The Cultural Evolution of Postwar Japan by Christopher Keaveney

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of The Cultural Evolution of Postwar Japan: The Intellectual Contributions of Kaizo’s Yamamoto Sanehiko by Christopher Keaveney. Donated by Diana Pho.

Yamamoto Sanehiko’s (1885-1952) achievements as a publisher, writer, politician and entrepreneur in the interwar period served as both a catalyst and a critical template for developments in the postwar period. Yamamoto produced the comprehensive magazine Kaizō that challenged the status quo, he introduced the inexpensive and revolutionary enpon books, he brought important Western figures to Japan for speaking tours, he interpreted China for his contemporaries, and he served as a politician. While exploring the accomplishments the compelling figure, this study sheds new light on the social, cultural, and political changes that occurred in postwar Japan.

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Music and Empire in Britain and India by Bob van der Linden

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of Music and Empire in Britain and India: Identity, Internationalism, and Cross-Cultural Communication, by Bob van der Linden. Donated by Diana Pho.

Partly because of academic disciplinary boundaries, music remains a neglected subject in British Imperial history and, indeed, intellectual history at large. Nonetheless, the imperial encounter was, as this richly detailed new study demonstrates, a sound exercise, and music was a key dimension of identity formation as well as transnational networks and transcultural communication between colonizer and colonized. Specifically, it explores the ways in which rational, moral, and aesthetic motives underlying the institutionalization and modernization of ‘classical’ music converged and diverged in Britain and India out of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. In addition, it tracks subversive, internationalist counter-movements that challenged nationalist musical establishments – as well as the openness of some Britons and Indians to the possibility of learning from each other. Ranging from the groundbreaking folk music research and compositions of Percy Grainger to Sikh sacred music, this study opens up new areas for research by applying music as a lens through which to examine societal and intellectual change.

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Steampunk World, ed. Sarah Hans, Introduction by Diana Pho (signed)

book coverItem Name & Description: a trade paperback of Steampunk World, an anthology edited by Sarah Hans and with an Introduction by Diana Pho. Donated and signed by Diana Pho.

There’s something compelling about the shine of clicking brass clockwork and hiss of steam-driven automatons. But there was something missing. It was easy to find excellent stories of American and British citizens… but we rarely got to see steampunk from the point of view of the rest of the world.

Until now.

Steampunk World is a showcase for nineteen authors to flip the levers and start the pistons and invite you to experience the entirety, including authors Jay Lake, Ken Liu, Nisi Shawl, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Alex Bledsoe, Indrapramit Das, Tade Thompson, and many more.

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The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China by David J. Silbey

book coverItem Name & Description: a trade paperback of The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China by David J. Silbey. Donated by Diana Pho.

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A concise history of an uprising that took down a three-hundred-year-old dynasty and united the great powers

The year is 1900, and Western empires are locked in entanglements across the globe. The British are losing a bitter war against the Boers while the German kaiser is busy building a vast new navy. The United States is struggling to put down an insurgency in the South Pacific while the upstart imperialist Japan begins to make clear to neighboring Russia its territorial ambition. In China, a perennial pawn in the Great Game, a mysterious group of superstitious peasants is launching attacks on the Western powers they fear are corrupting their country. These ordinary Chinese—called Boxers by the West because of their martial arts showmanship—rise up seemingly out of nowhere. Foreshadowing the insurgencies of our recent past, they lack a centralized leadership and instead tap into latent nationalism and deep economic frustration to build their army.

Many scholars brush off the Boxer Rebellion as an ill-conceived and easily defeated revolt, but in The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China, the military historian David J. Silbey shows just how close the Boxers came to beating back the combined might of the imperial powers. Drawing on the diaries and letters of allied soldiers and diplomats, he paints a vivid portrait of the war. Although their cause ended just as quickly as it began, the Boxers would inspire Chinese nationalists—including a young Mao Zedong—for decades to come.

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Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction by Motoko Tanaka

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction by Motoko Tanaka. Donated by Diana Pho.

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Starting with the history of apocalyptic tradition in the West and focusing on modern Japanese apocalyptic science fiction in manga, anime, and novels, Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction shows how science fiction reflected and coped with the devastation in Japanese national identity after 1945. The structure of apocalyptic science fiction reveals what is at stake in Japanese society – cultural continuity, tradition, politics, ideology, reality, communities, and interpersonal relationships – and suggests ways to cope with these crises and visions for the future, both positive and negative. By looking at the postwar period, Motoko Tanaka observes how Japanese apocalyptic discourse has changed in its role as a tool according to the zeitgeists of various decades.

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Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins. Donated by Diana Pho.

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Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist — and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police.

A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.

Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.

Publishers Weekly said, “Sentient water, censored artists, mechanical constructs, old-fashioned detective work, and the secret police are all woven together in this rich and fascinating tapestry.”

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

book coverItem Name & Description: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, a hardcover graphic novel collection. Donated by Diana Pho.

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Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.

Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut.

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ARC of Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older

Half resurrection Blues GalleyItem Name & Description: an ARC (bound galley) of Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older (January 2015), donated by Diana Pho.

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“Because I’m an inbetweener—and the only one anyone knows of at that—the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.”

Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.

One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.

But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death.…

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The Victorian Colonial Romance with the Antipodes by Helen Lucy Blythe

Victorian ColonialItem Name & Description: a copy of The Victorian Colonial Romance with the Antipodes by Helen Lucy Blythe, donated by Diana Pho.

The study treats the Victorian Antipodes as a compelling, fantastical, and utopian site of romance and subsequent satire for five middle-class writers who went to New Zealand between 1840 and 1872. Examining their dreams and experiences and the writing produced from their travels, chapters illuminate how contact with England’s opposite and mirror produced literary studies of motion, distance, inversion, primitivism, and travels in time and space, foregrounding the empire’s instrumental shaping of literary form, challenging realism with romance and gesturing towards science fiction and modernism. It affirms the distinctness of colonial settlements central to the rising specialism of settler colonialism, and highlights the intersection of late-Victorian ideas and post-colonial theories often kept separate in criticism.

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