What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.
Susan Hogan, professor of cultural studies, University of Derby, is reading Julia Long's Anti-Porn: The Resurgence of Anti-Pornography Feminism (Zed Books, 2012). "The book charts the way that 'freedom of speech' and anti-state control sentiments have undermined legitimate concerns about the rise in pornography. Long charts legal attempts to demonstrate links between porn and sexual violence, as well as efforts to differentiate between different types of pornography; the result makes for fascinating reading."
E. Stina Lyon, professor emeritus of sociology, London South Bank University, is reading Contemporary Grandparenting: Changing Family Relationships in Global Contexts (Policy Press, 2012). "These essays revealingly explore the contradictions and ambiguities inherent in grandparenting. There are millions of us across the globe, yet we are largely invisible. As (the) elderly we are a financial 'burden', yet we regularly act as child, mother and kinship 'savers'. We are expected to be there, but asked not to interfere. And we do it for love. Remarkable."
Karen McAulay, music and academic services librarian, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is reading Franny Moyle's Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites (John Murray, 2009). "Having just visited the Pre-Raphaelites exhibition at Tate Britain, I had my interest in the painters themselves whetted by the excellent commentaries beside each painting. …