New Books Network

Francesca Sobande, “The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain” (Palgrave, 2020)
What are the possibilities and what are the inequalities of the digital world? In The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave, 2020), Francesca Sobande, a lecturer in Digital Media Studies at Cardiff University explores the experiences of Black women as producers and as consumers of digital media. The book... Read More
Robert Bartlett, “Against Demagogues: What Aristophanes Can Teach Us about the Perils of Populism and the Fate of Democracy” (U California Press, 2020)
With Against Demagogues: What Aristophanes Can Teach Us about the Perils of Populism and the Fate of Democracy (University of California Press, 2020) Robert Bartlett provides a stirring argument for the relevance of comic playwright Aristophanes as a serious political and philosophical thinker. In his translations of two lesser-known plays,... Read More
Heather Lende, “Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics” (Algonquin Books, 2020)
Heather Lende was one of the thousands of women inspired to take a more active role in politics during the past few years. Though her entire campaign for assembly member in Haines, Alaska, cost less than $1,000, she won! But tiny, breathtakingly beautiful Haines—a place accessible from the nearest city,... Read More
D. Bilak and T. Nummedal, “Furnace and Fugue. A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s ‘Atalanta fugiens’ (1618)” (U Virginia Press, 2020)
In 1618, on the eve of the Thirty Years’ War, the German alchemist and physician Michael Maier published Atalanta fugiens, an intriguing and complex musical alchemical emblem book designed to engage the ear, eye, and intellect. The book unfolds as a series of fifty emblems, each of which contains an... Read More
Maria Hinojosa, “Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America” (Atria Books, 2020)
Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who, for nearly thirty years, has reported on stories and communities in America that often go ignored by the mainstream media—from tales of hope in the South Bronx to the unseen victims of the War on Terror and the first detention camps in the... Read More
Sianne Ngai, “Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form” (Harvard UP, 2020)
In Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form (Harvard University Press, 2020), Sianne Ngai continues her theoretical work of demystifying the vernacular aesthetic categories encountered in late capitalist daily life. In this witty and penetrating book-length treatment of the affective experience of the “gimmick,” Ngai draws upon formalist... Read More
Christopher Lupke (trans.), “A History of Taiwan Literature” (Cambria Press, 2020)
Ye Shitao was a Taiwanese public intellectual who rose to prominence in the second half of the twentieth century. His encyclopedic A History of Taiwan Literature was published in 1987, the same year that the island’s decades-long period of martial law came to an end. The book provides a thorough... Read More
Alexey Golubev, “The Things of Life: Materiality in Late Soviet Russia” (Cornell UP, 2020)
The Things of Life: Materiality in Late Soviet Russia (Cornell UP, 2020) is a social and cultural history of material objects and spaces during the late socialist era. It traces the biographies of Soviet things, examining how the material world of the late Soviet period influenced Soviet people’s gender roles,... Read More
Eric San Juan, “The Films of Martin Scorsese: Gangsters, Greed, and Guilt” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020)
Few mainstream filmmakers have as pronounced a disregard for the supposed rules of filmmaking as Martin Scorsese. His inventiveness displays a reaction against the “right” way to make a movie, frequently eschewing traditional cinematic language in favor of something flashy, unexpected and contrary to the way “proper” films are done.... Read More
Michael Walzer, “A Foreign Policy for the Left” (Yale UP, 2018)
In my old age, I try to argue more quietly, though I still believe that sharp disagreement is a sign of political seriousness. What engaged citizens think and say matters; we should aim to get it right and to defeat those who get it wrong. I understand the very limited... Read More