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book cover for Graphic Medicine Manifesto MK Czerwiec, Ian Williams, Susan Merrill Squier, Michael J. Green, Kimberly R. Myers, and Scott T. Smith

Graphic Medicine Manifesto

“Something remarkable and game changing is being sparked by the alliance between comics and medicine. It's becoming clear that these graphic narratives can deepen understanding, not only of facts but of feelings, between patients, family, and professionals. A spoonful of comics really does help the medicine go down.”
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book cover for The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr Iwan James Ian Williams

The Bad Doctor

The Troubled Life and Times of Dr Iwan James
“Skillfully told, relentlessly honest, often funny, and painfully true . . . this is courageous work. It undercuts the accepted nonsense that doctors are—or should be expected to be—seraphic beings, exalted above the rest of humanity. It should be read by every student and practicing professional out there, and in the larger world as well. Ian Williams is my hero and I wish he were my doctor, too!”
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book cover for Animal Companions: Pets and Social Change in Eighteenth-Century Britain Ingrid H. Tague

Animal Companions

Pets and Social Change in Eighteenth-Century Britain
“Ingrid Tague’s Animal Companions helps us understand the extraordinary innovation entailed in the rise of pet keeping in eighteenth-century England. Tague shows how, rather suddenly, the widespread acceptance of relationships of intimacy between human and nonhuman animals shaped political, social, and intellectual views and debates. The rise of pet keeping brought abstract Enlightenment questions into the realm of concrete debate—around the nature of the human, the concepts of ownership and slavery, relationships of affection and alterity, and the exercise of humanitarianism and the ideal of harmony. Tague’s book gives us new insights into the role of human-animal relationships in defining key questions about the human.”
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book cover for Storytelling Apes: Primatology Narratives Past and Future Mary Sanders Pollock

Storytelling Apes

Primatology Narratives Past and Future
“The lives of our primate cousins, as well as those who study them with passion and devotion, are discerningly revealed by Mary Sanders Pollock, whose chronicle will be avidly read by all field naturalists and, I suspect, by everyone with a love for the natural world.”
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book cover for A Market for Merchant Princes: Collecting Italian Renaissance Paintings in America Edited by Inge Reist

A Market for Merchant Princes

Collecting Italian Renaissance Paintings in America
A Market for Merchant Princes provides an excellent survey and investigation of how great Italian Renaissance paintings came to enter American collections. Key collectors and institutions—such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, James Jackson Jarves, J. Pierpont Morgan, Henry Walters, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Samuel H. Kress—are discussed, as are the noted connoisseurs Morelli and Berenson, who had an important impact on them. This will become an essential reference work for the history of collecting in this country.”
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book cover for Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action Thomas W. Benson

Posters for Peace

Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action
“With Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action, Thomas Benson generously shares an archival treasure trove with readers. By itself that might be enough, but Benson doesn't stop there. He offers a thoughtful and sophisticated rhetorical analysis of the posters that reads them in historical context, elaborates the visual traditions from which they drew their representations, and considers how viewers of the era might have responded to them. In doing so, he makes a compelling case for the posters' rhetorical importance, both then and now. The book skillfully models the practice of visual rhetorical history for students and scholars alike.”
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book cover for The Politics of Resentment: A Genealogy Jeremy Engels

The Politics of Resentment

A Genealogy
In the days and weeks following the tragic shooting of nineteen Arizonans, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, there were a number of public discussions about the role that rhetoric might have played in this horrific event. In question was the use of violent and hateful rhetoric that has come to dominate American political discourse on television, on the radio, and at the podium. A number of more recent school shootings have given this debate a renewed sense of urgency, as have the continued use of violent metaphors in public address and the dishonorable state of America’s partisan gridlock. This conversation, unfortunately, has been complicated by a collective cultural numbness to violence. But that does not mean that fruitful conversations should not continue. In The Politics of Resentment, Jeremy Engels picks up this thread, examining the costs of violent political rhetoric for our society and the future of democracy.
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book cover for Sign of Pathology: U.S. Medical Rhetoric on Abortion, 1800s–1960s Nathan Stormer

Sign of Pathology

U.S. Medical Rhetoric on Abortion, 1800s–1960s
“In Sign of Pathology, Nathan Stormer provides an original genealogical reading of the U.S. medical profession’s public discourses about abortion in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Anyone who appreciates Foucauldian perspectives should find admirable Stormer’s precisely developed argument that these medical discourses ‘made the chaotic material conditions of abortion’s morbidity rhetorically capacious for biopolitics.’”
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book cover for Voting Deliberatively: FDR and the 1936 Presidential Campaign Mary E. Stuckey

Voting Deliberatively

FDR and the 1936 Presidential Campaign
“Drawing on multiple archival sources and her own previous research on FDR, Mary Stuckey has produced the definitive account of the 1936 presidential campaign. If anyone wants to trace our contemporary campaigns back to their source, Stuckey’s book is the place to begin. I highly recommend this book to all students of the American presidency.”
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book cover for Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France: The Rohan Family, 1550–1715 Jonathan Dewald

Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France

The Rohan Family, 1550–1715
“Jonathan Dewald’s Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France demolishes the myth of comfortable stability for the Ancien Régime elite, providing a template for future studies of elites in any society. Using careful analysis of all forms of social capital, his innovative methodology reveals the intricate exchanges among king and aristocrats undergirding the French monarchical state. His emphasis on the Rohan women, in particular, should open up new research perspectives on gender and continuities of aristocratic power. This new classic of social and political analysis freshens a debate launched a generation ago by Sharon Kettering and will open the twenty-first-century conversation on how to analyze clientage, status, and power.”
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book cover for Zodiaque: Making Medieval Modern, 1951–2001 Janet T. Marquardt

Zodiaque

Making Medieval Modern, 1951–2001
“The French avant-garde monks who created the publishing house Zodiaque in Burgundy thought they were shaping the inner world that post–WWII societies were lacking. How was picturing, framing, printing, and publishing on Romanesque art a way to a better world? And why Romanesque rather than Gothic? Thomas Merton, Albert Gleize and the Cubists, Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Focillon, André Malraux, and Jacques Maritain were the scouts and witnesses of a fifty-year venture that made the medieval modern. The brilliant medievalist Janet Marquardt is our guide, the one we need for a journey that begins as a monograph on a sacred aesthetic experience and finally turns into global history.”
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book cover for The Nazarenes: Romantic Avant-Garde and the Art of the Concept Cordula Grewe

The Nazarenes

Romantic Avant-Garde and the Art of the Concept
“This beautifully produced and written book provides an overarching history of a misunderstood and easily pigeonholed group of artists. But Cordula Grewe goes on to mount an impressive project of historical understanding that makes the Nazarene artist group accessible by returning them to the history of art, from which they have been largely absent. Grewe challenges the reigning conception of modernity to make room for something modernist critics have been happy to use as a foil. In the end, she argues that the artists who preferred thought to materiality turn out to have been precursors of very modern conceptual art.”
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book cover for Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna Elina Gertsman

Worlds Within

Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna
“This study of Shrine Madonnas employs a kaleidoscope of lenses to show that perception of these uncanny devotional objects resounded in the viewer’s body, evoked the lore and science of childbirth, displayed the motility of liveness, and offered multiple paths for the remembrance of sacred history. Attentive to cultural context, Elina Gertsman also brings an array of theoretical insights to bear. A rich and immersive experience awaits the reader-viewer of this intellectually scintillating book!”
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book cover for Remarks on Architecture: The Vitruvian Tradition in Enlightenment Poland Ignacy Potocki, edited and translated by Carolyn C. Guile

Remarks on Architecture

The Vitruvian Tradition in Enlightenment Poland
“This publication of Ignacy Potocki's treatise on architecture makes an important contribution to our understanding of Enlightenment ideas about architecture, aesthetics, and classicism, while further elucidating the complex relation of Polish ideas to the European Enlightenment as a whole. Carolyn Guile has provided an excellent translation and a fascinating introduction to Potocki, his treatise, and its significance for the history of art, architecture, and aesthetics.”
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Vision and Its Instruments

Art, Science, and Technology in Early Modern Europe
“Any scholar who is seriously interested in the intertwined histories of art and science, the scientific revolution, the philosophy of science, the history of the idea of objectivity, the concept of nature, the theory of art, the role of photography in art history, the limits of visibility, the place of vision in Dante, vision and the visionary, the epistemology of drawing, theories of the imagination, botanical illustration, semiotics, aesthetics, and optics (among many other related topics) will need to read this beautifully designed, copiously illustrated, and challenging collection of dovetailing essays gathered by the estimable Alina Payne. Taken together, these essays point toward a synthetic understanding of the history of vision, to which the history of art belongs.”
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book cover for Disillusioned: Victorian Photography and the Discerning Subject Jordan Bear

Disillusioned

Victorian Photography and the Discerning Subject
“In an impressive and timely counterpoint to recent emphasis on the archival appropriations of photography, Jordan Bear turns conventional assumptions about belief in photographic realism on their head, showing that, throughout the nineteenth century, claims for photographic verisimilitude were greeted with doubt, distrust, disappointment, and even ridicule, opening the way to other photographic practices—and, indeed, as exemplified by Disillusioned, to another history of photographic production and consumption and to important new insights into the historical formation of the discerning liberal subject.”
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book cover for The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh, and American Art Carmenita Higginbotham

The Urban Scene

Race, Reginald Marsh, and American Art
The Urban Scene skillfully re-creates for readers the social and racial contexts in which Reginald Marsh’s paintings first circulated. The book deftly explores early twentieth-century artistic practice, urban development, consumerism, and racial identity to help readers better understand how white and black audiences made sense of the artist’s canvases of blacks.”
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book cover for The Improbable Conquest: Sixteenth-Century Letters from the Río de la Plata Edited by Pablo García Loaeza and Victoria L. Garrett

