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Albert 3, Lani Yamamoto ’87, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books 2006. Third in a series, simply rendered but deeply philosophical, Albert 3 poses yet another universal question: how big is big? Ever since Albert’s sister is born, people have been telling him what a big boy he is. But Albert wonders how big is he really? “Sometimes Albert feels big and sometimes he feels small, but when Albert tries to find out how big he really is—he discovers something even bigger!” Yamamoto studied psychology at Bryn Mawr and philosophy at Oxford University. She lives with her family in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Anthropology and Social Theory, Sherry B. Ortner ’62, Duke 2006. Subtitled “Culture, Power, and the Acting Subject,” this essay collection advocates reconfiguring the concept of culture, and examines such issues as resistance and the problem of ethnographic refusal, the hidden life of class, and Generation X vis-à-vis the media-saturated world. Ortner shows how social theory should move beyond classic practice theory in order to understand the contemporary world. “An important and especially usable collection by one of the most influential essayists in anthropology,” writes George Marcus, University of California-Irvine. Ortner is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at University of California-Los Angeles.

The Blue Taxi: A Novel, N.S. Köenings ’91, Little, Brown and Company 2006. This debut novel is set in mid-1970’s East Africa, the fictional town of Vunjamgu; it tells the tale of a young Indian boy’s accident, and how it affects the lives of a Belgian woman and her young daughter. Library Journal calls it “mesmerizing.” Publishers Weekly writes, “The world Köenings has created in her accomplished debut is tragic and exhilarating.” And Booklist writes that the novel is “lush and charismatic.” Köenings has a Ph.D. in anthropology and an M.F.A. in fiction from Indiana University. She teaches at Hampshire College.

Deviant Nurses and Improper Care, Ursula A. Falk, M.S.S. ’53, co-author, The Edwin Mellen Press 2006. Subtitled “A Study of Failure in the Medical Profession,” Deviant Nurses examines nurses who have not lived up to their reputation as caring, trustworthy individuals. Falk and co-author husband Gerhard Falk provide case histories of nurses interviewed by the authors that describe the nurses’ actions, motivations, outcomes and self-reflections of their actions. Falk has a Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo, is the author/co-author of eight books, and a social worker in private practice of psychotherapy.

Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration, Jody Raphael ’66, University Press of New England 2007. The third in a trilogy about women, poverty and violence in contemporary Chicago, Freeing Tammy is, as Peter Edelman, former assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, writes, “an inspirational story of personal redemption wrapped in a picture of horror.” Raphael is the author of Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty and Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution. She a senior research fellow in the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center at DePaul University College of Law.

Hick, Andrea Portes ’93, Unbridled Books 2007. Luli McMullen, the 13-year-old protagonist of Portes’ debut novel, one day bolts from her grim Nebraska life and aims herself West. “I am just a two-bit hick from the heartland,” Luli says, “but I do know one thing, my mama did not raise me to be skankin it in skanksville with the skanks.” The Los Angeles Times writes that the novel is “a bracing drama, a study in tenacity against the gnarled teeth of domestic storms.” Portes has an M.F.A from University of California-San Diego, and is a Los Angeles nightlife website columnist.

Integral Urbanism, Nan Ellin ’81, Routledge 2006. Ellin offers an ambitious new model of urban life, developed as an antidote to modern and postmodern urban planning diseases: sprawl, anomie, fear in cities. Frederick Steiner, University of Texas-Austin, writes that Ellin “provides a clear and compelling portrait of this new landscape…[she] gives us hope for creating order out of chaos.” Michael Sorkin, City College of New York, calls the book a “compassionate, incisive, and necessary manifesto.” Ellin is an associate professor of urban design at Arizona State University. She is the author of Postmodern Urbanism, and the editor of Architecture of Fear.

It’s Good to Be a Woman: Voices from Bryn Mawr, Class of ’62. Alison Baker ’62, PublishingWorks 2007. “Alison Baker’s engaging book,” writes Mary Patterson McPherson, Ph.D. ’69, “captures well the naivete of intelligent, highly educated young women about to live unwittingly through, and in some cases occasion, revolutionary changes in their own lives and in those of their generation.” The book includes many photos, and covers such topics as navigating the 1960s and career paths, and concludes with “I Haven’t Bloomed Yet.” Baker lives in New York City. Her first book was Voices of Resistance: Oral Histories of Moroccan Women.

