Rowman and Littlefield International

New Critical Humanities

Series edited by Birgit M. Kaiser, Timothy O’Leary and Kathrin Thiele

What is the role of the humanities as critical disciplines in contemporary society? What are the distinctive methodologies that define humanities research today? How can we evaluate the limitations of the classical framework of critique (ideology critique, universal validity)? How can we engage in critique as embedded practice, with a comparative focus on European, East-Asian, American, and other world traditions that surpass the wish for a eurocentric universalism?

This series has a two-fold aim: to apply the best humanities methodologies in the study of a wide range of issues that are of global, trans-national significance; and, at the same time, to develop a self-reflective critique and transformation of those methodologies themselves. The books in this series will contribute to a re-imagination of critique itself; its powers, its strengths, and its possible effects. Grounded in the core humanities disciplines (including philosophy, literature and cultural studies), the series will refound and sharpen critique, thus situating the critical humanities at the centre of our collective response to the fundamental demands of the twenty-first century.

The series is linked to the international research network Terra Critica: Interdisciplinary Network for the Critical Humanities, which the editors Birgit M. Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele founded and have coordinated since 2012 (, and of which Timothy O’Leary is a member.

To propose titles or inquire about projects, please contact the series editors: Birgit M. Kaiser ([email protected]), Timothy O’Leary ([email protected]) or Kathrin Thiele ([email protected]).

Editorial Review Board

Derek Attridge, University of York, UK

Réda Bensmaïa, Brown University, USA

Mercedes Bunz, University of Westminster, UK

Rey Chow, Duke University, USA

Odile Ferly, Clark University, USA

Andrew Goffey, University of Nottingham, UK

Ranjan Ghosh, University of North Bengal, India

Fiona Jenkins, Australian National University, Australia

Vicki Kirby, University of New South Wales, Australia

Leonard Lawlor, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Jacques Lezra, New York University, USA

Takahiro Nakajima, University of Tokyo, Japan

Ato Quayson, University of Toronto, Canada

Melanie Sehgal, Viadrina University, Germany

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Xudong Zhang, New York University, USA/ Peking University