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Transpacific Attachments

by Lily Wong Columbia University Press (February 06, 2018)

The figure of the Chinese sex worker—who provokes both disdain and desire—has become a trope for both Asian American sexuality and Asian modernity. Lingering in the cultural imagination, sex workers link...

Critics, Coteries, and Pre-Raphaelite Celebrity

by Wendy Graham Columbia University Press (December 26, 2017)

Founded by a band of young iconoclasts, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood stunned Victorian England with its revaluation of culture and lifestyle. With Pre-Raphaelitism ascendant in the 1850s and canonical by the...

Up from Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America

by Larry Gross Columbia University Press (December 26, 2001)

A half century ago gay men and lesbians were all but invisible in the media and, in turn, popular culture. With the lesbian and gay liberation movement came a profoundly new sense of homosexual community and...

Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery

by Nabil Matar Columbia University Press (October 25, 2000)

During the early modern period, hundreds of Turks and Moors traded in English and Welsh ports, dazzled English society with exotic cuisine and Arabian horses, and worked small jobs in London, while the "Barbary...

Extraordinary Bodies

by Rosemarie Garland Thomson Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

Extraordinary Bodies is a cornerstone text of disability studies, establishing the field upon its publication in 1997. Framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, the book added depth...

Socialist Cosmopolitanism

by Nicolai Volland Columbia University Press (March 28, 2017)

Socialist Cosmopolitanism offers an innovative interpretation of literature from the Mao era, proposing to read Chinese socialist literature as world literature. China after 1949 engaged with the world beyond...

Contemporary Drift

by Theodore Martin Columbia University Press (May 23, 2017)

What does it mean to call something “contemporary”? More than simply denoting what’s new, it speaks to how we come to know the present we’re living in and how we develop a shared story about it. The...

Ethics of Opting Out

by Mari Ruti Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

In its quest for effective forms of political resistance, queer theory often promotes the opting out of our culture’s dominant ideals––particularly its neoliberal narratives of success, cheerfulness, good...

Chimeras of Form

by Aarthi Vadde Columbia University Press (December 06, 2016)

In Chimeras of Form, Aarthi Vadde rethinks the classic concept of modernist internationalism in and beyond Europe. She explains how a wide-ranging group of writers used modernist literary forms to shape ideas...

Little Magazine, World Form

by Eric Jon Bulson Columbia University Press (November 29, 2016)

Little magazines made modernism. These unconventional, noncommercial publications may have brought writers such as James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, and Wallace Stevens to the world...

Shakespeare and the Jews

by James Shapiro Columbia University Press (March 08, 2016)

James Shapiro’s unvarnished look at how Jews were portrayed in Elizabethan England challenged scholars to recognize the significance of Jewish questions in Shakespeare’s day. From accounts of Christians...

Incomparable Empires: Modernism and the Translation of Spanish and American Literature

by Gayle Rogers Columbia University Press (October 11, 2016)

The Spanish-American War of 1898 seems to mark a turning point in both geopolitical and literary histories. The victorious American empire ascended and dominated the globe culturally in the twentieth century,...

Unmaking Love

by Ashley T. Shelden Columbia University Press (January 10, 2017)

The contemporary novel does more than revise our conception of love—it explodes it, queers it, and makes it unrecognizable. Rather than providing union, connection, and completion, love in contemporary fiction...


by Robert L. Belknap & Robin Feuer Miller Columbia University Press (May 10, 2016)

Robert L. Belknap’s theory of plot illustrates the active and passive role literature plays in creating its own dynamic reading experience. Literary narrative enchants us through its development of plot, but...

Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence

by Timothy Morton Columbia University Press (April 12, 2016)

Timothy Morton argues that ecological awareness in the present Anthropocene era takes the form of a strange loop or Möbius strip, twisted to have only one side. Deckard travels this Oedipal path in Blade Runner...

Transpacific Community: America, China, and the Rise and Fall of a Global Cultural Network

by Richard Jean So Columbia University Press (May 31, 2016)

In the turbulent years after World War I, American novelist Pearl S. Buck, African American singer and activist Paul Robeson, left-wing journalist Agnes Smedley, and Chinese authors Lao She and Lin Yutang sought...

Neopoetics: The Evolution of the Literate Imagination

by Christopher Collins Columbia University Press (November 29, 2016)

The quest to understand the evolution of the literary mind has become a fertile field of inquiry and speculation for scholars across literary studies and cognitive science. In Paleopoetics, Christopher Collins’s...

Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire

by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Columbia University Press (October 20, 2015)

First published in 1985, Between Men challenged old ways of reading while articulating critical byways for two emerging disciplines. Its iconoclastic approach gave queer studies and gender studies scholars further...

Bachelor Japanists

by Christopher Reed Columbia University Press (November 08, 2016)

Challenging clichés of Japanism as a feminine taste, Bachelor Japanists argues that Japanese aesthetics were central to contests over the meanings of masculinity in the West. Christopher Reed draws attention...

Practice Extended: Beyond Law and Literature

by Robert A. Ferguson Columbia University Press (March 01, 2016)

Practice Extended helps general readers navigate the intricacies of legal language and thought, strengthening their grasp on law’s relationship to society and culture. The book details how judicial opinions...

Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language

by Seth Lerer Columbia University Press (August 04, 2015)

Seth Lerer tells a masterful history of the English language from the age of Beowulf to the rap of Eminem. Many have written about the evolution of grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary, but only Lerer situates...

Plagiarama!: William Wells Brown and the Aesthetic of Attractions

by Geoffrey Sanborn Columbia University Press (March 08, 2016)

William Wells Brown (1814–1884) was a vocal abolitionist, a frequent antagonist of Frederick Douglass, and the author of Clotel, the first known novel by an African American. He was also an extensive plagiarist,...

Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination

by Sarah Phillips Casteel Columbia University Press (January 12, 2016)

With what may seem surprising frequency, Caribbean writers have turned to Jewish Caribbean experiences of exodus and reinvention, from the arrival of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal in the 1490s...

The Fate of Ideas: Seductions, Betrayals, Appraisals

by Robert Boyers Columbia University Press (September 08, 2015)

As editor of the quarterly Salmagundi for the past fifty years, Robert Boyers has been on the cutting edge of developments in politics, culture, and the arts. Reflecting on his collaborations and quarrels with...

Of Women Borne: A Literary Ethics of Suffering

by Cynthia R. Wallace Columbia University Press (March 08, 2016)

The literature of Adrienne Rich, Toni Morrison, Ana Castillo, and Chimamanda Adichie teaches a risky, self-giving way of reading (and being) that brings home the dangers and the possibilities of suffering as...

Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition

by Ellen Wiles Columbia University Press (June 30, 2015)

Until 2012, Myanmar had been ruled for fifty years by one of the most paranoid and repressive censorship regimes in history. The military junta enforced strict reading and writing restrictions in line with their...

We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think: Selected Essays

by Shirley Hazzard & Brigitta Olubas Columbia University Press (January 05, 2016)

These nonfiction works span from the 1960s to the 2000s and were produced by one of the great fiction writers of the period. They add critical depth to Shirley Hazzard’s creative world and encapsulate her...

"How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?": Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs

by Tahneer Oksman Columbia University Press (February 02, 2016)

American comics reflect the distinct sensibilities and experiences of the Jewish American men who played an outsized role in creating them, but what about the contributions of Jewish women? Focusing on the visionary...

Sebald's Vision

by Carol Jacobs Columbia University Press (September 22, 2015)

W. G. Sebald’s writing has been widely recognized for its intense, nuanced engagement with the Holocaust, the Allied bombing of Germany in WWII, and other episodes of violence throughout history. Through his...

Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India

by Gauri Viswanathan Columbia University Press (November 04, 2014)

A classic work in postcolonial studies, Masks of Conquest describes the introduction of English studies in India under British rule and its function as an effective form of political control abetting voluntary...

The Hidden God: Pragmatism and Posthumanism in American Thought

by Ryan White Columbia University Press (August 11, 2015)

The Hidden God revisits the origins of American pragmatism and finds a nascent “posthumanist” critique shaping early modern thought. By reaching as far back as the Calvinist arguments of the American Puritans...

Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time

by Susan Stanford Friedman Columbia University Press (August 18, 2015)

Drawing on a vast archive of world history, anthropology, geography, cultural theory, postcolonial studies, gender studies, literature, and art, Susan Stanford Friedman recasts modernity as a networked, circulating,...

Coming to Our Senses: Affect and an Order of Things for Global Culture

by Dierdra Reber Columbia University Press (January 19, 2016)

Coming to Our Senses positions affect, or feeling, as our new cultural compass, ordering the parameters and possibilities of what can be known. From Facebook “likes” to Coca-Cola “loves,” from “emotional...