Jonathan Swift in the Company of Women, Louise Barnett, Ph.D. ’72, Oxford University Press 2007. Swift once wrote in a serious political tract that a woman is a “nauseous, unwholesome carcass. Barnett takes a comprehensive look at all of Swift’s relations with women, and “brings balance and sound judgment to the notoriously complex subject of Swift and women,” writes Andrew Carpenter, University College Dublin. “Totally unsentimental,” writes John Richetti, University of Pennsylvania, the book is “an eye-opening and disturbingly definitive articulation of the exact qualities of Swift’s complex misogyny.” Barnett is a professor of American Studies and English at Rutgers University.

Paul Klee: Poet/Painter, K. Porter Aichele, M.A. ’72, Ph.D. ’76, Camden House 2006. Paul Klee “uncovers new materials in this very important area of cross-discipinary studies,” writes Clara Orban, DePaul University. This first scholarly monograph devoted to Klee’s poetry provides examples of his poems along with English translations that capture the spirit and literal meaning of the German originals. Klee experimented across forms, from traditional ballads to word squares. Aichele introduces this little-known facet of Klee’s creative activity, then re-evaluates his contributions to a modernist aesthetic. Aichele is a associate professor in the art department at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner ’77, Bantam Spectra 2006. Heroine Kate faces coming of age under the tutelage of her uncle, the Mad Duke Tremontaine, who considers swordplay more amusing than ballrooms. Publishers Weekly calls Privilege a “winning high fantasy” and “a welcome return to the romantic Riverside world,” which Kushner introduced to readers in her earlier novel, Swordspoint. Privilege is written in the “swashbuckling tradition of Dumas, but the characters are very real beneath their facades, people who bleed when they are cut, even when manners require that they make nothing of it,” writes Booklist.

Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece, Joan Breton Connelly, M.A. ’79, Ph.D. ’84, Princeton University Press 2007. In this first full presentation of the priestesses of the ancient Greek world, Connelly demonstrates the prominent role priestesses held, which have been both ignored and denied by modern commentators. “There was a great need for a book of this kind,” writes Brunilde S. Ridgway, Bryn Mawr professor emerita. Stephen V. Tracy, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, writes that Portrait “promises to be a landmark study.” Connelly is an associate professor of fine arts at New York University.

Sunspots, A. Rhae Adams ’95, photographer, Leathers Publishing 2006. Sunspots, written by W. Clifton Adams, is a blend of fables, poetry and drawings by the author, accompanied by Adams’ photographs. The central character, Faith Moon, renders advice on life via metaphor to the residents of a fictional small town. Kendall Phillips, author of Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture, writes, “The delightful parables that make up Sunspots stand on their own as insightful and provocative lessons for our age.” Adams has a master’s in anthropology from University of Arizona, and is the owner of Rhae Adams Floral Designs.

Unveiled Voices, Unvarnished Memories: The Cromwell Family in Slavery and Segregation, 1692–1972, Adelaide M. Cromwell, Cert. ’43, University of Missouri Press 2002. Called “a fascinating window onto the social and political life of the educated [African American] elite during the 19th and 20th centuries,” by Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, editor in chief of The Harvard Guide to African-American History, Cromwell’s book is dedicated to her great-grandparents, who “broke the bonds of slavery.” Cromwell is professor emerita of sociology at Boston University, and the author of five books, including The Other Brahmins: Boston’s Black Upper Class, 1750–1950.

Wounds of Returning: Race, Memory, and Property on the Postslavery Plantation, Jessica Adams ’92, University of North Carolina Press 2007. Adams explores how the commodification of Black bodies during slavery did not disappear with abolition; rather, that the slave past inhabits plantation landscapes, even those radically transformed by tourism and consumer culture, e.g., plantation tours and the annual Louisiana State Penitentiary Rodeo. Russ Castronovo, University of Wisconsin-Madison, writes that Wounds “richly combines literary analysis, historical research, and first-person ethnography…with evocative interpretations and insightful revelations.” Adams is a lecturer in English at University of California-Berkeley.

