Our Spring 2017 catalog is out and it’s full of so many great new books.
As we’ve announced before, we’ve got lots more Stuart Hall coming your way. Familiar Stranger: A Life between Two Islands (April) is Hall’s memoir, in which he tells how his experiences—from growing up in colonial Jamaica and attending Oxford to participating in the thorny politics of 1950s and 1960s Britain—shaped his intellectual and political work to become one of his age’s brightest intellectual lights. We’ve also got another collection of Hall’s essays, Selected Political Writings (January), and Stuart Hall’s Voice (April) by David Scott.
In Critique of Black Reason (March), eminent critic Achille Mbembe reevaluates history and racism, offering a capacious genealogy of the category of Blackness—from the Atlantic slave trade to the present—to show how the conjoining of the biological fiction of race with definitions of Blackness have been and continue to be used to uphold oppression.
We’re also looking forward to Living a Feminist Life (February) by Sara Ahmed. Showing how feminist theory is generated from everyday life and the ordinary experiences of being a feminist, she highlights the ties between feminist theory and living a life that sustains it by building on legacies of feminist of color scholarship and discussing the figure of the feminist killjoy.
Drawing on memoir, history, and theory in his new book Brilliant Imperfection (February), activist Eli Clare complicates the understanding of cure, seeing it as an ideology that serves contradictory purposes—from saving lives to social control—while critiquing cure rhetoric and the drive to cure disabled people through an insistence of the value of disability.
Fresh off winning the MacArthur “Genius Grant,” Kellie Jones brings us South of Pico (April). She traces how the artists in L.A.’s black communities during the 1960s and 70s created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism through the production of art works that spoke to African American migration and L.A.’s racial politics.
We have a great collection of books on photography this season, including Listening to Images by Tina M. Campt (May); Photography and the Optical Unconscious (May), a collection edited by Shawn Michelle Smith and Sharon Sliwinski; Photography after Photography (May) by Abigail Solomon-Godeau; and I Love My Selfie (March), in which Ilan Stavans explores the historical and cultural roots of that genre, accompanied by autoportraits by ADÁL.
We’ve got some great new theory books by William E. Connolly, James R. Martel, and Gabriel Rockhill; anthropology titles from Kashik Sunder Rajan, Didier Fassin, Nikhil Anand, Lalaie Ameeriar, David McDermott Hughes, Bruce O’Neill, and Attiya Ahmad; indigenous studies by Mark Rifkin, Noenoe K. Silva, and Joanne Barker; and gender studies titles by Michelle Murphy, Judith Casselberry, Sara R. Farris, and Julie A. Wilson and Emily Chivers Yochim. And so much more!