Anthropology professor Roy Richard Grinker, Ph.D. explores the history of stigmatizing mental illness. With both a scientific and personal approach to the topic, Grinker infuses the book with the personal history of his family’s four generations of involvement in psychiatry. Grinker argues that we are at the cusp of a more accepting society, providing a hopeful outlook for people living with mental illness.
Professor of French Masha Belenky published this collection of popular French texts which encapsulates one of the liveliest eras in French history. Each work in this volume offers a liverly, humorous look into the daily lives of the citizens of France during the 19th century. From literary guidebooks to examinations of fashion and society, Belenky provides a window into the time period and the authors that defined it.
Professor of Economics Barry R. Chiswick published this unique, conceptual, and statistical analysis of the economic progress of American Jews. This book examines the educational, occupational, and income progress of Jewish people in the labor market. It provides in depth examinations of their achievements in the face of discrimination and displays their consistent growth in the areas of education and economics.
"A History of the Chinese Language" by Hongyuan Dong provides a comprehensive introduction to the historical development of the Chinese language from its Proto-Sino-Tibetan roots in prehistoric times to Modern Standard Chinese. Taking a highly accessible and balanced approach, it presents a chronological survey of the various stages of the Chinese language, covering key aspects such as phonology, syntax and semantics.
Associate Professor of American Studies Elaine A. Peña examines the annual celebration of George Washington’s birthday in the border towns of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. The book is an ethnography and history of this celebration which offers an international bridge between two distinct communities. Peña shows how this event has eased political tensions and protected shared ideals, proving it to be more than just a simple celebration.
Translated from Spanish by Sergio Waisman, professor of Spanish and international affairs, "The Regal Lemon Tree" is one of the late Juan José Saer's most beloved novels. Set during the day and night of New Year's Eve — building up a barbecue that takes on ritual significance — the novel focuses on a couple in the north of Argentina who lost their only son six years prior.
In "Henry Adams in Washington," professor of English Ormond Seavey integrates the diverse aspects of Adams's writing, arguing for his placement among the major American writers of the nineteenth century.
María J. de la Fuente, professor of Spanish, is the author of "Gente," the only task-based, Spanish language learning textbook in the United States. The 4th Edition offers updates based on extensive instructor and student feedback and new research in the language learning field. The revision includes updated themes to several chapters, more task-based writing instruction and revised cultural and grammar coverage.
Associate Professor of Political Science Brandon Bartels co-authored this examination of how political actors seek to limit the Supreme Court’s power when it suits their aims—particularly during times of sharp partisan polarization. Backed by a wealth of observational and experimental data, the authors present a new theory of how we perceive the Supreme Court. They give fresh insights into the vulnerability of judicial institutions in an increasingly contentious era of American politics.
Assistant Professor of Religion Eyal Aviv offers an account of Ouyang Jingwu (1871-1943), a leading intellectual who revived the Buddhist scholastic movement during the early Republican period in China. Ouyang believed that authentic Indian Buddhism was an alternative to the prevalent Chinese Buddhist doctrines of his time. Aviv shows how Ouyang's rhetoric of authenticity won the movement well-known admirers but also influential critics. This debate shaped modern intellectual history in China.
In "Biophysics: A Student’s Guide to the Physics of the Life Sciences and Medicine," physics professor William Carleton Parke gives a comprehensive and extensive classroom-tested biophysics textbook that is a complete introduction to the physical principles underlying biological processes and their applications to the life sciences and medicine. The foundations of natural processes are placed on a firm footing before showing how their consequences can be explored in a wide range of biosystems.
Translated from Spanish by Sergio Waisman, professor of Spanish and international affairs, "A Musical Education" is a compilation of poems by Yaki Setton. Setton was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has authored seven books of poetry.
Associate Professor of Anthropology & International Affairs Alexander Dent examines the unauthorized creation, distribution and consumption of movies and music in Brazil with this look at how 21st century capitalism generates piracy while producing fraught consumer experiences in Latin America and beyond. He offers a new definition of piracy as indispensable to current capitalism alongside increasing global enforcement of intellectual property. He draws on his fieldwork in and around São Paulo with pirates, musicians, filmmakers, police, salesmen, technicians, policymakers, politicians, activists and consumers.
This study analyzes North Korean comedy films from the late 1960s to present day. It examines the most iconic comedy films and comedians to show how North Koreans have enjoyed themselves and have established a culture of humor that challenges, subverts, and, at times, reinforces the dominant political ideology. Immanuel Kim argues that comedy films, popular comedians, and the viewers have an intricate interdependent relationship that shaped the film culture—the pre/post production of filmmaking, film-watching experience, and the legacies of actors—in North Korea.
Translated by Immanuel Kim, Paek Nam-nyong’s "Friend" is a tale of marital intrigue, abuse, and divorce in North Korea. A woman in her thirties comes to a courthouse petitioning for a divorce. As the judge who hears her statement begins to investigate the case, the story unfolds into a broader consideration of love and marriage.