Publications

Our publications gallery features published books by Simpson Center-affiliated scholars who received Simpson Center support for the research and writing of their work. If you have a Simpson Center-supported, published book that you would like to include in our gallery, please email the Communications Manager at cgrimmer@uw.edu.
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Dan Berger (School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences)
Stayed On Freedom: The Long History of Black Power through One Family’s Journey
Stayed On Freedom: The Long History of Black Power through One Family’s Journey
Dan Berger (School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences)
The Black Power movement, often associated with its iconic spokesmen, derived much of its energy from the work of people whose stories have never been told. In Stayed On Freedom, Dan Berger brings into focus two unheralded Black Power activists who dedicated their lives to the fight for freedom. Zoharah Simmons and Michael Simmons fell in love while organizing tenants and workers in the South. Their commitment to each other...
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Sasha Senderovich (Slavic and Jackson School)
How the Soviet Jew Was Made
How the Soviet Jew Was Made
Sasha Senderovich (Slavic and Jackson School)
Sasha Senderovich offers a close reading of post-revolutionary Russian and Yiddish literature and film that recast the Soviet Jew as a novel cultural figure: not just a minority but an ambivalent character navigating between the Jewish past and Bolshevik modernity. After the revolution of 1917, Jews who had previously lived in the Russian Empire's Pale of Settlement quickly exited the shtetls, seeking prospects elsewhere. Some left for bigger cities in...
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Rick Bonus (American Ethnic Studies)
Filipinx American Studies: Reckoning, Reclamation, Transformation
Filipinx American Studies: Reckoning, Reclamation, Transformation
Rick Bonus (American Ethnic Studies)
Rick Bonus's volume spotlights the unique suitability and situatedness of Filipinx American studies both as a site for reckoning with the work of historicizing US empire in all of its entanglements, as well as a location for reclaiming and theorizing the interlocking histories and contemporary trajectories of global capitalism, racism, sexism, and heteronormativity. It encompasses an interrogation of the foundational status of empire in the interdiscipline; modes of labor analysis...
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James Rushing Daniel (English), Katie Malcolm (Center for Teaching and Learning), & Candice Rai (English)
Writing across Difference: Theory and Intervention
Writing across Difference: Theory and Intervention
James Rushing Daniel (English), Katie Malcolm (Center for Teaching and Learning), & Candice Rai (English)
As the nation becomes increasingly divided by economic inequality, racial injustice, xenophobic violence, and authoritarian governance, scholars in writing studies have strived to develop responsive theories and practices to engage students, teachers, administrators, and citizens in the crisis of division and to begin the complicated work of radically transforming our inequitable institutions and society. Writing across Difference is one of the first collections to gather scholars from across the field...
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Monica De La Torre
Feminista Frequencies: Community Building through Radio in the Yakima Valley
Feminista Frequencies: Community Building through Radio in the Yakima Valley
Monica De La Torre
In Feminista Frequencies, Monica De La Torre unearths the remarkable history of one of the United States’ first full-time Spanish-language community radio stations, Radio KDNA, which began broadcasting in the Yakima Valley in 1979. Extensive interviews reveal the work of Chicana and Chicano producers, on-air announcers, station managers, technical directors, and listeners who contributed to the station’s success. Monica De La Torre weaves these oral histories together with a range...
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José Alaniz
Resurrection: Comics in Post-Soviet Russia
Resurrection: Comics in Post-Soviet Russia
José Alaniz
Resurrection: Comics in Post-Soviet Russia traces the “kopecks to rubles” journey of Russian comics at the turn of the century. As the follow-up to José Alaniz’s groundbreaking Komiks: Comic Art in Russia (2010), Resurrection authoritatively and exhaustively details the Russian comic landscape of the last three decades: beginning after the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union and encompassing the fourth Putin administration, the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond. Bolstering his analysis...
