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Searching for Advice in Modern Literature
The Self-Help Compulsion reveals the profound entanglement of modern literature and commercial advice from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Beth Blum explores popular reading practices in which people turn to literature in search of practical advice alongside modern writers’ rebukes of such instrumental purposes.
Two Memoirs About Courtesans
Mao Xiang and Yu Huai. Translated and edited by Wai-yee Li
This volume presents two memoirs by famous men of letters, Reminiscences of the Plum Shadows Convent by Mao Xiang (1611–93) and Miscellaneous Records of Plank Bridge by Yu Huai (1616–96), that recall times spent with courtesans. They evoke the courtesan world in the final decades of the Ming dynasty and the aftermath of its collapse.
How the Commodity Boom Transformed Development Strategies in the Global South
Nicholas Jepson shows how Chinese demand not only transformed commodity markets but also provided resource-rich states with the financial leeway to set their own policy agendas. He combines analysis of China-led structural change with fine-grained detail on how the boom played out across fifteen different resource-rich countries.