Fordham University Press Catalogue - Spring 2023

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Fordham University Press



A Teacher’s Journey Through Rikers, or How I Beheaded the Minotaur


192 pages

9781531502515, Hardback, $27.95 (HC), £23.99

Simultaneous electronic edition available


New York City & Regional | Education | Race & Ethnic Studies


“Notorious enough to be nicknamed Torture Island, Rikers Island, home to one of the world’s largest correctional and mental institutions, has been the subject of our culture’s collective fascination for decades. I guarantee after you read Brandon Dean Lamson’s memoir Caged: A Teacher’s Journey Through Rikers, or How I Beheaded the Minotaur, you will never see that facility, nor prison education, kink, mindfulness, Richard Wright, or shame in quite the same way. On Rikers, as Lamson writes, ‘There were multiple literacies, various grids laid over the prisoners’ words and their worlds.’ This book guides us through those hybrid, polylingual, even nonverbal languages with an ethnographer’s eye and the rawness of reportage—from gang slang to institutional speech and literary allusion—always implicating the narrator in the narration, so that we are made complicit in the realization that prison education itself is a form of control and how solitary confinement is a kind of panopticon in reverse. As the men around him wrestle demons, Lamson stares down his own minotaur by confronting the violence in his own past with an unflinching poet’s heart that transforms trauma into beauty and fear into forgiveness. Caged is a potent lyrical reminder of the daily work that remains for each of us to do.”

An honest and gripping memoir of one man’s life-altering experience teaching at Rikers Island.

When Brandon Dean Lamson first accepted the teaching position at Horizon Academy, a courtmandated academic program for eighteen- to twenty-year-old prisoners at Rikers Island, even he had to question his own motivation. Why was he risking his life every day at a prison notorious for being one of the most dangerous places to work? Was it his small way of making amends for the blatant and pervasive racism he witnessed every day growing up in his small Southern town? Or was it to prove he wasn’t afraid to go where his own father, a prominent District Court judge, had sent both the innocent and guilty alike? In Caged, Lamson provides an intimate view of his transformative experience teaching inmate students on Rikers Island.

Rikers Island resonates as a place of horrific violence and inescapable punishment, one of the last places in America that truly invoke overwhelming, universal fear. Set in the late 1990s—a time when the city was rapidly changing into an increasingly corporatized and policed space—Caged exposes a criminal justice system designed to thwart efforts to rehabilitate and educate the incarcerated. Lamson’s first-hand account illustrates how penitentiaries too often use prison education as another means of control.

Written in a gripping, confessional narrative, Caged explores the consequential impact of Lamson’s move to New York City, his childhood experiences with racial justice, and his journey working in four prisons over the course of three years. Lamson provides glimpses into his own self-destructive behavior as parallels emerge between his life on Rikers and his personal life, his white privilege, and how his behavior progressively entraps him in ways that resonate with the challenges faced by his students. The book intimately captures how incarceration changes both prisoner and educator alike as Lamson struggles to integrate into life outside prison after his departure from Horizon Academy.

BRANDON DEAN LAMSON teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of two poetry books, Houston Gothic (LaMunde Press, 2008) and Starship Tahiti (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and Prairie Schooner, and he was recently the Summer Poet in Residence at the University of Mississippi.


Best Minds

How Allen Ginsberg Made Revolutionary Poetry from Madness


304 pages, 37 b/w illustrations

9781531502669, Hardback, $34.95 (HC), £29.99

Simultaneous electronic edition

Biography | Literary Studies | Psychology

“Stevan Weine’s biography of Allen Ginsberg is a major breakthrough in our understanding of this major American poet. With complete access to Ginsberg’s medical records, alongside interviews and other documents, Weine is able to construct the most complex account we have of Ginsberg’s struggle with madness, both his own and his mother’s, and to frame it within the history of American psychiatry and the pursuit of visionary poetry and experiences throughout Ginsberg’s career. Essential reading for anyone interested in the long history of madness in individuals, families, and cultures.”


“The author brings nuance to Allen’s views on mental illness, arguing that Allen had more ambivalent feelings about the anti-psychiatry movement than one might expect, and the author’s privileged access to material on the poet’s and Naomi’s institutionalizations make this a valuable resource for future biographers. Fans of the Beat Generation will be enlightened.”


A revelatory look at how poet Allen Ginsberg transformed experiences of mental illness and madness into some of the most powerful and widely read poems of the twentieth century.

Allen Ginsberg’s 1956 poem “Howl” opens with one of the most resonant phrases in modern poetry: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.” Thirty years later, Ginsberg entrusted a Columbia University medical student with materials not shared with anyone else, including psychiatric records that documented how he and his mother, Naomi Ginsberg, struggled with mental illness.

In Best Minds, psychiatrist, researcher, and scholar Stevan M. Weine, M.D., who was that medical student, examines how Allen Ginsberg took his visions and psychiatric hospitalization, his mother’s devastating illness, confinement, and lobotomy, and the social upheavals of the postwar world and imaginatively transformed them.

Though madness is often linked with hardship and suffering, Ginsberg’s showed how it could also lead to profound and redemptive aesthetic, spiritual, and social changes. Through his revolutionary poetry and social advocacy, Ginsberg dedicated himself to leading others toward new ways of being human and easing pain.

Throughout his celebrated career Ginsberg made us feel as though we knew everything there was to know about him. However, much has been left out about his experiences growing up with a mentally ill mother, his visions, and his psychiatric hospitalization.

In Best Minds, with a forty-year career studying and addressing trauma, Weine provides a groundbreaking exploration of the poet and his creative process especially in relation to madness.

Best Minds examines the complex relationships between mental illness, psychiatry, trauma, poetry, and prophecy—using the access Ginsberg generously shared to offer new, lively, and indispensable insights into an American icon. Weine also provides new understandings of the paternalism, treatment failures, ethical lapses, and limitations of American psychiatry in the 1940s and 1950s.

In light of these new discoveries, the challenges Ginsberg faced appear starker and his achievements, both as a poet and an advocate, even more remarkable.

DR. STEVAN M. WEINE is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where he is also Director of Global Medicine and Director of the Center for Global Health. He is the author of two books: When History Is a Nightmare: Lives and Memories of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Testimony and Catastrophe: Narrating the Traumas of Political Violence.



ensational tales of true-life crime, the devastation of the Irish potato famine, the upheaval of the Civil War, and the turbulent emergence of the American labor movement are connected here in a captivating exploration of the roots of the Molly Maguires. A secret society of peasant assassins in Ireland that re-emerged in Pennsylvania’s hard-coal region, the Mollies organized strikes, murdered mine bosses, and fought the Civil War draft. Their shadowy twelve-year duel with all-powerful coal companies marked the beginning of class warfare in America. But little has been written about the origins of this struggle and the folk culture that informed everything about the Mollies.

Traces the rise of the Molly Maguires from Ireland’s

devastating potato famine to the turbulent dawn of the American labor movement.

“The Sons of Molly Maguire is a work of considerable scholarship that carefully unpicks the tightly braided strands of ethnic, labor, and party politics in the mid-nineteenthcentury coal fields, especially in the west branch of Schuylkill County. Drawing on extensive research, the author illuminates the competition between the Irish and other immigrant groups and, most interestingly, the regional, class, and generational tensions within the Irish community itself.”

A rare book about the birth of the secret society, The Sons of Molly Maguire delves into the lost world of peasant Ireland to uncover the astonishing links between the folk justice of the Mollies and the folk drama of the Mummers, who performed a holiday play that always ended in a mock killing. The links not only explain much about Ireland’s Molly Maguires—where the name came from, why the killers wore women’s clothing, why they struck around holidays—but also shed new light on the Mollies’ re-emergence in Pennsylvania.


The Sons of Molly Maguire

The Irish Roots of America’s First Labor War


384 pages, 8 b/w illustrations

9781531502959, Paperback, $19.95 (TP), £16.99

[Hardback editions available: 9780823262236]

eBook Available


History | Labor Studies

(continued on back flap)

“The Sons of Molly Maguire is an engaging and enlightening work of historical research and scholarship. As well as bringing into focus the Mollies’ role in giving America its first taste of class warfare, Bulik’s incisive and original explorations sweep aside myths, legends, half-truths, and untruths. He significantly deepens our understanding of these flesh-and-blood laborers, who they were, where they came from, and how their struggle resonated through the labor movement in the United States. Thoughtful, insightful, and unfailing fair, The Sons of Molly Maguire is history at its best.”


“With deft writing and impressive research, Mark Bulik offers a new explanation for a conflict that shook the very foundations of post–Civil War America. The Molly Maguires were at the center of America’s first great labor war, but as Bulik shows, the first shots of that war were fired not in northeastern Pennsylvania but in the fields and villages of Ireland.”


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

“Bulik’s unfailingly interesting book has a fascinating story to tell. His analysis of the Irish roots of the Mollies is excellent and in line with the tendency of U.S. historiography to extend analysis beyond the borders of the nation. His accounts of the battles between the Mollies and the forces of law and order in Schuylkill County are well written . . . he does a service in stripping away some of the gray mist from the Mollies. This book will appeal to both a general and an academic audience.”


MARK BULIK is a senior editor at The New York Times. His most recent book is Ambush at Central Park: When the Irish Revolution Came to New York (Fordham).


Ambush at Central Park

When the IRA Came to New York

“A pacy, readable, historical thriller, extensively based on archival research. It brings to life the struggle for independence in Cork, the realities of the IRA and British espionage war in the city and county, and the IRA’s transatlantic reach.”

“A brilliantly written book about an unknown episode of the Irish War of Independence, with vivid characters caught up in the great events of history.”

A compelling, action-packed account of the only officially sanctioned I.R.A attack ever conducted on American soil.

In 1922, three of the Irish Republican Army’s top gunmen arrived in New York City seeking vengeance. Their target: “Cruxy” O’Connor, a young Irishman who kept switching sides as revolution swept his country in the wake of World War I. Cruxy’s last betrayal dealt a stunning blow to Ireland’s struggle for independence: Six of his IRA comrades were killed when he told police the location of their safe house outside Cork. A year later, the IRA gunned him down in a hail of bullets before a crowd of horrified New Yorkers at the corner of 84th Street and Central Park West.

Based primarily on first-hand accounts, most of them never before published, Ambush at Central Park is a cinematic exploration of the enigma of “Cruxy” O’Connor: Was he really a decorated war hero who became a spy for Britain? When he defected to the IRA, did his machine gun really jam in a crucial attack? When captured, did he give up his IRA comrades only under torture? Was he a British spy all along? Or was he pursuing a decades-old blood feud between his family and that of one of his comrades?

A longtime editor at The New York Times, author Mark Bulik delved through Irish government archives, newspaper accounts, census data, and unpublished material from the families of the main actors. Together they add to the sensational story of a rebel ambush, a deadly police raid, a dinner laced with poison, a daring prison break, a boatload of tommy guns on the Hoboken waterfront, an unlikely pair of spies who fall in love, and an audacious assassination plot against the British cabinet.

Gravely wounded and near death, Cruxy refused to cooperate with the detectives investigating the case. And so, the spy who stopped spying and the gunman who stopped shooting became the informer who wouldn’t inform, even at death’s door. Here is a forgotten chapter of Irish and New York history: the story of the only officially authorized IRA attack on American soil.

MARK BULIK is a senior editor at The New York Times. He is the author of The Sons of Molly Maguire: The Irish Roots of America’s First Labor War.

