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War Tourism

by Bertram M. Gordon Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

As German troops entered Paris following their victory in June 1940, the American journalist William L. Shirer observed that they carried cameras and behaved as "naïve tourists." One of the first things Hitler...


Staging Harmony

by Katherine Steele Brokaw Cornell University Press (July 18, 2016)

In Staging Harmony, Katherine Steele Brokaw reveals how the relationship between drama, music, and religious change across England's long sixteenth century moved religious discourse to more moderate positions....


Russian Hajj

by Eileen Kane Cornell University Press (November 02, 2015)

In the late nineteenth century, as a consequence of imperial conquest and a mobility revolution, Russia became a crossroads of the hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. The first book in any language...


The Theban Plays

by Sophocles, Peter J. Ahrensdorf & Thomas L. Pangle Cornell University Press

The timeless Theban tragedies of Sophocles—Oedipus the Tyrant, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone—have fascinated and moved audiences and readers across the ages with their haunting plots and their unforgettable...


Nobody’s Business

by Brian M. Reed Cornell University Press

Since the turn of the new millennium English-language verse has entered a new historical phase, but explanations vary as to what has actually happened and why. What might constitute a viable avant-garde poetics...


Fleas, Flies, and Friars

by Nicholas Orme Cornell University Press (March 15, 2012)

Medieval children lived in a world rich in poetry, from lullabies, nursery rhymes, and songs to riddles, tongue twisters, and nonsensical verses. They read or listened to stories in verse: ballads of Robin Hood,...


The Five

by Vladimir Jabotinsky, Michael R. Katz & Michael Stanislawski Cornell University Press (September 19, 2014)

"The beginning of this tale of bygone days in Odessa dates to the dawn of the twentieth century. At that time we used to refer to the first years of this period as the 'springtime,' meaning a social and political...


Queen of Vaudeville

by Andrew L. Erdman Cornell University Press

In her day, Eva Tanguay (1879-1947) was one of the most famous women in America. Widely known as the "I Don't Care Girl"-named after a song she popularized and her independent, even brazen persona-Tanguay established...


What Is to Be Done?

by Nikolai Chernyshevsky & Michael R. Katz Cornell University Press (May 29, 2014)

"No work in modern literature, with the possible exception of Uncle Tom's Cabin, can compete with What Is to Be Done? in its effect on human lives and its power to make history. For Chernyshevsky's novel, far...