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Listings are as accurate as possible, based upon information available as the catalog went to press. All new title information is approximate. Actual prices for new titles are set at the time of publication.African Diaspora in the Cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States
Edited by Persephone Braham
Contributions by Paulina Alberto; Eddie Chambers; Monica Dominguez Torres; Colette Gaiter; Carla Guerron Montero; Carol E. Henderson; Camara Holloway; Wayne G. Marshall; Julie L. McGee; Robin D. Moore; Ifeoma Nwankwo; Phillip Penix-Tadsen and Lorrin Thomas. Scholars of the African Americas are segregated from one another by region or period, by language, and by discipline. Bringing together essays on fashion, the visual arts, film, literature, and history, this volume shows how our understanding of the African diaspora in the Americas can be enriched by crossing disciplinary boundaries to recontextualize images, words, and thought as part of a much greater whole. Diaspora describes dispersion, but also the seeding, sowing, or scattering of spores that take root and grow, maturing and adapting within new environments. The examples of diasporic cultural production explored in this volume reflect on loss and dispersal, but they also constitute expansive and dynamic intellectual and artistic production, neither wholly African nor wholly American (in the hemispheric sense), whose resonance deeply inflects all of the Americas. This volume offers a window into the enormous diversity and depth of intellectual and artistic production arising from the Middle Passage, and a call for new, more collaborative and complex approaches to the subject of the African diaspora.
December 2014 ISBN: 978-1611495379 $70.00 Dr. John Moore, 1729–1802: A Life in Medicine, Travel, and Revolution
by Henry L. Fulton
This book is a "first" biography of Scottish-born physician John Moore: his childhood, education, and medical training in Glasgow and abroad; his marriage, family, and friendships (particularly with Tobias Smollett); and his professional practice in the north. Then the narrative relates his experience conducting a young nobleman on the Grand Tour through Europe and provides an unusually detailed account of the tour's highlights and difficulties. When they return, the physician moves his family to London to begin a second career in literature and to acquire patronage for his sons’ professions. This biography covers not only his publications but discusses his circle of friends among nobility, politicians, artists, and others. The last third of this book emphasizes his involvement in the French Revolution, his correspondence with Robert Burns, and his strained family relationships. There is also material on Moore's finances drawn from archival records in Glasgow and Edinburgh and his bank ledgers in London.
December 2013 ISBN: 978-1611494938 $150.00 Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays
by Laura Estill
Throughout the seventeenth century, early modern play readers and playgoers copied dramatic extracts (selections from plays and masques) into their commonplace books, verse miscellanies, diaries, and songbooks. Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays is the first to examine these often overlooked texts, which reveal what early modern audiences and readers took, literally and figuratively, from plays. As this under-examined archival evidence shows, play readers and playgoers viewed plays as malleable and modular texts to be altered, appropriated, and, most importantly, used. These records provide information that is not available in other forms about the popularity and importance of early modern plays, the reasons plays appealed to their audiences, and the ideas in plays that most interested audiences. Tracing the course of dramatic extracting from the earliest stages in the 1590s, through the prolific manuscript circulation at the universities, to the closure and reopening of the theatres, Estill gathers these microhistories to create a comprehensive overview of seventeenth-century dramatic extracts and the culture of extracting from plays. Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays explores new archival evidence (from John Milton's signature to unpublished university plays) while also analyzing the popularity of perennial favorites such as Shakespeare's The Tempest. The study of dramatic extracts is the study of particulars: particular readers, particular manuscripts, particular plays or masques, particular historic moments. As D. F. McKenzie puts it, "different readers [bring] the text to life in different ways." By providing careful analyses of these rich source texts, this book shows how active play-viewing and play-reading (that is, extracting) ultimately led to changing the plays themselves, both through selecting and manipulating the extracts and positioning the plays in new contexts.
December 2014 ISBN: 978-1611495140 $80.00 Early Modern Drama in Performance: Essays in Honor of Lois Potter
Edited by Mark Netzloff, Bradley Ryner and Darlene Farabee Early Modern Drama in Performance is a collection of essays in honor of Lois Potter, the distinguished author of five monographs, including most recently The Life of William Shakespeare (Blackwell, 2012), and numerous articles, edited collections, and editions. This collection’s emphasis on Shakespearean and early modern drama reflects the area for which Potter is most widely known, as a performance critic, editor, and literary scholar. The essays by a diverse group of scholars who have been influenced by Potter address recurring themes in her work: Shakespeare and non-Shakespearean early modern drama, performance history and theatre practice, theatrical performance across cultures, play reviewing, and playreading. What unifies them most, though, is that they carry on the spirit of Potter's work: her ability to meet a text, a performance, or a historical period on its own terms, to give scrupulous attention to specific details and elegantly show how these details generate larger meaning, and to recover and preserve the fleeting and the ephemeral.
November 2014 ISBN: 978-1611495126 $70.00 Gender and Genre: German Women Write the French Revolution
by Stephanie Hilger
In the wake of the French Revolution, history was no longer imagined as a cyclical process in which the succession of ruling dynasties was as predictable as the change in the seasons. Contemporaries wrestled with the meaning of this historical rupture, which represented both the progress of the Enlightenment and the darkness of the Terreur. French authors discussed the political events in their country, but they were not the only ones to do so. As the effects of the French Revolution became more palpable across the border, German authors pondered their implications in newspapers, political pamphlets, and historiographical treatises. German women also participated in these debates, but they often embedded their political commentary in literary texts because they were discouraged, and sometimes even barred, from publishing in explicitly political and public venues. As such, literature, in the sense of belles lettres, had a compensatory function for women: it allowed them to engage in political discussion without explicitly encroaching on certain domains that were perceived as a male preserve. As women writers explored the uses of literature for political commentary, they adapted major literary genres in order to consolidate their position in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literary sphere. Those genres included domestic fiction, the historical novel, historical tragedy, autobiography, the Robinsonade, and the Bildungsroman. Women writers challenged the images of women traditionally portrayed in these genres: dutiful daughter, submissive wife, caring mother, tantalizing mistress, angelic figure, and passive victim. Gender and Genre discusses six women writers who replaced these traditional female types with women warriors and emigrants as protagonists in texts published between 1795 and 1821: Therese Huber, Caroline de la Motte Fouqué, Christine Westphalen, Regula Engel, Sophie von La Roche, and Henriette Frölich. These authors' protagonists question traditional images of passive femininity, yet their battered bodies also depict the precarious position of women in general, and women writers in particular, during this period. Because women writers were attacked by their male counterparts who attempted to halt their foray into the literary marketplace, these texts are as much about power dynamics in the German literary establishment as they are about French politics.
November 2014 ISBN: 978-1611495294 $70.00
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