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The page presents the books published by the faculty. Click on the names below to read more about their books.

 

An     Anido    Barattoni    Cripps     De Tholozany    Love    Mai    Oropesa    Peebles    Risso    Schmidt    Stoicea    Touya    Vazsonyi    Zhang 

An, Yanming

The Historical Hermeneutics in Wilhelm Dilthey. 狄爾泰的歷史解釋理論。遠流出版公司 Yuan-liou Publications, Taiwan, 1999.

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An, Yanming

The Idea of Cheng (Sincerity/Reality) in the History of Chinese Philosophy. Global Scholarly Publications, New York 2006.

Yanming An combines a mastery of detail with a complex and humane philosophical vision. He articulates the role of cheng as a central concept of Chinese thought, discusses the extension of cheng from moral psychology to philosophy of nature, metaphysics and philosophy of language and examines its contrasting roles in explaining change and transformation. In doing so, he places and justifies the varying Western translations of cheng in terms of sincerity, integrity, reality and truth. He also assesses the importance of cheng in Chinese intellectual history and in current debates about using the resources. READ MORE

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An, Yanming

Chinese translation of Wilhelm Dilthey’s The Formation of the Historical World in the Human Sciences. 精神科学中历史世界的建构(狄尔泰文集·第3卷)。 中国人民大学出版社。China Renmin University Press, Beijing 2011.

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An, Yanming

New Life for Old Ideas: Chinese Philosophy in the Contemporary World: A Festschrift in Honour of Donald J. Munro. Edited by Yanming An and Brian J. Bruya. The Chinese University Press, 2019

Over five decades, Donald J. Munro has been one of the most important voices in sinological philosophy. Among other accomplishments, his seminal book  The Concept of Man in Early China influenced a generation of scholars. His rapprochement with contemporary cognitive and evolutionary science helped bolster the insights of Chinese philosophers, and set the standard for similar explorations today. In this festschrift volume, students of Munro and scholars influenced by him celebrate Munro’s body of work in essays that extend his legacy, exploring their topics as varied as the ethics of Zhuangzi’s autotelicity, the teleology of nature in Zhu Xi, and family love in Confucianism and Christianity. Essays also reflect on Munro’s mentorship and his direct intellectual influence. Through their breadth, analytical excellence, and philosophical insight, the essays in this volume exemplify the spirit of intellectual inquiry that marked Donald Munro’s career as scholar and teacher. READ MORE

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Yanming An's Translation of Georg Brandes's Friedrich Nietzsche 2021

An, Yanming

Translation of Georg Brandes's Friedrich Nietzsche. 《尼采传》格奥尔格.勃兰兑斯 著, 安延明 译. 译林出版社. Yilin Press, China. 2021

The seminal study by Georg Brandes that first introduced Friedrich Nietzsche to the world. The volume includes the complete text of the 1889 “Essay on Aristocratic Radicalism”(based largely on his lecture course of 1888), in addition to the complete Nietzsche—Brandes correspondence and two essays by Brandes written after Nietzsche’s death in 1900. This volume is perhaps the ideal introduction to the life and work of Friedrich Nietzsche, as it allows the reader to appreciate his great impact and originality at the time that he was writing.

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Anido, Raquel

El pasado en solfa : la música literaria y fílmica de la España contemporánea. Anthropos Editorial, 2018

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Barattoni, Luca

Natura, cosmo e città nel primo Majakovskij. Pasian di Prato: Campanotto Editore, 2011

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Barattoni, Luca

Italian Post-Neorealist Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2013.

Unlike countries such as France, the Czech Republic or Brazil, Italy did not have a new wave properly understood as a movement. However, while new artistic schools were emerging in many other countries, Italy was undergoing its most dramatic social and economic transformations. Those violent changes, together with the perceived necessity of renewing the aesthetic heritage of Neorealism, sparked a drastic regeneration of the cinematic language and marked the most memorable period of Italian film history. READ MORE

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Barattoni, Luca

Nuriel,  Patricia and Luca Barattoni  (eds.):  Jewish Identities in Latin American Cinema ,   a special issue for  Post Script:  Essays in Film and the Humanities    (2019)

Dr. Patricia Nuriel from Wofford College and Dr. Barattoni have edited the essays for a special issue of  Post Script on Jewish Latin-American Cinema. The journal is published at Texas A&M-Commerce. Gerald Duchovnay is the general editor. An Introduction written by Dr. Nuriel and Dr. Barattoni will open the special issue, publication date end of 2019.

