New Books Network

Emily Wilson, trans., “The Odyssey” (Norton, 2017)
The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version, this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes... Read More
Tamara Hundorova, “The Post-Chornobyl Library: Ukrainian Postmodernism of the 1990s” (ASP, 2019)
Tamara Hundorova’s The Post-Chornobyl Library: Ukrainian Postmodernism of the 1990s (Academic Studies Press, 2019) is a compelling study of the literary changes that mark Ukrainian literature at the end of the 20th century. As the title of the book prompts, a starting point—or rather a triggering moment for further metamorphoses—is... Read More
Andrew Hobbs, “A Fleet Street In Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855-1900” (Open Book, 2018)
The dominance of the London press in the British national media has long overshadowed the presence of local newspapers in Great Britain and the roles they played in their communities. As Andrew Hobbs demonstrates in his book A Fleet Street In Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855-1900 (Open... Read More
Vishwa Adluri and Joydeep Bagchee, “Philology and Criticism: A Guide to Mahābhārata Textual Criticism” (Anthem Press, 2018)
The Hindu great epic, Mahābhārata, exists today in hundreds of variant manuscripts across India. These manuscripts were painstakingly examined, sorted and reconstituted into the official Critical Edition of the Mahābhārata. Is the Critical Edition a viable means of studying India’s great epic?  While several scholars critique this undertaking project, the... Read More
Noah Cohan, “We Average Unbeautiful Watchers: Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports” (Nebraska, 2019)
Today we are joined by Noah Cohan, Lecturer in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and the author of We Average Unbeautiful Watchers: Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). In our conversation, we discussed the nature of sports narrative, the... Read More
Lara Saguisag, “Incorrigibles and Innocents: Constructing Childhood and Citizenship in Progressive Era Comics” (Rutgers UP, 2018)
Histories and criticism of comics note that comic strips published in the Progressive Era were dynamic spaces in which anxieties about race, ethnicity, class, and gender were expressed, perpetuated, and alleviated. The proliferation of comic strip children—white and nonwhite, middle-class and lower class, male and female—suggests that childhood was a... Read More
Yael Almog, “Secularism and Hermeneutics” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
In the late Enlightenment, a new imperative began to inform theories of interpretation: all literary texts should be read in the same way that we read the Bible. However, this assumption concealed a problem—there was no coherent “we” who read the Bible in the same way. In Secularism and Hermeneutics... Read More