BULIK 208 pages, 12 b/w illustrations 9781531502607, Hardback, $24.95 (HC), £21.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available APRIL New York City & Regional | Biography GENERAL INTEREST

Nine Irish Plays for Voices

360 pages, 9 b/w illustrations

9781531502546, Hardback, $39.95 (HC), £36.00

Simultaneous electronic edition available


Theater & Performance | Poetry


“This insightful and enlightening volume, Eamon Grennan’s Nine Irish Plays for Voices, brings the audience or reader through the famine of the nineteenth century up to a more recent conversation featuring an old man in a multiracial and multicultural Ireland reflecting on Ireland’s past and future. This book of plays will be a welcome way for readers and theatrical companies to rethink Irish history, global Irishness, and the present.”

“This collection of nine plays for voices will be of enormous interest to readers who want to deepen their knowledge of theater, Irish culture, and the relationship between great literature and society. It provides new perspectives on such well-known figures as James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, and Peig Sayers—while also offering an innovative approach to Irish history. These plays were written to be performed live, making the book valuable to theater companies and directors everywhere. But they also work beautifully as dramatic literature, meaning that this is a volume that can be read from cover to cover with pleasure.”

A vibrant collection of short plays bringing Irish history and culture alive through an extraordinary collage of documents, songs, poems, and texts.

In Nine Irish Plays for Voices, award-winning poet Eamon Grennan delves deep into key Irish subjects—big, small, literary, historical, political, biographical—and illuminates them for today’s audiences and readers. These short plays draw from original material centering on important moments in Irish history and the formation of the Irish Republic, such as the Great Famine and the Easter Rising; the lives of Irish literary figures like Yeats, Joyce, and Lady Gregory; and the crucial and life-changing condition of emigration.

The rhythmic, musical, and vivid language of Grennan’s plays incorporates traditional song lyrics, lines of Irish poetry, and letters and speeches of the time. The result is a dramatic collage that tells a story through the voices of characters contemporary to the period of the play’s subject. By presenting subjects through the dramatic rendering of the human voice, the plays facilitate a close, intimate relationship between players and the audience, creating an incredibly powerful connection to the past. Historical moments and literary figures that might seem remote to the present-day reader or audience become immediate and emotionally compelling.

One of the plays, Ferry, is drawn entirely from the author’s imagination. It puts unnamed characters who come from the world of twentieth-century Ireland on a boat to the underworld with the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. On their journey the five strangers, played by two voices, tell stories about their lives, raising the question of how language both captures and transforms lived experience. Addressing the Great Famine, Hunger uses documentary evidence to give audiences a dramatic feel for what has been a silent and traumatic element in Irish history. Noramollyannalivialucia: The Muse and Mr. Joyce is a one-woman piece that depicts James Joyce’s wife as an older woman sharing her memories and snippets from the works of her husband. Also included in this rich volume is the author’s adaptation of Synge’s Aran Islands, as well as Emigration Road, History! Reading the Easter Rising, The Muse and Mr. Yeats, The Loves of Lady Gregory, and Peig: An Ordinary Life

EAMON GRENNAN is retired from the Dexter M. Ferry Jr. Chair of English at Vassar College. The most recent of his thirteen volumes of poetry are Plainchant (2022) and There Now (2015). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Foundation Poetry Prize, the Listowel Poetry Prize, the Poetry Now Award for Out of Breath (2007), and the PEN award for poetry in translation for Leopardi: Selected Poems by Giacomo Leopardi (1997).


Hell on Color, Sweet on Song

Jacob Wrey Mould and the Artful Beauty of Central Park

“Spotlights the little-known figure whose influence can be seen in some of New York’s most recognized landmarks.”


“Hell on Color, Sweet on Song is an excellently researched book about a very influential yet oft-forgotten architect of the mid–nineteenth century, Jacob Wrey Mould. While introducing vibrant colors and polychrome to the United States, Mould also changed the nature and look of New York’s architecture and affected some of its most important designers. Mould rediscovered, hurrah!”


Reveals new and previously unknown biographical material about an important figure in nineteenth-century American architecture and music.

Jacob Wrey Mould is not a name that readily comes to mind when we think of New York City architecture. Yet he was one-third of the party responsible for the early development of the city’s Central Park. To this day, his sculptural reliefs, tile work, and structures in the Park enthrall visitors. Mould introduced High Victorian architecture to NYC, his fingerprint most pronounced in his striking and colorful ornamental designs and beautiful embellishments found in the carved decorations and mosaics at the Bethesda Terrace. Resurfacing the forgotten contributions of Mould, Hell on Color, Sweet on Song presents a study of this nineteenth-century American architect and musical genius.

Jacob Wrey Mould, whose personal history included a tie to Africa, was born in London in 1825 and trained there as an architect before moving to New York in 1852. The following year, he received the commission to design All Souls Unitarian Church. Nicknamed “the Church of the Holy Zebra,” it was the first building in America to display the mix of colorful materials and medieval Italian inspiration that was characteristic of High Victorian Gothic architecture. In addition to being an architect and designer, Mould was an accomplished musician and prolific translator of opera librettos. Yet anxiety over money and resentment over lack of appreciation of his talents soured Mould’s spirit. Unsystematic, impractical, and immune from maturity, he displayed a singular indifference to the realities of architecture as a commercial enterprise. Despite his personal shortcomings, he influenced the design of some of NYC’s revered landmarks, including Sheepfold, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the City Hall Park fountain, and the Morningside Park promenade. From 1875 to 1879, he worked for Henry Meiggs, the “Yankee Pizarro,” in Lima, Peru.

Resting on the foundation of Central Park docent Lucille Gordon’s heroic efforts to raise from obscurity one of the geniuses of American architecture and a significant contributor to the world of music in his time, Hell on Color, Sweet on Song sheds new light on a forgotten genius of American architecture and music.

FRANCIS KOWSKY is SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians. He has written numerous articles on nineteenth-century American architects and is the author of Country Park and City: The Life and Architecture of Calvert Vaux and The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System. Frank was a longtime member of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation and has prepared numerous nominations for the National Register of Historic Places.

LUCILLE GORDON (1929–2021), a lifelong resident of New York, founded and ran Gordon Associates, which specialized in marketing books for technical publishers. She volunteered as a docent in Central Park, leading educational tours, and later devoted many years to researching and drafting a biography of Jacob Wrey Mould, the lesser-known third architect of Central Park who created the majority of its decorative elements such as Bethesda Terrace.

FRANCIS KOWSKY, WITH LUCILLE GORDON 304 pages, 120 color and b/w illustrations 9781531502577, Hardback, $39.95 (HC), £36.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available MAY Biography | Architecture | New York City & Regional
Funding for this book was provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund

12 Angry Men

Reginald Rose and the Making of an American Classic


314 pages, 48 b/w illustrations

9781531502966, Paperback, $19.99 (AC)

[Hardback edition available: 9780823297740]

eBook available


Biography | Cinema & Media Studies | New York City & Regional

FINALIST, 2021 WALL AWARD, formerly the Theatre Library Association Award

“. . . [A] fascinating book about Rose’s masterpiece. . . .”


“[W]e’re in [Rosenzweig’s] debt for bringing the virtues of this imperishable movie before us once again—and not a moment too soon.”


“An engaging, insightful study of a landmark film and its surprisingly long-term impact.”


“A detailed account of the cauldron of creativity, placing the reader into the early days of television, a period that gave rise to some of the most celebrated talents of the mid–twentieth century. Absorbing . . . the reconstruction of Rose’s jury service was fascinating.”


“This book tells two stories: the life of Reginald Rose, and how 12 Angry Men became a classic that sits on the American Film Institute’s list of the best movies ever made.”


The untold story behind one of America’s greatest dramas.

In early 1957, a low-budget black-and-white movie opened across the United States. Consisting of little more than a dozen men arguing in a dingy room, it was a failure at the box office and soon faded from view.

Today, 12 Angry Men is acclaimed as a movie classic, revered by the critics, beloved by the public, and widely performed as a stage play, touching audiences around the world. It is also a favorite of the legal profession for its portrayal of ordinary citizens reaching a just verdict and widely taught for its depiction of group dynamics and human relations. Few twentieth-century American dramatic works have had the acclaim and impact of 12 Angry Men

Rosenzweig’s 12 Angry Men tells two stories: the life of a great writer and the journey of his most famous work, one that ultimately outshined its author. More than any writer in the Golden Age of Television, Reginald Rose took up vital social issues of the day—from racial prejudice to juvenile delinquency to civil liberties—and made them accessible to a wide audience. His 1960s series, The Defenders, was the finest drama of its age and set the standard for legal dramas. This book brings Reginald Rose’s long and successful career, its origins and accomplishments, into view at long last.

By placing 12 Angry Men in its historical and social context—the rise of television, the blacklist, and the struggle for civil rights—Rosenzweig traces the story of this brilliant courtroom drama, beginning with the chance experience that inspired Rose, to its performance on CBS’s Westinghouse Studio One in 1954, to the feature film with Henry Fonda. The book describes Sidney Lumet’s casting, the sudden death of one actor, and the contribution of cinematographer Boris Kaufman. It explores various drafts of the drama, with Rose settling on the shattering climax only days before filming began.

Drawing on extensive research and brimming with insight, this book casts new light on one of America’s great dramas—and about its author, a man of immense talent and courage.

Author royalties will be donated equally to the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School and the Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

PHIL ROSENZWEIG is a Professor of Business Administration at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he has used 12 Angry Men for many years to teach executives about interpersonal behavior and group dynamics.





Dispatches from the Largest Park in the Lower 48

In the Adirondacks

Dispatches from the Largest Park in the Lower 48


240 pages, 12 color illustrations

9781531502638, Hardback, $29.95 (HC), £25.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available

“In the Adirondacks is an earnest meditation on what Americans have made, for better and worse, of the land they call ‘wilderness.’ Dallos takes us on a freewheeling tour of what may be the largest temperate forest left in the world, which is also now a strange vacationland for flatlanders from America’s biggest cities. Among all the neon signs and asphalt and campground bathrooms, he still finds the beavers and the loons. Among a whole history of misguided development, he still finds reason to hope that humans are capable of harmony with the land they claim as their own.”

An immersive journey into the past, present, and future of a region many consider the Northeast’s wilderness backyard.

Out of all the rural areas of the United States, including those in the West, which are bigger and propped up by more pervasive myths about adventure and nation and wilderness and freedom, the Adirondacks has accumulated a well-known identity beyond its boundaries. Untouched, unspoiled, it is defined by what we haven’t done to it. Combining author Matt Dallos’s personal observations with his thorough research of primary and secondary documents, In the Adirondacks rambles through the region to understand its significance within American culture and what lessons it might offer us for how we think about the environment. In vivid prose, Dallos digs through the region’s past and present to excavate a series of compelling stories and places: a moose named Harold, a hot dog mogul’s rustic mansion, an ecological restoration on an alpine summit, a hermit who demanded a helicopter ride, and a millionaire who dressed up as a Native American to rob a stagecoach. Along the way, Dallos listens to locals and tourists, visits wilderness areas and souvenir shops, and digs through archives in museums and libraries.

In the Adirondacks blends lively history and immersive travel writing to explore the Adirondacks that captivated Dallos’s childhood imagination while presenting a compelling and entertaining story about America’s largest park outside of Alaska. The result is an inquisitive journey through the region’s bogs and lakes and boreal forests and the lives of residents and tourists. Dallos turned toward the region to understand why he couldn’t shake it from his mind. What he learned is that he’s not the only one.

In the Adirondacks explores the history and future of the most complicated, contested park in North America, raising important questions about the role of environmental preservation and the great outdoors in American history and culture.

