January Book Roundup

UPM is pleased to publish six new books this month including two titles available in English for the first time, a new edition in our Conversations with Filmmakers Series, and a definitive study on Asian comics.

UPM's January releases, listed below, are now available. 

Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond Edited by Kendahl Radcliffe,  Jennifer Scott, and Anja Werner. This book brings together new scholarship on the cross cultural experiences of intellectuals of African descent since the 18th century. These essays expand categories and suggest patterns that have united individuals and communities across the African diaspora. They highlight the stories of people who, from their intercultural and often marginalized positions, challenged the status quo, created international alliances, cultivated expertise and cultural fluency abroad, as well as crafted physical and intellectual spaces for their self-expression and dignity to thrive.

Asian Comics By John A. Lent. This book is the first comprehensive overview of Asian comics books and magazines (both mainstream and alternative), graphic novels, newspaper comic strips and gag panels, and cartoon/humor magazines. Lent has done exhaustive research on the subject and the volume is crammed with facts, fascinating anecdotes, and interview quotes from many pioneering masters, as well as younger artists.

Free Jazz/Black Power By Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli; Translated by GrĂ©gory Pierrot. This volume, now available in English for the first time, is a treatise on the racial and political implications of jazz and jazz criticism. It remains a testimony to the long ignored encounter of radical African American music and French left-wing criticism. First published in 1971, the book remains vital to understanding the relations of American free jazz to European audiences, critics, and artists.

The Music of the Netherlands Antilles: Why Eleven Antilleans Knelt before Chopin's Heart By Jan Brokken; Translated by Scott Rollins. Brokken explores the overlooked Caribbean musical tradition and the European, African, and new world influences that created it. Readers are treated to a unique contribution to the understanding of Caribbean music and music history. 

Negotiating Difference in French Louisiana Music: Categories, Stereotypes, and Identifications By Sara Le Menestrel. This book explores the role of music in constructing, asserting, erasing, and negotiating differences based on the notions of race, ethnicity, class, and region. Le Menestrel discusses established notions and brings to light social stereotypes and hierarchies at work in the evolving French Louisiana music field. She also draws attention to the interactions between oppositions such as black and white, urban and rural, differentiation and creolization, and local and global.

Peter Bogdanovich: Interviews Edited by Peter Tonguette. Thirteen of the best, most comprehensive, and most insightful interviews, many long out-of-print and several that never before been published in their entirety with Bogdanovich.