New Books Network

Erika Milam, “Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Erika Milam talks about the scientific search for human nature, a project that captured the attention of paleontologists, anthropologists, and primatologists in the years after World War II. Milam is a professor of history at Princeton University. She is the author of Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature... Read More
Grégoire Mallard, “Gift Exchange: The Transnational History of a Political Idea” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Since Marcel Mauss published his foundational essay “The Gift” in 1925, many anthropologists and specialists of international relations have seen in the exchange of gifts, debts, loans, concessions or reparations the sources of international solidarity and international law. Still, Mauss’s reflections were deeply tied to the context of interwar Europe... Read More
Hans Boersma, “Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in Christian Tradition” (Eerdmans, 2018)
Dr. Hans Boersma is the author of Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in Christian Tradition, published in 2018 by Eerdmans. He holds the Saint Benedict Servants of Christ Chair in Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin in the United States, and previously was a professor at Regent... Read More
Leah Price, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading” (Basic Books, 2019)
Let’s talk about books! How, when, and what do you like to read? Have you ever thought about the history of books and reading? How about shape, size, or texture of your book? Where do books go after they’ve been digitized? Harvard University professor Leah Price asks these questions and... Read More
Gerry Milligan, “Moral Combat: Women, Gender and War in Italian Renaissance Literature” (U Toronto Press, 2018)
Gerry Milligan’s Moral Combat: Women, Gender and War in Italian Renaissance Literature (University of Toronto Press, 2018) takes as its subject the woman warrior in early modern Italy as she was and as she was represented across varied types of texts, both literary and historical. What emerges is a discursive construction... Read More
Benjamin Kahan, “The Book of Minor Perverts: Sexology, Etiology, and the Emergences of Sexuality” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
In this installment of New Books in History, Jana Byars talks with Benjamin Kahan, Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at LSU, about his newest work, The Book of Minor Perverts: Sexology, Etiology, and the Emergences of Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Despite countless dropped calls,... Read More
Zahra Ayubi, “Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family, and Society” (Columbia UP, 2019)
How are notions of justice and equality constructed in Islamic virtue ethics (akhlaq)? How are Islamic virtue ethics gendered, despite their venture into perennial concerns of how best to live a good and ethical life? These are the questions that Zahra Ayubi, an assistant professor of religion at Dartmouth college,... Read More