New Scholarly Books
COMPILED BY NINA C. AYOUB
The following list has been compiled
from information provided by the publishers. Prices and number of pages are
sometimes approximate. Some publishers
offer discounts to scholars and to people
who order in bulk.
ARCHIVES OF FLESH: AFRICAN AMERICA,
SPAIN, AND POST-HUMANIST CRITIQUE,
by Robert F. Reid-Pharr (New York University Press; 255 pages; $89 hardcover, $28
paperback). Discusses Langston Hughes,
Federico García Lorca, and others in a study
of interactions between African-American
and Spanish anti-fascist intellectuals.
MORAL ECOLOGY OF A FORES T: THE
NATURE INDUSTRY AND MAYA POST-CON-SERVATION, by José E. Martínez-Reyes
(University of Arizona Press; 200 pages; $55).
Focuses on the conflict between Western
conservationists and the Maya of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
PROVISIONAL AU THORITY: POLICE,
ORDER, AND SECURIT Y IN INDIA, by Beatrice Jauregui (University of Chicago Press;
205 pages; $95 hardcover, $35 paperback).
Examines daily life for police in rural Uttar
Pradesh, India’s most populous state.
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
BOSCH AND BRUEGEL: FROM ENEMY
PAINTING TO EVERYDAY LIFE, by Joseph
Leo Koerner (Princeton University Press;
448 pages; $65). Traces affinities between the
two northern Renaissance masters.
A HOUSE IN THE SUN: MODERN ARCHITECTURE AND SOLAR ENERGY IN THE
COLD WAR, by Daniel A. Barber (Oxford
University Press; 336 pages; $39.95). Explores
the role of architecture in social change
through a study of experiments in solar-heat-ed homes from the 1940s to the late 50s.
MIRROR AFFECT: SEEING SELF, OBSERVING OTHERS IN CONTEMPORARY ART,
by Cristina Albu (University of Minnesota
Press; 303 pages; $105 hardcover, $30 paperback). Traces art since the 1960s that reflects
the spectator via mirrors, video, and other elements; artists discussed include Joan Jonas,
Dan Graham, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ola-fur Eliasson, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
PAINTING IN A S TATE OF EXCEPTION:
NEW FIGURATION IN ARGENTINA, 1960-
1965, by Patrick Frank (University Press of
Florida; 206 pages; $79.95). A study of four
artists—Jorge de la Vega, Luis Felipe Noé,
Rómulo Macció, and Ernesto Deira—central
to the postwar movement known as Nueva
HISTORY AFTER LIBERT Y: TACITUS ON
TYRANTS, SYCOPHANTS, AND REPUBLI-
CANS, by Thomas E. Strunk (University of
Michigan Press; 232 pages; $65). Discusses
the historian’s damning portrait of tyranny
in first-century Rome and his suggestions, as
a republican, on restoring liberty.
CANADA BEFORE TELEVISION: RADIO,
TAS TE, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CULTURAL DEMOCRACY, by Len Kuffert (
McGill-Queen’s University Press; 352 pages;
US$110 hardcover, US$34.95 paperback).
Examines the early history of radio in Anglophone Canada, including issues of taste, British influences, the medium’s intimate power,
and the presence of U.S. programming.
THE DISTRIBU TION OF WEALTH—
GROWING INEQUALIT Y? by Michael Schneider,
Mike Pottenger, and J.E. King (Edward
Elgar Publishing; 232 pages; $120). Uses data
on 21 countries to examine, among other
things, Thomas Piketty’s claims about growing inequality.
SELLING POWER: ECONOMICS, POLIC Y,
AND ELECTRIC U TILITIES BEFORE 1940,
by John L. Neufeld (University of Chicago
Press; 328 pages; $60). Examines the economics that shaped and reshaped markets for electricity in the industry’s first several decades.
A FIGHT FOR THE SOUL OF PUBLIC EDUCATION: THE STORY OF THE CHICAGO
TEACHERS STRIKE, by Steven K. Ashby and
Robert Bruno (ILR Press/Cornell University
Press; 328 pages; $35). Draws on interviews,
participant-observation, union documents,
and other sources in a study of the 2012
strike, which closed schools for seven days.
KEEPING OREGON GREEN: LIVABILITY,
STEWARDSHIP, AND THE CHALLENGES
OF GROW TH, 1960–1980, by Derek R. Larson
(Oregon State University Press; 307 pages;
$24.95). Topics include the revitalization of
the Willamette River, preservation of public
access to the state’s entire coastline, and a
failed attempt to create an Oregon Dunes
FEASTING OUR EYES: FOOD FILMS AND
CULTURAL IDENTIT Y IN THE UNITED
STATES, by Laura Lindenfeld and Fabio
Parasecoli (Columbia University Press; 261
pages; $105 hardcover, $35 paperback). A
study of food-linked feature and documentary films, including Big Night, Ratatouille, and
Julie & Julia.
QUEERING THE SHAKESPEARE FILM:
GENDER TROUBLE, GAY SPECTATORSHIP,
AND MALE HOMOEROTICISM, by Anthony
Guy Patricia (Bloomsbury Academic; 286
pages; $114). Focuses on films of A Midsum-
mer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Othello,
Twelfth Night, and The Merchant of Venice.
MOTHER GOOSE REFIGURED: A CRITICAL
TRANSLATION OF CHARLES PERRAULT’S
FAIRY TALES, by Christine A. Jones (Wayne
State University Press; 216 pages; $31.99).
Combines essays on Perrault’s Contes (1697)
with annotated retranslations of the tales that
reveal their modern strategies.
