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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (2): 314–315.
Published: 01 May 2016
...William M. Chace Joyce James , The Little Review “Ulysses,” . ed. Gaipa Mark , Latham Sean , and Scholes Robert . ( New Haven, CT : Yale University Press , 2015 ), 455 pp. © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016...
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Common Knowledge (2013) 19 (1): 164–170.
Published: 01 January 2013
...Wayne Andersen This review essay emphasizes the distinction between academic art history, based ultimately on the model of scientific research, and the sort that Roberto Calasso practices in his 2009 study Tiepolo in Pink . It is difficult to locate the book's genre, and the reviewer rejects...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (2): 327–330.
Published: 01 May 2016
...J. G. A. Pocock This piece is an essay review of Wang Hui's book China from Empire to Nation-State (2014), which is a translation of the introduction to Wang's four-volume Rise of Modern Chinese Thought (2004). According to the reviewer, Wang studies less the modern history of China than its...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (2): 331–340.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Christopher de Bellaigue This essay is a review of The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism (2014), the last book that Patricia Crone wrote before she died, as well as an overview of her career and a tribute to her as a great historian of Islam. In Crone's...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (2): 341–346.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Jeffrey M. Perl This essay review is focused on Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart's book Peace-Making and the Imagination: Papua New Guinea Perspectives but also discusses in some detail other ethnographic and historical works. The reviewer finds that, in every case of peacemaking in Papua New...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (3): 511–517.
Published: 01 August 2014
...J. G. A. Pocock In this essay, the author both reviews Scott Sowerby's book Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (2013) and makes a late contribution to, or comment on, the Common Knowledge symposium “Fuzzy Studies” (2011 – 13). Sowerby opposes the “Whig interpretation...
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Common Knowledge (2021) 27 (3): 422–481.
Published: 01 August 2021
...Matthew Mutter Abstract J. M. Coetzee's trilogy of novels with Jesus in their titles, published between 2013 and 2019, has bewildered many reviewers. This essay review proposes that that bewilderment stems from a misconception of the novels’ allegorical dimension and of the possible meanings evoked...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (3): 518–523.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Jeffrey M. Perl In this essay review of Megan Quigley's Modern Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language (2015), the editor of Common Knowledge comments on the explicit relationship between that book's arguments and those of the journal's six-part series “Fuzzy Studies: A Symposium...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (2): 375–382.
Published: 01 April 2011
...Philip Goodchild This essay review of Margaret Atwood's Payback shows how the book's accomplishment is to provide a Jungian analysis of the “shadow” of wealth: the primitive meanings attached to debt deriving from ancient cultural configurations of a proper balance in the order of things. Debt...
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Common Knowledge (2018) 24 (1): 26–34.
Published: 01 January 2018
...Jeffrey M. Perl In his introduction to the third installment of the Common Knowledge symposium on xenophilia, the journal’s editor responds to a review, by the historian Peter Brown, of a Metropolitan Museum exhibit on Jerusalem in the high Middle Ages. Brown’s argument is that Muslims, Christians...
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Common Knowledge (2008) 14 (1): 16–28.
Published: 01 January 2008
... of composition. In it, she reviews the stance of feminist literary criticism toward religion and finds it to be generally negative. She regrets that feminist critics see in religion mostly a means of subordinating women to men, given that most of the writers whose work they explicate were themselves fervently...
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Common Knowledge (2010) 16 (2): 276–284.
Published: 01 April 2010
...Anonymous Envoi This essay explores the possibilities of quietism in our time. It begins by examining briefly versions of quietism, Eastern and Western, then turns to particular works of Rilke, Kafka, and Beckett to review exigent images of quietism, variously relevant to the modern condition...
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Common Knowledge (2012) 18 (1): 160–173.
Published: 01 January 2012
... this contrast is an anonymous review — by Edgar Wind — attacking Gombrich's biography of Aby Warburg, which was published in 1970. Wind found the new Warburg circle “Lilliputian” in comparison with the old Hamburg circle, to which he had belonged. This essay disputes Wind's finding, based on its author's own...
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Common Knowledge (2013) 19 (1): 154–163.
Published: 01 January 2013
...Belle Randall Skeptical of the arguments put forth in Robert Duncan's long-awaited, post-humously published The H. D. Book , this review essay questions the elevation of Pre-Raphaelite, Aestheticist, and Decadent poetry that forms the basis of Duncan's revisionist canon—a revision in which Wallace...
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Common Knowledge (2010) 16 (1): 95–109.
Published: 01 January 2010
... to abolitionism and other pressing social causes. He reviews the scholarship on this issue, noting the recent tendency to look for mystical aspects to the social commitment of Quakers. Instead, however, he argues that the culture of Friends during this period became self-enclosed to a remarkable degree...
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Common Knowledge (2009) 15 (3): 336–339.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Colin Richmond To commemorate the five hundreth anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII to the English throne, this guest column reviews the inventories made, upon his death, of the king's possessions at Hampton Court, the Tower, and other locations. Focusing on extensive equipment for royal...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (3): 419–489.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Johan M. G. van der Dennen This monograph-length contribution to the Common Knowledge symposium “Peace by Other Means” reviews and assesses the state of ethnographic and political scholarship concerning how nonstate, tribal societies deal with peacemaking and peacekeeping. A central argument...
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Common Knowledge (2018) 24 (3): 498–542.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Yuri Tynianov Yuri Tynianov’s seminal 1924 review of contemporary poetry discusses the work of many bright lights of the early Soviet avant-garde, as well as the prerevolutionary modernist poets who were still a presence in literature of the 1920s: his subjects include Anna Akhmatova, Sergei Esenin...
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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 163–164.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Keith Thomas; Jeffrey M. Perl This guest column comprises both a review of the English translation of Carlo Ginzburg’s book Threads and Traces: True False Fictive (2012) and some general comments on the merits and demerits of microhistory as a genre poised between historical writing and fiction...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (2): 356–362.
Published: 01 April 2011
...Bethany Moreton This essay review of Margaret Atwood's Payback centers on the observation that the book does not dwell on the unnatural face of interest and finance. In this era of financialization, debt has been thoroughly uncoupled from the concept of payback. The least valuable debt is the one...