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“Kinsley’s work is rich in detailed examples, and calls into question claims that Shakespearean performance in America had become, by the early twentieth century, the domain of ‘highbrow’ culture. Rather, by carefully drawing upon the multitude of Shakespearean performances in New York’s immigrant communities, this book shows that ‘Shakespeare’s meaning—and the terms of American belonging—was always in flux.’ Students of theatre, American studies, urban studies, and history will all be interested in this text.”
—Lisa Merrill, author of When Romeo Was a Woman: Charlotte Cushman and Her Circle of Female Spectators
“The relation of medieval cultures to Rome is creatively conflicted: early Christianity defines itself against everything that ‘Rome’ stands for, while the Papacy models itself as a new empire. David Benson’s Imagined Romes takes us into the medieval city and trains us to understand how late medieval English readers of and visitors to the eternal city imagined its republican and imperial past. The resultant book—ever lucid and engaging—is full of illuminating surprises.”
—James Simpson, author of Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition
“This wide-ranging exploration of the green world, pastoral, or ‘second nature’ of Venice helps rethink the complex and intricate world of pastoral, its production, and its experience. From palace and villa gardens to paintings, eclogues and plays, and sculptural figures, Jodi Cranston sets out the fictional and the actual modes of pastoralism in the light of both contemporary writers and modern critics who have extended their versions of pastoral.”
—John Dixon Hunt, author of A World of Gardens
“With an incisive, cogent, and creative application of memory studies to early Christian literature, Michael Flexsenhar III’s Christians in Caesar’s Household presents us with a critical picture of how and why early Christian authors felt it so strategically important to memorialize Christian imperial slaves. Flexsenhar’s work demonstrates aptly that early Christianity fashioned itself imperially, using slavery to shape its identity in ways that will be, without a doubt, everlasting.”
—Chris L. de Wet, author of The Unbound God: Slavery and the Formation of Early Christian Thought
Heather Swan, author of Where the Honeybees Thrive, was interviewed on 89.9 WORTFM’s A Public Affair. Hear the full interview from March 4th.
The Shape of Difficulty by Bret L. Rothstein was reviewed by Sarah Rose Sharp in Hyperallergic. Sharp praises Rothstein’s ability to “present his findings and musings in highly accessible and even funny language” and notes that “The sincere joy he takes in unraveling the philosophy behind difficult objects is not lost in his academic formatting.”
Releases April 30; available for preorder!
We have been ungating a different article on JSTOR for each week of March to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Check out our final selections!
“Unique Representations of Moses in the Works of Harriet Martineau, Charlotte Brontë, and George Eliot”
George Eliot—George Henry Lewes Studies
Vol. 69, No. 2
Free Monday, 3/18 to Monday 3/25
“The Power of Words: The Biblical Abishag in Contemporary American Jewish Women’s Poetry”
Studies in American Jewish Literature
Vol. 37, No. 1
Free Monday, 3/25 to Monday, 4/1
In other journal news
Submit your paper for a Special Issue on “Institutional Entropy: Causes, Consequences, and Corrective Measures” for the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
Deadline: 1 May 2019
Guest Editors: Chennat Gopalakrishnan, University of Hawaii at Manoa, U.S.A
Laura M. McCann, University of Missouri, U.S.A
Visit JNRPR’s webpage for complete submission guidelines.
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: The Allegheny Pilot by Edwin L. Babbitt.
“The Allegheny Pilot, first published in 1855, is an early travel guide to western Pennsylvania’s rivers and navigable waterways, complete with detailed maps, notes, and charts. Originally written for lumber raftsmen and even considered to be the ‘Lumberman’s Bible,’ it remains an important document on the original path of the Allegheny and its tributaries, which have since been changed by the construction of the Kinzua Dam and other man-made. . . ” (more)
In antiquity, “son of god”—meaning a ruler designated by the gods to carry out their will—was a title used by the Roman emperor Augustus and his successors as a way to reinforce their divinely appointed status. But this title was also used by early Christians to speak about Jesus, borrowing the idiom from Israelite and early Jewish discourses on monarchy. This interdisciplinary volume explores what it means to be God’s son(s) in ancient Jewish and early Christian literature.
Through close readings of relevant texts from multiple ancient corpora, including. . . (more)
Religious and historical myths defined the worldviews and identities of ancient societies and form a fascinating, but difficult, object of study. In presenting a comparative analysis of several interrelated ancient mythical themes, such as the storm god, the young hero, chaos, combat with monsters, kingship, final judgment, organization of the cosmos, and the foundation of kingship, this thorough and groundbreaking study explores the possibility of a mythological—or “mythopoeic”—Indo-Mediterranean cultural space. . . (more)
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