Current Controversies in the Biological Sciences, Karen F. Greif, co-author, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2007. In their book, subtitled “Case Studies of Policy Challenges from New Technologies,” Professor of Biology Greif and co-author Jon F. Merz present case studies that document a broad range of complex issues in science policy—from the Human Genome Project to tobacco regulation to the competing interests at play in air pollution policy. Sheldon Krimsky, Tufts University, writes that the book “stands out as a leading text, its breadth and richness of cases supported by excellent sources from mainstream science and medicine.”

A Fallen Idol is Still a God: Lermontov and the Quandaries of Cultural Transition, Elizabeth Cheresh Allen, Stanford University Press 2007. Allen sheds new light on the historical distinctiveness and significance of 19th-century Russian poet, playwright and novelist Mikhail Iurevich Lermontov. “This is a most impressive and elegantly written book,” writes William Mills Todd III, Harvard University, “[and] a wonderfully mature, insightful, and carefully thought-out study.” Allen is a professor of Russian and comparative literature, and co-chair of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Program in Comparative Literature. She is the author of Beyond Realism: Turgenev’s Poetics of Secular Salvation.

BOOKS BY FACULTY AND STAFF

Globalization, Negotiation and the Failure of Transformation in South Africa: Revolution at a Bargain?, Michael H. Allen, Palgrave/MacMillan 2006. This book considers the consequences of two revolutions in South Africa at the end of the Cold War. Allen examines the forces that undermined apartheid and preserved national unity, but which later constrained democratic sovereignty. Peter Vale, Nelson Mandela Professor of Politics, Rhodes University, writes that Globalization “may well change the direction of thinking on South Africa’s transition and on the nature of the post-apartheid state.” Allen is co-director of the Center for International Studies and professor of political science.

Interpretation and Transformation: Explorations in Art and the Self, Michael Krausz, Rodopi 2006. Krausz takes up the concept of interpretation in the visual arts, the emotions, and the self. He scrutinizes the ontological entanglements, reference frames, and relations between elucidation and self-transformation that define competing ideals of interpretation. “This book marks a decisive moment in the philosophical scholarship on interpretation,” writes Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie-Mellon University. “Krausz is…equally capable of theoretical sophistication, eloquence, and compelling argumentation.” Krausz is Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy.

The Irrational Augustine, Catherine Conybeare, Oxford University Press 2006. Conybeare suggests a new way to read Augustine’s first surviving works—philosophical dialogues produced in the period between his re-commitment to Christianity and his baptism—as fully realized performances through which multiple questions can be raised and multiple options explored, both in words and through their dramatic framework. She explores the significance of Augustine’s inclusion of his mother, Monnica, as an interlocuter. Conybeare is an associate professor of Greek, Latin and classical studies, and the author of Paulinus Noster.

New Wave Shakespeare on Screen, Katherine Rowe, co-author, Polity Press 2007. Rowe and co-author Thomas Cartelli emphasize how rich the payoffs can be when Shakespeareans turn their attention to film adaptations as texts. Among the works discussed are Billy Morrisette’s Scotland, PA; ITV’s Othello; Julie Taymor’s Titus; Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard; Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet; and Kristian Levring’s The King is Alive. “Tom Cartelli and Katherine Rowe are outstanding guides to the fascinating (and often daunting) cinematic world of ‘New Wave Shakespeare,” writes James Shapiro, Columbia University. “Rich in insight and elegantly argued.” Rowe is a professor of English.

Railroads of New Jersey: Fragments of the Past in the Garden State Landscape, Lorett Treese, Stackpole Books 2006. Dividing the state into regions, Treese recounts the stories of the people and events that shaped the state’s railroad history, and explores the major phases of the industry’s development. She includes in each section “Lorett Treese travels,” reportage of trips she has taken. Railroads includes many engaging black and white photos. Library Journal calls Railroads “informative and very satisfying to read.” Treese is an archivist in the College Library, and the author of Railroads of Pennsylvania and several books on early American history.

Singing the Classical, Voicing the Modern, Amanda Weidman ’92, Duke University Press 2006. Subtitled “The Postcolonial Politics of Music in South India,” Singing argues that Karnatic music, which is based on the principle of raga and time cycles called tala, came to be called “classical” because of the early 20th-century tensions of colonial modernity, nationalist ideology and South Indian regional politics. Weidman describes the emergence of a “politics of voice” which came to stand for authenticity and Indianness. Singing “brilliantly turns the tables on ideologies of voice,” writes Charles L. Briggs, University of California-Berkeley. Weidman is an assistant professor of anthropology.

 

 

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