New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, July 22, 2016

July 17, 2016


The Chankas and the Priest: A Tale of Murder and Exile in Highland Peru by Sabine Hyland (Penn State University Press; 216 pages; $59.95). Examines the events and long-term legacy of a decade (1601-11) of exploitation and abuse by a sadistic Spanish colonial priest in the Chanka village of Pampachiri.

Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge by Margaret Willson (University of Washington Press; 274 pages; $34.95). Combines ethnography and history in a study of women in Iceland's fishing culture.

Taking Stock: Cultures of Enumeration in Contemporary Jewish Life edited by Michael Kravel-Tovi and Deborah Dash Moore (Indiana University Press; 274 pages; $85 hardcover, $35 paperback). Multidisciplinary essays on cultures of enumeration and list-making in relation to the Jewish dead, the Jewish living, and Jewish material artifacts; topics include the six million Holocaust dead, counting people in Israel/Palestine, and the work of the Yiddish Book Center.


The Archaeology of the Cold War by Todd A. Hanson (University Press of Florida; 182 pages; $74.95). Discusses archaeological research on the places and artifacts associated with the conflict during three discrete periods: 1945-57, 1958-75, and 1976-89; sites discussed include Bikini Atoll, the Nevada Test Site, and Cuban sites of the 1962 Soviet Missile Crisis.


American Arcadia: California and the Classical Tradition by Peter J. Holliday (Oxford University Press; 446 pages; $45). Discusses architecture, painting, sculpture, landscape design, literature, place names, and other realms in a study of classical Greek and Roman influences on culture in California.

Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson by Hugh Howard (Bloomsbury Press; 331 pages; $28). Traces the two American architects' lives and rivalrous relationship.


The Afterlife of Greek and Roman Sculpture: Late Antique Responses and Practices edited by Troels Myrup Kristensen and Lea Stirling (University of Michigan Press; 448 pages; $85). Writings on the destruction and re-use of statuary across both the eastern and western Roman empire; topics include reused funerary statues in late antique prestige buildings in Ostia.

The Isthmus of Corinth: Crossroads of the Mediterranean World by David K. Pettegrew (University of Michigan Press; 352 pages; $85). Draws on textual and archaeological data in a study of a strip of land that joins the Greek mainland with the Peloponnese and became a means for Rome's conquest and annexation of the Greek East.

Repeat Performances: Ovidian Repetition and the "Metamorphoses" edited by Laurel Fulkerson and Tim Stover (University of Wisconsin Press; 328 pages; $75). Essays on such topics as Ovid's repetition of the Venus and Mars story in Ars amatoria 2 and Metamorphoses 4.


Making the News Popular: Mobilizing U.S. News Audiences by Anthony M. Nadler (University of Illinois Press; 216 pages; $95 hardcover, $30 paperback). Topics include a turn toward "postprofessional" journalism in recent years and the notion that consumer preferences should drive news production.


After Human Rights: Literature, Visual Arts, and Film in Latin America, 1990-2010 by Fernando J. Rosenberg (University of Pittsburgh Press; 296 pages; $29.95). Topics include police violence in films by the Brazilian director Jose Padilha, visual artworks on "the disappeared," and judicial documentaries.

Celebrity Cultures in Canada edited by Katja Lee and Lorraine York (Wilfrid Laurier University Press; 251 pages; US$34.99). Essays on Canadian celebrity in sports, film, politics, literature, and other realms; topics include the Canadian comedian as celebrity export.


Eric Rohmer: A Biography by Antoine de Baecque and Noel Herpe (Columbia University Press; 637 pages; $40). Translation of a 2014 biography of the French "New Wave" director (1920-2010), who is best known for such films as My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, and Pauline at the Beach.

Monsters in the Machine: Science Fiction Film and the Militarization of America after World War II by Steffen Hantke (University Press of Mississippi; 240 pages; $60). Focuses on the military as an element in postwar cinematic sci-fi, including films that reflect anxieties over American involvement in postcolonial conflicts, and the build up of a military-industrial complex.

Speaking Pictures: Neuropsychoanalysis and Authorship in Film and Literature by Alistair Fox (Indiana University Press; 280 pages; $80 hardcover, $32 paperback). Offers a neuropsychoanalytic perspective on both our creation of and engagement with fictional worlds.


Rethinking Sexual Citizenship by Jyl J. Josephson (State University of New York Press; 242 pages; $85). Considers how a hegemonic ideal of heterosexual, white, and "sexually continent" citizenship shapes social policies in the United States.


