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Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema

by Daniel Yacavone

Film Worlds unpacks the significance of the “worlds” that narrative films create, offering an innovative perspective on cinema as art. Drawing on aesthetics and the philosophy of art in both the continental...


"It's the Pictures That Got Small": Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age

by Anthony Slide

Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett was an extremely observant and perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry during its most exciting years. He is best remembered as the writing partner...


The Question of the Animal and Religion: Theoretical Stakes, Practical Implications

by Aaron S. Gross

Through an absorbing investigation into recent, high-profile scandals involving one of the largest kosher slaughterhouses in the world, located unexpectedly in Postville, Iowa, Aaron S. Gross makes a powerful...


Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution

by Elazar Barkan & Karen Barkey

This anthology explores the dynamics of shared religious sites in Turkey, the Balkans, Palestine/Israel, Cyprus, and Algeria, indicating where local and national stakeholders maneuver between competition and...


Maya Deren: Incomplete Control

by Sarah Keller

Maya Deren (1917–1961) was a Russian-born American filmmaker, theorist, poet, and photographer working at the forefront of the American avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Influenced by Jean Cocteau and Marcel...


The Best American Magazine Writing 2014

by The American Society of Magazin Editors

Our annual anthology of finalists and winners of the National Magazine Awards 2014 includes Jonathan Franzen’s eloquent rumination in National Geographic on the damage we continue to inflict on the environment...


A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion

by Louis J. Parascandola & John Parascandola

Featuring a stunning gallery of portraits by the world’s finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers—including Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, José Martí, Maxim Gorky, Federico García Lorca, Isaac Bashevis...


On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary

by Lutz Koepnick

Speed is an obvious facet of contemporary society, whereas slowness has often been dismissed as conservative and antimodern. Challenging a long tradition of thought, Lutz Koepnick instead proposes to understand...


The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays: The Earliest Known Versions

by Stephen H. West & Wilt L. Idema

This is the first anthology of Yuan-dynasty zaju (miscellaneous comedies) to introduce the genre to English-speaking readers exclusively through translations of the plays’ fourteenth-century editions. Almost...


Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black-Latino Coalitions in New York City from Protest to Public Office

by Frederick Douglass Opie

Upsetting the Apple Cart looks at the history of black-Latino coalitions in New York City from 1959 to 1989. In those years, African American and Latino Progressives organized, mobilized, and transformed neighborhoods,...


When the Future Disappears: The Modernist Imagination in Late Colonial Korea

by Janet Poole

Taking a panoramic view of Korea’s dynamic literary production in the final decade of Japanese rule, When the Future Disappears locates the imprint of a new temporal sense in Korean modernism: the impression...


Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

by Jeffrey C. Kinkley

The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and most Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua,...


Moral Hazard in Health Insurance

by Amy Finkelstein, Jonathan Gruber & Joseph Newhouse

In this short and accessible book, Amy Finkelstein—winner of the 2012 John Bates Clark award—tackles the tricky question of moral hazard, which is the tendency to take risks when the cost will be borne by...


Dams and Development in China: The Moral Economy of Water and Power

by Bryan Tilt

China is home to half of the world’s large dams and adds dozens more each year. The benefits are considerable: dams deliver hydropower, provide reliable irrigation water, protect people and farmland against...


The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

by Paul F. Copp

Whether chanted as devotional prayers, intoned against the dangers of the wilds, or invoked to heal the sick and bring ease to the dead, incantations were pervasive features of Buddhist practice in late medieval...


The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

by Daniel Cloud

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them...


Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America

by Yong Chen

American diners began flocking to Chinese restaurants more than a century ago, making Chinese cuisine the first mass-consumed food in the United States. By 1980, it had become the country’s most popular ethnic...


Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice

by Jennifer Scappettone

Terry F. Godlove argues Kant’s theoretical philosophy, also called “the critical philosophy,” contains resources with implications extending far beyond monotheism and its beliefs. Focusing on the philosopher’s...


Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

by Julia Kristeva & Lorna Scott Fox

Mixing fiction, history, psychoanalysis, and personal fantasy, Teresa, My Love follows Sylvia Leclercq, a French psychoanalyst, academic, and incurable insomniac, as she falls for the sixteenth-century Saint...


Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World

by Nancy Fraser

Until recently, struggles for justice proceeded against the background of a taken-for-granted frame: the bounded territorial state. With that "Westphalian" picture of political space assumed by default, the...