler rethinks Marxist materialism and the Heideggerian project in terms of the singular experiences of late capitalism. In doing so, he reveals how the disarticulation of life via the commodity fetish demands at once a new notion of phenomenological method and an ontology oriented toward the radical contingency of being itself as transcendental ground. ANTHONY C UR TIS ADLE R is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College in South Korea.

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Husserl’s Missing Technologies DON IHDE

“Husserl’s Missing Technologies is a natural and informative companion to Heidegger’s Technologies. It deepens Ihde’s analysis of technology and offers important new perspectives on pragmatism, science, and technology studies. An insightful and probing work.” — C A R L M I TCHA M, Colorado School of Mines

184 pages • 5 b/w illustrations • 5¼ x 8 978-0-8232-6961-7 • Paper • $24.00 (01) • £16.99 978-0-8232-6960-0 • Cloth • $85.00 (06) • £59.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Perspectives in Continental Philosophy APRIL

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Husserl’s Missing Technologies looks at the early-twentieth-century “classical” phenomenology of Edmund Husserl, both in the light of the philosophy of science of his time, and retrospectively at his philosophy from a contemporary “postphenomenology.” Of central interest are his infrequent comments upon technologies and especially scientific instruments such as the telescope and microscope. Together with his analysis of Husserl, Don Ihde ventures through the recent history of technologies of science, reading and writing, and science praxis, calling for modifications to phenomenology by converging it with pragmatism. This fruitful hybridization emphasizes human–technology interrelationships, the role of embodiment and bodily skills, and the inherent multistability of technologies. In a radical argument, Ihde contends that philosophies, in the same way that various technologies contain an ever-shortening obsolescence, ought to have contingent use-lives. D ON I HD E is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at Stony Brook University. His most recent books include Experimental Phenomenology: Multistability; Heidegger’s Technologies: Postphenomenological Perspectives (Fordham); and Embodied Technics.


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Walter Benjamin and Theology C O L BY D I C K INS O N and ST ÉPH ANE SYMO NS, editors

In the Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin writes that his work is “related to theology as blotting pad is related to ink. It is saturated with it.” For a thinker so decisive to critical literary, cultural, political, and aesthetic writings over the past half-century, Benjamin’s relationship to theological matters has been less observed than it should, even despite a variety of attempts over the last four decades to illuminate the theological elements latent within his eclectic and occasional writings. Such attempts, though undeniably crucial to comprehending his thought, remain in need of deepened systematic analysis. In bringing together some of the most renowned experts from both sides of the Atlantic, Walter Benjamin and Theology seeks to establish a new site from which to address both the issue of Benjamin’s relationship with theology and all the crucial aspects that Benjamin himself grappled with when addressing the field and operations of theological inquiry.

304 pages 978-0-8232-7018-7 • Paper • $35.00 (01) • £23.99 978-0-8232-7017-0 • Cloth • $125.00 (06) • £87.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Perspectives in Continental Philosophy MAY

CONTR I B UTOR S : Giorgio Agamben, Wulf Kaspar Bulling, Judith Butler, Howard Caygill, Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, Colby Dickinson, Howard Eiland, Peter Fenves, Eli Friedlander, Hille Haker, Michael Jennings, Adam Kotsko, Stéphane Symons, Jacob Taubes, Annika Thiem, Sigrid Weigel, Ryan H. Wines COLBY D I CKI NS O N is Assistant Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. STÉ PHA NE SYM O NS is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy at KU Leuven,

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Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ

German Romanticism between Leibniz and Marx L E I F W E ATH E RBY

“Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ is a truly impressive work of scholarship. The author has a breathtaking command of the German philosophical tradition, including major figures, such as Kant, Fichte, Hegel, and Schelling, as well as those who are less well-known outside the field of German studies. He has taken a single, somewhat innocuous concept—the ‘organ’—and revealed it to be at the crux of a rapidly changing philosophical landscape whose terrain encompasses metaphysics, subject philosophy, the history of science, literature, and aesthetics. Accordingly, it should be of interest to anyone working in these fields.” — JO C E LY N HO LLA N D, University of California, Santa Barbara

