Fall 2005 Books
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Acts of Courage: Vaclav Havel’s Life in the Theater, Carol Rocamora ’64, Smith and Kraus, 2004. Vaclav Havel, human rights activist and founder and president of the Czech Republic, was imprisoned many times as a martyr for the “right to write.” Carol Rocamora’s book tells the dramatic story of Havel’s life in the theater during three dark decades under Communism, de scribing the extreme risks that he and many others took to perform his works. She discusses how the plays tell not only the story of Havel’s country, but also how his work shaped and changed it. Milos Forman says that Acts of Courage is “a book worth reading about a man worth listening to.” Edward Albee writes that this is “an essential book for anybody interested not only in Havel’s life and personal journey, but also in making clear the creative artists’ political and social responsibilities-both in dictatorships and in democracies.” Rocamora’s translations of the complete dramatic works of Anton Chekhov have been published in three volumes. Her play, I take your hand in mine…, premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London and at the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, directed by Peter Brook. She is on the faculty of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Books to Grow With, Cheryl F. Coon ’74, Lutra Press, 2004. Subtitled “a guide to using the best children’s fiction for everyday issues and tough challenges,” this compendium of fiction titles is organized by topic, from potty training and thumb sucking to getting lost and alcoholism and numerous topics in between. Ginnie Cooper, executive director of the Brooklyn Public Library, writes that Books includes “countless suggestions for fine books that can help kids and adults in their lives, deal with real-life situations.” For example, the section on a visit to the dentist offers six suggestions, including Curious George Goes to the Dentist and Milo’s Toothache. Diane Oesau, library media specialist at Horace Mann Elementary School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, calls the book “an invaluable tool for every parent who believes that sharing the right books with children can help them.” Coon has a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M. from the University of Washington School of Law. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Documents of Iwadare and Kitamura Families, Michiko Yoshioka (as), Souei Publication Ltd., 2004. Exquisitely designed, bound and boxed, this manuscript is full of fascinating reproductions of documents about Michiko Yoshioka’s grandfather, Kunihiko Iwadare, who left Japan in 1886 to come to Schenectady to work for Thomas Edison. Iwadare had studied Western technology at the Imperial College of Engineering in Tokyo, and was one of the first graduates of the Edison Machine Works’ test program for young engineers. He later founded the Nippon Electric Company. “Kitamura is Kunihiko Iwadare’s original family,” writes Yoshioka, “and Iwadare is his adopted family. This book introduces papers kept in these two families. The oldest is written in 1766.” The frontispiece is a four-color reproduction of portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Iwadare, he in English attire, and she in a kimono. Tintype photos of Iwadare’s first trip follow, with maps, a marriage license, diplomas and other historical documents and photos captioned in Japanese. Lovers of social and Japanese history will admire the elegant presentation of the material.
Latin: Everywhere, Everyday, Elizabeth Heimbach ’68, Bolchazy-Carducci Publisher, Inc., 2004. “Some people say that Latin is a dead language, but Latin is not dead; it is everywhere!” writes Elizabeth Heimbach in her introduction. Designed for beginning students who want to learn Latin phrases, this practical workbook is filled with exercises, projects and games for students in grades 7-10, but would also be useful for home-schooling families. The three sections—sententiae, abbreviations and mottos—are filled with interesting derivatives, engaging information, facts and exercises. There are five phrases on each page so that students can see a whole week’s work at once. The motto section includes colorful phrases such as alis volat propriis (she flies by her own wings, Oregon’s state motto), and descende ad terram (descend to earth, the motto of the 507th Parachute Regiment). The teacher’s edition comes with a CD to aid in pronunciation. Heimbach ends her introduction with: “So, tempus fugit [time flies], carpe diem [seize the day], but festina lente [make haste slowly], and most of all, have fun!” Heimbach has been teaching Latin since her graduation from Bryn Mawr. She is a faculty member at The Madeira School in MacLean, Virginia, and has a master’s from Ohio State University.
