New in our Jews and Judaism: History and Culture Series!

Though well known to many scholars and critics in the field of Judaic studies, Hayim Greenberg remains relatively unknown. Since his death in 1953, Greenberg’s contributions to modern Jewish thought have largely fallen from view. In The Essential Hayim Greenberg: Essays and Addresses on Jewish Culture, Socialism, and Zionism, the first collection of Greenberg’s writings since 1968, Mark A. Raider reestablishes Greenberg as a prominent Jewish thinker and Zionist activist who challenged the prevailing orthodoxies of American Jewry and the Zionist movement.

This collection, spanning the 1920s to the early 1950s, includes Greenberg’s meditations on socialism and ethics, profiles of polarizing twentieth-century figures (among them Trotsky, Lenin, and Gandhi), and several essays investigating the compatibility of socialism and communism. Greenberg always circles back, however, to the recurring question of how Jews might situate themselves in modernity, both before and after the Holocaust, and how Labor Zionist ideology might reshape the imbalances of Jewish economic life.

Alongside his role as an American Zionist leader, Greenberg maintained a lifelong commitment to the vitality of the Jewish diaspora. Rather than promoting Jewish autonomy and statehood, he argued for fidelity to the Jewish spirit. This volume not only seeks to restore Greenberg to his previous stature in the field of Judaic studies but also to return a vital and authentic voice, long quieted, to the continuing debate over what it means to be Jewish.

Mark A. Raider is the author or coeditor of numerous books, among them The Emergence of American Zionism, The Plough Woman: Records of the Pioneer Women of Palestine, American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise, and Nahum Goldmann: Statesman without a State.

“Mark A. Raider’s book is a thoughtful collection of Hayim Greenberg’s spiritual and ideological, national and universal worldview as one of the most original Zionist thinkers, who promoted the theory of a balanced double Jewish collective existence as an exile (galut) people, even in free countries, and as a national entity in their historical land, the State of Israel.”
—Yosef Gorny, author of The State of Israel in Jewish Public Thought: The Quest for Collective Identity  

“By framing the life of Hayim Greenberg through a brilliant introduction and then gathering the works of Greenberg together, Mark A. Raider has performed the singular service of bringing one of the most thoughtful and engaged public Jewish intellectuals and Zionist thinkers of the twentieth century back to life. This is a critical volume for anyone interested in modern Jewish and Zionist intellectual history and thought as well as Israel-Diaspora Jewish relations. Scholars and activists alike are indebted to Raider for this book.”
—David Ellenson, author of Jewish Meaning in a World of Choice: Studies in Tradition and Modernity and After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity

Jews and Judaism: History and Culture
Mark K. Bauman and Adam D. Mendelsohn, series editors

592 pages / 7 B&W figures
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1935-9 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9069-3 Ebook

New in Our Atlantic Crossings Series!

Memoir of My Youth in Cuba: A Soldier in the Spanish Army during the Separatist War, 1895-1898 is a translation of the memoir Memorias de mi juventud en Cuba: Un soldado del ejército español en la guerra separatista (1895-1898) by Josep Conangla. The English edition is based on the Spanish version edited by Joaquín Roy, who found the memoir and was given access to the Conangla family archives. Conangla’s memoir, now available in English, is an important addition to the accounts of Spanish and Cuban soldiers who served in Cuba’s second War of Independence.

Spaniard Josep Conangla was conscripted at the age of twenty and sent to Cuba. In the course of his time there, he reaffirmed his pacifism and support of Cuban independence. The young man was a believer who unfailingly connected his view of events to the Christian humanitarianism on which he prided himself. Conangla’s advanced education and the influence of well-placed friends facilitated his assignment to safe bureaucratic positions during the war, ensuring that he would not see combat. From his privileged position, he was a keen observer of his surroundings. He described some of the decisions he made-which at times put him at odds with the military bureaucracy he served-along with what he saw as the consequences of General Valeriano Weyler’s decree mandating the reconcentración, an early version of concentration camps. What Conangla saw fueled his revulsion at the collusion of the Spanish state and its state-sponsored religion in that policy. “Red Mass,” published six years after the War of Independence and included in his memoir, is a vivid expression in verse of his abhorrence.