The Improbable Conquest

Sixteenth-Century Letters from the Río de la Plata
“In The Improbable Conquest, Pablo García Loaeza and Victoria Garrett offer English readers an excellent and needed translation of little-known letters from the Spanish conquest of an immense territory—what is today Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia. These letters bring to light the historical background of the first interactions between Europeans and Native Americans of the Southern Cone. This book is a necessary tool for all Spanish American scholars, particularly those specializing in the first half of the sixteenth century and the Spanish and Portuguese discovery, conquest, and colonization of South America.”
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The Native Conquistador

Alva Ixtlilxochitl's Account of the Conquest of New Spain
“This excellent translation accomplishes a ‘decentering’ of the conquest of Mexico. It makes available a text with an alternate indigenous view of the fall of Tenochtitlan that not only reveals the social, ethnic, and regional divisions in preconquest society but also makes clear the religious and political imperatives in the creation of the new colonial regime. No one who reads this will be able to explain the conquest any longer as a simple matter of winners and losers.”
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book cover for Warfare and the Miraculous in the Chronicles of the First Crusade Elizabeth Lapina

Warfare and the Miraculous in the Chronicles of the First Crusade

“Taking as a leitmotif a celebrated moment from the narratives of the First Crusade—the appearance of an army of saints during the siege of Antioch—Elizabeth Lapina gradually builds an original and convincing interpretation of crusader psychology and historiography. Her contribution to our understanding of the part played by the Normans in the development of crusade ideology is especially groundbreaking. This is an important and innovative work that is also, from start to finish, a delight to read.”
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book cover for Sacred Plunder: Venice and the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade David M. Perry

Sacred Plunder

Venice and the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade
“This insightful work is the first to explore the effects that waves of displaced relics from Constantinople had on Venice and, more broadly, Latin Christianity. Peeling back layers of narrative in the translation accounts, David Perry reveals evolving attitudes and anxieties about crusading, sanctity, and power. His expertise with these scattered sources illuminates his analysis, and his evocative prose makes it a real pleasure to read.”
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book cover for Man or Citizen: Anger, Forgiveness, and Authenticity in Rousseau Karen Pagani

Man or Citizen

Anger, Forgiveness, and Authenticity in Rousseau
“This intelligent, original, and thought-provoking study offers a fresh understanding of Rousseau's moral and political philosophy from the specific angle of forgiveness.”
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book cover for The Impossible Craft: Literary Biography Scott Donaldson

The Impossible Craft

Literary Biography
“Scott Donaldson brings several decades of experience as a literary biographer to The Impossible Craft—a fascinating study of how and why biographies are written. How does a biographer develop a persona and a voice? How does a biographer deal with the literary heirs? Must the biographer like the subject? Is biography a craft, as the title of this book implies, or an art, or something else? Scott Donaldson has earned the right to have his say on all of these matters.”
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book cover for Jewish Literary Cultures: Essays on Hebrew and Jewish Literature from the Ancient Rabbis to Modern Rabbinics, Volume I David Stern

Jewish Literary Cultures

Essays on Hebrew and Jewish Literature from the Ancient Rabbis to Modern Rabbinics, Volume I
“How fitting for David Stern’s articles and essays to be anthologized so beautifully, considering his own contribution to our appreciation of the role of anthology in the shaping of early rabbinic midrash as commentary. Stern has a magical textual touch, which he employs to deepen our understanding of both the literary and the material dimensions of rabbinic and, more broadly, Jewish culture in constant conversation with variegated theoretical and practical perspectives. This harvest of over three decades of his scholarship demonstrates his unequaled range, variety, and depth as a most illuminating and challenging reader of rabbinic literary culture in its many manifestations.”
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book cover for An Inch or Two of Time: Time and Space in Jewish Modernisms Jordan D. Finkin

An Inch or Two of Time

Time and Space in Jewish Modernisms
In literary modernism, time and space are sometimes transformed from organizational categories into aesthetic objects, a transformation that can open dramatic metaphorical and creative possibilities. Much has been written about this aspect of literary modernism generally. In An Inch or Two of Time, Jordan Finkin shows how Jewish modernists of the early twentieth century had a distinct perspective on this innovative metaphorical vocabulary. As members of a national-ethnic-religious community long denied the rights and privileges of self-determination, with a dramatically internalized sense of exile and landlessness, the Jewish writers at the core of this investigation reimagined their spatial and temporal orientation and embeddedness. They set as the fulcrum of their imagery the metaphorical power of time and space. Where, for instance, non-Jewish writers might tend to view space as a given—an element of their own sense of belonging to a nation at home in a given territory—the Jewish writers discussed here spatialized time: they created an as-if space out of time, out of history. The writers at the heart of this book understood their writing to function as a kind of organ of perception on its own, and thus Jewish literature presents a particularly dynamic system for working out the implications of that understanding. This book ultimately argues that Jewish modernist literature is an indispensable part of the modern library.
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book cover for The Monk’s Haggadah: A Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Codex from the Monastery of Tegernsee, with a prologue by Friar Erhard von Pappenheim Edited by David Stern, Christoph Markschies, and Sarit Shalev-Eyni

