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Featured Books by Faculty in the Humanities

Below are books by our humanities faculty listed by release date (starting with the most recent publication).

Conceptions of Dreaming from Homer to 1800

By George Pigman, III, Professor of English
(Anthem Press)

“This shining example of Geistesgeschichte is a treasury of all the conceptions of dreams coming down to us from Antiquity to the end of the Enlightenment. It supersedes a whole library on the topic and will be an indispensable resource for further cultural dream studies.”Stefan Goldmann, Senior Research Fellow, Institut für Geschichte der Medizin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany


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The Development of Peer-to-Peer Lending and Banking in France

By Philip T. Hoffman, Rea A. and Lela G. Axline Professor of Business Economics and History; and Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Rea A. and Lela G. Axline Professor of Business Economics; Ronald and Maxine Linde Leadership Chair, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences
(Princeton University Press)

“This pathbreaking book will revolutionize how economists and historians think about banking, early modern France, and the connections between financial development and economic growth. Those who believe peer-to-peer lending is a twenty-first-century novelty enabled by Big Data and the Internet will be forced to think anew.”—Barry Eichengreen, UC Berkeley, coauthor of How Global Currencies Work


A Question of Time

American Literature from Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction

Edited by Cindy Weinstein, Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English

"The expertly chosen essays in this collection offer a major contribution to the study of time in American literature and culture. Ranging from the colonial period to the present, these pieces reveal the centrality of temporal concerns to the aesthetics and the politics of some of our most important texts and other cultural productions, from canonical literary works to periodical writing, indigenous oral traditions, theatrical performance, testimony, and dance."—Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University


History on Film / Film on History (Third Edition)

By Robert A. Rosenstone, Professor of History, Emeritus

"Robert Rosenstone's History on Film/Film on History in its third edition remains one of the few concise and comprehensible academic texts for use on the university level in courses that have history on film content. Rosenstone has been and continues to be a critical definer of this key interdisciplinary arena. As an introduction to history on film/film on history, this text remains essentially relevant and inimitably accessible."—Erin O'Donnell, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania


Making a Difference
Essays on the Philosophy of Causation

Edited by Christopher Hitchcock, J. O. and Juliette Koepfli Professor of Philosophy, with Helen Beebee and Huw Price

Making a Difference presents fifteen original essays on causation and counterfactuals by an international team of experts. Collectively, they represent the state of the art on these topics. The essays in this volume are inspired by the life and work of Peter Menzies, who made a difference in the lives of students, colleagues, and friends. Topics covered include: the semantics of counterfactuals, agency theories of causation, the context-sensitivity of causal claims, structural equation models, mechanisms, mental causation, causal exclusion argument, free will, and the consequence argument.


Sociable Places
Locating Culture in Romantic-Period Britain

Edited by Kevin Gilmartin, Professor of English and Dean of Undergraduate Students
(Cambridge University Press)

Ranging across literature, theater, history, and the visual arts, this collection of essays by leading scholars in the field explores the range of places where British Romantic-period sociability transpired. The book considers how sociability was shaped by place, by the rooms, buildings, landscapes and seascapes where people gathered to converse, to eat and drink, to work and to find entertainment. At the same time, it is clear that sociability shaped place, both in the deliberate construction and configuration of venues for people to gather, and in the way such gatherings transformed how place was experienced and understood. The essays highlight literary and aesthetic experience but also range through popular entertainment and ordinary forms of labor and leisure.


The Foundations of Scientific Inference: 50th Anniversary Edition

Introductory essay by Christopher Hitchcock, J. O. and Juliette Koepfli Professor of Philosophy, with Helen Beebee and Huw Price
(University of Pittsburgh Press)

This anniversary edition of Wesley C. Salmon's foundational work in the philosophy of science features a detailed introduction by Christopher Hitchcock, which examines the book's origins, influences, and major themes, its impact and enduring effects, the disputes it raised, and its place in current studies, revisiting Salmon's ideas for a new audience of philosophers, historians, scientists, and students.


Pierre: Or, The Ambiguities by Herman Melville

Co-edited by Cindy Weinstein, Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English, Vice Provost, Chief Diversity Officer, and Robert S. Levine
(W. W. Norton & Company)

"In Levine's and Weinstein's wonderful edition, Pierre, a book that discovers the unshored immensities of Moby-Dick in the heart of a privileged white New York family, stands forth in its own right as a classic, a brave, brilliant, unforgettable tracing-out of where the pursuits of Truth and Virtue may lead us. It is of its own time, as Levine and Weinstein show, but it is of our own as well."—Geoffrey Sanborn, Amherst College


The Oxford Handbook of Probability and Philosophy

Edited by Christopher Hitchcock, J. O. and Juliette Koepfli Professor of Philosophy
(Oxford University Press)


Beauty and the Breast
A Tale of Breast Cancer, Love, and Friendship

By Merrill Joan Gerber, Lecturer in Creative Writing
(Coffeetown Press)

