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The African American Novel in the Early Twenty-First Century comprises fourteen essays, each focussing on recent, widely known fiction by acclaimed African American authors. This volume showcases the originality, diversity, and vitality of contemporary African American literature, which has reached a bewildering yet exhilarating stage of disruption and continuity between today and yesterday, homegrown and diasporic identities, and local and global interrelatedness. Additionally, it delves into the complexity of the Black literary imagination and its interaction with broader cultural contexts. Lastly, it reflects on the evolution of the African American community, its tribulations, triumphs, challenges, and prospects.
Is there a special place for the Low Countries in art history’s current debates on global mobility? How should we conceive of the globalization of Netherlandish art in the early modern period, and in what ways does the distinctively worldly orientation of the Netherlands in this period contribute to early modern visual culture? This volume examines how artworks produced in the wake of European expansion—art produced in the Netherlands in reaction to the world outside of Europe and art made outside of Europe in reaction to encounters with the Netherlands—helps us better understand the cultural impacts of globalization.
Homo Mimeticus 2.0 in Art, Philosophy and Technics
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It is tempting to affirm that on and about November 2022 (post)human character changed. The revolution in A.I. simulations certainly calls for an updated of the ancient realization that humans are imitative animals, or homo mimeticus. But the mimetic turn in posthuman studies is not limited to A.I.: from simulation to identification, affective contagion to viral mimesis, robotics to hypermimesis, the essays collected in this volume articulate the multiple facets of homo mimeticus 2.0. Challenging rationalist accounts of autonomous originality internal to the history of Homo sapiens, this volume argues from different—artistic, philosophical, technological—perspectives that the all too human tendency to imitate is, paradoxically, central to our ongoing process of becoming posthuman.
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This edited volume brings together authors from a wide variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. A historian first investigates understudied samizdat literature, a film critic then analyzes Balkan cinema via psychoanalysis, a psychologist examines contemporary European border policies, and a political scientist analyzes the Confederate-memorial debate. Philosophers consider the space of those memorials, ethno-national narratives in India, the Anthropocene and the mind’s historical imaginary, and the notion of home. Literary critics examine recent developments in modes of storytelling and images of Orientalism. What emerges is a new understanding of history, memory, and time.
This book's primary task is to test the contemporary value of performance and performativity. Performative Identities in Culture: From Literature to Social Media undertakes this task via a host of chapters on a vast spectrum of performativity-related topics such as: literature (British, American, Welsh), film, art, social media, and sports. Within these contexts, the book raises a number of questions relevant today. How is minority culture constructed and performed in literature? How can one manifest identity in multicultural contexts? How has performativity been transformed in audiovisual media, like film, video games and social media? And, can the digital itself be performative?
Critical Studies seeks to foster cross-disciplinarity and to participate in the ongoing reconfiguration of the Humanities and Social Sciences, while challenging received conceptual frameworks and perspectives, be they entrenched or “current”. To this aim, Critical Studies publishes guest-edited multi-authored collections of essays by scholars and intellectuals coming from various disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. It is now open also for monographs by a single author. The series welcomes volumes dealing with a vast range of topics, from the most enduring to the most contemporary, such as new synergetic approaches to future and emerging technologies, and Artificial Intelligence in societal relations, as well as re-visions of what it means to be human and digital. Whether topics initially pertain to the fields of cultural studies, gender studies, media studies, the heritage of colonialism, or post-humanist criticism to name just a few, special consideration is given to collections that: 1. produce innovative cross-disciplinary analyses by involving multiple theoretical contexts and/or cultural areas; 2. do not content themselves with applying methodologies or theories but submit their own propositions to critical scrutiny; 3. endeavour to open new questions and to posit new subjects for investigation based on their methodological and theoretical innovation.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals to the publisher at BRILL, Christa Stevens.
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All submissions are subject to a double-anonymous peer review process prior to publication.
Readings in Environmental Humanities
The series Nature, Culture and Literature is dedicated to publications approaching literature and other forms of text-based communication from an ecological standpoint. It provides a platform for the practice of ecocriticism in the broadest sense, understood as an issue-driven field of cultural enquiry comprising critical textual analysis and theorising on human/nature relations.

The series publishes single-author monographs and thematically focused collections of essays, on literature across languages, cultures and periods, and on other forms of writing. It is open to scholars working in green media studies, environmental history, philosophy, social and cultural theory, and linguistics, as well as national literatures and comparative literature.

Individual volumes focus on a specific area of research, these can include:
・Examining the work of a single author or the characteristics of the environmental imagination in a particular culture.
・Mapping one of the themes central to popular understandings of nature and explore their creative reconfiguration (e.g. nature and national/regional identity, human/ animal relations, or climate change).
・Developing and illustrating a particular theoretical approach (for instance in ecolinguistics, energy humanities, or econarratology / ecopoetics).

All volumes are peer reviewed.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals to the publisher at BRILL, Christa Stevens.