New Books Network

Adheesh Sathaye, “Crossing the Lines of Caste” (Oxford UP, 2015)
What does it mean to be a Brahmin, and what could it mean to become one? The ancient Indian mythological figure Viśvāmitra accomplishes just this, transforming himself from a king into a Brahmin by cultivation of ascetic power. The book, Crossing the Lines of Caste, examines legends of the irascible... Read More
David Slucki et al., “Laughter After: Humor and the Holocaust” (Wayne State UP, 2020)
In Laughter After: Humor and the Holocaust  (Wayne State University Press, 2020), Co-editors David Slucki,  Loti Smorgon Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, Gabriel N. Finder, professor in the department of German Languages and Literatures and former director of the... Read More
Jeremy Black, “The World of James Bond: The Lives and Times of 007” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
This book by renowned Professor of History Jeremy Black presents an insightful and hugely entertaining exploration of the political and cultural context of the Bond books and films in the book. In The World of James Bond: The Lives and Times of 007 (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), Jeremy Black offers... Read More
Frederik H. Green, “Bird Talk and Other Stories by Xu Xu: Modern Tales of a Chinese Romantic” (Stone  Bridge Press, 2020)
Xu Xu (1908-1980) was one of the most widely read Chinese authors of the 1930s to 1960s. His popular urban gothic tales, his exotic spy fiction, and his quasi-existentialist love stories full of nostalgia and melancholy offer today’s readers an unusual glimpse into China’s turbulent twentieth century. The translations in Bird... Read More
Zena Hitz, “Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Do you have an active intellectual life? That is a question you may feel uncomfortable answering these days given that the very phrase “intellectual life” can strike some people as pretentious or self-indulgent, even irresponsible in a time of pandemic disease. But what better time could there be for an... Read More
Edgar Garcia, “Signs of the Americas: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs and Khipu” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
In his sixth thesis on the philosophy of history, Walter Benjamin wrote, “The only writer of history with the gift of setting alight the sparks of hope in the past, is the one who is convinced of this: that not even the dead will be safe from the enemy, if... Read More
Lara Harb, “Arabic Poetics: Aesthetic Experience in Classical Arabic Literature” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Lara Harb’s Arabic Poetics: Aesthetic Experience in Classical Arabic Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2020) is a delightful and formidable study on the details and development of poetics and aesthetics in medieval Arabic literature. The central theme of this splendid book centers on the emergence of the evocation of wonder as... Read More
Hamsa Stainton, “Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir (Oxford University Press, 2019), Hamsa Stainton explores the relationship between ‘poetry’ and ‘prayer’ in South Asia through close examination of the history of Sanskrit hymns of praise (stotras) in Kashmir from the eighth century onwards. Beyond charting the history and features... Read More
Deepra Dandekar, “The Subhedar’s Son” (Oxford UP, 2019)
This book is a translation and study of The Subhedar’s Son (Oxford University Press, 2019), an award-winning Marathi biographical novel written in 1895 by Rev. Dinkar Shankar Sawarkar, who writes about his own father, Rev.Shankar Nana (1819-1884). Nana, a Brahmin, was among the early Christian converts of the Church Missionary... Read More