Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Roderick Main, professor in the Centre for Psycho-analytic Studies, University of Essex, is reading 30-Second Mythology (Ivy Press, 2014), edited by Robert Segal. "Elegant, evocatively illustrated and richer in content than its title might suggest, this pithy yet authoritative book presents the most important tales of the gods, heroes and monsters of Graeco-Roman mythology. A wonderful text for re-attuning oneself to the pervasive artistic, literary and psychological significance of these myths within Western culture."

June Purvis, professor of women's and gender history, University of Portsmouth, is reading Lucy Bland's Modern Women on Trial: Sexual Transgression in the Age of the Flapper (Manchester University Press, 2013). "Bland lucidly explores sensational trials of several women during the period 1918-24, all of which were presented by the press as 'morality' tales involving drugs, murder, adultery, miscegenation and sexual perversion. Such a representation, it is argued, was a symptom of anxieties about the 'modern' flapper who challenged the gender restrictions of the pre-war world. A read with contemporary relevance."

Sara Read, lecturer in English, Loughborough University, is reading Alun Withey's Physick and the Family: Health, Medicine and Care in Wales, 1600- 1750 (Manchester University Press, 2013). "This comprehensive study adds a much-needed piece to the jigsaw in terms of healthcare in the early modern period. …

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