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This volume proposes a new and radically inclusive approach to the study of the book by using gender as a tool of analysis. While female authors and women in the book trades have long been studied, gender itself has yet to be explored as a methodology rather than a subject in book history. We argue that putting gender analysis into practice requires thinking inclusively about both the book world and the interactions of its participants from the beginning.

With twenty-five pioneering case studies that stretch from colonial Peru to modern Delhi, using a variety of intersectional methodologies including network analysis, critical bibliography, and queer theory, Gender and the Book Trades sets out an innovative method of analysing the printed book.

Contributors include: Rebecca Baumann, Montserrat Cachero, Verônica Calsoni Lima, Matthew Chambers, Kanupriya Dhingra, Nora Epstein, Natalia Fantetti, Jessica Farrell-Jobst, Agnes Gehbald, Rabia Gregory, Laura Guinot Ferri, Elizabeth Le Roux, Sarah Lubelski, Natalia Maillard Álvarez, Charley Matthews, Susan McElrath, Kirk Melnikoff, Malcolm Noble, Kate Ozment, Joanna Rozendaal, Kandice Sharren, Valentina Sonzini, Elise Watson, Joëlle Weis, Helen Williams, Alexandra E. Wingate, and Georgianna Ziegler.
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Obstinate Star is a history of Puerto Rico’s independence struggle against Spanish and U.S. colonialism. From the time of the Napoleonic Wars, it traces the movement’s currents, within and beyond the island, linking them to ongoing social conflicts and international trends and conjunctures. Beginning with the radical democratic fight against Spanish control, it moves on to the early reactions to U.S. rule, the role of Nationalism, Communism and New Deal currents during the Great Depression and the Second World War, the rise of new forces in the wake of the Cuban revolution and recent struggles in the epoch of capitalist globalisation.
Before the invention of synthetic sponges, divers culled the seabeds of the Aegean for animal sponges or "sea gold" to supply global demand, while risking paralysis or death from decompression disease. This is a study of sponge diving and the impact of the industry on the inhabitants of Kalymnos and Mediterranean. It is a record of the 10,000 divers who died, the 20,000 who were paralysed between 1886 and 1910, and the women who were there to sustain them when they returned home.