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300 letters in canada 2002 university of toronto quarterly, volume 73, number 1, winter 2003/4 Kraemer=s theology of religions, focusing on a handful of key works. On the whole, he undertakes this project carefully and accurately. Inter alia, he rightly and helpfully points out what the vast majority of Kraemer=s commentators have missed, owing to either incompetence or maliciousness, namely, that Kraemer was not a Dutch puppet of Karl Barth. For that matter, Kraemer was not really a Barthian at all, as Perry rightly notes, although the Dutch scholar did receive some fundamental theological inspiration from the Swiss colossus. Appreciative as one might be of Perry=s good work in interpreting Kraemer, however, one cannot suppress a nagging reservation about one aspect of it, for the book makes minimal reference to Kraemer=s native context. Granted, Kraemer was a pronounced international figure who composed his key treatises in English. But he was born and trained in The Netherlands. While he learned much from his famous University of Leiden mentor, W.B. Kristensen, the two also differed fundamentally in approach B a matter about which Perry is insufficiently nuanced. Moreover, the reader does not find discussion or even acknowledgment of important texts composed by Kraemer in his native tongue. There is also no engagement of Kraemer=s Dutch commentators, leaving the reader in the dark about the reception of Kraemer=s work in his home country and thereby not helping the reader understand the relative silence that has fallen over Kraemer=s name and corpus. Perhaps symbolic of this seeming agnosis about matters native and contextual (but perhaps just a publisher=s error), Kraemer=s place of residence in The Netherlands late in his life is misspelled in the text (>Dreibergen= instead of >Driebergen=). Radical Difference is the first book to appear about Hendrik Kraemer in decades. Whether or not all will be persuaded by Perry=s defence of Kraemer=s position is up for debate. There is, however, much in what he argues. His published commitment to furthering conversation about a very important and much undervalued Christian thinker should be applauded. (RICHARD J. PLANTINGA) Nancy Cunard. Essays on Race and Empire. Edited by Maureen Moynagh Broadview. 306. $24.95 This is bound to be a valuable volume for any scholar or lay reader of Anglo-American modernism searching for a source book that exemplifies an intersection of the issues of race, gender, and class, both in the materials and in the methodology. Nancy Cunard, an important figure in modernist social life and activism, undertook a publishing project, Negro: An Anthology (1930B34); this edition showcases its original essays >Harlem Reviewed,= >Jamaicathe Negro Island,= >The American Moron= and the >American of Sense,= >Scottsboro and Other Scottsboros,= and >A Reactionary Negro humanities 301 university of toronto quarterly, volume 73, number 1, winter 2003/4 Organization= as well as the pamphlet Black Man and White Ladyship, published separately during this time. This edition by Maureen Moynagh highlights Cunard=s political affiliations with leading Black thinkers of her time who were involved in pan-African national movements and communism, and active collaborations with prominent anti-imperial writers such as George Padmore on The White Man=s Duty. This well-researched fund of information is juxtaposed with an equally interesting range of documents from 1890B1940, to place Cunard=s work in dialogue with other European and Euro-American writers on empire and race as well as with the work of African-American and Afro-Caribbean intellectuals. This juxtaposition is particularly important as a methodology. While modernist studies have moved towards an intersectional study of race, class, gender, and nationality, very few have directly positioned prominent (white) modernists in the context of their intellectual (minority) contemporaries. Occasionally, Moynagh slips into the usual separations prevalent to date in modernist studies, for example, when she describes the juxtaposition as a modernist transatlantic matrix alongside a Black transatlantic matrix. Recognition of the interconnections and the mutually formative influences would have corroborated the juxtapositions more solidly. Overall, however, this volume is a rare example of an admirable persistence in maintaining this interconnection in the choice of materials and in the introduction to the edition. Moynagh is careful to...

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ISSN
1712-5278
Print ISSN
0042-0247
Pages
pp. 300-302
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-02
Open Access
No
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