New Scholarly Books
Compiled by NINA C. AYOUB
Communication History Music Sociology Cultural Studies
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The following list has been compiled from
information provided by the publishers.
Prices and number of pages are sometimes
approximate. Some publishers offer discounts to scholars and to people who order
THE ICONOGRAPH Y OF MALCOLM X, by
Graeme Abernethy (University Press of Kansas; 304 pages; $34.95). Traces Malcolm X’s
cultural afterlife in biography, film, mural
art, photography, t-shirt design, and other
THE ECOLOGY OF THE BARÍ: RAINFOREST HORTICULTURALISTS OF SOUTH
AMERICA, by Stephen Beckerman and Roberto Lizarralde (University of Texas Press;
273 pages; $55). Combines ethnographic and
ecological perspectives in a study of a people
indigenous to rainforest Colombia and
Venezuela; draws on fieldwork that began
INTIMATE ACTIVISM: THE STRUGGLE
FOR SEXUAL RIGHTS IN POSTREVOLU-TIONARY NICARAGUA, by Cymene Howe
(Duke University Press; 256 pages; $84.95
hardcover, $23.95 paperback). An ethnographic study of activists whose efforts helped
to repeal, in 2007, an extremely repressive
anti-sodomy law passed in 1990.
VIOLENCE AND VENGEANCE: RELIGIOUS
CONFLICT AND ITS AF TERMATH IN EASTERN INDONESIA, by Christopher R. Duncan
(Cornell University Press; 240 pages; $75
hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Draws on
fieldwork in the province of North Malaku,
the site of tensions that evolved into Muslim-Christian violence in 1999-2000.
COMPLEX COMMUNITIES: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF EARLY IRON AGE WEST-CEN-TRAL JORDAN, by Benjamin W. Porter
(University of Arizona Press; 224 pages;
$50). Challenges previous theories of the
formation, dissolution, and organization of
settlements in the region some 4,000 years
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
AMISH QUILTS: CRAF TING AN AMERICAN
ICON, by Janneken Smucker (Johns Hopkins
University Press; 269 pages; $34.95). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a
history of Amish quilts since the 19th century
that tracks their move from everyday objects
to works of folk art.
MILITARY ETHOS AND VISUAL CULTURE
IN POST-CONQUEST MEXICO, by Mónica
Domínguez Torres (Ashgate Publishing
Company; 283 pages; $99.95). Discusses heraldic, martial, and other imagery produced
within indigenous settlements.
TEXTUAL RIVALS: SELF-PRESENTATION IN
HERODOTUS’ HISTORIES, by David Brans-come (University of Michigan Press; 272
pages; $70). Topics include how the historian
contrasts himself with Xerxes, Aristagoras,
and others he sets up as rivals in the text.
THE FOURTH EYE: MAORI MEDIA IN
AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND, edited by
Brendan Hokowhitu and Vijay Devadas
(University of Minnesota Press; 251 pages;
$82.50 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). Essays
by indigenous and non-indigenous scholars
on Maori film, television, newspapers, and
MALE PEER SUPPORT AND VIOLENCE
AGAINST WOMEN: THE HISTORY AND
VERIFICATION OF A THEORY, by Walter S.
DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz (
Northeastern University Press/University Press of
New England; 240 pages; $85 hardcover, $35
paperback). Examines empirical support for a
theory, first posited in 1988, that certain all-male peer groups encourage and justify the
abuse of women.
SERIAL FU MANCHU: THE CHINESE SU-PERVILLAIN AND THE SPREAD OF YELLOW
PERIL IDEOLOGY, by Ruth Mayer (Temple
University Press; 222 pages; $94.50 hardcover, $32.95 paperback). Traces the character’s
representations in novels, comic books, films,
and other media since 1913.
FOSSE, by Sam Wasson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 723 pages; $32). A biography
of the American dancer and choreographer
WU JINGLIAN: VOICE OF REFORM IN
CHINA, edited by Barry Naughton (MIT
Press; 368 pages; $29.95). Translation of writings by an economist and public intellectual
(b. 1930) who has been at the center of market
and broader reforms.
ACADEMIC PROFILING: LATINOS, ASIAN
AMERICANS, AND THE ACHIEVEMEN T GAP,
by Gilda L. Ochoa (University of Minnesota
Press; 336 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Documents the encouragement and
neglect experienced by Asian-American and
Latino students at a California high school.
DISABILIT Y, CULTURE, AND DEVELOP-
MEN T: A CASE STUDY OF JAPANESE CHIL-
DREN AT SCHOOL, by Misa Kayama and
Wendy Haight (Oxford University Press; 247
pages; $59.95). Traces changing perceptions of
such learning disabilities as dyslexia and ADHD.
A CAMPAIGN OF QUIET PERSUASION: HOW
THE COLLEGE BOARD DESEGREGATED SAT
TEST CEN TERS IN THE DEEP SOU TH, 1960-
1965, by Jan Bates Wheeler (Louisiana State
University Press; 244 pages; $42.50). Documents the low-profile but successful efforts of
two officials: Ben Cameron and Ben Gibson.
