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Essays on Poetry, Culture, and Travel

Essays that explore literature, art, and contemporary culture and their connections to time and place

From the Valley of Bronze Camels

A Primer, Some Lectures, & A Boondoggle on Poetry

"What makes art 'modern' and what does 'urgent' mean now?"

Mortal Kombat

Games of Death

An introduction to one of the world's most iconic fighting games

Looking for Hickories

The Forgotten Wildness of the Rural Midwest

A masterfully written collection that establishes a new voice for the spirit of the upper Midwest and Michigan and offers a fresh look at the landscape as well as the everyday lives of the people who make up the region's small communities

The Automobile and American Culture

Looks at the impact of the automobile on American folkways

The Body in Crisis

New Pathways and Short Circuits in Representation

Foreword by Cristina Fernandes Rosa, Translated by Christopher Larkosh and Grace Holleran

A major theoretical work by Brazilian dance scholar Christine Greiner explores the political relevance of bodily arts in the age of neoliberal globalization

Touching the Unreachable

Writing, Skinship, Modern Japan

How can one construct relationality with the other through the skin, when touch is inevitably mediated by memories of previous contact, accumulated sensations, and interstitial space?

The Global White Snake

Tracing the history and adaptation of one of China’s foundational texts

Waiting for Cancer to Come

Women's Experiences with Genetic Testing and Medical Decision Making for Breast and Ovarian Cancer

A narrative-driven exploration of the effects of BRCA genetic testing on the lives of at-risk women

The Era of Great Disasters

Japan and Its Three Major Earthquakes

Uncovering the humanity and wisdom within the tragedy of Japan’s disaster responses to three major earthquakes

Cultural Values and Human Ecology in Southeast Asia

Gathers seventeen diverse perspectives on human ecology in Southeast Asia with a conceptual framework—cultural values—designed to bridge social and natural science paradigms

The <em>Dianshizhai Pictorial</em>

Shanghai Urban Life, 1884–1898

Brings to life the visual culture of the “nightless city,” late nineteenth-century Shanghai, through analyses of more than one hundred drawn depictions

Sounding Dissent

Rebel Songs, Resistance, and Irish Republicanism

In Belfast’s rebel music scene, Irish republican musicians and audiences engage in ritualized resistance against the British state

The Impracticality of Practical Research

A History of Contemporary Sciences of Change That Conserve

Examines the politics of practical knowledge and the paradoxes of exclusion in contemporary social and psychological sciences

The Impracticality of Practical Research

A History of Contemporary Sciences of Change that Conserve

Examines the politics of practical knowledge and the paradoxes of exclusion in contemporary social and psychological sciences

Kafka's Zoopoetics

Beyond the Human-Animal Barrier

Traces the dissolution of the boundary between human and other animals in the work of Franz Kafka and, in doing so, radically revisits interspecies relations

The Appearing Demos

Hong Kong During and After the Umbrella Movement

Facilitating vigorous dialogue between Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and the political theories of Hannah Arendt, The Appearing Demos theorizes a city-based democratic project that allows the city to coexist and share power with state sovereignty.

Transgenerational Media Industries

Adults, Children, and the Reproduction of Culture

Media industry strategies of production and consumption transform the boundaries between adulthood and childhood while reinforcing social norms, reproductive ideals, and labor hierarchies.

Coeds Ruining the Nation

Women, Education, and Social Change in Postwar Japanese Media

A unique glimpse into the hopes and fears of the Japanese people as coeducation was first introduced in the Occupation period.

Resisting Spirits

Drama Reform and Cultural Transformation in the People’s Republic of China

Even amidst the Maoist era’s politicized cultural production, culture workers continued to adapt traditional theatre to create bold new statements

Resisting Spirits

Drama Reform and Cultural Transformation in the People's Republic of China

Even amidst the Maoist era’s politicized cultural production, culture workers continued to adapt traditional theatre to create bold new statements

Soda Goes Pop

Pepsi-Cola Advertising and Popular Music

Pepsi turned pop music in commercials from novelty to norm—with profound effects on both American culture and commerce

Revisiting Minjung

New Perspectives on the Cultural History of 1980s South Korea

Foremost scholars of 1980s South Korea bring new perspectives on this pivotal period, expanding the horizons of Korean cultural studies by reassessing old conventions and adding new narratives

Entrepreneurial Seoulite

Culture and Subjectivity in Hongdae, Seoul

A lucid narration of post-financial crisis urbanism in Seoul and the vivid experiences of living through the city in transition