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Aboulafia/Shook: Contemporary Pragmatism. Vol. 5, no. 1 Aboulafia/Shook: Contemporary Pragmatism. Vol. 5, no. 2 Adriaensen/Kunz: Pesquisas en la obra tardía de Juan Goytisolo Aydemir/Rotas: Migratory Settings Baak, van: The House in Russian Literature Balmain/Drawmer: Something Wicked This Way Comes Baumgartner/Davis: Hosting the Monster Belzen/Geels: Autobiography and the psychological study of religious lives Ben Shaul: Hyper-Narrative Interactive Cinema Bouton: Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding Brewer: Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter Brouwer: Dutch Contributions Chantler/Dente: Translation Practices Claes: La clef des Illuminations Clifford: Learned Ignorance in the Medicine Bow Mountains Collins: Modals and Quasi-modals in English Cristofovici: Touching Surfaces Dalle Pezze/Salzani : Essays on Boredom and Modernity Davis: ‘The Cruel Madness of Love’ Donaldson-Evans: Madame Bovary at ther Movies Donovan, Fjellestad, Lundén: Authority Matters Driesen, vanden: Writing the Nation Durand: Frédéric Beigbeder et ses doubles Eckstein, a.o.: Multi-Ethnic Britain 2000+ Eke/Knapp: Neulektüren – New Readings Engelberts, a.o.: Des éléments aux traces Evans/Griffiths: Pleasure and Pain Evelein: Exiles Traveling Fabry: Las formas des vacío Feenstra/Hermans: el cine español (1990-2005) Ganser: Roads of Her Own Gersdorf: The Poetics and Politics of the Desert Gibbs: Nkyin-Kyin Gilead: Necessity and Truthful Fictions Goedert/Scherbel: Perspektiven der Philosophie Grillaert: What the God-seekers found in Nietzsche Gruss: The Pleasure of the Feminist Text Hand: Conrad’s Victory Harrigan: Veiled Encounters Hohl Trillini: The Gaze of the Listener Houppermans, a.o.: Proust dans la littérature contemporaine Hurcombe/Kemp: Sébastien Japrisot 39 39 30 8 28 7 12 43 42 1 14 29 5 24 36 35 41 9 33 25 16 16 26 13 27 22 21 28 32 31 2 4 19 40 36 29 7 15 27 14 25 19
Iyer/Zare: Other Tongues Jakobsson: Images of the North Janke: Die dreifache Vollendung des Deutschen Idealismus Kalitzkus/Twohig: The Tapestry of Health, Illness and Disease Kimmich: Offspring Fictions Khovanova, Dogan, Kovalov: Expanded EU Knopf: Decolonizing the Lens of Power Knowles: “My Dear Friend” Kohlke/Orza: Negotiating Sexual Idioms Kolocotroni/Mitsi: Women Writing Greece Krajenbrink/Quinn: Investigating Identities LaGrone: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple Le Calvez: Genèses flaubertiennes Lee: Gothic to Multicultural Letteri: Heidegger and the Question of Psychology Lihoreau: Knowledge and Questions Lowrie: Sightings Lubotsky, a.o.: Balto-Slavic and Indo-European Linguistics Lubotsky, a.o.: General Linguistics Lugo-Lugo/Bloodsworth-Lugo: A New Kind of Containment Lyle/McCallam: Histoires de la Terre Moret: Esas niñas cuando crecen Mostefai/Scott: Rousseau and L’Infâme Newland: The Cultural Construction of London’s East End Nieva-de la Paz: Roles de género Olander/Larsson : Stressing the past Osborne/Kriese: Global Community Pender/Lever: Nick Enright Piep: Embattled Home Fronts Ricardo: Cyberculture and New Media Rorato/Saunders: The Essence and the Margin Sager Eidt: Writing and Filming the Painting Sagi: Tradition vs. Traditionalism Schulte Nordholt: Témoignages de l’après-Auschwitz Sliogeris : The Thing and Art Smith: Réécrire la Renaissance, de Marcel Proust à Michel Tournier Stirling: Bella Caledonia Tucker: Profane Challenge and Orthodox Response Van Hulle/Leerssen: Editing the Nation’s Memory Wawrzinek: Ambiguous Subjects West-Pavlov: Space in Theory Wiemann: Genres of Modernity Yaari: Rethinking the French City
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Decolonizing the Lens of Power
Indigenous Films in North America
(Cross/Cultures - Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English 100) This is the first book that comprehensively examines Indigenous filmmaking in North America, as it analyzes in detail a variety of representative films by Canadian and US-American Indigenous filmmakers: two films that contextualize the oral tradition, three short films, and four dramatic films. The book explores how members of colonized groups use the medium of film as a means for cultural and political expression and thus enter the dominant colonial film discourse and create an answering discourse. The theoretical framework is developed as an interdisciplinary approach, combining postcolonialism, Indigenous studies, and film studies. As Indigenous people are gradually taking control over the imagemaking process in the area of film and video, they cease being studied and described objects and become subjects who create self-controlled images of Indigenous cultures. The book explores the translatability of Indigenous oral tradition into film, touching upon the changes the cultural knowledge is subject to in this process, including statements of Indigenous filmmakers on this issue. It also asks whether or not there is a definite Indigenous film practice and whether filmmakers tend to dissociate their work from dominant classical filmmaking, adapt to it, or create new film forms and styles through converging classical film conventions and their conscious violation. This approach presupposes that Indigenous filmmakers are constantly in some state of reaction to Western ethnographic filmmaking and to classical narrative filmmaking and its epitome, the Hollywood narrative cinema. The films analyzed are The Road Allowance People by Maria Campbell, Itam Hakim, Hopiit by Victor Masayesva, Talker by Lloyd Martell, Tenacity and Smoke Signals by Chris Eyre, Overweight With Crooked Teeth and Honey Moccasin by Shelley Niro, Big Bear by Gil Cardinal, and Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner by Zacharias Kunuk.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XXIII, 494 pp. + 201 color ill. ISBN: 978-90-420-2543-1 Bound € 112,-/US$ 146,-
Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding
Edited by Reine Dugas Bouton
(Dialogue 4) Presenting the first full-length collection of essays on Eudora Welty’s novel, Delta Wedding (1946), this volume is the fourth book in Rodopi Press’s Dialogue Series. Within these pages, emerging and experienced literary critics engage in an exciting dialogue about Welty’s noted novel, presenting a wide range of scholarship that focuses on feminist concerns, pays tribute to the rhetoric of exclusion and empowerment, examines the role of outsider and boundaries, explores meaning-making, and highlights the novel’s humor and musicality. This volume will no doubt be of interest to Welty aficianados as well as southern studies and feminist scholars and to those who are interested in the craft of writing fiction
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XXII, 193 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2435-9 Bound € 43,-/US$ 56,ISBN: 978-90-420-2436-6 Textbook € 18,-/US$ 23,Minimum order 10 copies
Roads of Her Own
Gendered Space and Mobility in American Women’s Road Narratives, 1970-2000
(Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series in Cultural History, Geography and Literature 8) Reading Jack Kerouac’s classic On the Road through Virginia Woolf ’s canonical A Room of One’s Own, the author of this book examines a genre in North American literature which, despite its popularity, has received little attention in literary and cultural criticism: women’s road narratives. The study shows how women’s literature has inscribed itself into the American discourse of the Whitmanesque “open road”, or, more generally, the “freedom of the road”. Women writers have participated in this powerful American myth, yet at the same time also have rejected that myth as fundamentally based on gendered and racial/ethnic hierarchies and power structures, and modified it in the process of writing back to it. The book analyzes stories about female runaways, outlaws, questers, adventurers, kidnappees, biker chicks, travelling saleswomen, and picaras and makes theoretical observations on the debates regarding discourses of spatiality and mobility—debates which have defined the so-called spatial turn in the humanities. The analytical concept of transdifference is introduced to theorize the dissonant plurality of social and cultural affiliations as well as the narrative tensions produced by such pluralities in order to better understand the textual worlds of women’s multiple belongings as they are present in these writings. Roads of Her Own is thus not only situated in the broader context of a constructivist cultural studies, but also, by discussing narrative mobility under the sign of gender, combines insights from social theory and philosophy, feminist cultural geography, and literary studies. Key names and concepts: Doreen Massey – Rosi Braidotti – Literary Studies – Spatial Turn – Gendered Space and Mobility – Nomadism – Road writing – Transdifference – American Culture – Popular Culture – Women’s Literature after the Second Wave – Quest – Picara.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 339 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2552-3 Bound € 68,-/US$ 88,-
Embattled Home Fronts
Domestic Politics and the American Novel of World War I
Karsten H. Piep
(Costerus NS 179) Embattled Home Fronts is an inquiry into the highly conflicted US American experience of World War I as it plays itself out in the diverse body of novelistic works to which it has given rise and by which it has been, in turn, shaped and commemorated. As such, this book naturally concerns itself with the formal aspects of artistic war representation. But rather than merely endeavoring to illustrate how American writers from various backgrounds chose to depict World War I, the present work seeks to uncover the particular ideologies and political practices that inform these representational choices. To this end, Embattled Home Fronts examines both canonized and marginalized US American World War I novels within the context of contemporaneous debates over shifting class, gender, and race relations. The book contends that American literary representations of the Great War are shaped less by universal insights into modern society’s self-destructiveness than by concerted efforts to fashion class-, gender-, and race-specific experiences of warfare in ways that stabilize and heighten political group identities. In moving beyond the customary
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XI, 310 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2520-2 Paper € 64,-/US$ 83,-
focus on ironic war representations, Embattled Home Fronts illustrates that the representational and ideological battles fought within American World War I literature not only shed light on the emergence of powerful identity-political concepts such as the New Woman and the New Negro, but also speak to the reappearance of utopian, communitarian, and social protest fictions in the early 1930s. This study Embattled Home Fronts provides a new understanding of the relationship between war literature and home front politics that should be of interest to students and scholars working from a variety of disciplines and perspectives
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple
Edited by Kheven LaGrone
(Dialogue 5) Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple is a tale of personal empowerment which opens with a protagonist Celie who is at the bottom of America’s social caste. A poor, black, ugly and uneducated female in the America’s Jim Crow South in the first half of the 20th century, she is the victim of constant rape, violence and misogynistic verbal abuse. Celie cannot conceive of an escape from her present condition, and so she learns to be passive and unemotional. But The Color Purple eventually demonstrates how Celie learns to fight back and how she discovers her true sexuality and her unique voice. By the end of the novel, Celie is an empowered, financially-independent entrepreneur/landowner, one who speaks her mind and realizes the desirability of black femaleness while creating a safe space for herself and those she loves. Through a journey of literary criticism, “Dialogue: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple” follows Celie’s transformation from victim to hero. Each scholarly essay becomes a step of the journey that paves the way for the development of self and sexual awareness, the beginnings of religious transformation and the creation of nurturing places like home and community.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XXV, 320 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2544-8 Paper € 69,-/US$ 90,ISBN: 978-90-420-2560-8 Textbook €30,-/US$39,Minimum order 10 copies
Gothic to Multicultural
Idioms of Imagining in American Literary Fiction
A. Robert Lee
(Costerus NS 178) Gothic to Multicultural: Idioms of Imagining in American Literary Fiction, twenty-three essays each carefully revised from the past four decades, explores both range and individual register. The collection opens with considerations of gothic as light and dark in Charles Brockden Brown, war and peace in Cooper’s The Spy, Antarctica as world-genesis in Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, the link of “The Custom House” and main text in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, reflexive codings in Melville’s Moby-Dick and The Confidence-Man, Henry James’ Hawthorne as self-mirroring biography, and Stephen Crane’s working of his Civil War episode in The Red Badge of Courage. Two composite lineages address apocalypse in African American fiction and landscape in women’s authorship from Sarah Orne Jewett to Leslie Marmon Silko. There follow culture and anarchy in Henry James’ The Princess Casamassima, text-into-film in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, modernist stylings in Fitzgerald, Faulkner and Hemingway, and roman noir in Cornell Woolrich. The collection then turns to the limitations of protest categorization for Richard Wright and Chester Himes, autofiction in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, and the novel of ideas in Robert Penn Warren’s late fiction. Three closing essays take up multicultural genealogy, Harlem, then the Black South, in African American fiction, and the reclamation of voice in Native American fiction.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 543 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2499-1 Bound € 109,-/US$ 142,-
The Poetics and Politics of the Desert
Landscape and the Construction of America
(Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series in Cultural History, Geography and Literature 6) This study explores the ways in which the desert, as topographical space and cultural presence, shaped and reshaped concepts and images of America. Once a territory outside the geopolitical and cultural borders of the United States, the deserts of the West and Southwest have since emerged as canonical American landscapes. Drawing on the critical concepts of American studies and on questions and problems raised in recent debates on ecocriticism, The Poetics and Politics of the Desert investigates the spatial rhetoric of America as it developed in view of arid landscapes since the mid-nineteenth century. Gersdorf argues that the integration of the desert into America catered to the entire spectrum of ideological and political responses to the history and culture of the US, maintaining that the Americanization of this landscape was and continues to be staged within the idiomatic parameters and in reaction to the discursive authority of four spatial metaphors: garden, wilderness, Orient, and heterotopia.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 355 pp., V ill. included. ISBN: 978-90-420-2496-0 Bound € 72,-/US$ 94,-
Editing the Nation’s Memory
Textual Scholarship and Nation-Building in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Edited by Dirk Van Hulle and Joep Leerssen
(European Studies - An Interdisciplinary Series in European Culture, History and Politics 26) Europe’s nation-states emerged from a complex of nineteenth-century developments in which cultural consciousness-raising played a formative role. The nineteenth-century reflection on Europe’s national identities involved a re-inventory and revalorisation of the vernacular cultural past and, above all, the nation’s literary heritage. Everywhere in Europe, foundational texts (including medieval epics and romances, ancient laws and chronicles) were retrieved from their obscure repositories. In new, printed editions, prepared according to the emerging academic standards of textual scholarship, they were appropriated, contested and canonised as public symbols of the nation’s permanence in history. This often neglected, but crucially important Europe-wide process of ‘editing the nation’s memory’ involved old states and emerging nations, large and small countries, metropolitan and peripheral regions; it straddled politics, the academic professionalization of textual scholarship and of the human sciences, and literary taste. This collection of studies by outstanding specialists offers a comparative synopsis on exemplary cases from all corners of the European continent.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 317 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2484-7 Bound € 64,-/US$ 83,-
Expanded EU: from Autonomy to Alliance
Chief Editor: Kseniya M. Khovanova; Co-editors: Nejat Dogan and Maksym Kovalov
(At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries 51) This book is a selection of the scholarly works presented at the 2nd International Redefining Europe Conference in Prague, 2005 as a part of the Ashburn Institute’s analogous initiative, the goal of which is to advance people’s understanding of the future of European civilisation, and to explore the varying dynamics of transatlantic relations. This volume is a 2nd publication in the Redefining Europe Conference Series. The third manuscript will appear in print following the Renewing the Transatlantic Relationship: Prospects for Europe and the United States in an Emerging Multipolar World Conference held in Norman, OK in November 2008. This book is targeted at scholars and students in political science and related disciplines.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XI, 167 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2482-3 Paper € 36,-/US$ 47,-
Through Language to Culture
Edited by Ashley Chantler and Carla Dente
(Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 122) This cutting-edge collection, born of a belief in the value of approaching ‘translation’ in a wide range of ways, contains essays of interest to students and scholars of translation, literary and textual studies. It provides insights into the relations of translation to comparative literature, cultural studies, literature and other arts, contrastive linguistics. Subjects and authors discussed include: the translator as ‘go-between’; the textual editor as translator; Ghirri’s photography and Celati’s fiction; the European lending library; La Bible d’Amiens; the coining of Italian phraseological units; Michèle Roberts’s Impossible Saints; the impact of modern translations for stage on perceptions of ancient Greek drama; and the translation of slang, intensifiers, characterisation, desire, the self, and America in 1990s Italian fiction. The collection closes with David Platzer’s discussion of translating Dacia Maraini’s poetry into English and with his new translations of ‘Ho Sognato una Stazione’ (‘I Dreamed of a Station’) and ‘Le Tue Bugie’ (‘Your Lies’).
