BOOKS RECEIVED:  Steven Mailloux, “Rhetoric’s Pragmatism: Essays in Rhetorical Hermeneutics” (Penn State UP, 2017)
For over thirty years, Steven Mailloux has championed and advanced the field of rhetorical hermeneutics, a historically and theoretically informed approach to textual interpretation. This volume collects fourteen of his most recent influential essays on the methodology, plus an interview.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Catherine Chalier, “Reading the Torah: Beyond the Fundamentalist and Scientific Approaches” (Duquesne UP, 2017)
Fundamentalist readings of sacred texts of major world religions are often regarded as an ever-increasing threat to personal and democratic freedoms. Historical and critical readings, alternatively, purport to be objective and teach us to understand these texts by relating them… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Oscar E. Vazquez, “The End Again: Degeneration and Visual Culture in Modern Spain” (Penn State UP, 2017)
As fin de siglo Spain struggled with perceived decadence and decline, the visual arts reflected the debate and influenced the outcome. This volume argues that the way artists understood and depicted the concepts of degeneration and regeneration is essential to… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stephen P. Reyna, “Starry Nights: Critical Structural Realism in Anthropology” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Starry Nights: Critical Structural Realism in Anthropology offers nothing less than a reinventing of the discipline of anthropology. In these six essays four published here for the first time Stephen Reyna critiques the postmodern tenets of anthropology, while devising a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Tarja Laine: Bodies in Pain: Emotion and the Cinema of Darren Aronofsky (Berghahn Books, 2017)
The films of Darren Aronofsky invite emotional engagement by means of affective resonance between the film and the spectator’s lived body. Aronofsky’s films, which include a rich range of production from Requiem for a Dream to Black Swan, are often… Read More
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