Archives: Faculty Books
Author: Lisa Gilman
Lisa Gilman’s The Dance of Politics: Gender, Performance, and Democratization in Malawiexamines the “praise performing” women as a political tool in present-day Malawi.
Recorded by Dianne Dugaw
Dangerous Examples–Fighting & Sailing Women in Song (cdbaby.com/dugaw) is a recording of 10 traditional Anglo-American ballads popular from Elizabethan times to the modern era, that celebrate the Female Warrior heroine, a woman who dresses as a man and goes to war or to sea for love and for glory.
Author: Dianne Dugaw
Dianne Dugaw’s “Deep Play” John Gay and the Invention of Modernity shows that Gay’s satiric preoccupations disclose the key intellectual, ethical, aesthetic, and sociopolitical underpinnings of the modern era.
Author: James Crosswhite
In Deep Rhetoric (University of Chicago Press, 2013) James Crosswhite shows that a more serious approach to rhetoric and its tradition can provide a vital new understanding of the capabilities that are essential for living and working and participating in roughly free and democratic societies. His book explains not only the philosophical seriousness of rhetoric, but also rhetoric’s potential for guiding and conducting conflicts, achieving justice, and understanding the human condition—as well as its power to generate the goals and processes of a liberal arts education.
Author: Ben Saunders
In Desiring Donne, published by Harvard University Press, Ben Saunders explores the critical problem of interpretive desire through the figure of John Donne and some of his most passionate readers.
Author: Sharon Sherman
Sharon Sherman’s Documenting Ourselves, translated by Juwen Zhang for Central China Normal University (2011), is a readily accessible edition for Chinese scholars who wish to use film as a tool for documenting cultural heritage.
Author: Sharon Sherman
In Documenting Ourselves: Film, Video, and Culture, Sharon R. Sherman argues that advances in video technology have made the camcorder an essential tool that has already reshaped the ethnographic process and has the potential to redefine the nature of the documentary itself.
Editors: Steven Shankman & Stephen Durrant
Steven Shankman’s book, Early China/Ancient Greece, co-edited with Stephen Durrant published by State University of New York Press, 2002, compares Chinese and Western thought and offers a bracing and unpredictable cross-cultural conversation.
Author: David Li
The First and Second Comings of capitalism are conceptual shorthands used to capture the radical changes in global geopolitics from the Opium War to the end of the Cold War and beyond. Centering the role of capitalism in the Chinese everyday, the framework can be employed to comprehend contemporary Chinese culture in general and, as in this study, Chinese cinema in particular.
This book investigates major Chinese-language films from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in order to unpack a hyper-compressed capitalist modernity with distinctive Chinese characteristics. As a dialogue between the film genre as a mediation of microscopic social life, and the narrative of economic development as a macroscopic political abstraction, it engages the two otherwise remotely related worlds, illustrating how the State and the Subject are reconstituted cinematically in late capitalism. A deeply cultural, determinedly historical, and deliberately interdisciplinary study, it approaches “culture” anthropologically, as a way of life emanating from the every day, and aesthetically, as imaginative forms and creative expressions.
Editors: John Lysaker & William Rossi
Emerson and Thoreau: Figures of Friendship, edited by John Lysaker and William Rossi, explores the theme of friendship and how the two men conceived of friendship as the creation of shared meaning in light of personal differences, tragedy and loss, and changing life circumstances.