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A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion

by Louis J. Parascandola & John Parascandola Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

Featuring a stunning gallery of portraits by the world’s finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers—including Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, José Martí, Maxim Gorky, Federico García Lorca, Isaac Bashevis...


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...


The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century

by Steven D. Carter Columbia University Press (July 29, 2014)

A court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a Meiji-period novelist, and a physicist at Tokyo University. What do they have in common, besides being Japanese? They all wrote zuihitsu—a uniquely...


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...


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...


Record of Miraculous Events in Japan: The Nihon ryoiki

by Burton Watson & Haruo Shirane Columbia University Press (July 02, 2013)

This collection of setsuwa, or “explanatory tale” literature, compiled by a monk in eighth- or ninth-century Japan, records the spread of Buddhist ideas in Japan and ways in which Buddhism’s principles...


The Frontier Within: Essays by Abe Kobo

by Kobo Abe & Richard Calichman Columbia University Press (June 04, 2013)

Abe Kobo (1924–1993) was one of Japan’s greatest postwar writers, widely recognized for his imaginative science fiction and plays of the absurd. However, he also wrote theoretical criticism for which he is...


To Carl Schmitt: Letters and Reflections

by Jacob Taubes, Keith Tribe & Mike Grimshaw Columbia University Press (April 16, 2013)

A philosopher, rabbi, religious historian, and Gnostic, Jacob Taubes was for many years a correspondent and interlocutor of Carl Schmitt (1888–1985), a German jurist, philosopher, political theorist, law professor—and...


The Columbia Guide to Central African Literature in English Since 1945

by Adrian Roscoe Columbia University Press (October 12, 2007)

Columbia's guides to postwar African literature paint a unique portrait of the continent's rich and diverse literary traditions. This volume examines the rapid rise and growth of modern literature in the three...


The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry

by David McCann Columbia University Press (March 24, 2004)

Korea’s modern poetry is filled with many different voices and styles, subjects and views, moves and countermoves, yet it still remains relatively unknown outside of Korea itself. This is in part because the...


The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945

by Gareth Cornwell, Dirk Klopper & Craig Mackenzie Columbia University Press (April 13, 2010)

From the outset, South Africa's history has been marked by division and conflict along racial and ethnic lines. From 1948 until 1994, this division was formalized in the National Party's policy of apartheid....


Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy

by Geraldine Heng Columbia University Press (July 13, 2003)

Empire of Magic offers a genesis and genealogy for medieval romance and the King Arthur legend through the history of Europe's encounters with the East in crusades, travel, missionizing, and empire formation....


Early Korean Literature: Selections and Introductions

by David McCann Columbia University Press (September 14, 2000)

Preeminent scholar and translator David R. McCann presents an anthology of his own translations of works ranging across the major genres and authors of Korean writing—stories, legends, poems, historical vignettes,...


Writings from the Golden Age of Russian Poetry

by Konstantin Batyushkov & Peter France Columbia University Press (November 28, 2017)

Konstantin Batyushkov was one of the great poets of the Golden Age of Russian literature in the early nineteenth century. His verses, famous for their musicality, earned him the admiration of Aleksandr Pushkin...


Found Life

by Linor Goralik, Maria Vassileva, Ainsley Morse & Maya Vinokour Columbia University Press (November 28, 2017)

One of the first Russian writers to make a name for herself on the Internet, Linor Goralik writes conversational short works that conjure the absurd in all its forms, reflecting post-Soviet life and daily universals....


The Best American Magazine Writing 2017

by Sid Holt & The American Society of Magazine Editors Columbia University Press (December 19, 2017)

With the work of journalists under fire around the world, this year’s anthology of National Magazine Awards finalists and winners is a timely reminder of the power of journalism. These pieces from writers...


Sisters of the Cross

by Alexei Remizov, Roger Keys & Brian Murphy Columbia University Press (December 19, 2017)

Thirty-year-old Piotr Alekseevich Marakulin lives a contented, if humdrum life as a financial clerk in a Petersburg trading company. He is jolted out of his daily routine when, quite unexpectedly, he is accused...


Album

by Roland Barthes & Jody Gladding Columbia University Press (February 13, 2018)

Album provides an unparalleled look into Roland Barthes's life of letters. It presents a selection of correspondence, from his adolescence in the 1930s through the height of his career and up to the last years...


