New books available (April)

Discover the new acquisitions of The AUP Library

Selection of books

 

China in the era of Xi Jinping domestic and foreign policy challenges, by Ross, Robert S. (Editor); Bekkevold, Jo Inge (Editor)

China in the era of Xi Jinping domestic and foreign policy challenges by Robert S. Ross and Jo Inge Bekkevold

“Xi Jinping became general secretary of the Communist Party of China in 2013, taking his leadership role at a time of continuing economic expansion and military modernization that seem destined to make China a superpower. Xi has become China’s most powerful and popular leader since Mao, and his vision of the “Chinese dream” of “great renewal” does not seem like an empty political slogan. But the image of China’s meteoric rise masks some problems that are simmering both at home and abroad. This book will examine the prospects for China’s continuing rise but also the emergent and unintended consequences posed by China’s domestic transformation and international assertiveness. The three most urgent and interrelated domestic challenges facing China’s leaders are sustaining economic growth, fighting corruption, and maintaining social stability. In foreign policy, its neighbors and the United States have questions about what China wants and whether it will be a revisionist state or be content with most aspects of the status quo. There is also concern that nationalist pressures within China may put domestic pressure on foreign policy”. [Source Publisher]

 

Toms River : A Story of Science and Salvation by Fagin, Dan

Toms River : a story of science and salvation by Dan Fagin

“One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town’s namesake river”. [Source Publisher]

 

The Painter's Touch : Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard

The painter’s touch : Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth

“What can be gained from considering a painting not only as an image but also a material object? How does the painter’s own experience of the process of making matter for our understanding of both the painting and its maker? The Painter’s Touch addresses these questions to offer a radical reinterpretation of three paradigmatic French painters of the eighteenth century. In this beautifully illustrated book, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth provides close readings of the works of François Boucher, Jean-Siméon Chardin, and Jean-Honoré Fragonard, entirely recasting our understanding of these painters’ practice. Using the notion of touch, she examines the implications of their strategic investment in materiality and sheds light on the distinct contribution of painting to the culture of the Enlightenment. Lajer-Burcharth traces how the distinct logic of these painters’ work–the operation of surface in Boucher, the deep materiality of Chardin, and the dynamic morphological structure in Fragonard–contributed to the formation of artistic identity. Through the notion of touch, she repositions these painters in the artistic culture of their time, shifting attention from institutions such as the academy and the Salon to the realms of the market, the medium, and the body. Lajer-Burcharth analyzes Boucher’s commercial tact, Chardin’s interiorized craft, and Fragonard’s materialization of eros. Foregrounding the question of experience–that of the painters and of the people they represent–she shows how painting as a medium contributed to the Enlightenment’s discourse on the self in both its individual and social functions. By examining what paintings actually “say” in brushstrokes, texture, and paint, The Painter’s Touch transforms our understanding of the role of painting in the emergence of modernity and provides new readings of some of the most important and beloved works of art of the era”. [Source Publisher]

 

Left Bank : art, passion, and the rebirth of Paris, 1940-50 by Agnès Catherine Poirier

“In this fascinating tour of a celebrated city during one of its most trying, significant, and ultimately triumphant eras, Agnes Poirier unspools the stories of the poets, writers, painters, and philosophers whose lives collided to extraordinary effect between 1940 and 1950. She gives us the human drama behind some of the most celebrated works of the 20th century, from Richard Wright’s Native Son, Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, and James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room to Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Saul Bellow’s Augie March, along with the origin stories of now legendary movements, from Existentialism to the Theatre of the Absurd, New Journalism, bebop, and French feminism”. [Source Publisher]

 

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