Publications

Our publications gallery features published monographs 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 monograph that you would like to include in our gallery, please email the Communications Manager at cgrimmer@uw.edu.
Cover of the book  Mary Prince, Slavery, and Print Culture in the Anglophone Atlantic World, by Juliet Shields
Juliet Shields
Mary Prince, Slavery, and Print Culture in the Anglophone Atlantic World
Mary Prince, Slavery, and Print Culture in the Anglophone Atlantic World
Juliet Shields
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...
Cover of the book The Victorian Cult of Shakespeare, by Charles LaPorte
Charles LaPorte
The Victorian Cult of Shakespeare: Bardology in the Nineteenth-Century
The Victorian Cult of Shakespeare: Bardology in the Nineteenth-Century
Charles LaPorte
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
Black Age: Oceanic Lifespans and the Time of Black Life
Black Age: Oceanic Lifespans and the Time of Black Life
Habiba Ibrahim
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...
Cover of the book The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War, by Raymond Jonas
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...
Cover of the book Polemics, Literature, and Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Mexico: A New World for the Republic of Letters, by José Francisco Robles.
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...
Cover of the book Herodotus in the Anthropocene, by Joel Alden Schlosser.
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...
Cover of the book Silencing Race, by Ileana María Rodríguez-Silva
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.
Cover of the book The Afterlife of Empire, by Jordanna Bailkin
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
Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice
Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice
Catherine M. Cole
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...