MATT DALLOS is a PhD candidate at Cornell University, where he teaches environmental writing seminars. He lives in the Finger Lakes of New York.

New York City & Regional | Environment | History GENERAL

Manhattan Letters from Prehistory


“A luminous book. A poignant literary work.”

“This brilliant book is above all an investigation of the power of literature, of the ways in which fiction keeps secret what it seems to expose, lies and tells the truth at the same time. Hélène Cixous infuses this haunting story of deception with her unique poetic style, incisive wit, and philosophical acumen.”


“A remarkable sequence of meditations on memory and identity, presence and absence, the said and the unsaid, from one of the most significant and original writers in Europe today.”



“An affecting novel about how the heart—an organ that doesn’t just bleed, but reads and writes—is given and taken, and the scars it bears.”


The luminous tale of a young French scholar who travels to the United States to consult the manuscripts of beloved authors.

Manhattan is the tale of a young French scholar who travels to the United States in 1965 on a Fulbright Fellowship to consult the manuscripts of beloved authors. In Yale University’s Beinecke Library, tantalized by the conversational and epistolary brilliance of a fellow researcher, she is lured into a picaresque and tragic adventure. Meanwhile, back in France, her children and no-nonsense mother await her return.

A young European intellectual’s first contact with America and the city of New York are the background of this story. The experience of Manhattan haunts this labyrinth of a book as, over a period of thirty-five years, its narrator visits and revisits Central Park and a half-buried squirrel, the Statue of Liberty, and a never-again-to-be-found hotel in the vicinity of Morningside Heights: a journey into memory in which everything is never the same.

Traveling from library to library, France to the United States, Shakespeare to Kafka to Joyce, Manhattan deploys with gusto all the techniques for which Cixous’s fiction and essays are known: rapid juxtapositions of time and place, narrative and description, analysis and philosophical reflection. It investigates subjects Cixous has spent her life probing: reading, writing, and the “omnipotenceother” seductions of literature; a family’s flight from Nazi Germany and postcolonial Algeria; childhood, motherhood, and, not least, the strange experience of falling in love with a counterfeit genius.

HÉLÈNE CIXOUS is the founder of the first Women’s Studies program in France, at the University of Paris VIII. Since 1967, she has published more than fifty “fictions,” as well as numerous works of criticism on literature and many essays on the visual arts. She has long been a collaborator with Ariane Mnouchkine at the Théâtre du Soleil, and a number of her plays have been published. Her many books include Osnabrück Station to Jerusalem, “Coming to Writing” and Other Essays, and The Portable Cixous

BEVERLEY BIE BRAHIC lives in Paris. She is the translator of Hélène Cixous’s Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint, Dream I Tell You, Reveries of the Wild Woman, and The Day I Wasn’t There and the author of a volume of poems, Against Gravity.

208 pages, 5 1⁄2
8 1⁄2 9781531502898, Paperback, $15.95 (TP), £13.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available AUGUST Fiction | New York City & Regional | Philosophy & Theory



“A well-researched, energetic, bitterly truthful novel . . . wonderfully nuanced . . . . It is Schulman’s ability to look pain in the eye and convert it to wisdom that the reader admires.”


“A study of justice, loyalty, and selling out . . . a diligent, atmospherically detailed slice of social and cultural history.”


“Sarah Schulman is one of our most ferocious, uncompromising voices.”


“An amazing book . . . beautifully written . . . forces the reader to identify with the plucky characters in standing up to a climate of fear.”


A revelatory portrait of McCarthy-era Manhattan—back in print!

It is 1948 in Manhattan. Aspiring reporter Sylvia Golubowsky pays her dues in the steno pool at the tabloid New York Star, along with sixteen other girls whose eyes are on the back of the chair in front of them, the next step up the ladder. At the rival paper across town, gossip columnist Austin Van Cleeve rules New York and Washington with his venomous pen. In the Village, Columbia University graduate Cal Byfield is stuck flipping burgers to support his dream of a Negro theater on Broadway. Against the backdrop of post–World War II New York City and under the growing shadow of the Red Scare, these three indelible characters collide with one another amidst the larger drama of the historical moment. In a fresh re-interpretation of the McCarthy era, Sarah Schulman reframes our understanding of the “blacklist” to show how racial and sexual discrimination create their own ongoing exclusions and how the politics of treachery affect the most intimate relationships.

First published in 1998, Shimmer draws parallels between the McCarthy era and contemporary American life and upends the tropes of film noir, pulp fiction, and set pieces of midcentury America by positioning a Black man and a queer Jewish woman as emblematic Americans. In a story set before the advent of the collective revolutionary movements of the 1960s, Cal and Sylvia learn the hard way that the American Dream was not available to them.

This new edition of Shimmer includes a postscript by the author.

SARAH SCHULMAN is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, and AIDS historian. She is the author of twenty books including, most recently, Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993.

Simultaneous electronic edition available JUNE Fiction | New York City & Regional | LGBTQ Studies
SARAH SCHULMAN 276 pages, 5 1⁄2 × 8 9781531502928, Paperback, $15.95 (TP), £13.99

Group Works

Art, Politics, and Collective Ambivalence


192 pages, 5 1⁄2 × 8 1⁄2 , 23 b/w illustrations

9781531502706, Paperback, $25.00 (AC), £21.99

9781531502690, Hardback, $90.00 (SDT), £81.00

Simultaneous electronic edition available


Art & Visual Culture | Music | Theater & Performance

“With Group Works, Ethan Philbrick has created a rare text with which to think and act. Although there have been studies of the crowd, the mass, and the collective, as well as critical accounts of community and participation in the art world, Philbrick presents a novel theory of small groups and their political potential. Much like how Simone Forti’s dance construction Huddle disperses to allow the formation of new huddles, Philbrick invites readers into the work and then releases them into the world, freshly prepared to live differently together.”


“Ethan Philbrick has written an erudite and compassionate book about how and why we fall into and out of groups. Taking some classic group forms from the late twentiethcentury—performances ranging from dance, music, psychoanalysis, literature, and collective living—he sifts them carefully for their uses in surviving our own violently disjointed moment.”


An exciting new reflection on the role of artistic collaboration, collectivism, and the politics of group formation in the neoliberal era.

The artist and author Ethan Philbrick’s Group Works re-imagines the group by undertaking an historiographic archaeology of group aesthetics and politics.

Written against both phobic and romantic accounts of collectivity, Group Works contends that the group emerges as a medium for artists when established forms of collective life break down. Philbrick pairs group pieces in dance, literature, film, and music from the 1960s and 1970s downtown Manhattan scene alongside a series of recent group experiments: Simone Forti’s dance construction, Huddle (1961), is put into relation with contemporary re-performances of Forti’s score and huddling as a feminist political tactic; Samuel Delany’s memoir of communal living, Heavenly Breakfast: An Essay on the Winter of Love (1969/78), speaks to performance artist Morgan Bassichis’s 2017 communal musical adaptation of Larry Mitchell’s 1977 text, The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions; Lizzie Borden’s experimental documentary of feminist collectivity, Regrouping (1976), sits alongside visual artist Sharon Hayes’s 2014 piece on Manhattan’s Pier 54, Women of the World Unite! they said; and Julius Eastman’s insurgent piece of chamber music for four pianos, Gay Guerrilla (1979), resonates alongside contemporary projects that take up Eastman’s legacy by artists such as Tiona Nekkia McClodden.

By analyzing works that articulate the politics of race, gender, and sexuality as questions of group formation, Philbrick approaches the group not as a stable, idealizable entity but as an ambivalent way to negotiate and contest shifting terms of associational life. Group Works presents an engaging exploration of what happens when small groups become a material and medium for artistic and political experimentation.

ETHAN PHILBRICK is an interdisciplinary artist, cellist, and writer. He has taught at Pratt Institute, Muhlenberg College, and New York University. Recent performance projects include Choral Marx, 10 Meditations in an Emergency, The Gay Divorcees, Mutual Aid Among Animals, and Slow Dances.


The Livable and the Unlivable

“A provocative, insightful, and profound discussion.”

“This is one of the most engaging and dynamic conversations that I have read in a very long time. It is astonishing how much is said in so few words.”

At once profound, accessible, and utterly essential—an animated conversation between two eminent thinkers illuminating what we mean when we talk about living.

The unlivable is the most extreme point of human suffering and injustice. But what is it exactly? How do we define the unlivable? And what can we do to prevent and repair it? These are the intriguing questions Judith Butler and Frédéric Worms discuss in a captivating dialogue situated at the crossroads of contemporary life and politics. Here, Judith Butler criticizes the norms that make life precarious and unlivable, while Frédéric Worms appeals to a “critical vitalism” as a way of allowing the hardship of the unlivable to reveal what is vital for us.

For both Butler and Worms, the difference between the livable and the unlivable forms the critical foundation for a contemporary practice of care. Care and support, in all their aspects, make human life livable—that is, “more than living.” To understand it, we must draw on the concrete practices of humans who are confronted with the unlivable: the refugees of today and the witnesses and survivors of past violations and genocide. They teach us what is intolerable but also undeniable about the unlivable, and what we can do to resist it.

Crafted with critical rigor, mutual respect, and lively humor, the compelling dialogue transcribed and translated in this book took place at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) on April 11, 2018, at a time when close to 2,000 migrants were living in nearby makeshift camps in northern Paris. The Livable and the Unlivable showcases this 2018 dialogue in the context of Butler’s and Worms’s ongoing works and the evolution of their thought, as presented by Laure Barillas and Arto Charpentier in their equally engaging Introduction. It concludes with a new Afterword that addresses the crises unfolding in our world and the ways in which a philosophically rigorous account of life must confront them.

While this book will be of keen interest to readers of philosophy and cultural criticism, and those interested in vitalism, new materialism, and critical theory, it is far from a merely academic text. In the conversation between Butler and Worms, we encounter questions we all grapple with in confronting the distress and precarity of our times, marked as it is by types of survival that are unlivable, from concentration camps to prisons to environmental toxicity, to forcible displacement, to the Covid pandemic.

The Livable and the Unlivable at once considers longstanding philosophical questions around why and how we live, while working to retrieve a philosophy of life for today’s Left.

JUDITH BUTLER is Distinguished Professor in the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. Their books include What World Is This? A Pandemic Phenomenology; The Force of Nonviolence; Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly; Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence; and Senses of the Subject

FRÉDÉRIC WORMS is Director at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, where he has taught in the Department of Philosophy for many years. He is the author of several works in French on critical vitalism and the ethics of care, including La Philosophie du Soin and Soin et Politique.

Conversation Initiated by Arto Charpentier and Laure Barillas, Translated by Zakiya
96 pages, 5 1⁄2 × 8 9781531502744, Paperback, $19.95 (AC), £16.99 9781531502737, Hardback, $70.00 (SDT), £63.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available MAY Philosophy & Theory | Political Science | Human Rights ACADEMIC TRADE

In Quest of a Shared Planet Negotiating

Climate from the Global South


240 pages

9781531502782, Paperback, $24.95 (AC), £21.99

9781531502775, Hardback, $90.00 (SDT), £81.00

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Environment | Anthropology | Postcolonial Studies

“If there’s one country on Earth that has the most at stake in slowing climate change, it might be Bangladesh. So it makes great sense to hear the story of the global climate negotiations from this perspective—it will be of interest to anyone who has followed these talks or who wants to understand how the world looks different depending on where on it you were born.”