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Vicente L. Rafael
The Sovereign Trickster: Death and Laughter in the Age of Duterte
The Sovereign Trickster: Death and Laughter in the Age of Duterte
Vicente L. Rafael
In The Sovereign Trickster, Vicente L. Rafael offers a prismatic view of the age of Rodrigo Duterte in the contemporary Philippines. Framing Duterte as a trickster figure who boasts, jokes, terrorizes, plays the victim, and instills terror, Rafael weaves together topics ranging from the drug war, policing, and extrajudicial killings to neoliberal citizenship, intimacy, and photojournalism. He is less concerned with defining Duterte as a fascist, populist, warlord, and traditional...
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Edward Mack (Asian Languages & Literature)
Acquired Alterity: Migration, Identity, and Literary Nationalism
Acquired Alterity: Migration, Identity, and Literary Nationalism
Edward Mack (Asian Languages & Literature)
This is the first book-length study in English of the Japanese-language literary activities of early Japanese migrants to Brazil. It provides a detailed history of Japanese-language bookstores, serialized newspaper fiction, original creative works, and critical apparatuses that existed in Brazil prior to World War II. This case study of the reading and writing of one diasporic population challenges the dominant mode of literary study, in which texts are often explicitly...
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Laurie Marhoefer (History)
Racism and the Making of Gay Rights: A Sexologist, His Student, and the Empire of Queer Love
Racism and the Making of Gay Rights: A Sexologist, His Student, and the Empire of Queer Love
Laurie Marhoefer (History)
Following Hirschfeld and Li in their travels through the American, Dutch, and British empires, from Manila to Tel Aviv to having tea with Langston Hughes in New York City, and then into exile in Hitler’s Europe, Laurie Marhoefer provides a vivid portrait of queer lives in the 1930s and of the turbulent, often-forgotten first chapter of gay rights.
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Cleo Wölfle Hazard (Marine and Environmental Affairs)
Underflows: Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice
Underflows: Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice
Cleo Wölfle Hazard (Marine and Environmental Affairs)
At the intersection of river sciences, queer and trans theory, and environmental justice, Underflows explores river cultures and politics at five sites of water conflict and restoration in California, Oregon, and Washington.
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Juliet Shields (English)
Mary Prince, Slavery, and Print Culture in the Anglophone Atlantic World
Mary Prince, Slavery, and Print Culture in the Anglophone Atlantic World
Juliet Shields (English)
This study examines a network of writers that coalesced around the publication of The History of Mary Prince (1831), which recounts Prince's experiences as an enslaved person in the West Indies and the events that brought her to seek assistance from the Anti-Slavery Society in London. It focuses on the three writers who produced the text - Mary Prince, Thomas Pringle, and Susanna Moodie - with glances at their pro-slavery...
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Charles LaPorte (English)
The Victorian Cult of Shakespeare: Bardology in the Nineteenth-Century
The Victorian Cult of Shakespeare: Bardology in the Nineteenth-Century
Charles LaPorte (English)
In the Victorian era, William Shakespeare's work was often celebrated as a sacred text: a sort of secular English Bible. Even today, Shakespeare remains a uniquely important literary figure. Yet Victorian criticism took on religious dimensions that now seem outlandish in retrospect. Ministers wrote sermons based upon Shakespearean texts and delivered them from pulpits in Christian churches. Some scholars crafted devotional volumes to compare his texts directly with the Bible's...
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Habiba Ibrahim (English)
Black Age: Oceanic Lifespans and the Time of Black Life
Black Age: Oceanic Lifespans and the Time of Black Life
Habiba Ibrahim (English)
Although more than fifty years apart, the murders of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin share a commonality: Black children are not seen as children. Time and time again, excuses for police brutality and aggression—particularly against Black children— concern the victim “appearing” as a threat. But why and how is the perceived “appearance” of Black persons so completely separated from common perceptions of age and time? Black Age: Oceanic Lifespans and...
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Sasha Su-Ling Welland (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
Experimental Beijing: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art
Experimental Beijing: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art
Sasha Su-Ling Welland (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
During the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the censorious attitude that characterized China's post-1989 official response to contemporary art gave way to a new market-driven, culture industry valuation of art. Experimental artists who once struggled against state regulation of artistic expression found themselves being courted to advance China's international image. In Experimental Beijing Sasha Su-Ling Welland examines the interlocking power dynamics in this transformational moment and rapid rise of...
