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New Books in History

New Books in History

Podcast Host: Marshall Poe

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Website: http://newbooksinhistory.com

Location: Iowa City, Iowa

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Discussions with historians about their new books.

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Anna Fishzon, “Fandom, Authenticity, and Opera: Mad Acts and Letter Scenes in Fin-de-Siècle Russia”  play >

Anna Fishzon, “Fandom, Authenticity, and Opera: Mad Acts and Letter Scenes in Fin-de-Siècle Russia”

4/17/2014 | Download File (25.00 MB) - right click to download

Pretty much everyone understands what is called the “Cult of Celebrity,” particularly as it manifests itself in the arts. It’s a mentality that privileges the actor over the act, the singer over the song, the painter over the painting, and so on. The Cult of Celebrity’s essence is a fanatical and even irrational devotion to [...]

Anna Fishzon, “Fandom, Authenticity, and Opera: Mad Acts and Letter Scenes in Fin-de-Siècle Russia”  play >

Anna Fishzon, “Fandom, Authenticity, and Opera: Mad Acts and Letter Scenes in Fin-de-Siècle Russia”

4/17/2014 | Download File (25.00 MB) - right click to download

Pretty much everyone understands what is called the “Cult of Celebrity,” particularly as it manifests itself in the arts. It’s a mentality that privileges the actor over the act, the singer over the song, the painter over the painting, and so on. The Cult of Celebrity’s essence is a fanatical and even irrational devotion to [...]

John Cornwell, “The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession”  play >

John Cornwell, “The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession”

4/8/2014 | Download File (26.44 MB) - right click to download

I’ve never been in a confessional box, but I’ve seen a lot of them in films. And if the depiction of them in films is in any way a reflection of popular attitudes toward confession, then I can say with some confidence that the act has a rather poor reputation. Confessional boxes are–in my imagination, [...]

John Cornwell, “The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession”  play >

John Cornwell, “The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession”

4/8/2014 | Download File (26.44 MB) - right click to download

I’ve never been in a confessional box, but I’ve seen a lot of them in films. And if the depiction of them in films is in any way a reflection of popular attitudes toward confession, then I can say with some confidence that the act has a rather poor reputation. Confessional boxes are–in my imagination, [...]

Miriam Kingsberg, “Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History”  play >

Miriam Kingsberg, “Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History”

4/8/2014 | Download File (15.00 MB) - right click to download

[Cross-posted from New Books in East Asian Studies] Miriam Kingsberg’s fascinating new book offers both a political and social history of modern Japan and a global history of narcotics in the modern world. Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History (University of California Press, 2013) locates the emergence of a series of three “moral crusades” against narcotics [...]

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