This book, selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times, Spectator and Observer, tells the story of how Angela Carter invented herself, uncovering a life rich in incident and adventure. Edmund Gordon’s illuminating biography about one of English literature’s most inventive writer, was read on BBC’s Radio 4 Book of the week.
From the man who brought us Piss Christ, unsettling portraits of all walks of humanity.
This book studies the ways traditional polarized images of women have been used and challenged in the Hispanic world, especially during the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century by writers and the media, but also in earlier time periods.
This book speaks for itself. Very beautiful illustrative prints of fashion plates covering the last 150 years.
The Swiss-born Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier incorporated music in his fiction extensively, for instance in titles, in analogies with musical forms, in scenes depicting performances, recordings and broadcasts, and in characters discussions of musical issues.
Welcome to the world of technological innovations.
The red-ink names that decorate the Winchester manuscript of Malory's Morte Darthur are striking; yet until now, no-one has asked why the rubrication exists. This book explores the uniqueness and thematic significance of the physical layout of the Morte in its manuscript context.
A brand new open access journal that "explores the historical, political and social contexts that have underpinned radicalism in the Americas, engaging fully with the cross-currents of activism which connect North, Central and South America along with the Caribbean."
Senate House Library is currently showing an exhibition on radicalism: Radical Voices. Join us for a free exhibition and series of events running from 16 January through March 2017!
Focusing on the “elective affinities” characters in Goethe’s work chose, rather than the often failed relationships with their biological family, Gustafson uncovers an, even from today’s perspective, radical Goethe, who defines love, rather than gender, lineage or economic or political advantages, as the fundamental essence of what holds a family together and allows the formation of strong and supportive families; thus giving equal validity to any form a family can take, may it be the “traditional” family, elective “families of the heart and soul” or anything in between and beyond. Society still struggles with the very same issues, which highlights how relevant Goethe’s ideas and observations still are.
Although this is a history of Italian book illumination, the author places the art in the context of the Renaissance as a whole and explains how it connects to other media of the Renaissance such as painting, sculpture, and architecture, and also to the patrons of those media. The books is full of beautiful, vivid illustrations from manuscripts, so it is a feast for the eyes as well as “essential reading for all scholars and students of Renaissance art”.
This volume offers a review of key cross-regional trends and critical policy issues involving the changing relationship between these two Asian giants and Latin America. Selected country case studies - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico - provide a more in-depth analysis of the implications of China's and India's evolving interaction with the region.
Broken idols of the Reformation is account of the iconoclasm which took place during the Reformation. Margaret Aston explores the motivations of those who destroyed religious artifacts, and shows that that it was part of a ‘religious revolution’ designed to change people as well as buildings, and not only did it transform ways of worship but of seeing, hearing and remembering.
Long-time useful database and home of primary government documents, House of Commons Parliamentary Papers has been updated and now goes by U.K. Parliamentary Papers. As before, the resource contains Parliamentary papers from the eighteen to the twenty-first centuries, as well as Hansard debates. Proquest’s libguides on the resource are especially helpful when first using UKPP, with guidance on searching, search syntax, and bookmarking.
This book on the outgoing First Lady is not a conventional biography in the traditions of first lady research. Instead it is an edited anthology that examines Michelle Obama’s rhetoric from an interdisciplinary point of view. Essays consider her brand as first lady, her addresses to the Democratic National Convention, her ethos, her speaking tour of Africa, her role encouraging young people to participate in community labor, and an analysis of her tribute to Maya Angelou as a contribution to Black feminist intellectualism. The book shows Michelle Obama as a very modern woman, who has influenced America at the intersections of gender, race and class.
The Sunday Times History Book of the Year!
I first became interested when I saw it reviewed for the Sunday Times. The language of the dust jacket makes it sound different and very modern in its approach. Encountering an important illuminated manuscript is compared to meeting a famous person, and the reader is invited into an intimate conversation with them. There are 12 manuscripts altogether under discussion, including the Book of Kells and a manuscript of the Canterbury Tales. This is their biography. What has been their journey to the present? What have they meant as objects at various times? Who owned them? The book is not just about manuscripts but history, religion, art, literature, music, science and the history of taste.
Matching the theme of Senate House Library's current exhibition "Utopia and Dystopia" (still running until 17th December!), this publication explores the history of the literary utopia and the reflections utopias allow on the social and cultural circumstances of their time. Starting with Thomas More in the 15th century Vosskamp examines utopian writings all the way to the 20th century.
