Cambria Press Publication Review: Opening to China

Congratulations to Professor Charlotte Furth on the outstanding review of her book, Opening to China: A Memoir of Normalization, 1981–1982, by China Review International.

Modern Chinese History

The review notes that

For those who saw China at this time, this book is a touching reminder of the tentativeness of the whole affair – how Americans and Chinese alike were desperate to meet and get to know each other – and how difficult that was in reality – as cultural gaps and political realities loomed in the background of every encounter.

It further adds that:

Opening to China tells us also about the life of one of our most important China scholars, and through that life we see the growth and maturation of the field of modern Chinese history in the twentieth century. … this book about her time there informs us about the fraught nature of public diplomacy. …those interested in this key period of relations between the United States and China will find in this book a detailed and evocative picture of the personal side of public diplomacy. At the same time, it is a jolly good read.

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Cambria Press Publication Review: The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Congratulations to Professor Christopher Lupke on the excellent review of his book, The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien: Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion, by Film International, which praises it for being

a well-informed book straddling between the disciplines of Chinese Studies and Film Studies and is highly relevant to film buffs, sinophiles, film researchers, and students.

The review notes that Lupke’s book:

provides Chinese-speaking readers a cinematic approach to Hou’s well-known and less well-known works and non-Chinese speaking readers a holistic view on Hou’s works and a window into Chinese-language scholarship on Hou. By detaching Hou Hsiao-hsien’s works from the frequently-used framework of European arthouse tradition, the book strives to move away from a Eurocentric view and delves deep into film texts. Plot summary is detailed; historical settings and socio-political undertone are foregrounded.

The review also commends the book because

The ambition of balancing between Chinese Studies and Film Studies and between textual analysis, contextual information, and theoretical discussion is also rather difficult to achieve. Yet the book remains an enjoyable read for lovers of Hou’s films and a comprehensive and informative guide to the sinophone world of Hou Hsiao-hsien; it bridges the scholarship on Hou in English and Chinese and embraces Hou’s oeuvres in its entirety.

This book is in the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed by Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania) and the Cambria Global Performing Arts Series headed by John M. Clum (Duke University).

Hou Hsiao-hsien

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Cambria Press Publication Review: Christos Tsiolkas

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Gildersleeve on the outstanding review of her book, Christos Tsiolkas: The Utopian Vision in the journal Australian Literary Studies.

The review notes that:

“The great attractiveness of Gildersleeve’s study is that she manages to encounter the fundamental tension between different versions of Tsiolkas without needing to narrativise his career in a way that is governed by any particular set of terms. She does this through her astute use of affect theory to set up another way of encountering his work. … By bringing affect theory into dialogue with current cultural discourses she aims to show us ‘how Australian writing can work as part of a broader network of cultural reparative strategies’ (17).

It adds that the chapters are “lucid, well-constructed and very learned” and that

“Gildersleeve writes eloquently and sympathetically. She is terrifically erudite, which enables her to generate unexpected insights into the broader literary and cultural context. Her expertise as a scholar of modernism is evident at the moments that Conrad, Eliot, Mann and others pop up. She is also theoretically very capacious, and gracious with regard to other critics.”

The review further notes that:

the book strikes me as a fascinating example of a trend in literary studies that really does deserve more attention: a desire for a notion of Bildung that is called into being at the very moment that literary culture, not to mention broader forms of historical and critical literacy, seem most threatened by new media forms that have thoroughly undermined the very ideal of community to which Bildung appeals.

Finally, the review recommends Christos Tsiolkas: The Utopian Vision because it “will be an important touchstone for anyone interested in Tsiolkas and affect theory, or in Australia’s contemporary literary landscape more generally.”

This book is in the Cambria Australian Literature Series, headed by Dr. Susan Lever.

Christos Tsiolkas

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APSA 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award goes to Michael A. Genovese

Congratulations to Dr. Michael A. Genovese on winning the prestigious APSA 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award. This award honors an outstanding contribution to undergraduate and graduate teaching political science at two- or four-year institutions.

Dr. Genovese is Professor of Political Science, President of World Policy Institute, and the Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books, including The Encyclopedia of the American PresidencyThe Power of the American Presidency 1789-2000, and The Paradoxes of the American Presidency. His latest books are The Trumping of American Politics (released September 2017) and How Trump Governs (forthcoming Fall 2017).




How Trump Governs (forthcoming Fall 2017)

Dr. Genovese will be chairing the #APSA2017 session “The Foundations of Executive Legitimacy” on Saturday at 2PM at Hilton Union Square in Continental Parlor 9.

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CNN interview with Michael Genovese on the Charlottesville protest

Dr. Michael A. Genovese, President of Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University, was on CNN to discuss President Donald Trump’s statements about the Charlottesville protest.

Dr. Genovese’s latest book, The Trumping of American Politics, will be released this month; and his next book, How Trump Governs, will be released this fall.

Michael A Genovese

Below are the links to the three segments of the discussion:

Segment 1

“It’s about morals. It’s about truth. It’s about who we are as a people. It’s a defining moment, and we have to choose.” —Michael A. Genovese

Segment 2

“Can the president lead? Only if he wants to. He can’t just speak to the base. He has to speak to all of us. […] Right now he is in jeopardy of losing the establishment of the Republican party. He cannot govern without them.” —Michael A. Genovese

Segment 3

“History is important. We should not cover it up. We should not obliterate it. We need to learn the lessons of history — the good, the bad, and the ugly. But the equivalency argument that the president and some other people make is a false one. You’re talking about those who made, built, and invented American versus those who are traitors to it and tried to destroy it. And so, who you honor tells a lot about who you are.” —Michael A. Genovese

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Cambria Press Publication Review: Cosmopolitanism in China, 1600–1950

Congratulations to Professors Minghui Hu and Johan Elverskog on the journal review of their book Cosmopolitanism in China, 1600–1950. The review, published by Comparative Literature and World Literature, commends the book for being a “handsome volume … organized chronologically and by topics, accompanied by a short introduction by the editors plus a useful index.”

The review also states that “taken together or read one by one, the eight chapters collected in this volume illustrate what Elverskog rightly concluded, that ‘there did exist a tradition of Qing cosmopolitanism, and that the Chinese tradition has the cultural, intellectual and religious resources needed to foster cosmopolitanism.’”

Cosmopolitanism in China

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Town Square Discussion on Partisanship and Book Signing by Ray LaHood

The only elected Republican selected for President Obama’s Cabinet, former U.S. transportation secretary and congressman Ray LaHood sought to bridge the partisan divide between the new Democratic administration and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

In 2015, LaHood, along with coauthor Dr. Frank H. Mackaman of The Dirksen Congressional Center, released their book Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics, which has been highly praised by both Democrats and Republicans.

On Sunday, August 13, 2017, LaHood will discuss partisanship in politics. The discussion will be moderated by Rick Pearson, the Chicago Tribune chief political reporter, and is part of Aurora University’s Town Square Series. LaHood will be signing copies of his book after the event. The book can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. For more information on the event and to register, click here.

Ray LaHood

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