Memory and Architecture, Eleni Bastea ’80, editor, University of New Mexico Press, 2004. In literary and often poetic prose, the essays in this collection discuss the influence of personal and spatial experiences in architectural design. Contributors make up a diverse chorus of voices, ages and backgrounds when pondering such questions as: what makes a place memorable? What is a “collective memory”? How do buildings reflect the nature of our existence? Eleni Bastea’s own experience as a new graduate student in architecture in 1979 are at the root of this inquiry: when asked to design a single-family, middle-class home for her studio course, “it seemed impossible to design without being able to conjure one in my memory,” she writes in her introduction. The book is divided into four parts: “Designing National Memories,” “Literary Memory Spaces,” and “Personal Cartographies,” in which contributors look at sacred spaces in Beirut, North Ireland and New Mexico, and “The Voices from the Studio,” which examines the role of memory in architectural education. Bastea, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece, is associate professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She is the author of The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning the Myth, which won the John D. Criticos Prize.
Neighbors and Enemies: The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin, 1929-1933, Pamela Swett ’92, Cambridge University Press, 2004. The daily life of the Weimar Republic is the focus of this new interpretation of the collapse of Germany’s first democracy. “The disintegration of the Weimar Republic did not happen over night,” writes Pamela Swett in her introduction, “nor did it happen beyond the reaches of human intervention.” Neighbors focuses on individual workers in Berlin, and the tensions between the sexes and generations, among neighbors, within families, and between citizens and their political parties, which led to the emergence of a radical, and at times violent, neighborhood culture. “Gracefully written and superbly researched,” writes Peter Fritzsche of the University of Illinois, “Swett’s study wonderfully recreates the politics of taverns, tenement courtyards, and the cramped spaces of the city’s 100,000 apartments.” Geoff Eley of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, writes that Neighbors casts the demise of the Weimar Republic “in a fresh and challenging light. German historians will welcome Neighbors and Enemies as the most illuminating scholarly book on the rise of the Nazis for some time.” Swett is assistant professor of history at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Neolithic Farming in Central Europe: An Archaeobotanical Study of Crop Husbandry Practices, Amy Bogaard ’94, Routledge, 2004. Discussion about the nature of crop husbandry in Neolithic central Europe has focused on the permanence of cultivation, its intensity and its seasonality, but these debates “reflect conflicting views of the way in which farming spread from the Near East to Mediterranean and temperate Europe,” writes Amy Bogaard in her introduction. Neolithic Farming examines the nature of the earliest crop cultivation, a subject that illuminates the lives of Neolithic farming families and the day to day reality of the transition from hunting and gathering to farming. Bogaard evaluates charred crop and weed assemblages, and surveys the archaeological evidence for four major competing models of Neolithic crop husbandry: shifting cultivation, extensive plough cultivation, floodplain cultivation, and intensive garden cultivation. Her conclusions illuminate the consequences of these agricultural practices. In advance praise of the book, Alastair Whittle of Cardiff University wrote, “this will be an enormously important and I am sure very widely read addition to the literature on the European Neolithic.” Bogaard is a lecturer in the department of archaeology at the University of Nottingham.
Night Lights, Jane Augustine ’52, Marsh Hawk Press, 2004. Divided into three parts, this third collection of poems by Jane Augustine revolves around mountains, rivers, cities, sky, and reveals in clear images and precise language the lights and darks of fluctuating states of mine. Dedicated “in memory of the ancestors,” the book is divided into five parts: “Shorelines,” “Mountains,” “Lake Paradox,” “Arts,” and “Cities.” Alice Ostriker calls Night Lights “a volume of exquisitely painterly skyscapes, waterscapes, city and mountainscapes…set onto the page in language rich and precise…I find myself rather madly in love with this poet’s eye, her music, her awareness.” Anne Waldman writes that the poems are “elegiac, lyrical, and passionately connected to the flow and ebb of thephenomenal world…Jane Augustine’s investigative eye is to be trusted and applauded.” Augustine’s previous volumes of poetry include Arbor Vitae and Transitory. She has published numerous essays on the poet H.D. (BMC class of 1909) and is the editor of The Gift by H.D.: The Complete Text. She has twice won fellowships in poetry from the New York State Council on the Arts. Augustine lives in New York City and Westcliffe, Colorado.
