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Saving Shame: Martyrs, Saints, and Other Abject Subjects

by Virginia Burrus

Virginia Burrus explores one of the strongest and most disturbing aspects of the Christian tradition, its excessive preoccupation with shame. While Christianity has frequently been implicated in the conversion...

Voice in Motion: Staging Gender, Shaping Sound in Early Modern England

by Gina Bloom

"Voice in Motion is a book of interdisciplinary reach, solid scholarship, and imaginative resonance."—Bruce Smith, University of Southern California

Human Rights and the Negotiation of American Power

by Glenn Mitoma

Through careful archival research, Glenn Mitoma reveals how the U.S. government, key civil society groups, Cold War politics, and specific individuals led to America's emergence in the twentieth century as an...

Inventing the New Negro: Narrative, Culture, and Ethnography

by Daphne Lamothe

Daphne Lamothe explores how many black writers and intellectuals in the early twentieth century adapted ethnography and folklore in their narratives to create a cohesive, collective, and modern Black identity....

As American as Shoofly Pie: The Foodlore and Fakelore of Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine

by William Woys Weaver

Celebrated food historian and cookbook writer William Woys Weaver delves deeply into the history of Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine to sort fact from fiction in the foodlore of this unique American culture.

Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature

by Gene Andrew Jarrett

For a work to be considered African American literature, does it need to focus on African American characters? Or is it enough for the author to be identified as African American? Jarrett traces the shifting...

Crimes of the Holocaust: The Law Confronts Hard Cases

by Stephan Landsman

Landsman discusses the difficulties inherent in prosecuting crimes against humanity, from the Eichmann trial to Milosevic.

Shades of Difference: Mythologies of Skin Color in Early Modern England

by Sujata Iyengar

An exploration of the cultural mythology of skin color during the English Renaissance.

Female Circumcision: Multicultural Perspectives

by Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf

Female Circumcision brings together African activists to examine the issue within its various cultural and historical contexts, the debates on circumcision regarding African refugee and immigrant populations...

Why Education Is Useless

by Daniel Cottom

"A tour de force, implicitly summarizing and commenting on more than two millennia of arguments about the function of education."—Michael Bérubé, author of The Employment of English: Theory, Jobs, and the...

Fictions of Conversion: Jews, Christians, and Cultures of Change in Early Modern England

by Jeffrey S. Shoulson

Fictions of Conversion investigates the anxieties produced by the rapid and erratic religious, political, and cultural transformations in early modern England, which were often given shape in poetry, plays,...

Beggar Thy Neighbor: A History of Usury and Debt

by Charles R. Geisst

From the Roman Empire to the most recent financial crisis, this comprehensive economic history examines humanity's attempts to curb the abuse of debt while reaping the benefits of credit.

Peoples of the River Valleys: The Odyssey of the Delaware Indians

by Amy C. Schutt

Offers a fresh interpretation of the history of the Delaware, or Lenape, Indians in the context of events in the mid-Atlantic region and the Ohio Valley.

Asian Medicine and Globalization

by Joseph S. Alter

As more and more Asian medical practices cross into Western culture through the popularity of yoga and herbalism, and as Western medicine finds its way east in the form of plastic surgery, these systems of meaning...

Mechthild of Magdeburg and Her Book: Gender and the Making of Textual Authority

by Sara S. Poor

Sometime around 1230, a young woman left her family and traveled to the German city of Magdeburg to devote herself to worship and religious contemplation. Rather than living in a community of holy women, she...

Musically Speaking: A Life Through Song

by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

"Music, I have come to realize, is for me a kind of golden thread running through my life. It has helped maintain my connection with the past that otherwise might have been severed by catastrophe and time. I...

Ms. Mentor's New and Ever More Impeccable Advice for Women and Men in Academia

by Emily Toth

Ms. Mentor, a brilliant and irascible intellectual who never leaves her ivory tower, writes Q&A columns full of perfect wisdom for academics. With wicked wit, she exposes viperous colleagues, teaching evaluation...

Censorship and Cultural Sensibility: The Regulation of Language in Tudor-Stuart England

by Debora Shuger

"This is a major work. Shuger deals with the rules of appropriate language use in early modern Europe, making an argument about censorship in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England that is original,...

Gender and Christianity in Medieval Europe: New Perspectives

by Lisa M. Bitel & Felice Lifshitz

Gender and Christianity in Medieval Europe seeks to explain the convergence of religion and gender in medieval Christendom. Essays in the volume examine how Europeans identified themselves as women, men, and...

An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America

by Michael Witgen

An Infinity of Nations tells the story of the indigenous peoples who ruled the western interior of North America, focusing in particular on the Great Lakes and Northern Great Plains.