Conangla’s recollections of the contacts between Spaniards and Cubans in the areas to which he was assigned reveal his ability to forge friendships even with Creole opponents of the insurrection. As an aspiring poet and writer, Conangla included material on fellow writers, Cuban and Spanish, who managed to meet and exchange ideas despite their circumstances. His accounts of the Spanish defeat, the scene in Havana around the end of the war, along with his return to Spain, are stirring.

Josep Conangla (b. 1875, Montblanc, Spain; d. 1965, Havana, Cuba) was a twenty-year-old law student when he was conscripted to serve in the Cuban War of Independence (1895-1898). He evaded active duty because of connections in Spain but worked in an infirmary, among other duties, and was a keen observer of his milieu and of important events, including the sinking of the USS Maine. Repatriated to Spain in 1898, Conangla became a journalist and enjoyed some success as a poet. In 1905 he returned to Cuba to live and write. He was a harsh critic of Spanish colonialism in Cuba and elsewhere and an advocate of Cuban and later Catalan independence. Conangla completed his memoir in 1958. 

Joaquín Roy is the Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, the director of the University of Miami European Union Center, and a codirector of the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence. He is the author or coauthor of many works, including The Cuban Revolution (1959-2009): Relations with Spain, the European Union, and the United States and Historical Dictionary of the European Union .

D. J. Walker is a professor emerita at the University of New Orleans. She is the editor and translator of On Captivity: A Spanish Soldier’s Experience in a Havana Prison, 1896-1898 and the author of Spanish Women and the Colonial Wars of the 1890s.

Memoir of My Youth in Cuba, an antiwar statement, has a universal resonance.”
—Teresa Prados-Torreira, author of Mambisas: Rebel Women in Nineteenth-Century Cuba

Atlantic Crossings
Rafe Blaufarb, series editor
Gabriel Paquett, area editor

208 pages / 5 B&W figures
ISBN: 978-0-8173-5892-1 Paper
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9076-1 Ebook

New in Our Studies in American Realism and Naturalism Series

Charlotte Perkins Gilman and a Woman’s Place in America is a pioneering collection that probes how depictions of space, confinement, and liberation establish both the difficulty and necessity of female empowerment. Turning Victorian notions of propriety and a woman’s place on its ear, this finely crafted essay collection studies Gilman’s writings and the manner in which they push back against societal norms and reject male-dominated confines of space.

The contributors present fascinating and innovative readings of some of Gilman’s most significant works. By examining the settings in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Herland, for example, the volume analyzes Gilman’s construction of place, her representations of male dominance and female subjugation, and her analysis of the rules and obligations that women feel in conforming to their assigned place: the home.

Additionally, this volume delineates female resistance to this conformity. Contributors highlight how Gilman’s narrators often choose resistance over obedient captivity, breaking free of the spaces imposed upon them in order to seek or create their own habitats. Through biographical interpretations of Gilman’s work that focus on the author’s own renouncement of her “natural” role of wife and mother, contributors trace her relocation to the American West in an attempt to appropriate the masculinized spaces of work and social organization.

Engaging, well researched, and deftly written, the essays in this collection will appeal to scholars of Gilman, literature, and gender issues alike.

Jill Bergman
is the author of The Motherless Child in the Novels of Pauline Hopkins and a coeditor of Our Sisters’ Keepers: Nineteenth-Century Benevolence Literature by American Women. She is a professor emerita at the University of Montana, where she taught courses in American literature and women’s studies. Her work on American women writers has appeared in numerous journals and collections.

Jill Bergman / Peter Betjemann / Sari Edelstein / Catherine J. Golden / Brady Harrison
Denise D. Knight / Gary Scharnhorst / William C. Snyder / Jennifer S. Tuttle

“As a perennial favorite of feminist readers, Gilman makes for an interesting study. Her life and work are explored by the contributors in this collection in a way no other book about her has attempted to address.”
—Martha J. Cutter, author of Lost and Found in Translation: Contemporary Ethnic American Writing and the Politics of Language Diversity

“This uniformly strong collection of essays from both familiar figures and new voices will prove a valuable resource for Gilman scholars.”
—Cynthia J. Davis, author of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Biography

Studies in American Literary Realism and Naturalism
Gary Scharnhorst, series editor

240 pages / 31 B&W figures
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1936-6 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9070-9 Ebook