This Week’s New Books–Slandering the Jew, Top Down, and two paperback releases

Slandering the Jew
Slandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts


Susanna Drake

192 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 illus.

Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4520-2 | $55.00 | £36.00

A volume in the Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion series

This book explores the sexual slander of Jews in Christian texts from the first through fifth centuries. These early Christian representations of Jewish sexuality reveal how Church fathers used accusations of fleshliness, bestiality, and licentiousness as strategies to differentiate the "spiritual" Christian from the "carnal" Jew. Read more . . .

Top Down
Top Down: The Ford Foundation, Black Power, and the Reinvention of Racial Liberalism


Karen Ferguson

336 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 illus.

Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4526-4 | $45.00 | £29.50

A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series

Karen Ferguson explores the consequences of the counterintuitive and unequal relationship between the elite liberal Ford Foundation and black power activists, arguing that codeveloped initiatives in education, community development, and the arts contributed to the recreation of racial liberalism in the neo-conservative era and beyond. Read more . . .

Now in Paperback

"Beowulf" and Other Old English Poems


Edited and translated by Craig Williamson. Foreword by Tom Shippey

288 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 illus.

Cloth 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4345-1 | $45.00 | £29.50

Paper 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2275-3 | $19.95 | £13.00

A volume in the Middle Ages Series

Rarely are these works translated by someone who is both a medieval scholar and a poet, and this combination makes for both fidelity to the complexity of the originals and compelling poetry in a modern idiom. Read more . . .

Now in Paperback
An Infinity of Nations
An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America


Michael Witgen

456 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 illus.

Cloth 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4365-9 | $45.00 | £29.50

Paper 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2286-9 | $26.50 | £17.50

A volume in the Early American Studies series

An Infinity of Nations tells the story of the indigenous peoples who ruled the western interior of North America, focusing in particular on the Great Lakes and Northern Great Plains. Read more . . .

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