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In Search of Admiration and Respect

Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in the United States, 1875–1974

Reframes China's cultural diplomacy by using the emergence of the China Institute in America and the Chinese Nationalist government

After Disruption

A Future for Cultural Memory

How we plan for and develop a more just, sustainable, and healthy future for memory infrastructure

Transnational Philippines

Cultural Encounters in Philippine Literature in Spanish

A study of Philippine literary production that attempts to break the nation’s isolation from broader Spanish literature

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

The Violence of the Letter

Toward a Theory of Writing

The alphabet's devastating consequences for humanity

Facing It

AIDS Diaries and the Death of the Author

Explores the connection between the politics of AIDS writing and the ethics of reading


The Economy of Colonial Desire

Establishes the homosocial dynamics of colonial desire as evidenced in Orientalist narrative

Freudian Slips

Woman, Writing, the Foreign Tongue

A feminist critic provides the first book-length literary exploration of Freud's classic study, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.

Working Time

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?"

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?

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

Beyond the Gender Gap in Japan

Gives critical attention to the issue of Japan’s low level of gender equality and the conflicting information from surveys of women reporting a high sense of well-being


Classical Theater and Broken Memory

Theorizing the effects of memory, absence, and disappearance in classical theater—the aesthetics of ruins

Textures of Mourning

Calligraphy, Mortality, and The Tale of Genji Scrolls

Unfolds the intimate relationship between mourning, writing, reading, painting, and viewing, through The Tale of Genji and its legacy

Mongrel Nation

Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain

The first cultural history of African, Asian, and Caribbean immigrants to the United Kingdom from 1948 to the present

The Half-Life of Deindustrialization

Working-Class Writing about Economic Restructuring

Examines how contemporary American working- class literature reveals the long- term effects of deindustrialization on individuals and communities

Transforming Gender and Emotion

The Butterfly Lovers Story in China and Korea

Illuminates how one folktale serves as a living record of the evolving cultures and relationships of China and Korea

Transgression in Korea

Beyond Resistance and Control

Challenges our understanding of transgression— its causes, goals, and motives— across a comprehensive reading of South Korean media

Communicative Biocapitalism

The Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities

Scrutinizes dominant models of health and ability, race, and gender and the structure of digital health

The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture

Popular culture has reimagined death as entertainment and monsters as heroes, reflecting a profound contempt for the human race 

Strange Science

Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age

A fascinating look at scientific inquiry during the Victorian period and the shifting boundary between mainstream and unorthodox sciences of the time

Risk Criticism

Precautionary Reading in an Age of Environmental Uncertainty

Novels, films, theater, poetry, visual art, websites, news reports, and essays give context to environmental risk

War on Autism

On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence

Challenges the discourses of autism awareness campaigns for the “logic of violence” they often conceal

Languages of Modern Jewish Cultures

Comparative Perspectives

A fascinating discussion of Jewish multiculturalism through the range of Jewish lingualisms, cultures, and history