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Raymond Jonas (History)
The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War
The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War
Raymond Jonas (History)
This is the moving and improbable story of Claire Ferchaud, a young French shepherdess who had visions of Jesus and gained national fame as a modern-day Joan of Arc at the height of World War I. Claire experienced her first vision after a childhood trauma in which her mother locked her in a closet to break her stubborn willfulness. She developed her visionary gifts with the aid of spiritual directors...
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Raymond Jonas (History)
The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire
The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire
Raymond Jonas (History)
In March 1896 a well-disciplined and massive Ethiopian army did the unthinkable—it routed an invading Italian force and brought Italy’s war of conquest in Africa to an end. In an age of relentless European expansion, Ethiopia had successfully defended its independence and cast doubt upon an unshakable certainty of the age—that sooner or later all Africans would fall under the rule of Europeans. This event opened a breach that would...
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José Francisco Robles (Spanish and Portuguese Studies)
Polemics, Literature, and Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Mexico: A New World for the Republic of Letters
Polemics, Literature, and Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Mexico: A New World for the Republic of Letters
José Francisco Robles (Spanish and Portuguese Studies)
Polemics, Literature, and Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Mexico is the first study to comprehensively analyse the configuration of the idea of the Republic of Letters in an eighteenth-century Latin American country. Taking a multisided approach to Mexican culture of the era, this book’s analysis of literary texts engages with an exploration of such concepts as the Republic of Letters and the archive, as well as their connections to transatlantic polemics on...
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Ellwood Wiggins (German Studies)
Odysseys of Recognition: Performing Intersubjectivity in Homer, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Goethe, and Kleist
Odysseys of Recognition: Performing Intersubjectivity in Homer, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Goethe, and Kleist
Ellwood Wiggins (German Studies)
Literary recognition is a technical term for a climactic plot device. Odysseys of Recognition claims that interpersonal recognition is constituted by performance, and brings performance theory into dialogue with poetics, politics, and philosophy. By observing Odysseus figures from Homer to Kleist, Ellwood Wiggins offers an alternative to conventional intellectual histories that situate the invention of the interior self in modernity. Through strategic readings of Aristotle, this elegantly written, innovative study...
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Joel Alden Schlosser (Political Science, Bryn Mawr College)
Herodotus in the Anthropocene
Herodotus in the Anthropocene
Joel Alden Schlosser (Political Science, Bryn Mawr College)
We are living in the age of the Anthropocene, in which human activities are recognized for effecting potentially catastrophic environmental change. In this book, Joel Alden Schlosser argues that our current state of affairs calls for a creative political response, and he finds inspiration in an unexpected source: the ancient writings of the Greek historian Herodotus. Focusing on the Histories, written in the fifth century BCE, Schlosser identifies a cluster...
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Ileana María Rodríguez-Silva (History)
Silencing Race: Disentangling Blackness, Colonialism, and National Identities in Puerto Rico
Silencing Race: Disentangling Blackness, Colonialism, and National Identities in Puerto Rico
Ileana María Rodríguez-Silva (History)
Silencing Race provides a historical analysis of the construction of silences surrounding issues of racial inequality, violence, and discrimination in Puerto Rico. Examining the ongoing racialization of Puerto Rican workers, it explores the 'class-making' of race. Winner of Frank Bonilla Best Book Award 2012-2014 Read more on the publisher's website.
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Jordanna Bailkin (History)
The Afterlife of Empire
The Afterlife of Empire
Jordanna Bailkin (History)
The Afterlife of Empire is an award-winning investigation on how decolonization transformed British society in the 1950s and 1960s. Although usually charted through its diplomatic details, the collapse of the British empire was also a deeply personal process that altered everyday life, restructuring routines, individual relationships, and social interactions. The book traces a set of diverse yet interrelated and richly compelling stories: West Indian migrants repatriated for mental illness, young...
