New Books Network

Michael Slouber, “A Garland of Forgotten Goddesses: Tales of the Feminine Divine from India and Beyond” (U California Press, 2020)
Michael Slouber‘s new book A Garland of Forgotten Goddesses: Tales of the Feminine Divine from India and Beyond (University of California Press, 2021) surveys the diversity of India’s feminine divine tradition by bringing together a fresh array of captivating and largely overlooked Hindu goddess narratives from different regions. As the first... Read More
Rachel V. González, “Quinceañera Style: Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Identities” (U Texas Press, 2019)
A quinceañera is a traditional fifteenth birthday celebration for young women (though in contemporary times, it can also be for young men) in many Latinx communities.  While the celebration has roots in religiosity, it has also become a space for imagining and performing class, identity, and Americanity.  With fieldwork conducted... Read More
Jack Santino, “Public Performances: Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque” (UP Colorado, 2017)
Public Performances: Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque (University Press of Colorado) offers a deep and wide-ranging exploration of relationships among genres of public performance and of the underlying political motivations they share. Illustrating the connections among three themes—the political, the carnivalesque, and the ritualesque—the volume provides rich and comprehensive... Read More
William G. Pooley, “Body and Tradition in 19th-Century France: Félix Arnaudin and the Moorlands of Gascony, 1870-1914” (Oxford UP, 2019)
The moorlands of Gascony are often considered one of the most dramatic examples of top-down rural modernization in nineteenth-century Europe. From an area of open moors, they were transformed in one generation into the largest man-made forest in Europe. Body and Tradition in Nineteenth-Century France: Félix Arnaudin and the Moorlands... Read More
Adheesh Sathaye, “Crossing the Lines of Caste” (Oxford UP, 2015)
What does it mean to be a Brahmin, and what could it mean to become one? The ancient Indian mythological figure Viśvāmitra accomplishes just this, transforming himself from a king into a Brahmin by cultivation of ascetic power. The book, Crossing the Lines of Caste, examines legends of the irascible... Read More
Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir, “Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World” (Bloomsbury, 2020)
Fascination with the Viking Age seems to be at an all-time high, though it has never really gone out of fashion. There is something irresistible about the Vikings, a civilization dedicated to exploring the edges of the known world, forging an empire from north America to Kiev, which dominated the... Read More
Kathryn Hume, “The Metamorphoses of Myth in Fiction since 1960” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)
Why do contemporary writers use myths from ancient Greece and Rome, Pharaonic Egypt, the Viking north, Africa’s west coast, and Hebrew and Christian traditions? What do these stories from premodern cultures have to offer us? In her new book, The Metamorphoses of Myth in Fiction since 1960, Professor Kathryn Hume... Read More
Éva Guillorel, “Rhythms of Revolt: European Traditions and Memories of Social Conflict in Oral Culture” (Routledge, 2018)
The culture of insurgents in early modern Europe was primarily an oral one; memories of social conflicts in the communities affected were passed on through oral forms such as songs and legends. This popular history continued to influence political choices and actions through and after the early modern period. The... Read More
Steve Zeitlin, “The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness” (Cornell UP, 2016)
This is a book of encounters. Part memoir, part essay, and partly a guide to maximizing your capacity for fulfillment and expression, The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness (Cornell University Press, 2016) taps into the artistic side of what we often take for granted: the... Read More
Kevin McGrath, “Vyāsa Redux: Narrative in Epic Mahābhārata” (Anthem Press, 2019)
In Vyāsa Redux: Narrative in Epic Mahābhārata (Anthem Press, 2019), Kevin McGrath examines the complex and enigmatic Vyāsa, both the primary creative poet of the Sanskrit epic Mahābhārata and a key character in the very epic he composes. In doing so McGrath focuses on what he considers the late Bronze... Read More