BOOKS RECEIVED: Thomas Sikor, Stefan Dorondel, Johannes Stahl, and Phuc Xuan, “When Things Become Property: Land Reform, Authority and Value in Postsocialist Europe and Asia” (Berghahn Books, 2017)To, “
Governments have conferred ownership titles to many citizens throughout the world in an effort to turn things into property. Almost all elements of nature have become the target of property laws, from the classic preoccupation with land to more ephemeral… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Edgar Peters Bowron, ed., “Buying Baroque: Italian Seventeenth-Century Paintings Come to America” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Although Americans have shown interest in Italian Baroque art since the eighteenth centuryThomas Jefferson bought copies of works by Salvator Rosa and Guido Reni for his art gallery at Monticello, and the seventeenth-century Bolognese school was admired by painters Benjamin… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Katherine M. Faull, ed. and trans., “Speaking to Body and Soul: Instructions for the Moravian Choir Helpers, 1785-1786” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Dating back to 1785, the Moravian Instructions for the Choir Helpers contain detailed advice for the spiritual counselors of the men, women, and children in Moravian congregations on how to address concerns about ones body and soul. In this volume,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Hillary Eklund, ed., “Ground-Work: English Renaissance Literature and Soil Science” (Duquesne UP, 2017)
How does soil, as an ecological element, shape culture? With the sixteenth-century shift in England from an agrarian economy to a trade economy, what changes do we see in representations of soil as reflected in the language and stories during… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Johari Jabie, “Conjuring Freedom: Music and Masculinity in the Civil Wars ‘Gospel Army'” (Ohio State UP, 2017)
Conjuring Freedom: Music and Masculinity in the Civil Wars Gospel Army analyzes the songs of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, a regiment of Black soldiers who met nightly in the performance of the ring shout. In this study, acknowledging the… Read More
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