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Art History, After Sherrie Levine - Howard Singerman

This book examines the career of New York-based artist Sherrie Levine, whose 1981 series of photographs "after Walker Evans"-taken not from life but from Evans's famous depression-era documents of rural Alabama-became central examples in theorizi......

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Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey Through Chinese History - Joseph W. Esherick

Ancestral Leaves follows one family through six hundred years of Chinese history and brings to life the epic narrative of the nation, from the fourteenth century through the Cultural Revolution. The lives of the Ye family-"Ye" means "leaf" in Chin......

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Neon Wasteland: On Love, Motherhood, And Sex Work In A Rust Belt Town - Susan Dewey

This path-breaking book examines the lives of five topless dancers in the economically devastated "rust belt" of upstate New York. With insight and empathy, Susan Dewey shows how these women negotiate their lives as parents, employees, and family ......

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The General's Slow Retreat: Chile After Pinochet - Mary Helen Spooner

In her acclaimed book Soldiers in a Narrow Land, Mary Helen Spooner took us inside the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Carrying Chile's story up to the present, she now offers this vivid account of how Chile rebuilt its democracy after 17......

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Islam And Christianity: Theological Themes In Comparative Perspective - John Renard

In light of the widespread public perception of incompatibility between Islam and Christianity, this book provides a much-needed straightforward comparison of these two great faith traditions from a broad theological perspective. Award-winning sch......

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Gentlemen And Amazons: The Myth Of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861-1900 - Cynthia Eller

Gentlemen and Amazons traces the nineteenth-century genesis and development of an important contemporary myth about human origins: that of an original prehistoric matriarchy. Cynthia Eller explores the intellectual history of the myth, which arose......

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Biography Of An Empire: Governing Ottomans In An Age Of Revolution - Christine M. Philliou

This vividly detailed revisionist history opens a new vista on the great Ottoman Empire in the early nineteenth century, a key period often seen as the eve of Tanzimat westernizing reforms and the beginning of three distinct histories-ethnic natio......

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New Philadelphia: An Archaeology Of Race In The Heartland - Paul Shackel

New Philadelphia, Illinois, was founded in 1836 by Frank McWorter, a Kentucky slave who purchased his own freedom and then acquired land on the prairie for establishing a new-and integrated-community. McWorter sold property to other freed slaves a......

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Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, And The Limits Of Capitalism - Julie Guthman

Weighing In takes on the "obesity epidemic," challenging many widely held assumptions about its causes and consequences. Julie Guthman examines fatness and its relationship to health outcomes to ask if our efforts to prevent "obesity" are sensible......

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Speaking To History: The Story Of King Goujian In Twentieth-century China - Paul A. Cohen

The ancient story of King Goujian, a psychologically complex fifth-century BCE monarch, spoke powerfully to the Chinese during China's turbulent twentieth century. Yet most Americans-even students and specialists of this era-have never heard of Go......

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What Kind Of Liberation?: Women And The Occupation Of Iraq - , Nicola Pratt

In the run-up to war in Iraq, the Bush administration assured the world that America's interest was in liberation-especially for women. The first book to examine how Iraqi women have fared since the invasion, What Kind of Liberation? reports from ......

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The Poetics Of Slumberland: Animated Spirits And The Animating Spirit - Scott Bukatman

In The Poetics of Slumberland, Scott Bukatman celebrates play, plasmatic possibility, and the life of images in cartoons, comics, and cinema. Bukatman begins with Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland to explore how and why the emerging media ......

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Cinema And Experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, And Theodor W. Adorno - Miriam Hansen

Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno-affiliated through friendship, professional ties, and argument-developed an astute philosophical critique of modernity in which technological media played a key role. This book explores in......

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