The Retalbo de Isabel la Catolica by Juan de Flandes and Michel Sittow, Chiyo Ishikawa, M.A. ’83, Ph.D. ’89, Brepols Publishers, 2004. In this beautifully produced monograph, Chiyo Ishikawa presents the first discussion and technical examination of an important set of paintings linked with Isabel la Catolica, paintings that illuminate a key moment in the history of Spanish Catholicism. A rethinking of her Bryn Mawr dissertation, Retalbo traces the critical history of the altarpiece and presents the findings of infrared reflectographic and microscopic examinations of the painted surface, which reveal that the subject matter was closely related to the religious and political issues that concerned Queen Isabella in the waning years of her reign. Retalbo won the 2005 Eleanor J. Tufts award for the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies. The selection committee says Retalbo “is an exemplary monograph: thoroughly researched, written with economy and precision, and beautifully produced. The author’s detailed analysis of the paintings, supported by a superb selection of well-placed illustrations, is a model for the study of artistic practice and the careful scrutiny of works of art themselves.” Ishikawa is chief curator of collections, and curator of European Painting and Sculpture for the Seattle Art Museum.
The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery, Ingrid D. Rowland, M.A. ‘76, Ph.D. ’80, University of Chicago Press, 2004. A precocious teenager, Curzio Inghirami, bored with life at his family’s Tuscan villa Scornello, staged perhaps the most outlandish prank of the 17th century. Curzio preyed on the Italian fixation with ancestry to forge an array of ancient Latin and Etruscan documents. For authenticity’s sake, he stashed the counterfeit treasure in scarith (capsules made of hair and mud) near Scornello. But because none of the proud Italians could actually read the ancient Etruscan language, they couldn’t know for certain that the documents were frauds. The Scarith traces the career of this young scam artist whose “discoveries” reached the Vatican shortly after Galileo was condemned by the Inquisition, inspiring participants on both sides of the affair to clash again-this time over Etruscan history. Long after the inauthenticity of Curzio’s creation had been established, this practical joke endured: the scarith were stolen in the 1980s by a thief who mistook them for the real thing. Ingrid D. Rowland is one of the few people in the world to work with the Etruscan language. She is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the American Academy in Rome. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and author of several books.
Sculpture: The Assemblage from the Theater, Mary C. Sturgeon, M.A. ’68, Ph.D. ’71, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2004. This volume completes the presentation of the sculptures excavated from the Theater in Ancient Corinth by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Mary C. Sturgeon’s stylistic analysis of the sculptures reveals new information on the subjects, dates, and use of sculptural assemblages in Roman theaters. Most of the sculptures were discovered during the early campaigns of 1896, 1902-1910, and 1925-1929. Inscriptions from the Theater provide valuable insight into the honoree, patron, and date of the scaenae frons. Statues of the emperor and his family, of deities important in Corinth, and of Greek-style battle reliefs convey the political and cultural self-identification and aspirations of the city. “This is an excellent primary publication of an important body of Romans sculpture from a recorded context,” writes R.R.R. Smith of the University of Oxford. “The work is thoughtful, careful, intelligent.” Sturgeon is professor of classical art and adjunct professor of classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her previous books include Sculpture: The Reliefs from the Theatre, and Sculpture I: 1952-1967.
The Space of Death in Roman Asia Minor, Sarah Cormack ’84, Wien, 2004. Sarah Cormack examines a large group of monuments erected during the Roman Imperial period to bring to readers a sense of the impact the tomb spaces in Roman Asia Minor had on its citizenry. “Far from existing in a secluded or isolated space, like modern western cemeteries with their clearly demarcated borders and high walls,” writes Cormack, “the Roman tombs were often sites in heavily frequented areas, and their locations, decorative schemes and architectural features demanded the attention of the living. In short, tombs permeated civic identity….” An important element of these tomb spaces was their epitaphs, which not only reinforced the social and familial status of those who erected them, but also attempted to protect the tomb from violation via the threat of fines, divine retribution, or both. These structures, according to Cormack, “function as permanent reminders of the civic benefactions carried out by their patrons, in this sense conferring honor on the city and perpetuating the memory, familial associations, and social status of the dead.” A catalogue of known tombs, with drawings and photos, concludes the work. Cormack is an adjunct professor of art history at Webster University in Vienna.
