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LITERARY AND

CULTURAL STUDIES
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H I G HL I G H TS IN L ITE R A RY AND CULTURAL STUDI ES
The Muses on Their Lunch Hour Out of the Ordinary
MARJORIE GARBER A Life of Gender and Spiritual Transitions
“In this wonderful collection of what she modestly calls MICHAEL DILLON/LOBZANG JIVAKA
Edited by Jacob Lau, and Cameron Partridge
‘musings,’ Marjorie Garber makes an irresistible case for the Foreword by Susan Stryker
value of literary study and for herself as one of its great mod-
ern practitioners. The essays are brave in their commitments “While so much of the history of transsexualism has circu-
and brilliant in their execution. They are at once provocative lated around and through a few highly publicized lives of
and playful—and abidingly humane.”—David Scott Kastan, trans women, Jacob Lau and Cameron Partridge have made
Yale University an indelible contribution to the modern histories of gender
and sexuality by publishing this autobiography. Their intro-
“Marjorie Garber assembles witty, shrewd, and imaginative duction carefully situates the history of one of the earliest
essays on interdisciplinary topics that range widely from female to male transitions and gives us a smart and sympa-
Shakespeare to psychoanalysis, and the practice of higher thetic account of the political, social and material complexi-
education today.”—Publishers Weekly ties of Dillon/Jivaka’s life. This is an astonishing story.”—Jack
192 PAGES Halberstam, author of Female Masculinity and In a Queer
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A Scarlet Pansy
ROBERT SCULLY
Edited by Robert J. Corber Blackpentecostal Breath
The Aesthetics of Possibility
“A dizzying mix of low camp and high drama, A Scarlet ASHON T. CRAWLEY
Pansy is at once laugh-out-loud funny, startling, odd, and ul-
timately—through the lens of our queer world today—very “Blackpentecostal Breath is a work of utter originality an-
moving. Robert J. Corber’s insightful and astute Introduction chored by daring synthesis, acrobatic leaps of imagination,
places the novel in a clear historical context while continu- and laced throughout with passages of jolting beauty.”—Ann
ally highlighting the emotional power and the camp glory of Pellegrini, coauthor of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and
the novel and the erotic adventures of its hero/heroine, Fay the Limits of Religious Tolerance
Etrange.”—Michael Bronski, Harvard University “A one-of-a-kind intervention into performance, religious,
“A Scarlet Pansy makes an important queer intervention in black and cultural studies.”—Roderick A. Ferguson, Aberra-
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American Literatures Initiative
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H I G HL I G H TS IN L ITE R A RY AND CULTURAL STUDI ES
The Hawthorn Archive Sexagon
Letters from the Utopian Margins Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National
AVERY F. GORDON Culture
The Hawthorn Archive, named after the richly fabled tree, MEHAMMED AMADEUS MACK
has long welcomed the participants in the various Euro- In contemporary France, particularly in the banlieues
American social struggles against slavery, racial capitalism, of Paris, the figure of the young, virile, hypermasculine
and authoritarian forms of order. The Archive is not a library Muslim looms large. So large, in fact, it often supersedes
or a research collection in the conventional sense, but rather liberal secular society’s understanding of gender and sexual-
a disorganized and fugitive space for the development of a ity altogether. Engaging the nexus of race, gender, nation,
political consciousness of being in-difference to the deadly and sexuality, Sexagon studies the broad politicization of
forms of power that characterize our society. Housed by the Franco-Arab identity in the context of French culture and its
Archive are autonomous radicals, runaways, abolitionists, assumptions about appropriate modes of sexual and gender
commoners and dreamers who no longer live as obedient expression, both gay and straight.
