New Books Network

Christina Yi, “Colonizing Language: Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern Japan and Korea” (Columbia UP, 2018)
The fact that Korea’s experience of Japanese imperialism plays a role in present-day Japan-Korea relations is no secret to anyone. Questions of guilt, responsibility and atonement continue to bubble below, and occasionally break through, the surface of ties between two countries which otherwise have much in common culturally and in... Read More
A. M. Ruppel, “The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Why would anyone want to study Sanskrit, an ancient complex tongue? What’s the best way to go about doing so?  Sanskrit is the highly sophisticated language of ancient India which remained in vogue for Millennia as a medium of philosophy, ritual, poetry – indeed every facet of Indian culture. Above and... Read More
Shonaleeka Kaul, “The Making of Early Kashmir: Landscape and Identity in the Rajatarangini” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Dr. Shonaleeka Kaul is a cultural historian of early South Asia specializing in working with Sanskrit texts. She is Associate Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has worked extensively on Sanskrit kavya, a genre of highly aesthetic poetry and prose. She is the author of... Read More
Leslie Hahner, “To Become an American: Immigrants and Americanization Campaigns of the Early 20th Century” (Michigan State UP, 2017)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Lee Pierce (she/they)–Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication at SUNY Geneseo–interviews Dr. Leslie Hahner–Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication at Baylor University–on a spectacular new work of rhetorical history: To Become an American: Immigrants and Americanization Campaigns of the Early Twentieth Century from the... Read More
Anne Cheng, “Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface” (Oxford UP, 2017)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric at SUNY Geneseo–interviews Dr. Anne Cheng (she/hers)–Professor of English and Director of the Program in American Studies at Princeton University–to discuss an inimitable work of critique: Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface (Oxford... Read More
Richard Salomon, “The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translation” (Wisdom Publications, 2018)
In this episode of New Books in Buddhist Studies, Dr. Richard Salomon speaks about his book The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translation (Wisdom Publications, 2018). One of the great archeological finds of the 20th century, the Gandhāran Buddhist Texts, dating from the 1st century CE, are the... Read More
Bradford Vivian, “Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Public Culture” (Oxford UP, 2017)
On this episode of New Books in Communications, Lee Pierce (she/they) interviews Dr. Bradford Vivian (he/his) of Penn State University on his fabulous new book Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Public Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017). In this book, Dr. Vivian asks readers to reconsider our almost sacred... Read More