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New Book Publications

New Book Publications

Featuring new publications from a rich array of scholars from multiple humanistic disciplines across Rutgers—from law to language, from philosophy to art, from history to gender studies, from sociology to health—who are committed to the study of race and related systems of inequity. We showcase the depth and breadth of their research and writing, as we work collaboratively towards the vision of a more just and equitable world.

In the near future, a young woman finds her mother’s body starfished on the kitchen floor in Queens and sets on a journey through language, archives, artificial intelligence, and TV for a way back into herself. She begins to translate an old manuscript about a group of female medical students―living through a drought and at the edge of the war―as they create a new way of existence to help the people around them. In the process, the translator’s life and the manuscript begin to become entangled.

Creole Noise is a history of Creole, or 'dialect', literature and performance in the English-speaking Caribbean, from the late eighteenth century to the early 19th century. By emphasizing multiracial origins, transnational influences, and musical performance alongside often violent historical events of the nineteenth century, it revises the common view that literary dialect in the Caribbean was a relatively modern, 20th century phenomenon, associated with regional anti-colonial or black-affirming nationalist projects. 

The word “dignity” is not typically used in education, yet it is at the core of strong pedagogy. By bringing together a collection of chapters written by authors with wide-ranging expertise, this volume presents a powerful approach to education that reminds people of their somebodiness—the premise that each person inherently possesses the intellectual acumen and creative resources to pursue development on their own terms.

Ghost Letters creates a ghost mother who becomes a presiding presence in Baba Badji’s first collection of poems. His poetry explores what it means to be Senegalese, American, and Black, as well as the bonds of Black people across the Black diaspora.

For nearly two decades, Patrick Rosal has been one of the most beloved and admired poets in the United States, bringing together the most dynamic aspects of literary and performance poetry. The son of Filipino immigrants (his father was a lapsed Catholic priest), he has made a life of bridging worlds―literary, ethnic, national, spiritual―through his poetry, and has been recognized with some of the highest honors and countless devoted readers.

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