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 279 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2533-2 Paper € 50,-/US$ 65,-
Writing and Filming the Painting
Ekphrasis in Literature and Film
Laura M. Sager Eidt
(Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 117) This innovative interdisciplinary study compares the uses of painting in literary texts and films. In developing a framework of four types of ekphrasis, the author argues for the expansion of the concept of ekphrasis by demonstrating its applicability as interpretive tool to films about the visual arts and artists. Analyzing selected works of art by Goya, Rembrandt, and Vermeer and their ekphrastic treatment in various texts and films, this book examines how the medium of ekphrasis affects the representation of the visual arts in order to show what the differences imply about issues such as gender roles and the function of art for the construction of a personal or social identity. Because of its highly cross-disciplinary nature, this book is of interest not only to scholars of literature and aesthetics, but also for scholars of film studies. By providing an innovative approach to discussing non-documentary films about artists, the author shows that ekphrasis is a useful tool for exploring both aesthetic concerns and ideological issues in film. This study also addresses art historians as it deals with the reception of major artists in European literature and film throughout the 20th century.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 243 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2457-1 Paper € 49,-/US$ 64,-
Questions of Identity in Contemporary International Crime Fiction
Edited by Marieke Krajenbrink and Kate M. Quinn
(Textxet. Studies in Comparative Literature 56) Investigating Identities: Questions of Identity in Contemporary International Crime Fiction is one of the relatively few books to date which adopts a comparative approach to the study of the genre. This collection of twenty essays by international scholars, examining crime fiction production from over a dozen countries, confirms that a comparative approach can both shed light on processes of adaptation and appropriation of the genre within specific national, regional or local contexts, and also uncover similarities between the works of authors from very different areas. Contributors explore discourse concerning national and historical memory, language, race, ethnicity, culture and gender, and examine how identity is affirmed and challenged in the crime genre today. They reveal a growing tendency towards hybridization and postmodern experimentation, and increasing engagement with philosophical enquiry into the epistemological dimensions of investigation. Throughout, the notion of stable identities is subject to scrutiny. While each essay in itself is a valuable addition to existing criticism on the genre, all the chapters mutually inform and complement each other in fascinating and often unexpected ways. This volume makes an important contribution to the growing field of crime fiction studies and to ongoing debates on questions of identity. It will therefore be of special interest to students and scholars of the crime genre, identity studies and comparative literature. It will also appeal to all who enjoy reading contemporary crime fiction.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XI, 348 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2529-5 Paper € 72,-/US$ 94,-
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Essays on Evil and Human Wickedness
Edited by Colette Balmain and Lois Drawmer
(At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries 57) The papers collected in this volume are expanded from papers given at the 6th Global Conference on Evil and Human Wickedness, which took place in March 2005. The chapters here represent the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the conference itself covering topics such as historical and theological concepts of evil, media representations of evil, contemporary debates surrounding the Bosnia war and woman perpetrators in Birkenau, and the construction of the Other as evil in the face of the continuing hysteria over AIDS. The range of the papers collected here makes this book essential reading for students of all humanities disciplines.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 VII, 212 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2550-9 Paper € 44,-/US$ 57,-
The Pleasure of the Feminist Text
Reading Michèle Roberts and Angela Carter
(GENUS: Gender in Modern Culture 11) “I would regard myself as a feminist writer, because I’m a feminist in everything else and one can’t compartmentalise these things in one’s life.” (Angela Carter) “When I became a feminist in 1968, I felt that I’d come home: the first home I ever had that was feminine. And it was very wild and theatrical and erotic, the early feminism.” (Michèle Roberts) Angela Carter and Michèle Roberts share a keen interest in gender and sexual identity, but many of their topics seem to mark them as opposites: Roberts’s fascination with the impact of religion, motherhood and autobiography on female identity covers areas that Carter shuns in her writings. In reading these two authors parallel and in contrast to each other, this monograph follows a triple objective: it provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the works of Roberts, explores aspects of Carter’s work that have not yet been analyzed sufficiently (religion, motherhood, and masculinity), and uses both authors to explore motifs and strategies of feminist writing. The analyses of both authors’ works are supplemented by close readings of a wide range of theoretical perspectives (especially French feminism and psychoanalysis) and concise theoretical outlines of the topics covered (radical feminism, religion, motherhood and fatherhood, masculinity, fairy tales, romances and chick lit, and history and auto/biography).
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XI, 345 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2531-8 Paper € 72,-/US$ 94,-
Women Writing Greece
Essays on Hellenism, Orientalism and Travel
Edited by Vassiliki Kolocotroni and Efterpi Mitsi
(Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 118) Women Writing Greece explores images of modern Greece by women who experienced the country as travellers, writers, and scholars, or who journeyed there through the imagination. The essays assembled here consider women’s travel narratives, memoirs and novels, ranging from the eighteenth to the late twentieth century, focusing on the role of gender in travel and cross-cultural mediation and challenging stereotypical views of ‘the Greek journey’, traditionally seen as an antiquarian or Byronic pursuit. This collection aims to cast new light on women’s participation in the discourses of Hellenism and Orientalism, examining their ideological rendering of Greece as at once a luminous land and a site crossed by contradictory cultural memories. Arranged chronologically, the essays discuss encounters with Greece by, among others, Lady Elizabeth Craven, Lady Hester Stanhope, Lady Montagu, Lady Morgan, Mary Shelley, Felicia Skene, Emily Pfeiffer, Eva Palmer, Jane Ellen Harrison, Virginia Woolf, Ethel Smyth, Christa Wolf, Penelope Storace and Gillian Bouras, and analyse them through a variety of critical, historical, contextual and theoretical frames.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 IV, 257 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2481-6 Paper € 52,-/US$ 68,-
Edited by Murat Aydemir and Alex Rotas
(Thamyris /Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race 19) Migratory Settings proposes a shift in perspective from migration as movement from place to place to migration as installing movement within place. Migration not only takes place between places, but also has its effects on place, in place. In brief, we suggest a view on migration in which place is neither reified nor transcended, but ‘thickened’ as it becomes the setting of the variegated memories, imaginations, dreams, fantasies, nightmares, anticipations, and idealizations of both migrants and native inhabitants that experiences of migration bring into contact with each other. Migration makes place overdetermined, turning it into the mise-en-scène of different histories. Hence, movement does not lead to placelessness, but to the intensification and overdetermination of place, its ‘heterotopicality.’ At the same time, place does not unequivocally authenticate or validate knowledge, but, shot-through with the transnational and the transcultural, exceeds it ceaselessly. Our contributions take us to the migratory settings of a fictional exhibition; a staged political wedding; a walking tour in a museum; African appropriations of Shakespeare and Sophocles; Gollwitz, Germany; Calais, France; the body after a heart transplant; refugees’ family portraiture; a garden in Vermont; the womb. With contributions by Mieke Bal, Maaike Bleeker, Paulina Aroch, Astrid van Weyenberg, Sarah de Mul, Annette Seidel Arpaci, Sudeep Dasgupta, Wim Staat, Maria Boletsi, Griselda Pollock, Alex Rotas, and Murat Aydemir.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 276 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2425-0 Paper € 55,-/US$ 72,-
The Essence and the Margin
National Identities and Collective Memories in Contemporary European Culture
Edited by Laura Rorato and Anna Saunders
(Studia Imagologica 15) With the expansion of the EU and calls for a European constitution, the question of a common European identity has become increasingly pressing in recent times. However, in the face of diverse national and regional traditions – and the absence of an obvious European cultural imaginary – the forging of a strong sense of European identity proves problematic. This volume brings together case studies of national and regional images from across Europe, which together suggest emerging patterns of identification within contemporary Europe – patterns which may not necessarily amount to a European ‘identity’, but rather to a European ‘mode’ of identification. The chronological structure of the volume demonstrates the increasingly problematic nature of national collective memories and past imaginaries in light of emergent marginal voices and images, and suggests that it is both from beyond and within the national paradigm that new challenges are now reshaping the cultural imaginary of European communities. Focusing on cultural images within film, literature, national narratives and myths, museum exhibitions and architecture, this volume is of interest to a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities, and presents an interdisciplinary approach to questions of cultural memory and identity formation.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 231 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2571-4 Paper € 46,-/US$ 60,-
Essays on Boredom and Modernity
Edited by Barbara Dalle Pezze and Carlo Salzani
(Critical Studies 31) The past thirty years saw a growing academic interest in the phenomenon of boredom. If initially the analyses were mostly a-historical, now the historicity of boredom is widely recognised, though often it is taken as evidence of its permanence as a constant “quality” of the human condition, expression of a metaphysical malady inherent to the fact of being human. New trends in the literature focus on the peculiar relationship between boredom and modernity and attempt to embrace the new social, cultural and political factors which provoked the epochal change of modernity and relate them to a change in the parameters of human experience and the crisis of subjectivity. The very changes that characterise modernity are the same that led to the “democratisation” of boredom: modernity and boredom are shown to be inextricably connected and inseparable. This volume aims at contributing to the growing body of literature on boredom with a number of essays which reflect on the connection of boredom and modernity and focus on particular texts, authors, or aspects of the phenomenon. The approach is multidisciplinary, in keeping with the pervasiveness of the phenomenon in our culture and societies, with essays reflecting on philosophy, literature, film, media and psychology.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 IV, 227 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2566-0 Bound € 46,-/US$ 60,-
The Thing and Art
Two Essays on the Ontotopy of the Work of Art
(On the Boundary of Two Worlds: Identity, Freedom, and Moral Imagination in the Baltics 16) On the grounds of the interpretation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry and Paul Cézanne’s paintings the book attempts to approach the work of art as a thing. This lets to overcome a one-sided aesthetical interpretation of the origin of the work of art and to indicate its place in the cosmos of uncreated, i.e. not hominized things. So, the second fundamental issue raised is a try to point out a metaphysical difference between a hominized and not hominized (natural) thing. Such a non-aesthetical point of view is called ontotopy by the author and is opposed to traditional ontology and the philosophy of art. Translated from Lithuanian by Robertas Beinartas. Introduced by Leonidas Donskis.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XI, 155 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2564-6 Paper € 34,-/US$ 44,-
Dissolution and Metamorphosis in the Postmodern Sublime
(GENUS: Gender in Modern Culture 10) In the history of ideas, the aesthetic categories of the sublime and the grotesque have exerted a powerful force over the cultural imagination. Ambiguous Subjects is one of the first studies to examine the relationship between these concepts. Tracing the history of the sublime from the eighteenth century through Burke and Kant, Wawrzinek illustrates the ways in which the sublime has traditionally been privileged as an inherently masculine and imperialist mode of experience that polices and abjects the grotesque to the margins of acceptable discourse, and the way in which twentieth-century reconfigurations of the sublime increasingly enable the productive situating of these concepts within a dialogic relation as a means of instating an ethical relation to others. This book examines the articulations of both the sublime and the grotesque in three postmodern texts. Looking at novels by Nicole Brossard and Morgan Yasbincek, and the performance work of The Women’s Circus, Wawrzinek illuminates the ways in which these writers and performers restructure the spatial and temporal parameters of the sublime in order to allow various forms of highly contingent transcendence that always necessarily remain in relation to the grotesque body. Ambiguous Subjects illustrates how the sublime and the grotesque can co-exist in a manner where each depends on and is inflected through the other, thus enabling a notion of individuality and of community as contingent, but nevertheless very real, moments in time. Ambiguous Subjects is essential reading for anyone interested in aesthetics, continental philosophy, gender studies, literary theory, sociology and politics.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 156 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2548-6 Paper € 31,-/US$ 40,-
