Peebles, Kelly

Peebles, Kelly Digby, and Gabriella Scarlatta. Representing the Life and Legacy of Renée de France . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2021.

This book considers the life and legacy of Renée de France (1510–75), the youngest daughter of King Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne, exploring her cultural, spiritual, and political influence and her evolving roles and actions as fille de France , Duchess of Ferrara, and Dowager Duchess at Montargis.

Vazsonyi, Nicholas

The Cambridge Companion to Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Eds. Mark Berry & Nicholas Vazsonyi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

The Companion is an essential, interdisciplinary tool for those both familiar and unfamiliar with Wagner’s Ring. It opens with a concise introduction to both the composer and the Ring, introducing Wagner as a cultural figure, and giving a comprehensive overview of the work.

Stoicea, Gabriela

Fictions of Legibility: The Human Face and Body in Modern German Novels from Sophie von La Roche to Alfred Döblin. Transcript (2020)

Gabriela Stoicea examines how the incidence and role of physical descriptions in German novels changed between 1771 and 1929 in response to developments in the study of the human face and body.

Schmidt, Johannes

Eva Piirimäe, Liina Lukas, and Johannes Schmidt (eds.). Herder on Empathy and Sympathy. Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History, Volume: 311 (2020).

The English-German collection Herder on Empathy and Sympathy: Einfühlung und Sympathie im Denken Herders considers the meaning and role of the concepts of empathy and sympathy in Herder’s thought.

Love, Jeff

Translation of António Lobo Antunes, Until Stones Become Lighter Than Water. The Margellos World Republic of Letters. Yale University Press (September 24, 2019)

A novel about the horrors of war and its aftermath from one of Europe’s most brilliant authors.

Vazsonyi, Nicholas

The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia. Ed. Nicholas Vazsonyi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Paperback 2019.

Richard Wagner is one of the most controversial figures in Western cultural history. He revolutionized not only opera but the very concept of art, and his works and ideas have had an immeasurable impact on both the cultural and political landscapes of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Touya, Eric

Simone de Beauvoir: le combat au féminin. Collection Que Sais-Je ? Paris: Presses Universitaires de France/Humensis, 2019.

Situating his arguments vis-à-vis major critics like Michel Onfray and Julia Kristeva, Touya de Marenne explores the repercussions of Beauvoir’s philosophical and political complex thought, but also the oppositions that she inspired during the twentieth century, and to the present day in France, the United States, and the world

Love, Jeff

Translation of Alexandre Kojève, Atheism (Columbia University Press, November 2018).

One of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and unconventional thinkers, Alexandre Kojève was a Russian émigré to France whose lectures on Hegel in the 1930s galvanized a generation of French intellectuals.

Risso, Roberto

Iozzia, Alberto and Roberto Risso (eds.) Italian Quarterly, Year LV, Nos. 215-218, Fall 2018.

Love, Jeff

The Black Circle: A Life of Alexandre Kojève (Columbia University Press, July 2018)

Alexandre Kojève (1902–1968) was an important and provocative thinker. Born in Russia, he spent most of his life in France. His interpretation of Hegel and his notorious declaration that history had come to an end exerted great influence on French thinkers and writers such as Raymond Aron, Georges Bataille, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jacques Lacan, and Raymond Queneau.