New Books Network

Pritipuspa Mishra, “Language and the Making of Modern India: Nationalism and the Vernacular in Colonial Odisha, 1803-1953” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
The province of Odisha, previously “Orissa,” was the first linguistically organized province of India. In Language and the Making of Modern India: Nationalism and the Vernacular in Colonial Odisha, 1803-1953 (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Pritipuspa Mishra explores how the idea of the vernacular has a double effect, serving as a... Read More
Bo Mou, “Philosophy of Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Philosophy” (Brill, 2018)
Contributors to Philosophy of Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Philosophy, edited by Bo Mou, professor of philosophy at the San Jose State University, bring together work on the syntax and semantics of the Chinese language with philosophy of language, from the classical Chinese and contemporary analytic Anglophone traditions. The result is an... Read More
Johannes Bronkhorst, “A Śabda Reader: Language in Classical Indian Thought” (Columbia UP, 2019)
In A Śabda Reader: Language in Classical Indian Thought (Columbia University Press, 2019), Johannes Bronkhorst, emeritus professor at the University of Lausanne, makes the case through an extensive introduction and select translations of important Indian texts that language has a crucial role in Indian thought. Not only does it form... Read More
Brian F. Harrison, “A Change is Gonna Come: How to Have Effective Political Conversations in a Divided America” (Oxford UP, 2020)
The United States takes pride in its democratic model and the idea that citizens deliberate in a process to form political opinions. However, in recent years, division and partisanship have increased while deliberation and the actual discussion of competing ideas have decreased. More and more, citizens are siloed, interacting only... Read More
Melissa K. Merry, “Warped Narratives: Distortion in the Framing of Gun Policy” (U Michigan Press, 2020)
If gun violence kills so many Americans, why don’t we see more effective solutions? How much does the way we frame an issue impact how we feel about it? How often are hot button issues deeply polarized due to the biased or intentionally manipulated ways they are presented to the... Read More
Gina Anne Tam, “Dialect and Nationalism in China, 1860-1960” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
The question of how a state decides what its official language is going to be, or indeed whether it even needs one, is never simple, and this may be particularly true of China which covers a continental landmass encompassing multitude of different language families and groups. Indeed, what is even... Read More
Ruth Leys, “The Ascent of Affect: Genealogy and Critique” (U Chicago Press, 2017)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they) interviews Dr. Ruth Leys (she/hers), Professor Emeritus of Johns Hopkins University, on The Ascent of Affect: Genealogy and Critique (University of Chicago Press, 2017). In recent years, emotions have become a major, vibrant topic of research not merely... Read More
Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke, “Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk” (Oxford UP, 2020)
College courses in Ethics tend to focus on theories of the moral rightness or wrongness of actions.  This emphasis sometimes obscures the fact that morality is a social project: part of what makes a decent and stable society possible is that we uphold standards of conduct.  We call out bad... Read More
D. Conley and J. Eckstein, “Cookery: Food Rhetorics and Social Production” (U Alabama Press, 2020)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (s/t) interviews editors Donovan Conley and Justin Eckstein about their new book Cookery: Food Rhetorics and Social Production (University of Alabama Press, 2020), which explores the rhetoric of contemporary food production and consumption with a focus on social boundaries.... Read More