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Fiction

Song of Robin Hood, Eds. Anne Burnett von Storch ’32 [Anne Malcolmson, pseud.], Grace Castagnetta, Virginia Lee Burton; Houghton Mifflin Company, 1947. Caldecott Honor Medal Recipient, 1948. Reprint edition. Malcolmson researched and recovered 15 original ballads of Robin Hood, the earliest from the 13th and 14th centuries. She enlisted the help of Castagnetta, who adapted them to modern musical notation, and of Burton, who provided illustrations. The result is Song of Robin Hood .

The Muskets of Gascony: The Revolt of Bernard d’Audijos, Armand Daudeyos, Trans. J. H. M. Salmon, Marjorie Walter Goodhart Professor Emeritus of History; Minerva Press, 2000. This novel tells the true story of cousins and cavalry officers Bernard D’Audijos and Roger Dubourdieu. Following war with Spain, they return to theirnative Gascony in 1660 to find the area in an uproar over the unjust imposition of the salt tax. Aghast at the devastation wrought by the tax agents and their guards, the two search for a hidden charter with which they hope to persuade Louis XIV to withdraw the tax. A guerrilla war breaks out, in which Audijos leads his partisans against the royal forces in the foothills and valleys of the Pyrenees.

Non-Fiction

Battered Women and Feminist Lawmaking, Elizabeth M. Schneider ’68, Yale University Press, 2000. Over the last three decades, feminist lawyers and activists have transformed private violence into a public concern, raising awareness of society’s responsibility to combat family violence and providing opportunities for injured women to use the law to stop their tormentors. This book gives a legal history of the steps that have led us to this point and analyzes possibilities for feminist legal advocacy to improve battered women’s lives.

Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty, Jody Raphael ’66, Northeastern University Press, 2000. This is the story of Bernice, a former welfare mother and survivor of domestic violence, and her attempts to escape from years of battering, poverty and welfare. Through statistical findings and the stories of Bernice and other women, Raphael demonstrates that domestic violence and dependence on public assist ance are intricately linked.

Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende, Z.S. Strother ’82, University of Chicago Press, 1999. Strother spent three years in Zaire studying Pende sculpture. Her research, culminating in this book, explains the history and practice of masquerade and thecollaboration among sculptors and dancers crucial to inventing masks. She seeks to dispel the stereotype of anonymous African artists locked into the reproduction of "traditional" models of representation. Masquerading is a contemporary art form, fully responsive to the 20th century.

Congo-Paris: Transnational Traders on the Margins of the Law, Janet MacGaffey, Ph.D. ’81, Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga, Indiana University Press, 2000. Congo-Paris studies the transnational trade between Central Africa and Europe. The authors focus on the lives of individual traders from Kinshasa and Brazzaville, who operate across national frontiers and often outside the law. The book discusses the identity of these traders, the st rategies they employ, the networks they rely upon and the implications their trade has for the study of globalization.

Changed Identities: The Challenge of the New Generation in Saudi Arabia, Mai Yamani ’79, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2000. Structured around the themes of identity and change, this book examines the attitudes and aspirations of the new generation in Saudi Arabia and explores the tension between perceptions of tradition and modernity.

Women Coauthors, Holly Laird ’77, University of Illinois Press, 2000. Women Coauthors scrutinizes literary collaborations in which women writers have played central roles. The author focuses on the social dynamics of literary production, including the conversations that precede and surround collaborative writing. She presents collaboration as a path toward equity.

Memoir

Ten Years of Exile, Germaine de Staël, Trans. Avriel H. Goldberger, Ph.D. ’60, Northern Illinois University Press, 2000. Dix Années d’Exil is Staël’s account of her years fleeing Napoleon. She helped introduce Napoleon to French society yet came to oppose his rise in power. In exile she continued to agitate against him. This, the only unabridged English version, includes a chronology and a map of her flight across Eu rope.

A Child’s Tapestry of War: Denmark 1940-1945, Anne Ipsen Goldman ’56, Beaver’s Pond Press, 1998. Goldman recounts her childhood from ages 5 to 10 in Denmark during World War II, when German troops occupied the country. Among those whose stories she tells are her cousin, a concentration camp survivor; her mother, who ordered German soldiers off their land; and her piano teacher, who kept records for the Danish Underground.

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