Columbia Ink: Summer 2018

August 16, 2018

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
By: Adam Tooze

In Crashed, Adam Tooze, the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, looks at the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath as a global event that directly led to shockwaves felt today. The disruption spiraled around the world, from Wall Street to financial markets of the U.K. and Europe and factories and dockyards in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Tooze explores the hap- hazard nature of economic develop- ment and the path of debt around the world; the way countries and regions

are linked through financial interdependence, investment, politics and force; and how the financial crisis interacted with the rise of social me- dia, the crisis of middle-class America, the rise of China, and global struggles over fossil fuels.

Hokum! The Early Sound Slapstick Short and Depression-Era Mass Culture

By Rob King
University of California Press

Hokum! takes a comprehensive look at short-subject slapstick comedy in the early sound era. Challenging the pervasive belief that sound de- stroyed the slapstick tradition, King, associate professor of film in the School of the Arts, explores the slap- stick short’s Depression-era devel- opment against a backdrop of chang- es in film industry practice, comedic tastes, and moviegoing culture. Each chapter is grounded in case stud- ies of comedians and comic teams, including the Three Stooges, Laure

and Hardy, and Robert Benchley. The book also examines how the past legacy of silent-era slapstick was subsequently reimagined as part of a nostalgic mythology of Hollywood’s youth and explores how cultural forms dwindle and reemerge.

The Oxford History of Life-Writing, Volume 2, Early Modern

By Alan Stewart
Oxford University Press

This volume of the Oxford History of Life-Writing explores this practice in England between 1500 and 1700. Alan Stewart, chair of the Depart- ment of English and Comparative Literature, portrays 16th and 17th century England as a site of multiple, sometimes conflicting possibili- ties, with innovations in biography, autobiography, and diary-keeping that laid the foundations for mod- ern life-writing. While classical and medieval models continued to exer-

cise considerable influence, new forms began to challenge them. The saints’ lives that dominated the writings of medieval Catholicism were replaced with new lives of Protestant martyrs. Novel forms of self-ac- counting came into existence, such as daily moral accounts dictated by strands of Calvinism and financial self-accounting modelled on the new double-entry book-keeping.

Mandarin Brazil

By Ana Paulina Lee

Stanford University Press

In Mandarin Brazil, Ana Paulina Lee, assistant professor of Latin Ameri- can and Iberian Cultures, explores Chinese exclusion in Brazil’s nation- building project, tracing the role of cultural representation in producing racialized national categories. Lee considers depictions of “Chinese- ness” in Brazilian popular music, literature, and visual culture, as well as archival documents and Brazilian and Qing dynasty diplomatic corre- spondence about opening trade andimmigration routes between Brazil and China. Mandarin Brazil begins during the second half of the 19th century, the transitional period when black slavery shifted to “yellow labor” and racial anxieties surged and explores Brazil’s whitening project, a fundamentally white supremacist ideology that intertwined the colonial racial caste system with new im- migration labor schemes.