The growing field of Jewish Latin American film studies in recent years accounts for the increasing presence of Jewish  characters and cultural subjects in Latin American cinema. Since their early days, the Jews were among the innovators of the film and music industries in Latin America. However, cinematographic representations of Jewish topics started emerging only after the mid-20 thcentury. By virtue of this progression, portrayals of Jewish experience in Latin American film provide new insights of topics such as predicaments of acculturation and assimilation, collective memory, historical traumas, militancy and political agency, and diasporas and exiles. “Latin American Jewishness” transcends the status of an ethnic marker, working as a catalyst to rethink ways  of membership to their particular nation and  to dynamize discussions on modes of  inclusion for ethnic, religious, gender, and other minorities. It  goes beyond the mere representation of a milieu, shedding light on identity debates and proposing new forms of visibility in the global continuumREAD MORE

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Jody Cripps

Society for American Sign Language Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall/Winter, 2017.

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Jody Cripps

Society for American Sign Language Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring/Summer, 2018.

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Jody Cripps

Society for American Sign Language Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall/Winter, 2018.

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Jody Cripps

Society for American Sign Language Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring/Summer, 2019.

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De Tholozany, Pauline 

L’Ecole de la maladresse : de J.-J. Rousseau à J.J. Grandville, XVIIIe-XIXe siècle. Paris : Honoré Champion (2017)

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Love, Jeff

The Overcoming of History in War and Peace (Leiden: Brill-Rodopi, 2004)

The Overcoming of History in "War and Peace" marks a radical departure from the critical tradition dominated by Sir Isaiah Berlin's view that the novel is deeply divided against itself, a majestically flawed contest of brilliant art and clumsy thought. To the contrary, Jeff Love argues that the apparently divided nature of the text, its multi-leveled negotiation between different kinds of representation, expresses the rich variety of the novel's very deliberate striving to capture the fluidity of change and becoming in the fixed forms of language. The inevitable failure of this striving, revealing the irreducible conflict between infinite desire and finite capacity, is at once the source of new beginnings and the repetition of old ones, a wellspring of continually renewed promises to achieve a synoptic vision of the whole that the novel cannot fulfill. This repetitive struggle between essentially comic and tragic conceptions of human action, far from being a pervasive flaw in the texture of the novel, in fact constitutes its dynamic center and principal trope as well as the productive origin of the unusual features that distinguish it as an uncommonly bold narrative experiment.  READ MORE

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Love, Jeff

Annotated translation (with Johannes Schmidt) of F. W. J. Schelling’s Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom and Matters Connected Therewith (1809) (Albany: SUNY, 2006)

Jeff Love and Johannes Schmidt offer a fresh translation of Schelling’s enigmatic and influential masterpiece, widely recognized as an indispensable work of German Idealism. The text is an embarrassment of riches—both wildly adventurous and somberly prescient. Martin Heidegger claimed that it was “one of the deepest works of German and thus also of Western philosophy” and that it utterly undermined Hegel’s monumental Science of Logic before the latter had even appeared in print. Schelling carefully investigates the problem of evil by building on Kant’s notion of radical evil, while also developing an astonishingly original conception of freedom and personality that exerted an enormous (if subterranean) influence on the later course of European philosophy from Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard through Heidegger to important contemporary theorists like Slavoj Zizek. READ MORE

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Love, Jeff

Tolstoy: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: Continuum, 2008)

Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) is one of the most important writers in the Western tradition. His two great novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, cover an enormous range of basic human experiences with a precision and probing spirit that, in the words of one critic, are simply "unmatched by any other writer." This guide offers students a clear introduction to Tolstoy's literary works from his major novels to the shorter novels and texts, including Hadji Murat and The Death of Ivan Ilyich. The guide also covers major themes including sex, death, authority and evil and offers an overview of Tolstoy's religious and philosophical thought. A final chapter assesses his lasting influence in the spheres of literature and culture, religion and philosophy and on major figures including Joyce, Ghandi, Wittgenstein and Heidegger. Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) is one of the most important writers in the Western tradition. His two great novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, cover an enormous range of basic human experiences with a precision and probing spirit that, in the words of one critic, are simply "unmatched by any other writer."  READ MORE