472 pages 978-0-8232-6941-9 • Paper • $35.00 (01) • £23.99 978-0-8232-6940-2 • Cloth • $125.00 (06) • £87.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Forms of Living MA R C H

Around 1800, German romanticism developed a philosophy this study calls “Romantic organology.” Scientific and philosophical notions of biological function and speculative thought converged to form the discourse that Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ reconstructs—a metaphysics meant to theorize, and ultimately alter, the structure of a politically and scientifically destabilized world. LEI F W EATHER BY

is Assistant Professor of German at New York University.

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On Being and Cognition Ordinatio 1.3

J O H N D U NS S COT U S edited and translated by JO HN VAN DEN BERCKEN “The massive third distinction of the first book of Scotus’s Ordinatio represents the fullest systematic treatment of cognitive psychology and philosophy of mind produced in the Middle Ages. This superb translation renders the whole text into clear, stylish, and felicitous English. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in medieval theories of mind and knowledge.” — R I C H A R D CROSS, University of Notre Dame

288 pages 978-0-8232-7073-6 • Cloth • $65.00 (06) • £45.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Medieval Philosophy: Texts and Studies JUNE

In On Being and Cognition, the first complete translation into English of a pivotal text in the history of philosophy and theology, Scotus addresses fundamental issues concerning the limits of human knowledge and the nature of cognition by developing his doctrine of the univocity of being, refuting skepticism and analyzing the way the intellect and the object cooperate in generating actual knowledge in the case of abstractive cognition. Throughout the work Scotus is in discussion with important theologians of his time, such as Thomas Aquinas, Henry of Ghent, and Godfrey of Fontaines. Anyone interested in the pertinent philosophical problems will find in this book the highly sophisticated and subtle answers of a giant in the history of thought. JOHN D UNS S COTUS

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was one of the most important philosophers and theologians of the

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specializes in philosophy, psychology, and cognition.

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Crossing the Rubicon The Borderlands of Philosophy and Theology E M M A NU E L FALQ U E translated by REU BEN SHANK i ntroduction by MAT T HEW FARLEY

In France today, philosophy—phenomenology in particular—finds itself in a paradoxical relation to theology. Some debate a “theological turn.” Others disavow theological arguments as if such arguments would tarnish their philosophical integrity, while nevertheless carrying out theology in other venues. In Crossing the Rubicon, Emmanuel Falque seeks to end this face-off. Convinced that “the more one theologizes, the better one philosophizes,” he proposes a counterblow by theology against phenomenology. Instead of another philosophy of “the threshold” or “the leap”— and through a retrospective and forward-looking examination of his own method—he argues that an encounter between the two disciplines will reveal their mutual fruitfulness and their true distinctive borders. Falque shows that he has made the crossing between philosophy and theology and back again with audacity and perhaps a little recklessness, knowing full well that no one thinks without exposing himself to risk. 208 pages 978-0-8232-6988-4 • Paper • $28.00 (01) • £18.99 978-0-8232-6987-7 • Cloth • $110.00 (06) • £76.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Perspectives in Continental Philosophy JUNE

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EM M ANUEL FALQUE is Dean of the Department of Philosophy at The Catholic Institute of Paris. His published works include The Metamorphosis of Finitude: An Essay on Birth and Resurrection (Fordham). R EUB EN SHANK is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at the University of Virginia. M ATTHEW FARLEY is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at the University of Virginia.