The Monk’s Haggadah

A Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Codex from the Monastery of Tegernsee, with a prologue by Friar Erhard von Pappenheim
“This book wonderfully proves the value of collaborative research. The introduction describes how this collaboration came about and is by itself a little masterpiece. Like a detective story, it chronicles how the researchers gradually came to recognize that the Haggadah and its Latin—and very Christian—preface constitute one of the most remarkable testimonies in both image and word of the complex character of Jewish-Christian relations in the fifteenth century. Yet the manuscript, even after the collaborators’ fascinating findings, remains enigmatic and indeed mysterious. This is simply an extraordinary book about an extraordinary artifact.”
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book cover for Imagining the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature and Film Ranen Omer-Sherman

Imagining the Kibbutz

Visions of Utopia in Literature and Film
“In a brilliant analysis that is both comprehensive and penetrating, Ranen Omer-Sherman illuminates the vast spectrum of literary and cinematic narratives that emerged from one of the most radical and thrilling social experiments of our time: the Israeli kibbutz. Omer-Sherman writes with authority and passion, in prose that will excite the scholar and layperson alike. Part literary critique, part social history, Omer-Sherman’s book sheds light not only on the narratives of the kibbutz but also on the utopian enterprise itself, from its heady idealism to its bitter contentiousness. I was, quite honestly, unable to put it down. Anyone interested in Israel, literature, film, or the myriad ways in which artistic expression reflects and shapes the birth and growth of a modern nation would do well to read this book.”
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book cover for Rewriting Magic: An Exegesis of the Visionary Autobiography of a Fourteenth-Century French Monk Claire Fanger

Rewriting Magic

An Exegesis of the Visionary Autobiography of a Fourteenth-Century French Monk
Rewriting Magic is a deeply interesting book. It gives the reader a sense of the personal immediacy of scholarly discovery as well as a deep sense of the intimate interior practice of a remarkable monk. The book takes you into the heart of medieval magic and its complex visionary experience. I know of no other book like it.”
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The Spirit of Praise

Music and Worship in Global Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity
“This is an important collection that gathers together a huge range of material and perspectives. It has the potential to take many of the current discussions on music and worship to a very different level.”
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book cover for A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century Paul Peucker

A Time of Sifting

Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century
“A major achievement of scholarship that reads like a mystery novel. Paul Peucker solves the enigma of the Sifting Time and shows that this controversial moment is even more interesting than earlier historians have assumed. He reveals a scandal at the heart of the Moravian Church—brothers becoming sisters, as well as antinomian beliefs that Christ had forgiven not only past but also future sins—so troubling to church leaders that they purged their own archives to cover it up. Although focused on one specific moment, Peucker’s study explains the forces that reshaped the Moravian Church during the entire eighteenth century.”
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book cover for Old Times in Oildom George W. Brown

Old Times in Oildom

Old Times in Oildom, published in 1911 by the Derrick Publishing Company of Oil City, Pennsylvania, contains the memoirs and stories of George W. Brown, who was deeply involved in the oil business in Pennsylvania in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Brown’s anecdotes show him to be a witness to times of profound change in the industrial and economic landscapes of Pennsylvania’s oil regions, when technology rapidly developed and oil wells sprang up across the northern part of the state, irrevocably altering both the land itself and the communities living on it. Brown provides a detailed account of what life was like in the “oildom” of nineteenth-century Pennsylvania from the striking of the first oil well, the famous Drake Well in Titusville, to the solidification of the industry in the early twentieth century. In addition to relating stories from his own life, Brown narrates those of his prominent contemporaries and includes a series of biographical sketches of men who played important roles in the Pennsylvania oil industry.
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book cover for The German Pietists of Provincial Pennsylvania Julius F. Sachse

The German Pietists of Provincial Pennsylvania

First published by the author in 1895, The German Pietists of Provincial Pennsylvania narrates the history of the early Germans of various sects and congregations who settled in Pennsylvania in the beginning of the eighteenth century, with a particular focus on the group of German Pietist mystics who emigrated to America in 1694 to pursue the freedom to practice their religion. The book details Pietism’s origins in Europe and the 1694 voyage across the Atlantic to the British colonies and resettlement in Pennsylvania, including relationships with other religious groups, like the Quakers, Lutherans, and Jansenites, and their beliefs and practices. The book is a product of meticulous archival work and research, and it includes numerous references to and facsimile pages from rare source material. Sachse also provides a comprehensive look at the activities of well-known figures like Johannes Kelpius, Daniel Falkner, Johann Jacob Zimmerman, and Benjamin Furly, among others.
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book cover for Wolf Days in Pennsylvania Henry W. Shoemaker

