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In 1800s New York, the overlapping interests of middle-class families and the wealthy produced a cultural practice that’s still in place today.
The practice of buying Christmas presents for children predates the spread of corporate capitalism in the United States: It began during the first half of the 1800s, particularly in New York City, and was part of a broader transformation of Christmas from a time of public revelry into a home- and child-centered holiday.
In the nearly two centuries since New Yorkers instigated the invention of today’s Christmas rituals, American families have invested gift-giving and other widely practiced holiday traditions with their own unique meanings.

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The Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong, 1921-1969

This book describes the adaptation of American women to cross-cultural situations in Hong Kong from 1921 to 1969. The Maryknoll Sisters were first American Catholic community of women founded for overseas missionary work, and were the first American sisters in Hong Kong. Maryknollers were independent, outgoing, and joyful women who were highly educated, and acted in professional capacities as teachers, social workers and medical personnel. The assertion of this book is that the mission provided Maryknollers what they had long desired – equal emplyment opportunities – which were only later emphasized in the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s.

The Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong, 1921-1969

The Making of the Modern State

Nelson provides a historical overview of the theoretical and ideological evolution of the modern state, from pre-state and pre-modern state formations to the present. A major theme of the book is the need to understand the modern state holistically, as a totality of social, political, and ideological factors.

The Making of the Modern State

The Many Faces of Judge Lynch

“A ground breaking study of extralegal violence that considers the changing meaning and use of the term “”lynching”” throughout American history.”

The Many Faces of Judge Lynch

The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary, 1613-1680

This is the first book to study the work and influence of Elizabeth Cary, author of the first original play by a woman to be printed in English, The Tragedyie of Mariam (1613). Previous criticism focused concentrated on this and The History of Edward II , this volume incorporates critical and historical analyses of other genres too.

The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary, 1613-1680

The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood

In a series of paradigmatic readings of Ren Girard, Peter Sloterdijk, Michael Haneke, Anselm Kiefer, Michel Houellebecq, Elfriede Jelinek, Giorgio Agamben, Naqvi examines the current fascination with victimhood and the desire for victim status.

The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood

The Letter of Violence

This book traces the theory of violence from nineteenth-century symmetrical warfare through today’s warfare of electronics and unbalanced numbers. Surveying such luminaries as Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, Paul Virilio, and Jacques Derrida, Avelar also offers a discussion of theories of torture and confession, the work of Roman Polanski and Borges, and a meditation on the rise of the novel in Colombia.

The Letter of Violence

The Legacy of Primo Levi

This collection represents some of the latest research on Primo Levi, the famous Auschwitz survivor Italian author, in the field of Italian Studies, Holocaust Studies, Jewish Studies, literary theory, philosophy, and ethics. The author has collected an impressive group of scholars, including Ian Thomson, who has published a well-received biography of Levi in the UK (a US edition is due this year); Alexander Stille, who is a staff writer got the New Yorker as well as for the New York Times (he is also the author of Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families under Fascism ); and David Mendel, who knew Levi and had an extensive correspondence with the Italian writer. There are four essays on Levi’s complex and fertile theory of the ‘Gray Zone’ and further essays on the myriad aspects of this thought. This is an excellent collection with new perspectives and interpretations of the life and work of Primo Levi.

The Legacy of Primo Levi

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