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Jeff Love book 2016

Love, Jeff

Nietzsche and Dostoevsky: Philosophy, Morality, Tragedy (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016)

After more than a century, the urgency with which the writing of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Friedrich Nietzsche speaks to us is undiminished. Nietzsche explicitly acknowledged Dostoevsky’s relevance to his work, noting its affinities as well as its points of opposition. Both of them are credited with laying much of the foundation for what came to be called existentialist thought. The essays in this volume bring a fresh perspective to a relationship that illuminates a great deal of twentieth-century intellectual history. Among the questions taken up by contributors are the possibility of morality in a godless world, the function of philosophy if reason is not the highest expression of our humanity, the nature of tragedy when performed for a bourgeois audience, and the justification of suffering if it is not divinely sanctioned. Above all, these essays remind us of the supreme value of the questioning itself that pervades the work of Dostoevsky and Nietzsche. READ MORE

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Love, Jeff

Heidegger in Russia and Eastern Europe (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017)

Heidegger’s influence in the twentieth century probably outstrips that of any other philosopher, at least in the so-called Continental tradition. The 'revolution' Heidegger brought about with his compelling readings of the broader philosophical tradition transformed German philosophy and spread quickly to most of Europe, the United States and Japan. This volume examines Heidegger’s influence in a region where his reception has had a remarkable and largely hidden history: Eastern Europe and Russia. The book begins by addressing two important literary influences on Heidegger: Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. It goes on to examine Heidegger’s philosophical influence, and features three crucial figures in the reception of Heidegger’s thought in Eastern Europe and Russia: Vladimir Bibikhin, Krzysztof Michalski, and Jan Patočka. Finally the volume deals with an often vexed issue in current treatments of Heidegger: the importance of Heidegger’s philosophy for politics. The book includes essays by an international team of contributors, including leading representatives of Heideggerian thought in Russia today. Heidegger’s thought plays a key role in debates over Russian identity and the geopolitical role Russia has to play in the world. The volume surveys the complicated landscape of post-Soviet philosophy, and how the rise of widely differing appropriations of Heidegger exploit familiar fault lines in the Russian reception of Western thinkers that date back to the first stirrings of a distinctively Russian philosophical tradition. READ MORE

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Love, Jeff

The Black Circle: A Life of Alexandre Kojève (Columbia University Press, July 2018)

Alexandre Kojève (1902–1968) was an important and provocative thinker. Born in Russia, he spent most of his life in France. His interpretation of Hegel and his notorious declaration that history had come to an end exerted great influence on French thinkers and writers such as Raymond Aron, Georges Bataille, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jacques Lacan, and Raymond Queneau. An unorthodox Marxist, he was a critic of Martin Heidegger and interlocutor of Leo Strauss who played a significant role in establishing the European Economic Community; a polyglot with many unusual interests, he wrote works, mostly unpublished in his lifetime, on quantum physics, the problem of the infinite, Buddhism, atheism, and Vassily Kandinsky’s paintings. In The Black Circle, Jeff Love reinterprets Kojève’s works, showing him to be an essential thinker who challenged modern society and its valuation of individuality, self-interest, and freedom from death. Emphasizing Kojève’s neglected Russian roots, The Black Circle puts him in the context of the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Russian debates over the proper ends of human life. Love explores notions of perfection, freedom, and finality in Kojève’s account of Hegel and his neglected later works, clarifying Kojève’s emancipatory thinking and the meaning of the oft-misinterpreted “end of history.” Combining intellectual history, close textual analysis, and philosophy, The Black Circle reveals Kojève’s thought as a profound critique of capitalist individualism and a timely meditation on human freedom. READ MORE

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Love, Jeff

Translation of Alexandre Kojève, Atheism (Columbia University Press, November 2018).

