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Forever Struggle

In writing about Boston Chinatown’s long history, Michael Liu, a lifelong activist and scholar of the community, charts its journey and efforts for survival—from its emergence during a time of immigration and deep xenophobia to the highway construction and urban renewal projects that threatened the neighborhood after World War II to its more recent efforts to keep commercial developers at bay.

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This innovative study chronicles how the print book has fared as both novelists and the burgeoning profession of information science have grappled with unprecedented quantities of data across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Julia Panko pairs case studies from information history with close readings of modernist works and contemporary novels.

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Fictional Blues

Fictional Blues unpacks the figure of the American blues performer, moving from early singers such as Ma Rainey and Big Mama Thornton to contemporary musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Rhiannon Giddens, and Jack White to reveal that blues makers have long used their songs, performances, interviews, and writings to invent personas that resist racial, social, economic, and gendered oppression.

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Thoreau beyond Borders

Deliberately invoking Thoreau’s commitment to “living a border life,” a life located between the world of nature and that of the polis, these varied essays explore the writer’s thinking and writing as situated not merely against, but across and beyond borders and boundaries—whether geographic, temporal, or spiritual.

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