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In Defense of Free Speech in Universities

A Study of Three Jurisdictions

Free expression is essential to the pursuit of truth

The Violence of the Letter

Toward a Theory of Writing

The alphabet's devastating consequences for humanity

To Go Into the Words

A critical look at transcendence and a radical delight with language

Realisms in East Asian Performance

Essays by leading scholars expand understandings of theatrical realism through East Asian performances across premodern, modern, and contemporary periods

Seriously Mad

Mental Distress and the Broadway Musical

Explores the history of American musical theater’s engagement with notions of madness, from Man of La Mancha to A Strange Loop

The Dybbuk Century

The Jewish Play That Possessed the World

How a 100-year-old play about spiritual possession beyond the grave continues to engage and fascinate

Jamming the Classroom

Musical Improvisation and Pedagogical Practice

Musical improvisation as a vehicle for teaching, learning, and enacting social justice

Tracks on the Trail

Popular Music, Race, and the US Presidency

How music defines US presidential campaigns

Security. Cooperation. Governance.

The Canada-United States Open Border Paradox

Reveals Canada–US border and security policies vary drastically depending on regional needs

Millions of Suns

On Writing and Life

Invites all writers to share their own perspective

Poetry, History, Memory

Wang Jingwei and China in Dark Times

The first comprehensive biography of  Wang Jingwei, a poet, politician, and the most controversial figure in modern Chinese history

Cosmopolitan Love

Utopian Vision in D. H. Lawrence and Eileen Chang

Analyzes the writing of D. H. Lawrence and Eileen Chang to envision how love crosses cultural boundaries

Presidential Accountability in Wartime

President Bush, the Treatment of Detainees, and the Laws of War

Examines how and why holding US presidents accountable for war crimes is an obligatory but impossible task in the American constitutional system

The Persistence of Dance

Choreography as Concept and Material in Contemporary Art

Exploring museum-based choreography as a contemporary art medium

Paris and the Art of Transposition

Early Twentieth Century Sino-French Encounters

How Chinese artists created a transnational imaginary

Alan Rudolph's Trouble in Mind

Tampering with Myths

A critical analysis of Alan Rudolph’s dreamy neo-noir

Inhabiting the Impossible

Dance and Experimentation in Puerto Rico

Artists and scholars celebrate the development, diversity, and ethics of Puerto Rican experimental dance

The Reputation of the Roman Merchant

Defying a reputation for deceit and greed, Roman merchants strategized to present their good traits and successes

Constructing Communities in Vergil's Aeneid

Cultural Memory, Identity, and Ideology

A new take on the Aeneid, drawing previously unexplored connections between Vergil’s fictional world and its political context

Rape at the Opera

Staging Sexual Violence

How opera practitioners represent sexual violence on today’s opera stages

Biblical Judgments

New Legal Readings in the Hebrew Bible

Analyzes the classical stories of the Hebrew Bible through the lens of modern law

Greasepaint Puritan

Boston to 42nd Street in the Queer Backstage Novels of Bradford Ropes

Recovers the life and art of Bradford Ropes, author of 42nd Street and chronicler of gay lives in early show business

Greasepaint Puritan

Boston to 42nd Street in the Queer Backstage Novels of Bradford Ropes

Recovers the life and art of Bradford Ropes, author of 42nd Street and chronicler of gay lives in early show business

Bad Chaucer

The Great Poet’s Greatest Mistakes in the Canterbury Tales

Explores how Geoffrey Chaucer’s blunders in the classic Canterbury Tales make it far from a perfect masterpiece

Instrument of Memory

Encounters with the Wandering Jew

Reimagining the Wandering Jew legend and the curse of immortality in centuries of Jewish and Christian art