BOOKS RECEIVED: Amanda Wunder, “Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Baroque art flourished in seventeenth-century Seville during a tumultuous period of economic decline, social conflict, and natural disasters. This volume explores the patronage that fueled this frenzy of religious artistic and architectural activity and the lasting effects it had on… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Andrea Walkden, “Private Lives Made Public: The Invention of Biography in Early Modern England” (Duquesne UP, 2016)
Following the trial and execution of Charles I in 1649, the later seventeenth century witnessed an explosion of print culture in England, including an unprecedented boom in biographical writing. Andrea Walkden offers a case study examination of this fascinating trend,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Girolamo Benzoni, “The History of the New World” (Penn State UP, 2017)
The History of the New World is an abridged, unique English translation of sixteenth-century Italian merchant Girolamo Benzonis popular account of his adventures in the Americas and the Spanish colonies. First published in Venice in 1565, Benzonis book was an… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Alan C. Braddock and Laura Turner Igoe, eds., “A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphias Ecology in the Cultural Imagination” (Penn State UP, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books An unconventional history of Philadelphia that operates at the threshold of cultural and environmental studies, A Greene Country Towne expands the meaning of community beyond people to encompass nonhuman beings, things, and forces. By examining… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Claude-Francois de Lezay-Marnesia, “Letters Written from the Banks of the Ohio” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books First published in French in 1792, Letters Written from the Banks of the Ohio tells the fascinating story of French aristocrat Claude-Franois de Lezay-Marnsia and the utopia he attempted to create in what is now… Read More
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