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Juliet Shields (English)
Scottish Women's Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century: The Romance of Everyday Life
Scottish Women's Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century: The Romance of Everyday Life
Juliet Shields (English)
Walter Scott's tales of chivalry and adventure inaugurated a masculinized Scottish romance tradition that celebrated a sublime and heroic version of Scotland. Nineteenth-century Scotswomen responded to Scott's influence by establishing a counter-tradition of unromantic or even anti-romantic representations of Scotland. Their novels challenged the long-standing claim that Scotland lacked any equivalent to the English realist novel. In turning from the past to the present and from the sublimity of Scott's...
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Monika Kaup (English)
New Ecological Realisms: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Contemporary Theory
New Ecological Realisms: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Contemporary Theory
Monika Kaup (English)
What is the singular reality of humanistic objects of study? By pairing post-apocalyptic novels by Margaret Atwood, José Saramago, Octavia Butler and Cormac McCarthy with new realist theories, Monika Kaup shows that, just as new realist theory can illuminate post-apocalyptic literature, post-apocalyptic literature also embeds new theories of the real. Kaup showcases a context-based concept of the real, arguing that new realisms of complex and embedded wholes, actor-networks and ecologies...
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Catherine M. Cole (English and Dance)
Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice
Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice
Catherine M. Cole (English and Dance)
In the aftermath of state-perpetrated injustice, a façade of peace can suddenly give way, and in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, post-apartheid and postcolonial framings of change have exceeded their limits. Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice reveals how the voices and visions of artists can help us see what otherwise evades perception. Embodied performance in South Africa has particular potency because apartheid was so centrally focused...
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Megan Ybarra (Geography)
Green Wars: Conservation and Decolonization in the Maya Forest
Green Wars: Conservation and Decolonization in the Maya Forest
Megan Ybarra (Geography)
Global conservation efforts are celebrated for saving Guatemala’s Maya Forest. This book reveals that the process of protecting lands has been one of racialized dispossession for the Indigenous peoples who live there. Through careful ethnography and archival research, Megan Ybarra shows how conservation efforts have turned Q’eqchi’ Mayas into immigrants on their own land, and how this is part of a larger national effort to make Indigenous peoples into neoliberal...
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Olivia Noble Gunn (Scandinavian Studies)
Empty Nurseries, Queer Occupants: Reproduction and the Future in Ibsen's Late Plays
Empty Nurseries, Queer Occupants: Reproduction and the Future in Ibsen's Late Plays
Olivia Noble Gunn (Scandinavian Studies)
Who is the proper occupant of the nursery? The obvious answer is the child, and not an archive, a seductive troll-princess, or poor fosterlings. Nevertheless, characters in Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, and Little Eyolf intend to host these improper occupants in their children’s rooms. Dr. Gunn calls these dramas ‘the empty nursery plays’ because they all describe rooms intended for offspring, as well as characters’ plans for refilling that...
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Raymond Jonas (History)
France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart: An Epic Tale for Modern Times
France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart: An Epic Tale for Modern Times
Raymond Jonas (History)
In a richly layered and beautifully illustrated narrative, Raymond Jonas tells the fascinating and surprisingly little-known story of the Sacré-Coeur, or Sacred Heart. The highest point in Paris and a celebrated tourist destination, the white-domed basilica of Sacré-Coeur on Montmartre is a key monument both to French Catholicism and to French national identity. Jonas masterfully reconstructs the history of the devotion responsible for the basilica, beginning with the apparition of...
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María Elena García (CHID)
Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru
Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru
María Elena García (CHID)
In recent years, Peru has transformed from a war-torn country to a global high-end culinary destination. Connecting chefs, state agencies, global capital, and Indigenous producers, this “gastronomic revolution” makes powerful claims: food unites Peruvians, dissolves racial antagonisms, and fuels development. Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race critically evaluates these claims and tracks the emergence of Peruvian gastropolitics, a biopolitical and aesthetic set of practices that reinscribe dominant racial and gendered...
