BOOKS RECEIVED: Thomas W. Barton, “Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Contested Treasure, Thomas Barton examines how the Jews in the Crown of Aragon in the twelfth through fourteenth centuries negotiated the overlapping jurisdictions and power relations of local lords and the crown. The thirteenth century was a formative… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Torrey Shanks, “Authority Figures: Rhetoric and Experience in John Locke’s Political Thought” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Authority Figures, Torrey Shanks uncovers the essential but largely unappreciated place of rhetoric in John Locke’s political and philosophical thought. Locke’s well-known hostility to rhetoric has obscured an important debt to figural and inventive language. Here, Shanks traces… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Carmenita Higginbotham, “The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh, and American Art” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In The Urban Scene, Carmenita Higginbotham offers a significant and innovative reassessment of the ways in which race is deployed and read in interwar American art. By focusing on the works of urban realist Reginald Marsh and his contemporaries,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Cordula Grewe, “The Nazarenes: Romantic Avant-Garde and the Art of the Concept” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In The Nazarenes, Cordula Grewe presents a timely revisionist account of the Nazarenes, a group of early nineteenth-century German artists who have been occasionally reviled, but more often ignored, in the history of modern art. Viewing critically the effects… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jordan Bear, “Disillusioned: Victorian Photography and the Discerning Subject” (Penn State UP, 2015)
How do photographs compel belief and endow knowledge? To understand the impact of photography in a given era, we must study the adjacent forms of visual persuasion with which photographs compete and collaborate. In photography’s early days, magic shows, scientific… Read More
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