The new issue of the American Historical Review (April 2006) arrived today. As I perused the table of contents I was struck by the titles of three of the five essays. They are as follows:
"The Disruptive Comforts of Drag: (Trans) Gender Performances among Prisoners of War in Russia, 1914-1920" by Alon Rachamimov
"The Disenchantment of Magic: Spells, Charms, and Superstition in Early European Witchcraft Literature" by Michael D. Bailey
"Talking Toads and Chinless Ghosts: The Politics of ‘Superstitious’ Rumors in the People’s Republic of China, 1961-1965" by S. A. Smith
Now how does one come to focus on such topics? These subjects are so intriguing that I might actually take a chance and read these articles – or at least start the first few pages of each piece.