British Studies

British Studies

episodes

Interviews with scholars of the United Kingdom about their new books.

Michelle Moffat, "Scottish Society in the Second World War: Tradition, Tension, Transformation" (Edinburgh UP, 2023)

July 19, 2024

Scottish Society in the Second World War

Michelle Moffat
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Surprisingly little is known about Scottish experiences of the Second World War. Scottish Society in the Second World War (Edinburgh University Press,…

Sarah Milton, "Ageing and New Intimacies: Gender, Sexuality and Temporality in an English Salsa Scene" (Manchester UP, 2024)

July 17, 2024

Ageing and New Intimacies

Sarah Milton
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The 'baby boom' generation, born between the 1940s and the 1960s, is often credited with pioneering new and creative ways of relating, doing intimacy …

Yosefa Raz, "The Poetics of Prophecy: Modern Afterlives of a Biblical Tradition" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

July 16, 2024

The Poetics of Prophecy

Yosefa Raz
Hosted by Rachel Adelman

Since the mid-1700s, poets and scholars have been deeply entangled in the project of reinventing prophecy. Moving between literary and biblical studie…

Pamela Hutchinson, "The Red Shoes" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

July 14, 2024

The Red Shoes

Pamela Hutchinson
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Endlessly fascinating, dark and bright, The Red Shoes (1948) employs every branch of the cinematic arts to sweep the audience off its feet, invigorate…

Mark Peterson, "The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865" (Princeton UP, 2019)

July 14, 2024

The City-State of Boston

Mark Peterson
Hosted by Ryan Tripp

In the vaunted annals of America’s founding, Boston has long been held up as an exemplary “city upon a hill” and the “cradle of liberty” for an indepe…

Matt Houlbrook et al., "Men and Masculinities in Modern Britain: A History for the Present" (Manchester UP, 2024)

July 13, 2024

Men and Masculinities in Modern Britain

Matt Houlbrook, Katie Jones, and Ben Mechen
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

What does the history of men tell us about life today? In Men and Masculinities in Modern Britain: A History for the Present (Manchester UP, 2024), th…

Jonathan Connolly, "Worthy of Freedom: Indenture and Free Labor in the Era of Emancipation" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

July 13, 2024

Worthy of Freedom

Jonathan Connolly

In Worthy of Freedom: Indenture and Free Labor in the Era of Emancipation (University of Chicago Press, 2024), Jonathan Connolly traces the normalizat…

James D. Fisher, "The Enclosure of Knowledge: Books, Power and Agrarian Capitalism in Britain, 1660–1800" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

July 12, 2024

The Enclosure of Knowledge

James D. Fisher
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The rise of agrarian capitalism in Britain is usually told as a story about markets, land and wages. The Enclosure of Knowledge: Books, Power and Agra…

Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb, "The Women Are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics" (Oxford UP, 2021)

July 9, 2024

The Women Are Up to Something

Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb

The story of four remarkable women who shaped the intellectual history of the 20th century: Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris …

Paige Reynolds, "Modernism in Irish Women's Contemporary Writing: The Stubborn Mode" (Oxford UP, 2023)

July 9, 2024

Modernism in Irish Women's Contemporary Writing

Paige Reynolds
Hosted by Helen Penet

Paige Reynolds's book Modernism in Irish Women's Contemporary Writing: The Stubborn Mode (Oxford UP, 2023) examines the tangled relationship between c…

Kathryn Hughes, "Catland: Louis Wain and the Great Cat Mania" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2024)

July 7, 2024

Catland

Kathryn Hughes
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In 1900, Britain and America were in the grip of a cat craze. An animal that had for centuries been seen as a household servant or urban nuisance had …

Tabitha Stanmore, "Cunning Folk: Life in the Era of Practical Magic" (Bloombury, 2024)

July 7, 2024

Cunning Folk

Tabitha Stanmore

Imagine: it's the year 1600 and you've lost your precious silver spoons, or maybe they've been stolen. Perhaps your child has a fever. Or you're facin…

Jessie Abrahams, "Schooling Inequality: Aspirations, Opportunities and the Reproduction of Social Class" (Bristol UP, 2024)

July 6, 2024

Schooling Inequality

Jessie Abrahams
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Despite a mass expansion of the higher education sector in the UK since the 1960s, young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds rema…

Jeremy Black, "Defoe's Britain" (St. Augustine's Press, 2023)

July 5, 2024

Defoe's Britain

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

The Weight of Words Series continues with Defoe's Britain (St. Augustine's Press, 2023), as historian Jeremy Black uses this writer to interpret Brita…

Faith Smith, "Strolling in the Ruins: The Caribbean's Non-Sovereign Modern in the Early Twentieth Century" (Duke UP, 2023)

July 2, 2024

Strolling in the Ruins

Faith Smith
Hosted by Zachary Myers

In Strolling in the Ruins: The Caribbean's Non-Sovereign Modern in the Early Twentieth Century (Duke UP, 2023), Faith Smith engages with a period in t…

Peter Murray Jones, "The Medicine of the Friars in Medieval England" (Boydell & Brewer, 2024)

June 30, 2024

The Medicine of the Friars in Medieval England

Peter Murray Jones
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Friars are often overlooked in the picture of health care in late mediaeval England. Physicians, surgeons, apothecaries, barbers, midwives - these are…

Shahmima Akhtar, "Exhibiting Irishness: Empire, Race and Nation, c. 1850-1970" (Manchester UP, 2024)

June 30, 2024

Exhibiting Irishness

Shahmima Akhtar
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Shahmima Akhtar is a historian of race, migration and empire and an assistant professor of Black and Asian British History at the University of Birmin…

Michael Sonenscher, "Capitalism: The Story Behind the Word" (Princeton UP, 2022)

June 30, 2024

Capitalism

Michael Sonenscher

What exactly is capitalism? How has the meaning of capitalism changed over time? And what’s at stake in our understanding or misunderstanding of it? I…

Nicola Clark, "The Waiting Game: The Untold Story of the Women Who Served the Tudor Queens" (Norton, 2024)

June 28, 2024

The Waiting Game

Nicola Clark
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Every Tudor Queen had ladies-in-waiting. They were her confidantes and her chaperones. Only the Queen's ladies had the right to enter her most private…

Reeju Ray, "Placing the Frontier in British North-East India: Law, Custom, and Knowledge" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 26, 2024

Placing the Frontier in British North-East India

Reeju Ray
Hosted by Arighna Gupta

Placing the Frontier in British North-East India: Law, Custom, and Knowledge (Oxford UP, 2023) is a study of the travels of colonial law into the Nort…