Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters

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Huda J. Fakhreddine, "The Arabic Prose Poem: Poetic Theory and Practice" (Edinburgh UP, 2021)

April 20, 2024

The Arabic Prose Poem

Huda J. Fakhreddine
Hosted by Miguel Monteiro

The Arabic Prose Poem: Poetic Theory and Practice (Edinburgh UP, 2021), by Huda Fakhreddine, examines one of the most controversial poetic forms in Ar…

Diana Leon-Boys, "Elena, Princesa of the Periphery: Disney’s Flexible Latina Girl" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

April 19, 2024

Elena, Princesa of the Periphery

Diana Leon-Boys
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In the summer of 2016, Disney introduced its first Latina princess, Elena of Avalor. Elena, Princess of the Periphery: Disney’s Flexible Latina Girl (…

Ruth Reichl, "The Paris Novel" (Random House, 2024)

April 19, 2024

The Paris Novel

Ruth Reichl
Hosted by C. P. Lesley

Stella St. Vincent, a thirty-something copy editor in 1980s New York, has survived a relationship with her mother, Celia, so complicated that even the…

Robert P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman, "The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki: The Complete English Translation" (Princeton UP, 2022)

April 18, 2024

The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki

Robert P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki, the monumental Sanskrit epic of the life of Rama, ideal man and incarnation of the great god Visnu, has profoundly affected t…

Nathanial Gardner, "The Study of Photography in Latin America: Critical Insights and Methodological Approaches" (U New Mexico Press, 2023)

April 18, 2024

The Study of Photography in Latin America

Nathanial Gardner
Hosted by Candela Marini

The Study of Photography in Latin America: Critical Insights and Methodological Approaches (University of New Mexico Press, 2023) provides an insider'…

Robin Visser, "Questioning Borders: Ecoliteratures of China and Taiwan" (Columbia UP, 2023)

April 18, 2024

Questioning Borders

Robin Visser
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

Indigenous knowledge of local ecosystems often challenges settler-colonial cosmologies that naturalize resource extraction and the relocation of nomad…

Rose Miron, "Indigenous Archival Activism: Mohican Interventions in Public History and Memory" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

April 18, 2024

Indigenous Archival Activism

Rose Miron
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

The past several decades have seen a massive shift in debates over who owns and has the right to tell Native American history and stories. For centuri…

Helena De Bres on Life-Writing (JP, EF)

April 18, 2024

Helena De Bres on Life-Writing (JP, EF)

Helena De Bres

How does the past live on within our experience of the present? And how does our decision to speak about or write down our recollections of how things…

The Things We Didn't Know: A Conversation with Elba Iris Pérez

April 18, 2024

The Things We Didn't Know

Elba Iris Pérez

Today’s book is: The Things We Didn’t Know (Gallery Books, 2024), by Dr. Elba Iris Pérez’s. A cross-cultural coming-of-age story, The Things We Didn’t…

Richard Olsen-Harbich, "Sun, Sea, Soil, Wine: Winemaking on the North Fork of Long Island" (SUNY Press, 2024)

April 17, 2024

Sun, Sea, Soil, Wine

Richard Olsen-Harbich
Hosted by Laura Goldberg

With his new book Sun, Sea, Soil, Wine: Winemaking on the North Fork of Long Island (SUNY Press, 2024), Richard Olsen-Harbich, Long Island's longest-t…

D. J. Taylor, "Who Is Big Brother?: A Reader's Guide to George Orwell" (Yale UP, 2024)

April 17, 2024

Who Is Big Brother?

D. J. Taylor
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

An intellectual who hated intellectuals, a socialist who didn't trust the state--our foremost political essayist and author of Animal Farm and Ninetee…

Cathy Yue Wang, "Snake Sisters and Ghost Daughters: Feminist Adaptations of Traditional Tales in Chinese Fantasy" (Wayne State UP, 2023)

April 17, 2024

Snake Sisters and Ghost Daughters

Cathy Yue Wang
Hosted by Linshan Jiang

Contemporary Chinese film and literature often draw on time-honored fantastical texts and tales which were founded in the milieu of patriarchy, parent…

Eve Golden, "Strictly Dynamite: The Sensational Life of Lupe Velez" (UP of Kentucky, 2023)

April 17, 2024

Strictly Dynamite

Eve Golden

Before Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, and Penelope Cruz, there was Lupe Velez―one of the first Latin-American stars to sweep past the xenophobia of old Ho…

Kerry Wallach, "Traces of a Jewish Artist: The Lost Life and Work of Rahel Szalit" (Penn State UP, 2024)

April 16, 2024

Traces of a Jewish Artist

Kerry Wallach
Hosted by Paul Lerner

Graphic artist, illustrator, painter, and cartoonist Rahel Szalit (1888-1942) was among the best-known Jewish women artists in Weimar Berlin. But afte…

Astrid Møller-Olsen, "Sensing the Sinophone: Urban Memoryscapes in Contemporary Fiction" (Cambria, 2022)

April 16, 2024

Sensing the Sinophone

Astrid Møller-Olsen
Hosted by Tong He

Through an original framework of literary sensory studies, Sensing the Sinophone: Urban Memoryscapes in Contemporary Fiction (Cambria, 2022) provides …

Greg Sarris, "The Forgetters" (Heyday Books, 2024)

April 16, 2024

The Forgetters

Greg Sarris
Hosted by G. P. Gottlieb

In Greg Sarris' book The Forgetters (Heyday Books, 2024), Answer Woman, a crow, cannot come up with a story until she is asked by Question Woman, her …

Victoria Flexner and Jay Reifel, "A History of the World in 10 Dinners: 2,000 Years, 100 Recipes" (Rizoli, 2023)

April 16, 2024

A History of the World in 10 Dinners

Victoria Flexner and Jay Reifel
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

For every lover of food culture, A History of the World in 10 Dinners: 2,000 Years, 100 Recipes (Rizzoli, 2023) by Victoria Flexner and Jay Reifel pre…

Miriam Piilonen, "Theorizing Music Evolution: Darwin, Spencer, and the Limits of the Human" (Oxford UP, 2024)

April 15, 2024

Theorizing Music Evolution

Miriam Piilonen
Hosted by Nathan Smith

What did historical evolutionists such as Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer have to say about music? What role did music play in their evolutionary t…

Adam Kabat, "The River Imp and the Stinky Jewel and Other Tales: Monster Comics from Edo Japan" (Columbia UP, 2023)

April 14, 2024

The River Imp and the Stinky Jewel and Other Tales

Adam Kabat
Hosted by Nathan Hopson

Adam Kabat’s The River Imp and the Stinky Jewel and Other Tales: Monster Comics from Edo Japan (Columbia UP, 2023) is an in-depth introduction to the …

Grazia Ting Deng, "Chinese Espresso: Contested Race and Convivial Space in Contemporary Italy" (Princeton UP, 2024)

April 14, 2024

Chinese Espresso

Grazia Ting Deng
Hosted by Shu Wan

Why and how local coffee bars in Italy--those distinctively Italian social and cultural spaces--have been increasingly managed by Chinese baristas sin…