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101 Words for Energy and Environment thusser contemplating celebrity. Thinking the popular with
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PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY

JEAN-LUC NANCY
The Banality of Heidegger The Disavowed Community
JEAN-LUC NANCY JEAN-LUC NANCY
Translated by Jeff Fort Translated by Philip Armstrong
“A relentlessly powerful probe, masterfully cast, soundly “This is a powerful and important book, in several respects:
translated. Rezoning Arendt’s sense of banality, the work first, because this is Nancy’s first public engagement with
commits itself to handling the disturbingly blithe crude- Maurice Blanchot’s 1983 book The Unavowable Commu-
ness of anti-Semitism in philosophical headquarters. One nity, bringing to focus decades of research on this issue and
of the greatest philosophers of our time, Jean-Luc Nancy shedding exciting new light on the relation between the
tracks Heidegger’s descent, addressing the scandalous in- two thinkers. Second, this work provides the latest elabora-
compatibility of racist outburst and the question of Being. tions by Jean-Luc Nancy on what has been his longstanding
Covering a range of assault from the euphemization and research on being-with and community, issues that have
derealization of anti-Semitic stances to the tragic conse- occupied him for the past thirty years. Finally, the analyses
quences of juridical logic, Nancy goes after a traumati- proposed are some of the most sophisticated that one can
cally enduring record of human/inhuman failure.”—Avital find in Nancy’s corpus. As such, they represent a significant
Ronell, New York University contribution to philosophical work and research.”—Fran-
96 PAGES çois Raffoul, Louisiana State University
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The Possibility of a World
Conversations with Pierre-Philippe Jandin
JEAN-LUC NANCY AND Coming
PIERRE-PHILIPPE JANDIN JEAN-LUC NANCY WITH ADÈLE VAN REETH
Translated by Travis Holloway and Flor Méchain Translated by Charlotte Mandell

“The Possibility of a World presents Jean-Luc Nancy in Coming is a lyrical, erudite examination of the French no-
dialogue, allowing unique access to his thought. The book tion of jouissance. How did jouissance evolve from refer-
is particularly concerned with the possibility of inhabiting ring to the pleasure of possessing a material thing (proper-
the world--a world that has become an object of calculation ty, wealth) to the pleasure of orgasm, from appropriation to
and mastery. For Nancy, such a habitus entails an ethos, dis-appropriation, from consumption to consummation?
or an ‘ethics of the world’ that involves the re-creation “A stimulating analysis, Nancy’s Coming shows sex and
of the world. In the context of his thinking of such an sexuality to be crucial understanding central aspects of his
ethical habitus, Nancy continues, throughout the book, work. Moving from the prurient to the profound, Coming
his inventive engagement with Heidegger’s thought as well is a scintillating read for anyone interested in the limits of
as his ongoing debate with Derrida. This new book is an desire, the loneliness that pervades much of contemporary
important contribution to Nancy’s rethinking of the world culture, or what love means today.”—Peter Gratton, Memo-
and sense.”—David Pettigrew, Southern Connecticut State rial University of Newfoundland
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PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY
Public Things Heidegger, Philosophy, and Politics
Democracy in Disrepair The Heidelberg Conference
BONNIE HONIG JACQUES DERRIDA, HANS-GEORG GADAMER,
“A fast-paced tour de force. Honig explores the role of public AND PHILIPPE LACOUE-LABARTHE
Edited by Mireille Calle-Gruber
things in democratic politics, especially against the back- Translated by Jeff Fort
ground of neoliberal privatization.”—John Seery, George Foreword by Jean-Luc Nancy
Irving Thompson Memorial Professor of Government and
Professor of Politics, Pomona College “In light of the renewed debates about Heidegger and Na-
zism, Heidegger, Philosophy, and Politics is a timely book.
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Thinking Out Loud —Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University
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Edited by J. M. Bernstein, Adi Ophir,
and Ann Laura Stoler Kant on the Frontier
Deciding what is and what is not political is a fraught, Philosophy, Politics, and the Ends of the Earth
perhaps intractably opaque matter. Just who decides the GEOFFREY BENNINGTON
question; on what grounds; to what ends—these seem like Frontier: the border between two countries; the limits of
properly political questions themselves. Deciding what is civilization; the bounds of established knowledge; a new
political and what is not can serve to contain and restrain field of activity.
struggles, make existing power-relations at once self-evident
Following what Kant himself would call this “guiding
and opaque, and blur the possibility of re-imagining them
thread” first in the “political” writings and then in the still
differently. Political Concepts seeks to revive our common
little-read “Critique of teleological judgment,” Bennington
political vocabulary, and to do so critically. Its entries take
tries to bring out a complex, abyssal, fractal structure, which
the form of essays in which each contributor presents her or
always leaves a residue of nature—violence—in every fron-
his own original reflection on a concept posed in the tradi-
tier (including conceptual frontiers), and which complicates
tional Socratic question format “What is X?” and asks what
Kant’s most explicit, most rational arguments by adding to
sort of work a rethinking of that concept can do for us now.
them an element of reticence or interruption.