The Cultural Construction of London’s East End
Urban Iconography, Modernity and the Spatialisation of Englishness
(Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series in Cultural History, Geography and Literature 5) Paul Newland’s illuminating study explores the ways in which London’s East End has been constituted in a wide variety of texts – films, novels, poetry, television shows, newspapers and journals. Newland argues that an idea or image of the East End, which developed during the late nineteenth century, continues to function in the twenty-first century as an imaginative space in which continuing anxieties continue to be worked through concerning material progress and modernity, rationality and irrationality, ethnicity and ‘Otherness’, class and its related systems of behaviour. The Cultural Construction of London’s East End offers detailed examinations of the ways in which the East End has been constructed in a range of texts including BBC Television’s EastEnders, Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, Walter Besant’s All Sorts and Conditions of Men, Thomas Burke’s Limehouse Nights, Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor, films such as Piccadilly, Sparrows Can’t Sing, The Long Good Friday, From Hell, The Elephant Man, and Spider, and in the work of Iain Sinclair.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 II, 321 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2454-0 Paper € 65,-/US$ 85,-
Images of the North
Histories – Identities – Ideas
Edited by Sverrir Jakobsson
(Studia Imagologica 14) This interdisciplinary volume seeks to examine and explore the various issues surrounding image construction, identity making and representations of the North, as well as the interconnectedness between those issues. The aim is to elucidate the multiple aspects of the idea of the North, both as a mythological space and a discursive system created and shaped by cultures outside the North as well as from within. The objective of the research project Iceland and Images of the North is to elucidate several aspects of images of the North and to explore their functions in the present, focusing especially on Iceland. What effect have Iceland and its people had on images of the North, and how do those images influence the Icelanders and other nations? The project will be a cooperative, interdisciplinary undertaking by researchers in the humanities and social sciences.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 292 pp. Ill. ISBN: 978-90-420-2528-8 Paper € 58,-/US$ 75,-
Hosting the Monster
Edited by Holly Lynn Baumgartner and Roger Davis
(At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries 52) Hosting the Monster responds to the call of the monstrous with, not rejection, but invitation. Positing the monster as that which defies classification, the essays in this collection are an ongoing engagement with that which lies outside of established boundaries. With chapters ranging from the monstrous mother or the deformed child to subjectivity in transition, this volume is not only of interest to film and gender scholars and literary and cultural theorists but also students of popular culture or horror. Its wide appeal stems from its invitation both to entertain the monster and to widen the call to and the listening for the monsters that have not yet, and perhaps must not yet, come calling back. This sense of hospitality and non-hostility is one guiding principle of this collection, suggesting that the ability to survey and research the otherwise may reveal more about the subjectivity of the self through the wisdom of the other, however monstrous the manifestation.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 X, 260 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2486-1 Paper € 54,-/US$ 70,-
Space in Theory
Kristeva, Foucault, Deleuze
(Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series in Cultural History, Geography and Literature 7) Space in Theory: Kristeva, Foucault, Deleuze seeks to give a detailed but succinct overview of the role of spatial reflection in three of the most influential French critical thinkers of recent decades. It proposes a step-by-step analysis of the changing place of space in their theories, focussing on the common problematic all three critics address, but highlighting the significant differences between them. It aims to rectify an unaccountable absence of detailed analysis to the significance of space in their work up until now. Space in Theory argues that Kristeva, Foucault and Deleuze address the question: How are meaning and knowledge produced in contemporary society? What makes it possible to speak and think in ways we take for granted? The answer which all three thinkers provide is: space. This space takes various forms: psychic, subjective space in Kristeva, power-knowledge-space in Foucault, and the spaces of life as multiple flows of becoming in Deleuze. This book alternates between analyses of these thinkers’ theoretical texts, and brief digressions into literary texts by Barrico, de Beauvoir, Beckett, Bodrožic or Bonnefoy, via Borges, Forster, Gide, Gilbert, Glissant, Hall, to Kafka, Ondaatje, Perec, Proust, Sartre, Warner and Woolf. These detours through literature aim to render more concrete and accessible the highly complex conceptulization of contemporary spatial theory. This volume is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers interested in the areas of French poststructuralist theory, spatial reflection, or more generally contemporary cultural theory and cultural studies.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 275 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2545-5 Paper € 55,-/US$ 72,-
An Actor’s Playwright
Edited by Anne Pender and Susan Lever
(Australian Playwrights 12) Nick Enright (1950-2003) was one of Australia’s most significant and successful playwrights. As a writer, director, actor and teacher he influenced theatre in Australia for thirty years. Enright wrote more than fifty plays for the stage, film, television and radio, translated and adapted more, and taught acting to students in varied settings, both in Australia and the United States. His writing repertoire included comedy, social realism, farce, fantasy and the musical. In addition to his prodigious contribution to all of these genres, he was a passionate advocate for the actor and the theatre in contemporary society. In this volume Anne Pender and Susan Lever present a set of essays and recollections about Nick Enright’s work for students, teachers and scholars. The book offers a comprehensive study of Enright’s writing for theatre, film and television. Scholars, acting teachers and theatre directors have contributed to this work each illuminating an aspect of Enright’s remarkable career. The discussions cover interpretations of Enright’s scripts and productions, detailed analysis of his directing style, substantial background and analysis of his writing for musicals, as well as accounts of his specific approach to acting and to adaptation across genres. The essays and recollections included in this book will inspire theatre practitioners as well as scholars. Most importantly, this book will inform and enlighten students and teachers both at high school and university about an exceptional career in the theatre.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 224 pp. + 6 ill. ISBN: 978-90-420-2460-1 Paper € 46,-/US$ 60,-
Multi-Ethnic Britain 2000+
New Perspectives in Literature, Film and the Arts
Edited by Lars Eckstein, Barbara Korte, Eva Ulrike Pirker and Christoph Reinfandt
(Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 121) Multi-Ethnic Britain 2000+ provides an encompassing survey of artistic responses to the changes in the British cultural climate in the early years of the 21st century. It traces topical reactions to new forms of racism and religious fundamentalism, to legal as well as ‘illegal’ immigration, and to the threat of global terror; yet it also highlights new forms of intercultural communication and convivial exchange. Framed by contributions from novelists Patrick Neate and Rajeev Balasubramanyam, Multi-Ethnic Britain 2000+ showcases how artistic representations in literature, film, music and the visual arts reflect and respond to social and political discourses, and how they contribute to our understanding of the current (trans)cultural situation in Britain. The contributions in this volume cover a wide range of writers such as Graham Swift, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Jackie Kay, Nadeem Aslam, Gautam Malkani, Nirpal Dhaliwal and Monica Ali; films ranging from Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice to Michael Winterbottom’s In This World and Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men; paintings and photography by innovative black and Asian British Artists; and dubstep music.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 427 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2497-7 Bound € 85,-/US$ 111,-
The Gaze of the Listener
English Representations of Domestic Music-Making
Regula Hohl Trillini
(Word and Music Studies 10) This study analyzes representations of music in fiction, drama and poetry as well as normative texts in order to contribute to a gendered cultural history of domestic performance. From the Tudors to the First World War, playing the harpsichord or piano was an indispensable asset of any potential bride, and education manuals as well as courtship plots and love poems pay homage to this social function of music. The Gaze of the Listener charts the fundamental tension which determines all these texts: while music is warmly recommended in conduct books and provides standard metaphors like concord and harmonyfor virtuous love, a profound anxiety about its sensuous inarticulateness and implicit femininity unsettles all descriptions of actual music-making. Along with repressive plot lines, the privileging of visual perception over musical appreciation is the most telling indicator of this problem. The Gaze of the Listener is the first coherent account of this discourse and its historical continuity from the Elizabethan to the Edwardian period and provides a significant background for more narrowly focused research. Its uniquely wide database contextualizes numerous minor works with classics without limiting itself to the fringe phenomenon of musician novels. Including a fresh account of the novels of Jane Austen in their contemporary (rather than Victorian) context, the book is of interest to scholars and students in gender studies, English literature, cultural studies and musicology.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XI, 249 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2489-2 Paper € 52,-/US$ 68,-
Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter
Edited by Mary F. Brewer
(Dialogue 6) This collection of essays focuses on one of Harold Pinter’s most popular and challenging plays, The Dumb Waiter, while addressing also a range of significant issues current in Pinter studies and which are applicable beyond this play. The interesting and provocative dialogues between established and emerging scholars featured here provide close readings of The Dumb Waiter, within relevant cultural and historical contexts and from a range of theoretical perspectives. The essays range over issues of autobiography and theater, genre studies, and the impact of Pinter’s political activism on his dramatic production, among others. The collection is also concerned with the meaning of the play when assessed against other example’s of Pinter’s work, both dramatic and non-dramatic writing. Each contributor shows a gift for presenting a complex argument in an accessible style, making this book an important resource for a wide range of readers, from undergraduates to postgraduates and specialist researchers. The collection offers essays that approach The Dumb Waiter, from an interdisciplinary perspective and as both a literary and dramatic text. Thus, the book should be of equal significance to those encountering Pinter within the context of English Studies, drama, and performance.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XIV, 269 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2556-1 Paper € 57,-/US$ 74,ISBN: 978-90-420-2557-8 Textbook € 25,-/US$ 33,Minimum order 10 copies
“My Dear Friend”
Further Letters to and about Joseph Conrad
Edited by Owen Knowles
(Conrad Studies 3) A sequel to A Portrait in Letters: Correspondence to and about Joseph Conrad (Rodopi, 1995), this volume collects and annotates letters to Joseph Conrad by his family, friends, admirers, and publishers. An indispensable companion to the writer’s own letters, it restores the quality of exchange, interaction, and debate that belongs to a major correspondence. It also leads to a fuller, more rounded picture of Conrad in his personal and professional dealings: both of the mutualities and rituals that underpinned his close friendships and of the terms underlying his mutual disagreements with others. Familiar names are here – Arnold Bennett, John Galsworthy, Edward Garnett, Ford Madox Ford, Bertrand Russell, and H. G. Wells – although in largely unfamiliar form, through unpublished or inaccessible materials. Another notable feature of the volume is the newly recovered correspondence relating to the implementation, by Henry Newbolt and William Rothenstein, of the Royal Bounty Fund grant awarded during one of Conrad’s most severe financial crises (1904–06). An essential resource for the scholar, this vivid collection can also be read with pleasure by the general reader for the light it throws on Conrad the man and writer and the rich context in which he moved.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XXXIV, 211 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2464-9 Bound € 50,-/US$ 65,-
The Play and Reviews
Edited by Richard J. Hand
