Recent Books by
Jouvert Board Members
Allen, Paula Gunn, and Patricia Clark Smith. As Long as the Rivers Flow: The Stories of Nine Native Americans. New York: Scholastic Books, 2001.These nine profiles of notable Native Americans, ranging from Weetamoo (the Pocasset sachem who led her people in King Phillip's War, to Jim Thorpe and Louise Erdrich, are geared for middle-school students. The book has recently been reissued as a mass-market paperback.
Paula Gunn Allen, Charles E. Little, Jake Page (ed), Ruth Rudner. Sacred Lands of Indian America. New York: Abrams, 2001.This book of photographs and texts, prepared with the cooperation of five major American Indian organizations, explores some of the most beautiful and spiritually important landscapes in America. Although its focus is on the Southwest, it also looks at Indian lands in the West, Midwest, and South.
Arteaga, Alfred. Red. Bilingual Press: 2000.Red is a hybrid volume -- hybrid in language, in genre, and in tone. It displays Arteaga's lyrical talents as well as his adeptness at bittersweet narrative.
Brown, Stewart. Elsewhere: New and Selected Poems. Peepal Tree Press, 1999.
Davies, Carole Boyce, Isadore Okpewho, and Ali A. Mazrui, eds. The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2001.The 33 essays in this volume debate the centrality of African origins not only to individual identities but also to creative work and cultural constructions.
Gilbert, Helen,ed. Postcolonial Plays: an anthology. New York: Routledge, 2001.This collection of contemporary postcolonial plays demonstrates the extraordinary vitality of a body of work that is currently influencing the shape of world theatre. The anthology, the first of its kind, includes both internationally admired 'classics' and previously unpublished texts. It draws upon work from Canada, the Caribbean , South and West Africa, Southeast Asia, India, New Zealand, Hawai'i and Australia.
Goodyear, Sara Suleri, introduction and afterword; Shahid Ali Agha, ed. Ravishing Disunities: Real Ghazals in English. UP of New England, 2000.Recently, the ghazal, a traditional form of Arabic poetry, has become popular in the West. Its intricacies and challenges are here confronted by 107 contemporary, including W. S. Merwin, Diane Ackerman, and John Hollander.
Grewal, Inderpal, and Caren Kaplan. An Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World. New York: McGraw Hill, 2001.This transnational approach to understanding gender brings Women's Studies into an era of globalization and connects women's issues in the United States to women's issues elsewhere. The book shows how colonialism and imperialism, as they spread across the world, shaped ideas about gender as much as other modern phenomena. It addresses issues of power and inequalities and focuses on links and connections rather than commonalties.
Hulme, Peter. Remnants of Conquest: The Island Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877 - 1998. Oxford and New York: Oxford UP, 2000.In 1877 a US ornithologist stumbled across a small indigenous Caribbean population, the Caribs, still living in a remote part of the small island of Dominica. His account of his stay among the Caribs started a trickle of visitors which grew to a steady stream and is now in the full flood of mass tourism. Remnants of Conquest offers an account and analysis of these visitors' writings as they struggle to understand the way of life of a twentieth-century indigenous community, inhabitants of a postcolonial world. The visitors who have followed the ornithologist's footsteps include the novelist Jean Rhys, who was fulfilling a childhood ambition, a coloial official who expected to meet Red Indians in warpaint, a British naval officer who bombarded the Reserve with starshells, and an anthropologist who settled on the island with a Carib woman. Through this close focus on a small place extensively written about, Remnants of Conquest raises crucial questions aobut postcolonial perceptions of indigeneity. For more details, see http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~phulme/recent_publications.htm.
Peter Hulme and William H. Sherman, eds. "The Tempest" and its Travels. London: Reaktion Books, 2000. (Also published by the U of Pennsylvania P.)A collection of original essays that situate The Tempest in both its original contexts and our own cultural moment. Authors include David Dabydeen, Merle Collins, John Gillies, Patricia Seed, Jerry Brotton, Marina Warner, and Gordon Brotherston. Essay titles include "The Figure of the New World in The Tempest," "'This island's mine': Caliban and Native Sovereignty," and "Reading from Elsewhere: George Lamming and the Paradox of Exile."
Rodriguez, Ileana, ed. The Latin American Subaltern Studies Reader. Durham and London: Duke UP, 2001.Sharing a postrevolutionary sympathy with the struggles of the poor, the contributors to this first comprehensive collection of writing on subalternity in Latin America work to actively link politics, culture, and literature. Emerging from a decade of work and debates generated by a collective known as the Latin American Studies Group, the volume privileges the category of the subaltern over that of class, as contributors focus on the possibilities of investigating history from below.
Terada, Rei. Feeling in Theory: Emotion After the "Death of the Subject." Cambridge MA: Harvard UP, 2001.Because emotion is assumed to depend on subjectivity, the "death of the subject" described in recent years by theorists such as Derrida, de Man, and Deleuze would also seem to mean the death of feeling. This study transforms the burgeoning interdisciplinary debate on emotion by suggesting, instead, a positive relation between the "death of the subject" and the very existence of emotion. Reading the writings of Derrida and de Man -- theorists often seen as emotionally contradictory and cold -- Terada finds grounds for construing emotion as nonsubjective. This project offers fresh interpretations of deconstruction's most important texts, and of Continental and Anglo-American philosophers from Descartes to Deleuze. At the same time, it revitalizes poststructuralist theory by deploying its methodologies in a new field, the philosophy of emotion, to reach a startling conclusion: if we really were subjects, we would have no emotions at all.
Viswanathan, Gauri, and Edward Said. Power, Politics, and Culture: Interviews with Edward W. Said. New York: Pantheon, 2001.In these twenty-eight interviews gathered by Gauri Viswanathan from publications both here and abroad -- Europe, India, Pakistan, the Arab world, and Israel -- Said addresses an extraordinary range of subjects, political, artistic, and personal. The passion he feels for literature, music, history, and politics is powerfully conveyed in these interviews, which include Said's views on the role of the critic in society, the origins of Orientalism, musical performance, the importance of teaching, Glenn Gould, Giambattista Vico, Joseph Conrad, Theodor Adorno, the Gulf War, Israel, the Oslo peace accords, the future of Palestine, political correctness and censorship, Saddam Hussein, and the idea of national identity.
Young, Robert J. C. Postcolonialism: A Historical Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.This book provides a wide-ranging analysis of postcolonial theory's emergence from anticolonial movements in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, tracing the development of a transnational third-world 'counter-modernity' through the work of major figures of the freedom struggles, including Cabral, Connolly, Fanon, Ganhdi, Guevara, Nkrumah, Mao, Mariátegui, and Senghor, and through the roles played by women activists. Young suggests that the anti-colonial movements were revolutionary mixtures of the indigenous and the cosmopolitan, diasporic formations of intellectual and cultural resistance that produced new kinds of knowledge that flourished alongisde anti-colonial political practice. Postcolonial theory marks the intrusion of these raidcally different perspectives into the academy, hitherto dominated by the criteria of the west. Young argues that while postcolonial critique challenges established, eurocentric knowledge in the cultural sphere, it must continue to work int the spirit of the anti-colonial movments by futher developing its radical political edge to enforce social justice on a global basis.
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