New Books Network

Adeline M. Masquelier, “Fada: Boredom and Belonging in Niger” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Fada: Boredom and Belonging in Niger (University of Chicago Press 2019) is a study of the kinds of experimentation and creative engagements that young men in the urban public spaces of Niger undertake when confronted with the precarity and boredom of unemployed adult life. “The sitting that kills the pants”... Read More
Angela Rudert, “Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Women-Led Spiritual Movement” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
Angela Rudert‘s Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Women-Led Spiritual Movement (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) is the first academic study of the popular contemporary North Indian female guru Anandmurti Gurumaa. In drawing from, e.g., Sikh and Sufi traditions, Gurumaa’s syncretic approach innovates Hindu religiosity, as does her progressive attitudes... Read More
Alicia Izharuddin, “Gender and Islam in Indonesian Cinema” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Since the fall of the Indonesian New Order regime in 1998 there has been a steady rise of Islamic popular culture in the nation. Muslim consumers and producers have cultivated a mediated domain where they can encounter commercial entertainment though the prism of spiritual reflection and piety. In Gender and... Read More
John Launer, “Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein” (Henry N. Abrams, 2017)
John Launer‘s Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein (Overlook Duckworth Press, 2014) manages to supplant (and given the power of the visual image, this is no mean feat) the picture you may have in your mind of Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender in flagrante delicto. If this... Read More
Paula McQuade, “Catechisms and Women’s Writing in Seventeenth-Century England” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Paula McQuade, professor of English literature at DePaul University, is the author of a brilliant new account of Catechisms and Women’s Writing in Seventeenth-Century England (Cambridge University Press, 2017). This book opens up an entirely new field for the study of early modern women’s writing, but it also pushes beyond... Read More
Annabel L. Kim, “Unbecoming Language: Anti-Identitarian French Feminist Fictions” (Ohio State UP, 2018)
In Unbecoming Language: Anti-Identitarian French Feminist Fictions (The Ohio State University Press, 2018), Annabel Kim tangles with the question of difference so central to French feminism, theory, and writing. In a series of literary and historical contextualizations and close readings of authors Nathalie Sarraute, Monique Wittig, and Anne Garréta, Kim... Read More
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, “She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman” (37 Ink, 2019)
Harriet Tubman is best known as one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. As a leading abolitionist, her bravery and selflessness has inspired generations in the continuing struggle for civil rights. Now, National Book Award nominee Erica Armstrong Dunbar presents a fresh take on this American icon... Read More