Another Hungary: The Nineteenth-Century Provinces in Eight Lives by Robert Nemes (Stanford University Press; 292 pages; $65). Explores 19th-century Hungarian life outside Budapest through the lives of eight people--- an aristocrat, merchant, engineer, teacher, journalist, rabbi, tobacconist, and writer,

Backcasts: A Global History of Fly Fishing and Conservation edited by Samuel Snyder, Bryon Borgelt, and Elizabeth Tobey (University of Chicago Press; 422 pages; $45). Offers a historical and contemporary perspective on how anglers' have figured in the preservation, management, and restoration of trout and other salmonids.

The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement by Jon N. Hale (Columbia University Press; 300 pages; $60). Draws on interviews with former students and teachers in a study of schools created by black and white educators and activists as part of 1964's Freedom Summer.

From Left to Right: Maternalism and Women's Political Activism in Postwar Canada by Brian T. Thorn (University of British Columbia Press; 256 pages; US$99). Discusses maternalism as a shared motivating force, from left to right, for Canadian women's involvement in politics in the 1940s and 50s.

The Grand Scribe's Records: Volume X: The Memoirs of Han China, Part III by Ssu-ma Ch'ien, edited by William H. Nienhauser Jr., translated by Chiu Ming Chan and others (Indiana University Press; 382 pages; $60). Continues a translation of the work of a Chinese historian who wrote in the second century BC; documents the later years of the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han.

Hitler's Soldiers: The German Army in the Third Reich by Ben H. Shepherd (Yale University Press; 639 pages; $35). A study of the German Army across all theaters of war and occupation, including its battle performance, social dynamics, and complicity in the war crimes and genocidal policies of the Nazi state.

Land Too Good for Indians: Northern Indian Removal by John P. Bowes (University of Oklahoma Press; 306 pages; $29.95). Examines the characteristics of removal in the Old Northwest through four case studies, including the displacement of the Seneca-Cayugas, Wyandots, and other groups in the Sandusky River region of northwestern Ohio.

Love Game: A History of Tennis From Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson (University of Chicago Press; 342 pages; $27.50). Combines a history of the sport with a cultural discussion of its interplay with gender, fashion, romance, and other realms.

Merchants of Canton and Macao: Success and Failure in Eighteenth-Century Chinese Trade by Paul A. Van Dyke (Hong Kong University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 443 pages; $70). A study of Poankeequa, Tan Anqua, and other leading merchants of the period.

Muslim Women of the Fergana Valley: A 19th-Century Ethnography from Central Asia by Vladimir Nalivkin and Maria Nalivkina, edited by Marianne Kamp, translated by Mariana Markova and Marianne Kamp (Indiana University Press; 231 pages; $80 hardcover, $32 paperback). First English translation of an 1886 book that sheds light on 19th-century Russian Orientalism; presents the observations on Islam of a Russian couple who lived in the "Sart" or Uzbek village of Nanay between 1878 and 1884.

The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus: Rereading the "Principle of Population" by Alison Bashford and Joyce E. Chaplin (Princeton University Press; 353 pages; $45). Documents how Malthus's readings on the new worlds of the Atlantic and Pacific influenced his famed essay, particularly in its expanded 1803 version; describes his critique of the impact of European settlers on indigenous populations.

The Papers of John Adams, Volume 18: December 1785-January 1787 edited by Gregg L. Lint and others (Harvard University Press; 659 pages; $95). Documents 14 months of Adams's tenure as minister to Britain as well as his commission, with Jefferson, to pursue treaties with nations in Europe and North Africa.

The Plantation Machine: Atlantic Capitalism in French Saint-Domingue and British Jamaica by Trevor Burnard and John Garrigus (University of Pennsylvania Press; 350 pages; $45). Focuses on the Seven Years' War and its aftermath in a study that draws parallels between the two plantation societies.

Roaring Metropolis: Businessmen's Campaign for a Civic Welfare State by Daniel Amsterdam (University of Pennsylvania Press; 230 pages; $45). Focuses on Detroit, Philadelphia, and Atlanta in a study of urban business leaders in the 1920s who championed municipal spending on social programs from schooling and health to parks, playgrounds, and libraries.

Titan: The Art of British Power in the Age of Revolution and Napoleon by William R. Nester (University of Oklahoma Press; 404 pages; $34.95). Traces the protracted war between Britain and France through the framework of the seven British-led coalitions that marked the conflict between 1789 and 1815.

Urban Indians in a Silver City: Zacatecas, Mexico, 1546-1810 by Dana Velasco Murillo (Stanford University Press; 308 pages; $65). Examines workers who combined the identities of Indians and vecinos, or municipal residents, in a silver mining town of colonial Nueva Galicia.

The Vanishing Messiah: The Life and Resurrections of Francis Schlatter by David N. Wetzel (University of Iowa Press; 262 pages; $19.95). Examines the mystery surrounding a long-haired, charismatic, Jesus-resembling faith healer who in 1895 treated thousands in the American West, gaining national fame, before disappearing one November night in Denver.

