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August 20, 2009

CULTURAL STUDIES

- Learning at the Museum Frontiers: Identity, Race and Power

By Viv Golding, lecturer in museum studies, University of Leicester. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754646914

Golding argues that the museum can function as a frontier, tackle injustice and social exclusion, challenge racism, enhance knowledge and promote truth.

- War and Cinema: The Logistics of Perception

By Paul Virilio, director, Ecole Speciale d'Architecture. Verso, £6.99. ISBN 9781844673469

Through a history of weaponry, photography and cinematography, key war strategists and movie directors, Virilio aims to show how military "ways of seeing" have transformed the world.

HISTORY

- American Religious Responses to Kristallnacht

Edited by Maria Mazzenga, education archivist, American Catholic History Research Center. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230618060

Contributors examine how American Protestants, Catholics and Jews responded to the Nazis' persecution of Jews in the 1930s, focusing on their reactions to Kristallnacht.

LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS

- Arabic Sociolinguistics

By Reem Bassiouney, assistant professor of Arabic linguistics, Georgetown University. Edinburgh University Press, £60.00 and £19.99. ISBN 9780748623747 and 3730

This introduction to Arabic sociolinguistics discusses major trends in research on diglossia, code-switching, gendered discourse, language change and language policies.

LAW

- Deleuze and Law: Forensic Futures

Edited by Rosi Braidotti, distinguished professor of humanities, Utrecht University, Claire Colebrook, Edwin Earle Sparks professor of English, Pennsylvania State University, and Patrick Hanafi, professor of law, Birkbeck, University of London. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230210172

This volume considers the concept of life as it operates in law, politics and contemporary culture.

LITERATURE

- The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism

By Alan Tansman, professor of modern Japanese literature and culture, University of California, Berkeley. University of California Press, £34.95. ISBN 9780520245051

Tansman discusses how a seemingly innocent sensibility helped create an "aesthetic of fascism" in the years leading up to the Second World War.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

- Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity: Derrida, Levinas, and Contemporary French Thought

By Simon Critchley, professor of philosophy, University of Essex. Verso, £6.99. ISBN 9781844673513

By examining thinkers such as Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, Critchley tackles the nature of ethical experience and its relation to politics.

- On Myself, and Other, Less Important Subjects

By Caspar Hare, associate professor of philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Princeton University Press, £20.95. ISBN 9780691135311

Hare makes a case for "egocentric presentism": what happens when we see things from our own point of view.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

J - Cosmetic Surgery: A Feminist Primer

Edited by Cressida J. Heyes, Canada research chair in philosophy of gender and sexuality, University of Alberta, and Meredith Jones, lecturer, Institute for Interactive Media and Learning, University of Technology, Sydney. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754676997

Scholars discuss the complexity of feminist engagements with the cosmetic surgery phenomenon.

J = Review forthcoming.

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