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Arts & Humanities Reviews | June 1, 2013

classical Arts & Humanities Reviews |Heine, Ronald E. Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith. Baker Academic.2013. 192p. notes. index. ISBN 9780801048739. pap. $21.99. REL

Who decided certain doctrines were orthodox but others were heretical? Many doctrinal issues that Christians accept as orthodox were the subject of fierce debate in the first four centuries of the Christian church. Heine (Bible and Christian ministry, Northwest Christian Univ.; Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church) presents a fascinating overview of early church doctrinal writings and discussions. Utilizing the Nicene Creed as a primary outline, he traces the various viewpoints on the canon of scripture, the essence of God, the nature of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and even baptism and the end times. Written primarily as a useful course book for undergraduates, the volume provides a short, solid overview of the issues and includes helpful text boxes that introduce the historical personalities as well as providing quotes from church fathers and other writers of the period. Each brief chapter concludes with discussion questions and further resources. VERDICT Although it is written in a textbook style, this title is highly recommended to general readers interested in church history and theology.—Ray Arnett, Fremont Area Dist. Lib., MI

OrangeReviewStar Arts & Humanities Reviews | In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art. Harvard Art Museums, dist. by Yale Univ. 2013. 304p. ed. by Mary McWilliams. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300176414. $75. DEC ARTS

McWilliams (Islamic & later Indian art, Harvard Art Museums) has compiled a fascinating collection of essays accompanying an exhibition of the same name which relate to the extensive Norma Jean Calderwood collection of Islamic art at the Harvard Art Museums. With contributions by conservators and scholars in Islamic art and history, the essays in this volume are highly detailed, well researched, and engaging. The contributors approach the collection through the lens of their own expertise and interests. Though all of the essays offer an astonishing amount of information, Anthony B. Sigel’s “History in Pieces: Conservation Issues in Islamic Ceramics” and Penley Knipe and Katherine Eremin’s “Technical Observations on a Shahnama Manuscript” present an incredible perspective made possible by scientific analysis that is rarely available to those outside of the museum world. The 152-piece catalog provides basic information on all pieces in the collection, though larger photos would have been appreciated. VERDICT Enthusiastically recommended to students of Islamic art and history, art enthusiasts, and collectors. This stunning volume will make an excellent addition to art history collections.—Jennifer Naimzadeh, Richland Lib., Columbia, SC

OrangeReviewStar Arts & Humanities Reviews | Lind, Maria. Abstraction. MIT. (Documents of Contemporary Art). 2013. 240p. index. ISBN 9780262518369. pap. $24.95. FINE ARTS

What purpose does abstraction have in an age when artists largely forsake painting and sculpture for non-medium-specific practices and art historians roundly declare notions of formal progress obsolete? Curator and critic Lind (director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Maria Lind: Selected Writing) attempts to address these challenging questions in this latest addition to this anthology series dedicated to major themes in recent art. If this generally excellent series has been marred by any flaw, it has been the occasional tendency of volume editors to feature too many short excerpts (rather than lengthier discussions), which can create a somewhat disjointed collection that fails to illuminate clearly its topic. Lind avoids this course, however, instead offering readers a discriminating selection of largely unbroken texts organized around three precise themes: formal, social, and economic abstraction. The latter two categories prove to be a particularly effective means of demonstrating abstraction’s continued pertinence in contemporary culture. For instance, rather than concerning themselves with nonobjective forms, artist Hito Steryl and critic Sven Lütticken investigate the processes of abstraction at play in digital reproductions and financial transactions. VERDICT This well-chosen selection of engaging texts will extend interest in a topic that many consign to the 20th century.—Jonathan Patkowski, CUNY Graduate Ctr.

