Michigan Asian Studies Open Access Books Collection Launches

by Charles Watkinson August 31, 2020

The University of Michigan Press in collaboration with the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the Michigan Asian Studies Open Access Books Collection. Jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Open Book Program has made outstanding out-of-print and hard-to-find humanities books available to a wide audience. Under this program, the University has made 100 significant books about Asia published under its auspices freely and publicly available online.  The goal of the project was to select, digitize, and enhance one […]

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‘Illuminating Childhood’ author Ellen Handler Spitz discusses Indian children’s literature in The New Republic

by Shaun Manning April 16, 2012

Ellen Handler Spitz, whose Illuminating Childhood: Portraits in Fiction, Film, and Drama is now available in paperback, dedicated her latest column in the New Republic to reflecting on some of the best authors of children’s literature in India. At a recent conference at Ravenshaw University, Cuttick, in the Odisha province, Spitz discovered Raja Mohanty’s exquisitely-produced The Enigma of Karma, a hand-crafted and lavishly illustrated volume of about 2o pages telling the story of Ramu and Shyamu , brothers whose actions inadvertently change their fates. Spitz also praised Deepa Agarwal’s latest collection, Folk Tales of Uttarakhand. Agarwal and Mohanty, she said, represent a pushing back […]

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“Illuminating Childhood” author recounts her travels in Czech Republic and India

by Shaun Manning February 8, 2012

At the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, faculty blog, U-M Press author Ellen Handler Spitz recounts her recent travels in the Czech Republic and India. “My trip started in the Czech Republic, where I am researching the children’s drawings from Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp,” she begins. “Since first visiting the camp 20 years ago, I have written and lectured on the opera and Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, the Bauhaus-trained artist who became the children’s art teacher. Over 4,000 drawings survive today, saved and hidden by her before she was taken to the gas chambers of Auschwitz; to write on them is […]

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