Q&A with Helen Hills, author of The matter of miracles

Posted by Bethan Hirst - Thursday, 21 Jul 2016


Hills photo21. What book in this field has inspired you the most?
Work by Georges Didi-Huberman

2. Did your research take you to any unexpected places?
Yes. Naples is always an unexpected place.

3. What did you enjoy the most about writing your book?
Pushing myself to go where no art historian has previously gone.

4. What did you find hardest about writing your book?
Finishing it.

5. Is this your first published book, or have you had others published?
No, this is not my first. A selection of other books I’ve worked on include,

Rethinking the Baroque, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011
Invisible City: The Architecture of Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Neapolitan Convents, Oxford University Press, 2004 (Best Book Prize, 2004, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women)
Representing Emotions: New Connections in the Histories of Art, Music and Medicine, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005
New Approaches to Naples 1500-1800: The Power of Place, Ashgate: 2013

6. Why did you choose to publish with MUP?
Great reputation

7. Have you had time to think about your next research project yet? What are you working on now?
Yes. A Book on silver and Spanish empire- materiality, Silver and New World trauma and European social, political, religious refinement

The matter of miracles, released September 2016

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