New Books Network

Björn Krondorfer, “The Holocaust and Masculinities: Critical Inquiries into the Presence and Absence of Men” (SUNY Press, 2020)
In recent decades, scholarship has turned to the role of gender in the Holocaust, but rarely has it critically investigated the experiences of men as gendered beings. Beyond the clear observation that most perpetrators of murder were male, men were also victims, survivors, bystanders, beneficiaries, accomplices, and enablers; they negotiated... Read More
Ashley Mears, “Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Ashley Mears’ new book Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit (Princeton University Press, 2020) provides readers with a closer look at the global party circuit. A lifestyle that offers million-dollar birthday parties, megayachts on the French Riviera, and $40,000 bottles of champagne. In today’s New... Read More
Kathleen Gallagher Elkins, “Mary, Mother of Martyrs” (FSR, 2018)
Throughout Christian history, the Virgin Mary has been idealized as a self-sacrificing mother and a model for all Christian women to emulate. However, she is one of many ancient maternal figures whose narratives pivot on violent loss. In her 2018 monograph Mary, Mother of Martyrs: How Motherhood Became Self-Sacrifice in... Read More
Jacqueline H. Fewkes, “Locating Maldivian Women’s Mosques in Global Discourses” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
What is a mosque? What are women’s mosques specifically? What historical values do women’s mosques offer, and what is the relationship between mosque spaces and women’s religious work? How do women leaders themselves identify with and conceptualize their leadership roles? Why are women’s mosques around the world, both historical and... Read More
Ana Stevenson, “The Woman as Slave in Nineteenth-Century American Social Movements” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
In The Woman as Slave in Nineteenth-Century American Social Movements (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), Ana Stevenson explores the ubiquity of what she terms the “woman-slave analogy” in nineteenth-century US feminist discourse. Using examples from the women’s suffrage, abolition, dress-reform, and labor movements, among others, Stevenson reconstructs the creation of this theoretical... Read More
Melissa R. Klapper, “Ballet Class: An American History” (Oxford UP, 2020)
For much of the last century, ballet class has been a rite of passage for millions of little girls in the United States. Some of these students have gone on to professional careers as dancers, but many more take class for a few years—or many years—before moving on to other... Read More
Victor Uribe-Urán, “Fatal Love: Spousal Killers, Law, and Punishment in the Late Colonial Spanish Atlantic” (Stanford UP, 2016)
In his book Fatal Love: Spousal Killers, Law, and Punishment in the Late Colonial Spanish Atlantic (Stanford University Press 2016), Victor Uribe-Urán compares the cases of Spain, and the late-colonial societies of Mexico and Colombia, in a historical moment characterized by corporate patriarchy and enlightened punishment. Focusing on crimes of spousal murders,... Read More
Sean F. Edgecomb, “Charles Ludlam Lives!” (U Michigan, 2017)
Playwright, actor, and director Charles Ludlam (1943-87) helped to galvanize the Ridiculous style of theater in New York City starting in the 1960s. Decades after his death, his place in the chronicle of the American theater has remained constant, but his influence has changed. Although his Ridiculous Theatrical Company shut... Read More