BOOKS RECEIVED: Susanna Fein and David Raybin eds., “Chaucer: Visual Approaches” (Penn State UP, 2016)
This collection looks beyond the literary, religious, and philosophical aspects of Chaucers texts to a new mode of interdisciplinary scholarship: one that celebrates the richness of Chaucers visual poetics. The twelve illustrated essays make connections between Chaucers texts and various… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Nancy MacKay, “Curating Oral Histories: From Interview to Archive, 2nd ed.” (Left Coast Press, 2016)
For the past ten years, Nancy MacKays Curating Oral Histories (2006) has been the one-stop shop for librarians, curators, program administrators, and project managers who are involved in turning an oral history interview into a primary research document, available for… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Josep M. Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, eds. “Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
African slavery was pervasive in Spain’s Atlantic empire yet remained in the margins of the imperial economy until the end of the eighteenth century when the plantation revolution in the Caribbean colonies put the slave traffic and the plantation at… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Anne Eriksen, “From Antiquities to Heritage: Transformations of Cultural Memory” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Eighteenth-century gentleman scholars collected antiquities. Nineteenth-century nation states built museums to preserve their historical monuments. In the present world, heritage is a global concern as well as an issue of identity politics. What does it mean when runic stones or… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Philip Cavendish, “The Men with the Movie Camera: The Poetics of Visual Style in Soviet Avant-Garde Cinema of the 1920s” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Unlike previous studies of the Soviet avant-garde during the silent era, which have regarded the works of the period as manifestations of directorial vision, this study emphasizes the collaborative principle at the heart of avant-garde filmmaking units and draws attention… Read More
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