Fellows’ and Alumni Publications

Fellows’ Publications

Goldoni in Paris: La Gloire et le Malentendu (Oxford University Press, 2017) by Jessica Goodman, Fellow and Associate Professor in French. This book examines the thirty years that the Italian dramatist, Carlo Goldoni, spent living and working in France. He describes this period as the peak of his authorial career, yet critics have tended to view it as a failure, or forget about it entirely. This study tries to work out why.

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‘Elbow Room for Best Practice? Montgomery, patients’ values, and balanced decision-making in person-centred clinical care’ (Oxford University Press, 2017) co-authored by Professor Ashok Handa, Fellow by Special Election in Medicine.

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Alumni Publications

Erica Benner (1983, Social Studies)

Be Like The Fox: Machiavelli’s Lifelong Quest for Freedom (Allen Lane, 2017)

Niccolo Michiavelli is one of history’s most celebrated, notorious political thinkers, and this book is a look at the Florentine political landscape of his time, through his own eyes. While Erica Benner’s previous books on Machiavelli were purely academic, Be Like The Fox is a biography written in the historical present tense, with which Benner aims for her research to reach the wider public.

A Fellow in Political Philosophy at Yale University, Benner’s work engages with ancient and early modern philosophy and history, especially Thucydides, Plato, Rousseau, Kant, and Machiavelli, about whom Be Like The Fox is the third book Benner has written. Previously BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and now longlisted for this year’s Historical Writers’ Association Crown Prize, the book has been an astounding success since its release, and looks set to continue along that path.

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Don Chapman (1952, English)

Wearing the Trousers: Fashion, Freedom and the Rise of the Modern Woman (Amberley Publishing, 2017)

Don’s interest in the campaign for women’s trousers dates from the hot-pant craze of 1971 when a reader came to him with his grandfather’s papers relating to the Western Rational Dress Club. Exploiting his knowledge of the newspaper industry and his long experience as an investigative reporter, he has pieced together the first comprehensive history of what became known as the Rational Dress Movement.

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Jacob F. Field (2001, History)

London, Londoners and the Great Fire of 1666: Disaster and Recovery (Routledge, 2017)

The Great Fire of 1666 was one of the greatest catastrophes to befall London in its long history. This book examines the impact of the Fire in terms of how individuals and communities reacted and responded to it, and puts the response to the Fire in the context of existing trends in early modern England, as well as exploring the broader effects of the Fire in the rest of the country and how it continued to be an important polemical tool into the eighteenth century.

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Mischa Gabowitsch (1995, PPE)

Replicating Atonement: Foreign Models in the Commemoration of Atrocities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Edited by Mischa Gabowitsch, this collection examines what happens when one country’s experience of dealing with its traumatic past is held up as a model for others to follow. In regional and country studies covering Argentina, Canada, Japan, Lebanon, Rwanda, Russia, Turkey, the United States and former Yugoslavia, the authors look at the pitfalls, misunderstandings and perverse effects – but also the promise – of trying to replicate atonement.

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David Mabberley (1967, Botany)

Painting by Numbers: The life and art of Ferdinand Bauer (NewSouth Publishing, 2017)

Ferdinand Bauer is seen by many as the greatest natural history painter of all time. This fascinating new study of Bauer’s work includes reproductions of never-before-published works from collections in Europe and Australia. Written by one of the world’s foremost botanical scholars, Painting by Numbers reveals Bauer’s innovative colour-coding technique for the first time.

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Peter Raina (1960, Modern History)

John Sparrow: Warden of All Souls College, Oxford (Peter Lang, 2017)

John Sparrow, Warden of All Souls, was a notable character in post-war Oxford. He was educated in the old-time classical humanist tradition, and this remained his field even as the world about him changed. Presenting hitherto unpublished letters and papers which vividly evoke the contemporary Oxford scene, this book gives context to his circles of influence and to his uncompromising intelligence and distinct charm.

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Katherine Rundell (2005, English Language & Literature)

The Explorer (Bloomsbury Childrens, 2017)

From award-winning author Kate Rundell comes an exciting new novel for 8-12 year olds, about a group of children who must survive in the Amazon after their plane crashes. Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

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