Ryo MorimotoBased on several years of fieldwork, Nuclear Ghost (UC Press) looks at the lives of residents in Fukushima, Japan, who have survived various catastrophes that occurred in 2011. Given the triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident, the book discusses and explores the ways the community has acclimated to the presence of radiation and the long-term effects these tragedies have had on their lives. Author Ryo Morimoto is joined by other anthropology experts to unpack this phenomenon.
The Pensive Citadel
Victor BrombertA celebration of the lifelong literary career of Victor Brombert, The Pensive Citadel (University of Chicago Press) offers a variety of reflections by the beloved emeritus Princeton professor. The essays by Brombert, a scholar of 19th and 20th century literature, touch on both his personal experience and the impact of various works of literature. Essay titles include “The Permanent Sabbatical,” “The Paradox of Laughter,” and “Cleopatra at Yale.” The book also includes a foreword by Christy Wampole, an assistant professor of French at Princeton. In her final reflections she writes, “Brombert shares his vulnerability with faceless readers, a final gesture of benevolence.”
Monica Huerta *06In her latest book, Monica Huerta *06 tracks the intersection of photography and property law in the 19th century and its legal impact. The Unintended (NYU Press) ultimately highlights the subtle and paradoxical ways legal thinking through photographic lenses reinforces a particular aesthetic of whiteness when it comes to property ownership. Through this unique analysis, Huerta argues that studying photography in relation to property rights further proves the function of white supremacy in U.S. culture and impacts our lives.
Margot CanadayIn Queer Career (Princeton University Press) professor of history Margot Canaday sets out to review and rewrite our understanding of queer people in the workplace. Historically, workplaces have largely been “straight spaces” where queer people passed, often adopting a “don’t ask/don’t tell” practice with their sexuality. As a result, limited attention has been given to the experiences of queer people in the workforce. Canaday uses this book to unpack the history and role employment insecurity played in gay life in postwar America.
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