BOOKS RECEIVED: Debra A. Moddelmog and Martin Joseph Ponce, eds., “Samuel Steward and the Pursuit of the Erotic: Sexuality, Literature, Archives” (Ohio State UP, 2017)
Samuel Steward and the Pursuit of the Erotic: Sexuality, Literature, Archives examines one of the most fascinating sexual renegades of the twentieth century and the social, cultural, pedagogical, and erotic projects with which he was engaged. This innovative collection, edited… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Paula Knight, “The Facts of Life” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In the 1970s, best friends Polly and April collect hazy knowledge about the facts of lifesex, reproduction, and gender normsthrough the gossip of older girls, magazines and books, and the everyday behavior of their families and teachers. What they learn… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Monica Mattfeld, “Becoming Centaur: Eighteenth-Century Masculinity and English Horsemanship” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In this study of the relationship between men and their horses in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, Monica Mattfeld explores the experience of horsemanship and how it defined ones gendered and political positions within society. Men of the period used horses… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED:  Barbara McManus, “The Drunken Duchess of Vassar: Grace Harriet Macurdy, Pioneering Feminist Classical Scholar” (Ohio State UP, 2017)
In this biography, Barbara McManus recovers the intriguing life story of Grace Harriet Macurdy (18661946), Professor of Greek at Vassar College and the first woman classicist to focus her scholarship on the lives of ancient Greco-Roman women. Fondly known as… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Adrianna M. Paliyenko, “Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900” (Penn State UP, 2016)
In Genius Envy, Adrianna M. Paliyenko uncovers a forgotten history: the multiplicity and diversity of nineteenth-century French womens poetic voices. Conservative critics of the time attributed the phenomenon of genius to masculinity and dismissed the work of female authors as… Read More
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