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“A timely contribution to a growing and important conversation about the inadequacy of our common category ‘religion’ for the understanding of many practices, attitudes, emotions, and beliefs—especially of peoples in other times and contexts.” —WAYN E A . MEEKS, Yale University

“If, as recent scholarship suggests, ancient Romans did not have an idea of a distinctly ‘religious’ sphere of life, what are we to do with those words in our sources that are generally translated as ‘religion,’ namely the Latin religio and the Greek thrēskeia? Adequately answering this question demands a back-tobasics lexical approach that carefully reexamines usages of these words in their ancient contexts. The rich fruits of such labor are on full display in Barton and Boyarin’s Imagine No Religion, which pushes well beyond the simple observation that “Romans had no religion.” Through in-depth studies of religio, thrēskeia, and related concepts, Barton and Boyarin shed new light on the fascinating transformations of these words in the shadow of Roman imperial power. One need not agree with all of its provocative conclusions in order to recognize that Imagine No Religion is now the definitive starting point for the reevaluation of these crucial terms.” — B REN T N O N GB RI, Macquarie University

Imagine No Religion

How Modern Abstractions Hide Ancient Realities CA R L IN A. BARTON and DA NIEL B OYARI N

304 pages • 7 x 10 978-0-8232-7120-7 • Paper • $35.00 (01) • £23.99 978-0-8232-7119-1 • Cloth • $125.00 (06) • £87.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available AUGU ST

What do we fail to see when we force other, earlier cultures into the Procrustean bed of concepts that organize our contemporary world? In Imagine No Religion, Carlin A. Barton and Daniel Boyarin map the myriad meanings of the Latin and Greek words religio and thrēskeia, frequently and reductively mistranslated as “religion,” in order to explore the manifold nuances of their uses within ancient Roman and Greek societies. In doing so, they reveal how we can conceptualize anew and speak of these cultures without invoking the anachronistic concept of religion. From Plautus to Tertullian, Herodotus to Josephus, Imagine No Religion illuminates cultural complexities otherwise obscured by our modern-day categories. CARLIN A. BARTON is Professor Emerita in the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans: The Gladiator and the Monster and Roman Honor: The Fire in the Bones. DANIE L BOYARIN is Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written and edited many books, including most recently, The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ.

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White Eagle, Black Madonna One Thousand Years of the Polish Catholic Tradition R OBERT E. ALVIS

312 pages • 25 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-7171-9 • Paper • $35.00 (01) • £23.99 978-0-8232-7170-2 • Cloth • $125.00 (06) • £87.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available AU GU ST

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In 1944, the Nazis razed Warsaw’s historic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. “They knew that the strength of the Polish nation was rooted in the Cross, Christ’s Passion, the spirit of the Gospels, and the invincible Church,” argued Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński in a letter celebrating the building’s subsequent reconstruction. “To weaken and destroy the nation, they knew they must first deprive it of its Christian spirit.” Wyszynski insisted that Catholicism was an integral component of Polish history, culture, and national identity. The faithfulness of the Polish people fortified them during times of trial and inspired much that was noble and good in their endeavors. Filling a sizable gap in the literature, White Eagle, Black Madonna is a systematic study of the Catholic Church in Poland and among the Polish diaspora. Polish Catholicism has not been particularly well understood outside of Poland, and certainly not in the Anglophone world, until now. Demonstrating an unparalleled mastery of the topic, Robert E. Alvis offers an illuminating vantage point on the dynamic tension between centralization and diversity that long has characterized the Catholic Church’s history. Written in clear, concise, accessible language, the book sheds light on the relevance of the Polish Catholic tradition for the global Catholic Church, a phenomenon that has been greatly enhanced by Pope John Paul II, whose theology, ecclesiology, and piety were shaped profoundly by his experiences in Poland, and those experiences in turn shaped the course of his long and influential pontificate. Offering a new resource for understanding the historical development of Polish Catholicism, White Eagle, Black Madonna emphasizes the people, places, events, and ritual actions that have animated the tradition and that still resonate among Polish Catholics today. From the baptism of Duke Mieszko in 966 to the controversial burial of President Lech Kaczyński in 2010, the Church has accompanied the Polish people during their long and often tumultuous history. While often controversial, Catholicism’s influence over Poland’s political, social, and cultural life has been indisputably profound. ROBE RT E . ALVIS is Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Church History at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.


