BOOK RECEIVED: Karen Pagani, “Man or Citizen: Anger, Forgiveness, and Authenticity in Rousseau” (Penn State UP, 2015)
The French studies scholar Patrick Coleman made the important observation that over the course of the eighteenth century, the social meanings of anger became increasingly democratized. The work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau is an outstanding example of this change. In Man Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jonathan Dewald, “Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France: The Rohan Family, 1550-1715” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France, Jonathan Dewald explores European aristocratic society by looking closely at one of its most prominent families. The Rohan were rich, powerful, and respected, but Dewald shows that there were also… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Claire Fanger, “Rewriting Magic: An Exegesis of the Visionary Autobiography of a Fourteenth-Century French Monk” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In Rewriting Magic, Claire Fanger explores a fourteenth-century text called The Flowers of Heavenly Teaching. Written by a Benedictine monk named John of Morigny, the work all but disappeared from the historical record, and it is only now… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Tracy Adams, “Christine de Pizan and the Fight for France” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Christine de Pizan and the Fight for France, Tracy Adams offers a reevaluation of Christine de Pizan’s literary engagement with contemporary politics. Adams locates Christine’s works within a detailed narrative of the complex history of the dispute between… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Abbe Prevost, “The Greek Girls Story” (Penn State UP, 2015)
With The Greek Girl’s Story, Alan Singerman presents the first reliable, stand-alone translation and critical edition of Abbé Prévost’s 1740 literary masterpiece Histoire d’une Grecque moderne. The text of this new English translation is based on Singerman’s 1990… Read More
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