(Conrad Studies 4) Basil Macdonald Hastings’s dramatization of Joseph Conrad’s Victory enjoyed a run of over eighty performances at London’s Globe Theatre in 1919 with actor-producer Marie Löhr in the role of Lena. It remains the most successful stage adaptation of Conrad’s fiction, and Conrad himself was closely involved in the development of the script. This generously illustrated volume presents the complete script of Macdonald Hastings’s play, the collected theatre reviews of the production, and the stage censor’s confidential report on the script. The volume also features a substantial introduction placing the original novel and its subsequent dramatization in a stimulating critical and cultural context.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 IX, 219 + 20 ill. ISBN: 978-90-420-2542-4 Paper € 50,-/US$ 65,-
Writing the Nation
Patrick White and the Indigene
Cynthia vanden Driesen
(Cross/Cultures - Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English 97) The time for new approaches to White’s work is overdue. Central to the present study are Edward Said’s ideas about the role of the intellectual (and the writer) – of speaking “truth to power,” and also the importance of tracing the “affiliations” of a text and its embeddedness in the world. This approach is not incompatible with Jung’s theory of the ‘great’ artist and his capacity to answer the deep-seated psychic needs of his people. White’s work has contributed in many different ways to the writing of the nation. The spiritual needs of a young nation such as Australia must also comprehend its continual urge towards self-definition. Explored here is one important aspect of that challenge: white Australia’s dealings with the indigenous people of the land, tracing the significance of the Aboriginal presence in three texts selected from the oeuvre of Patrick White: Voss (1957), Riders in the Chariot (1961), and A Fringe of Leaves (1976). Each of these texts interrogates European culture’s denigration of the non-European Other as embedded in the discourse of orientalism. One central merit of White’s commanding perspective is the constant close attention he pays to European hubris andto the paramount autonomy of indigenous culture. There is evidence even of a project which can be articulated as a search for the possibility of white indigeneity, the potential for the whitesettler’s belonging within the land as does the indigene.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XXXVI, 207 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2516-5 Bound € 50,-/US$ 65,-
Rethinking the Theory and Practice of Authorship
Edited by Stephen Donovan, Danuta Fjellestad and Rolf Lundén
(DQR Studies in Literature 43) In this wide ranging collection of essays, eleven literary scholars and creative writers examine authorship and authority in relation to the production and reception of cultural texts. Ranging in time from the Renaissance to the era of digital publishing, the essays invite us to reconsider the influential theories of Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Pierre Bourdieu for our understanding of writers such as Philip Sidney, Thomas Hardy, Laura Riding, W.B. Yeats, Gertrude Stein, and J.M. Coetzee. Shedding new light on authority’s complex role in the generation of cultural meaning, the essays will be of interest to students and teachers of literary history and critical theory alike.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 VI, 302 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2483-0 Bound € 62,-/US$ 81,-
Rethinking the Language Debates in India
Edited by Nalini Iyer and Bonnie Zare
(Cross/Cultures - Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English 99) Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India explores the implications of the energetic and, at times, acrimonious public debate among Indian authors and academics over the hegemonic role of Indian writing in English. From the 1960s the debate in India has centered on the role of the English language in perpetuating and maintaining the cultural and ideological aspects of imperialism. The debate received renewed attention following controversial claims by Salman Rushdie and V.S. Naipaul on the inferior status of contemporary Indian-language literatures. This volume — offers nuanced analysis of the language, audience and canon debate; — provides a multivocal debate in which academics, writers and publishers are brought together in a multi-genre format (academic essay, interview, personal essay); — explores how translation mediates this debate and the complex choices that translation must entail. Other Tongues is the first collective study by to bring together voices from differing national, linguistic and professional contexts in an examination of the nuances of this debate over language. By creating dialogue between different stakeholders – seven scholars, three writers, and three publishers from India – the volume brings to the forefront underrepresented aspects of Indian literary culture.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XXXVII, 208 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2519-6 Bound € 49,-/US$ 64,-
Salman Rushdie’s Family Novels
(Costerus NS 177) Offspring Fictions: Salman Rushdie’s Family Novels is the first book-length study that examines families and especially the parent-child relationship in Rushdie’s core works. It argues that Sigmund Freud’s concept of the family and the author’s variations thereon are central to a full understanding of the four novels Midnight’s Children, Shame, the controversial The Satanic Verses and The Moor’s Last Sigh, a quasi-sequel to Rushdie’s first success. Through close readings that make use of a variety of critical approaches, Offspring Fictions provides a sustained examination of how the parents and children that people Rushdie’s fictions reflect the larger issues his work is concerned with: nationalism, religion, history and authorship. Aimed primarily at academics and students, but also of interest to the general reader, Offspring Fictions provides a clear and insightful analysis of Rushdie’s family tetralogy.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XI, 265 pp ISBN: 978-90-420-2490-8 Paper € 56,-/US$ 73,-
Genres of Modernity
Contemporary Indian Novels in English
(Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 120) Genres of Modernity maps the conjunctures of critical theory and literary production in contemporary India. The volume situates a sample of representative novels in the discursive environment of the ongoing critical debate on modernity in India, and offers for the first time a rigorous attempt to hold together the stimulating impulses of postcolonial theory, subaltern studies and the boom of Indian fiction in English. In opposition to the entrenched narrative of modernity as a single, universally valid formation originating in the West, the theoretical and literary texts under discussion engage in a shared project of refiguring the present as a site of heterogeneous genres of modernity. The book traces these figurative efforts with particular attention to the treatment of two privileged metonymies of modernity: the issues of time and home in Indian fiction. Combining close readings of literary texts from Salman Rushdie to Kiran Nagarkar with a wide range of philosophical, sociological and historiographic reflections, Genres of Modernity is of interest not only for students of postcolonial literatures but for academics in the fields of Cultural Studies at large.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 X, 334 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2493-9 Paper € 69,-/US$ 90,-
Woman, Nation, Text
(SCROLL: Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature 11) Bella Caledonia: Woman, Nation, Text looks at the widespread tradition of using a female figure to represent the nation, focusing on twentieth-century Scottish literature. The woman-as-nation figure emerged in Scotland in the twentieth century, but as a literary figure rather than an institutional icon like Britannia or France’s Marianne. Scottish writers make use of familiar aspects of the trope such as the protective mother nation and the woman as fertile land, which are obviously problematic from a feminist perspective. But darker implications, buried in the long history of the figure, rise to the surface in Scotland, such as woman/nation as victim, and woman/nation as deformed or monstrous. As a result of Scotland’s unusual status as a nation within the larger entity of Great Britain, the literary figures under consideration here are never simply incarnations of a confident and complete nation nurturing her warrior sons. Rather, they reflect a more modern anxiety about the concept of the nation, and embody a troubled and divided national identity. Kirsten Stirling traces the development of the twentieth-century Scotland-as-woman figure through readings of poetry and fiction by male and female writers including Hugh MacDiarmid, Naomi Mitchison, Neil Gunn, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Willa Muir, Alasdair Gray, A.L. Kennedy, Ellen Galford and Janice Galloway.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 136 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2510-3 Paper € 28,-/US$ 36,-
Essays on the Ghanaian Theatre
(Cross/Cultures - Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English 98) This collection brings together essays written over a thirty-five year period. They reflect James Gibbs’s position vis-à-vis the Ghanaian theatre as sometimes a remote onlooker, sometimes an enthusiastic participant observer, deeply involved in issues of perception and influence in a society moving through colonialism to nationalism, independence and beyond. The main body of the book is divided into four sections. The first, “Outsiders and Activists,” looks at theatre for community development during the late 1940s, some connections between drama and film, and the astonishing involvement in Ghanaian performance culture of the Haitian poet and playwright Felix Morisseau–Leroy. The second section, “Intercultural Encounters,” examines ways in which classic Greek drama has been used by producers and writers in West Africa, with special reference to Victor Yankah, Kobina Sekyi (Ghana’s first published playwright), and the Nigerian Femi Osofisan. Section Three, “Plays and Playwrights,” concentrates on Efua Sutherland, Ama Ata Aidoo, and Joe de Graft. This section uncovers issues of documentation and achievement that draw attention to the need for investment in organising resources for writing Ghana’s theatre history. The volume draws to a close with personal accounts of touring student productions in the 1960s (with due attention to the influence of Bertolt Brecht) and of involvement in a British film production on location. The book closes with an updated complete bibliography of Ghana’s chief dramatist, Efua Sutherland.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XXV, 238 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2517-2 Bound € 53,-/US$ 69,-
The Art of Crime
Edited by Martin Hurcombe and Simon Kemp
(Faux Titre 329) Influential author of highly unconventional crime fiction, screenwriter, and occasional film director, Sébastien Japrisot was one of those rare contemporary writers in France able to establish an international reputation for himself. Although Japrisot’s novels in particular continue to be read and studied across the world, this volume is the first ever academic study of Japrisot’s work in the fields of both literature and cinema. Through a combination of thematic and text-specific studies, this volume takes in, and examines the legacy of, Japrisot’s work from his youthful writings under his real name, Jean-Baptiste Rossi, to his crime fiction and screen writings of the 1960s and 1970s, concluding with his final novel Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement). It is both an essential introduction to Japrisot and a valuable academic assessment of his work’s importance in the field of contemporary French literature and film.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 190 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2534-9 Paper € 38,-/US$ 49,-
Réécrire la Renaissance, de Marcel Proust à Michel Tournier
Exercices de lecture rapprochée
Paul J. Smith
(Faux Titre 330) Réécrire la Renaissance, de Marcel Proust à Michel Tournier présente neuf lectures rapprochées autour d’un thème commun : la réécriture de la Renaissance dans la littérature française au XXe siècle. Paul J. Smith nous invite à une promenade littéraire chez quelques grands auteurs du siècle dernier – Proust, Yourcenar, Albert Cohen, Céline, Ponge, René Char, Perec, François Bon et Tournier – afin d’y étudier la présence de Rabelais et de Montaigne, et la réécriture de quelques thèmes chers à la Renaissance (le philosophe ambulant, le Juif Errant, la théorie des quatre éléments, la mythification de Jeanne d’Arc…). Ces essais se proposent non seulement d’éclairer tel ou tel aspect particulier des œuvres de ces auteurs modernes, mais également d’élargir cette vision à l’ensemble de leurs créations littéraires. Dans les cas de Proust, Céline, Ponge et Perec, la lecture rapprochée des Modernes, en proposant un autre regard sur ces écritures, permet de renouveler notre vision des auteurs de la Renaissance.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 223 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2546-2 Paper € 45,-/US$ 59,-
Histoires de la Terre
Earth Sciences and French Culture 1740-1940
Edited by Louise Lyle and David McCallam
(Faux Titre 322) This collection of essays explores how Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment developments in the earth sciences and related fields (paleontology, mining, archeology, seismology, oceanography, evolution, etc.) impacted on contemporary French culture. They reveal that geological ideas were a much more pervasive and influential cultural force than has hitherto been supposed. From the mid-eighteenth century, with the publication of Buffon’s seminal Théorie de la Terre (1749), until the early twentieth century, concepts and figures drawn from the earth sciences inspired some of the most important French philosophers, novelists, political theorists, historians and popularizers of science of the time. This book charts the original and influential ways in which French writers and thinkers, such as Buffon, d’Holbach, Balzac, Sand, Verne, Gide and Malraux, exploited the earth sciences for very different ends. This volume will be of interest to students, researchers and scholars of French literature in the modern period, cultural historians of modern France, scholars of European studies, of French political history, of the History of Ideas or the History of Science as well as researchers in landscape and physical geography.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 272 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2477-9 Paper € 54,-/US$ 70,-
Mirrors in Texts - Texts in Mirrors