The Supreme Court: A Concise History, Robert W. Langran ‚Ph.D. ’65, Peter Lang, 2004. This aptly titled work-a slender 149 pages-provides an historical overview of “arguably the least known and understood of the three branches of government,” writes Robert W. Langran in his introduction. The book moves chronologically, traversing the most important and influential cases, which helps illustrate how the cases fit into an historical timeframe as well as what roles the most influential justices played. The changing role and accomplishments of the Court from its inception to its latest decisions give readers important insights into why each Court voted the way it did, and how those decisions influenced the votes of future Courts. The Supreme Court is appropriate for undergraduate classes in American government and American history, as well as introductory classes in political science. Useful appendixes list all justices and cases discussed. Langran is professor of political science at Villanova University. He has won the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching as well as the Faculty Service Award. He is the author of The United States Supreme Court: An Historical and Political Analysis and the co-author of Government, Business, and the American Economy.
Theater Neapolitan Style: Five One-Act Plays by Eduardo De Filippo, Mimi Gisolfi D’Aponte ’59, translator, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2004. This book introduces five one-act plays by Eduardo De Filippo to English-speaking readers and audiences for the first time. “My aim,” Mimi Gisolfi D’Aponte writes, “has been to render in American English the words and voices and unfailing humor of the originals.” Collectively, these works bring into focus the atmosphere of pre- and post-World War II Naples. “His viewpoint,” writes D’Aponte, “was that of the common people, usually of Southern Italy, as well as the playwright-moralist whose major concern, from an extraordinarily young age, was consistently social justice.” The playwright mixed comedy and tragedy, and has been likened to Charlie Chaplin. “The triumph of the translations collected in this volume,” writes Ron Jenkins, professor of theater at Wesleyan University, “is that they preserve the idiosyncratic quirks of Eduardo’s originals. “D’Aponte has done a great service for the American theater community.” D’Aponte is professor emerita of theatre at Baruch College and the Cuny Graduate Center. She is a contributing editor of Western European Stages and co-president of the Pirandello Society of America, and is the author of Teatro Religioso e Rituale Della Penisola Sorrentina e la Costiera Amalfitana.
Teenage Immigrant, Anne Ipsen Goldman ’56, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2004. Anne Ipsen’s latest memoir describes a six-year period starting in 1946 when Ipsen and her parents left Denmark, first as visitors to the U.S., then in 1948 as immigrants. It is a sequel to A Child’s Tapestry of War, the story of the author’s childhood during the World War II occupation of Denmark by Nazi Germany. With forthrightness and a sense of humor, Ipsen describes the ups and downs of her adjustment and gradual assimilation. The memoir “recalls my joys and tribulations,” writes Ipsen in her introduction. Although she had the support of a sensitive family and her experiences were far from typical, everyone who has had to leave a childhood home and adjust to a different way of life with relate to this story of adolescence. “It is my hope to highlight the issues and foster understanding of immigrant young people.” An earlier version of this memoir appeared in The Bridge, a publication of the Danish American Society. Ipsen lives in Minneapolis where she was a professor at the University of Minnesota. Her newest project is an historical novel about Colonial Massachusetts.
