New Books Network

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
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, “Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America” (W. W. Norton, 2019)
Descendants of a prominent slaveholding family, Elizabeth, Grace, and Katharine Lumpkin grew up in a culture of white supremacy. But while Elizabeth remained a lifelong believer, her younger sisters chose vastly different lives. Seeking their fortunes in the North, Grace and Katharine reinvented themselves as radical thinkers whose literary works... Read More
Ingrid Horrocks, “Women Wanderers and the Writing of Mobility, 1784–1814” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Ingrid Horrocks talks about the way women travelers, specifically women wanderers, are represented in late-eighteenth century literature, particularly in the work of women writers. Horrocks in an associate professor in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of Women Wanderers and the Writing... Read More
Meghan Daum, “The Problem With Everything: A Journey Through The New Culture Wars” (Gallery Books, 2019)
Modern thought has been damaged by dogma and tribalistic click-bait. Social media and the fractured state of politics reward slick slogans and partisan anger while penalizing those who speak with intellectual honesty. Our guest, feminist writer and author, Meghan Daum, says instead of following the crowd we need to think... Read More
Alys Eve Weinbaum, “The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery: Biocapitalism and Black Feminism’s Philosophy of History” (Duke UP, 2019)
In The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery: Biocapitalism and Black Feminism’s Philosophy of History (Duke University Press, 2019), University of Washington Professor of English Alys Eve Weinbaum investigates the continuing resonances of Atlantic slavery in the cultures and politics of human reproduction that characterize contemporary biocapitalism. As a form of racial... Read More
Maria Veri and Rita Liberti, “Gridiron Gourmet: Gender and Food at the Football Tailgate” (U Arkansas Press, 2019)
Today we are joined by Maria Veri, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University, and Rita Liberti, Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, East Bay.  Together they are the authors of Gridiron Gourmet: Gender and Food at the Football Tailgate (University of Arkansas Press, 2019), one of... Read More