One of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and unconventional thinkers, Alexandre Kojève was a Russian émigré to France whose lectures on Hegel in the 1930s galvanized a generation of French intellectuals. Although Kojève wrote a great deal, he published very little in his lifetime, and so the ongoing rediscovery of his work continues to present new challenges to philosophy and political theory. Written in 1931 but left unfinished, Atheism is an erudite and open-ended exploration of profound questions of estrangement, death, suicide, and the infinite that demonstrates the range and the provocative power of Kojève’s thought. READ MORE

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Love, Jeff

Translation of António Lobo Antunes, Until Stones Become Lighter Than Water. The Margellos World Republic of Letters. Yale University Press (September 24, 2019)

A novel about the horrors of war and its aftermath from one of Europe’s most brilliant authors

In this direct and vigorous tale, award-winning author António Lobo Antunes returns to the subject of the Portuguese colonial war in Angola with a dramatic account of atrocity and vengeance. Drawing on his own bitter experience as a soldier stationed for twenty-seven months in Angola, Lobo Antunes tells the story of a young African boy who is brought to Portugal by one of the soldiers who destroyed the child’s village, and of the boy’s subsequent brutal murder of this adoptive father figure at a ritual pig killing.  READ MORE

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Joe Mai book 2010

Mai, Joseph

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010. Reviewed in: H-France, Film-Philosophy, Sight and Sound, Contemporary French Civilization, The French Review, Modern & Contemporary France, Choice

For well over a decade, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have produced highly original and ethically charged films that immerse their audiences in an intense and embodied viewing experience. Their work has consistently attracted international recognition, including the rare feat of two Palmes d'Or at Cannes. In this first book-length study of the Belgian brothers, Joseph Mai delivers sophisticated close analyses of their directorial style and explores the many philosophical issues dealt with in their films (especially the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas). Mai discusses the Dardennes' varied and searching career from its inception in the late 1970s, starting with the working-class political consciousness and lost utopias of their documentary period; passing through their transition toward fictional narrative, experimental techniques, and familial themes; and finishing with a series of in-depth and philosophically informed interpretations of the brothers' more recent work. In such highly influential films such as La promesse, Rosetta, The Son, and The Child, the brothers have recast filmmaking through what Mai calls a "sensuous realism"--realism capable of touching the audience with the most compelling problems and moral dilemmas of contemporary society. This volume also features an interview in which the Dardennes discuss their approach to film production and the direction of actors.

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Mai, Joseph

Robert Guédiguian. Manchester University Press, 2017.

Intervening at the crossroads of philosophy, politics, and cinema, this book argues that the career of Robert Guédiguian, director of Marius et Jeannette (1997) and other popular auteurist films, can be read as an original and coherent project: to make a committed, historically-conscious cinema with friends, in a local space, and over a long period of time. Illustrated with comprehensive readings of all of Guédiguian's films. READ MORE

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Oropesa, Salvador

La obra de Ariel Dorfman: ficción y crítica. Madrid: Pliegos, 1992

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Oropesa, Salvador

La novelística de Antonio Muñoz Molina: sociedad civil y literatura lúdica. Jaén: Universidad de Jaén, 1999.

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Oropesa, Salvador

The Contemporáneos Group: Rewriting Mexico in the Thirties and Forties. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2003

Salvador Oropesa offers original readings of the works of five Contemporáneos--Salvador Novo, Xavier Villaurrutia, Agustín Lazo, Guadalupe Marín, and Jorge Cuesta--and their efforts to create a Mexican literature that was international, attuned to the realities of modern Mexico, and flexible enough to speak to the masses as well as the elites.  READ MORE

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Oropesa, Salvador

Ihrie, Maureen, and Salvador A. Oropesa, eds. World literature in Spanish: an Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2011

Providing a thorough introduction to Spanish-language literature worldwide and across time is a tall order. However, World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia contains roughly 850 entries on both major and minor authors, themes, genres, and topics of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, affording an amazingly comprehensive reference collection in a single work. This encyclopedia describes the growing diversity within national borders, the increasing interdependence among nations, and the myriad impacts of Spanish literature across the globe. All countries that produce literature in Spanish in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia are represented, covering both canonical authors and emerging contemporary writers and trends. Underrepresented writings—such as texts by women writers, queer and Afro-Hispanic texts, children's literature, and works on relevant but less studied topics such as sports and nationalism—also appear. While writings throughout the centuries are covered, those of the 20th and 21st centuries receive special consideration. READ MORE

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Oropesa, Salvador

Literatura y comercio en España: las tiendas (1868-1952). Málaga: Universidad de Málaga, 2014

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Peebles, Kelly

Jeanne Flore. Tales and Trials of Love: a bilingual edition and study. Edited and translated by Kelly Digby Peebles. Poetry translated Marta Rijn Finch. (Toronto: CRRS/Iter, 2014). http://crrs.ca/publications/ov33/