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Upside-Down Gods Gregory Bateson’s World of Difference P ETE R H A R R IES -JO NES

“Upside-Down Gods is a gift of meticulous scholarship and insight for all interested in the extraordinary intellectual path of Gregory Bateson and the wide-ranging, multidisciplinary debates he was central to—debates that are still relevant—about anthropology, psychology, animal cognition, biosemiotics, ecology, epistemology, and systems theory.” —T Y LE R VO L K , N EW YO RK U N IVERSIT Y, author of Metapatterns Across Space, Time, and Mind

296 pages, 3 b/w illustrations 978-0-8232-7035-4, Paper, $35.00 (01), £23.99 978-0-8232-7034-7, Cloth, $110.00 (06), £76.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available Meaning Systems M AY

Science’s conventional understanding of environment as an inert material resource underlies our unwillingness to acknowledge the military-industrial role in ongoing ecological catastrophes. In a crucial challenge to modern science’s exclusive attachment to materialist premises, Bateson reframed culture, psychology, biology, and evolution in terms of feedback and communication, fundamentally altering how we percieve our relationship with nature. This intellectual biography covers the whole trajectory of Bateson’s career, from his first anthropological work alongside Margaret Mead through the afterlife of his work in the development of biosemiotics. Harries-Jones shows how the sum of Bateson’s thinking across numerous fields turns our notions of causality upside down, providing a moral divide between sustainable creativity and our perpetration of biocide. PETER HAR R I ES -J ONE S

is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at York University.

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Bound by Conflict Dilemmas of the Two Sudans

F R A NC I S M A D ING DENG, in collaboration with DANIEL J. DENG foreword by K EV IN M. CAH ILL, M. D.

Since its independence on January 1, 1956, Sudan has been at war with itself. Through the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005, the North–South dimension of the conflict was seemingly resolved by the independence of the South on July 9, 2011. However, as a result of issues that were not resolved by the CPA, conflicts within the two countries have reignited conflict between them because of allegations of support for each other’s rebels. In Bound by Conflict: Dilemmas of the Two Sudans, Francis M. Deng and Daniel J. Deng critique the tendency to see these conflicts as separate and to seek isolated solutions for them, when, in fact, they are closely intertwined. The policy implication is that resolving conflicts within the two Sudans is critical to the prospects of achieving peace, security, and stability between them, with the potential of moving them to some form of meaningful association.

224 pages 978-0-8232-7078-1, Paper, $22.00 (03), £14.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available MA R C H PO L I T I C AL T H EORY

FRANCI S M . D ENG is the first Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations. DA NI EL J. D ENG is a Senior Adviser to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in South Sudan. KEVIN M. CAHILL, M.D. , is University Professor and Director of Fordham

University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) and President of the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC).

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Touching the Face of the Cosmos On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion

PAU L L EVI NS O N and MICH AEL WALT EMAT HE, editors

Military advantage, scientific knowledge, and commerce have thus far been the main motives to human exploration of outer space. Touching the Face of the Cosmos explores what may be the best motive of all, largely untapped: the desire of every human being, essentially spiritual, to understand more about our place in the universe, how our lives on Earth are inextricably part of that bigger picture. Drawing on leading scientists, religious thinkers, and science fiction writers— including a new interview with John Glenn and an essay by Director of the Vatican Observatory Guy Consolmagno, S.J.—Paul Levinson and Michael Waltemathe have assembled a volume that puts space travel and religion on the map for anyone interested in outer space, theology, and philosophy.

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PAUL LEV I NS ON , PH.D. , is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University and author of sixteen scholarly books and novels, including RealSpace: The Fate of Physical Presence in the Digital Age, On and Off Planet. M I C HA EL WA LTEMATHE, PH.D. , is Senior Lecturer in Religious Education, Department of Protestant Theology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, and author of Computer Worlds and Religion and articles about science, religion, and outer space.