The Caribbean popular arts, whether embodied in the hybrid musical genres or vernacular performance and festival traditions, have historically provided a space for social and political critique, the performance of visibility and also articulations of a temporal emancipatory ethos with its attendant acquisition of power and status.
Cabré's epic novel interweaves several story lines, linked together by a priceless violin: from the planting of the tree it will eventually be made of, to the profound consequences it has on the life of its most recent owner. It is him, Adrià Ardevol, from who's perspective the violin's dark and violent history is told. I was instantly captivated by the story and couldn't put it down. It's one of these novels whose end, despite it's nearly 800 pages, comes far too soon...
“Remembering Shakespeare, in this year of the 400th anniversary of his death, would seem to call especially for this most far-reaching aspect of his achievement, for so long unrecognized, to be at last duly noted and laid open to view”.
This English king was regarded as “one of the most charismatic and celebrated chivalric figures of later twelfth century Europe”. No not Richard the Lionheart, his elder brother, Henry the Young King, the eldest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Crowned king aged 15 as co-ruler alongside his father to ensure the succession, he is an all but forgotten figure now, not counted amongst the list of English monarchs as he never ruled in his own right, and eclipsed by the deeds of his brothers Richard I and John. But in his own lifetime Henry was a very significant figure indeed, an international figure of renown through his participation on the tournament circuit, and at the heart of the dramatic events of Angevin rule and family politics, whether joining his mother and brothers in rebelling against his father, or fighting his brother Richard for control of Aquitaine. His coronation lead to one of the most controversial events of the reign, when Becket excommunicated the bishops who participated in the ceremony as they had usurped his rights, and provoked Henry II into the loss of temper that resulted in Becket’s murder. The Young King’s death at the age of 28, predeceasing his father, provoked yet more family conflict as his surviving brothers squabbled over the succession to the crown and other Angevin lands, which was the inspiration for the Oscar winning film The Lion in Winter starring Peter O’Toole, Katherine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins. Like Prince Arthur, the brother of Henry VIII and Prince Henry, the brother of Charles I, the story of the Young King is another of those What If moments in English history.
What a guy!! This pretty much sums up what being a librarian is all about for me: protecting, preserving and making information retrievable and available.
The image of the Senate House revolving door portrayed by the media artist Ron Hagell,“The sexes in revolution at Senate House”, seems to offer a ride into the most radical of feminist manifestos. “Calling for the liberation of women and children through the abolition of the nuclear family and the end of pregnancy itself…” this is a prescient study on the unresolved question of gender dichotomy, and the subordination of women and homosexuals. Who would have thought that the Firestone’s work is 40 years old?
The Holy Roman Empire lasted a thousand years, far longer than ancient Rome. It tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states, and its legacy can be seen today in debates over the nature of the European Union.
A collection of short biographies of famous writers, but, rather than sticking to the well-known, this book focuses on the peculiar details and unusual angles of their lives.
What is a "good" book? And why is this question answered so differently by literary professionals on the one hand and readers on the other? I found Konchar Farr's exploration of these questions, the gendered history of the novel in the US one gets on the way, and her call for a more balanced look at novels a very interesting read. It certainly confirmed my reasoning for having had such a hit and miss experience of finding "good" books through either literary reviews or bestseller lists: my sweet spot between the two rarely shows up on either.
This directory is a handy one-volume discovery tool that will allow readers to locate rare book and special collections in the British Isles. Fully updated since the second edition was published in 1997, this comprehensive and up-to-date guide encompasses collections held in libraries, archives, museums and private hands.
Next year will see the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses which provided the starting point for The Reformation. In this new book, Diarmaid MacCulloch, whose book the History of Christianity was adapted into a BBC tv series, discusses the Reformation in Britain in a series of essays on topics such as writings on angels, The King James Bible, Forging Reformation history, and the roles of Henry VIII and Thomas Cranmer.
A great read on how Shakespeare’s works are seen and influenced by actors, directors and writers on Shakespeare. From James Earl Jones the American actor who reminisces on hearing the first recital of Shakespeare, to his part in playing in several Shakespeare plays, to Sir Ben Kingsley actor and Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Patrick Stewart amongst others.
