BOOKS RECEIVED: Stern, Markschies, and Shalev-Eyni, eds., “The Monk’s Haggadah: A Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Codex from the Monastery of Tegernsee (Penn State UP, 2015)
In 1489, a magnificent illustrated Passover Haggadah was sent as a bequest to the Monastery of Saint Quirinus at Tegernsee in southern Germany. Shortly afterwards, the monastery’s librarian sent the book to a Dominican friar named Erhard von Pappenheim, a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Alina Payne, ed., “Vision and Its Instruments: Art, Science, and Technology in Early Modern Europe” (Penn State UP, 2015)
Starting with Brunelleschi’s invention of perspective and Galileo’s invention of the telescope—two inaugural moments in the history of vision, from two apparently distinct provinces, art and science—this volume of essays by noted art, architecture, science, philosophy, and literary historians teases… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Thomas W. Barton, “Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Contested Treasure, Thomas Barton examines how the Jews in the Crown of Aragon in the twelfth through fourteenth centuries negotiated the overlapping jurisdictions and power relations of local lords and the crown. The thirteenth century was a formative… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Torrey Shanks, “Authority Figures: Rhetoric and Experience in John Locke’s Political Thought” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Authority Figures, Torrey Shanks uncovers the essential but largely unappreciated place of rhetoric in John Locke’s political and philosophical thought. Locke’s well-known hostility to rhetoric has obscured an important debt to figural and inventive language. Here, Shanks traces… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jordan Bear, “Disillusioned: Victorian Photography and the Discerning Subject” (Penn State UP, 2015)
How do photographs compel belief and endow knowledge? To understand the impact of photography in a given era, we must study the adjacent forms of visual persuasion with which photographs compete and collaborate. In photography’s early days, magic shows, scientific… Read More
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