CONFEDERATE COMBAT COMMANDER:
THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF BRIGADIER
GENERAL ALFRED JEFFERSON VAUGHAN
JR., by Lawrence K. Peterson (University of
Tennessee Press; 344 pages; $59). A biography
of Vaughan (1830-99), who was known for his
battlefield daring and for having more horses
(at least eight) shot out from under him than
any other infantry commander.
EMPIRE AND IDEN TITY IN GUIZHOU:
LOCAL RESISTANCE TO QING EXPANSION,
by Jodi L. Weinstein (University of Washington Press; 208 pages; $75 hardcover, $30
paperback). A study of 18th-century Qing
authorities’ efforts to control the Zhongjia,
a non-Han population, in the remote southwestern Chinese province.
THE FIRES OF PATRIOTISM: ALASKANS IN
THE DAYS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1910-
1920, by Preston Jones (University of Alaska
Press; 199 pages; $35). A study of the then-territory’s experience of World War I, which
included sending more people, per capita, to
war than any of the states.
REMEMBERING THE SOUTH AFRICAN
WAR: BRITAIN AND THE MEMORY OF THE
ANGLO-BOER WAR, FROM 1899 TO THE
PRESENT, by Peter Donaldson (Liverpool
University Press, distributed by University
of Chicago Press; 193 pages; $99.95). Pays
particular attention to the debates and long
process of gestation that have accompanied
memorials to the war.
THE VEGETARIAN CRUSADE: THE RISE
OF AN AMERICAN REFORM MOVEMENT,
1817-1921, by Adam D. Shprintzen (University
of North Carolina Press; 268 pages; $39.95).
Topics include the movement’s ties to broader
WHEN THE WOLF CAME: THE CIVIL WAR
AND THE INDIAN TERRITORY, by Mary
Jane Warde (University of Arkansas Press;
432 pages; $34.95). Draws on sources including Cherokee, Choctaw, and Creek records in
a study of the war’s impact in territory sandwiched by Confederate and Union states.
YOUNG MR. ROOSEVELT: FDR’S IN TRO-DUCTION TO WAR, POLITICS, AND LIFE, by
Stanley Weintraub (Da Capo Press; 265 pages;
$25.99). Covers FDR’s life, career, and troubled
marriage from his appointment as assistant secretary of the Navy, in 1913, to his unsuccessful
run for the vice presidency in 1920.
HISTORY OF SCIENCE
ON THE ORGANIC LAW OF CHANGE: A
FACSIMILE EDITION AND ANNOTATED
TRANSCRIP TION OF ALFRED RUSSEL WAL-
LACE’S SPECIES NOTEBOOK OF 1855-1859,
edited by James T. Costa (Harvard University
Press; 573 pages; $49.95). Annotated edition
of a previously unpublished field notebook
kept by the British naturalist detailing his
expedition in peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia,
and western New Guinea.
HIS TORY OF TECHNOLOG Y
JOHN FRANK STEVENS: CIVIL ENGINEER,
by Clifford Foust (Indiana University Press;
337 pages; $39). Traces the life of the Maine
native, who was chief engineer on the Panama
Canal from 1905 to 1907 and central to the
construction of the Great Northern Railway.
GLOBAL UNIONS, LOCAL POWER: THE
NEW SPIRIT OF TRANSNATIONAL LABOR
ORGANIZING, by Jamie K. McCallum (ILR
Press/Cornell University Press; 232 pages;
$65 hardcover, $21.95 paperback). Focuses on
India and South Africa in a study of transnational organizing by the Service Employees
ALONG THE STREETS OF BRONZEVILLE:
BLACK CHICAGO’S LITERARY LANDSCAPE,
by Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach (University
of Illinois Press; 167 pages; $45). Explores artistic, literary, and wider culture in the South
Side district from the 1920s to the 1960s.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LITERATURE:
BLANCHOT, AGAMBEN, AND THE WRITERS
OF THE NO, by Aaron Hillyer (Bloomsbury
Academic; 155 pages; $110). Sets the French
theorist in dialogue with his Italian counterpart in an analysis of such writers as Enrique
Vila-Matas and Anne Carson.
GENDER, GENRE, AND THE MY TH OF
HUMAN SINGULARITY, by Nicole Tabor
(Peter Lang Publishing; 162 pages; $78.95). Explores challenges to gender and genre conventions in Joyce’s Ulysses, Woolf’s Between the Acts,
and Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights.
IMPROMPTUS: SELECTED POEMS AND
SOME PROSE, by Gottfried Benn, translated
and edited by Michael Hofmann (Farrar,
Straus and Giroux; 383 pages; $35). Bilingual edition of writings by the German poet
THE POETICS OF ETHNOGRAPHY IN MAR-TINICAN NARRATIVES: EXPLORING THE
SELF AND THE ENVIRONMEN T, by Christina Kullberg (University of Virginia Press;
232 pages; $65 hardcover, $27.50 paperback).
Analyzes works by such writers as Aimé
Césaire, Édouard Glissant, Ina Césaire, and
2 PROSPECTORS: THE LETTERS OF SAM
SHEPARD AND JOHNNY DARK, edited by
Chad Hammett (University of Texas Press;
383 pages; $35). Edition of letters exchanged
between Shepard and his former father-in-law
and housemate that shed light on the playwright’s inner life and creative process.