The Appalling New York Times Cartoon

Amid the justifiable furor that erupted over the obscene anti-Semitic cartoon that recently appeared in the international New York Times, its editors remained silent for nearly a week. A solitary voice of anger surfaced in the newspaper. Aptly labeling the cartoon “a textbook illustration” of anti-Semitism, Times columnist Bret Stephens lacerated his newspaper for publishing a depiction of Prime Minster Netanyahu as a dog (with a Star of David hanging from its collar), leading a blind President Trump wearing a kipa. The cartoon, Stephens wrote furiously, “might have been published in the pages of Der Strumer.

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A Reading List for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day

Academic Studies Press is proud to publish important work documenting the experiences of Holocaust survivors and their descendants, as well as scholarly studies of the Holocaust and its aftermath. Several of these have also been published Open Access, freely accessible online. In honor of Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, we’ve put together a collection below of some of our recent publications in Holocaust Studies and biographies and memoirs of Shoah survivors.

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What are Beijing's real intentions? Israel-China relations and the Belt and Road Initiative

Recently, we have learned that, within the new Silk Road-style trade network—the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—Italy has become the first G7 country to back that original Chinese scheme that few countries approve of. In fact, Italy's allies—Europe and the United States—are annoyed by Rome's move. The BRI is no doubt an ambitious project that envisages Chinese investment in a network of infrastructure projects connecting Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Is China using the project to embolden its political and strategic clout?

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National Poetry Month 2019: A Reading List

April is National Poetry Month! This past year, we’re pleased to have added collections of translated poetry to our catalog, along with scholarly studies of poetry. Most recently, we released Ostap Kin’s New York Elegies: Ukrainian Poems on the City, an edited bilingual collection of Ukrainian poems exploring the relationship between Ukrainian poets and New York City; Maxim Shrayer’s Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature: An Anthology, a comprehensive selection of Jewish-Russian poetry and prose from the nineteenth century to the present; and the paperback editions of Mark Andryczyk’s The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology and Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky’s Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine.

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New Titles Ready for Course Adoption

Teaching a course in Russian and East European literature or film in a coming semester? Need a text to assign and help guide the course? Check out our selection of literature and film readers, companions to classic texts, and anthologies of poetry and prose below!

All titles featured come in affordable paperback editions accessible to students. If you’re interested in assigning any of our books for a course and would like to request a copy, click here to fill out an examination copy form.

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An Interview with Perry Giuseppe Rizopoulos, author of Wheat Songs: A Greek-American Journey

Wheat Songs is a memoir of two interconnected Greek-American journeys—an actual physical journey for the grandfather, Pericles Rizopoulos, and a philosophical quest by the author, Perry Giuseppe Rizopoulos. When the grandfather, Pericles Rizopoulos, a proud old man, tells his fascinating, tragic and true stories of the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II and the following Greek Civil War, to his twenty-something grandson, Perry Giuseppe Rizopoulos, Perry’s philosophical reflections on his grandfather’s stories along with his own memories of growing up in his extended Greek/Italian/American family in the Bronx combine to create an enduring story about the strength created by a tightly-knit family and the powerful values passed down from generation to generation.

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An Interview with Judith Saunders, Author of American Classics: Evolutionary Perspectives

The inaugural book in ASP's new Evolution, Cognition, and the Arts series, American Classics: Evolutionary Perspectives examines selected works in the American literary tradition from an evolutionary perspective. Using an interdisciplinary framework to pose new questions about long admired, much discussed texts, the collection as a whole provides an introduction to Darwinian literary critical methodology. Individual essays feature a variety of figures—Benjamin Franklin to Billy Collins—targeting fitness-related issues ranging from sexual strategies and parental investment to cheating and deception. Attention is paid to the physical and social environments in which fictional characters are placed, including the influence of cultural–historical conditions on resource acquisition, status-building, competition, and reciprocity. Discussion throughout the volume makes connections to existing secondary comment, suggesting how Darwinian scrutiny can generate unexpected insights into long familiar works.

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