New Books by Faculty

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Anna Clark's
Desire: A History of European Sexuality
Routledge, 2008

"The rich range of historical information that Clark weaves into her chapters, from state legislation, court records and details of available contraception or abortion techniques, to personal me-moir, jokes and pornography, makes this ambitious overview of sex in Europe a highly accessible and successful endeavour."

Times Higher Education Supplement

Regina Kunzel's
Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality
University of Chicago Press, 2008

"Criminal Intimacy shows how the inside world of prison culture both reflects and shapes the outside world's understanding of sexuality. In prose that is lucid, economical, and often elegant, Kunzel offers a sophisticated and persuasive argument that complicates the dominant historical narrative about the emergence of modern homosexuality. The research is prodigious and the primary materials are deftly incorporated throughout this impressive book."

Estelle B. Freedman, Stanford University

Hiromi Mizuno's
Science for the Empire: Scientific Nationalism in Modern Japan
Stanford University Press, 2008

"A very important contribution to Japanese intellectual and social history. Mizuno's book will require historians and social scientists of Japan to consider further the importance of the natural sciences, nationalism, and discourses about them for the larger field of study."

James Bartholomew, The Ohio State University

Kevin Murphy's
Political Manhood: Red Bloods, Mollycoddles, and the Politics of Progressive Era Reform
Routledge, 2009

"This is an important book. Kevin P. Murphy has brought Progressivism, gender history, and the history of sexuality together in a new and entirely original manner. Various authors have tried to understand the gender components of Progressivism, but by bringing in themes and methodologies from the history of sexuality and queer theory, as well as from gender history, Murphy has brought this scholarship to a new level. Nobody that I know of analyzes the way sexuality inflects politics as Murphy does."

Gail Bederman, University of Notre Dame

J. B. Shank's
The Newton Wars and the Beginning of the French Enlightenment
University of Chicago Press, 2008

"It will be a long time before anyone seeks to replace the thoroughness of Shank's scholarship. He manages to allow the polemics around Newton's science to unfold until we begin to see that it was the polemic itself that generated enlightened thought. This
is not what Newton's opponents had in mind, but as Shank brilliantly demonstrates, it is exactly what they got."

Margaret C. Jacob, UCLA

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