Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shell Games: Studies in Scams, Frauds, and Deceits (1300-1650) Ed. Mark Crane, Richard Raiswell, and Margaret Reeves

Mark Crane teaches European history and has contributed significantly to our new graduate program. His chief research concerns the impact of the printing press on the scholarly community of 16th-century Paris. He is also one of the editors of, and a contributor to, Shell Games: Studies in Scams, Frauds, and Deceits (1300-1650). The collected essays in this volume
...are concerned with parochial and patriarchal networks of power. They deal with people on the margins of society, pushing and trying to manipulate boundaries; they deal with people at the very centre of power, endeavouring to conserve or enhance their position. They deal with the strong using lies to oppress the weak and the weak using lies as counter discourses. But at their heart, all of the papers in this collection raise crucial questions about the nature of truth as well as its construction and detection for pre-modern men and women.
Shell Games is published by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (Toronto).