New Books in September

Summer’s almost over, and the new semester is here! Kick off the academic season with some of our exciting new titles.

Shortly before passing away last summer, Lauren Berlant finished On the Inconvenience of Other People, and Erica Rand has now shepherded the manuscript through the publishing process. In this book Berlant continues to explore our affective engagement with the world, focusing on the encounter with and the desire for the bother of other people and objects, showing that to be driven toward attachment is to desire to be inconvenienced. The book’s experiments in thought and writing cement Berlant’s status as one of the most inventive and influential thinkers of our time.

Maurice O. Wallace explores the sonic character of Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice and how a mixture of architecture, acoustics, sound technology, and gospel influenced it in King’s Vibrato.

In Breaks in the Air, John Klaess tells the story of rap’s emergence on New York City’s airwaves by examining how artists and broadcasters adapted hip hop’s performance culture to radio.

The contributors to Colonial Racial Capitalism, edited by Susan Koshy, Lisa Marie Cacho, Jodi A. Byrd, and Brian Jordan Jefferson, demonstrate the co-constitution and entanglement of slavery and colonialism from the conquest of the New World through industrial capitalism to contemporary financial capitalism.

In Anarchist Prophets, James R. Martel juxtaposes anarchism with what he calls archism—a centralized and hierarchical political form based in ancient Greek and Hebrew prophetic traditions—in order to theorize the potential for a radical democratic politics.

We are excited to announce a revised and updated edition of The Mexico Reader from editors Gilbert M. Joseph and Timothy J. Henderson for your courses and travels. It provides an expansive and comprehensive guide to the many varied histories and cultures of Mexico, from pre-Columbian times to the twenty-first century.

In The People’s Hotel, Katherine Sobering recounts the history of the Hotel Bauen, an iconic luxury hotel in Buenos Aires, detailing its twenty-first-century transformation from a privately owned business into a worker cooperative—one where decisions were made democratically, jobs were rotated, and all members were paid equally.

In Lifelines, Harris Solomon takes readers into the trauma ward of one of Mumbai’s busiest public hospitals, narrating the stories of the patients, providers, families, and frontline workers who experience and treat traumatic injury from traffic .

Kaysha Corinealdi traces the multigenerational activism of Afro-Caribbean Panamanians as they forged diasporic communities in Panama and the United States throughout the twentieth century in Panama in Black.

In Breathing Aesthetics, Jean-Thomas Tremblay examines the prominence of breathing in responses to contemporary crises within literature, film, and performance cultures, showing how breathing has emerged as a medium through which biopolitical and necropolitical forces are increasingly exercised and experienced.

Melding memoir with cultural criticism, A Kiss Across the Ocean by Richard T. Rodríguez examines the relationship between British post-punk musicians like Siouxsie and the Banshees, Adam Ant, and Pet Shop Boys and their Latinx audiences in the United States since the 1980s. If you’re in the LA area, you can catch Rodríguez at Vroman’s Bookstore on September 8 and at a launch party in Santa Ana on September 17.

In Genres of Listening, Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas explains how psychoanalytic listening practices have expanded beyond the clinical setting to influence everyday social interactions in Buenos Aires. Marsilli-Vargas will be doing an online event for the book on September 29.

Jessica Barnes explores the central role that bread and wheat play in Egyptian daily life as well as the anxieties surrounding the possibility that the nation could run out these staples in Staple Security.

In Crisis Vision, Torin Monahan explores a range of critical surveillance art to theorize the racializing dimensions of contemporary surveillance.

In Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Minh-Ha T. Pham examines the practice of social media users monitoring the fashion market for the appearance of fake knock-off fashion, design theft, and plagiarism, showing how it is critically important to the development of global fashion.

Muriam Haleh Davis provides a history of racial capitalism in Markets of Civilization, showing how Islam became a racial category that shaped economic development in colonial and postcolonial Algeria.

Junot Díaz by José David Saldívar offers a critical examination of Junot Díaz, showing how his influences converged in his fiction and how his work radically changed the course of US Latinx literature and created a new way of viewing the decolonial world.

Drawing from archives and cultural productions from the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe, Translating Blackness by Lorgia García Peña considers Black Latinidad in a global perspective in order to chart colonialism as an ongoing sociopolitical force. García Peña has events at CUNY, NYU, Tufts, and the University of Toledo in September as well as a reading at WordUp Bookstore in New York City.

In Feels Right, Kemi Adeyemi examines how Black queer women use the queer dance floor to articulate relationships to themselves, the Black queer community, and gentrifying neighborhoods in Chicago.

Catherine Grant examines how contemporary feminist artists such as Sharon Hayes, Mary Kelly, Allyson Mitchell, Deirdre Logue, Lubaina Himid, and Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz are turning to the history of feminism in the twenty-first century as a way to understand the present moment in A Time of One’s Own.

In Cartographic Memory, Juan Herrera maps 1960s Chicano Movement activism in the Latinx neighborhood of Fruitvale in Oakland, California, showing how activists there constructed a politics forged through productions of space.

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