Pornographic Archaeology

Published: July 22, 2015

PORNOGRAPHIC ARCHAEOLOGY: MEDICINE, MEDIEVALISM, AND THE INVENTION OF THE FRENCH NATION This engaging and informative study of nineteenth-century French medievalism sheds new light on the scientific and ideological underpinnings of the discipline’s foundation. While previous work has explored the role of nationalism in the shaping of medieval philology following the Franco-Prussian War and during the…

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The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies

Published: July 22, 2015

THE ADVENTURES OF GILLION DE TRAZEGNIES: CHIVALRY AND ROMANCE IN THE MEDIEVAL EAST One of the finest works from the golden era of Flemish manuscript illumination, the Getty’s copy of the Romance of Gillion de Trazegnies tells of the adventures of a medieval nobleman. Part travelogue, part romance, and part epic, the text traces the exciting exploits…

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Ghosts of Slavery

Published: July 22, 2015

Through their open defiance, women like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth had a significant impact on the institution of slavery. But what of the millions of other women who did not commit public or even private acts of resistance? Are their stories worthy of our attention? While some scholars imply that only the struggle for…

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Allegories of Empire

Published: July 22, 2015

Allegories of Empire was first published in 1993.“Allegories of Empire re-constellates a metropolitan masterpiece, Forster’s A Passage to India, within colonial discourse studies. Sharpe, a materialist feminist, is scrupulous in her use of theory to articulate nationalism, historical race-gendering, and contemporary feminist critique.” -Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University“Jenny Sharpe has done a great service in…

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Muscular Judaism

Published: July 22, 2015

Providing valuable insights into an element of European nationalism and modernist culture, this book explores the development of the ‘Zionist body’ as opposed to the traditional stereotype of the physically weak, intellectual Jew. It charts the cultural and intellectual history showing how the ‘Muscle Jew’ developed as a political symbol of national regeneration.

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Mobile Modernity

Published: July 22, 2015

Though the history of the German railway system is often associated with the transportation of Jews to labor and death camps, Todd Presner looks instead to the completion of the first German railway lines and their role in remapping the cultural geography and intellectual history of Germany’s Jews. Treating the German railway as both an…

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William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s

Published: July 22, 2015

Modern scholars often find it difficult to account for the profound eccentricities in the work of William Blake, dismissing them as either ahistorical or simply meaningless. But with this pioneering study, Saree Makdisi develops a reliable and comprehensive framework for understanding these peculiarities. According to Makdisi, Blake’s poetry and drawings should compel us to reconsider…

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Romantic Imperialism

Published: July 22, 2015

The years between 1790 and 1830 saw over 150 million people brought under British Imperial control, and one of the most momentous outbursts of British literary and artistic production, announcing a new world of social and individual traumas and possibilities. This book traces the emergence of new forms of imperialism and capitalism as part of…

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Critical Acts

Published: July 22, 2015

“A clear, well-written, and cogent study of three major women intellectuals and their positions as creative writers and cultural critics in Latin America.”–Francine Masiello, University of California, Berkeley “Insightful and often brilliant . . . especially important in countering the traditional thought that posits the notion that women did not engage in the production of…

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The Lure of the Modern

Published: July 22, 2015

Shu-mei Shih’s study is the first book in English to offer a comprehensive account of Chinese literary modernism from Republican China. In The Lure of the Modern, Shih argues for the contextualization of Chinese modernism in the semicolonial cultural and political formation of the time. Engaging critically with theories of modernism, postcoloniality, and global and local cultural…

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