Joyce O. Lowrie
(At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries 54) Mirrors are mesmerizing. The rhetorical figure that represents a mirror is called a chiasmus, a pattern derived from the Greek letter X (Chi). This pattern applies to sentences such as “one does not live to eat; one eats to live.” It is found in myths, plays, poems, biblical songs, short stories, novels, epics. Numerous studies have dealt with repetition, difference, and Narcissism in the fields of literature, music, and art. But mirror structures, per se, have not received systematic notice. This book analyses mirror imagery, scenes, and characters in French prose texts, in chronological order, from the 17th to the 20th centuries. It does so in light of literal, metaphoric, and rhetorical structures. Works analysed in the traditional French canon, written by such writers as Laclos, Lafayette, and Balzac, are extended by studies of texts composed by Barbey d’Aurevilly, Georges Rodenbach, Jean Lorrain, and Pieyre de Mandiargues. This work appeals to readers interested in linguistics, French history, psychology, art, and material culture. It invites analyses of historical and ideological contexts, rhetorical strategies, symmetry and asymmetry. Ovid’s Narcissus and Alice in Wonderland are paradigms for the study of micro and macro-structures. Analyses of mirrors as cultural artefacts are significant to Lowrie’s sight seeing.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XI, 228 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2495-3 Paper € 48,-/US$ 62,-
Pleasure and Pain in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture
Edited by David Evans and Kate Griffiths
(Faux Titre 324) From Sade at one end of the nineteenth century to Freud at the other, via many French novelists and poets, pleasure and pain become ever more closely entwined. Whereas the inseparability of these themes has hitherto been studied from isolated perspectives, such as psychoanalysis, sadism and sado-masochism, melancholy, or post-structuralist textual jouissance, the originality of this collaborative volume lies in its exploration of how pleasure and pain function across a broader range of contexts. The essays collected here demonstrate how the complex relationship between pleasure and pain plays a vital role in structuring nineteenth-century thinking in prose fiction (Balzac, Flaubert, Musset, Maupassant, Zola), verse and the memoir as well as socio-cultural studies, medical discourses, aesthetic theory and the visual arts. Featuring an international selection of contributors representing the full range of approaches to scholarship in nineteenth-century French studies – historical, literary, cultural, art historical, philosophical, and sociopolitical – the volume attests to the vitality, coherence and interdisciplinarity of nineteenth-century French studies and will be of interest to a wide cross-section of scholars and students of French literature, society and culture.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 286 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2502-8 Paper € 57,-/US$ 74,-
Des éléments aux traces/Elements and Traces
Édité par/Edited by Matthijs Engelberts, Danièle de Ruyter, Karine Germoni and Helen Penet-Astbury
(Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui 20) Table des matières/Table of Contents Avant-propos/Introduction Les quatre éléments/The Four Elements Angela MOORJANI : Le complexe de prométhée ou sous le signe du feu: Tyrannie et volonté de savoir chez Beckett Mark NIXON : “Infernal Streams” – Beckett’s Rivers Yannick HOFFERT : Aspects de l’eau dans le théâtre de Beckett Chiara MONTINI : Sinking in the Mud: From an Abandoned Work et le difficile retour à l’anglais Mireille BOUSQUET : La boue dans comment c’est: “Petits paquets grammaire d’oiseau” Michel BERTRAND : L’être de boue ne saurait être un être debout: L’eau et la terre dans Molloy de Samuel Beckett Isabelle OST : “Et rêve d’un espace sans ici ni ailleurs”: Parcours en terre beckettienne Sjef HOUPPERMANS : Père de pierre Stéphane INKEL : figure de mère et image de pierre: Le temps des cimetières dans Mal vu mal dit et Worstward Ho Thomas HUNKELER : “Quelque chose d’arborescent ou de céleste”: Poésie et poétique selon le jeune Beckett Yann MEVEL : Beckett et le devenir du paysage Marie-Claude HUBERT : La mise en scène des éléments Aphrodite SIVETIDOU : L’expression terrestre de la “réalite humaine” chez Beckett Jana María GILES : “The Aesthetics of Relinquishment”: Natural and Social Contracts in Beckett’s “The End” Karine GERMONI : Le dépeupleur: Des éléments absents/présents ou l’ambiguïté de l’antiromantisme beckettien Dirk VAN HULLE : “World Stuff”: Éléments présocratiques dans la genèse de l’œuvre beckettienne Eric EIGENMANN : Être de poussière et de souffle: L’intertexte biblique de l’anthropologie beckettienne Dimitri TOKAREV : Le rôle et les métamorphoses des quatre éléments dans la nausée de sartre et la fin de Beckett Traces Donald SPECTOR : Distinguishing the Multiverse from an Echo: Quantum Mechanics and Waiting for Godot Hélène LECOSSOIS : Les vestiges du corps dans le théâtre de Samuel Beckett Dimitri SOENEN : “No Final Script”: Sur les carnets de mise en scène de Samuel Beckett Liviu DOSPINESCU : Beckett, l’espace vide et le théâtre phénoménologique Anne-Cécile GUILBARD : Traces du regard: dioptrique de Beckett Pascale SARDIN : The Spectral Logic of Eh Joe/Dis Joe: From Reception to Genesis and Back Shane WELLER : “Gnawing to be Naught”: Beckett and Pre-Socratic Nihilism Gabriela GARCÍA HUBARD : En traversant l’aphasie Florence GODEAU : Figures d’exclus, figures exclues chez Franz Kafka et Samuel Beckett Julia SIBONI : Des cendres à la poussière, une ontologie résiduelle Free Space Garin DOWD : Prolegomena to a Critique of Excavatory Reason: Reply to Matthew Feldman Matthew FELDMAN : In Defence of Empirical Knowledge: Rejoinder to “A Critique of Excavatory Reason” English Abstracts of French Articles
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 408 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2514-1 Bound € 82,-/US$ 107,-
Rethinking the French City
Architecture, Dwelling, and Display after 1968
(Architecture | Technology | Culture 2) This book considers the post-68 French city as a prism through which to understand the contemporary world and France’s specificity within it. The reader is invited to join in a series of exploratory strolls through texts, buildings, and neighborhoods, and thereby share in a process of discovery. Zeroing in on international architectural debates, a range of key Parisian exhibitions, and major urban design decisions in Paris, Montpellier, and Lille, Yaari unravels an often-acerbic French critique of both modern and postmodern positions on culture, technology, and the city. This critique—stemming from the competing claims of national identity, the ethics of architecture and display, and an anthropologically informed revision of prevailing views on the city—has sparked in France a passionate search for a third path, which the author proposes to term après-moderne. Breaking new ground in the field of French Studies through cultural analysis of the contemporary city, this study brings new insight to scholars and professionals in architecture and urbanism, and will interest all others for whom France and cities in general hold special appeal.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XXXIII, 491 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2500-4 Bound € 105,-/US$ 137,-
Rousseau and l’Infâme
Religion, Toleration, and Fanaticism in the Age of Enlightenment
Edited by Ourida Mostefai and John T. Scott
(Faux Titre 326) Ecrasez l’infâme! Voltaire’s rallying cry against fanaticism resonates with new force today. Nothing suggests the complex legacy of the Enlightenment more than the struggle of superstition, prejudice, and intolerance advocated by most of the Enlightenment philosophers, regardless of their ideological differences. The aim of this book is to undertake a reconsideration of the controversies surrounding the questions of religion, toleration, and fanaticism in the eighteenth century through an examination of Rousseau’s dialogue with Voltaire. What come to light from this confrontation are two leading and at times competing world views and conceptions of the place of the engaged writer in society.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 308 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2505-9 Paper € 62,-/US$ 81,-
La clef des Illuminations
(Faux Titre 323) Cette étude propose une interprétation inédite ainsi qu’un commentaire détaillé des Illuminations, texte qui défie depuis plus d’un siècle l’ingéniosité des spécialistes de Rimbaud. À l’encontre du parti pris des exégètes actuels qui préconisent une approche fragmentaire ou polyphonique, cette nouvelle lecture soutient que l’hermétisme rimbaldien se prête à une lecture systématique et univoque. L’obscurité du recueil résulte d’un codage à la fois textuel et intertextuel. Les transformations textuelles se modèlent sur les tropes de la rhétorique classique (métaphores, métonymies, périphrases). Le décryptage des énigmes réservera bien des surprises aux lecteurs, en révélant, par exemple, que les « chalets de cristal et de bois qui se meuvent sur des rails et des poulies invisibles » ne sont autres que des nuages bicolores mus par le vent. Loin d’être un jeu d’association surréaliste, l’hermétisme des Illuminations ne dérive pas du rejet mais du recyclage de la tradition littéraire. Aussi le commentaire signale-t-il toutes les formes d’intertextualité exploitées par le poète : lieux communs, citations, allusions et pastiches. Cette étude qui n’esquive aucune difficulté du texte ne s’adresse pas seulement aux connaisseurs, mais saura captiver aussi les nombreux admirateurs d’une œuvre dont le poète n’est désormais plus le seul à avoir la clef.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 359 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2501-1 Paper € 72,-/US$ 94,-
Éric Le Calvez
(Faux Titre 328) Genèses flaubertiennes emprunte la voie déjà tracée par Flaubert topographe (1997) et La Production du descriptif (2002) d’Éric Le Calvez et aborde la genèse de l’œuvre de Flaubert avec des questions qui relèvent de la théorie de la production textuelle. Le premier axe choisi examine des fragments d’avant-textes à partir d’une question théorique précise (relation description-récit, réécriture intertextuelle et construction d’un portrait), aussi est-il microgénétique. Le second axe, qui se situe entre une micro et une macrogénétique, élargit la perspective à un ensemble de contextes en fonction de différents points de vue : genèse ambiguë d’un motif récurrent ou d’un objet récurrent dans tout le récit d’un roman, voire problématique de l’autotextualité. En théorie, une approche macrogénétique serait davantage à même de respecter le travail de l’écrivain ; c’est aussi l’approche qui conviendrait le mieux a priori au questionnement narratologique. En pratique, la tâche est quasi impossible, car étudier la genèse de l’ensemble d’une scène nécessiterait des analyses qui se prolongeraient indéfiniment. Aussi les chapitres qui illustrent le troisième et dernier axe, macrogénétique pour sa part, rendent-ils compte de la formation de plusieurs scènes en se concentrant chaque fois sur des problèmes spécifiques, souvent de l’ordre d’une stylistique des brouillons.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 314 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2530-1 Paper € 63,-/US$ 82,-
Madame Bovary at the Movies
Adaptation, Ideology, Context
(Faux Titre 325) Some eighteen film directors from France to the United States, Germany to India, have applied themselves to the task of adapting Madame Bovary to the screen. Why has Flaubert’s 1857 classic novel been so popular with filmmakers? What challenges have they had to meet? What ideologies do their adaptations serve? Madame Bovary at the Movies seeks to answer these questions, avoiding value judgments based on the notion of fidelity to the novel. In-depth analyses are reserved for the studio films of Renoir, Minnelli and Chabrol and the small-screen adaptation of Fywell. As the first book-length examination of the Madame Bovary adaptations, this volume, in addition to its pedagogical applications, will be a useful reference for scholars of literature and film and for those interested in the burgeoning field of adaptation studies.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 218 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2504-2 Paper € 44,-/US$ 57,-
Proust dans la littérature contemporaine
Edité par Sjef Houppermans, Nell de Hullu-van Doeselaar, Manet van Montfrans, Annelies Schulte Nordholt et Sabine van Wesemael
(Marcel Proust Aujourd’hui 6) “Proust tel qu’il a été relu et retravaillé par un certain nombre d’auteurs contemporains représentatifs de la littérature actuelle : Julien Gracq ; Claude Simon ; Nathalie Sarraute ; Renaud Camus ; Gérard Wacjman ; Marguerite Yourcenar ; Jacques Roubaud ; Roland Barthes ; Anne-Marie Garat ; Jean Rouaud.` Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 274 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2468-7 Paper € 55,-/US$ 72,ISBN: 978-90-420-2509-7 Textbook € 25,-/US$ 33,Minimum order 10 copies
Frédéric Beigbeder et ses doubles
Etudes réunies par Alain-Philippe Durand
(CRIN : Cahiers de recherche des instituts néerlandais de langue et de littérature française 51) Encore plus peut-être qu’un Michel Houellebecq (que l’on voit rarement à la télévision), Frédéric Beigbeder est le symbole d’une nouvelle génération de romanciers qui agace l’intelligentsia. Ainsi, la constatation initiale qui se trouve à l’origine de ce volume est qu’à cause de sa personnalité et de ses activités multiples, Beigbeder existe uniquement pour ses innombrables fidèles à travers le monde qui se satisfont de la lecture de ses romans. Pour les autres dans leur grande majorité - les critiques, les universitaires, les intellectuels – il ne mérite aucune attention sérieuse, ses œuvres n’existent pas. Or, en ce qui nous concerne, l’équation n’est pas si simple. D’où les pages qui suivent. Ce premier volume entièrement consacré à Beigebder réunit donc des romanciers, des journalistes et des universitaires des deux côtés de l’Atlantique. Il contient également un entretien et une correspondance inédits de Beigbeder. Avec un entretien et une correspondance inédits de l’écrivain.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 208 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2472-4 Paper € 42,-/US$ 55,-
Témoignages de l’après-Auschwitz dans la littérature juive-française d’aujourd’hui
Enfants de survivants et survivants-enfants
Annelise Schulte Nordholt (éd.)