“In Quest of a Shared Planet is a highly original account of the climate negotiation process, written in a refreshingly personal style. Khan’s book works through the difficult issues at the center of why humanity has not successfully dealt with climate change through UNled negotiations. Khan hammers home the importance for developing countries of issues like payments for damages they’ll experience from climate change they didn’t cause.”

An eye-opening firsthand account of the negotiating rooms responsible for the direction of the most urgent issue of our time.

Based on the author’s eight years of fieldwork with the United Nations–led Conference of Parties (COP), In Quest of a Shared Planet offers an illuminating first-person ethnographic perspective on climate change negotiations. Focusing on the Paris Agreement, anthropologist Naveeda Khan introduces readers to the only existing global approach to the problem of climate change, one that took nearly thirty years to be collectively agreed upon. She shares her detailed descriptions of COP21 to COP25 and growing understanding of the intricacies of the climate negotiation process, leading her to ask why countries of the Global South invested in this slow-moving process and to explore how they have maneuvered it.

With a focus on the Bangladeshi delegation at the COPs, Khan draws out what it means to be a small, poor, and dependent country within the negotiation process. Her interviews with negotiators within country delegations uncover their pathways to the negotiating tables. Through observations of training sessions of negotiators of the Global South, Khan seeks to reveal understandings of what is or is not achievable within negotiated texts and the power of deal-making and deferrals. She profiles individuals who had committed themselves to the climate negotiation process, moving between the Secretariat, parties, activists, and the wider UN system to bring their principles, strategies, emotions, and visions into view. She explores how the newest pillar of climate action, loss and damage, emerged historically and how developed countries attempted to control it in the process. Khan suggests that we understand the Global South’s pursuit of loss and damage not only as a politics of forcing the issue of a conjoined future upon the Global North but as a gift to the youth of the world to secure that future.

With this book Khan hopes to rekindle an older way of doing politics through the tenets of diplomacy upheld by the UN that have been overshadowed of late by the politics of confrontation. She stresses that while the tension between efforts of equity and solidarity and global economic competition, which have run through the negotiation process, might undercut the urgency to carry out climate mitigation, it needs to be addressed for meaningful and sustainable climate action.

Deeply insightful and highly readable, In Quest of a Shared Planet is a stirring call to action that highlights the key role responsive and active youth have in climate negotiations. It is an invitation not only to understand the climate negotiation process but also to navigate it (for those planning to attend sessions themselves) and to critique it—with, the author hopes, sympathy and an eye to viable alternatives.

In Quest of a Shared Planet: Negotiating Climate from the Global South is available from the publisher on an open-access basis.

NAVEEDA KHAN is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan and River Life and the Upspring of Nature.


Pedagogy of a Beloved Commons

Pursuing Democracy’s Promise through Place-Based Activism


336 pages, 11 b/w illustrations

9781531502829, Paperback, $29.95 (AC), £25.99

9781531502812, Hardback, $120.00 (SDT), £108.00

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Polis: Fordham Series in Urban Studies


Urban Studies | Sociology | Race & Ethnic Studies

Wins 2023 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education

A rare and powerful illustration of what it takes to become a sustainable, community-embedded organization that continually grows the next generation of compassionate leaders.

This essential, timely book meets us at our current moment of crisis to offer hope that American democracy’s stalled trajectory toward its founding creed to embrace all, and not just some, can indeed be re-invigorated. Pedagogy of a Beloved Commons is about low-income youth of color working within justice-oriented, community-based organizations to improve the social and spatial conditions in their surroundings. It draws from hundreds of pages of data, some collected over a decade ago by graduate research assistants at three universities and some collected recently by a graduate research assistant at a fourth university, to present verbatim quotes from interviews with constituents of three youth-serving organizations. The book posits that the disinvested neighborhoods where youth experience abandonment and marginality in fact can serve as a call to action, given appropriate organizational support.

Pedagogy of a Beloved Commons envisions a place-based critical pedagogy that can provide young people with the practical skills and deep values to engage with today’s economic, racial, and ecological crises. It offers a welcome antidote to a neoliberal education system that has not only veered away from its public mandate to advance democratic citizenship but that has also reinforced today’s insidious economic inequality, rendering illusive the idea that rich and poor can work together toward a common good. Between these pages resonates a passionate call for an approach to cultivating citizens who have the critical skills to challenge injustice, the courage to hold the rich and powerful accountable, and the empathy to advance not just their own self-interest but also the health and well-being of their communities and the planet. The author proposes that such citizens develop by exercising collective agency in “the commons,” a political and psychic space whose values are mapped out in physical space. Through the expert use of an architect’s lens, this groundbreaking book argues that the three-dimensional concreteness of the nation’s disinvested neighborhoods provides a virtual stage where disenfranchised youth can experiment with collective life, become more discerning about the forces that have shaped their communities, and practice working toward just and inclusive futures.

Merging Paolo Freire’s seminal theory of critical pedagogy with Grace Lee Boggs’s belief that hands-on community-building can disrupt the ever more destructive forces of neoliberal capitalism, Pedagogy of a Beloved Commons refines an aspirational framework for a pathway forward through a careful analysis of three exemplar organizations. It offers rich, unique portraits of young people transforming their communities in southwest Detroit, Wai’anae, and Harlem, respectively illustrating place-based activism through theater, organic farming, and critical inquiry. Here activism is framed as the hands-on engagement of youth in addressing inequities in the commons of their neighborhoods through small but persistent interventions that also help them learn the language of solidarity and collectivity that a sustainable democracy needs. Pedagogy of a Beloved Commons is a must-read for our times and for our future.

SHARON EGRETTA SUTTON is a distinguished visiting professor at Parsons School of Design and professor emerita at the University of Washington. She is the author of When Ivory Towers Were Black (Fordham), The Paradox of Urban Space (co-edited with Susan P. Kemp), and Weaving a Tapestry of Resistance. Sutton is the twelfth African American woman in the United States to be licensed to practice architecture, a recipient of the Medal of Honor from the New York and Seattle chapters of the American Institute of Architects, and an inductee into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.


Forgotten Casualties

Downed American Airmen and Axis Violence in World War II


272 pages, 12 color and 78 b/w illustrations

9781531502867, Paperback, $25.00 (AC), £21.99

9781531502850, Hardback, $90.00 (SDT), £81.00

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World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension


World War II | History | Political Science

“Kevin Hall shows that crimes against American airmen were conditioned not only by the vicissitudes of the war but also by the xenophobic racism of the Nazi and Japanese governments. He proves that warfare is indeed a bad-taste business, and never more so than when a barbarous regime knows it is losing. Through seldom-consulted sources, Hall tells the stories of the Allied flyers in detailed and macabre technicolor. Abundant photographs throughout the book help restore humanity to the forgotten victims. At the end, the reader sees that these were very young men not far removed from their high school proms. They were scarcely out of boyhood when their lives were so senselessly and callously taken from them. Hall has written a poignant book that breaks the heart.”

Sheds new light on the mistreatment of downed airmen during World War II and the overall relationship between the air war and state-sponsored violence.

Throughout the vast expanse of the Pacific, the remoteness of Southeast Asia, and the rural and urban communities in Nazi-occupied Europe, more than 120,000 American airmen were shot down over enemy territory during World War II, thousands of whom were mistreated and executed. The perpetrators were not just solely fanatical soldiers or Nazi zealots but also ordinary civilians triggered by the death and devastation inflicted by the war. In Forgotten Casualties, author Kevin T Hall examines Axis violence inflicted on downed Allied airmen during this global war.

Compared with all other armed conflicts, World War II exhibited the most widespread and ruthless violence committed against airmen. Flyers were deemed guilty because of their association with the Allied air forces, and their fate remained in the hands of their often-hostile captors. Axis citizens angered by the devastation inflicted by the war, along with the regimes’ consent and often encouragement of citizens to take matters into their own hands, resulted in thousands of Allied flyers’ being mistreated and executed by enraged civilians.

Written to help advance the relatively limited discourse on the mistreatment against flyers in World War II, Forgotten Casualties is the first book to analyze the Axis violence committed against Allied airmen in a comparative, international perspective. Effectively comparing and contrasting the treatment of POWs in Germany with that of their counterparts in Japan, Hall’s thorough analysis of rarely seen primary and secondary sources sheds new light on the largely overlooked complex relationship among the air war, propaganda, the role of civilians, and state-sponsored terror during the radicalized conflict. Sources include postwar trial testimonies, Missing Air Crew Reports (MACR), Escape and Evasion reports, perpetrators’ explanations and rationalizations for their actions, extensive judicial sources, transcripts of court proceedings, autopsy reports, appeals for clemency, and justifications for verdicts.

Drawing heavily on airmen’s personal accounts and the testimonies of both witnesses and perpetrators from the postwar crimes trials, Forgotten Casualties offers a new narrative of this largely overlooked aspect of Axis violence.

KEVIN T HALL is postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Social Movements at the RuhrUniversität-Bochum in Germany. He is author of Terror Flyers: The Lynching of American Airmen in Nazi Germany.


Reporting World War II

G. KURT PIEHLER AND INGO TRAUSCHWEIZER, EDITORS Foreword by Max Lederer, publisher of Stars and Stripes

304 pages, 20 b/w illustrations

9781531503109, Paperback, $35.00 (SDT), £29.99

9781531503093, Hardback, $105.00 (SDT), £94.00

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World War II | Journalism | History

“This book sheds light on those parts of the war American readers have largely forgotten: Irish neutrality, the Winter War in Finland, the role of the Black press, journalistspies, and the ever-present pressures of censorship, to name a few. Journalism shaped our understanding of the war and, as Reporting World War II suggests, perhaps its outcome also.”


This set of essays offers new insights into the journalistic process and the pressures American frontline reporters experienced covering World War II. Transmitting stories through cable or couriers remained expensive and often required the cooperation of foreign governments and the American armed forces. Initially, reporters from a neutral America documented the early victories by Nazi Germany and the Soviet invasion of Finland. Not all journalists strove for objectivity. During her time reporting from Ireland, Helen Kirkpatrick remained a fierce critic of that country’s neutrality. Once the United States joined the fight after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, American journalists supported the struggle against the Axis powers, but this volume will show that reporters, even when members of the army sponsored newspaper, Stars and Stripes were not mere ciphers of the official line.

African American reporters Roi Ottley and Ollie Stewart worked to bolster the morale of Black GIs and undermined the institutional racism endemic to the American war effort. Women frontline reporters are given their due in this volume examining the struggles to overcome gender bias by describing triumphs of Thérèse Mabel Bonney, Iris Carpenter, Lee Carson, and Anne Stringer.

The line between public relations and journalism could be a fine one as reflected by the U.S. Marine Corps’ creating its own network of Marine correspondents who reported on the Pacific island campaigns and had their work published by American media outlets. Despite the pressures of censorship, the best American reporters strove for accuracy in reporting the facts even when dependent on official communiqués issued by the military. Many wartime reporters, even when covering major turning points, sought to embrace a reporting style that recorded the experiences of average soldiers. Often associated with Ernie Pyle and Bill Mauldin, the embrace of the humaninterest story served as one of the enduring legacies of the conflict.

Despite the importance of American war reporting in shaping perceptions of the war on the home front as well as shaping the historical narrative of the conflict, this work underscores how there is more to learn. Readers will gain from this work a new appreciation of the contribution of American journalists in writing the first version of history of the global struggle against Nazi Germany, imperial Japan, and fascist Italy.

G. KURT PIEHLER , the author of Remembering War the American Way and A Religious History of the American GI in World War II, edits the book series “World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension” for Fordham University Press. He is a member of the editorial board of the Service Newspapers of World War II digital publication (Adam Mathews) and of the advisory board of the NEH-funded American Soldier Project at Virginia Tech University ( He also served as the lead curator for the exhibit “Rendezvous with Destiny: Florida and World War II” at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum (December 7, 2021–March 20, 2022).