In Tales and Trials of Love, Jeanne Flore (whose identity remains a mystery) depicts an ideal notion of love as a mutually beneficial relationship upheld in a world governed by Venus and Cupid. Jeanne Flore urges her readers—and the characters within the tales—to aspire to achieve and vindicate their right to attain mutual love. These seven tales illustrate various obstacles to that ideal and the consequences of denouncing Cupid’s sovereignty. This first bilingual edition situates these tales within the vibrant cultural context of Renaissance Lyon and demonstrates how they respond to contemporary literary conversations, including the querelle des Amyes, works that considered the role of love in a woman’s life, and Christian humanism, an early movement to reform the Catholic Church from within. READ MORE

Kelly Peebles’s excellent translation and edition of Jeanne Flore’s Comptes amoureux / Tales and Trials of Love (Lyon, 1542) puts Flore back on the map of important French female authors, both for English-speaking readers and for scholars interested more broadly in early modern French print culture.  READ MORE

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Risso, Roberto

«Troppo dolce cosa da leggere…» Il romanzo epistolare italiano del Cinque e Seicento, Torino, Università degli Studi di Torino, 2013.

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Risso, Roberto

«La penna è chiacchierona» Edmondo De Amicis e l’arte del narrare. Franco Cesati Editore, 2018

This monograph examines and analyzes the whole literary production of an author, Edmondo De Amicis (1846-1908) who is well known only for a very limited number of works, especially his best and long seller Cuore (The Heart of a Boy). But his journalist, traveller, narrator, patriot, novelist and educator produced a body of many thousand pages of works so different and so various that no scholar had tried to analyze them in full. This book, resulting from a decade of archival research, readings and travels and above all from a years-long historical researches on the journals and magazines of the times of the authors, gives an in depth study of the major and minor themes of this author, encouraging to face the least known of his works, giving a first hand analysis of his relevance in the past and in the present of Italian and European literature.  READ MORE

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Risso, Roberto

Iozzia, Alberto and Roberto Risso (eds.) Italian Quarterly, Year LV, Nos. 215-218, Fall 2018.  READ MORE

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Schmidt, Johannes

Johannes Schmidt: "Die klare, helle Wahrheit." Johann Gottfried Herders Christliche Schriften als Auseinandersetzung mit Gotthold Ephraim Lessings religionsphilosophischen Spätschriften (Hamburg 2000).

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Schmidt, Johannes

Jeff Love and Johannes Schmidt (annotated translation): F. W. J. Schelling’s Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006)

Jeff Love and Johannes Schmidt offer a fresh translation of Schelling’s enigmatic and influential masterpiece, widely recognized as an indispensable work of German Idealism. The text is an embarrassment of riches—both wildly adventurous and somberly prescient. Martin Heidegger claimed that it was “one of the deepest works of German and thus also of Western philosophy” and that it utterly undermined Hegel’s monumental Science of Logic before the latter had even appeared in print. Schelling carefully investigates the problem of evil by building on Kant’s notion of radical evil, while also developing an astonishingly original conception of freedom and personality that exerted an enormous (if subterranean) influence on the later course of European philosophy from Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard through Heidegger to important contemporary theorists like Slavoj Zizek. READ MORE

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Schmidt, Johannes

Rainer, Godel, Karl Menges, and Johannes Schmidt (eds.): Herder Yearbook 12 (2014).

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Schmidt, Johannes

Rainer, Godel and Johannes Schmidt (eds.): Herder Yearbook 13 (2016).

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Schmidt, Johannes

Staffan Bengtsson, Heinrich Clairmont, Robert Norton, Johannes Schmidt, and Ulrike Wagner: Herder and Religion. Contributions from the 2010 Conference of the International Herder Society at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Heidelberg: Synchron, 2016. 260 pages.

