New Books Network

Céline Carayon, “Eloquence Embodied: Nonverbal Communication among French and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas” (UNC Press, 2019)
Taking a fresh look at the first two centuries of French colonialism in the Americas, Eloquence Embodied: Nonverbal Communication among French and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (University of North Carolina Press and the Omohundro Institute, 2019), answers the long-standing question of how, and how well, Indigenous Americans and the Europeans who... Read More
Caroline Weber, “Proust’s Duchess” (Knopf, 2019)
“My greatest adventure was undoubtedly Proust. What is there left to write after that?” This is what Virginia Woolf said, full of admiration — and envy, too. Delve into Marcel Proust in this conversation with Caroline Weber, author of Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle... Read More
Michael G. Vann, “The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empire, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam” (Oxford UP, 2018)
A funny thing happened to historian Michael Vann* on the way to his PhD thesis. While he was doing his research on French colonialism and the urbanist project in Hanoi, he came across an intriguing dossier: “Destruction of animals in the city”. The documents he found started him on a... Read More
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