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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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Leonard Schwartz & Kathleen Eamon Toward a Poetics of the Middle East Crisis

Leonard Schwartz & Kathleen Eamon Toward a Poetics of the Middle East Crisis

Sarah Eltantawi August 15, 2017 0

Poet Leonard Schwartz and philosopher Kathleen Eamon discuss Schwartz’s new book “The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Middle East Crisis.”  

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Is Islamist violence any worse?

Is Islamist violence any worse?

MRB August 4, 2017 0

On the morning of September 16th, 1920, a horse-drawn carriage pulled up in front JP Morgan Bank on 23 Wall Street, right at the heart of Manhattan’s financial district. Inside the wagon sat about

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Is There Racism in Heaven?

Is There Racism in Heaven?

MRB August 2, 2017 0

Nick Cave’s Until at MASS MoCA Until by Nick Cave, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, on view through September 4, 2017. Nick Cave has said that in Until, his massive, elaborate, and provocative installation

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