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Vanessa Freije (International Studies)
Citizens of Scandal: Journalism, Secrecy, and the Politics of Reckoning in Mexico
Citizens of Scandal: Journalism, Secrecy, and the Politics of Reckoning in Mexico
Vanessa Freije (International Studies)
In Citizens of Scandal, Vanessa Freije explores the causes and consequences of political scandals in Mexico from the 1960s through the 1980s. Tracing the process by which Mexico City reporters denounced official wrongdoing, she shows that by the 1980s political scandals were a common feature of the national media diet. News stories of state embezzlement, torture, police violence, and electoral fraud provided collective opportunities to voice dissent and offered an...
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Ana M. Gómez-Bravo (Spanish and Portuguese Studies)
Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America and Spain
Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America and Spain
Ana M. Gómez-Bravo (Spanish and Portuguese Studies)
The fourteen essays in Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America and Spain showcase the eye-opening potential of a food lens within colonial studies, ethnic and racial studies, gender and sexuality studies, and studies of power dynamics, nationalisms and nation building, theories of embodiment, and identity. In short, Food, Texts, and Cultures in Latin America and Spain grapples with an emerging field in need of a foundational text, and does...
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Christian Anderson (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell)
Urbanism without Guarantees: The Everyday Life of a Gentrifying West Side Neighborhood
Urbanism without Guarantees: The Everyday Life of a Gentrifying West Side Neighborhood
Christian Anderson (Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell)
Vigilante action. Renegades. Human intrigue and the future at stake in New York City. In Urbanism without Guarantees, Christian M. Anderson offers a new perspective on urban dynamics and urban structural inequality based on an intimate ethnography of on-the-ground gentrification. The book is centered on ethnographic work undertaken on a single street in Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen in New York City—once a site of disinvestment, but now rapidly gentrifying. Anderson examines the...
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Arzoo Osanloo (Law)
Forgiveness Work: Mercy, Law, and Victims' Rights in Iran
Forgiveness Work: Mercy, Law, and Victims' Rights in Iran
Arzoo Osanloo (Law)
Iran’s criminal courts are notorious for meting out severe sentences—according to Amnesty International, the country has the world’s highest rate of capital punishment per capita. Less known to outside observers, however, is the Iranian criminal code’s recognition of forgiveness, where victims of violent crimes, or the families of murder victims, can request the state to forgo punishing the criminal. Forgiveness Work shows that in the Iranian justice system, forbearance is...
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Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano (History, UPenn)
Sephardic Trajectories: Archives, Objects, and the Ottoman Jewish Past in the United States
Sephardic Trajectories: Archives, Objects, and the Ottoman Jewish Past in the United States
Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano (History, UPenn)
Sephardic Trajectories brings together scholars of Ottoman history and Jewish studies to discuss how family heirlooms, papers, and memorabilia help us conceptualize the complex process of migration from the Ottoman Empire to the United States. To consider the shared significance of family archives in both the United States and in Ottoman lands, the volume takes as starting point the formation of the Sephardic Studies Digital Collection at the University of...
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Jordanna Bailkin (History)
Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain
Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain
Jordanna Bailkin (History)
Today, no one really thinks of Britain as a land of camps. Camps seem to happen "elsewhere", from Greece, to Palestine, to the global South. Yet over the course of the twentieth century, dozens of British refugee camps housed hundreds of thousands of Belgians, Jews, Basques, Poles, Hungarians, Anglo-Egyptians, Ugandan Asians, and Vietnamese. Refugee camps in Britain were never only for refugees. Refugees shared a space with Britons who had...
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Ralina Joseph (Communication)
Transcending Blackness
Transcending Blackness
Ralina Joseph (Communication)
Representations of multiracial Americans, especially those with one black and one white parent, appear everywhere in contemporary culture, from reality shows to presidential politics. Some depict multiracial individuals as mired in painful confusion; others equate them with progress, as the embodiment of a postracial utopia. In Transcending Blackness, Ralina L. Joseph critiques both depictions as being rooted in—and still defined by—the racist notion that blackness is a deficit that must...
