New Books Network

Claire Edington, “Beyond the Asylum: Mental Illness in French Colonial Vietnam” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Both colonies and insane asylums are well known institutions of power. But what of asylums in Europe’s early 20th-century colonial empires? How did they operate? Who was confined in them? Who worked there? What was daily life like in such an institution? How did Western medical experts and the colonized... Read More
Annabel L. Kim, “Unbecoming Language: Anti-Identitarian French Feminist Fictions” (Ohio State UP, 2018)
In Unbecoming Language: Anti-Identitarian French Feminist Fictions (The Ohio State University Press, 2018), Annabel Kim tangles with the question of difference so central to French feminism, theory, and writing. In a series of literary and historical contextualizations and close readings of authors Nathalie Sarraute, Monique Wittig, and Anne Garréta, Kim... Read More
Julia Nicholls, “Revolutionary Thought after the Paris Commune, 1871-1885” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Revolutionary Thought after the Paris Commune, 1871-1885 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), is the first comprehensive account of French revolutionary thought in the years between the crushing of France’s last nineteenth-century revolution and the re-emergence of socialism as a meaningful electoral force, offering new interpretations of the French revolutionary tradition. Drawing together... Read More
Catherine Clark, “Paris and the Cliché of History: The City in Photographs, 1860-1970” (Oxford UP, 2018)
What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear the words “Paris” and “photography”? Is it a famous photo, perhaps an Atget, Brassai, or Doisneau? In her new book, Paris and the Cliché of History: The City in Photographs, 1860-1970 (Oxford UP, 2018), Catherine Clark explores the history... Read More
Michitake Aso, “Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897-1975” (UNC Press, 2018)
How can the history of rubber be used as a way to understand the history of 20th-century Vietnam? In this episode of New Books in History, Michael G. Vann talks about Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897-1975 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), with Michitake Aso,... Read More
Cécile Vidal, “Caribbean New Orleans: Empire, Race, and the Making of a Slave Society” (UNC Press, 2019)
Combining Atlantic and imperial perspectives, Caribbean New Orleans: Empire, Race, and the Making of a Slave Society (University of North Carolina Press and the Omohundro Institute, 2019), offers a lively portrait of the city and a probing investigation of the French colonists who established racial slavery there as well as... Read More
Kate Kirkpatrick, “Becoming Beauvoir: A Life” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
Kate Kirkpatrick is a lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Culture at King’s College London and author of Becoming Beauvoir: A Life (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). Kirkpatrick has given us a biography that addresses the puzzle and contradictions of the life of the philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, drawn from never-before-published diaries and... Read More