Wolf Days in Pennsylvania

Originally published in 1914 by the Tribune Press, Wolf Days in Pennsylvania tells tales of the state’s wolves and their hunters, stories that were already becoming the stuff of folklore and myth during Shoemaker’s lifetime at the turn of the twentieth century. With his characteristic penchant for juicy narrative and a naturalist’s enthusiasm and respect for the animal, Shoemaker details the history of the wolf in Pennsylvania during the westward progress of the state’s settlement by whites, and how its population dwindled over the course of the nineteenth century. He narrates stories of memorable chases and narrow escapes, and the hunters’ valiant acts of bravery in their attempts to protect themselves and their communities. The book contains testimony gathered by the author, accompanied by interviews with some of the state’s great wolf hunters and rare period photographs of the hunters and their prey. Wolf Days in Pennsylvania preserves the fascinating history of Pennsylvania’s lost wolves and their hunters.
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book cover for History, Manners, and Customs of the Indian Nations Who Once Inhabited Pennsylvania and the Neighboring States John Gottlieb Ernestus Heckewelder

History, Manners, and Customs of the Indian Nations Who Once Inhabited Pennsylvania and the Neighboring States

First published by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1818, History, Manners, and Customs of the Indian Nations provides an account of the Lenni Lenape and other tribes in the mid-Atlantic region, looking at their history and relations with other tribes and settlers, as well as their spiritual beliefs, government and politics, education, language, social institutions, dress, food, and other customs. The text, written by the Reverend John Heckewelder, a Moravian missionary based in Ohio and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, includes the author’s observations, anecdotes, and advice, preserving not only his knowledge about the Indian nations in the eighteenth century but also his perspective, as a missionary and settler, on Native Americans and the often-fraught relationships between the tribes and European settlers. This version of the text, published in 1876, contains an introduction and notes by the Reverend William C. Reichel as well as a glossary of Lenape words and phrases and letters between the author and the then-president of the American Philosophical Society concerning the study of the Indian nations and their languages.
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book cover for Gorgeous Beasts: Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective Edited by Joan B. Landes, Paula Young Lee, and Paul Youngquist

Gorgeous Beasts

Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective
“This innovative, accessible, and thorough collection addresses an admirable range of historical and geographical contexts to demonstrate that the human relationship with other species is complex and overdetermined, and that human systems of knowledge and representation are crucial for negotiating this uneven terrain. An essential teaching text, Gorgeous Beasts will find a welcome home in the HAS classrooms of many disciplines.”
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book cover for Animals on Display: The Creaturely in Museums, Zoos, and Natural History Edited by Liv Emma Thorsen, Karen A. Rader, and Adam Dodd

Animals on Display

The Creaturely in Museums, Zoos, and Natural History
“From the eighteenth century’s preserved monsters to the twenty-first century’s images of zoo polar bear Knut, the authors of Animals on Display foreground representations—not as transparent or objective acts but as visible and palpable forces working at micro and macro levels to shape cultural understandings and relationships to animals. After this book, the reader cannot look at commonplace images and figures of animals without thinking of how they are enframed and to what ends.”
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book cover for Listening, Thinking, Being: Toward an Ethics of Attunement Lisbeth Lipari

Listening, Thinking, Being

Toward an Ethics of Attunement
“How often do you feel truly listened to? Not often. But what if listening was more important than speaking? Would our relations to each other change? If Lisbeth Lipari is right, and I think she is, the answer is yes, considerably! I only discovered her work on listening a few years ago, but I have read everything of hers ever since. In this important book, in setting out what she calls interlistening, she shows how it is possible for me to treat you as you are rather than what I think you seem to be.”
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book cover for Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation Edited by Christian Kock and Lisa Villadsen

Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation

“Anyone who has been reading in rhetoric and democracy and has an interest in ways of pushing the deliberative democracy model forward will agree that this volume enters that conversation, addresses key issues, and offers fresh insights and approaches that warrant further work of this kind.”
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book cover for Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America Dave Tell

Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America

“Tell’s Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America provides a critical and fascinating account of the always already ‘confessional anxiety’ that animates American public life and political culture.”
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book cover for Deliberative Acts: Democracy, Rhetoric, and Rights Arabella Lyon

Deliberative Acts

Democracy, Rhetoric, and Rights
Deliberative Acts provides a trenchant critique of the theoretical premises of persuasion, argumentation, and identification dominating Western rhetoric. Arabella Lyon delivers a versatile theory of deliberation as a formative act wherein differences are generative and constitutive of relational agency. Lyon focuses on paradigmatic human rights struggles to reveal the limits of liberal models of democracy and their diminishment of interpretive differences. Her astute analysis of human rights as relationships shows deliberation’s ability to transform our understanding of cross-cultural rights practices. This book is relevant for all interested in how globalization continues to shift our understanding of rights and of deliberation itself.”
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book cover for Venezuela Before Chávez: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse Edited by Ricardo Hausmann and Francisco R. Rodríguez

