New Books Network

Laura K. T. Stokes, “Fanny Hensel: A Research and Information Guide” (Routledge, 2019)
Nineteenth-century composer Fanny Hensel is the subject of more published research than any other woman of the period, with the possible exception of Clara Schumann. A prolific composer, salon hostess, and a member of a well-connected and prominent family, she was one of the first women composers that musicologists studied... 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
Rebecca Scofield, “Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West” (U Washington, 2019)
Rodeo is one of the indelible images of culture in the American West. The John Wayne-like cowboy tenaciously hanging on to the bucking bronc is a classic vision of what it means to be in the West. In Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West (University of Washington,... Read More
Brianna Theobald, “Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century” (UNC Press, 2019)
In Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), historian Brianna Theobald delivers a long-overdue, comprehensive history of Native women’s reproductive health, rights, and practices. Alternating her focus between the Crow Reservation in Montana and the experiences of Native women... Read More
Michelle Haberland, “Striking Beauties: Women Apparel Workers in the U.S. South, 1930-2000” (U Georgia Press, 2015)
Professor Michelle Haberland of Georgia Southern University, author of Striking Beauties: Women Apparel Workers in the U.S. South (University of Georgia Press, 2015), discusses the dynamics of gender, class, race and globalization in the southern apparel industry from the 1930s to today. Apparel manufacturing in the American South, by virtue... Read More
Elizabeth Bernstein, “Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking and the Politics of Freedom” (U Chicago, 2018)
Jana Byars talks with Elizabeth Bernstein, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College about her newest book, Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking and the Politics of Freedom (University of Chicago, 2018). This book provides an overview of feminist discourse on sex trafficking from its earliest incarnations, through its... Read More
Kelsey Rubin-Detlev, “The Epistolary Art of Catherine the Great” (Liverpool UP, 2019)
The Epistolary Art of Catherine the Great (Liverpool University Press, 2019) is the first scholarly monograph devoted to the comprehensive analysis of the letters of Empress Catherine the Great of Russia (r. 1762-1796), as well as the first to examine the conventions of letter-writing by an 18th-century monarch after Louis... Read More