"An intimate, touching, moving portrait of the self in peril and in pain, written with characteristic intelligence and lucidity by Merrill Joan Gerber."—Joyce Carol Oates, author of We Were the Mulvaneys and Winner of the National Humanities Award


Adventures of a Postmodern Historian
Living and Writing the Past

By Robert A. Rosenstone, Professor of History, Emeritus
(Bloomsbury Academic)

"In the course of his career, Robert A. Rosenstone (emeritus, Cal Tech) has worked as one of the most brilliantly innovative historians in the United States. … His latest book Adventures of a Postmodern Historian is a beautifully written memoir that succeeds in being a profound meditation on the life of a historian as well as the nature of historical research and writing. It is also a highly entertaining and moving account of his unique and interesting career."—History News Network


Time, Tense, and American Literature: When Is Now?

By Cindy Weinstein, Professor of English; Vice Provost
(Cambridge University Press)

"Cindy Weinstein, our finest contemporary scholar of sentimentalism, makes the temporal turn in Time, Tense, and American Literature, casting time itself as her protagonist. Weinstein charts the heretofore unexplored nonlinear intervals at the heart of the classic American novel, from the work of Charles Brockden Brown to the African American fiction of Edward P. Jones. At a moment in which the humanities themselves are under siege, Time, Tense, and American Literature insists that we reimagine the power of the literary and its use of time, space, and form. Weinstein's book should become required reading for scholars of American literature, the new aesthetics, and historians of the novel who will applaud her provocative, brilliant, and beautifully written achievement."—Julia Stern, Northwestern University


William Hazlitt: Political Essayist

By Kevin Gilmartin, Professor of English
(Oxford University Press)

"Restores Hazlitt's political prose to the center of his achievement as England's greatest Romantic critic and essayist."


Why Did Europe Conquer the World?

By Philip T. Hoffman, Rea A. and Lela G. Axline Professor of Business Economics and Professor of History
(Princeton University Press)

Combining wide reading, the judicious use of data, and economic models that distinguish Hoffman's explanation from that of earlier historians, Why Did Europe Conquer the World? represents the very best in economic history."—Timothy Guinnane, Yale University


Cool: How the Brain's Hidden Quest for Cool Drives Our Economy and Shapes Our World

By Steven R. Quartz, Professor of Philosophy
(Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)

"This engrossing history merges evolutionary biology and economics to explain our spending habits."—Mental Floss


Do People Look Up at the Moon Anymore?

By Robert Rosenstone, Professor of History, Emeritus
(Sharq Press)

"Rosenstone, an innovative and compelling historian, turns his sensitive gaze back on a remarkable life in poems that crackle with feelings of love, humor, sadness, and the surprise of the unknown."—Marjorie Becker, National Book Award Nominee in poetry for Body Bach, and also author of Setting the Virgin on Fire, and Piano Glass / Glass Piano


The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 14: The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, April 1923–May 1925

Edited by Diana Kormos-Buchwald, Professor of History
(Princeton University Press)

"In the almost one hundred writings and more than 1,000 letters in this volume, Einstein is revealed yet again as the consummate puzzler of myriad scientific problems as well as the invested participant in social and political engagements."


The Victorian Novel and the Space of Art: Fictional Form on Display

By Dehn Gilmore, Assistant Professor of English
(Cambridge University Press)

An innovative, interdisciplinary study of the Victorian novel's relation to exhibition culture that reorients our sense of how the Victorians saw and read.


The Institutional Framework of Russian Serfdom

Tracy Dennison, Professor of Social Science History
(Cambridge University Press)


The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics

Edited by Jed Buchwald, Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History
(Oxford University Press)

"Treats both the content of physics and the broader cultural, social, and economic context in which the theories and practices of physicists have evolved."


Newton and the Origin of Civilization

By Jed Buchwald, Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History and Mordechai Feingold, Professor of History
(Princeton University Press)

"This argument for intellectual unity in Newton's method of working gives Newton and the Origin of Civilization philosophical as well as historical originality and importance . . . represents a climacteric in our understanding of its subject's life and thought."—Scott Mandelbrote, Times Literary Supplement


The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 13: The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, January 1922—March 1923

Edited by Diana Kormos-Buchwald, Professor of History, et. al.
(Princeton University Press)

"You can explore Albert Einstein's digital brain with a new app, but you can learn more about the man's mind in a new volume of collected papers released today. The papers bring Einstein's thoughts and writings between 1922 and '23 to the public for the first time." —Wired magazine


American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

Edited by Cindy Weinstein, Professor of English; Executive Officer for the Humanities
(Columbia University Press)

"This is a book that deserves to be read by all who are, like its contributors, 'disenchanted with disenchantment' and looking to formulate whatever might come next . . . " —Jacob Brogan, College Literature


Hollywood 1938: Motion Pictures' Greatest Year

By Catherine JurcaProfessor of English
(University of California Press)

"Catherine Jurca has taken a nearly forgotten event in the history of Hollywood and demonstrated how much it can tell us about the state of the motion picture industry and its frailties, as well as about its relationship with its audience, at a critical moment in its development." —Richard Maltby


A Master of Science History: Essays in Honor of Charles Coulston Gillispie

Edited by Jed Buchwald, Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History

"New essays in science history ranging across the entire field and related in most instances to the works of Charles Gillispie, one of the field's founders."