288 PAGES
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Idiom: Inventing Writing Theory
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ÉTIENNE BALIBAR Lit Z
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Foreword by Emily Apter
“The appearance of this book in France was something of a
historic event. . . . One of the strongest, most ambitious, and
most pertinent rewritings of the history of philosophy that
readers are likely to encounter in their lifetimes.”—Bruce
Robbins, Columbia University
416 PAGES
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RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES
Scandalize My Name Who Can Afford to Improvise?
Black Feminist Practice and James Baldwin and Black Music,
the Making of Black Social Life the Lyric and the Listeners
TERRION L. WILLIAMSON ED PAVLIĆ
“Scandalize My Name is a rare work that manages to enter “A brilliant and original study of Baldwin as the ultimate
the field of black feminist theory and articulate something bluesman.”—David Ritz, author of Respect: The Life of Aretha
truly new, something that builds in thoughtful and rigorous Franklin
ways upon the work that has come before but also advances “Who Can Afford to Improvise is a tour de force from one of
the field of critical inquiry that we call “black feminism” our premier Baldwin scholars. Ed Pavlic’s brilliantly insight-
in a profound (rather than incremental) way. Williamson’s ful meditation on black music and culture and Baldwin’s
theoretical elaboration of the concept of “black social life”-- centrality to that tradition is a must-read.”
as a response and antidote to black “social death” theory and —Peniel E. Joseph, author of Dark Days, Bright Nights
as a means of exposing and circumventing the constraints
of stereotype that shape respectability discourse and other “Pavlic proves himself an expert on Baldwin’s corpus.”
common critical rhetorics that structure black feminist anal- —Library Journal
ysis—is incredibly important.”—Candice Jenkins, University “Who Can Afford to Improvise plays in the pocket between
of Illinois actual musical performances, interpretations of the lyrical
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Fugitive Testimony
On the Visual Logic of Slave Narratives Bilingual Brokers
JANET NEARY Race, Literature, and Language as Human Capital
JEEHYUN LIM
“In this original book Janet Neary views nineteenth-century
slave narratives through the lens of contemporary art. This “Bilingual Brokers offers a compelling and convincing
innovative strategy enables her to bring into focus the visual account of the shifting reception and representations of
work of slave narratives and their resistance to the conven- bilingualism, as it has been received in a predominantly
tions of authentication. This is an important book that monolingual American culture and society. It probes with
demonstrates how literature participates in the concerns of insight the implications of these changes for Asian Ameri-
visual culture and how nineteenth-century problems of race cans and Latino communities, especially since the dramatic
and representation persist in the present.”—Shawn Michelle demographic changes in the size and constituencies of both
Smith, School of the Art Institute of Chicago following sweeping reforms in immigration law and global
economic restructuring in the 1960s.”—Crystal Parikh, New
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O F R E L AT E D I N T E R E S T
Teaching Bodies Spiritual Grammar
Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas Genre and the Saintly Subject in Islam and Christianity
MARK D. JORDAN F. DOMINIC LONGO
“Integrity, proportion, clarity—the qualities that have always “Dominic Longo helps us to understand Islam and Christi-
informed Jordan’s writing about Thomas—are beautifully anity in deeper ways through the genre of ‘spiritual gram-
present in Teaching Bodies. The work is a significant con- mar’. This is an extraordinary book that will benefit scholars
tribution to the reading and interpretation of the medieval of Islam, Christianity, and Comparative Theology.”—Amir
theologian.”—Robert Miner, Baylor University Hussain, Loyola Marymount University
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POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES
Post-Mandarin Fictitious Capital
Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity Silk, Cotton, and the Rise of the Arabic Novel
in Colonial Vietnam ELIZABETH M. HOLT
BEN TRAN “Compelling, inventive, and brilliantly argued, Elizabeth Holt’s
“A lucid, well-conceived, and elegantly written monograph Fictitious Capital immediately becomes required reading. Link-
that presents a literary history and analysis of the “post-man- ing literary history to financial speculation, modes of consump-
darin” aesthetic modernism in colonial Vietnam, rethinking tion, the development of the press in Arabic, the emergence of
modernity alongside, yet beyond, the customary European the book as a modern form, and the changing forms of language
model.”—Lisa Lowe, Tufts University and writing in this period, this book has implications for virtually
“Post-Mandarin is a rich, rewarding, and ground-breaking all of the fields within Arabic studies, and beyond, as it changes
study of a key moment in the development of modern the ways in which think about language, reading, modernity, and
Vietnamese literature.”—Christopher GoGwilt, Fordham economy.”—Jeffrey Sacks, University of California, Riverside