(Faux Titre 327) Raczymow, Wajsbrot, Lecadet, Wajcman, Orner, Aaron, Cormann, Modiano… Oler, Cohen, Perec, Federman, Kofman, Burko-Falcman, Meschonnic, Vargaftig, Goscinny… Qu’ont en commun ces deux ensembles d’auteurs juifs-français, qui diffèrent tant par le genre et le style de leurs œuvres ? Les premiers, nés après la Libération, enfants ou petits-enfants des survivants de la Shoah, n’étaient pas là, c’est pourquoi ils ne peuvent témoigner de ce qui pourtant a déterminé tout leur être. Les seconds, nés peu avant ou pendant l’Occupation, appartiennent à la minorité d’enfants qui survécurent miraculeusement aux persécutions, cachés dans des institutions ou chez des familles. Etaient-ils là, eux qui étaient généralement trop jeunes pour vivre consciemment ce qui leur arrivait ? Enfants de survivants ou survivants-enfants, leur expérience commune serait alors d’appartenir à l’après, de témoigner de l’après-Auschwitz, de la difficile transmission et élaboration de la Shoah, dans l’univers d’aujourd’hui. « Témoins absents » ou par procuration, ces auteurs sont à la fois le témoin de leurs aînés et, de plus en plus, témoins d’eux-mêmes, de leur propre expérience de l’après. Par des textes inédits des auteurs en question, des essais théoriques et des études critiques, le présent recueil espère mieux faire connaître la vaste et riche panoplie de leurs œuvres.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 269 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2512-7 Paper € 54,-/US$ 70,-
Representing the Orient in 17th-Century French Travel Literature
(Faux Titre 321) Travel narratives were the principal source of knowledge about the lands of the Near East and the Indian Ocean Basin in 17th-century France. Claiming the authority of first-hand observation, they paradoxically rely for their legitimization on the tropes of an established literary tradition. The status of these texts remained ambiguous, not least because of their anecdotal depictions of great riches, brutality or sexual promise. Drawing on the insights of post-colonial scholarship, this study tackles a question given scant attention in previous work and suggests that beyond the hazy representation of the Orient, an opposition emerges between the threatening Near East and the indolent East Indies. Distinguishing recognizable representations from those generated by new encounters, this book questions the feasibility of cultural representation through travel, exploring a large corpus of original sources written by French ecclesiastics, gentlemen-travellers, ambassadors and adventurers. Linguistic, religious, cultural or geographical barriers meant most travellers remained distanced from the peoples about whom they would simultaneously become authoritative. The encounter was further transformed in narratives that were intended to entertain and to satisfy the criterion of curiosité. The ‘Oriental’ that emerges is a supremely variable entity, alternately naked or veiled, barbaric or civilized, menacing or attractive.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 299 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2476-2 Paper € 60,-/US$ 78,-
Neulektüren – New Readings
Festschrift für Gerd Labroisse zum 80. Geburtstag
Herausgegeben von Norbert Otto Eke und Gerhard P. Knapp
(Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik 67) Die Einsicht in die Polyvalenz poetischer Texte zähmt die noch jeder Form diskursiver Analyse von Kunstwerken eigene Tendenz, Sinn und Bedeutung festzuschreiben. Im Spannungsfeld zwischen der anarchischen “Lust am Text“ (Roland Barthes) und der “Wut des Verstehens“ (Jochen Hörisch) behaupten sich die ‘Lektüren’, die als Verstehensangebote der Vieldeutigkeit literarischer Werke durch Analysen von Form und Inhalt zur Sichtbarkeit verhelfen wollen, ohne ihnen den Atem abzuschnüren. Ihr Ziel ist es nicht, das “Rätsel“ (Adorno) literarischer Kunstwerke zu lösen, sondern es als “Rätsel“ in seinen vielfältigen Bedeutungsdimensionen erfahrbar zu machen. Von hier aus versammelt der vorliegende Band ’neue’ Lektüren als Angebot zum Gespräch und Herausforderung, Texte als Mittel intensiver Blicköffnungen zu begreifen, was nichts anderes heißt als: immer wieder aufs Neue zu lesen. Der Band enthält Studien zu Medea-Bildern (Anna Chiarloni), Marie von Ebner-Eschenbachs Das Schädliche (Erika Tunner), der Figur des Juden in romantischen Märchen (Martha B. Helfer), der Reitergeschichte Hugo von Hofmannsthals (Heinz-Peter Preußer), der frühen Romantikerinnenrezeption (Anke Gilleir), Franz Kafkas Das Urteil (Gerhard P. Knapp), Robert Walsers Tobold II (Jaak De Vos), Lion Feuchtwangers Moskau 1937 (Anne Hartmann), der Exilerfahrung im Werk Franz Werfels (Hans Wagener), Erich Frieds Nachdichtung von Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood (Jörg Thunecke), der Raumkonzeption in Erzähltexten Volker Brauns (Hans-Christian Stillmark), Eli Amirs Roman
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 392 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2524-0 Bound € 80,-/US$ 104,-
Nuri (Heidy Margrit Müller), Christa Wolfs Sommerstück (Roswitha Skare), Urs Widmers Der blaue Siphon (Henk Harbers), Christoph Marthalers Stunde Null (Christopher B. Balme), der Lyrik Heinz Czechowskis (Anthonya Visser), Erzähltexten von Judith Hermann und Susanne Fischer (Monika Shafi), Werner Fritschs Grabungen (Norbert Otto Eke) und zum Wissen um den Autor bei Neulektüren (Elrud Ibsch).
Exploring Displacement, Crossing Boundaries in German Exile Arts and Writings 1933-1945
Edited by Johannes F. Evelein
(Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik 68) This volume presents for the first time a study of the interface between exile and travel within the context of exile from Nazi Germany. The nineteen essays share the overarching aim to compare the tropes of travel and exile as generators of a critical discourse and as central categories within German exile, in particular literature, music and film. The essays are guided by powerful questions: How does travel compare to exile, and how much overlap is there between these two categories? How do exiles travel, as practitioners of displacement? Or rather, to what extent does the concept of travel apply to the exilic predicament? Do the terms “exile” and “travel” still have validity in our postmodern era of cosmopolitanism, ever increasing mobility, the embrace of otherness, and tourism? How does exile literature in which travel is thematized compare to the tradition(s) of travel writing? And how are the critical moments of leavetaking, re-membering home, and return imagined and narrated? The essays feature numerous German and Austrian authors, musicians, and filmmakers and lend fresh insights into German Exile and the field of Exile Studies at large.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 391 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2540-0 Bound € 78,-/US$ 101,-
The House in Russian Literature
A Mythopoetic Exploration
Joost van Baak
(Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics 53) The domestic theme has a tremendous anthropological, literary and cultural significance. The purpose of this book is to analyse and interpret the most important realisations and tendencies of this thematic complex in the history of Russian literature. It is the first systematic book-length exploration of the meaning and development of the House theme in Russian literature of the past 200 years. It studies the ideological, psychological and moral meanings which Russian cultural and literary tradition have invested in the house or projected on it in literary texts. Central to this study’s approach is the concept of the House Myth, consisting of a set of basic fabular elements and a set of general types of House images. This House Myth provides the general point of reference from which the literary works were analyzed and compared. With the help of this analytical procedure characteristics of individual authors could be described as well as recurrent patterns and features discerned in the way Russian literature dealt with the House and its thematics, thus reflecting characteristics of Russian literary world pictures, Russian mentalities and Russian attitudes towards life. This book is of interest for students of Russian literature as well as for those interested in the House as a cultural and literary topic, in the semiotics of literature, and in relations between culture, anthropology and literature.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 525 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2549-3 Bound € 102,-/US$ 133,-
What the God-seekers found in Nietzsche
The Reception of Nietzsche’s Übermensch by the Philosophers of the Russian Religious Renaissance
(Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics 50) At the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, a large and varied group of the Russian intelligentsia became fascinated by Friedrich Nietzsche, whose provocative ideas inspired many of them to overcome obsolete traditions and to create new values. Paradoxically, the German philosopher, who vigorously challenged the established Christian worldview, invigorated the rich ferment of religious philosophy in the Russian Silver Age: his ideas served as a fruitful source of inspiration for the philosophers of the Russian religious renaissance, the so-called God-seekers, in their quest for a new religious consciousness. Especially Nietzsche’s anthropology of the Übermensch was instrumental in their reformulation of Christianity. This book explores how three pivotal figures in the Russian religious reception of Nietzsche, i.e. Vladimir Solov’ëv, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii and Nikolai Berdiaev, engaged in a vacillating yet highly prolific debate with Nietzsche and how each of them appropriated his anthropology of the Übermensch in their religious philosophy. In order to explain Merezhkovskii’s and Berdiaev’s assessment of Nietzsche, the author highlights the significance of Dostoevskii: only by reading Nietzsche through the prism of Dostoevskii could both God-seekers pin down the religious ramifications of Nietzsche’s thought. This book will be of interest to anyone fascinated by Nietzsche, Dostoevskii, Russian religious philosophy, Russian history of ideas and reception studies.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 X, 282 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2480-9 Paper € 60,-/US$ 78,-
Dutch Contributions to the Fourteenth International Congress of Slavists
Ohrid, September 10-16, 2008. Literature
Edited by Sander Brouwer
(Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics 51) In this volume of SSLP the contributions of Dutch scholars working in the field of Slavic literature and culture to the 14th International Congress of Slavists (Ohrid, Macedonia, September 10–16, 2008) are brought together. All of them except one (on the Polish poet Cyprian Norwid’s story Stigma), deal with Russian literature from the end of the 18th century up to recent years. A variety of topics is treated, such as the feminization of Russian literature, the reflection of poetry in prose, anthropological and religious dimensions of literature, the specifics of theme and of plot, Russian modernism and postmodernism, and the status of language, from different methodological angles: gender studies, structural analysis, philosophical-contextual, postcolonial. Works of such Russian authors as Ippolit Bogdanovich, Ivan Turgenev, Pavel Mel’nikov-Pecherskii, Ignatii Potapenko, Iurii Trifonov, Timur Kibirov and Viktor Pelevin are discussed in detail. This volume is of interest for a scholarly audience interested in Russian literature of the last 250 years.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 IV, 260 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2487-8 Paper € 53,-/US$ 69,-
Profane Challenge and Orthodox Response in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
Janet G. Tucker
(Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics 52) Profane Challenge and Orthodox Response in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment presents for the first time an examination of this great novel as a work aimed at winning back “target readers”, young contemporary radicals, from Utilitarianism, nihilism, and Utopian Socialism. Dostoevsky framed the battle in the context of the Orthodox Church and oral tradition versus the West. He relied on knowledge of the Gospels as text received orally, forcing readers to react emotionally, not rationally, and thus undermining the very basis of his opponents’ arguments. Dostoevsky saves Raskol’nikov, underscoring the inadequacy of rational thought and reminding his readers of a heritage discarded at their peril. This volume should be of special interest to secondary and university students, as well as to readers interested in literature, particularly, in Russian literature, and Dostoevsky.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 IV, 285 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2494-6 Paper € 58,-/US$ 75,-
Pesquisas en la obra tardía de Juan Goytisolo
Bajo la dirección de Brigitte Adriaensen y Marco Kunz
(Foro Hispánico 33) La narrativa y la ensayística de Juan Goytisolo ha despertado un interés extraordinario en la crítica. En cuanto a sus novelas, se constata por lo general que la llamada obra de ruptura (la trilogía reeditada recientemente bajo el título Tríptico del mal (2004)) sigue siendo más estudiada frente a las novelas tardías del autor. Los editores de este volumen creen firmemente que también la obra tardía de Goytisolo merece un estudio detenido, a pesar de las afirmaciones a menudo gratuitas con las que algunos críticos intentan desprestigiarla. Para remediar este vacío, el presente volumen publica artículos dedicados exclusivamente a la obra tardía de Juan Goytisolo, es decir, a sus novelas a partir de 1993 — La saga de los Marx (1993), El sitio de los sitios (1995), Las semanas del jardín (1997), Carajicomedia (2000), y Telón de boca (2003) y a sus ensayos tardíos.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 317 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2547-9 Paper € 64,-/US$ 83,-
Miradas sobre pasado y presente en el cine español (1990-2005)
Bajo la dirección de Pietsie Feenstra y Hub. Hermans
(Foro Hispánico 32) El cine español contemporáneo (1990-2005) dedica mucha atención a la rememoración del pasado (Segunda República, la Guerra Civil, el período franquista,…) y la realidad social (el paro, la violencia doméstica, inmigración, eutanasia,…). Directores renombrados como Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar, Fernando León de Aranoa, Icíar Bollaín, o Isabel Coixet, muestran este interés dentro de sus miradas cinematográficas. La gran popularidad de este cine ha estimulado su migración en pantallas ajenas y dentro de contextos universitarios nacionales e internacionales. Este libro reúne unos veinte artículos, de investigadores americanos y europeos, que ilustran las múltiples tradiciones culturales en vigor dentro de los estudios cinematográficos, y que enfocan al mismo tiempo el tema central del libro: ¿Cómo se puede leer, la mirada de los autores españoles, sobre el pasado y el presente, dentro del contexto de su cine nacional?
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 295 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2473-1 Paper € 60,-/US$ 78,-
Roles de género y cambio social en la Literatura española del siglo XX
Bajo la dirreccón de Pilar Nieva-de la Paz.
