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June 7, 2012

Documenting Ourselves – Chinese Translation

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.

Epic and Other Higher Narratives

Author:  Steven Shankman

Steven Shankman’s edited volume explores Eric Auberbach’s Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature (1946) which is one of the most influential and foundational books in the field of comparative literature. Auerbach wrote Mimesis in Istanbul, just on the Asian side of the famous divide between the European and Asian continents, but his book is focused exclusively on the European side of the Bosphorus. He says nothing of Asia. Our volume asks if Auberbach’s approach to the history of literary style and representation is adaptable to — or suggestive for — a more global understanding of higher narrative, i.e. narrative that achieves the kind of elevation, comprehensiveness, and seriousness of purpose that was traditionally associated with the elevated style in Western antiquity.


Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex and Stardom

Author: Priscilla Ovalle

Dance and the Hollywood Latina asks why every Latina star in Hollywood history, from Dolores Del Rio in the 1920s to Jennifer Lopez in the 2000s, began as a dancer or danced onscreen. While cinematic depictions of women and minorities have seemingly improved, a century of representing brown women as natural dancers has popularized the notion that Latinas are inherently passionate and promiscuous. Yet some Latina actresses became stars by embracing and manipulating these stereotypical fantasies.

Unruly Girls Unrepentant Mothers

Author:  Kathleen Rowe Karlyn
Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers, a companion to Karlyn’s The Unruly Woman (1995), studies how popular culture and contemporary feminism inform each other.   It asks whether today’s seemingly materialistic and apolitical girls have turned their backs on the feminism of their mothers or are redefining unruliness for a new age.


The Local News

Author:  Miriam Gershow

Miriam Gershow’s novel, The Local News, is the story of Lydia Pasternak, a bookish 15-year-old who struggles with the disappearance of the older brother she never really liked.

The Promise of Reason

Edited by John Gage

The scholarly essays in this collection testify to the enduring legacy  of The New Rhetoric, the 20th-century’s most important treatise on  argumentation.  Contributors from around the world discuss concepts from  the treatise and apply them to an understanding of practical reasoning.    The book derives from the international Promise of Reason Conference  held at the University of Oregon in 2008 to commemorate the 50th  anniversary of the publication of The New Rhetoric.

June 6, 2012

Beginning the Mahabharata

Author:  James Earl

Anyone wanting to read the Mahābhārata in English will find no helpful guidance in print, and helpful guidance is definitely needed. The epic opens with a set of frame stories that the most recent translator calls “frankly confusing, even bewildering.” Earl guides the reader through the opening 56 chapters, analyzing the epic’s major themes and narrative strategies along the way. This is the way to begin one of world literature’s greatest reading projects.

May 23, 2012

River in the Sea

Author: Tina Boscha

Inspired by the life of the author’s mother, River in the Sea is a moving account of one girl reaching adulthood when everything she believes about family, friendship, and loyalty is questioned by war.

April 23, 2012

Other Others: Levinas, Literature, Transcultural Studies

Author:  Steven Shankman

Steven Shankman’s book Other Others: Levinas, Literature, Transcultural Studies looks at literary works from outside the Judeo-Christian tradition to test Levinas’s notion of “the Other.”

Emerson and Thoreau: Figures of Friendship

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.

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