The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century by Jon Grinspan (University of North Carolina Press; 256 pages; $28). Examines the excitement of young Americans for politics between 1840 and 1900, a sentiment not limited to those actually eligible to vote.

Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State by Justin M. Jacobs (University of Washington Press; 297 pages; $50). A study of Han Chinese governance of the multiethnic Xinjiang region in the late Qing, Republican, and Communist periods; sets Han rule in the comparative context of Soviet minorities policy.


The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630-1800 by Matthew James Crawford (University of Pittsburgh Press; 336 pages; $45). Discusses the Spanish crown's creation of a royal reserve of "fever trees" in Quito in a contested attempt to control the supply of a bark that was an effective treatment for malaria (and later would become the basis for the drug quinine).


The Dancing Bees: Karl von Frisch and the Discovery of the Honeybee Language by Tania Munz (University of Chicago Press; 278 pages; $30). Draws on previously unpublished sources in a study of the life and work of the German scientist (1886-1982), who discovered that bees use dance-like movements to communicate the precise location of food sources.

The Experimental Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science by Jan Golinski (University of Chicago Press; 259 pages; $30). A study of the British scientist (1778-1829) that explores his self-fashioning and how it was viewed by himself and others; traces his assumption of personas of enthusiast, genius, dandy, discoverer, philosopher, and traveler.

Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture edited by David Kaiser and W. Patrick McCray (University of Chicago Press; 426 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Essays on science and invention in the 1960s and early 1970s that reflected the experimentation and eclecticism of the counterculture.

History Within: The Science, Culture, and Politics of Bones, Organisms, and Molecules by Marianne Sommer (University of Chicago Press; 544 pages; $50). Focuses on Henry Fairfield Osborn, Julian Huxley, and Luca Cavalli-Sforza in a study of three generations of efforts to understand the "phylogenetic diagram" of humankind.


The Song of Songs and the Fashioning of Identity in Early Latin Christianity by Karl Shuve (Oxford University Press; 236 pages; $105). Documents how the biblical book became an increasingly important source for patristic writers in defining Christian identity; central figures discussed include Ambrose, Jerome, Cyprian, Augustine, and Gregory of Elvira.


Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve (Stanford University Press; 252 pages; $24). Combines ethnographic and other data in a study documenting racial bias in Chicago's central criminal court.

Sex and Harm in the Age of Consent by Joseph J. Fischel (University of Minnesota Press; 333 pages; $94.50 hardcover, $27 paperback). A critical analysis of consent as represented in American law and media culture; argues that sexual autonomy, "peremption," and vulnerability should replace consent, predation, and innocence as concepts for how we view and regulate sex both between young people and between youth and adults.


The Use and Development of the Xinkan Languages by Chris Rogers (University of Texas Press; 262 pages; $90 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). A study of a now-endangered language family of four closely related tongues once widely spoken in the Santa Rosa Department of Guatemala and unusual in being unrelated to any other language groups of the region; draws on previously unpublished data collected in the 1970s as well as more recently from the last known speakers.


Archetypes From Underground: Notes on the Dostoevskian Self by Lonny Harrison (Wilfrid Laurier University Press; 206 pages; US$85). Focuses on The Double, Notes From Underground, and The Brothers Karamazov in a study of Dostoevsky's use of archetypal imagery and his understanding of the crisis of the modern self.

Castaway Tales: From Robinson Crusoe to Life of Pi by Christopher Palmer (Wesleyan University Press, distributed by University Press of New England; 272 pages; $80 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Traces shifts in the castaway narrative from Defoe to the darker visions of such authors as William Golding, J.G. Ballard, and Iain Banks.

Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada edited by Dean Irvine and Smaro Kamboureli (Wilfrid Laurier University Press; 294 pages; US$42.99). Essays on the role of editors in the production of both literary and scholarly texts in Canada since the 19th century; topics include indigenous editing of indigenous First Nation authors, and editing in the formation of L.M. Montgomery studies.

Evolution and Imagination in Victorian Children's Literature by Jessica Straley (Cambridge University Press; 260 pages; $99.99). A study of literature reflecting the notion that children are animals that recapitulate the evolutionary ascent of humankind; focuses on writings by Rudyard Kipling, Lewis Carroll, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Charles Kingsley, and Margaret Gatty.

Literary Coteries and the Making of Modern Print Culture 1740--1790 by Betty A. Schellenberg (Cambridge University Press; 308 pages; $99.99). Discusses the Montagu-Lyttelton circle and three other groups in a study of manuscript-producing coteries as a key element of 18th-century British literary culture.

Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book by Emma Smith (Oxford University Press; 376 pages; $29.95). Offers a "biography" of the First Folio that explores the individual characteristics of existing copies and those books' interactions with owners, readers, performers, and others.


Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts by Pamela M. Potter (University of California Press; 408 pages; $65). Considers how Cold War politics and other factors have influenced how historians have written about music, art, architecture, theater, film, and dance in Nazi Germany.

My Music, My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by Lisa Gilman (Wesleyan University Press, distributed by University Press of New England; 240 pages; $80 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Draws on interviews with soldiers of varied backgrounds in a study of how music listened to individually and collectively figured in the experience of deployment.


Aristotle on Knowledge and Learning: The "Posterior Analytics" by David Bronstein (Oxford University Press; 272 pages; $74). Discusses Aristotle's Posterior Analytics as centered on the themes of knowledge and learning, and considers Plato's influence on the work, particularly in terms of Meno's Paradox.

On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life: Reflections on Rousseau's Reveries in Two Books by Heinrich Meier, translated by Robert Berman (University of Chicago Press; 344 pages; $50). Translation of a 2011 German study of the French philosopher's Reveries of a Solitary Walker; pays particular attention to references to "The Faith of the Savoyard Vicar."


Chinese Nuclear Proliferation: How Global Politics Is Transforming China's Weapons Buildup and Modernization by Susan Turner Haynes (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press; 180 pages; $29.50). A study of China's expansion, diversification, and modernization of its nuclear arsenal in the post-Cold War period.

The State as Investment Market: Kyrgyzstan in Comparative Perspective by Johan Engvall (University of Pittsburgh Press; 240 pages; $28.95). Draws on fieldwork over an eight-year period in Kyrgyzstan to develop a theory of economic corruption in post-Soviet Central Asian states.


Abraham's Dice: Chance and Providence in the Monotheistic Traditions edited by Karl W. Giberson (Oxford University Press; 358 pages; $99 hardcover, $35 paperback). Essays on such topics as random numbers and God's nature, Aquinas on natural contingency and providence, and evolution, providence, and the problem of chance.

Animals in Religion: Devotion, Symbol, and Ritual by Barbara Allen (Reaktion Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 553 pages; $65). Explores the spiritual, companionate, sacrificial, and other roles of animals in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, as well as "First Peoples," Celtic, Viking, and other traditions.

Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism by Ruben van Luijk (Oxford University Press; 613 pages; $39.95). Offers an intellectual history of Satanism, initially as a concept invented by the Church, and later in varied manifestations of intentional, religiously motivated veneration since the Romantic era.

Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine by Joseph Clair (Oxford University Press; 190 pages; $90). Focuses on letters and sermons in which the theologian offers practical moral advice on goods such as wealth, power, and sexual intimacy.

Gratian's Tractatus de penitentia: A New Latin Edition with English Translation by Atria A. Larson (Catholic University of America Press; 368 pages; $69.95). Scholarly edition and facing translation of what is described as the 12th century's foundational text on penance.

Tales of Justice and Rituals of Divine Embodiment: Oral Narratives from the Central Himalayas by Aditya Malik (Oxford University Press; 295 pages; $99). Draws on fieldwork in the Kumaon region in a study of stories of, petitions to, and rituals for Goludev, a regional Hindu deity associated with justice.

Women of War, Women of Woe: Joshua and Judges through the Eyes of Nineteenth-Century Female Biblical Interpreters edited by Marion Ann Taylor and Christiana De Groot (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing; 278 pages; $35). Annotated edition of writings by 19th-century women on Rahab, Deborah, Jael, Delilah, and other female figures found in Joshua and Judges.


Invisible Labor: Hidden Work in the Contemporary World edited by Marion Crain, Winifred R. Poster, and Miriam A. Cherry (University of California Press; 336 pages; $65 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Essays by sociologists and legal scholars on activities that occur within the context of employment, but are not necessarily valued or recognized as work.

The Latino/a American Dream edited by Sandra L. Hanson and John Kenneth White (Texas A&M University Press; 256 pages; $40). Multidisciplinary essays on Latinos' expectations about success in American society; topics include the struggle to enact the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act.

This Present Darkness: A History of Nigerian Organized Crime by Stephen Ellis (Oxford University Press; 313 pages; $29.95). Examines the origins and history of Nigerian organized crime since beginnings in the colonial era and considers the sector's relationship to politics, business, the spiritual, and other realms.


Eighteenth-Century Brechtians: Theatrical Satire in the Age of Walpole by Joel Schechter (University of Exeter Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 276 pages; $95). Examines the satirical work of John Gay, Henry Fielding George Farquhar, Charlotte Charke, David Garrick, and contemporaries in relation to the theory and practices of Bertolt Brecht.


City in Common: Culture and Community in Buenos Aires by James Scorer (State University of New York Press; 235 pages; $80). A study of the Argentine capital from 1976 to 2003.