Those interested in the nature and wide-ranging impact of Herder’s religious thought will find this volume to be a valuable companion. The contributors participated in the 2010 meeting of the International Herder Society at the University of Notre Dame, and they approach the question of what religion actually meant for Herder by examining the relationship between the shifting nature of his response and his angle of vision. Interdisciplinary in scope, the essays testify to how his position on religious questions changes, depending on his field of inquiry. Herder the historian, concerned with defining the origin of the Greek and Hebrew Bible, develops answers that differ from those by Herder the anthropologist, concerned with operations of cognitive processes; these in turn diverge from those by Herder the poet and aesthetician. Readers curious about Herder’s positions on religious and theological matters in conversation with others, and how others felt inspired by him, will find contributions ranging from his engagement with figures such as Spinoza and Kant to the influence of his thinking on nineteenth-century Anglo-American religious debates. READ MORE

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Schmidt, Johannes

Rainer, Godel and Johannes Schmidt (eds.): Herder Yearbook 14 (2018).

The Herder Yearbook offers—now for the fourteenth time—a selection of current research on Johann Gottfried Herder. This year’s volume collects eight contributions, among them articles on the Philosophieschrift , the  Plastik , and the  Humanitätsbriefe , as well as on Herder’s mentorship of female writers, Herder’s reception in Italy, the question of Herder’s particular universalism, and on his relationship to Martin Luther. Included are two source editions of Herder’s manuscripts. This volume presents again an extensive Herder bibliography including the continuation of Japanese literature on Herder. Two reviews conclude this volume. The Herder Yearbook is published on behalf of the International Herder Society and presents interdisciplinary scholarship on all aspects of Herder’s works as well as their publication history and reception.  READ MORE

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Schmidt, Johannes

Eva Piirimäe, Liina Lukas, and Johannes Schmidt (eds.). Herder on Empathy and Sympathy. Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, Volume: 311 (2020).

The English-German collection  Herder on Empathy and SympathyEinfühlung und Sympathie im Denken Herders considers the meaning and role of the concepts of empathy and sympathy in Herder’s thought. Herder invokes sympathy in a number of disciplinary domains ranging from metaphysics, biology, anthropology, epistemology, psychology, morality, politics, history, aesthetics to homiletics. While Herder is shown as belonging to a long line of thinkers who view sympathy as a metaphysical principle contributing to the interconnectedness of all parts of nature, he also offers new insights about intra-/inter-species sympathetic communication and distinctively human varieties of sympathy for which he reserves the term “sich einfühlen”. Acknowledging the limits of the natural capacity for “sich einfühlen”, Herder nonetheless calls for its reflective cultivation in various domains. READ MORE

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Gabriela Stoicea

Fictions of Legibility: The Human Face and Body in Modern German Novels from Sophie von La Roche to Alfred Döblin. Transcript (2020)

Gabriela Stoicea examines how the incidence and role of physical descriptions in German novels changed between 1771 and 1929 in response to developments in the study of the human face and body. As well as engaging the tools and methods of literary analysis, the study uses a cultural studies approach to offer a constellation of ideas and polemics surrounding the readability of the human body. By including discussions from the medical sciences, epistemology, semiotics, and aesthetics, the book draws out the multifaceted permutations of corporeal legibility, as well as its relevance for the development of the novel and for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue.

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Touya, Eric

Musique et Poétique à l’Âge du symbolisme: Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Claudel, Valéry. Paris: Editions L’Harmattan, 2005.

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Touya, Eric

French-American Relations: Remembering D-Day after September 11. Lanham: University Press of America, 2008.

A major contention of  French-American Relations  is that the American experience during WWII illustrates "the decency of the American people" (Abraham Lincoln), and gives meaning to the special bond that exists between the two nations. The book points to the differences that exist on both sides of the Atlantic, but also to the common heritage, history, and values that both people share. Its main thesis is that revisiting the experiences at Normandy enables readers to question and envision the paths both nations must take in a post-September 11 world. Professor Touya de Marenne's reflection unfolds through a series of dialogues with American and French veterans who were actively involved in the liberation of France and the defeat of fascism in Europe in 1944–1945. Exploring this relation in the context of current issues (the dialogue among cultures, the challenges of globalization and terrorism, the fate of democracy and civilization, and the path toward peace in the world), this study provides a balanced view and perpetuates the long debate that two of the oldest modern democracies have pursued for over two hundred years.  READ MORE

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Touya, Eric

Francophone Women Writers: Feminisms, Postcolonialisms, Cross-Cultures. Preface by Maryse Condé. Lanham: Lexington Books Publishing, 2011.