Venezuela Before Chávez

Anatomy of an Economic Collapse
“This objective and expert evaluation of the Venezuelan economy will become an indispensable reference for any future debates on the legacy of the Chávez era.”
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book cover for Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Collective Courage

A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
“The word ‘pathbreaking’ should not be used casually, but this is, in fact, a pathbreaking book. There is nothing like it. Jessica Gordon Nembhard’s study of Black cooperatives opens a door on a critical aspect of Black history in general and cooperative history in particular—a door very hard to open, given the challenges and difficulties with records and sources. What she has found behind the door is subjected to inspiring yet tough-minded analysis. The long trajectory of development Gordon Nembhard describes and the direction she illuminates offer profoundly important guidance as we enter an era of increasingly difficult economic and political challenges.”
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book cover for Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium Bissera V. Pentcheva

Icons and Power

The Mother of God in Byzantium
“This is a major work. It provides a much-needed overview of the development of the cult of the Virgin in Byzantium between the fifth and thirteenth centuries. But it is much more than that, too. In its richly detailed account of how icons of the Virgin helped shape Byzantine imperial ideologies, it offers a significant contribution to studies of gender and empire. Its deployment of an unprecedented range of sources, its attentiveness to both major and minor artistic media, and its brilliant descriptions of the role of icons will ensure that it becomes a standard book on the Virgin and her cult in Byzantium.”
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book cover for On Antique Painting Francisco de Hollanda, Translated by Alice Sedgwick Wohl, with introductory essays by Joaquim Oliveira Caetano and Charles Hope and notes by Hellmut Wohl

On Antique Painting

“As the only English translation of this significant Renaissance treatise, On Antique Painting marks a contribution not only to the field of Portuguese literature but also to the study of humanism during the Renaissance.”
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book cover for The Vienna School of Art History: Empire and the Politics of Scholarship, 1847–1918 Matthew Rampley

The Vienna School of Art History

Empire and the Politics of Scholarship, 1847–1918
“Most art historians know a little about the Vienna School of art history, and many of them have read a couple of essays from that formative period, especially those by Riegl or Dvořák. Yet none, I wager, has ever attempted to envision an entire social and intellectual biography of this complicated and contradictory culture that spawned the serious beginnings of the history of art. A learned historiographer to the core, Matthew Rampley has accomplished just that feat. Packed with erudition (not to mention endnotes!), this hefty text (in more ways than one) serves to provide telling episodes from early German-speaking art history across the imperial Habsburg map.”
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book cover for The Photography of Crisis: The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany Daniel H. Magilow

The Photography of Crisis

The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany
“As an introduction to the field and a bold statement of the photo-essay’s central significance, Magilow’s book is a valuable piece of scholarship.”
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book cover for Critical Shift: Rereading Jarves, Cook, Stillman, and the Narratives of Nineteenth-Century American Art Karen L. Georgi

Critical Shift

Rereading Jarves, Cook, Stillman, and the Narratives of Nineteenth-Century American Art
“Karen Georgi’s Critical Shift argues that the Civil War was less a disruptive dividing line between radically different artistic eras than a blip on an aesthetic continuum from the antebellum decades to the Gilded Age. To make the case, Georgi closely examines the influential writings of prominent art critics James Jackson Jarves, Clarence Cook, and William James Stillman and finds that the war had little or no impact on their ideas about what art should be and what role it should play in society. With its bold new challenge to the model of periodization that has shaped the history, and historiography, of nineteenth-century American art in the modern era, Critical Shift is a provocative contribution to the history of American art theory and criticism in the nineteenth century.”
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book cover for Fostering Autonomy: A Theory of Citizenship, the State, and Social Service Delivery Elizabeth Ben-Ishai

Fostering Autonomy

A Theory of Citizenship, the State, and Social Service Delivery
“Elizabeth Ben-Ishai’s work speaks in important ways both to normative theories of the liberal state and to ongoing conversations about the design and implementation of public policy. Her work reconstructs a notion of autonomy, usefully positioning this centerpiece of liberal commitments not as a mere bulwark against the state but as a kind of standard by which we can assess which forms of state interventions are quite compatible, and perhaps even required, in order to foster autonomy. Ben-Ishai’s work is conceptually sophisticated and commendably ambitious.”
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book cover for Empowerment and Interconnectivity: Toward a Feminist History of Utilitarian Philosophy Catherine Villanueva Gardner

Empowerment and Interconnectivity

Toward a Feminist History of Utilitarian Philosophy
Empowerment and Interconnectivity is an important, finely reasoned, politely radical book that will be widely discussed. It makes a persuasive case that histories of philosophy need to be reconceived to ‘fit’ feminist philosophy rather than the other way around. Centering on methodological analyses, the book both honors and revitalizes a philosophical heritage of justice-seeking feminists no longer marginalized, even erased, from ‘patrimonial’ histories.”
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Rousseau Among the Moderns