INGO TRAUSCHWEIZER is author of The Cold War US Army and Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War. He is also the editor or co-editor of Failed States and Fragile Societies, Temple of Peace?, and Religion and Peace. He edits the book series “War and Society in North America” for Ohio University Press. From 2017 to 2022 he directed the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University, where he also serves as Professor of History.


Against Redemption Democracy, Memory, and Literature

in Post-Fascist Italy


320 pages

9781531502393, Paperback, $35.00 (SDT), £29.99

9781531502386, Hardback, $125.00 (SDT), £112.00

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World War II | History | Politics

“Deflating clichés, debunking myths, filling in gaps: Baldasso’s book brings to light a much more multifaceted and controversial picture of the transition from Fascism to democracy in Italy. With sharp arguments, remarkable interdisciplinary breadth, and crisp prose, Baldasso delivers a must-read book for anyone interested in how collective memory is institutionalized—and perhaps even dismantled.”

How a shared memory of Fascism and its cultural heritage took shape is still today the most disputed question of modern Italy, crossing the boundaries between academic and public discourse. Against Redemption concentrates on the historical period in which disagreement was at its highest: the transition between the downfall of Mussolini in July 1943 and the victory of the Christian Democrats over the Left in the 1948 general elections. By dispelling the silence around the range of opinion in the years before the ideological struggle fossilized into Cold War oppositions, this book points to early postwar literary practices as the main vehicle for intellectual dissent, shedding new light on the role of cultural policies in institutionalizing collective memory.

During Italy’s transition to democracy, competing narratives over the recent traumatic past emerged and crystallized, depicting the country’s break with Mussolini’s regime as a political and personal redemption from its politics of exclusion and unrestrained use of violence. Conversely, outstanding authors such as Elsa Morante, Carlo Levi, Alberto Moravia, and Curzio Malaparte, in close dialogue with remarkable but now-neglected figures, stressed the cultural continuity between the new democracy and Fascism, igniting heated debates from opposite political standpoints. Their works addressed questions such as the working through of national defeat, Italian responsibility in World War II, and the Holocaust, revealing how the social, racial, and gender biases that characterized Fascism survived after its demise and haunted the newborn democracy.

FRANCO BALDASSO is Assistant Professor of Italian and Director of the Italian Program at Bard College. He is Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and co-Director of the Summer School program at Sapienza University in Rome, “The Cultural Heritage and Memory of Totalitarianism.”


Derrida, Supplements


240 pages

9781531503383, Paperback, $35.00 (SDT), £29.99

9781531503376, Hardback, $125.00 (SDT), £112.00

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Philosophy & Theory

“Nancy’s text fascinates because it is not simply an analysis, a text written on or about Derrida, but also an act of memory, a testimonial to a life lived.”


“Derrida, Supplements provides ‘new access’ not only to the work of Jacques Derrida but also to what deconstruction will have meant to Jean-Luc Nancy, that is, to one of the twentieth century’s great thinkers of politics, of plurality, and of the community.”


When Jean-Luc Nancy first encountered the work of Jacques Derrida in the 1960s, he knew he was hearing something new, a voice genuinely of its time. Thinking with and against each other over the course of their long friendship, the two thinkers reshaped the European intellectual landscape. Nancy’s writings on Derrida, collected in this volume, reflect on the elements of their shared concerns with politics, the arts, religion, the fate of deconstruction, and the future of sense. Rather than studies, commentaries, or interpretations of Derrida’s thought, they are responses to his presence—not exactly a presence to self, but a presence in the world.

JEAN-LUC NANCY (1940–2021) was Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. His wide-ranging thought runs through many books, including Being Singular Plural, The Ground of the Image, Corpus, The Disavowed Community, and Sexistence. His “The Intruder” was adapted into a film by Claire Denis.

ANNE O’BYRNE is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University, SUNY. She is the author of Natality and Finitude and The Genocide Paradox: Democracy and Generational Time.


Against the Carceral Archive

The Art of Black Liberatory Practice


128 pages, 5 1⁄2 × 8, 7 b/w illustrations

9781531503772, Paperback, $20.00 (AC), £16.99

9781531503765, Hardback, $70.00 (SDT), £63.00

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African American Studies | Philosophy & Theory | Anthropology

“In Against the Carceral Archive, Damien Sojoyner shows how antiblack state violence creates its own archive as it permeates the modern processes of city planning, institution building, and law and order. Scholars, teachers, and researchers of all kinds will be activated and intellectually emboldened by this book’s deep demystifications of police power, juridical violence, and carceral domestic warfare.”


Against the Carceral Archive is a meditation upon what author Damien M. Sojoyner calls the “carceral archival project,” offering a distillation of critical, theoretical, and activist work of prison abolitionists over the past three decades. Working from collections at the Southern California Library (Black Panthers, LA Chapter; the Coalition Against Police Abuse; Urban Policy Research Institute; Mothers Reclaiming Our Children; and the collection of geographer Clyde Woods), it builds upon theories of the archive to examine carcerality as the dominant mode of state governance over Black populations in the United States since the 1960s.

Each chapter takes up an element of the carceral archive and its destabilization, destruction, and containment of Black life: its notion of the human and the production of “pejorative blackness,” the intimate connection between police and military in the protection of racial capitalism and its fossil fuel–based economy, the role of technology in counterintelligence, and counterinsurgency logics. Importantly, each chapter also emphasizes the carceral archive’s fundamental failure to destroy “Black communal logics” and radical Black forms of knowledge production, both of which contest the carceral archive and create other forms of life in its midst.

Concluding with a statement on the reckoning with the radical traditions of thought and being which liberation requires, Sojoyner offers a compelling argument for how the centering of Blackness enables a structuring of the mind that refuses the violent exploitative tendencies of Western epistemological traditions as viable life-affirming practices.

DAMIEN M. SOJOYNER is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of First Strike: Prison and Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles and Joy and Pain: A Story of Black Life and Liberation in Five Albums.


Narrating Humanity

Life Writing and Movement Politics from Palestine to Mauna Kea



304 pages, 11 b/w illustrations

9781531503734, Paperback, $30.00 (SDT), £25.99

9781531503727, Hardback, $105.00 (SDT), £94.00

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American Studies | Literary Studies | Human Rights

“Original, innovative, and thorough. In Narrating Humanity, Cynthia Franklin creates an important new language, and a new critical modality, for speaking about narrative and politics, and the relationship of the self to both.”

In Narrating Humanity, Cynthia G. Franklin makes a critical intervention into practices of life writing and contemporary crises in the United States about who counts as human. To enable this intervention, she proposes a powerful new analytical language centered on “narrative humanity,” “narrated humanity,” and “grounded narrative humanity” and foregrounds concepts of the human that emerge from movement politics. While stories of “narrative humanity” propagate the status quo, Franklin argues, those of “narrated humanity” and “grounded narrative humanity” are ones that articulate ways of being human necessary for not only surviving but also thriving during a time of accelerating crises brought on by the intersecting effects of racial capitalism, imperialism, heteropatriarchy, and climate change.

Through chapters focused on Hurricane Katrina; Black Lives Matter; the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement; and the Native Hawaiian movement to protect Mauna a Wākea, Franklin reveals how life writing can be mobilized to do more than perpetuate dominant forms of dehumanization that underwrite violence. She contends that life narratives can help materialize ways of being human inspired by these contemporary political movements that are based on queer kinship, inter/national solidarity, abolitionist care, and decolonial connectivity among humans, more-than-humans, land, and waters. Engaging writers, artists, and activists who inspire radical forms of relationality, she comes to write side-by-side with them in her own acts of narrated humanity by refusing the boundaries between autobiography, community-based activism, and literary and cultural criticism.

CYNTHIA G. FRANKLIN is Professor of English at the University of Hawa‘ii. She co-edits the journal Biography and is author of Academic Lives: Memoir, Cultural Theory, and the University Today as well as Writing Women’s Communities: The Politics and Poetics of Multi-Genre Anthologies.


Sense and Singularity

Jean-Luc Nancy and the Interruption of Philosophy


240 pages

9781531503307, Paperback, $32.00 (SDT), £27.99

9781531503291, Hardback, $110.00 (SDT), £99.00

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Philosophy & Theory

Sense and Singularity is a scintillating, brilliant assessment of the end and ends of a great thinker and writer. Van Den Abbeele explicates patiently, meticulously, and often with a novel take, Nancy’s variegated writings. The manuscript is a labor of love and a tour de force.”


“Sense and Singularity is a remarkable study of the complex and original thought of this provocative thinker. Each of its chapters is a model of careful reading deftly carried along by Van Den Abbeele’s central argument that Nancy is a thinker of the interruption of philosophy at the limit of sense. There are few studies as comprehensive as this one, which reads Nancy’s work from the earliest writings to the last publications. But above all Sense and Singularity makes compelling sense of the adventure of Nancy’s thought at the limit of sense.”


Philosophical thinking is interrupted by the finitude of what cannot be named, on the one hand, and that within which it is subsumed as one of multiple modes of sense-making, on the other. Sense and Singularity elaborates Jean-Luc Nancy’s philosophical project as an inquiry into the limits or finitude of philosophy itself, where it is interrupted, and as a practice of critical intervention where philosophy serves to interrupt otherwise unquestioned ways of thinking. Nancy’s interruption of philosophy, Van Den Abbeele argues, reveals the limits of what philosophy is and what it can do, its apocalyptic end and its endless renewal, its Sisyphean interruption between the bounds of infinitely replicating sense and the conceptual vanishing point that is singularity.

In examinations of Nancy’s foundational re-reading of Descartes’s cogito as iterative, his formal experimentations with the genres of philosophical writing, the account of “retreat” in understanding the political, and the interruptive play of sense and singularity in writings on the body, sexuality, and aesthetics, Van Den Abbeele offers a fresh account of one of our major thinkers as well as a provocative inquiry into what philosophy can do.

GEORGES VAN DEN ABBEELE is Professor of Humanities at the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of Travel as Metaphor: From Montaigne to Rousseau, the translator of five books by Jean-François Lyotard and others, and the editor or co-editor of numerous books and journal issues.


The Genocide Paradox

Democracy and Generational Time


256 pages

9781531503260, Paperback, $32.00 (SDT), £27.99

9781531503253, Hardback, $110.00 (SDT), £99.00

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“The Genocide Paradox is perceptive and powerfully suggestive. Bringing together democratic politics, time, and genocide, it illuminates troubling historical events with philosophical insights about the human condition, specifically the struggle to reconcile ourselves to a world of becoming when dependence on the past and uncertainty about the future are experienced as existential threats. A humane, thoughtful, creative work.”

“O’Byrne’s book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of a number of urgent topics: democratic theory, genocide, the problem of violence, generational justice, and race and racism in relation to democracy. The book shows how each term contributes to an anti-genocidal democracy that nevertheless carries the risk of falling into genocidal violence. O’Byrne’s scholarship is meticulous, and her vast and transdisciplinary engagement with this difficult topic is nothing less than astounding.”

We regard genocidal violence as worse than other sorts of violence—perhaps the worst there is. But what does this say about what we value about the genos on which nations are said to be founded? This is an urgent question for democracies. We value the mode of being in time that anchors us in the past and in the future—that is, among those who have been and those who might yet be. If the genos is a group constituted by this generational time, the demos was invented as the anti-genos, with no criterion of inheritance and instead occurring only according to the interruption of revolutionary time. Insofar as the demos persists, we experience it as a sort of genos—for example, the democratic nation-state. As a result, democracies are caught in a bind, disavowing genos-thinking while cherishing the temporal forms of genos-life; they abhor genocidal violence but perpetuate and disguise it. This is the genocide paradox.

