From China to modern-day Palestine, from Renaissance Europe to Reagan’s America of the 1980s, Duke’s new faculty books will take you on a fascinating journey through time and space. We present to you a selection of books published at the end of 2021.
Many books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the “Duke Authors” racks near the Perkins Library circulation desk. Some are available as eBooks for quick downloading. Most can also be purchased through the Gothic Bookstore.
[Duke Today will provide January and February books next month. If you are a member of the Duke faculty or staff who will be publishing a book of interest to a general audience, send us a message about it along with your publisher’s brief description.]
Rey Chow: A Face Drawn in Sand: Humanistic Inquiry and Foucault in the Present (Columbia University Press)
Emeritus Professor Andrew W. Mellon in the Humanities, Rey Chow uses the work of Michel Foucault to unravel the impasses and potentialities of humanistic research in the contemporary Western university. Chow again emphasizes the fundamental intellectual and pedagogical goals of the humanities: how to analyze texts in all languages and disciplines, how to form and sustain viable arguments, and how to rethink familiar problems.
Susan J. Dunlap: Shelter Theology: The Religious Lives of People without Homes (Fortress Press)
Susan Dunlap teaches pastoral care at Duke Divinity School and is chaplain at Urban Ministries in Durham. Dunlap observed the “practical theology” expressed by shelter residents in extreme poverty and wanted to fully vindicate it in a book. As she told the Washington Post, “I wanted to develop a respect for the theological worlds that emerged from suffering and persist because they continue to convey God’s love, mercy, and power.”
Owen Flanagan: How to Do Things with Emotions: The Morality of Anger and Shame Across Cultures (Princeton University Press)
Through comparative insights from anthropology, psychology and cross-cultural philosophy, Owen Flanagan gives us deep insight into how culture shapes our emotions – and how we can benefit, as individuals and as than society, less anger and more shame. Flanagan is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and also holds positions in psychology and neuroscience.
Alex Harris: Our Strange New Earth (Yoffy Press)
Alex Harris, professor emeritus and founder of the Center for Documentary Studies, has chosen to examine the rapidly changing world of independent fiction filmmaking in this book of photographs, commissioned by the High Museum of Atlanta as part of its series Picturing the South. Shot on more than 40 film sets across the region, Harris’ photographs provide insight into life in the American South with all its complexities and reveal a new generation of filmmakers grappling with issues of race, gender, and identity. class and sexuality.
Frances Hasso: Buried in the Red Dirt: Race, Reproduction, and Death in Modern Palestine (Cambridge University Press)
Bringing together a wide range of sources, including colonial archives, newspaper articles, literature, oral histories and interviews, Frances Hasso tells a story of life, death and reproduction, as well as bodies and missing experiences, during and since the British colonial period in Palestine. . Hasso is a professor in the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminism Studies program with supporting appointments in the history and sociology departments.
Simon Miles, co-editor: “The Reagan Moment: America and the World in the 1980s” (Cornell University Press)
Simon Miles and his co-editor Jonathan R. Hunt bring together a cohort of scholars with new insights from untapped and declassified global sources to recast Reagan’s pivotal years in power and place American foreign relations in a global context. Miles is an assistant professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and author of Engaging the Evil Empire.
Richard J. Powell: Black Art: A Cultural History. Third Edition (Thames & Hudson)
The new edition of this groundbreaking study explores visual representations of black culture across the world throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. The book showcases black art drawn from across the African diaspora and showcases artwork in a wide range of media, including film, photography, performance art, and sculpture. Richard J. Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History.
Dale Purves: Why Brains Don’t Compute (Springer)
In his new book, Dale Purves examines what seems to be the fundamental challenge of neuroscience today: understanding how the experience generated by the human brain relates to the physical world in which we live. It presents the argument and evidence that masterminds solve this problem on an entirely trial-and-error basis. Purves is the George B. Geller Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology.
Maureen Quilligan: When Women Ruled the World: Making the Renaissance in Europe (Liveright)
In this revisionist story, a Renaissance scholar shows how four powerful women – Mary Tudor; Elizabeth I; Mary, Queen of Scots; and Catherine de’ Medici – redefined the culture of European monarchy in the 16th century. Maureen Quilligan is the R. Florence Brinkley Professor Emeritus of English.
Alex Roland: Delta of Power: The Military-Industrial Complex (Johns Hopkins University Press)
Roland, who taught military history and the history of technology, now tells the full story of the military-industrial complex (MIC), from 1961, the Cold War and the War on Terror, to the present day. Roland, professor emeritus of history, argues that the MIC is now very different from what it was when Eisenhower warned of its dangers, still wielding a significant but diminished influence in American life.
Lester Ruth, co-author: A History of Contemporary Praise & Worship: Understanding the Ideas That Remodeled the Protestant Church (Baker Academic)
New forms of worship have transformed the face of the American Church over the past 50 years. This volume authored by two worship experts draws on primary sources and interviews to offer the first comprehensive history of contemporary praise and worship and their impact. Lester Ruth is a Christian worship historian at Duke Divinity School.
Anna Sun, co-editor: Situating Spirituality: Contemporary Spiritual Practice in Global Context (Oxford University Press)
As levels of religious belief and observance decline in much of the Western world, the number of people who identify as “spiritual but not religious” is on the rise, and practices such as yoga, meditation and pilgrimage are gaining popularity. Anna Sun, associate professor of religious studies, and the co-editors have collected essays that show how seemingly personal facets of spirituality are shaped by religious, cultural and political contexts.
Paul P. Wang, co-author: The Scientification of China (Cambridge University Press)
This book studies Chinese scientific words, language and culture and how they have contributed to the evolution of Chinese civilization and the development of the digital economy. The late Paul P. Wang was a professor emeritus at the Pratt School of Engineering and a pioneer in artificial intelligence. He died in 2021 after serving on the Duke faculty for nearly four decades.
Sarah Wilbur: Funding Agencies: Five Decades of Dance Creation at the National Endowment for the Arts (Wesleyan University Press)
Wilbur, assistant professor of dance practice at Duke, examines how NEA funding policies have shaped the field of dance. Drawing on archival documents as well as insider testimonials past and present, this institutional history brings clarity to the complex processes that underpin the ongoing struggle to achieve equitable resource distribution and gender parity. chances in American dancing. A free electronic copy is available from Duke University Libraries.