(Foro Hispánico 34) La enorme relevancia que tiene actualmente en nuestras sociedades el avance de la igualdad de género explica el creciente interés por indagar en los procesos históricos y culturales que dan cuenta de cómo ha transcurrido el largo y costoso avance de las mujeres en su camino hacia la emancipación real. Los ensayos recopilados en este volumen muestrán cómo la literatura y el teatro manifiestan la relevancia de los roles de género en la configuración de la sociedad española a lo largo del siglo XX. El análisis de los cambios y permanencias en la definición de la identidad femenina resulta piedra de toque fundamental en unos estudios firmados por reconocidos especialistas en el ámbito del Hispanismo y los Estudios de Género. Se abordan en ellos cuestiones fundamentales como el acceso a nuevas profesiones; las relaciones de pareja; la particular vivencia de la soledad de las españolas contemporáneas; la maternidad y la sexualidad; la recreación artística de modelos femeninos positivos y negativos en la literatura, el teatro y el cine; el referente autobiográfico y su relación con la evolución literaria de las escritoras; su inserción en la sociedad literaria española en diferentes períodos, así como los cruces e inversiones en la definición de los géneros que algunos autores y textos reflejan. Una y otra vez se hace patente en estos ensayos las múltiples manifestaciones de la desigualdad en la situación social de mujeres y hombres en España a lo largo de la pasada centuria, mientras paralelamente plantean la necesidad de promover un pensamiento y realidad más igualitarios.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 315 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2559-2 Paper € 63,-/US$ 82,-
Las formas del vacío
La escritura del duelo en la poesía de Juan Gelman
(Texto y Teoría: Teoría Literaria 34) De libro en libro, a lo largo de una producción poética de medio siglo, el poeta argentino Juan Gelman (1930-), ganador del Premio Cervantes 2007 y uno de los mayores poetas hispanoamericanos vivos, explora nuevas vías formales para dar cuenta de su experiencia personal e histórica, de su recreación incesante de la tradición literaria y cultural. Más fundamentalmente aún, su poesía « desueña lo perdido y la muerte/canta en los alrededores del amor » (Incompletamente). Pero ¿de qué pérdida se hace eco el poema? ¿Puede el poema mismo convertirse en un espacio de acogida de « aquello amado ido » (ibid.)? Este libro enfrenta estas preguntas y otras más a lo largo de una lectura crítica de la extensa obra poética del autor argentino. El análisis de más de veinte poemarios se enfoca desde la problemática central del duelo, en su doble acepción de lucha y luto. Más allá de las trágicas peripecias vitales del propio Gelman, este ensayo pone al descubierto una poética presente desde Violín y otras cuestiones (1956) hasta, por lo menos, País que fue será (2004), y que hace de la conciencia vital de la muerte el núcleo de la escritura.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 329 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2474-8 Paper € 66,-/US$ 86,-
Esas niñas cuando crecen, ¿dónde van a parar?
(Texto y Teoría: Estudios Culturales 35) La novela de formación o Bildungsroman ha encontrado diversas modalidades en el entramado de la narrativa latinoamericana escrita por mujeres, expresando su diferencia tanto a nivel de temáticas como de estrategias constructivas. Este libro deconstruye dichas modalidades, prestando especial atención a la construcción de sus heroínas en su lucha por hallar un lugar en la sociedad a la pertenecen, considerando diversos posicionamientos en este enfrentamiento entre sujeto y entorno, como parte constitutiva y fundamental de esta forma literaria. De este modo, el planteamiento llevado a cabo a lo largo de estas páginas permitirá el análisis del constructo denominado ‘mujer’ y sus representaciones; la incidencia del medio sociopolítico en su proceso de crecimiento, la interacción permanente entre la memoria individual y la colectiva, las renovadas posiciones en el orden de una poética en el seno de la tan mentada postmodernidad y las variables de raza y clase social, que junto a la condición genérica crean zonas de intersección discursiva y dejan su impronta estética en el contexto latinoamericano. Para ello recorre con enfoque interdisciplinario narraciones de Laura Antillano, Lucía Guerra, Albalucía Angel, Rosario Ferré, Iris Zavala, Griselda Gambaro, Susana Silvestre, Beatriz Guido, Luz Argentina Chirimoga, Ana María del Río, Marta Traba y Elena Poniatowska, en un intento de crear una suerte de mapa del imaginario femenino latinoamericano, en su confrontación con los movimientos sociales durante los importantes acontecimientos ocurridos en las últimas décadas del siglo XX.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XI, 210 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2488-5 Paper € 44,-/US$ 57,-
The Tapestry of Health, Illness and Disease
Edited by Vera Kalitzkus and Peter L. Twohig
(At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries 55) Human suffering and illness as well as health and healing are topics of ongoing actuality. In a world of growing complexity and interrelatedness a broader perspective on these topics is needed. The global conference project on “Making Sense of: Health, Illness and Disease” is a forum for scholars from various countries who are interested in deepening the interdisciplinary discourse on the subject. This book is the outcome of the 5th conference held at Mansfield College, Oxford, in July 2006. It combines essays that transgress traditional disciplinary boundaries in the field of health care delivery and medicine. It thus will be of interest to students in the medical humanities, researchers as well as health care providers who wish to gain insight into the various perspectives through which health, illness and disease can be understood.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 VII, 191 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2515-8 Paper € 40,-/US$ 52,-
‘The Cruel Madness of Love’
Sex, Syphilis and Psychiatry in Scotland, 1880-1930
(Clio Medica/The Wellcome Series in the History of Medicine 85) Against a backdrop of contemporary social and sexual concerns, and potent fears surrounding the moral and physical ‘degeneration’ of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century society, ‘The Cruel Madness of Love’ explores a critical period in the developing relationship between syphilis and insanity. General paralysis of the insane (GPI), the most commonly diagnosed of the neurosyphilitic disorders, has been devastating both in terms of its severity and incidence. Using the rich laboratory and asylum records of lowland Scotland as a case study, Gayle Davis examines the evolution of GPI as a disease category from a variety of perspectives: social, medical, and pathological. Through exploring case notes and the impact of new diagnostic techniques and therapies, such as the Wassermann Test and Malarial Therapy, the reader gains a unique insight into both patients and practitioners. Significant insights are gained into the socio–sexual background and medical experience of patients, as well as the clinical ideas and judgmental behaviour of the practitioners confronting this disease. ‘The Cruel Madness of Love’ will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore the historical relationship between sexuality, morality and disease.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 V, 285 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2463-2 Bound € 58,-/US$ 75,-
Stressing the past
Papers on Baltic and Slavic accentology
Edited by Thomas Olander and Jenny Helena Larsson
(Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics 35) From a synchronic point of view, the various accentuation systems found in the Baltic and Slavic languages differ considerably from each other. We find languages with free accent and languages with fixed accent, languages with and without syllabic tones, and languages with and without a distinction between short and long vowels. Yet despite the apparent diversity in the attested Baltic and Slavic languages, the sources from which these languages have developed – the reconstructed languages referred to as Proto-Baltic and Proto-Slavic respectively – seem to have had very similar accentuation systems. The prehistory and development of the Baltic and Slavic accentuation systems is the main topic of this book, which contains sixteen articles on Baltic and Slavic accentology written by some of the world’s leading specialists in this field.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 VII, 192 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2555-4 Bound € 40,-/US$ 52,-
Evidence and Counter-Evidence
Essays in Honour of Frederik Kortlandt Volume 1: Balto-Slavic and Indo-European Linguistics
Edited by Alexander Lubotsky, Jos Schaeken and Jeroen Wiedenhof. With the assistance of Rick Derksen and Sjoerd Siebinga
(Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics 32) Amsterdam/New York, Ny 2008 Ix, 616 Pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2470-0 Bound € 125,-/US$ 163,Set Volume(1+2) ISBN: 978-90-420-2469-4 Contents The editors: Preface List of Publications by Frederik Kortlandt Contributions by Adrie Barentsen, Robert S.P. Beekes, Uwe Bläsing, Václav Blažek, Johnny Cheung, Bardhyl Demiraj, Rick Derksen, George E. Dunkel, José L. García Ramón, Eric P. Hamp, Andries van Helden, Tette Hofstra, Georg Holzer, Wim Honselaar, László Honti, Peter Houtzagers, Petri Kallio, Janneke Kalsbeek, Jared S. Klein, Jorma Koivulehto, Leonid Kulikov, Winfred P. Lehmann, Alexander Lubotsky, Ranko Matasović, H. Craig Melchert, Cecilia Odé, Norbert Oettinger, Harry Perridon, Georges-Jean Pinault, Adriana Pols, Arend Quak, Jos Schaeken, Rüdiger Schmitt, Patrick Sims-Williams, Han Steenwijk, Michiel De Vaan, William R. Veder, Theo Vennemann gen. Nierfeld, Willem Vermeer, Jos J.S. Weitenberg.
Evidence and Counter-Evidence
Essays in Honour of Frederik Kortlandt Volume 2: General Linguistics
Edited by Alexander Lubotsky, Jos Schaeken and Jeroen Wiedenhof. With the assistance of Rick Derksen and Sjoerd Siebinga
(Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics 33) Amsterdam/New York, Ny 2008 Vi, 428 Pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2471-7 Bound € 85,-/US$ 111,Set Volume(1+2) ISBN: 978-90-420-2469-4 Contents The editors: Preface List of Publications By Frederik Kortlandt Contributions by Willem Adelaar, Elisabeth de Boer, V.A. Chirikba, Katia Chirkova, Karen Steffen Chung, George van Driem, Roger Finch, Stefan Georg, Ekaterina Gruzdeva, C. Hoede, Henning Klöter, Maarten Kossmann, Riikka Länsisalmi, Elena Maslova, Roy Andrew Miller, Marc Hideo Miyake, Maarten Mous, Irina Nikolaeva, Martine Robbeets, Elena Skribnik, Harry Stroomer, Arie Verhagen, Jeroen Wiedenhof
Modals and Quasi-modals in English
(Language and Computers - Studies in Practical Linguistics 67) Modals and Quasi-modals in English reports the findings of a corpus-based study of the modals and a set of semantically-related ‘quasi-modals’ in English. The study is the largest and most comprehensive to date in this area, and is informed by recent developments in the study of modality, including grammaticalization and recent diachronic change. The selection of the parallel corpora used, representing British, American and Australian English, was designed to facilitate the exploration of both regional and stylistic variation. Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 IX, 193 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2532-5 Bound € 41,-/US$ 53,-
Perspektiven der Philosophie
Neues Jahrbuch Band 34 – 2008
Herausgegeben von Georges Goedert und Martina Scherbel
Inhalt In memoriam Leonhard G. RICHTER: Traueransprache für Wiebke Schrader. Freitag, 14. Dezember 2007 Martina SCHERBEL: Der Mensch in seiner Mitte. Zum philosophischen Werk Wiebke Schraders Metapher und Wahrheit Georges GOEDERT: Das Tragische als lebensbejahende Metapher – Zu Nietzsches metaphysischer Ästhetik der Geburt der Tragödie Christian FERNANDES: Vergeltung als Metapher für Irrtum und Wahrheit im Buch Ijob Edgar FRÜCHTEL: Nichts als die nackte Wahrheit? Überlegungen zu einer Metaphorologie des Unbegrifflichen Kurt MAGER: Kunst, Dichtung, Schönheit. Zur Ästhetik der Geschichtsschreibung Kant – Aneignung und Kritik Harald SEUBERT: Der ‚sensus communis‘ in Kants Theorie der Urteilskraft. Zu einem Problem am Rande der Kantischen Kritik und seinen Implikationen Andree HAHMANN: „Das Innere und das Äußere“: Kant als kritischer Erbe der dogmatischen Schulphilosophie Jürgen-Eckardt PLEINES: Die Dike ist die Tochter der Aidos. Scham als ethischer Grundbegriff Metaphysik im Gegenlicht Artur R. BOELDERL: „… das meiste nämlich / vermag die Geburt“. Über die Räumlichkeit des Daseins oder: Phänomenologie als Natologie Christian GRAF: Sein, Erscheinung und Existenz. Ontologiekritik als Problem bei Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas und Heinrich Barth Paul JANSSEN: Das menschliche Un-Tier zwischen Wissen und Sinn Buchbesprechungen Bibliographie Wiebke SCHRADER: Philosophische Publikationen
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 387 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2511-0 Paper € 75,-/US$ 98,-
Learned Ignorance in the Medicine Bow Mountains
A Reflection on Intellectual Prejudice
(Value Inquiry Book Series 199) This book is an apologia for the rooted intellectual against the disdainful condescension of the cosmopolitan intellectual—an apology in the Socratic sense of the word. It reflects the author’s Texas rootedness unapologetically and offers a polemical but thoughtful indictment of the intellectual prejudice against rootedness; but it is ultimately about the universal human struggle with origins.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XVII, 187 pp. Illustrated. ISBN: 978-90-420-2498-4 Paper € 20,-/US$ 26,-
Edited by Randall E. Osborne and Paul Kriese
(Value Inquiry Book Series 198) Global security cannot be achieved until people view the world as a global community. Until such time, differences will continue to be perceived as threatening. These perceived “threats” are the primary threat to global security. This volume proposes methods for minimizing the “us versus them” mentality so that we can build a sense of global community.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XVI, 342 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2492-2 Bound € 72,-/US$ 94,ISBN: 978-90-420-2508-0 Textbook € 30,-/US$ 39,Minimum order 10 copies
Die dreifache Vollendung des Deutschen Idealismus
Schelling, Hegel und Fichtes ungeschriebene Lehre
(Fichte-Studien-Supplementa 22) Die vorgelegte Summe des Hochidealismus ersetzt – der neuen Forschungs- und Quellenlage entsprechend – die alte Konstruktion vom Dreischritt, der von Fichtes Jenaer Wissenschaftslehre ausgeht, in die Naturphilosophie Schellings übergeht und in Hegels System vollendet aufgeht, durch die Gegenthese: Der Deutsche Idealismus ist die Begründung der Vernunftwissenschaft im Widerstreit von drei Vollendungsansprüchen, erhoben im Identitätssystem und der positiven Philosophie Schellings, in Hegels Onto-Theo-Logik und der ungeschriebenen Lehre Fichtes, d. i. den mündlichen Vortragszyklen nach 1800. Die eingehende Ausarbeitung dieses dreiseitigen Widerstreites hebt einen Vorrang heraus. Fichtes ungeschriebene Lehre ist die einzige der drei Vollendungsgestalten, die im Begreifen des Wahrheits- und Systemgrundes, des Absoluten, transzendentale Besinnung in absoluter Reflexion bewahrt und daher auch vorzüglich in der Lage ist, unser Zeitalter der Nichtbesinnung herauszufordern.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 X, 374 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2503-5 Bound € 77,-/US$ 100,-
