BOOKS RECEIVED: Edward Bever and Randall Styers, eds., “Magic in the Modern World: Strategies of Repression and Legitimization” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley This collection of essays considers the place of magic in the modern world, first by exploring the ways in which modernity has been defined in explicit opposition to magic and superstition, and then by… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Richard Kieckhefer, trans., “Hazards of the Dark Arts: Advice for Medieval Princes on Witchcraft and Magic” (Penn State UP, 2017)
This volume comprises English translations of two fundamentally important texts on magic and witchcraft in the fifteenth century: Johannes Hartliebs Book of All Forbidden Arts and Ulrich Molitoriss On Witches and Pythonesses. Written by laymen and aimed at secular authorities,… Read More
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
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