IU Press is excited to offer a wide range of new books for our readers this month. Here's a quick look at the titles coming your way in January.
Colonialism and the Jews
Edited by Ethan B. Katz, Lisas Moses Leff, and Maud S. Mandel
A series of essays exploring colonial history, culture, and thought, Colonialism and the Jews presents the work of Jewish historians who recognize the challenge of colonialism as it relates to their work. These essays present a rethinking of the recent history of Jews in colonial settings.
Donald R. Prothero
Ongoing efforts to misrepresent or deny demonstrable scientific reality have caused significant problems in America and the world as a whole, ranging from the ongoing threat of climate change to the spread of diseases once thought to be eradicated. In exploring this challenge, Donald R. Prothero explains the scientific process and why society must rely on this process to reach verifiable truths. Prothero argues that science deniers pose a serious threat to society as a whole.
The Rite of Spring at 100
Edited by Severine Neff, Maureen Carr, and Gretchen Horlacher
Igor Stravinsky's masterwork scandalized audiences when it debuted in 1913, but a century later, it's considered one of the most influential works of the twentieth century. This volume gives the ballet the full critical attention deserves, exploring four key facets of the piece: its choreography and movement; the cultural and historical context; it's structure and use of innovative rhythmic and tonal features; and the reception of the work in Russian music history and theory.
F. Hollis Griffin
The explosion of media outlets explicitly targeted at sexual minorities has vastly changed what it feels like to be a queer person in modern society. In this work, F. Hollis Griffin demonstrates how cities offer a new way of thinking about that phenomenon. Griffin illustrates how new forms of LGBT media are less "new" than we may believe, while addressing how cities play a major role in the availability of LGBT media.
Edited by Ariel Handel, Marco Allegra, and Erez Maggor
As Jewish settlements continue to occupy the West Bank, radical national and religious agendas have come to define the region. This study provides an alternative framework for understanding the process of "normalization" in the lives of Jewish citizens populating the West Bank. Addressing a wider range of historical and structural factors, the collected works consider the transformation of the landscape, the patterns of relationships shared by the region's residents, and the lasting impacts of Israeli West Bank policy.
Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety focuses his work on the tension between visual and aural narratives. This new book from Vlad Dima proposes a new reading of Mambety's filmography focused entirely on the sound. By turning exclusively to audio, Dima pushes African styles to the foreground of artistic creativity, focusing on the critical importance of sound in cinema.
Kirkegaard and the Life of Faith
Soren Kierkegaard's 'Fear and Trembling' is one of the most widely read works of Continental philosophy and the philosophy of religion. In this book, Jeffrey Hanson gives a new, distinctive approach to Kirkegaard's crucial text, focusing on all three of the major issues Kirkegaard brings up. This new reading will stimulate new dialogue on well-established topics.
Medical Education in East Asia
Edited by Lincoln C. Chen, Michael R. Reich, and Jennifer Ryan
Pivotal to Asia’s future will be the robustness of its medical universities. Lessons learned in the past and the challenges facing these schools in the future are outlined in this collection, which offers valuable insights for other medical education systems as well.vThe collected works focus on the education of physicians and health professionals, policy debates, cooperative efforts, and medical education reform movements.
Space and Mobility in Palestine
Professor Julie Peteet believes that the concept of mobility is key to understanding how place and space act as forms of power, identity, and meaning among Palestinians in Israel today. In Space and Mobility in Palestine, she investigates how Israeli policies of closure and separation influence Palestinian concerns about constructing identity, the ability to give meaning to place, and how Palestinians comprehend, experience, narrate, and respond to Israeli settler-colonialism.
Railroads and the American People
H. Roger Grant
In this engaging social history of the impact of railroads on American life, H. Roger Grant explores the railroad’s “golden age” of 1830–1930. Grant recalls the lasting memories left by train travel, both of luxurious Pullman cars and the grit and grind of coal-powered locals. He discusses the important role railroads played for towns and cities across America, not only for the access they provided to distant places and distant markets but also for the depots that were a focus of community life. Railroads and the American People is a sparkling paean to American railroading by one of its finest historians.
Earth As It Is
Charlene (aka Charlie) Bader is one of society's least understood people—a heterosexual cross-dressing man. It’s the 1930s in Texas when Charlie comes of age with urges he has struggled with since childhood and does not understand. After his new bride finds him wearing her own sexy lingerie and leaves him in disgust, he tries to move on. His efforts lead him to Chicago, where he stumbles on a community of cross-dressers and begins to attend their secret soirees. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, he volunteers for the army, serving as a dentist and trying once again to leave his obsession with soft clothes behind. Instead, his wartime experiences combined with the army's faulty record-keeping lead to his reappearance in the small town of Heaven, Indiana, as Charlene. There, Charlene opens a beauty shop where Heaven’s women safely share their stories and secrets as she shampoos, clips, curls, and combs their hair. Charlene deftly manages to keep her own story hidden and her sexual desires quiet until she falls in love with a female customer and her life begins to change.
Edited by Linda Phyllis Austern, Candace Bailey, and Amanda Eubanks Winkler
English music studies often apply rigid classifications to musical materials, their uses, their consumers, and performers. The contributors to this volume argue that some performers and manuscripts from the early modern era defy conventional categorization as “amateur” or “professional,” “native” or “foreign.” These leading scholars explore the circulation of music and performers in early modern England, reconsidering previously held ideas about the boundaries between locations of musical performance and practice.
Germans on the Kenyan Coast
Diani, a coastal town on the Indian Ocean, is significantly defined by a large European presence that has spurred economic development and is also supported by close relationships between Kenyans and European immigrants and tourists. Nina Berman looks carefully at the repercussions that these economic and social interactions have brought to life on the Kenyan coast. This unique story about a small Kenyan town also recounts a wider tale of opportunity, oppression, resilience, exploitation, domination, and accommodation in a world of economic, political, and social change.
Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market
Larisa Jasarevic offers an unforgettable look at the everyday experiences of people living in post-socialist, post-war Bosnia. Not at all existing on the world's margins, Bosnians today are concerned with the good life and are as entangled in consumer debt as everyone else. The insecurities of living in an economy dominated by informal networks of trade, personal credit, and indebtedness are experienced by Bosnians in terms of physical ailments, some not recognized by Western medical science. Jasarevic follows ordinary Bosnians in their search for treatment—from use of pharmaceuticals to alternative medicines and folk healers of various kinds. In the process, she addresses a number of themes that have been important in studies of life under neoliberalism in other parts of the world.
International Security and Peacebuilding
Edited by Abu Bakarr Bah
The end of the Cold War was to usher in an era of peace based on flourishing democracies and free market economies worldwide. Instead, new wars, including the war on terrorism, have threatened international, regional, and individual security and sparked a major refugee crisis. This volume of essays on international humanitarian interventions focuses on what interests are promoted through these interventions and how efforts to build liberal democracies are carried out in failing states. Focusing on Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, an international group of contributors shows that best practices of protection and international state-building have not been applied uniformly.
Orientalizing the Jew
Orientalizing the Jew shows how French travelers depicted Jews in the Orient and then brought these ideas home to orientalize Jews living in their homeland during the 19th century. Julie Kalman draws on narratives, personal and diplomatic correspondence, novels, and plays to show how the "Jews of the East" featured prominently in the minds of the French and how they challenged ideas of the familiar and the exotic.