Monday, July 26, 2010

What's new in Colonial Violence ?

Knowing all the interest in violence around here, I bring your attention to the new issue of the journal Historical Reflections/Reflexions historiques, Volume 36, Number 2, Summer 2010. Colonial Violence. Edited by Samuel Kalman.

Torture in French Central Africa, public executions in French Indochina, policing soldiers in Africa and African immigrants in France, there is lots to digest.
Here's the table of contents.

We have Historical Reflections both in the Current Periodicals room and online.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stanford in Italy - 50 years

Nice article today in the Stanford Report on the 50th anniversary of Stanford's program in Florence.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Saga Bettencourt

With L'Oréal's heiress Liliane Bettencourt all over the French news, I've selected some books on the firm, its family, and on woman's beauty, cosmetics, and fashion in France and Italy.

Starting with L'Oréal...

Bar-Zohar, Michael. Bitter Scent: The Case of L'Oréal, Nazis, and the Arab Boycott. New York, N.Y.: Dutton, 1996. DC423 .B39 1996

Dalle, François. L'aventure l'Oréal. Paris: Ed. O. Jacob, 2001. HD9970.5 .T654 L67 2001

Abescat, Bruno. La saga des Bettencourt: L'Oréal, une fortune française. Paris: Plon, 2002. HD9970.5 .C672 B48 2002

Marseille, Jacques. L'Oréal: 1909-2009. Paris: Perrin, 2009. HD9970.5 .H354 M37 2009 F

A selection of academic books and primary sources on beauty and fashion in France -

Azoulay, Elisabeth, Angela Demian, and Dalibor Frioux. 100,000 Years of Beauty. Paris: Gallimard, Éditions Babylone, 2009. ART HQ1219 .A16 2009

Zdatny, Steven. Fashion, Work, and Politics In Modern France. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. GT2295 .F8 Z33 2006

Chenille, Vincent. La Mode Dans La Coiffure Des Français : La Norme Et Le Mouvement : 1837-1987. Paris, France: L'Harmattan, 1996. GT2295 .F8 C47 1996

Stewart, Mary Lynn. For Health and Beauty : Physical Culture for Frenchwomen, 1880s-1930s. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Fabre, Sylvaine. L'art De Rester Jeune Et Belle : Chroniques Et Conseils Suivis De Recettes De Beauté. Paris: Etienne Chiron, 1947. RA778 .F33 1947

And in Italy:

Gundle, Stephen. Bellissima : Feminine Beauty and the Idea of Italy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. HQ1220 .I8 G86 2007

Fornaciai, Valentina. "Toilette, " Perfumes and Make-up At the Medici Court : Pharmaceutical Recipe Books, Florentine Collections and the Medici Milieu Uncovered. Livorno: Sillabe, 2007. GT499 .F67 2007

Zanardo, Lorella. Il Corpo Delle Donne. 1. ed. in "Serie bianca." Milano: Feltrinelli, 2010. (see DVD ZDVD 21730 and at

And in Special Collections, see courtesy books such as the following :

Liébault, Jean, and Giovanni Marinello. Trois Liures De L'embellissement Et Ornement Du Corps Humain. A Paris: Chez Iacques Du Puys, libraire iuré, 1582. RA776.98 .L54 1582

Marinello, Giovanni, and Francesco de Franceschi. Gli Ornamenti Delle Donne : Tratti Dalle Scritture D'una Reina Greca. In Venetia: Appresso Francesco de' Franceschi senese, 1562. RA778 .M37 1574

Vieri, Francesco de, and Giorgio Marescotti. Lezzione Di M. Francesco De' Vieri Fiorentino, Detto Il Verino Secondo : Per Recitarla Nell'accademia Fiorentina, Nel Consolato Di M. Federigo Strozzi L'anno 1580 : Dove Si Ragiona Delle Idee, Et Delle Bellezze. In Fiorenza: Appresso Giorgio Marescotti, 1581. PQ4482 .V54 1581

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New Acquisitions, arrivals from June 2010

Some summer reading suggestions, selected from among recent arrivals in the library....


Ballard, Richard. The Unseen Terror: The French Revolution in the Provinces. London: I. B. Tauris, 2010.
Brunelle, Gayle K., and S. Annette Finley-Croswhite. Murder in the Métro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010.
Burrows, Simon. The Chevalier D'Eon and His Worlds: Gender, Espionage and Politics in the Eighteenth Century. London: Continuum, 2010.
Chavigny de La Bretonnière, François de, and Jean Sgard. La religieuse en chemise et Le cochon mitré. Saint-Etienne: Publications de l'université de Saint-Etienne, 2009.
Chevallier, Stéphane, and Christiane Chauviré. Dictionnaire Bourdieu. Paris: Ellipses, 2010.
Godard, Jean-Luc. Film socialisme: dialogues avec visages auteurs. Paris: POL, 2010.
Jaccottet, Philippe. Le combat inégal: grand prix Schiller 2010. Genève: Dogana, 2010.
Lefrère, Jean-Jacques. Sur Arthur Rimbaud: correspondance posthume (1891-1900). [Paris]: Fayard, 2010.
Loriga, Sabina. Le petit x: de la biographie à l'histoire. [Paris]: Seuil, 2010
Mann, Keith. Forging Political Identity: Silk and Metal Workers in Lyon, France, 1900-1939. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010.
Merdaci, Abdellali. Auteurs algériens de langue française de la période coloniale: dictionnaire biographique. Paris: Harmattan, 2010.
Stalnaker, Joanna. The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010.
Tiran, André. Jean-Baptiste Say: influences, critiques et postérité. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2010.
Trouplin, Vladimir. Dictionnaire des compagnons de la Libération. Bordeaux: Elytis, 2010.


Aramini, Donatello. George L. Mosse, l'Italia e gli storici. Milano: F. Angeli, 2010.
Brook, Clodagh J. Marco Bellocchio: The Cinematic I in the Political Sphere. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
Camilotti, Silvia, and Stefano Zangrando. Letteratura e migrazione in Italia: studi e dialoghi. Trento: UNI service, 2010.
Convegno di studi su Politica e amicizia, relazioni, conflitti e differenze di genere (1861-1914), and Emma Scaramuzza. Politica e amicizia: relazioni, conflitti e differenze di genere, 1860-1915. Milano, Italy: FrancoAngeli, 2010.
Giorgio, Domenico. Percorsi autobiografici da Boccaccio a Peppino De Filippo. Napoli [etc.]: Edizioni scientifiche italiane, 2007.
Hairston, Julia L., and Walter Stephens. The Body in Early Modern Italy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Marzano, Michela. Sii bella e stai zitta: perché l'Italia di oggi offende le donne. Milano: Mondadori, 2010.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday primary source #17 - 18th century medicine

Any interest in the practice of medicine in the 18th century? 
Here's just what the doctor ordered:  
Recueil de differentes pieces concernant la chirurgie
-  XVIIIe siecle
 "A nicely bound collection of 27
pamphlets and notices concerning the
professionalization of surgeons in the
XVIIIe century, mostly published in Paris."

Call #: SCRB 850805 00014     RARE-BOOKS 

Sorry about the lag in posts - I was on vacation...

brought to you by...
Sarah Sussman, curator of French and Italian Collections