New this June from Sydney University Press

Our new releases this month range widely in time and space, from Arnhem Land today to 19th century China to Chicago in the early 20th century.

Read on for more about all three books, including links to extracts elsewhere on our blog.

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Tribute and Trade: China and Global Modernity, 1784-1935

Edited by William Christie, Angela Dunstan and Q.S. Tong

In the 18th and 19th centuries, relations between China and the West were defined by the Qing dynasty’s strict restrictions on foreign access and by the West’s imperial ambitions. Cultural, political and economic interactions were often fraught, with suspicion and misunderstanding on both sides. Yet trade flourished and there were instances of cultural exchange and friendship, running counter to the official narrative.

Tribute and Trade: China and Global Modernity explores encounters between China and the West during this period and beyond, into the early 20th century, through examples drawn from art, literature, science, politics, music, cooking, clothing and more. How did China and the West see each other, how did they influence each other, and what were the lasting legacies of this contact?

Tribute and Trade is the latest book in our China and the West in the Modern World series.

You can read a selection of extracts from Tribute and Trade on the SUP blog.

Singing Bones: Ancestral Creativity and Collaboration

By Samuel Curkpatrick

Manikay are the ancestral songs of Arnhem Land, passed down over generations and containing vital cultural knowledge.

Singing Bones foregrounds the voices of manikay singers from Ngukurr in southeastern Arnhem Land, and charts their critically acclaimed collaboration with jazz musicians from the Australian Art Orchestra, Crossing Roper Bar. It offers an overview of Wägilak manikay narratives and style, including their social, ceremonial and linguistic aspects, and explores the Crossing Roper Bar project as an example of creative intercultural collaboration and a continuation of the manikay tradition.

Singing Bones is the latest book in our Indigenous Music of Australia series.

You can read an extract from Singing Bones on the SUP blog.

Fallen Among Reformers: Miles Franklin, Modernity and the New Woman

By Janet Lee

Fallen Among Reformers focuses on Stella Miles Franklin’s New Woman protest literature, which she wrote during the decade she spent in Chicago working with the National Women’s Trade Union League (1906–15). Through close readings of Franklin’s short stories, plays and novels from this period, most of which have never been published, Janet Lee offers new insight into the political commitments – particularly to feminism, pacifism and socialism – that shaped Franklin’s work throughout her life.

Fallen Among Reformers is the latest book in our Sydney Studies in Australian Literature series.

You can read an extract from Fallen Among Reformers on the SUP blog.

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