O’Byrne traces the problem through our commitment to existential categories from Aristotle to the life taxonomies of Linneaus and Darwin, through anthropologies of kinship that tether us to the social world, the shortfalls of ethical theory, into the history of democratic theory and the defensive tactics used by real existing democracies when it came to defining genocide for the UN Genocide Convention. She argues that, although models of democracy all make room for contestation, they fail to grasp its generational structure or acknowledge the generational content of our lives. They cultivate ignorance of the contingency and precarity of the relations that create and sustain us. The danger of doing so is immense. It leaves us unprepared for confronting democracy’s deficits and its struggle to entertain multiple temporalities. In addition, it leaves us unprepared for understanding the relation between demos and violence, and the ability of good-enough citizens to tolerate the slow-burning destruction of marginalized peoples. What will it take to envision an anti-genocidal democracy?

ANNE O’BYRNE is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University, SUNY. She is the author of Natality and Finitude, co-editor of Logics of Genocide, and translator or co-translator of four books by Jean-Luc Nancy.

APRIL Philosophy & Theory | Human Rights | Political Science

Life Under the Baobab Tree

Africana Studies and Religion in a Transitional Age


Afterword by Catherine Keller

416 pages

9781531502973, Paperback, $40.00 (SDT), £36.00

9781531502980, Hardback, $150.00 (SDT), £134.00

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Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia AUGUST

Theology | Religion | African Studies

Life Under the Baobab Tree goes a very long way in healing the wounds of people of African descent who in diverse ways collectively have been bruised and battered by homogenization, amputation, and erasure. The rich, complex, and variegated Africana experience is captured beautifully in this transdisciplinary anthology in which the powerful African image of the Baobab tree is the working metaphor that compellingly images the work. This text is a must-read for anyone who wishes to experience the fullness of the global African experience.”


Life Under the Baobab Tree: Africana Studies and Religion in a Transitional Age is a compendium of innovating essays meticulously written by early and later diaspora people of African descent. Their speech arises from the depth of their experiences under the Baobab tree and offers to the world voices of resilience, newness/resurrection, hope, and life. Resolutely journeying on the trails of their ancestors, they speak about setbacks and forward-looking movements of liberation, social transformation, and community formation. The volume is a carefully woven conversation of intellectual substance and structure across time, space, and spirituality that is quintessentially “Africana” in its centering of methodological, theoretical, epistemological, and hermeneutical complexity that assumes nonlinear and dialogical approaches to developing liberating epistemologies in the face of imperialism, colonialism, racism, and religious intolerance.

A critical part of this conversation is a reconceptualization and reconfiguration of the concept of religion in its colonial and imperial forms. Life Under the Baobab Tree examines how Africana peoples understand their corporate experiences of the divine not as “religion” apart from its intimate connections to social realities of communal health, economics, culture, politics, environment, violence, war, and dynamic community belonging. To that end Afro-Pessimistic formulations of life placed in dialogic relation Afro-Optimism. Both realities constitute life under the Baobab tree and represent the sturdiness and variation that anchors the deep ruptures that have affected Africana life and the creative responses. The metaphor and substance of the tree resists reductionist, essentialist, and assured conclusions about the nature of diasporic lived experiences, both within the continent of Africa and in the African Diaspora.

CONTRIBUTORS: Yountae An, Desmond Coleman, Salim Faraji, Rachel Harding, Catherine Keller, Minenhle Khumalo, Pamela Mordecai, Aliou Cissé Niang, Kenneth Ngwa, Hugh Page Jr., Arthur Pressley, Paige Rawson, Adegbite Shola, Althea Spencer-Miller, Nimi Wariboko, Sharon Williams

KENNETH N. NGWA is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of the Religion and Global Health Forum at Drew Theological School. He is the author of Let My People Live: An Africana Reading of Exodus

ALIOU CISSÉ NIANG is Associate Professor of Biblical Interpretation–New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York. His books include A Poetics of Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: God, Human-Nature Relationship, and Negritude

ARTHUR PRESSLEY is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion at Drew Theological School. His clinical practice is in the areas of childhood trauma, medical psychology, psychological testing, and psychotherapy with adults and children.


Earthly Things Immanence,

New Materialisms, and Planetary Thinking


Globalization and climate weirding are two of the leading phenomena that challenge and change the way we need to think and act within the planetary community. Modern Western understandings of human beings, animals, and the rest of the natural world and the subsequent technologies built on those understandings have thrown us into an array of social and ecological crises with planetary implications. Earthly Things: Immanence, New Materialisms, and Planetary Thinking, argues that more immanent or planetary ways of thinking and acting have great potential for re-thinking human-technology-animal-Earth relationships and for addressing problems of global climate weirding and other forms of ecological degradation. Older and often-marginalized forms of thought from animisms, shamanisms, and other religious traditions are joined by more recent forms of thinking with immanence such as the universe story, process thought, emergence theory, the new materialisms (NM’s), object-oriented ontologies (OOO’s), affect theory, and queer theory. This book maps out some of the connections and differences between immanent frameworks to provide some eco-intellectual commons for thinking within the planetary community, with a particular emphasis on making connections between more recent theories and older ideas of immanence found in many of the world’s religious traditions. The authors in this volume met and worked together over five years, so the resulting volume reveals sustained and multifaceted perspectives on “thinking and acting with the planet.”

CONTRIBUTORS: Whitney Bauman, Karen Bray, Christopher Chapple, Philip Clayton, Heather Eaton, John Grim, Matthew Hartman, Graham Harvey, Christopher Ives, Elana Jefferson-Tatum, Catherine Keller, Kimerer LaMothe, Sam Mickey, Kevin Minister, Sarah Pike, Joerg Rieger, Terra Rowe, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Kevin Schilbrack, Mary Evelyn Tucker, O’neil Van Horn, Carol Wayne White

KAREN BRAY is Associate Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Social Change and Director of the Honors Program at Wesleyan College. Her recent publications include Grave Attending: A Political Theology for the Unredeemed and the co-edited volume Religion, Emotion, Sensation: Affect Theories and Theologies.

HEATHER EATON is Full Professor at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. She is the author of Introducing Ecofeminist Theologies, co-editor, with Lauren Levesque, of Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation, and editor of The Intellectual Journey of Thomas Berry: Imagining the Earth Community

WHITNEY BAUMAN is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He is also co-founder and co-director of Counterpoint: Navigating Knowledge, a nonprofit based in Berlin, Germany. His publications include Religion and Ecology: Developing a Planetary Ethic andEnvironmental Ethics and Uncertainty: Tackling Wicked Problems (co-written with Kevin O’Brien).

352 pages 9781531503062, Paperback, $40.00 (SDT), £36.00 9781531503055, Hardback, $140.00 (SDT), £125.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available AUGUST Religion | Philosophy & Theory | Theology

The Work of Repair

Capacity after Colonialism in the Timber Plantations of South Africa


320 pages, 11 b/w illustrations

9781531503543, Paperback, $35.00 (SDT), £29.99

9781531503536, Hardback, $125.00 (SDT), £112.00

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Thinking from Elsewhere


Anthropology | African Studies | Postcolonial Studies

“Cousins’s focus on repair points to the regenerative capacity of hope amid consuming violence, vulnerabilities, and despair. Thoughtfully argued and meticulous in detail, this book highlights why cultures of interconnection, inclusivity, impurities, and repair in South Africa and elsewhere are key to convivial theorization in anthropology and kindred disciplines.”


In the timber plantations in northeastern South Africa, laborers work long hours among tall, swaying lines of eucalypts on land once theirs. In 2008, at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, timber corporations distributed hot meals as a nutrition intervention to bolster falling productivity and profits. But life and sustenance are about much more than calories and machinic bodies. What is at stake is the nurturing of capacity across all domains of life—physical, relational, cosmological—in the form of amandla. An Nguni word meaning power, strength, or capacity, amandla organizes ordinary concerns with one’s abilities to earn a wage, to strengthen one’s body, and to take care of others; it describes the potency of medicines and sexual vitality; and it captures a history of anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggles for freedom.

The ordinary actions coordinated by and directed at amandla do not obscure the wounding effects of plantation labor or the long history of racial oppression but rather form the basis of what the Algerian artist Kader Attia calls repair. In this captivating ethnography, Cousins examines how amandla, as the primary material of the work of repair, anchors ordinary scenes of living and working in and around the plantations. As a space of exploitation that enables the global paper and packaging industry to extract labor power, the plantation depends on the availability of creative action in ordinary life to capitalize on bodily capacity.

The Work of Repair is a fine-grained exploration of the relationships between laborers in the timber plantations of KwaZulu-Natal and the historical decompositions and re-inventions of the milieu of those livelihoods and lives. Offering a fresh approach to the existential, ethical, and political stakes of ethnography from and of late liberal South Africa, the book attends to urgent questions of post-apartheid life: the fate of employment, the role of the state in providing welfare and access to treatment, the regulation of popular curatives, the queering of kinship, and the future of custom and its territories. Through detailed descriptions, Cousins explicates the important and fragile techniques that constitute the work of repair: the effort to augment one’s capacity in a way that draws on, acknowledges, and re-imagines the wounds of history, keeping open the possibility of a future through and with others.

THOMAS COUSINS is Clarendon-Lienhardt Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of Africa at the University of Oxford.



Planning, Colonialism, and Places in Excess


272 pages, 31 b/w illustrations

9781531503185, Paperback, $35.00 (SDT), £29.99

9781531503178, Hardback, $125.00 (SDT), £112.00

Topothesia joins a growing body of urban studies and critical geography-influenced cultural critique that is making waves not just in academic study but well beyond, in zones of activism, public writing, and even university critique. Vijay fleshes out colonial and neocolonial continuities between time periods in policy, ethos, and language.”

“Vijay’s book is ambitious and wide-ranging, covering documentaries, architectural design manuals, theories of planning, and advertisements, in addition to realist novels. The book participates in, and pushes in new directions, critical practices in literary studies by drawing together cultural objects across modernist and postcolonial eras and challenging periodizing models that separate these.”

Topothesia reads urban planning as a mode of speculative fiction, one inextricably linked to histories of British colonialism and liberalism through a particular understanding of place. The book focuses on town planning from the late nineteenth century to the present day, showing how the contemporary geography of Britain—sharply unequal and marked by racial division—continues ideologies of place established in colonial contexts. Specifically, planning allows for the speculative construction of future places that are both utopian in their ability to resolve political disagreement and tantalizingly realizable, able to be produced in concrete reality. This speculative imaginary, the author argues, is possible only within the ideological framework of colonialism and the history of empire within which it developed.

“Topothesia” refers to a rhetorical device employing the vivid depiction of an often-imaginary place. This device, Vijay shows, helps us understand urban planning as a narrative genre, one that, even in its most mundane documents, is compelled to produce elaborate fantasies of future places. The book examines specific planning movements over time to understand the form and the stakes of their speculative worlds. In building these worlds, the book shows, planners continually co-opted literary critiques of the present and reveries of the future, retaining literature’s aesthetics while eschewing its politics. At the same time, Vijay shows, writers and artists have dwelled within and against these colonial imaginaries to seek other means of representing place.

