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Marketing Religion in the Roman Empire

Marketing Religion in the Roman Empire

MRB September 14, 2017 0

Sarah E. Rollens reviews At the Temple Gates by Heidi Wendt In her new book At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire, Heidi Wendt examines sociology of religion

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Figuring the Unknown

Figuring the Unknown

MRB September 14, 2017 0

A review of Judith H. Anderson’s Light and Death: Figuration in Spenser, Kepler, Donne, Milton. In 1959, a British novelist and chemist named Charles Percy Snow delivered a memorable lecture at the University of

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When Literature was Science

When Literature was Science

MRB September 7, 2017 0

Clio Doyle reviews Claire Preston’s The Poetics of Scientific Investigation in Seventeenth-Century England  Science was everywhere in the seventeenth century, especially in literature. For example, it was in this century that Margaret Cavendish wrote

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How Christianity Killed the Pagan Gods

How Christianity Killed the Pagan Gods

MRB September 1, 2017 0

A review of Larry Hurtado’s Why on Earth Did Anyone Become a Christian in the First Three Centuries? and Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World Historical facts and obscure

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Neo-Latin Seizes its Day

Neo-Latin Seizes its Day

MRB August 30, 2017 0

A review of Victoria Moul’s edited collection A Guide to Neo-Latin Literature French departments do not lavish attention on the golden era of Moliére and Racine to the exclusion of later French writers. Italian

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Difference and Humanity Among Christians in Indian Slums

Difference and Humanity Among Christians in Indian Slums

MRB August 28, 2017 0

Liana Chua Reviews Nathaniel Roberts’ To Be Cared For Recently, a certain meme made the rounds on my (admittedly anthropologist-heavy) social media feed. The meme features a photo of the pioneering anthropologist Ruth Benedict,

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Landscapes of the Soul

Landscapes of the Soul

MRB August 17, 2017 0

A review of Angel Hill Victorian culture—permeated with spiritualists and séances—concerned itself with death on a personal and intimate level. The public readily welcomed death into their homes as the art of taxidermy provided

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The Alt-Right Apocalypse

The Alt-Right Apocalypse

MRB August 17, 2017 0

Hindu Eschatology and the Reactionary Mind The election of Trump heralds a “Dark Age” of ignorance and violence, warn standard-bearers of centrist liberal opinion like The New Republic and The Atlantic. The far right

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Shakespeare’s Bodies Onstage

Shakespeare’s Bodies Onstage

MRB August 15, 2017 0

A review of Early Modern Actors & Shakespeare’s Theatre: Thinking with the Body I think most of my students don’t find Shakespeare very funny when they read his plays, even after they’ve grown comfortable

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Muslims and the Making of America

Muslims and the Making of America

Kristian Petersen August 15, 2017 0

First Impressions #104: Amir Hussain on Muslims and the Making of America There has never been an America without Muslims, and they have played a crucial role in the cultural production of the United

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