This anthology seeks to introduce women writers in the "global" Francophone world by investigating the place of feminist, postcolonial and cross-cultural theories in interpreting women francophone literature. The book also allows the reader to examine the extent to which women writers reflect or negate the conventional archetypes of Francophone literature, how they reinvent the political, cultural and critical discourse of their time and place, and create their own identity from objectification to subjectivity.  READ MORE

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Touya, Eric

The Case for the Humanities: Pedagogy, Polity, Interdisciplinarity. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

Countering the perception that the humanities are unessential, this volume contends that their well-being has not only academic but also cultural, political, and existential ramifications.  
Our technologically-driven world possesses the means of its own destruction, while economic and financial policies undermine the very existence of our democracy. At the same time, the postmodern and post-human age fundamentally challenges our ability and legitimacy to conceive future ideals. It is within this context that the humanities provide essential paths through which the teaching and knowledge of other academic fields such as STEM and economics must be re-envisioned.  In short, the humanities  must be brought back to the center of academic life. 
The political and pedagogical implications of this interdisciplinary study thus entail a renewed critique to rethink the relation between higher education, society, and the world at large (politically, economically, scientifically, and technologically) and the importance of the humanities within it.At the heart of this reconsideration, the humanities’ and humanity’s fate and future become one. READ MORE

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Touya, Eric

Simone de Beauvoir: le combat au féminin.   Collection Que Sais-Je ? Paris: Presses Universitaires de France/Humensis, 2019.

Situating his arguments vis-à-vis major critics like Michel Onfray and Julia Kristeva, Touya de Marenne explores the repercussions of Beauvoir’s philosophical and political complex thought, but also the oppositions that she inspired during the twentieth century, and to the present day in France, the United States, and the world. In a groundbreaking study, Touya demonstrates how Beauvoir deepens and sheds new light like none of her contemporaries on the great questions of our time: the freedom and responsibility of the human being, the condition of women in an androcentric world, the dialogue between peoples, and the fight for justice, through an ethical thought that is contemporary to us.

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Vazsonyi book 1997

Vazsonyi, Nicholas

Lukács Reads Goethe: From Aestheticism to Stalinism. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1997.

Long recognized as one of the foremost literary critics of the twentieth century, the Hungarian-born Georg Lukács (1885-1971) shocked many by turning to Marxism in 1918. Having adopted German as his language of choice, he used his formidable knowledge of European cultural history to revitalize Marxist theory with History and Class Consciousness (1923), and continued to write extensively about literature. His essays on Goethe and Thomas Mann are particularly well known. Even now, discussions about the novel, realism, and literary theory are incomplete without references to his work. The ultimate question posed by Vazsonyi's book is how Lukács in the 1930s was able to write enthusiastically about Goethe, citing him as an ideal exponent of humanism, while simultaneously accepting, even condoning Stalinism. READ MORE

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Vazsonyi, Nicholas

Searching for Common Ground: Diskurse zur deutschen Identität 1750-1871. Ed. Nicholas Vazsonyi. Cologne & Weimar: Böhlau, 2000.

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Vazsoniy, Nicholas

Wagner’s Meistersinger: Performance, History, Representation. Ed. Nicholas Vazsonyi. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2003. Paperback edition 2004.

Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg has been one of the most performed operas ever since its premiere in 1868. It was adopted as Germany's national opera ("Nationaloper"), not least because of its historical coincidence with the unification of Germany under Bismarck in 1871. The first section of this volume, "Performing Meistersinger," contains three commissioned articles from internationally respected artists - a conductor (Peter Schneider), a stage director (Harry Kupfer) and a singer (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau), all experienced in the performance of this unusually demanding 5-hour work. READ MORE

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Vazsonyi book 2010

Vazsonyi, Nicholas

Richard Wagner: Self-Promotion and the Making of a Brand. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Paperback 2012.

All modern artists have had to market themselves in some way. Richard Wagner may just have done it better than anyone else. In a self-promotional effort that began around 1840 in Paris, and lasted for the remainder of his career, Wagner claimed convincingly that he was the most German composer ever and the true successor of Beethoven. More significantly, he was an opera composer who declared that he was not composing operas. Instead, during the 1850s, he mapped out a new direction, conceiving of works that would break with tradition and be literally 'brand new'. This is the first study to examine the innovative ways in which Wagner made himself a celebrity, promoting himself using every means available: autobiography, journal articles, short stories, newspaper announcements, letters, even his operas themselves. Vazsonyi reveals how Wagner created a niche for his works in the crowded opera market that continues to be unique. READ MORE

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Vazsonyi book 2012

Vazsonyi, Nicholas

Richard Wagner. Die Entstehung einer Marke. Bd. 7. Wagner in der Diskussion. Trans. Michael Halfbrodt. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2012.

