Publications Program: New Titles

September 19, 2016

The Asia Center Publications Program is on track to publish about 15 new titles in 2016 plus three new paperbacks. Five of the new titles and the three paperbacks are scheduled for Fall publication. This year’s book list features several longer, more complex works that were approved prior to a change in policy to limit the length of new titles.

The three paperbacks came out in the summer. They are:

  • Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Wifely Fidelity by Beverly Bossler
  • A Continuous Revolution: Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture by Barbara Mittler
  • The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy by Nicolas Tackett.

Five new hardcover titles will be published this fall, including:

  • Transgressive Typologies: Constructions of Gender and Power in Early Tang China by Rebecca Doran;
  • Li Mengyang, the North-South Divide, and Literati Learning in Ming China by Chang Woei Ong
  • Itineraries of Power: Texts and Traversals in Heian and Medieval Japan by Terry Kawashima
  • Assembling Shinto: Buddhist Approaches to Kami Worship in Medieval Japan by Anna Andreeva
  • No Great Wall: Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, 1927-1945 by Felix Boecking

Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Wifely Fidelity tracks gender relation changes from the 10th through 14th centuries by looking at courtesans, concubines, and faithful wives.

A Continuous Revolution: Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture looks at the Cultural Revolution Culture legacy through the lens of propaganda art, pulling together both readings and personal interviews.

The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristrocracy uses funerary biographies, Geographic Information System methods, and social network analysis to tackle the mysterious disappearance of China’s medieval “great clans” by the tenth century.

Transgressive Typologies: Constructions of Gender and Power in Early Tang China follows the powerful Chinese women leaders of the late seventh and early eighth centuries within their literary-historical context and offers analysis on the viewpoints.

Li Mengyang, the North-South Divide, and Literati Learning in Ming China is a study of scholar-official Li Mengyang whose aim in sixteenth-century China to bring back ancient prose and poetry styles sparked the literary archaist movement.

Itineraries of Power: Texts and Traversals in Heian and Medieval Japan examines the coexistence of literal traversals and literary shifts in prose narratives and poetry of the mid-Heian to medieval era (900-1400).

Assembling Shinto: Buddhist Approaches to Kami Worship in Medieval Japan examines “assemblage” for kami worship that served as a precursor to modern Shinto.

No Great Wall: Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, 1927-1945 looks at Nationalist tariff policy, and its collapse, as the key to Communist seizure of power in China.