Music, Aesthetics, Politics
“The research in Rousseau Among the Moderns is excellent. The book is clearly written and deploys an interesting and puckish sense of relation to present-day music. It is an important contribution to Rousseau scholarship and brings together a lot of material that has been published in very different venues.”
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Making the Archives Talk

New and Selected Essays in Bibliography, Editing, and Book History
“Jim West’s stories about, and his reflections on, his many years editing the works of such major literary writers as Fitzgerald and Styron are told in a humane, reflective, and pragmatic spirit. West brings intriguing evidence to bear. He shows how the Realpolitik of the book trade, the technical concerns of bibliography, and the crises of cultural politics crisscross the editorial arena, complicating the whole endeavor. This engaging book is a narrative capstone to a distinguished career in scholarly editing and book history.”
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A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse Printed from 1610 Through 1820

“This important, indeed groundbreaking, work promises to contribute immensely to our understanding of both early American literary culture and the history of American publishing and printing, while also opening up many avenues for fruitful future research. The result of a lifetime of work by Roger Stoddard, bookman extraordinaire, and diligently edited by David Whitesell, this bibliography provides a definitive record of the canon of early American poetry with detailed descriptions, many discoveries and new attributions, and extensive listings of holdings.”
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Chaucer, Gower, and the Vernacular Rising

Poetry and the Problem of the Populace After 1381
Chaucer, Gower, and the Vernacular Rising is an original and provocative study that reorients our sense of the fourteenth-century audience for vernacular English literature. Lynn Arner shows how the writings of Chaucer and Gower shaped complex new hierarchies of cultural expertise and authority. Through a series of wonderful readings, drawing fruitfully on Pierre Bourdieu, among others, this book makes an important contribution to the social and cultural study of medieval literature, vernacular literacy, and access to cultural capital in the later medieval period.”
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The Greek Girl's Story

“This superb new translation by Alan J. Singerman, one of the foremost specialists on Abbé Prévost, constitutes the first scholarly edition in English of Histoire d’une Grecque moderne. This remarkable novel—an early, paradigmatic example of unreliable first-person narration, one of the greatest novels ever written on the theme of jealousy, and an outstanding example of eighteenth-century Orientalism—will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. Singerman's introduction and notes are models of erudite scholarship and critical lucidity.”
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Poe and the Visual Arts

“Barbara Cantalupo’s admirable study enlarges our sense of Poe, reminding us that the creator of the dreadful House of Usher was also an appreciative critic of painting, and even of gardens and domestic decor. We are led to see Poe as a discriminating lover of beauty in general, and we discover both a greater balance and a richer variety in his literary enterprise.”
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The Transformations of Magic

Illicit Learned Magic in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance
“Well argued and well researched, [The Transformations of Magic] represents a thorough and scholarly treatment of medieval magical texts, as well as an engrossing read.”
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Divining the Self

A Study in Yoruba Myth and Human Consciousness
“Well-crafted case studies like Divining the Self are important contributions to the process of bringing religious studies into compatibility with the lived religious and scriptural practices of participants. Traditionally, scholars have focused on the text itself to find meanings based on words and concepts in order to claim religious relevance. This study looks beyond print and inscription by focusing on an influential oral and (relatively recently) written corpus in use among a participant population that outnumbers many ‘mainline’ Christian denominations.”
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Wonder and Exile in the New World

“A rare and brilliant book where exceptionally wide scholarship leads the Anglophone reader into a deeper understanding of some of the wondrous resources of Spanish-speaking cultures.”
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The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman

“Philip Boobbyer’s thorough scholarship uncovers the roots of Buchman's spiritual vision and demonstrates the wide-reaching significance of his campaigns for moral renewal. It will become the definitive study of this enigmatic figure.”
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Grand Themes

Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, and American History Painting
Grand Themes: Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, and American History Painting brings to this topic a wide-ranging and critically informed historical lens—as well as a thoughtfulness and thoroughness—that it has never before received. What is ultimately at stake in this study is the time-honored hierarchy of the genres, in a day and place in which that hierarchy put forth, as the author puts it so well, ‘a sham form of cultural authority.’”
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Capabilities, Power, and Institutions

Toward a More Critical Development Ethics
Development economics, political theory, and ethics long carried on their own scholarly dialogues and investigations with almost no interaction among them. Only in the mid-1990s did this situation begin to change, primarily as a result of the pioneering work of an economist, Amartya Sen, and a philosopher who doubled as a classicist and legal scholar, Martha Nussbaum. Sen’s Development as Freedom (1999) and Nussbaum’s Women and Human Development (2000) together signaled the emergence of a powerful new paradigm that is commonly known as the “capabilities approach” to development ethics. Key to this approach is the recognition that citizens must have basic “capabilities” provided most crucially through health care and education if they are to function effectively as agents of economic development. Capabilities can be measured in terms of skills and abilities, opportunities and control over resources, and even moral virtues like the virtue of care and concern for others. The essays in this collection extend, criticize, and reformulate the capabilities approach to better understand the importance of power, especially institutional power.
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The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders

The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders is an imaginative, practical, well-argued, and wonderfully written work of moral philosophy, political theory, and democratic education, all at once. It somehow—to its great credit—exudes both calmness and urgency. Its moral and political judgments are balanced and moving, in places wise. It is eminently thoughtful, and it promises, in the hands of citizen teachers, to help inculcate or evince the political responsibilities that ‘everyday bystanders’ (including students and citizen teachers themselves) have in the face of political challenges and even ‘severe violence.’”
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Mortal Gods

Science, Politics, and the Humanist Ambitions of Thomas Hobbes
“Ted Miller's Mortal Gods is a great book, historically rich and theoretically innovative. His argument that Hobbes's humanist mathematical science is aggressively creative rather than descriptive or prescriptive institutes a debate where there has tended to be the consensus of a dominant interpretation. In prose that is fresh and lively, this is a provocative and rewarding read.”
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A Companion to Michael Oakeshott

“This timely collection brings together an important set of essays exploring various aspects of the philosophy of Michael Oakeshott. For those unacquainted with Oakeshott's brilliant but sometimes enigmatic writings on civil association, history, the nature of human experience, education, and political authority, this volume stands as a tribute to his growing intellectual stature in the twenty-first century. It shows just how far Oakeshott studies in the Anglophone world have come in the past two decades, and it lays out a path for where they might productively go in the future.”
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Kant's Political Theory

Interpretations and Applications
Kant’s Political Theory is an impressive contemporary collection featuring some very distinguished contributors. Especially when brought together in one volume, these essays make important contributions to the literature on Kant's political philosophy.”
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Dapper Dan Flood

The Controversial Life of a Congressional Power Broker
“Dan Flood ranks among Pennsylvania’s leading twentieth-century public servants. A remarkable legislator and orator who had the unusual qualities of empathy and compassion for the struggling, Flood was deeply committed to the Eleventh Congressional District as well as to national Great Society policies, such as Medicare and Appalachian economic development. William Kashatus has done justice to Flood and his legacy. This biography is a must-read for those interested in politics, public policy, and history.”
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Globalization and Beyond

New Examinations of Global Power and Its Alternatives
“In this book, a distinguished array of scholars assess recent changes in the structures and processes of capitalist globalization, and their effects on the states and peoples in Latin America and Asia. Their focus is on the diminishing power of the United States, and the rising power of others. The overwhelming conclusion of the theory and research presented here is that the best solutions for the present crisis of neoliberalism will lie in the search for alternative, post-neoliberal strategies and that these will probably take different forms in different places. The volume will provide plenty of food for thought for those in corporate boardrooms, seats of political power, and academe alike.”
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The Truman Administration and Bolivia

Making the World Safe for Liberal Constitutional Oligarchy
“Deeply researched, deftly written, and replete with insight, The Truman Administration and Bolivia is an exemplary study in several respects. Glenn Dorn is as comfortable explaining the intricacies of Bolivian politics and society as he is analyzing the contradictory goals of U.S. foreign policy in the early Cold War. In so doing, he makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Truman as leader of the Free World. Moreover, he establishes himself as one of the leading scholars of inter-American relations of his generation.”
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The Complete Plays of Jean Racine

Volume 3: Iphigenia
This is the third volume of a projected translation into English of all twelve of Jean Racine’s plays—only the third time such a project has been undertaken. For this new translation, Geoffrey Alan Argent has rendered these plays in the verse form that Racine might well have used had he been English: namely, the “heroic” couplet. Argent has exploited the couplet’s compressed power and flexibility to produce a work of English literature, a verse drama as gripping in English as Racine’s is in French.
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book cover for The Complete Plays of Jean Racine: Volume 4: Athaliah Jean Racine, Translated into English rhymed couplets with critical notes and commentary by Geoffrey Alan Argent

The Complete Plays of Jean Racine

Volume 4: Athaliah
As Voltaire famously opined, Athaliah, Racine’s last play, is “perhaps the greatest masterwork of the human spirit.” Its formidable antagonists, Athaliah, queen of Judah, and Jehoiada, high priest of the temple of Jerusalem, are engaged in a deadly struggle for dominion: she, fiercely determined to maintain her throne and exterminate the detested race of David; he, no less fiercely determined to overthrow this heathen queen and enthrone the orphan Joash, the scion of the house of David, whom Athaliah believes she slew as an infant ten years earlier. This boy represents the sole hope for the survival of the royal race from which is to spring the Christ. But in this play, even God is more about hate and retribution than about love and mercy.
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book cover for The Feast of Corpus Christi Barbara R. Walters, Vincent Corrigan, and Peter T. Ricketts

The Feast of Corpus Christi

“In this welcome, scholarly book, three American academics working in the field of medieval studies assemble a remarkable collection of material that brings fresh light to bear on the origins and early development of the festival of Corpus Christi.”
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