New Books Network

Christopher J. Shepherd, “Haunted Houses and Ghostly Encounters: Ethnography and Animism in East Timor, 1860-1975” (NIAS Press, 2019)
Anyone who tries to understand the history, religion, and especially the “culture” of Southeast Asia, will soon encounter the phenomenon of animism, the belief that landscapes, natural objects, trees and plants, animals, and deceased ancestors, possess spirits that influence the human world. Yet “animism” is a Western analytical category, coined... Read More
Eric Lomazoff, “Reconstructing the National Bank Controversy: Politics and Law in the Early American Republic” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Eric Lomazoff has written a kind of detective novel about the national bank controversy during the early years of the new republic.  Lomazoff poses, in the introduction, and at the start of each chapter, the general understanding that many scholars and citizens have about the bank controversy itself and the... Read More
Pilar M. Herr, “Contested Nation: The Mapuche, Bandits, and State Formation in 19th-Century Chile” (U New Mexico Press, 2019)
Pilar M. Herr’s new book Contested Nation: The Mapuche, Bandits, and State Formation in Nineteenth-Century Chile (University of New Mexico Press, 2019) places the independent Mapuche people and pro-Spanish Pincheira bandits at the heart of Chile’s nineteenth century. During the 1820s, while criollo elites struggled openly between themselves to form... Read More
James N. Green, “Exile Within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Gay Brazilian Revolutionary” (Duke UP, 2018)
In Exile Within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Gay Brazilian Revolutionary (Duke University Press, 2018), James N. Green tells the story of Herbert Daniel, a significant and complex figure in Brazilian leftist revolutionary politics and social activism from the mid-1960s until his death in 1992. As a medical student, Daniel joined a revolutionary... Read More
Todd Shepard, “Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962-1979” (U Chicago Press, 2017)
Departing from the bold and compelling claim that we cannot fully understand the histories of decolonization and the so-called “sexual revolution” apart from one another, Todd Shepard’s Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962-1979 (University of Chicago Press, 2017) is a complex analysis of the lasting impact of the Algerian Revolution... Read More
Great Books: Emily Bernard on Larsen’s “Passing”
Nella Larsen’s gripping 1929 novel Passing recounts the fateful encounter, first on a fancy Chicago hotel rooftop restaurant on a sweltering August afternoon and later in New York City, of two women who grew up together and then lost touch, and who can pass from being black to white, and... Read More
Maria Taroutina, “The Icon and the Square: Russian Modernism and the Russo-Byzantine Revival” (Penn State UP, 2018)
In The Icon and the Square: Russian Modernism and the Russo-Byzantine Revival (Penn State University Press, 2018), Maria Taroutina examines how the traditional interests of institutions such as the crown, the church, and the Imperial Academy of Arts temporarily aligned with the radical, leftist, and revolutionary avant-garde at the turn of... Read More