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  • Staged Seductionby Akiko Takeyama

    Stanford University Press 2016; US$ 22.95

    In the host clubs of Tokyo's Kabuki-cho red-light district, ambitious young men seek their fortunes by selling love, romance, companionship, and sometimes sex to female consumers for exorbitant sums of money. Staged Seduction reveals a world where all intimacies and feigned feelings are fair game for the hosts who employ feathered bangs, polished... more...

  • Batik: Traditional Textiles of Indonesiaby Rudolf Smend; Donald Harper

    Tuttle Publishing 2016; US$ 29.99

    Batik occupies a special place in Indonesian culture. Each fabric has a rich story to tellas a reflection of the nation's religious beliefs, sophisticated court cultures and cosmopolitan history. The extraordinary textiles in this book are from the collections of Rudolf Smend and Donald Harper. Most date from the period 1880 to 1930 when the art... more...

  • The Domesticated Penisby Loretta A. Cormier; Sharyn R. Jones

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 49.95

    The Domesticated Penis challenges long-held assumptions that, in the development of Homo sapiens, form follows function alone. In this fascinating exploration, Loretta A. Cormier and Sharyn R. Jones explain the critical contribution that conscious female selection has made to the attributes of the modern male phallus. Synthesizing a wealth of... more...

  • The Work of the Deadby Thomas W. Laqueur

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 39.95 US$ 31.96

    The Greek philosopher Diogenes said that when he died his body should be tossed over the city walls for beasts to scavenge. Why should he or anyone else care what became of his corpse? In The Work of the Dead , acclaimed cultural historian Thomas Laqueur examines why humanity has universally rejected Diogenes?s argument. No culture has been indifferent... more...

  • Stays and Body Image in Londonby Lynn Sorge-English

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 52.95

    This book fills a significant gap in the literature on eighteenth-century social and cultural history. Starting with their production and trade, Sorge-English looks at the intricacies of the staymaker?s craft, the role of gender in the design and manufacture of stays and the changing shape of stays over time. more...

  • Drink in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuriesby Susanne Schmid; Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 52.95

    This collection of essays covers the representation and practice of drinking a variety of beverages across eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and North America. The case studies in this volume cover drinking culture from a variety of perspectives, including literature, history, anthropology and the history of medicine. more...

  • English Festivalsby Laurence Whistler

    Dean Street Press 2015; US$ 4.36

    Shortly after the end of World War II, Laurence Whistler set out to write ?a guide to the festivals of England as they are and as they might be?: the result is a captivatingly readable and enchanting narrative, the ancient holidays revealed as a microcosm of the wheel of life in England. Christmas, New Year, Twelfth night, Easter, May Day, Whitsun,... more...

  • A Taste of Powerby Katharina Vester

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    Since the founding of the United States, culinary texts and practices have played a crucial role in the making of cultural identities and social hierarchies. A Taste of Power examines culinary writing and practices as forces for the production of social order and, at the same time, points of cultural resistance. Culinary writing has helped shape... more...

  • Kvetching and Shpritzingby Joseph Dorinson

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 55.00

    Jewish humor, with its rational skepticism and cutting social criticism, permeates American popular culture. Scholars of humor--from Sigmund Freud to Woody Allen--have studied the essence of the Jewish joke, at once a defense mechanism against a hostile world and a means of cultural affirmation. Where did this wit originate? Why do Jewish humorists... more...

  • Dressing for the Culture Warsby Betty Luther Hillman

    UNP - Nebraska 2015; US$ 40.00

    Style of dress has always been a way for Americans to signify their politics, but perhaps never so overtly as in the 1960s and 1970s. Whether participating in presidential campaigns or Vietnam protests, hair and dress provided a powerful cultural tool for social activists to display their politics to the world and became both the cause and a symbol... more...

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