In this lucid analysis of the anti-black racist ideas, Ibram X. Kend delivers a collection of statistics and historical chronicles. A powerful narrative which also explains the cultural background behind latest Afro-American murders in the United States. The title comes from a speech held in the US Senate in 1860 by Senator Jefferson Davis who was intensely objecting a bill funding black education declaring that the “inequality of the white and black race” was “stamped from the beginning.”
700 years before Henry VIII endeavoured to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Europe was scandalised by the long running saga of King Lothar II of Lotharingia’s attempt to divorce his queen Theutberga in order to marry the mother of his children. As with Henry VIII, Lothar’s plight attracted attention and opposition from rival kings, foreign bishops and the pope, and "helped durably shape European politics and culture" (book description). De Divortio is a contemporary witness account of the story by a major participant, Archbishop Hincmar of Rheims, and provides an insight into Medieval attitudes towards a whole range of issues political, religious and esoteric, including kingship, gender, magic, and bishops.
The University of London Senate House Library is currently one of six participating libraries to this database. The database is “an interdisciplinary resource rich in material for researchers in, not only theatre and drama, but literature, history, politics, music, censorship, gender, romanticism and the long eighteenth century. It reflects the politics of the time, the role of women, views on race and religion, opinions on empire and European and British history.
Werewolves: terror, fear. A look into how this connotation has been used in German literature over the centuries and how it links in with society at the time, its values and fears.
Comics aren’t/weren’t just for boys – a fascinating personal journey through the forgotten comics of one former girl’s childhood.
Does social class matter? How has it changed? And what does all of this mean for society? A very interesting read on social class, social mobility and inequality in Britain today, based on the Great British Class Survey.
Catalogues of exhibitions of illuminated manuscripts are some of my favourite items to catalogue. The colours are so vibrant, even in a book. This is a catalogue of an exhibition held at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, the focus of which is on colour, and includes sections on The Trade in Colours, Pigment recipes and model books, Colour theory and Colour and meaning.
This is a welcome addition to the collection Senate House Library hold on Agatha Christie. It is a graphic novel biography of her life. “It traces the life of the Queen of Whodunnit from her childhood in Torquay, England trough a career filled with success, to her later years as Dame Agatha”.
As a fan of Agatha’s televised novels, I am yet to read about her life. I have started reading a few pages of this memoir and am already intrigued.
Been binge watching all the zombie series out there and are puzzled by what is going on in these rotting brains? This is the book for you!
A fascinating resource for anyone interested in the development of women's writing in Latin America. The book explores women's literature from ancient indigenous cultures to the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Following on from quite a few new books looking at Scandinavian crime fiction, here's one looking at an area lesser known for it's crime fiction output.
Performance art in the compassionate context of post-humanism i.e. personhood existing beyond homo sapiens.
One of the Commonwealth Studies collection’s many books on the end of empire. The cover shows raising of UN and Indonesian flags over West Papua in 1962.
Interesting to read an examination of the psychology (and sociology) behind political choices.
This is an aspect that was not covered in seemingly inexhaustible coverage of this period while being at school in Germany. Very interesting!
With the recent coverage of immigrants into Europe, this database is specific to the United Kingdom’s historical immigration process.
Publisher Alfred Knopf’s 90th year anniversary edition of Langston Hughes’ first collection of poetry; in 1926 a ground-breaking publication at the forefront of Harlem Renaissance literature, and still of great relevance and beauty today.
A study of the best gay directors currently in the business and an analysis of queer cinema from the past 40 years to present day.
Challenges the traditional view of Pius XII as ‘Hitler’s Pope’.
The combination of different subject matter in this document will be of interest to Graduate researchers and faculty staff. It provides an interactive research environment that allows researchers to cross-search, Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) and our newspaper archives
Former Senate House Library English librarian Dr A.J. Ford examines three surviving medieval manuscript versions of the ‘Wonders of the East’ text, a fabulist and fabulous narrative that describes the many marvels and prodigies to be encountered outside Europe, including dragons, phoenixes, bearded women, and ants the size of dogs. Dr Ford has adapted his PhD thesis for this 2015 Brill edition.
I used to read a lot of Scandinavian crime fiction.
So interesting to see all these familiar names and titles explored in literary research.
Also, this is only one of the many titles on Nordic noir, Scandinavian crime fiction and crime fiction in general, that have recently been addded to our collection.
The first academic monograph on roller derby (to my knowledge), from its alternative/DIY beginnings to its transition to a “serious” mainstream sport.
An interesting combination of topics, the world of Jane Austen through the eyes of a different culture.