More Faculty Books

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Italian Renaissance Art
Thames & Hudson, 2011

By Stephen J. Campbell
Professor, History of Art

Combining an easy-to-follow chronological structure with a survey that makes recent scholarship accessible to undergraduates, Italian Renaissance Art, a book for nonspecialists, tells the story of art in the great centers of Rome, Florence, and Venice, while profiling a range of other centers throughout Italy.

How Strange the Change: Language, Temporality, and Narrative Form in Peripheral Modernisms
Stanford University Press, 2011
By Andrew Marc Caplan
Assistant Professor, German and Romance Languages and Literatures

Caplan argues that the literatures of marginal modern cultures are key to understanding modernism. He undertakes a comparison of 19th-century Yiddish literature and 20th-century Anglophone and Francophone African literature and reveals unexpected similarities between them.

In Defense of Religious Moderation
Columbia Univerisity Press, 2011
By William Egginton
Professor and Chair, German and Romance Languages and Literatures

In this book, Egginton laments the current debate over religion in America, in which religious fundamentalists have set the tone of political discourse and prominent atheists treat religious belief as the root of all evil. Neither of these positions, Egginton argues, adequately represents the attitudes of a majority of Americans.

Protest with Chinese Characteristics: Demonstrations,
Riots, and Petitions in the Mid-Qing Dynasty

Columbia University Press, 2011
By Ho-fung Hung
Associate Professor, Sociology

The origin of political modernity has long been tied to the Western history of protest and revolution, the currents of which many believe sparked popular dissent worldwide. Reviewing nearly one thousand instances of protest in China from the 18th to the early 19th centuries, Ho-fung Hung charts an evolution of Chinese dissent that stands apart from Western trends.

Alker and IR: Global Studies in an Interconnected World
Routledge, 2011
By Renée Marlin-Bennett
Professor, Political Science

International relations has rarely been thought of as a blend of social sciences and humanistic approaches that explore the connections of a global world. One scholar who has accomplished this blend is Hayward R. Alker. This book presents essays from scholars who have been influenced by Alker’s approach.

From Villain to Hero:Odysseus in Ancient Thought
Univerisity of Michigan Press, 2011
By Silvia Montiglio
Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics

From Villain to Hero explores the reception of Odysseus in philosophy, a subject that so far has been treated only in tangential or limited ways. Diverging from previous studies, Montiglio outlines the philosophers’ Odysseus across the spectrum, from the Socratics to the Middle Platonists.

Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics

University of Minnesota Press, 2011
By Lester Spence
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Using survey data, neoliberal ideology, experiments, and case studies, Spence explores African Americans’ hopes and fears about hip-hop’s potential political power.