Works on mining, medieval trade, theology, dramatic fiction, and the Scottish bard make up the last bookshelf of 2018.
A History: Placer Dome Inc. and Placer Development Limited
|Author||Elizabeth A. Lambourn|
|Degree||History of Art|
Abraham's Luggage: A Social Life of Things in the Medieval Indian Ocean World
From a single merchant's list of baggage begins a history that explores the dynamic world of medieval Indian Ocean exchanges. This fresh and innovative perspective on Jewish merchant activity shows how this list was a component of broader trade connections that developed between the Islamic Mediterranean and South Asia in the Middle Ages. Drawing on a close reading of this unique twelfth-century document, found in the Cairo Genizah and written in India by North African merchant Abraham Ben Yiju, Lambourn focuses on the domestic material culture and foods that structured the daily life of such India traders, on land and at sea. This is an exploration of the motivations and difficulties of maintaining homes away from home, and the compromises that inevitably ensued. Abraham's Luggage demonstrates the potential for writing challenging new histories in the accidental survival of apparently ordinary ephemera.
|Author||David S. Robinson|
|Degree||PhD Systematic Theology|
Christ and Revelatory Community in Bonhoeffer's Reception of Hegel
|Degree||PhD English Literature|
Robert Burns: A Documentary Volume
This large-format illustrated book collects primary source materials on Burns's life and writing, the places he lived, his early reading, the publishing history of his works, and contemporary comment, through to the first obituaries, posthumous editions, and some early accounts of visiting his birthplace. Contextual material documents such topics as Ayrshire agriculture, the law-suit against Burns's father, the minutes of the Mauchline kirk session, the duties of an excise officer, song-editing, the sedition trials in the 1790s, the regulations of the Dumfries Volunteers, and much else. Along with over 300 documents and extracts, the book includes 34 manuscript facsimiles, 45 sidebars on special topics, 10 maps, and over 100 supporting illustrations. Many of the manuscripts and other illustrations come from the G. Ross Roy Collection at the University of South Carolina. The aim is that newcomers will find an accessible introduction to Burns, and that even seasoned Burnsians will find, along with familiar material, items that are new to them.
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