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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...


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...


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,...


Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice

by Jennifer Scappettone Columbia University Press (August 19, 2014)

As a city that seems to float between Europe and Asia, removed by a lagoon from the tempos of terra firma, Venice has long seduced the Western imagination. Since the 1797 fall of the Venetian Republic, fantasies...


The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters

by no Yasumaro Ō & Gustav Heldt Columbia University Press (September 09, 2014)

Written in the early eighth century, the Kojiki is considered Japan’s first literary and historical work. A compilation of myths, legends, songs, and genealogies, it recounts the birth of Japan’s islands,...


Death of a Discipline

by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Columbia University Press (April 30, 2003)

For almost three decades, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has been ignoring the standardized "rules" of the academy and trespassing across disciplinary boundaries. Today she remains one of the foremost figures in...


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...


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...


Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet's Life

by Scott Donaldson Columbia University Press (January 09, 2007)

At the time of his death in 1935, Edwin Arlington Robinson was regarded as the leading American poet-the equal of Frost and Stevens. In this biography, Scott Donaldson tells the intriguing story of this poet's...


Chinese Fiction of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: Essays by Patrick Hanan

by Patrick Hanan Columbia University Press (November 03, 2004)

It has often been said that the nineteenth century was a relatively stagnant period for Chinese fiction, but preeminent scholar Patrick Hanan shows that the opposite is true: the finest novels of the nineteenth...


Burnin' Down the House: Home in African American Literature

C. T. Hsia on Chinese Literature

by C. T. Hsia Columbia University Press (March 10, 2004)

Best known for the groundbreaking works A History of Modern Chinese Fiction (1961) and The Classic Chinese Novel (1968), C. T. Hsia has gathered sixteen essays and studies written during his Columbia years as...


Classic Writings on Poetry

by William Harmon Columbia University Press (November 05, 2003)

The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. He is a sovereign, and stands on the centre.—Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "The Poet"

"[The poet] is a seer . . . . he is individual . . . he is complete...


Just Living: Poems and Prose of the Japanese Monk Tonna

by Tonna & Steven D. Carter Columbia University Press (November 21, 2002)

One of the best scholar-translators in the field presents a selection of writings by Tonna (1289--1372), an outstanding medieval Buddhist poet-monk, very little of whose work has been translated until now. Tonna...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire

by Saikat Majumdar Columbia University Press (January 08, 2013)

Everyday life in the far outposts of empire can be static, empty of the excitement of progress. A pervading sense of banality and boredom are, therefore, common elements of the daily experience for people living...


The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman's Memoirs

by Urmila Pawar, Maya Pandit & Wandana Sonalkar Columbia University Press (July 15, 2009)

"My mother used to weave aaydans, the Marathi generic term for all things made from bamboo. I find that her act of weaving and my act of writing are organically linked. The weave is similar. It is the weave...


Tales of Moonlight and Rain

by Akinari Ueda & Anthony Chambers Columbia University Press (December 22, 2006)

First published in 1776, the nine gothic tales in this collection are Japan's finest and most celebrated examples of the literature of the occult. They subtly merge the world of reason with the realm of the...


Translating Mount Fuji: Modern Japanese Fiction and the Ethics of Identity

by Dennis Washburn Columbia University Press (November 07, 2006)

Dennis Washburn traces the changing character of Japanese national identity in the works of six major authors: Ueda Akinari, Natsume S?seki, Mori ?gai, Yokomitsu Riichi, ?oka Shohei, and Mishima Yukio. By focusing...


Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity

by Christine Froula Columbia University Press (February 05, 2005)

Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde traces the dynamic emergence of Woolf's art and thought against Bloomsbury's public thinking about Europe's future in a period marked by two world wars and rising...


Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press

by Melba Joyce Boyd Columbia University Press (January 13, 2004)

And as I groped in darkness

and felt the pain of millions,

gradually, like day driving night across the continent,

I saw dawn upon them like the sun a vision.

—Dudley Randall, from "Roses and Revolutions"

In 1963,...


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...


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...


Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the  Yi Jing ( I Ching) and Related Texts

by Edward L. Shaughnessy Columbia University Press (February 25, 2014)

In recent years, three ancient manuscripts relating to the Yi jing (I Ching), or Classic of Changes, have been discovered. The earliest—the Shanghai Museum Zhou Yi—dates to about 300 B.C.E. and shows evidence...


The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s

by Mary Helen Washington Columbia University Press (April 08, 2014)

Mary Helen Washington recovers the vital role of 1950s leftist politics in the works and lives of modern African American writers and artists. While most histories of McCarthyism focus on the devastation of...


No Country: Working-Class Writing in the Age of Globalization

by Sonali Perera Columbia University Press (January 28, 2014)

Sonali Perera expands the discourse on working-class fiction by considering a range of international, noncanonical texts, identifying textual, political, and historical linkages overlooked by Eurocentric scholarship....


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...


Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the Twenty-First Century

by Caren Irr Columbia University Press (December 17, 2013)

A survey of more than 125 works illuminate the resurgence of the American political novel in the twenty-first century. Caren Irr follows Junot Díaz, Helon Habila, Aleksandar Hemon, Hari Kunzru, Dinaw Mengestu,...


I Love Dollars and Other Stories of China

by Wen Zhu & Julia Lovell Columbia University Press (January 16, 2007)

In five richly imaginative novellas and a short story, Zhu Wen depicts the violence, chaos, and dark comedy of China in the post-Mao era. A frank reflection of the seamier side of his nation's increasingly capitalist...


Deaths in Venice: The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach

by Philip Kitcher Columbia University Press (November 12, 2013)

Published in 1913, Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice is one of the most widely read novellas in any language. In the 1970s, Benjamin Britten adapted it into an opera, and Luchino Visconti turned it into a successful...


The Plebeian Experience: A Discontinuous History of Political Freedom

by Martin Breaugh, Lazer Lederhendler & Dick Howard Columbia University Press (June 01, 2010)

How do people excluded from political life achieve political agency? Through a series of historical events that have been mostly overlooked by political theorists, Martin Breaugh identifies fleeting yet decisive...


Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India, and the Afrasian Imagination

by Gaurav Desai Columbia University Press (September 24, 2013)

Reading the life narratives and literary texts of South Asians writing in and about East Africa, Gaurav Desai builds a surprising, alternative history of Africa’s experience with slavery, migration, colonialism,...


Are the Lips a Grave?: A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex

by Lynne Huffer Columbia University Press (October 08, 2013)

Lynne Huffer’s ambitious inquiry redresses the rift between feminist and queer theory, traversing the space of a new, post-moral sexual ethics that includes pleasure, desire, connection, and betrayal. She...


Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature, and Film

by Elisabeth Bronfen & David Brenner Columbia University Press (September 10, 2013)

In the beginning was the night. All light, shapes, language, and subjective consciousness, as well as the world and art depicting them, emerged from this formless chaos. In fantasy, we seek to return to this...


The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Carl Van Vechten, 1913-1946: Two Volumes

by Gertrude Stein, Carl Van Vechten & Edward Burns Columbia University Press (July 14, 1986)

Both in her lifetime and since, Gertrude Stein's persona received far more attention than her writings. The result was a distorted view of both her person and her work. This monumental two-volume set of her...


American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

by Cindy Weinstein & Christopher Looby Columbia University Press (July 17, 2012)

In these diverse essays, leading critics recast the place of aesthetics in the production and consumption of literature. Rethinking the category of aesthetics in light of recent developments in literary theory...


The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and Its Discontents

by Laura Frost Columbia University Press (June 18, 2013)

Aldous Huxley decried “the horrors of modern ‘pleasure,’” or the proliferation of mass produced, widely accessible entertainment that could degrade or dull the mind. He and his contemporaries, including...


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...


Scotch Verdict: The Real-Life Story that Inspired "The Children's Hour"

by Lillian Faderman & Judith Halberstam Columbia University Press (January 08, 2013)

In 1810, a Scottish student named Jane Cumming accused her school mistresses, Jane Pirie and Marianne Woods, of having an affair in the presence of their students. Dame Cumming Gordon, the wealthy and powerful...


Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo

by Mark C. Taylor Columbia University Press (January 29, 2013)

Digital and electronic technologies that act as extensions of our bodies and minds are changing how we live, think, act, and write. Some welcome these developments as bringing humans closer to unified consciousness...


Double Agents: Espionage, Literature, and Liminal Citizens

by Erin G. Carlston Columbia University Press (March 12, 2013)

Why were white bourgeois gay male writers so interested in spies, espionage, and treason in the twentieth century? Erin G. Carlston believes such figures and themes were critical to exploring citizenship 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...


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...


Sexual Orientation and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Sexual Science and Clinical Practice

by Richard C. Friedman & Jennifer I. Downey Columbia University Press (June 20, 2002)

This book bridges psychoanalytic thought and sexual science. It brings sexuality back to the center of psychoanalysis and shows how important it is for students of human sexuality to understand motives that...


Pursuing Privacy in Cold War America

by Deborah Nelson Columbia University Press (December 26, 2001)

Pursuing Privacy in Cold War America explores the relationship between confessional poetry and constitutional privacy doctrine, both of which emerged at the end of the 1950s. While the public declarations of...


Sirens of the Western Shore: Westernesque Women and Translation in Modern Japanese Literature

by Indra Levy Columbia University Press (November 06, 2006)

Indra Levy introduces a new archetype in the study of modern Japanese literature: the "Westernesque femme fatale," an alluring figure who is ethnically Japanese but evokes the West in her physical appearance,...


Everyday Reading: Poetry and Popular Culture in Modern America

by Mike Chasar Columbia University Press (November 13, 2012)

Everyday Reading is the first full-length critical study of the culture surrounding American popular and commercial poetry in the twentieth century. Exploring poetry scrapbooks, old-time radio show recordings,...