AMEETH VIJAY is Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

MAY Postcolonial Studies | Literary Studies | Urban Studies
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The Worlding of Arabic Literature

Language, Affect, and the Ethics of Translatability


240 pages

9781531503222, Paperback, $32.00 (SDT), £27.99

9781531503215, Hardback, $110.00 (SDT), £99.00

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Literary Studies | Middle Eastern Studies

“Combining rich meditations on translation theory and practice with a nuanced attention to the sounds and sensations produced by Arabic texts and their English translations, The Worlding of Arabic Literature is a groundbreaking work. The close comparative readings of Arabic texts and their English translations are a revelation.”

Critics have long viewed translating Arabic literature into English as an ethically fraught process of mediating between two wholly incommensurable languages, cultures, and literary traditions. Today, Arabic literature is no longer “embargoed” from Anglophone cultural spaces, as Edward Said once famously claimed that it was. As Arabic literary works are translated into English in ever-greater numbers, what alternative model of translation ethics can account for this literature’s newfound readability in the hegemonic language of the world literary system?

The Worlding of Arabic Literature argues that an ethical translation of a work of Arabic literature is one that transmits the literariness of the source text by engaging new populations of readers via a range of embodied and sensory effects. The book proposes that when translation is conceived of not as an exchange of semantic content but as a process of converting the affective forms of one language into those of another, previously unrecognized modalities of worldliness open up to the source text.

In dialogue with a rich corpus of Arabic aesthetic and linguistic theory as well as contemporary scholarship in affect theory, translation theory, postcolonial theory, and world literature studies, this book offers a timely and provocative investigation of how an important literary tradition enters the world literary system.

The Worlding of Arabic Literature: Language, Affect, and the Ethics of Translatability is available from the publisher on an open-access basis.

ANNA ZIAJKA STANTON is Caroline D. Eckhardt Early Career Professor of Comparative Literature and Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University. Her translation of Hilal Chouman’s novel Limbo Beirut was longlisted for the 2017 PEN Translation Prize and shortlisted for the 2017 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation.


Melancholy Acts

Defeat and Cultural Critique in the Arab World

“In this lucid and powerful book, Nouri Gana offers a new understanding of militant melancholia in the course of patient, attentive, and consequential readings of Arab cultural production. Distinguishing between forms of melancholia as they enter into the critique of colonialism, Gana makes a strong and remarkable case for the power of melancholia in acts of cultural critique. Taking on insouciant critics and confounding theorists who dismiss or reduce the power of melancholy, Gana proves himself to be a singular and brilliant critic and theorist, letting psychoanalysis have a new life in the field of political resistance.”


“Gana’s book is a powerful call for Arab thinkers and artists to turn melancholy into a discourse of empowerment and a ‘decolonial project of emancipation.’ A must-read.”


How do the literatures and cultures of oppressed societies survive and flourish in conditions of precarity and injustice? Might the symptom of oppression become simultaneously the agent of its critique? Melancholy Acts offers richly nuanced reflections on these questions through a series of wide-ranging engagements with Arab thought, literature, and film in the aftermath of dispossession and military defeat.

Tracing the melancholy disposition of Arabic literary and filmic productions and the rhetorical modes of their critical intervention in a culture that is continually strained to its breaking point, Melancholy Acts contributes a psychoaffective theory of cultural production that arises out of the disjunction between political impoverishment and cultural resistance to colonial and neoliberal oppression. Gana reads literary and cultural production alongside the work of Arab as well as Euro-American intellectuals and confronts with rigor and sensitivity contentious topics of Arab contemporaneity such as secular modernity and manhood, Arab nationalism and leftism, literary and artistic iltizām, or commitment, Islamism, and martyrdom.

Melancholy Acts charts a fresh and bold new approach to Arabic and comparative literature that combines in interlaced simultaneity a high sensitivity to local idioms as they swerve between symptom and critique, with nuanced knowledge of the geopolitics of theory and psychoanalysis.

NOURI GANA is Professor of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Signifying Loss: Toward a Poetics of Narrative Mourning and editor of The Making of the Tunisian Revolution and of The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English.

GANA 272 pages 9781531503505, Paperback, $35.00 (SDT), £29.99 9781531503499, Hardback, $125.00 (SDT), £112.00 Simultaneous electronic edition available MAY Middle Eastern Studies | Psychoanalysis | Literary Studies


The World of Discussion and the World of Narration


336 pages

9781531503345, Paperback, $35.00 (SDT), £29.99

9781531503338, Hardback, $125.00 (SDT), £112.00

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Verbal Arts: Studies in Poetics


Literary Studies | Linguistics | Philosophy & Theory

“Harald Weinrich’s classic book, long overdue for English translation, offers a groundbreaking study of time and tense. Arguing that tenses indicate not time in itself but the speaker’s relation to the utterance, Weinrich distinguishes narrative tenses from tenses of speech or commentary and explores the different ways in which they function in various European languages and works of literature.”

A foundational book by one of the most distinguished German humanists of the last half-century, Tempus joins cultural linguistics and literary interpretation at the hip. Developing two controversial theses—that sentences are not truly meaningful in isolation from their contexts and that verb tenses are primarily indicators not of time but of the attitude of the speaker or writer—Tempus surveys a dazzling array of ancient and modern texts from famous authors as well as casual speakers of German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, and English, with a final chapter extending the observations to Greek, Russian, and world languages.

A classic in German and long available in many other languages, Tempus launched a new discipline, text linguistics, and established a unique career that was marked by precise observation, sensitive cultural outreach, and practical engagement with the situation of migrants. Weinrich’s robust and lucid close readings of famous and little-known authors from all the major languages of western Europe expand our literary horizons and challenge our linguistic understanding.

HARALD WEINRICH (1927–2022) was Professor of German as a Foreign Language at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, and held the Chair of Romance Languages and Literatures at the Collège de France. He is the author of On Borrowed Time: The Art and Economy of Living with Deadlines, The Linguistics of Lying, and Other Essays, and Lethe: The Art and Critique of Forgetting.

JANE K. BROWN and MARSHALL BROWN are retired professors of comparative literature at the University of Washington.


Toy Stories

Analyzing the Child in Nineteenth-Century Literature


240 pages, 10 b/w illustrations

9781531503581, Paperback, $30.00 (SDT), £25.99

9781531503574, Hardback, $105.00 (SDT), £94.00

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Literary Studies | Psychoanalysis | Children’s Studies

“Vanessa Smith’s Toy Stories brilliantly dismantles the myth of childhood innocence, perhaps even dearer to the early twenty-first century than to the Victorians. It offers us a theory of the sadistic child as, startlingly, a portrait of both the nineteenth-century novelist and the modern ‘adult.’ This audaciously original book will be essential reading for anyone interested in Victorian fiction and in the stories we continue to tell ourselves about what it means to grow up.”

Toy Stories: Analyzing the Child in Nineteenth-Century Literature explores the stakes of recurrent depictions of children’s violent, damaging, and tenuously restorative play with objects within a long nineteenth century of fictional and educational writing. As Vanessa Smith shows us, these scenes of aggression and anxiety cannot be squared with the standard picture of domestic childhood across that period. Instead, they seem to attest to the kinds of enactments of infant distress we would normally associate with post-psychoanalytic modernity, creating a ripple effect in the literary texts that nest them: regressing developmental narratives, giving new value to wooden characters, exposing Realism’s solid objects to odd fracture, and troubling distinctions between artificial and authentic interiority. Toy Stories is the first study to take these scenes of anger and overwhelm seriously, challenging received ideas about both the nineteenth century and its literary forms.

Radically re-conceiving nineteenth-century childhood and its literary depiction as anticipating the scenes, theories, and methodologies of early child analysis, Toy Stories proposes a shared literary and psychoanalytic discernment about child’s play that in turn provides a deep context for understanding both the “development” of the novel and the keen British uptake of Melanie Klein’s and Anna Freud’s interventions in child therapy. In doing so, the book provides a necessary reframing of the work of Klein and Freud and their fractious disagreement about the interior life of the child and its object-mediated manifestations.

VANESSA SMITH is Professor of English at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her books include Intimate Strangers: Friendship, Exchange and Pacific Encounters and Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters.


Gothic Things

Dark Enchantment and Anthropocene Anxiety


240 pages, 24 b&w illustrations

9781531503420, Paperback, $30.00 (SDT), £25.99

9781531503413, Hardback, $105.00 (SDT), £94.00

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Popular Culture | Media | Theory

“By fully engaging with theories of new materialism and applying them to numerous gothic ‘things’—cursed objects, moving photographs, possessed dolls, corpses, found manuscripts, things that are alive that should not be, and things that simply should not be—Weinstock offers a complex and nuanced reading of the gothic and its importance in both theory and culture.”

Offering an innovative approach to the Gothic, Gothic Things: Dark Enchantment and Anthropocene Anxiety breaks ground with a new materialist analysis of the genre, highlighting the ways that, since its origins in the eighteenth century, the Gothic has been intensely focused on “ominous matter” and “thing power.” In chapters attending to gothic bodies, spaces, books, and other objects, Gothic Things argues that the Gothic has always been about what happens when objects assume mysterious animacy or potency and when human beings are reduced to the status of just one thing among many—more powerful—others.

In exploring how the Gothic insistently decenters the human, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock reveals human beings to be enmeshed in networks of human and nonhuman forces mostly outside of their control. Gothic Things thus resituates the Gothic as the uncanny doppelgänger of twenty-first-century critical and cultural theory, lurking just beneath the surface (and sometimes explicitly surfacing) as it haunts considerations of how human beings interact with objects and their environment. In these pages the Gothic offers a dark reflection of the contemporary “nonhuman turn,” expressing a twenty-first-century structure of feeling undergirded by anxiety over the fate of the human: spectrality, monstrosity, and apocalypse.

Substituting horror for hope, the Gothic, Weinstock explains, has been a philosophical meditation on human relations to the nonhuman since its inception, raising significant questions about how we can counter anthropocentric thought in our quest to live more harmoniously with the world around us.

JEFFREY ANDREW WEINSTOCK is Professor of English at Central Michigan University and an associate editor in charge of horror for the Los Angeles Review of Books. His most recent books include Giving the Devil His Due: Satan and Cinema (with Regina Hansen; Fordham), The Monster Theory Reader, and The Cambridge Companion to the American Gothic. Visit him at


Startling Figures

Encounters with American Catholic Fiction


176 pages

9781531503468, Paperback, $25.00 (SDT), £21.99

9781531503451, Hardback, $90.00 (SDT), £81.00

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Studies in the Catholic Imagination: The Flannery O’Connor Trust Series


Literary Studies | Religion | Catholic Studies

Startling Figures is about Catholic fiction in a secular age and the rhetorical strategies Catholic writers employ to reach a skeptical, indifferent, or even hostile audience. Although characters in contemporary Catholic fiction frequently struggle with doubt and fear, these works retain a belief in the possibility for transcendent meaning and value beyond the limits of the purely secular. Individual chapters include close readings of some of the best works of contemporary American Catholic fiction, which shed light on the narrative techniques that Catholic writers use to point their characters, and their readers, beyond the horizon of secularity and toward an idea of transcendence while also making connections between the widely acknowledged twentieth-century masters of the form and their twenty-first-century counterparts.

This book is focused both on the aspects of craft that Catholic writers employ to shape the reader’s experience of the story and on the effect the story has on the reader. One recurring theme that is central to both is how often Catholic writers use narrative violence and other, similar disorienting techniques in order to unsettle the reader. These moments can leave both characters within the stories and the readers themselves shaken and unmoored, and this, O’Connell argues, is often a first step toward the recognition, and even possibly the acceptance, of grace. Individual chapters look at these themes in the works of Flannery O’Connor, J. F. Powers, Walker Percy, Tim Gautreaux, Alice McDermott, George Saunders, and Phil Klay and Kirstin Valdez Quade.