Sunset

by Manshik Ch'ae, Bruce Fulton & Ju-Chan Fulton Columbia University Press (June 06, 2017)

Sunset: A Ch’ae Manshik Reader is the first English-language anthology of works in a variety of genres—novella, short fiction, conte, anecdotal essay, travel writing, children’s essay, one-act play, three-act...


The Letters of Sylvia Beach

by Sylvia Beach, Keri Walsh & Noel Riley Fitch Columbia University Press (April 15, 2010)

Founder of the Left Bank bookstore Shakespeare and Company and the first publisher of James Joyce's Ulysses, Sylvia Beach had a legendary facility for nurturing literary talent. In this first collection of her...


The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales

by Burton Watson & Haruo Shirane Columbia University Press (December 10, 2010)

Haruo Shirane and Burton Watson, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese folktales. Taken from seven major anthologies of anecdotal...


The Columbia Anthology of Chinese Folk and Popular Literature

by Victor H. Mair & Mark Bender Columbia University Press (April 26, 2011)

In The Columbia Anthology of Chinese Folk and Popular Literature, two of the world's leading sinologists, Victor H. Mair and Mark Bender, capture the breadth of China's oral-based literary heritage. This collection...


River of Fire and Other Stories

by Chŏnghŭi O, Bruce Fulton & Ju-Chan Fulton Columbia University Press (July 03, 2012)

O Chonghui crafts historically-rooted yet timeless tales imagining core human experiences from a female point of view. Since her debut in 1968, she has formed a powerful challenge to the patriarchal literary...


Strolls with Pushkin

by Andrei Sinyavsky, Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy, Slava I. Yastremski & Michael Naydan et al. Columbia University Press (December 06, 2016)

Andrei Sinyavsky wrote Strolls with Pushkin while confined to Dubrovlag, a Soviet labor camp, smuggling the pages out a few at a time to his wife. His irreverent portrait of Pushkin outraged émigrés and Soviet...


Record of Daily Knowledge and Collected Poems and Essays: Selections

by Yanwu Gu & Ian Johnston Columbia University Press (November 08, 2016)

Gu Yanwu pioneered the late-Ming and early Qing-era practice of Han Learning, or Evidential Learning, favoring practical over theoretical approaches to knowledge. He strongly encouraged scholars to return to...


Slow Boat to China and Other Stories

by Kim Chew Ng & Carlos Rojas Columbia University Press (March 01, 2016)

"Dream and Swine and Aurora,” “Deep in the Rubber Forest,” “Fish Bones,” “Allah’s Will,” “Monkey Butts, Fire, and Dangerous Things”—Ng Kim Chew’s stories are raw, rural, and rich with the...


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 Trouble with Post-Blackness

by Houston A. Baker Jr. & K. Merinda Simmons Columbia University Press (February 03, 2015)

An America in which the color of one’s skin no longer matters would be unprecedented. With the election of President Barack Obama, that future suddenly seemed possible. Obama’s rise reflects a nation of...


Voices of Negritude in Modernist Print: Aesthetic Subjectivity, Diaspora, and the Lyric Regime

by Carrie Noland Columbia University Press (January 20, 2015)

This book approaches Negritude as an experimental, text-based poetic movement developed by diasporic authors of African descent through the means of modernist print culture. Engaging primarily the works of Aimé...


Eric Walrond: A Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean

by James Davis Columbia University Press (February 24, 2015)

Eric Walrond (1898–1966) was a writer, journalist, caustic critic, and fixture of 1920s Harlem. His short story collection, Tropic Death, was one of the first efforts by a black author to depict Caribbean lives...


Memories of Mount Qilai: The Education of a Young Poet

by Yang Mu & John Balcom Columbia University Press (January 20, 2015)

Hualien, on the Pacific coast of eastern Taiwan, and its mountains, especially Mount Qilai, were deeply inspirational for the young poet Yang Mu. A place of immense natural beauty and cultural heterogeneity,...


Ground Zero, Nagasaki: Stories

by Yuichi Seirai & Paul Warham Columbia University Press (December 23, 2014)

Set in contemporary Nagasaki, the six short stories in this collection draw an unflinching portrait of the A-bomb’s horrific, ongoing trauma. Whether they experienced the attack directly or have merely heard...