November is here, and as usual we have a lot of great books on offer this month. Keep an eye out for the following books, which will be coming out in the next few weeks:
Appearing here in English for the first time, Janus’s Gaze: Essays on Carl Schmitt is the culmination of Carlo Galli’s ongoing critique of the work of Carl Schmitt where he finds the unifying thread of Schmitt’s work to be his creation of the genealogy of modernity.
With an adventurous writing style, Anand Pandian explores the transformative potential of cinema in Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation, following Tamil films from the spark of artistic impulse through their production, marketing, and reception to show how cinema recasts the ordinary experience of everyday life.
In Emergent Ecologies Eben Kirksey insists that we should turn our attention toward small-scale ecologies and search for hope in the efforts of individuals who are building new ecologies, and in the plants, animals, and fungi that are flourishing in unexpected places.
Zoë H. Wool explores how the most severely injured veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars rehabilitating at Walter Reed Medical Center—whether recovering from losing a limb or sustaining a traumatic brain injury—struggle to build some kind of ordinary life in a situation that is anything but ordinary in After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed.
In Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation, Natasha Lightfoot tells the story of how Antigua’s newly freed black working people struggled to realize freedom, prior to and in the decades following their emancipation in 1834. Their continued efforts in the face of oppression complicate common definitions of freedom and narratives about newly freed slaves in the Caribbean.
In Metroimperial Intimacies: Fantasy, Racial-Sexual Governance, and the Philippines in U.S. Imperialism, 1899-1913 Victor Román Mendoza shows how America’s imperial incursions into the Philippines fostered social and sexual intimacies between Americans and native Filipinos, that along with representations of Filipinos as sexually degenerate, were crucial to regulating both colonial subjects and gender norms at home.
In This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, now published by Duke University Press with a new preface, Charles E. Cobb Jr. describes the vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities in America during the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s.
Through an analysis of four contemporary operas, in Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice Nina Sun Eidsheim offers a vibrational theory of music that radically re-envisions of how we think about sound, music, and listening by challenging common assumptions about sound, freeing it from a constraining set of fixed concepts and meanings.