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Black, Sandy. The Sustainable Fashion Handbook. Thames & Hudson. 2013. 352p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780500290569. pap. $55. DEC ARTS

Fliegel, Stephen N. & others. The Caporali Missal: A Masterpiece of Renaissance Illumination. Prestel. 2013. 132p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9783791352718. $24.95. FINE ARTS

OrangeReviewStar Arts & Humanities Reviews | Radycki, Diane. Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist. Yale Univ. 2013. 256p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780300185300. $60. FINE ARTS

Robinson, Marianne. Urban Impressions: The Changing Face of New York; Photographs by Marianne Robinson. Regent Pr. 2013. 89p. photogs.ISBN 9781587902369. pap. $30. FINE ARTS

OrangeReviewStar Arts & Humanities Reviews | Weekley, Carolyn J. Painters and Paintings in the Early American South. Yale Univ. 2013. 448p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300190762. $75. FINE ARTS


González, Rigoberto. Autobiography of My Hungers. Univ. of Wisconsin. (Living Out: Gay & Lesbian Autobiographies). 2013. 128p. ISBN 9780299292508. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9780299292539. LIT

Jockers, Matthew L. Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History.Univ. of Illinois. (Topics in the Digital Humanities). Jun. 2013. 328p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780252037528. $90; pap. ISBN 9780252079078. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780252094767. LIT

Koestenbaum, Wayne. My 1980s and Other Essays. Farrar. Aug. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780374533779. pap. $16. LIT

Liao Yiwu. For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey Through a Chinese Prison. Houghton Harcourt.Jun. 2013. 416p. tr. from Chinese by Wenguang Huang. ISBN 9780547892634. $26. LIT

OrangeReviewStar Arts & Humanities Reviews |Orwell, George. George Orwell: A Life in Letters. Liveright: Norton. Aug. 2013. 560p. ed. by Peter Davison. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780871404626. $35. LIT

Ricca, Brad. Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—the Creators of Superman.St. Martin’s. Jun. 2013. 432p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780312643805. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250031679. LIT

OrangeReviewStar Arts & Humanities Reviews | Spoo, Robert. Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain. Oxford Univ. (Modernist Literature & Culture). Aug. 2013. 368p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780199927876. $35. LIT


OrangeReviewStar Arts & Humanities Reviews | Schweninger, Lee. Imagic Moments: Indigenous North American Film. Univ. of Georgia. 2013. 264p. photogs. ISBN 9780820345147. $69.95; pap. ISBN 9780820345154. $24.95;ebk. ISBN 9780820345765. FILM


What Happened in and to Moral Philosophy in the Twentieth Century? Philosophical Essays in Honor of Alasdair Macintyre. Univ. of Notre Dame. Jun. 2013. 544p. ed. by Fran O’Rourke. notes. index. ISBN 9780268037376. $70. PHIL


Beyer, Tamiko. We Come Elemental. Alice James. 2013. 80p. ISBN 9781938584008. pap. $15.95. POETRY

OrangeReviewStar Arts & Humanities Reviews |Bidart, Frank. Metaphysical Dog. Farrar. 2013. 112p. ISBN 9780374173616. $24. POETRY

Bolaño, Roberto. The Unknown University. New Directions, dist. by Norton. May 2013. 888p. tr. from Spanish by Laura Healy. ISBN 9780811219280. $39.95. POETRY

Burt, Stephen. Belmont. Graywolf. Jun. 2013. 112p. ISBN 9781555976446. pap. $15. POETRY

Santiago Papasquiaro, Mario. Advice from 1 Disciple of Marx to 1 Heidegger Fanatic. Wave. Jul. 2013. 48p. tr. from Spanish by Cole Heinowitz & Alexis Graman. ISBN 9781933517681. pap. $16. POETRY

Taylor, Tess. The Forage House. Red Hen. Aug. 2013. 88p. ISBN 9781597092708. pap. $17.95. POETRY


Alter, Robert. Ancient Israel: The Former Prophets; Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings; A Translation with Commentary. Norton. 2013. 928p. notes. ISBN 9780393082692. $35. REL

Zichterman, Jocelyn R. I Fired God: My Life Inside—and Escape from—the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult. St. Martin’s. 2013. 304p. photogs. bibliog. ISBN 9781250026262. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250026330. REL


Clavin, Tom. The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream. Ecco: HarperCollins. 2013. 288p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780062183774. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062183798. SPORTS

Gooden, Dwight & Ellis Henican. Doc: A Memoir. New Harvest: Houghton Harcourt. Jun. 2013. 304p. photogs. ISBN 9780544027022. $27. SPORTS