Knowledge and Questions
Edited by Franck Lihoreau
(Grazer Philosophische Studien - Internationale Zeitschrift für Analytische Philosophie 77) This special volume of Grazer Philosophische Studien features twelve original essays on the relationship between knowledge and questions, a topic of utmost importance to epistemology, philosophical logic, and the philosophy of language. It raises a great deal of issues in each of these fields and at their intersection, bearing, inter alia, on the theory of rational deliberation and inquiry, pragmatism and virtue epistemology, the problems of scepticism and epistemic justification, the theory of assertion, the possibility of deductive knowledge, the semantics and pragmatics of knowledge ascriptions, the factivity of knowledge, the analysis of concealed questions and embedded interrogative clauses, propositional attitudes and two-dimensional semantics, contextualism and contrastivism, the distinction between knowledge-that and knowledge-how, the nature of philosophical knowledge, and the problem of epistemic value. Addressing these as well as many other importantly related issues, the papers in the volume jointly contribute to giving an overview of the current state of the debates on the topic, and a sense of the directions in which philosophical research on knowledge and questions is currently heading.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XXIV, 339 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2475-5 Paper € 73,-/US$ 95,-
Tradition vs. Traditionalism
Contemporary Perspectives in Jewish Thought
Translated from Hebrew by Batya Stein (Value Inquiry Book Series 197) This book is a first attempt to examine the thought of key contemporary Jewish thinkers on the meaning of tradition in the context of two models. The classic model assumes that tradition reflects lack of dynamism and reflectiveness, and the present’s unqualified submission to the past. This view, however, is an image that the modernist ethos has ascribed to the tradition so as to remove it from modern existence. In the alternative model, a living tradition emerges as open and dynamic, developing through an ongoing dialogue between present and past. The Jewish philosophers discussed in this work—Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, David Hartman, and Eliezer Goldman—ascribe compelling canonic status to the tradition, and the analysis of their thought discloses the tension between these two models. The book carefully traces the course they have plotted along the various interpretations of tradition through their approach to Scripture and to Halakhah.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 IX, 219 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2478-6 Paper € 46,-/US$ 60,-
Contemporary Pragmatism Volume 5, Number 1 June 2008
Edited by Mitchell Aboulafia and John R. Shook
Table of Contents Catherine LEGG: Argument-Forms Which Turn Invalid Over Infinite Domains: Physicalism as Supertask? Joseph MARGOLIS: Wittgenstein’s Question and the Ubiquity of Cultural Space Jay SCHULKIN: Cognitive Adaptation: Insights from a Pragmatist Perspective Jay SCHULKIN: Cephalic Organization: Animacy and Agency Lara M. TROUT: C. S. Peirce, Antonio Damasio, and Embodied Cognition: A Contemporary Post-Darwinian Account of Feeling and Emotion in the ‘Cognition Series’ Rita RISSER: Industry and Quiescence in the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature Lenart SKOF: Pragmatism and Social Ethics: An Intercultural and Phenomenological Approach Andrew STABLES: Semiosis, Dewey and Difference: Implications for Pragmatic Philosophy of Education Book Reviews
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 II, 172 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2485-4 Paper € 35,-/US$ 46,-
Contemporary Pragmatism Volume 5, Number 2 December 2008
Edited by Mitchell Aboulafia and John R. Shook
Table of Contents Rosa Maria MAYORGA: Rethinking Democratic Ideals in Light of Charles Peirce Lara M. TROUT: “Colorblindness” and Sincere Paper-Doubt: A Socio-political Application of C. S. Peirce’s Critical Common-sensism James R. WIBLE: The Economic Mind of Charles Sanders Peirce James Ronald STANFIELD and Michael C. CARROLL: The Pragmatist Legacy in American Institutionalism Mike O’CONNOR: The Limits of Liberalism: Pragmatism, Democracy and Capitalism Dwayne A. TUNSTALL: Cornel West, John Dewey, and the Tragicomic Undercurrents of Deweyan Creative Democracy Eric Thomas WEBER: Religion, Public Reason, and Humanism: Paul Kurtz on Fallibilism and Ethics Jerome A. POPP: John Dewey’s Ethical Naturalism Book Notes David BOERSEMA: Pragmatism and Reference Robert BRANDOM: Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism Larry A. HICKMAN: Pragmatism as Post-postmodernism: Lessons from John Dewey Mark JOHNSON: The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 IV, 166 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2565-3 Paper € 34,-/US$ 44,-
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Necessity and Truthful Fictions
(Value Inquiry Book Series 202) This book discovers areas and themes, especially in philosophical psychology, for novel observations and investigations, the diversity of which is systematically unified within the frame of the author’s original metaphysics, panenmentalism. The book demonstrates how by means of truthful fictions we may detect meaningful possibilities as well as their necessary relationships that otherwise could not be discovered.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XIII, 326 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2541-7 Bound € 68,-/US$ 88,-
Heidegger and the Question of Psychology
Zollikon and Beyond
(Value Inquiry Book Series 200) “Mark Letteri’s Heidegger and the Question of Psychology introduces psychologists and psychotherapists to a number of key ideas proposed by Martin Heidegger—the most influential and controversial philosopher of the 20th century. Letteri’s book is at once engaging and informative. Its scope of argument provides readers with a clear and accessible grounding for Heidegger’s concerns and their implications for the ways they might think about—and “do” —psychology. Revealing a depth of scholarly knowledge and acumen, Letteri challenges readers to consider Heidegger’s greatest challenge to psychology: to re-construe its dualist and reductive image of the human being. This is a book I unreservedly recommend to all professionals and trainees who view psychology as something more than a technological tool.” —Professor Ernesto Spinelli, PhD; Director, ES Associates In Heidegger and the Question of Psychology: Zollikon and Beyond, Mark Letteri acquaints a broad readership (such as psychotherapists and counselors, not just professional philosophers) with Martin Heidegger’s connections to psychology and related concerns, and offers specialists one of the few monographic treatments of the topic. He provides an accessible and relatively non-technical treatment. Keenly aware of the standard difficulties with Heidegger (whether real or perceived), Letteri endeavors to render the most relevant points in a clear and succinct way. The book serves as a companion to Heidegger’s Zollikon Seminars and Being and Time as it concerns psychological and associated matters.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XV, 109 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2522-6 Paper € 25,-/US$ 33,-
A New Kind of Containment
“The War on Terror,” Race, and Sexuality
Edited by Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo
(Value Inquiry Book Series 201) This book addresses “containment” as it relates to interlocking discourses around the “War on Terror” as a global effort and its link to race and sexuality within the United States. The project emerged from the recognition that the events of 11 September 2001, prompted new efforts at containment with both domestic and international implications. Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XII, 205 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2523-3 Paper € 44,-/US$ 57,-
Photographic Aesthetics, Temporality, Aging
(Consciousness, Literature and the Arts 19) Who isn’t seduced by the idea of an affinity between aging and aesthetics? Yet, when does aging truly begin? What attributes does the aesthetic embrace? Looking into startling photographic art of the past three decades, this book is prompted by such questions and turns them into a meditation on how aesthetics mediates our relation to time. The photographic approach of the corporeal is at the center of the book. Within a phenomenological framework, Cristofovici brings into focus the physical and the psychic body to read aging as a process of change and becoming over time. Her understanding of aging sees beyond difference into larger patterns of perceptions that we share. Offering valuable insights into aging as a process of subject construction, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of visual culture, photography, art history, age studies, and theories of knowledge. This cross-disciplinary study that puts theory to the test of life’s and art’s paradoxes in an evocative style will also appeal to a wider readership interested in how photography and aging illuminate each other.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 XV, 213 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2513-4 Paper € 46,-/US$ 60,-
Hyper-Narrative Interactive Cinema
Problems and Solutions
Nitzan Ben Shaul
(Consciousness, Literature and the Arts 18) Hyper narrative interactive cinema refers to the possibility for users or “interactors” to shift at different points in an evolving film narrative to other film narrative trajectories. Such works have resulted so far in interactor distraction rather than sustained engagement. Contrary to post-modern textual and cognitive presumptions, film immersion and computer game theories, this study uses dual coding theory, cognitive load theory, and constructivist narrative film theory to claim that interactive hyper-narrative distraction results from cognitive and behavioral multi-tasking, which lead to split attention problems that cannot be cognitively handled. Focus is upon split attention resulting from the non-critical use of de-centered and non-cohering hyper-narrative and audio-visual formations, and from interaction. For hyper-narrative interactive cinema to sustain deep engagement, multi-tasking split attention problems inhering in such computer-based works have to be managed, and – most importantly - made to enhance rather than reduce engagement. This book outlines some viable solutions to construct deep cognitive-emotional engagement of interactors with hyper-narrative interactive cinema
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 95 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2461-8 Paper € 20,-/US$ 26,-
Negotiating Sexual Idioms
Image, Text, Performance
Edited by Marie-Luise Kohlke and Luisa Orza
(At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries 53) Negotiating Sexual Idioms: Image, Text, Performance affords new theoretical approaches and insights into the complexity of sexual discourse pervading contemporary cultures, exploring sexuality’s role in dominant conceptualisations of self and society, in patterns of political belonging and exclusion, and in societal transformations. Opening with a substantial critical introduction, this collection of twelve essays and creative pieces contributes to significant current debates regarding sexual rights and their violation, queer theory and identity politics, sexual fantasy formations and strategies of pleasure, and the celebration of sexual diversity, topics explored through a variety of disciplinary frameworks, including gender and film studies, religious philosophy, neo-Victorian and postcolonial literature, sociology, pornography, and performance art. The volume positions the subjects of sex and sexuality as crucial to our ethical understanding of the human, both in individual and communal terms, exploring how claims for sexual subjectivity and citizenship are formulated and the entitlements they entail. The analytical insights offered signal important new directions for critical engagement with the socio-political construction of sexuality and its strategic deployment within the cultural imaginary. Designed to appeal equally to scholars, students, and general readers, Negotiating Sexual Idioms will prove essential reading for those interested in multi-disciplinary approaches to reading sex and sexuality within inter-cultural contexts, from the early modern period to the present-day.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 XXXI, 222 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2491-5 Paper € 50,-/US$ 65,-
Cyberculture and New Media
Edited by Francisco J. Ricardo
(At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries 56) In the extension of digital media from optional means to central site of activity, the domains of language, art, learning, play, film, and politics have been subject to radical reconfigurations as mediating structures. This book examines how this changed relationship has in each case shaped a new form of discourse between self and culture and illustrates explicitly the character of mediated agency beyond the formal separateness from lived experience that was once conveniently termed the virtual and which has come to influence common assumptions about creative expression itself.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2009 VII, 312 pp. Illustrated. ISBN: 978-90-420-2518-9 Paper € 64,-/US$ 83,ISBN: 978-90-420-2551-6 Textbook €28,-/US$36,Minimum order 10 copies
Autobiography and the psychological study of religious lives
Jacob A. Belzen & Antoon Geels (Eds.)
(International Series in the Psychology of Religion 15) This volume positions itself on the cutting edge of two fields in psychology that enjoy rapidly increasing attention: both the study of human lives and some core domains of such lives as religion and spirituality are high on the agenda of current research and teaching. Biographies and autobiographies are being approached in new ways and have become central to the study of human lives as an object of research and a preferred method for obtaining unique data about subjective human experiences. Ever since the beginning of the psychology of religion, autobiographies have also been pointed out as an important source of information about psychic processes involved in religiosity. In this volume, a number of leading theoreticians and researchers from Europe and the USA try to bring them back to this field by drawing on new insights and latest developments in psychological theory.
Amsterdam/New York, NY 2008 388 pp. ISBN: 978-90-420-2568-4 Bound € 79,-/US$ 103,-
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