American Sabor
Marison Berríos-Miranda (Music), Shannon Dudley (Music), And Michelle Habell-Pallán (Gwss)
American Sabor: Latinos and Latinas in US Popular Music
American Sabor: Latinos and Latinas in US Popular Music
Marison Berríos-Miranda (Music), Shannon Dudley (Music), And Michelle Habell-Pallán (Gwss)
The collaboration that led to the publication of American Sabor has extensive Simpson Center connections, beginning with a funding award in 2011 that supported the writing and publication of American Sabor, as well as a traveling museum exhibit by the same name. Former Simpson Center Associate Director Miriam Bartha consulted with the project leaders on bridging the worlds of academic scholarship, museum exhibitions, and community partners such as KEXP. Habell-Pallán...
The Emergence of Genetic Rationality
Phillip Thurtle
The Emergence of Genetic Rationality: Space, Time, and Information in American Biological Science, 1870-1920
The Emergence of Genetic Rationality: Space, Time, and Information in American Biological Science, 1870-1920
Phillip Thurtle
The emergence of genetic science has profoundly shaped how we think about biology. Indeed, it is difficult now to consider nearly any facet of human experience without first considering the gene. But this mode of understanding life is not, of course, transhistorical. Phillip Thurtle takes us back to the moment just before the emergence of genetic rationality at the turn of the twentieth century to explicate the technological, economic, cultural...
Pivotal Tuesdays
Margaret O'Mara
Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century
Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century
Margaret O'Mara
Serious and silly, unifying and polarizing, presidential elections have become events that Americans love and hate. Today's elections cost billions of dollars and consume the nation's attention for months, filling television airwaves and online media with endless advertising and political punditry, often heated, vitriolic, and petty. Yet presidential elections also provoke and inspire mass engagement of ordinary citizens in the political system. No matter how frustrated or disinterested voters might...
Motherless Tongues
Vicente L. Rafael
Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid Wars of Translation
Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid Wars of Translation
Vicente L. Rafael
In Motherless Tongues, Vicente L. Rafael examines the vexed relationship between language and history gleaned from the workings of translation in the Philippines, the United States, and beyond. Moving across a range of colonial and postcolonial settings, he demonstrates translation's agency in the making and understanding of events. These include nationalist efforts to vernacularize politics, U.S. projects to weaponize languages in wartime, and autobiographical attempts by area studies scholars to...
Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice
Suhanthie Motha
Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice
Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice
Suhanthie Motha
This timely and critical look at the teaching of English shows how language is used to create hierarchies of cultural privilege in public schools across the United States. Drawing on the work of four ESL teachers who pursued anti-racist pedagogical practices during their first year of teaching, the author provides a compelling account of how new teachers might gain agency for culturally responsive teaching in spite of school cultures that...
Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature
Heekyoung Cho
Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature
Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature
Heekyoung Cho
Translation’s Forgotten History investigates the meanings and functions that translation generated for modern national literatures during their formative period and reconsiders literature as part of a dynamic translational process of negotiating foreign values. By examining the triadic literary and cultural relations among Russia, Japan, and colonial Korea and revealing a shared sensibility and literary experience in East Asia (which referred to Russia as a significant other in the formation of...
Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of the Emotions
Kathleen Woodward
Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of the Emotions
Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of the Emotions
Kathleen Woodward
In this moving and thoughtful book, Kathleen Woodward explores the politics and poetics of the emotions, focusing on American culture since the 1960s. She argues that we are constrained in terms of gender, race, and age by our culture’s scripts for “emotional” behavior and that the accelerating impoverishment of interiority is a symptom of our increasingly media-saturated culture. She also shows how we can be empowered by stories that express...
Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930–1990
Sonal Khullar
Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930–1990
Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930–1990
Sonal Khullar
The purpose of art, the Paris-trained artist Amrita Sher-Gil wrote in 1936, is to "create the forms of the future” by “draw[ing] its inspiration from the present.” Through art, new worlds can be imagined into existence as artists cultivate forms of belonging and networks of association that oppose colonialist and nationalist norms. Drawing on Edward Said’s notion of “affiliation” as a critical and cultural imperative against empire and nation-state, Worldly...