The Transportation Boom in Asia: Crisis and Opportunity for the United States, Joanna D. Underwood ’62, project advisor, James S. Cannon, author, INFORM, 2004. Transportation analyzes the coming oil crisis and warns that, unless Congress restructures U.S. transportation policy, the path to hydrogen will go through Beijing and New Delhi, not through Washing ton, D.C. Transportation is the core of the U.S. problem, according to Joanna D. Underwood, who acted as project advisor, editor and consultant on for Transportation, “which deeply affects not only how much oil is used on a global basis, but which is putting the health of 158 million Americans at risk-especially the most vulnerable our children, sapping our economy and endangering the very security of the United States.” The publication details the trends in transportation development and oil consumption in China and India and the implications for the U.S.; what these three countries’ goals are for developing sustainable transportation in the long run; and what steps they are taking today to mitigate the effects of the growing competition for access to oil. The report concludes with a series of eight recommendations, which lay out a cogent framework for addressing these issue and for taking advantage of the opportunities for export growth in the NGV markets. Underwood is president of INFORM, a national nonprofit environmental research and outreach organization. Visit informinc.org for more information.
The Urban Image of Late Antique Constantinople, Sarah Bassett, Ph.D. ’85, Cambridge University Press, 2004. From its foundation in the fourth century to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in the 15th, the city of Constantinople boasted a collection of antiquities unrivaled by any city of the medieval world. The only full length study of early Constantinople in English, Urban Image draws on medieval literary sources and, to a lesser extent, graphic and archaeological material, to identify and describe the antiquities that were known to have stood in the city’s public spaces. The book “aims to reconstruct the great urban displays of Constantinople,” writes Sarah Bassett, “by identifying the individual contents of the collection, and by addressing the context in which individual monuments came to be displayed.” Bassett analyzes the way statues are displayed, and examines the displays in conjunction with one another against the city’s topographical setting, in an effort to understand how ancient sculpture was used to create a distinct historical identity for Constantinople. Bassett is associate professor of art history at Wayne State University.
When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth, Elizabeth Wayland Barber ’62, with Paul T. Barber, Princeton University Press, 2004. “In order to understand how and why myths were constructed to encode real and important data,” write the Barbers in their introduction, “we must come to understand the possibilities-and hazards-for the collection, processing, and transmission of information in nonliterate societies. Just how much can you keep in your head?” Michael S. Gazzaniga, author of The Mind’s Past, writes that When They Severed is “a fascinating read. This book points the way to how truths can be found even in myths.” Joshua T. Katz of Princeton University writes that he read “this idiosyncratic and engaging work in its entirety in just two sittings, finding it nearly impossible to put down.” Elizabeth Barber is professor of linguistics and archaeology at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her husband, Paul T. Barber, is a research associate with the Fowler Museum of Cultural History at the University of California.
The Capital of Europe: Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union, Carola Hein, Praeger, 2004. In this first comprehensive look at the architectural and urban visions for a European capital, Carola Hein examines how these visions compare to the reality of the three headquarter cities for the European Union: Strasbourg, Luxembourg, and Brussels. She explores the impact that European unification has on visionary projects and the transformation of EU member cities. The book also brings in architectural projects that have remained largely unknown until now. Hein is an associate professor in the Growth and Structure of Cities Program. She has published and lectured widely on topics of contemporary and historical architectural and urban planning in Europe and Japan, and co-authored the volume Hauptstadt Berlin and co-edited Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945.
Contemporary Moral Issues (Fifth Edition), Christine M. Koggel, co-editor, with Wesley Cragg, McGraw-Hill/Ryerson, 2004. The first edition of this compilation of essays dealing with moral and ethical problems appeared in 1983. In this fifth rendition, the editors—compiling from a Canadian perspective—take up the increasing globalization of Canada and the world. With in-depth introductions, new chapters cover terrorism, business ethics and social responsibility, and the chapter on poverty has been updated. Koggel is associate professor and chair of the philosophy department, and has held Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships at Queen’s and York Universities.
Henri Peyre: His Life in Letters, collected and transcribed by Mario Maurin, Yale University Press, 2004. “Henri Peyre was, along with all his other matchless qualities, a most beloved friend of an impressive number of impressive people,” writes Mary Ann Caws ’54 in her foreword to this hefty 1,106-page compilation of the letters of one of the giants of French studies. Peyre (1901-1988) is considered to have done more to introduce Americans to the modern literature and culture of France than any writer living or dead. Mario Maurin is the Bryn Mawr College Eunice Morgan Schenck 1907 Professor Emeritus of French.
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