Amorous Turkeys and Addicted Ducklings: A Search for the Causes of Social Attachment, Howard S. Hoffman, Authors Cooperative, Inc., 1996. Professor Emeritus of Psychology Hoffman narrates the high points of 15 years of experimental and theoretical investigation of the “primary social bond.” How do ducklings, chicks, monkeys, and humans form their first attachments? Why is it important for us to know this? In telling the story of his long devotion to students, laboratory subjects, and data, he brings out aspects of science that are rarely spoken of.
Lesbian Sex: An Oral History, Susan E. Johnson ’62, Naiad Press, 1996. The first contemporary oral history devoted exclusively to lesbian sexuality, this book features in-depth interviews with a diverse group of lesbians who reveal the intimate details of their sexual behavior and tell what sex means to them in the larger context of their lives.
Restless Genius: Robert Hooke and his Earthly Thoughts, Ellen Tan Drake ’49, Oxford University Press, 1996. This volume traces Robert Hooke’s influence and contributions in geology, including volcanism and earthquakes. An English scientist, Hooke lived from 1635 to 1703. The book earned an honorable mention in geology and earth science from the Association of American Publishers.
Greek Forms of Address From Herodotus to Lucian, Eleanor Dickey ’89, M.A. ’89, Clarendon Press Oxford, 1996. How did an Athenian citizen address his wife? — his children, his slaves, and his dog? How did they address him? This book is the first major application of linguistic theories of address to an ancient language. It is based on a corpus of 11,891 vocatives from 25 prose authors from Herodotus to Lucian, and on comparative data from Aristophanes, Menander, and other sources.
Sparrow, Giovanni Verga, Translated from the Italian by Lucy Gordan '70 and Frances Frenaye ’30, Italica Press, 1997. Set in and around Catania, Sicily, on the verge of the Italian Risorgimento, this book was first published in 1870. It tells the story of Maria, the daughter of a low-level bureaucrat, who, like so many other young women of the time, is forced into the convent by economic and social forces. After a brief — and almost imaginary — flirtation with the son of the neighbors of her family in the country, Maria is sent back to the convent, where she suffers from her disappointed love; her health deteriorates, she goes mad and dies.
African-American Wisdom, Edited by Quinn Eli, Running Press, 1996. The contributors to this miniature volume are writers and poets, athletes and entertainers, philosophers and leaders. English professor Quinn Eli presents inspirational wisdom from such figures as Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Alvin Ailey, Frederick Douglass, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey and Jackie Joyner Kersee.
Ageism, the Aged and Aging in America, Co-authored by Ursula Falk, M.S.S. ’53, Charles Thomas Co., 1997. This work discusses a form of bigotry which the authors believe has received far too little attention in the literature concerning prejudice and discrimination in America. They show how ageism has virtually the same functions and content as many other prejudices. Offering the reader a realistic and often sobering look at what it is like to be old in America at the end of the 20th century, they project its probable course for the 21st.
Morgantina Studies, Volume V: The Archaic Cemeteries, Claire L. Lyons, M.A. ’79, Ph.D. ’83, Princeton University Press, 1996. Excavations on the slopes of the Cittadella settlement at Morgantina in eastern Sicily have revealed nearly 70 tombs dating from the late eighth to the mid-fifth centuries B.C. This volume examines the structure of the tombs, their rich range of grave furnishings, and the evidence for funerary ritual that they preserve. Often reused for multiple inhumation and cremation burials, these tombs provide significant documentation of the critical period when immigrant Greeks interacted with the substantial indigenous community, introducing foreign objects and practices that modified the local Iron Age funerary rite.
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