New Books Network

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
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
Chinua Thelwell, “Exporting Jim Crow: Blackface Minstrelsy in South Africa and Beyond” (U Massachusetts Press, 2020)
Exporting Jim Crow: Blackface Minstrelsy in South Africa and Beyond (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020) by Dr. Chinua Thelwell is a rich, well-researched, and sobering investigation of blackface minstrelsy as the “visual bedrock of a transcolonial cultural imaginary.” In tracing minstrel globalization across the Anglo-colonial and British imperial worlds beginning... Read More
Ahalya Satkunaratnam, “Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict: Practicing Bharatanatyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka” (Wesleyan UP, 2020)
“How can dance be sustained by its practitioners in the unstable political and geographical landscape of war?” Satkunaratnam asks this through her text, Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict: Practicing Bharatanatyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Wesleyan UP, 2020), a groundbreaking ethnographic examination of dance practice in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during the civil... Read More
Yvonne Rainer, “Revisions: Essays by Apollo Musagète, Yvonne Rainer, and Others” (No Place Press, 2020)
Yvonne Rainer is one of the most influential living choreographers. After studying with Merce Cunningham she co-founded the Judson Dance Theater, a center of post-modern dance whose influence far outlasted its three years of existence. In the 1970s Rainer transitioned into film directing. She released seven feature films between 1972... Read More
Joel Miller, “Memoir of a Roadie: Axl Said I made a Great Cup of Tea…” (2020)
In his new book, Memoir of a Roadie: Axl said I made a great Cup of Tea…Scott Weiland liked The Carpenters…and Ozzy Drinks Rosé (2020) Joel Miller recounts his time in the early 2000s as a road for Stone Temple Pilots, Guns N’ Roses, Poison, and The Cranberries. Using his journal... Read More
Dave O’Brien, “Culture is Bad for You: Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries” (Manchester UP, 2020)
It would be hard to overstate the importance of culture. It teaches us, heals us, rips us apart and puts us back together in new and surprising ways. Given its fundamental importance to the human experience, it would make sense that looking at the sort of people who produce it... Read More
William P. Seeley, “Attentional Engines: A Perceptual Theory of the Arts” (Oxford UP, 2020)
How do we distinguish art from non-art artifacts, and what does cognitive science have to do with it? In Attentional Engines: A Perceptual Theory of the Arts (Oxford University Press, 2020), William Seeley offers a cognitive science-based account of how we engage with art, what it is that artworks do,... Read More
Jill Richards, “The Fury Archives: Female Citizenship, Human Rights, and the International Avant-Gardes” (Columbia UP, 2020)
In The Fury Archives: Female Citizenship, Human Rights, and the International Avant-Gardes (Columbia UP 2020), Jill Richards radically rewrites our understanding of first-wave feminism by demonstrating its proximity to international avant-garde movements including surrealism, Dada, and futurism. Using case studies including the movement for a proletarian birth strike, the anti-Nazi... Read More
Joshua Chambers-Letson, “After the Party: A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life” (NYU Press, 2018)
In After the Party: A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life (NYU Press, 2018) Joshua Chambers-Letson invites you to a party featuring Eiko, Nina Simone, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Danh Vō, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Tseng Kwong Chi. Through this diverse cast of characters, Chambers-Letson highlights moments of immanent communism: collaborations, romantic... Read More