Richard Bentley: Poetry and Enlightenment

By Kristine HaugenProfessor of English
(Harvard University Press)

"Kristine Haugen gives us the most vivid portrait yet of a strange and fascinating man. At the same time, she traces—with learning, insight, and lucid, lively prose—the twists and turns of a great scholar's intellectual life. Richard Bentley's ambitions and his accomplishments will never look the same." —Anthony Grafton, Princeton University


Violence in Medieval Europe

By Warren Brown, Professor of History

"This is a clear and stimulating survey, which will be a valuable addition to reading lists, and provoke further discussion among specialists." —Elina Screen, English Historical Review


The Zodiac of Paris

By Jed Buchwald, Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History, and Diane Greco Josefowicz
(Princeton University Press)

"This is a fascinating study of how politics, science, and religion intersected in the heated debates over the meanings of the hieroglyphics on a pair of stones brought from Egypt to Paris in 1821. At the heart of the tale is the question of how we know the past. It has the excitement of a real-life archaeological mystery combined with a clash between science and theology that has great resonance for today." —Walter Isaacson. President and CEO, the Aspen Institute


Writing against Revolution: Literary Conservatism in Britain, 17901832

By Kevin M. Gilmartin, Professor of English
(Cambridge University Press)

"Writing against Revolution is at once brilliant and brave, for it goes directly against the dominant ideological grain of Romanticism . . . It is a carefully considered defense of the literary, cultural and political achievements of a wide range of conservative writers . . . Very few mainstream scholars have read, or even registered, this conservative strain of writing . . . Writing against Revolution changes all this, and will change it permanently." —Kenneth R. Johnston, The Wordsworth Circle

The Oxford Handbook of Causation

By Christopher Hitchcock, Professor of Philosophy
(Oxford University Press)

"The ultimate reference work on a fundamental but puzzling aspect of the universe."


The American Leonardo: A Tale of Obsession, Art, and Money

By John Brewer, Eli and Edye Broad Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences; Professor of History and Literature
(Oxford University Press)

"Excellent... Has the unmistakable vibrancy of original research." —The Sunday Times

"Wholly engaging . . . He rests an ambitious enquiry on a brisk, absorbing story. His book is a huge risk, and a triumph." —The Scotsman


The Tropics of Empire

By Nicolas Wey-Gomez, Professor of History
(The MIT Press)

"A radical revision of the geographical history of the discovery of the Americas that links Columbus's southbound route with colonialism, slavery, and today's divide between the industrialized North and the developing South." —MIT Press


The Concept of Probability in the Mathematical Representation of Reality

Translated and Edited by Frederick Eberhardt, Professor of Philosophy
(Open Court)

This is an English translation of Hans Reichenbach's doctoral dissertation, reproduced with the German original on facing pages. The translators provide an introduction that connects the thesis to its influences and Reichenbach's later writings on probability and causality.


Liars, Lovers, and Heroes: What the New Brain Science Reveals About How We Become Who We Are

By Steven Quartz, Professor of Philosophy

"An evocative solution to a classic problem: Which is more important in shaping the human brain, nature or nurture?" —Sandra Blakeslee, the New York Times


A Hundreth Sundrie Flowres

By George Gascoigne
Edited with an Introduction and Commentary by G. W. Pigman, Professor of English
(Oxford University Press)

"This edition is the best piece of luck Gascoigne has had in the four hundred and fifty years since his birth . . . Here, almost spotless, is almost anything a reader of Gascoigne could desire to know, in what must be one of the best editions of an early modern text produced in the last decade." —Colin Burrow, London Review of Books


Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction

By Morgan Kousser, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History and Social Science
(The University of North Carolina Press)

Awards & Distinctions:

  • 1999 Lillian Smith Book Award, Southern Regional Council
  • 2000 Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association


What's Within? Nativism Reconsidered

By Fiona Cowie, Professor of Philosophy
(Oxford University Press)

"This powerfully iconoclastic book reconsiders the influential nativist position toward the mind. Nativists assert that some concepts, beliefs, or capacities are innate or inborn: "native" to the mind rather than acquired. Fiona Cowie argues that this view is mistaken, demonstrating that nativism is an unstable amalgam of two quite different—and probably inconsistent—theses about the mind."


Herself Beheld: The Literature of the Looking Glass

By Jenijoy La Belle, Professor of English, Emeritus
(Cornell University Press)

A challenging approach to a little-explored theme, Herself Beheld is compelling and rewarding reading.