EASY ON, EASY OFF: THE URBAN PATHOLOGY OF AMERICA’S SMALL TOWNS, by Jack
Williams (University of Virginia Press; 320
pages; $70 hardcover, $35 paperback). Examines the struggles and lost cultural heritage
of small-town America, bypassed by the interstate highway system.
ANCIENT WORLDS: A GLOBAL HIS TORY
OF AN TIQUITY, by Michael Scott (Basic
Books; 448 pages; $29.99). Examines civilizations across three continents from 500 BC
to AD 300.
BLUE TEXAS: THE MAKING OF A MULTIRACIAL DEMOCRATIC COALITION IN THE
CIVIL RIGHTS ERA, by Max Krochmal (
University of North Carolina Press; 552 pages;
$39.95). Draws on archival and oral-historical
sources in a study of liberal activism in the
state beginning in the 1930s.
CHILD INSANIT Y IN ENGLAND, 1845-1907,
by Steven Taylor (Palgrave Macmillan; 188
pages; $99.99). Examines the view and treatment of mental illness in children during the
period, including regional and other differences.
CIRCULATING LITERACY: WRITING INSTRUCTION IN AMERICAN PERIODICALS,
1880-1910, by Alicia Brazeau (Southern Illinois University Press; 216 pages; $40). Examines the role played by popular magazines in
building literacy; focuses on Michigan Farmer, Ohio Farmer, and Maine Farmer as well as
Harper’s Bazar and Ladies’ Home Journal.
THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION ON TRIAL:
MAO AND THE GANG OF FOUR, by Alexander C. Cook (Cambridge University
Press; 277 pages; $99.99 hardcover, $34.99
paperback). Focuses on the 1980-81 trial of
Mao’s widow and a group of radical cultural
revolutionaries who fell from power after the
DEFENDER: THE LIFE OF DANIEL H.
WELLS, by Quentin Thomas Wells (Utah
State University Press; 508 pages; $39.95). A
biography of a prominent adult convert (in
1846) to the Mormon church who served in
military, political, and other capacities.
THE EXTREME RIGHT IN THE FRENCH
RESISTANCE: MEMBERS OF THE CAGOULE
AND CORVIGNOLLES IN THE SECOND
WORLD WAR, by Valerie Deacon (
Louisiana State University Press; 240 pages;
$45). Documents how elements of France’s
extreme right joined the Resistance in the
wake of the German occupation.
FINDING WOMEN IN THE S TATE: A SOCIALIST FEMINIST REVOLU TION IN THE
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, 1949-1964, by
Wang Zheng (University of California Press;
400 pages; $85 hardcover, $34.95 paperback).
Documents the maneuverings of socialist
feminists behind the scenes in realms from
high party politics to film production.
THE FIRST VIC TORY: THE SECOND
WORLD WAR AND THE EAST AFRICA CAMPAIGN, by Andrew Stewart ( Yale University
Press; 308 pages; $38). Draws on previously
untapped sources in a study of the victory
of some 70,000 British and Commonwealth
troops against an Italian force of nearly
300,000 in 1941.
MILITARY SERVICE AND AMERICAN DE-MOCRAC Y: FROM WORLD WAR II TO THE
IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS, by William A. Taylor (University Press of Kansas;
302 pages; $34.95). Covers the period from
the first peacetime draft, instituted in 1940,
to the all-volunteer army serving today.
ORIEN TAL NEIGHBORS: MIDDLE EASTERN JEWS AND ARABS IN MANDATORY
PALESTINE, by Abigail Jacobson and Moshe
Naor (Brandeis University Press/University
Press of New England; 286 pages; $95 hardcover, $35 paperback). Traces relations between Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews with their
Arab neighbors during the British Mandate.
OU T IN THE RURAL: A MISSISSIPPI
HEALTH CEN TER AND ITS WAR ON POVERTY, by Thomas J. Ward (Oxford University
Press; 189 pages; $34.95). A study of the
physician H. Jack Geiger and the Tufts-Delta
Health Center, a rural clinic he opened in
Mound Bayou, Miss., in 1966.
RAPHAËL LEMKIN AND THE CONCEP T
OF GENOCIDE, by Douglas Irvin-Erickson
(University of Pennsylvania Press; 320 pages;
$59.95). An intellectual biography of the
lawyer (1900-59) who coined the word “
genocide” and led a campaign to outlaw it.
THE SANITATION OF BRAZIL: NATION,
STATE, AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 1889-1930,
by Gilberto Hochman, translated by Diane
Grosklaus Whitty (University of Illinois
Press; 216 pages; $95 hardcover, $25 paperback). First English translation of the
influential 1998 work on the formation and
expansion of public-health efforts in Brazil.
A TIME OF SCANDAL: CHARLES R. FORBES,
WARREN G. HARDING, AND THE MAKING
OF THE VETERANS BUREAU, by Rosemary
Stevens (Johns Hopkins University Press;
408 pages; $34.95). Draws on previously untapped sources in a revisionist study of the
scandal that followed President Harding’s
appointment of his friend Forbes as the first
director of what would become the Department of Veterans Affairs; disputes the claim
that Forbes defrauded the government.
TOXIC EXPOSURES: MUSTARD GAS AND
THE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF WORLD
WAR II IN THE UNITED STATES, by Susan
L. Smith (Rutgers University Press; 256
pages; $29.95). Draws on previously classified
U.S. and Canadian records in a study of how
America and its allies intentionally subjected
their own soldiers to mustard gas experi-
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