New Books Network

Emily Wilcox, “Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy” (U California Press, 2018)
What is “Chinese dance,” how did it take shape in during China’s socialist period, and how has this socialist form continued to influence Post-Mao expressive cultures in the People’s Republic of China? These are the questions that Emily Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies in the Department of Asian... Read More
Kara Ritzheimer, “‘Trash,’ Censorship, and National Identity in Early Twentieth-Century Germany” (Cambridge UP, 2016)
Convinced that sexual immorality and unstable gender norms were endangering national recovery after World War One, German lawmakers drafted a constitution in 1919 legalizing the censorship of movies and pulp fiction, and prioritizing social rights over individual rights. These provisions enabled legislations to adopt two national censorship laws intended to... Read More
Jonathan Fennell, “Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Jonathan Fennell’s new book, Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is an unprecedented, panoramic history of the ‘citizen armies’ of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa, the core of the British and Commonwealth... Read More
David Milne, “Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)
There are countless ways to study the history of U.S. foreign policy. David Milne, however, makes the case that it is “often best understood” as “intellectual history.” In his innovative book, Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015), follows the lives and ideas of... Read More
Marisol LeBrón, “Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico” (U California Press, 2019)
Marisol LeBrón’s new book, Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2019), examines the rise of and resistance to punitive governance (tough on crime policing policies) in Puerto Rico from the 1990s to the present. As in the United States, LeBrón shows... Read More
Melanie A. Medeiros, “Marriage, Divorce, and Distress in Northeast Brazil: Black Women’s Perspectives on Love, Respect, and Kinship” (Rutgers UP, 2018)
On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric at SUNY Geneseo–interviews Dr. Melanie Medeiros (she/hers)–Asst. Prof. of Cultural Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo–on the cutting-edge research presented in Marriage, Divorce, and Distress in Northeast Brazil: Black Women’s Perspectives on Love, Respect, and Kinship from Rutgers University Press (2018). We... Read More
Chris Donnelly, “Doc, Donnie, The Kid and Billy Brawl: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees Fought For New York’s Baseball Soul” (U Nebraska Press, 2019)
Chris Donnelly‘s new book Doc, Donnie, The Kid and Billy Brawl: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees Fought For New York’s Baseball Soul (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) focuses on the 1985 New York baseball season, a season like no other since the Mets came to town in 1962. Never... Read More