New Books Network

Helen Taylor, “Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Why and how is fiction important to women? In Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives (Oxford University Press, 2020), Helen Taylor, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Exeter, explores this question to give a detailed and engaging picture of fiction in women’s lives. The book... Read More
Rosine Jozef Perelberg, “Psychic Bisexuality: A British-French Dialogue” (Routledge, 2018)
Psychic Bisexuality: A British-French Dialogue (Routledge, 2018), edited by Rosine Jozef Perelberg, clarifies and develops the Freudian conception according to which sexual identity is not reduced to the anatomical difference between the sexes, but is constructed as a psychic bisexuality that is inherent to all human beings. The book takes... Read More
Carol Dyhouse, “Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire” (Oxford UP, 2017)
What can a cultural history of the heartthrob teach us about women, desire, and social change? From dreams of Prince Charming or dashing military heroes, to the lure of dark strangers and vampire lovers; from rock stars and rebels to soulmates, dependable family types or simply good companions, female fantasies... Read More
Rachel Chrastil, “How to Be Childless: A History and Philosophy of Life Without Children” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In this episode, Jana Byars talks with Rachel Chrastil, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and member of the history department at Xavier University, about her newest book, How to Be Childless: A History and Philosophy of Life Without Children (Oxford University Press, 2019). This book is, at its heart,... Read More
Eileen Hunt Botting, “The Wollstonecraftian Mind” (Routledge, 2019)
Eileen Hunt Botting is Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame and co-editor with Sandrine Berges and Alan Coffee of the anthology The Wollstonecraftian Mind (Routledge, 2019). The collection presents thirty-nine essays from distinguished scholars in philosophy, religion, literature, intellectual history, and other fields who consider the work of the... Read More
Rachel Louise Moran, “Governing Bodies: American Politics and the Shaping of the Modern Physique” (U Penn Press, 2018)
How did the modern, American body come into being? According to Rachel Louise Moran this is a story to be told through the lens of the advisory state. In her book, Governing Bodies: American Politics and the Shaping of the Modern Physique (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), she tracks the... Read More
Great Books: Carol Gilligan on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter”
Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter tells the dramatic story of a woman cast out of society for adultery and condemned to wear a badge of shame in Puritan New England. Renowned psychologist Carol Gilligan identifies Hawthorne’s masterpiece as “the American novel” because (as Hawthorne puts it toward the... Read More