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Since its construction, Notre Dame Cathedral has played a central role in French cultural identity. In the wake of the tragic fire of 2019, questions of how to restore the fabric of this quintessential French monument are once more at the forefront. This all-too-prescient book, first published in French in 2013, takes a central place in the conversation.
“Michelangelo’s Inner Anatomies offers an entirely fresh perspective on Michelangelo, the Renaissance’s most original thinker on the human body. By amassing a wealth of often little-known contemporary sources combined with a new way of looking at Michelangelo’s art, Kleinbub makes us reconsider what the human body meant to Michelangelo and his public—and to us. This book is a must-read for everyone interested in early modern art, poetry, and medicine.”—Joost Keizer, author of The Realism of Piero della Francesca
“All scholars of early medieval art will want to read this book, along with anyone interested in cultural connections between late antiquity and the Carolingian age. It is the most important study of the Utrecht Psalter in a long time.”—Frederick Paxton, author of Anchoress and Abbess in Ninth-Century Saxony: The “Lives” of Liutbirga of Wendhausen and Hathumoda of Gandersheim
“This original and insightful study of the indigenization of Christianity among Lisu communities in China’s southwestern borderlands is thoroughly researched, convincingly argued, and beautifully written. Aminta Arrington draws on extensive ethnographic information, archival materials, and local Lisu publications to contextualize the making of Lisu churches in the new century.”—Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, author of The Bible and the Gun: Christianity in South China, 1860–1900
Read an excerpt from Michelangelo’s Inner Anatomies by Christian K. Kleinbub on the Press blog.
Each month we’re highlighting a book available through PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access initiative featuring scholarly digital books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. This month’s pick: Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900.
“In Genius Envy, Adrianna M. Paliyenko uncovers a forgotten history: the multiplicity and diversity of nineteenth-century French women’s poetic voices. Conservative critics of the time attributed the phenomenon of genius to masculinity and dismissed the work of female authors as ‘feminine literature.’ Despite the efforts of leading thinkers, critics, and literary historians to erase women from the pages of literary history, Paliyenko shows how these female poets invigorated the debate about the origins of genius and garnered considerable recognition in their time for. . . ” (more)
Broken Frontier calls Vanni: A Family’s Struggle Through the Sri Lankan Conflict by Benjamin Dix and Lindsay Pollock “a powerful and thorough examination of events that is never an easy read but is always a crucially important one.”
CAA.Reviews has published not one, but two reviews of Sam Rose’s Art and Form: From Roger Fry to Global Modernism
Mary Unger’s article “The Book Circle: Black Women Readers and Middlebrow Taste in Chicago, 1943-1953” has won the David D. Anderson Award for Outstanding Essay in Midwestern Literary Studies. The article is free to read in Reception until May.
Modeled after previous seasonal reports, this ninth volume of the Madaba Plains Project’s excavations at Tall al-ʿUmayri, Jordan gives a detailed accounting of the artifactual finds from the 2004 season of the excavations, accompanied by hundreds of photos and supplemented with related research. The active fields in 2004 included Field A, the western citadel with Early Iron Age domestic structures; Field B, the western defenses and northwestern domestic quarters showcasing a rare. . . (more)
Since the early 1990s, about two thousand Idumean Aramaic ostraca have found their way onto the antiquities market and are now scattered across a number of museums, libraries, and private collections. This multivolume textbook classifies these ostraca according to subject matter and brings them together into a single publication. With this fourth installment, Bezalel Porten and Ada Yardeni continue their comprehensive edition of Aramaic ostraca from Idumea. Volume 4 contains 377 texts divided into six dossiers, including 54 payment orders, 77. . . (more)
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