Center for the Humanities Faculty Book-Length Publications (selected works)
A Novel Without Boundaries: Sensing Don Quixote 400 Years Later
edited by Carmen Garcia De La Rasilla and Jorge Abril Sanchez
(Documentacion Cervantina Tom Lathrop) Juan de la Cuesta (November 8, 2016)
This volume of essays by new and established figures in its field will appeal to scholars in disciplines such as literature, drama, history and cultural studies. It offers ten fresh perspectives on Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote" 400 years after the publication of its Second Part and consists of two sections. The first group of articles examines meta-readings and visual elements of the masterpiece in relation to some major literary forms and genres — such as novels of chivalry, the Alexandrian epic narrative and the genesis of detective fiction, all of which contributed to the creation and maintenance of a quixotic tradition in Western writing. The second set of essays explores the transformation of the novel in various linguistic, generic and sociopolitical contexts and formats, from Spanish royal festivities, foreign translations and chapbooks to macroeconomics and Latin American street theater.
SUNY Series in Feminist Criticism and Theory State University of New York Press (May 11, 2016)
"Jewish Feminism and Intersectionality" explores a range of opportunities to apply and build intersectionality studies from within the life and work of Jewish feminism in the United States today. Marla Brettschneider builds on the best of what has been done in the field and offers a constructive internal critique. Working from a nonidentitarian paradigm, Brettschneider uses a Jewish critical lens to discuss the ways different politically salient identity signifiers cocreate and mutually constitute each other. She also includes analyses of matters of import in queer, critical race, and class-based feminist studies. This book is designed to demonstrate a range of ways that Jewish feminist work can operate with the full breadth of what intersectionality studies has to offer.
Poéticas y poesías digitales/electrónicas/tecnos/New-Media en América Latina: Definiciones y exploraciones
edited by Luis Correa-Díaz and Scott Weintraub
Editorial Universidad Central (2016)
"Poéticas y poesías digitales/electrónicas/tecnos/New-Media en América Latina: Definiciones y exploraciones," translated as "Digital Poetry and Poetics—Electronic—Techno—New Media in Latin America," includes twenty essays that analyze new media poetics in a variety of Latin American countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and the U.S. This book comes on the heels of a recently-published "sampling" of digital poetry in the Chilean poetry journal "AErea: Anuario hispanoamericano de poesía" (January 2016), edited by Luis Correa-Díaz (available for purchase on Amazon.com as a Kindle book). This publication from Ediciones Universidad Central is available as an open-access e-book,with distribution through a Creative Commons 2.5 license.
Talking New Orleans Music: Crescent City Musicians Talk about Their Lives, Their Music, and Their City
by Burt Feintuch, photographs by Gary Samson
University Press of Mississippi (November 1, 2015)
In New Orleans, music screams. It honks. It blats. It wails. It purrs. It messes with time. It messes with pitch. It messes with your feet. It messes with your head. One musician leads to another; traditions overlap, intertwine, nourish each other; and everyone seems to know everyone else. From traditional jazz through rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll to sissy bounce, in second-line parades, from the streets to clubs and festivals, the music seems unending.
In Talking New Orleans Music, author Burt Feintuch has pursued a decades-long fascination with the music of this singular city. Thinking about the devastation — not only material but also cultural — caused by the levees breaking in 2005, he began a series of conversations with master New Orleans musicians, talking about their lives, the cultural contexts of their music, their experiences during and after Katrina, and their city. Photographer Gary Samson joined him, adding a compelling visual dimension to the book.
Here you will find intimate and revealing interviews with eleven of the city's most celebrated musicians and culture-bearers — Soul Queen Irma Thomas, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Charmaine Neville, John Boutté, Dr. Michael White, Deacon John Moore, Cajun bandleader Bruce Daigrepont, Zion Harmonizer Brazella Briscoe, producer Scott Billington, as well as Christie Jourdain and Janine Waters of the Original Pinettes, New Orleans's only all-woman brass band. Feintuch's interviews and Samson's sixty-five color photographs create a powerful portrait of an American place like no other and its worlds of music.
Revolutions Without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World
by Janet Polasky
Yale University Press (March 1, 2015)
Nation-based histories cannot do justice to the rowdy, radical interchange of ideas around the Atlantic world during the tumultuous years from 1776 to 1804. National borders were powerless to restrict the flow of enticing new visions of human rights and universal freedom. This expansive history explores how the revolutionary ideas that spurred the American and French revolutions reverberated far and wide, connecting European, North American, African, and Caribbean peoples more closely than ever before.
Historian Janet Polasky focuses on the eighteenth-century travelers who spread new notions of liberty and equality. It was an age of itinerant revolutionaries, she shows, who ignored borders and found allies with whom to imagine a borderless world. As paths crossed, ideas entangled. The author investigates these ideas and how they were disseminated long before the days of instant communications and social media or even an international postal system. Polasky analyzes the paper records—books, broadsides, journals, newspapers, novels, letters, and more—to follow the far-reaching trails of revolutionary zeal. What emerges clearly from rich historic records is that the dream of liberty among America’s founders was part of a much larger picture. It was a dream embraced throughout the far-flung regions of the Atlantic world.