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The Decolonial Abyss
The Transcontinental Maghreb Mysticism and Cosmopolitics from the Ruins
Francophone Literature across the Mediterranean AN YOUNTAE
EDWIGE TAMALET TALBAYEV “The Decolonial Abyss offers a decolonial political theol-
“Impressively up to date and beautifully written, this book ogy that carefully considers but seeks to avoid pitfalls often
will be of interest to scholars and students of French and found in political theologies and philosophies that are based
Francophone Studies, postcolonial studies, the growing field or propose views grounded on absolute negativity, perpetual
of Mediterranean studies, and transcultural approaches to deconstruction, or on apparent radical views that collapse into
memory. Talbayev gives lucid overviews of these areas, while Eurocentric conservatisms. It is a required reading for anyone
proposing her own distinctive models for thinking about interested in political theology, liberation theologies, decolo-
transcontinental connections in a global age.”—Debarati nial thinking, as well as Caribbean literature and philosophi-
Sanyal, University of California, Berkeley cal thought.”—Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Rutgers University
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Postcards from Rio Pre-Occupied Spaces
Favelas and the Contested Geographies of Citizenship Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations
KÁTIA DA COSTA BEZERRA and Colonial Legacies
Through the analysis of a variety of favela-based visual cul- TERESA FIORE
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rists, Postcards from Rio examines the relationship between folding, one that never loses sight of the perils of its own
citizenship and urban space in contemporary Rio de Janeiro. iconoclastic undertaking. Pre-Occupied Spaces’ extremely
By analyzing videos and photographs, author Kátia da Costa well-crafted structure helps the reader navigate from one
Bezerra illustrates how citizens of favelas are reshaping their text to the other, while the theoretical architecture of the
sense of belonging as subjects and as a legitimate part of the book guides the reader through the impressive proliferation
city. A groundbreaking study that examines more deeply the of well-researched texts and critical references.”—Cristina
relationship between urban space, citizenship, and imagery Lombardi-Diop, Loyola University Chicago
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LITERARY CRITICISM
Bestiarium Judaicum The Writing of Spirit
Unnatural Histories of the Jews Soul, System, and the Roots of Language Science
JAY GELLER SARAH M. POURCIAU
“Jay Geller’s Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of “A probing and theoretically rich study on the history of lin-
the Jews is a remarkable monograph that has no parallel guistics, replete with impeccable research, insightful analy-
in scholarly literature. The author offers a sophisticated ses, and daring but compelling conclusions, The Writing of
conceptual and historical account of how the longstanding Spirit is a brilliant accomplishment, certain to have a major
discourse about the animality of the Jew is accompanied by impact on our understanding of language, physiological psy-
an iconography of an unnatural Jewish bestiary.The racial chology, and the limits of structuralism.”—John T. Hamilton,
antisemitism that fueled the horrors of the Holocaust is con- Harvard University
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Corporate Romanticism
Recoding World Literature Liberalism, Justice, and the Novel
Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany’s Pact with Books
DANIEL M. STOUT
B. VENKAT MANI
“To eye-opening effect, Daniel Stout argues that the his-
“Venkat Mani’s engrossing study of ‘bibliomigrancy’ makes torical period, the early nineteenth century, and the literary
an important contribution to studies of world literature form, the novel, that we regularly associate with the triumph
and the politics of culture, probing the values—and the of individualism and the consolidation of liberalism are
exclusions—encoded in libraries, translation series, and now marked instead by anxieties about whether there is any such
the digital archive. Every bibliophile will want to add this thing as a person or an individual action and anxieties, too,
sparkling and thought- provoking book to their personal about whether persons and actions can ever be meaning-
library.”—David Damrosch, Harvard University fully correlated in the way that justice demands. Corporate
“This is a splendid, erudite, sophisticated, and eminently Romanticism might well come to be seen as one of the most
readable book that makes vital, original interventions in sev- important books we have on nineteenth-century fiction and
eral interlocking fields in the humanities.”—Leslie Adelson, liberal modernity.”—Deidre Lynch, Harvard University
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Prophecies of Language
The Confusion of Tongues in German Romanticism
KRISTINA MENDICINO
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Cinema, Violence, and Style in Britain, 1939-1945
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Sodomscapes The Insistence of Art
Hospitality in the Flesh Aesthetic Philosophy after Early Modernity
LOWELL GALLAGHER Edited by Paul A. Kottman
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