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index A Adler, Anthony Curtis 24 Aesthetics of Negativity 23 Alchemy of Empire, The 18 Allen, William S. 23 Alvis, Robert E. 28 Amazing Adventures of Bob Brown, The 2 Armstrong, Philip 30 B Barton, Carlin A. 27 Basile, Salvatore 21 Baxstrom, Richard 30 Bean, Christopher B. 20 Bennington, Geoffrey 12 Bercken, John van den 26 Black Lives and Sacred Humanity 13 Bound by Conflict 29 Boyarin, Daniel 27 Brault, Pascale-Anne 11 Butler, Judith 30 C Campana, Joseph 14 Cassin, Barbara 11 Celebricities 24 Chasing Ghosts 30 Cherry, Vivian 3 City of Gods 5 Claviez, Thomas 17 Common Growl, The 17 Commons Democracy 30 Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism 16 Cool 21 Crossing the Rubicon 26 Cytomegalovirus 30 D Dante and the Dynamics of Textual Exchange 14 Day, Dorothy 3 Death of the Book, The 19 Deery, Phillip 4 Deng, Daniel J. 29

Deng, Francis Mading 29 DeSalvo, Louise 30 Dickinson, Colby 25 Dissonance 22 Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker 3

L Levinson, Paul 30 Lewis, Pamela 1 Lovecidal 7 Lurz, John 19 Lynch, Richard A. 23

E Educational Reconstruction 21 Ego Sum 10 Entrapments of Form, The 18 Ethnography of Rhythm, The 9

M MacKendrick, Karmen 22 Magosaki, Rei 13 Mahrer, Gregory 6 Maisano, Scott 14 Martens, Cheryl 9 Matter of Voice, The 22 McChesney, Robert W. 9 McGregor, Michael N. 30 Meyers, Todd 30

F Falque, Emmanuel 26 Fordham, A History of the Jesuit University of New York 8 Foucault’s Critical Ethics 23 Frank, Marcie 15 Freedman, Des 9 From a Nickel to a Token 4 G Gay Fathers, Their Children, and the Making of Kinship 30 Goldberg, Jonathan 15 Goodfellow, Aaron 30 Gordon, Lewis R. 30 Green, Hilary 21 Guibert, Hervé 30 Gurd, Sean Alexander 22 H Hanson, R. Scott 5 Harries-Jones, Peter 29 Husserl’s Missing Technologies 24 I Ihde, Don 24 Imagine No Religion 27 Intoxication 30 K Khalip, Jacques 16 Kuzner, James 15

N Nancy, Jean-Luc 10, 30 Nelson, Dana D. 30 Newman, Karen 15 Northern Character 20 Nostalgia 11 O Obar, Jonathan 9 On Being and Cognition 26 Orban, Clara 30 P Pavlić, Ed 30 Pearson, Nancy K. 6 Provisional Map of the Lost Continent, A 6 Pure Act 30 Pyle, Forest 16 R Rabaté, Jean-Michel 17 Raskin, Joseph B. 30 Realizing the Witch 30 Red Apple 4 Redfield, Marc 30 Renaissance Posthumanism 14 Routes Not Taken, The 30

S Saper, Craig 2 Saussy, Haun 9 Scare Tactics 19 Scatter 1 12 Scotus, John Duns 26 Senses of the Subject 30 Shakespeare as a Way of Life 15 Shank, Reuben 26 Shelley, Thomas J. 8 Sparberg, Andrew J. 4 Strategies for Media Reform 9 Sudan, Rajani 18 Symons, Stéphane 25 T Teaching While Black 1 Theory at Yale 30 Think Pig! 17 This Distracted Globe 15 Toal, Catherine 18 Todorović, Jelena 14 Too Great a Burden to Bear 20 Touching the Face of the Cosmos 30 Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ 25 Tricksters and Cosmopolitans 13 Trinh T. Minh-ha 7 U Upside-Down Gods 29 W Waltemathe, Michael 30 Walter Benjamin and Theology 25 Wasser, Audrey 16 Weatherby, Leif 25 Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew 19 What Fanon Said 30 White, Carol Wayne 13 White Eagle, Black Madonna 28 Who Can Afford to Improvise? 30 Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone, The 6 Wongsrichanalai, Kanisorn 20 Work of Difference, The 16

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