The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature

by Kirk A. Denton Columbia University Press (March 15, 2016)

More than fifty short essays centered on specific writers and literary trends create an engaging and easily digestible history of Chinese literature from the Qing period (1895–1911) to today. The essays in...

The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life

by Thomas S. Davis Columbia University Press (December 08, 2015)

In 1935, the English novelist Stephen Spender wrote that the historical pressures of his era should “turn the reader’s and writer’s attention outwards from himself to the world.” Combining historical,...

The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays: The Earliest Known Versions

by Stephen H. West & Wilt L. Idema Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

This is the first anthology of Yuan-dynasty zaju (miscellaneous comedies) to introduce the genre to English-speaking readers exclusively through translations of the plays’ fourteenth-century editions. Almost...

Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel

by Héctor Hoyos Columbia University Press (January 27, 2015)

Through a comparative analysis of the novels of Roberto Bolaño and the fictional work of César Aira, Mario Bellatin, Diamela Eltit, Chico Buarque, Alberto Fuguet, and Fernando Vallejo, among other leading...

The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities

by Eric Hayot Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Eric Hayot teaches graduate students and faculty in literary and cultural studies how to think and write like a professional scholar. From granular concerns, such as sentence structure and grammar, to big-picture...

Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

by Jeffrey C. Kinkley Columbia University Press (November 04, 2014)

The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and most Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua,...

The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

by Sugawara no Takasue no Musume, Sonja Arntzen & Moriyuki Ito Columbia University Press (July 22, 2014)

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile later in life,...

Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure: The Dirty Art of Poetry

by William Logan Columbia University Press (April 01, 2014)

William Logan has been a thorn in the side of American poetry for more than three decades. Though he has been called the “most hated man in American poetry,” his witty and articulate reviews have reminded...

Text to Tradition: The  Naisadhiyacarita and Literary Community in South Asia

by Deven M. Patel Columbia University Press (January 07, 2014)

Written in the twelfth century, the Naisadhiyacarita (The Adventures of Nala, King of Nisadha) is a seminal Sanskrit poem beloved by South Asian literary communities for nearly a millennium. This volume introduces...

Extreme Domesticity

by Susan Fraiman Columbia University Press (January 10, 2017)

Domesticity gets a bad rap. We associate it with stasis, bourgeois accumulation, banality, and conservative family values. Yet in Extreme Domesticity, Susan Fraiman reminds us that keeping house is just as likely...

Writing Resistance: The Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature

by Laura R. Brueck Columbia University Press (May 27, 2014)

Writing Resistance is the first close study of the growing body of contemporary Hindi-language Dalit (low caste) literature in India. The Dalit literary movement has had an immense sociopolitical and literary...

Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature

by Rebecca L. Walkowitz Columbia University Press (July 21, 2015)

As a growing number of contemporary novelists write explicitly for publication in multiple languages, the genre’s form and aims are shifting. Born-translated novels include passages that appear to be written...

The Columbia Sourcebook of Literary Taiwan

by Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang, Michelle Yeh & Ming-ju Fan Columbia University Press (August 26, 2014)

This sourcebook contains more than 160 documents and writings that reflect the development of Taiwanese literature from the early modern period to the twenty-first century. Selections include seminal essays...

A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism

by Eric Hayot & Rebecca L. Walkowitz Columbia University Press (November 29, 2016)

Bringing together leading critics and literary scholars, A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism argues for new ways of understanding the nature and development of twentieth-century literature and culture. Scholars...

When the Future Disappears: The Modernist Imagination in Late Colonial Korea

by Janet Poole Columbia University Press (November 04, 2014)

Taking a panoramic view of Korea’s dynamic literary production in the final decade of Japanese rule, When the Future Disappears locates the imprint of a new temporal sense in Korean modernism: the impression...

Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

by Heather Houser Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

The 1970s brought a new understanding of the biological and intellectual impact of environmental crises on human beings. As efforts to prevent ecological and bodily injury aligned, a new literature of sickness...

The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun

by Wilt L. Idema Columbia University Press (February 25, 2014)

The Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi (369–286 B.C.E.) encountered a skull that later in a dream praises the pleasures of death over the toil of living. This anecdote became popular with poets in the second and...