New Books Network

Adrian J. Boas, “The Crusader World” (Routledge, 2015)
The Crusader World (Routledge, 2015), edited by Adrian J. Boas, is a multidisciplinary survey of the current state of research in the field of crusader studies, an area of study which has become increasingly popular in recent years. In this volume Adrian Boas draws together an impressive range of academics,... Read More
Steven Seegel, “Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Steven Seegel’s Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2018) is an insightful contribution to the history of map making which is written through and by individual geographers/cartographers/map men. The book focuses primarily on four countries: Germany, Hungary,... Read More
Nicholas R. Jones, “Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performance of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain” (Penn State UP, 2019)
Nicholas R. Jones’s book, Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performance of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain (Penn State University Press, 2019), analyzes white appropriations of black African voices in Spanish theater in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, when performing habla de negros—how Africanized Castilian was commonly referred to—was... Read More
Jessie Labov, “Transatlantic Central Europe: Contesting Geography and Redefining Culture beyond the Nation” (Central European UP, 2019)
While there are still occasional uses of it today, the term “Central Europe” carries little of the charge that it did in the 1980s and early 1990s, and as a political and intellectual project it has receded from the horizon. Proponents of a distinct cultural profile of these countries―all involved... Read More
Áine O’Healy, “Migrant Anxieties: Italian Cinema in a Transnational Frame” (Indiana UP, 2019)
In her recently published Migrant Anxieties: Italian Cinema in a Transnational Frame (Indiana University Press, 2019), Áine O’Healy explores how filmmakers in Italy have probed the tensions accompanying the country’s shift from an emigrant nation to a destination point for over five million immigrants over the course of three decades.... Read More
Karima Moyer-Nocchi, “The Eternal Table: A Cultural History of Food in Rome” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019)
Karima Moyer-Nocchi is a professor of modern languages at the University of Siena and a lecturer for the Master in Culinary Studies program at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. Her first book, Chewing the Fat – An Oral History of Italian Food from Fascism to Dolce Vita (Medea, 2015)... Read More
Christopher J. Lee, “Unreasonable Histories: Nativism, Multiracial Lives, and the Genealogical Imagination in British Africa” (Duke UP, 2014)
In Unreasonable Histories: Nativism, Multiracial Lives, and the Genealogical Imagination in British Africa (Duke University Press, 2014), Christopher J. Lee recovers the forgotten experiences of multiracial peoples in the British colonies of Nyasaland, Southern and Northern Rhodesia. By carefully reading fragmented correspondence, colonial reports, periodicals and oral testimonies, the author... Read More