Harleen SinghThe Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India

Cambridge University Press, 2014

by Ian Cook on November 18, 2014

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[Cross-posted from New Books in South Asian Studies] The Rani of Jhansi was and is many things to many people. In her beautifully written book The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Harleen Singh explores four representations of the famous warrior queen who led her troops into battle against the British. Analysing her various representations – as a sexually promiscuous Indian whore, a heroic Aryan, a great nationalist and a folk symbol of indigenous resistance – the book critically discusses what wider issues are stake in these depictions of such a mythical and marginal woman.

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Bridget ConorScreenwriting: Creative Labor and Professional Practice

November 18, 2014

[Cross-Posted from New Books in Media and Communications]  Bridget Conor’s new book, Screenwriting: Creative Labor and Professional Practice (Routledge, 2014), looks closely at the creative practice and profession of screenwriting for film and television in the US and UK.  Situated within the critical media production studies paradigm, Screenwriting analyzes the history, current industrial practices, identities, and cultural milieu that surround this [...]

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Lawrence LipkingWhat Galileo Saw: Imagining the Scientific Revolution

November 5, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Astronomy] Lawrence Lipking’s new book, What Galileo Saw: Imagining the Scientific Revolution (Cornell University Press, 2014) examines the role of imagination and creativity in the seventeenth century developments that have come to be known as the Scientific Revolution.  Whereas some accounts suggest that this period involved the rejection of imaginative thinking, Lipking traces it through [...]

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Shengqing WuModern Archaics: Continuity and Innovation in the Chinese Lyric Tradition, 1900-1937

September 25, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in East Asian Studies] Shengqing Wu’s gorgeous new book begins by exploring the image of the treasure pagoda to introduce readers to an aesthetics of ornamental lyricism in Chinese poetry at the turn of the twentieth-century. Modern Archaics: Continuity and Innovation in the Chinese Lyric Tradition, 1900-1937 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2014) then continues [...]

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Nabil MatarHenry Stubbe and the Beginnings of Islam: The Originall & Progress of Mahometanism­

September 18, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Islamic Studies] In Henry Stubbe and the Beginnings of Islam: The Originall & Progress of Mahometanism­ (Columbia University Press, 2013), Nabil Matar masterfully edits an important piece of scholarship from seventeenth-century England by scholar and physician, Henry Stubbe (1632-76). Matar also gives a substantial introduction to his annotated edition of Stubbe’s text by situating the author [...]

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William ChittickDivine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God

September 2, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Islamic Studies] Where does love come from and where will it lead us? Throughout the years various answers have been given to these questions. In Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God (Yale University Press, 2013), William Chittick, professor at Stony Brook University, responds to these queries from the perspective of the rich [...]

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Mark RifkinSettler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance

August 21, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Native American Studies] In Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance  (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), Mark Rifkin, a professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and incoming president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, explores three of the most canonical authors in the American literary awakening–Hawthorne, Thoreau, and [...]

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Melanie C. HawthorneFinding the Woman Who Didn’t Exist: The Curious Life of Gisèle d’Estoc

August 10, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Biography] “Why write the biography of a nobody?” That is the question with which Melanie C. Hawthorne begins Finding the Woman Who Didn’t Exist: The Curious Life of Gisèle d’Estoc (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) but in justifying the writing of such a life and then, in turn, excavating its contours, Hawthorne winds up exploring a [...]

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Martin Joseph PonceBeyond the Nation: Diasporic Filipino Literature and Queer Reading

July 22, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Asian American Studies] Martin Joseph Ponce‘s recently published book, Beyond the Nation: Diasporic Filipino Literature and Queer Reading (NYU Press, 2012), traces the roots of Filipino literature to examine how it was shaped by forces of colonialism, imperialism, and migration. Rather than focusing on race and nation as main categories of analysis, Ponce uses [...]

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Christina LaffinRewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

July 15, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in East Asian Studies] Known primarily as a travel writer thanks to the frequent assignment of her Diary in high school history and literature classes, Nun Abutsu was a thirteenth-century poet, scholar, and teacher, and also a prolific writer. Christina Laffin’s new book explores Abutsu’s life and written works, taking readers in turn through her letters, [...]

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