MICHAEL O’CONNELL is an independent scholar living in Ann Arbor, MI. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago. His scholarship focuses primarily on the fields of contemporary American literature and religion and literature. He has worked as an editor, freelance writer, and associate professor at the university level. He is the editor of Conversations with George Saunders and is a contributor to David Foster Wallace and Religion: Essays on Faith and Fiction.


Faith, Reason, and Theosis


336 pages

9781531503024, Paperback, $40.00 (SDT), £36.00

9781531503017, Hardback, $140.00 (SDT), £125.00

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Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought


Religion | Theology | Catholic Studies

Theosis shapes contemporary Orthodox theology in two ways: positively and negatively. In the positive sense, contemporary Orthodox theologians made theosis the thread that bound together the various aspects of theology in a coherent whole and also interpreted patristic texts, which experienced a renaissance in the twentieth century, even in Orthodox theology. In the negative sense, contemporary theologians used theosis as a triumphalistic club to beat down Catholic and Protestant Christians, claiming that they rejected theosis in favor of either a rationalistic or fideistic approach to Christian life.

The essays collected in this volume move beyond this East–West divide by examining the relation between faith, reason, and theosis from Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant perspectives. A variety of themes are addressed, such as the nature–grace debate and the relation of philosophy to theology, through engagement with such diverse thinkers as Thomas Aquinas, John Wesley, Meister Eckhart, Dionysius the Areopagite, Symeon the New Theologian, Panayiotis Nellas, Vladimir Lossky, Martin Luther, Martin Heidegger, Sergius Bulgakov, John of the Cross, Delores Williams, Evagrius of Pontus, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. The essays in this book are situated within a current thinking on theosis that consists of a common, albeit minimalist, affirmation amidst the flow of differences. The authors in this volume contribute to the historical theological task of complicating the contemporary Orthodox narrative, but they also continue the “theological achievement” of thinking about theosis so that all Christian traditions may be challenged to stretch and shift their understanding of theosis even amidst an ecumenical celebration of the gift of participation in the life of God.

CONTRIBUTORS: William Abraham, Peter Bouteneff, Carolyn Chau, Robert Glenn Davis, Stephen Davis, David Bentley Hart, Philip Kariatlis, Jean Porter, Andrew Prevot, Ashley M. Purpura, Kirsi Stjerna, Michele Watkins, Rowan Williams

ARISTOTLE PAPANIKOLAOU is Professor of Theology, the Archbishop Demetrios Chair of Orthodox Theology and Culture, and the Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University. He is also Senior Fellow at the Emory University Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He is the author of Being with God: Trinity, Apophaticism, and Divine–Human Communion and The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy

GEORGE E. DEMACOPOULOS is Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies and Professor of Theology at Fordham University. He is the author of Colonizing Christianity: Greek and Latin Religious Identity in the Era of the Fourth Crusade and Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome.


Reaction Formations

The Subject of Ethnonationalism


368 pages, 20 b/w illustrations

9781531503147, Paperback, $35.00 (SDT), £29.99

9781531503130, Hardback, $125.00 (SDT), £112.00

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Berkeley Forum in the Humanities JULY

Political Science | Philosophy & Theory | Geography

Reaction Formations offers an excellent interdisciplinary study of contemporary forms of ethnonationalism. The book’s analysis is timely and brilliantly conducted.”

“An important, timely, and refreshingly interdisciplinary book.”

Today, an international new right has coalesced. Variously described as nativist, right-populist, alt-right, and neofascist, far-right movements in many countries have achieved electoral victories that not long ago would have seemed highly improbable. They have also developed a new cultural politics. Adapting tactics from the Left, the new Right has moved from decorum to transgression; from conservative propriety to the frank sexualization of political figures and positions; from appealing to the conscious normalcy of the “silent majority” to recasting itself as a protest movement of and for the aggrieved. These movements share a mandate for robust nationalism, yet they also cultivate a striking international solidarity. Who is the subject of this ethnonationalism?

Many new Right movements have in fact intensified or laid bare longstanding tendencies, but this volume seeks to address aspects of their cultural politics that raise new and urgent questions. How should we assess the new Right’s disconcerting appropriations of strategies of minoritarian resistance? How can we practice critique in the face of adversaries who claim to practice a critique of their own? How do apparently postnormative versions of nationalism give rise to heightened forms of militarism, incarceration, censorship, and inequality? How should we understand the temporality of ethnonationalism, which combines a romance with archaic tradition, an ethos of disruption driven by tech futurism frequently tinged with accelerationist pathos, and a kitschy nostalgia for a hazily defined recent past when things were “greater” than they are now?

Surveying nationalisms from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Israel–Palestine, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Reaction Formations gives a critical account of contemporary ethnonationalist cultural politics while drawing out counterstrategies for anti-fascist resistance.

CONTRIBUTORS: Tyler Blakeney, Chiara Bottici, Joshua Branciforte, Gisela Catanzaro, Melinda Cooper, Julian Göpffarth, Ramsey McGlazer, Benjamin Noys, Bruno Perreau, Rahul Rao, Shaul Setter, and M. Ty

JOSHUA BRANCIFORTE is an independent scholar working on queer theory and the new Right.

RAMSEY MCGLAZER is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Old Schools: Modernism, Education, and the Critique of Progress.


Spiritualities of Social Engagement


“Listening to Christian spirituality carefully and liberatingly for the present is neither simple nor necessarily welcome in pluralistic and secular contexts. This series, intended for respectful existential, secular and pluralistic engagement, promotes a deep conversation about how Christian spiritual heritage matters today. Readers are invited into the art of interpretation with--and beyond--these influential texts and authors, into difficult and urgent questions about how we live well together in a world where no one single vision prevails, but where we help each other clarify what matters most, making a world with room for all spiritual paths promising justice. For the everyday quest to live well together in a world we must equally share, Christian tradition offers spiritual wisdom--and this series offers able guides in recovering that wisdom and suggesting how it can be practiced today.”


This volume considers two authors who represent different but complementary responses to social injustice and human degradation. The writings of Walter Rauschenbusch and Dorothy Day respond to an American situation that arose out of the Industrial Revolution and reflect especially—but not exclusively—urban life on the East Coast of the United States during the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. Although these two authors differ greatly, they both reacted to the extreme social inequality and strife that occurred between 1890 and the beginning of World War II. They shared a total commitment to the cause of social justice, their Christian faith, and an active engagement in the quest for a just social order. But the different ways they reacted to the situation generated different spiritualities. Rauschenbusch was a pastor, writer, historian, and seminary professor. Day was a journalist who became an organizer. The strategic differences between them, however, grew out of a common sustained reaction against the massive deprivation that surrounded them. There is no spiritual rivalry here. They complement each other and reinforce the Christian humanitarian motivation that drives them. Their work brings the social dimension of Christian spirituality to the surface in a way that had not been emphasized in the same focused way before them. They are part of an awakening to the degree to which the social order lies in the hands of the people who support it. Both Rauschenbusch and Day are examples of an explicit recognition of the social dimension of Christian spirituality and a radical acting-out of that response in two distinctly different ways.

ROGER HAIGHT, S.J. , a Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, has written several books in the area of fundamental theology. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

ALFRED PACH III is an Associate Professor of Medical Sciences and Global Health at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and an MDiv in Psychology and Religion from Union Theological Seminary.

AMANDA AVILA KAMINSKI is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Texas Lutheran University, where she also serves as Director of the program in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. She has written extensively in the area of Christian spirituality.

AND AMANDA AVILA KAMINSKI 120 pages, 5 1⁄2 × 8 1⁄2 9781531503826, Paperback, $9.95 (SDT), £8.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available Past Light on Present Life: Theology, Ethics, and Spirituality APRIL Religion | Theology | History
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Spirituality of Creation, Evolution, and Work

Past Light on Present Life is a brilliantly dynamic series. It weaves together theological frameworks, ethical implications and spiritual mindsets in interpreting texts of numerous great personages in the history of Christian Spirituality. Importantly, in doing so it responds to searing questions of our current age. The genius of the series lies in the precise choices of the original texts at the heart of each concise volume, which provide the key for such pertinent interpretation. These volumes provide much needed fresh insight for experts in the field, as they also will prove invaluable for undergraduate teachers, graduate students, religious seekers and spiritual directors.”


Two developments that occurred over the course of the nineteenth century had a strong impact on Christian theology. The first was a deepening of the implications of historical consciousness, and the second was the impact of science on Christian self-understanding. Marx’s sociology of knowledge symbolizes the first; Darwin’s analysis of evolution symbolizes the second. These intellectual developments gave rise to various forms of process philosophy and theology. Within this context, a dialogue between Christian theology and evolution has yielded dramatically new convictions and practices in Christian spirituality, especially relative to ecology. For more than three decades Catherine Keller has been reflecting on the intellectual and practical effects that an internalization of the dynamic character of reality should have upon the practice of Christian life. Her text illustrates the basic framework of dynamic becoming that science demands, whether or not one is formally a process thinker. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was an earlier figure who was more zeroed in on the phenomenon of evolution, which he encountered in a distinct way as a Christian scientist trained in geology and paleontology, as distinct from biology or genetics. Evolution explicitly informs his spirituality. These two different Christian writers, the one representing the imaginative framework of being as process and becoming, the other focused on how evolution affects intentional spiritual life, open new perspectives on the spiritual character of people’s active lives of work and creativity in the world that science presents to us.

ROGER HAIGHT, S.J. , a Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, has written several books in the area of fundamental theology. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

ALFRED PACH III is an Associate Professor of Medical Sciences and Global Health at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and an MDiv in Psychology and Religion from Union Theological Seminary.

AMANDA AVILA KAMINSKI is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Texas Lutheran University, where she also serves as Director of the program in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. She has written extensively in the area of Christian spirituality.

EDITED AND WITH COMMENTARY BY ROGER HAIGHT, S.J., ALFRED PACH III, AND AMANDA AVILA KAMINSKI 120 pages, 5 1⁄2 × 8 1⁄2 9781531503833, Paperback, $9.95 (SDT), £8.99 Simultaneous electronic edition available Past Light on Present Life: Theology, Ethics, and Spirituality APRIL Religion | Theology | History


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Spirituality of Creation, Evolution, and Work

page 37

Spiritualities of Social Engagement

pages 36-37

Reaction Formations

page 35

Faith, Reason, and Theosis

pages 34-35

Startling Figures

page 33

Gothic Things

page 32

Toy Stories

page 31


page 30

Melancholy Acts

page 29

The Worlding of Arabic Literature

page 28


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The Work of Repair

pages 26-27

Earthly Things Immanence,

page 25

Life Under the Baobab Tree

page 24

The Genocide Paradox

page 23

Sense and Singularity

page 22

Narrating Humanity

pages 21-22

Against the Carceral Archive

page 20

Derrida, Supplements

page 19

Against Redemption Democracy, Memory, and Literature

page 18

Reporting World War II

page 17

Forgotten Casualties

page 16

Pedagogy of a Beloved Commons

page 15

In Quest of a Shared Planet Negotiating

page 14

The Livable and the Unlivable

page 13

Group Works

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Manhattan Letters from Prehistory

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In the Adirondacks

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12 Angry Men

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Hell on Color, Sweet on Song

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Nine Irish Plays for Voices

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Ambush at Central Park

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The Sons of Molly Maguire

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Best Minds

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