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Vazsonyi book 2013

Vazsonyi, Nicholas

The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia. Ed. Nicholas Vazsonyi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Paperback 2019.

Richard Wagner is one of the most controversial figures in Western cultural history. He revolutionized not only opera but the very concept of art, and his works and ideas have had an immeasurable impact on both the cultural and political landscapes of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From 'absolute music' to 'Zurich' and from 'Theodor Adorno' to 'Hermann Zumpe', the vividly-written entries of The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia have been contributed by recognized authorities and cover a comprehensive range of topics. More than eighty scholars from around the world, representing disciplines from history and philosophy to film studies and medicine, provide fascinating insights into Wagner's life, career and influence. Multiple appendices include listings of Wagner's works, historic productions, recordings and addresses where he lived, to round out a volume that will be an essential and reliable resource for enthusiasts and academics alike. READ MORE

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Vazsonyi book 2017

Vazsonyi, Nicholas

Music Theater as Global Culture: Wagner’s Legacy Today. Eds. Anno Mungen, Nicholas Vazsonyi, Julie Hubbert, Ivana Rentsch, Arne Stollberg. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2017.

his volume presents the most significant essays written by established and younger scholars as part of the two-year project titled WagnerWorldWide 2013. Conceived by Anno Mungen, Director of the Forschungsinstitut für Musiktheater at the University of Bayreuth, the project comprised a Lecture Series in Fall/Winter 2011-12 and two international conferences, at the University of South Carolina (USA) in January 2013, and at Schloss Thurnau in December 2013. Beyond recognizing the bicentennial of Wagner’s birth, WagnerWorldWide 2013 examines the current significance of the Wagner phenomenon through five overarching themes that link social, political, ideological and aesthetic aspects of the 19th and 21st centuries, as follows: Environment & Nature, Gender & Sexuality, Media & Film, History & Nationalism, Globalization & Markets. Beyond individual treatments, the project seeks to create networks between the themes. Since the concluding conference took place at the end of 2013, the volume also reflects on the anniversary year by examining not only its aesthetic and intellectual results but also the ways in which Wagner was remembered, memorialized, and celebrated. READ MORE

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Vazsonyi book 2020

Vazsonyi, Nicholas

The Cambridge Companion to Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Eds. Mark Berry & Nicholas Vazsonyi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

The Companion is an essential, interdisciplinary tool for those both familiar and unfamiliar with Wagner's Ring. It opens with a concise introduction to both the composer and the Ring, introducing Wagner as a cultural figure, and giving a comprehensive overview of the work. Subsequent chapters, written by leading Wagner experts, focus on musical topics such as 'leitmotif', and structure, and provide a comprehensive set of character portraits, including leading players like Wotan, Brünnhilde, and Siegfried. Further chapters look to the mythological background of the work and the idea of the Bayreuth Festival, as well as critical reception of the Ring, its relationship to Nazism, and its impact on literature and popular culture, in turn offering new approaches to interpretation including gender, race and environmentalism. The volume ends with a history of notable stage productions from the world premiere in 1876 to the most recent stagings in Bayreuth and elsewhere. READ MORE

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Zhang, Yanhua

Transforming Emotions with Chinese Medicine: An Ethnographic Account from Contemporary China. SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. 2007

Chinese medicine approaches emotions and emotional disorders differently than the Western biomedical model. Transforming Emotions with Chinese Medicine offers an ethnographic account of emotion-related disorders as they are conceived, talked about, experienced, and treated in clinics of Chinese medicine in contemporary China. While Chinese medicine (zhongyi) has been predominantly categorized as herbal therapy that treats physical disorders, it is also well known that Chinese patients routinely go to zhongyi clinics for treatment of illness that might be diagnosed as psychological or emotional in the West. Through participant observation, interviews, case studies, and zhongyi publications, both classic and modern, the author explores the Chinese notion of “body-person,” unravels cultural constructions of emotion, and examines the way Chinese medicine manipulates body-mind connections. READ MORE

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