Remember the Year, Mary Kinard and Frances Jackson '50, XLibris Corp., 2003. In this novel, the authors blend historical fact, family experiences and fiction to bring to life the town of Madison, SC, in 1940. James Merritt, a bank president, is faced with the apparent embezzlement of bonds by a trusted employee. Vidalia, the Merritt's cook, is surprised by the return of her husband, Eli, who fled after killing a man 20 years earlier. Elmore Stokes, wrongly suspected of embezzlement, leaves Madison for a chance at happiness by marrying Allie Cummings and escaping his domineering mother. The Episcopal rector, Charles Gaillard, unhappily married, becomes involved with Barbara Walker, a New Yorker temporarily living in Madison. Friends and neighbors for more than 30 years, Kinard and Jackson are co-authors of a historical novel, A Silence After Trumpets: The Story of Sarah Buchanan Preston, which grew out of their work as docents for Historic Columbia.
Bathshua, Bojan Jennings '41, 1stBooks, 2003. This historical novel gives a new twist to a story that has been retold throughout central Massachusetts for more than two centuries. Bathshua is based on a report that appeared in the Massachusetts Spy in the late 1700s concerning the "most extraordinary crime ever perpetrated in New England." The trial for the brutal murder of Joshua Spooner led to multiple executions, including Bathshua, Joshua's widow, despite her claim that she was pregnant. Although there has been much conjecture about Bathshua's motives and character, most of it pejorative, little is actually known about her. Jennings received her Ph.D. from Harvard and taught chemistry for 40 years at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, where she also directed undergraduate research programs. Ten years ago, while researching women scientists, Jennings learned about a physician, Mercy Bisbee Jackson, whose aunt was Bathshua Spooner. Jennings says her book raises issues that are pertinent today, including "hatred and various kinds of love, corruption and integrity, the vagaries of legal justice, and the baneful effects of scandalous rumor and political machinations."
Food of Love, Anne Allen '69, Babash-Ryan, 2003. In Allen's second novel, someone is trying to murder a supermodel-turned-minor European princess. Meanwhile a former Congress-woman, about to launch a "family values" chat show, has teamed up with a well-known pornographic filmmaker. And somewhere, a nuclear bomb is about to be stolen. Add rap artists, life-size Teddy bear angels, aliens, Mickey Mouse, Elvis, terrorists and lost diaries, and you have the perfect recipe for social satire. "The book should be of special interest to Mawrters of the Baby Boom era," writes Allen, "since some of the story is set in the smokers of Cardigan Hall-a composite of Pembroke and Rockefeller-in the 1960s." Allen, an actress, teacher, and former artistic director of Southern California's Patio Playhouse, has written and produced an award-winning adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "A Woman of No Importance."
I Remember Trieste:A Post World War II Army Memoir, Donald Zucker, M.A. '75, XLibris Corp., 2003. Zucker's memoir depicts another side of army life: in the company of fellow Yanks and Brits and a lovely Triestine girl, he enjoyed 14 months of post-World War II duty in the city of Trieste. Like many other high school students who enlisted, Zucker grew up in the army. His happy days in the Trieste of 1947-48 come to life in these pages. Zucker holds a master's and doctorate from Penn State University in addition to a master's in music from Bryn Mawr. He also attended the University of Florence, Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, and the New School of Music in Philadelphia. After 30 years as a professor, he retired from Ursinus College to launch a second career as a composer, cellist and orchestra conductor.
Expanding the Boundaries of Health and Social Sciences: Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Innovation, Eds. Frank Kessel, Patricia L. Rosenfield '70 & Norman Anderson, Oxford University Press, 2003. Lifestyles, attitudes, stress, education and income all contribute to the spread of disease, the effectiveness of curative therapies, and the prevention of illness, as well as to good health and a sense of well-being. But there is still debate about how best to conduct research in and shape policies that integrate concepts and methods drawn from the full range of health, social, and behavioral sciences. Via case studies, this book recommends effective ways to undertake interdisciplinary research on health and describes the impeding and facilitating factors the authors have encountered in their research. Rosenfield is chair of the Carnegie Scholars Program, special advisor to the vice president, and director for strategic and planning and program coordination at the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Errant Plagiary: The Life and Writing of Lady Sarah Cowper, 1644-1720, Anne Kugler '86, Stanford University Press, 2002. From 1700 to 1716, Lady Sarah Cowper kept a remarkable diary, comprising more than 2,300 pages of intimate commentary on her personal life and on religion, politics, and society in early modern England. Throughout this revealing text, she interweaves her own words with unattributed quotations from other writings-conduct manuals, sermons, periodicals, and other forms of prescriptive literature-to valorize her own identity and her claims to authority, both within her family and within a wider public sphere. Not only did Lady Sarah borrow the words of others, this "errant plagiarist" reordered and reshaped texts in ways that often subverted their original meaning. Her diary stands as an explicit record of how an 18th-century woman might read and actively interpret the gender and social ideologies of her era in ways that did not always fit the original intentions of the authors of prescriptive literature. Self-righteous, unhappy in her marriage, socially insecure, and under the stress of the murder trial of her youngest son, Lady Sarah began her diary at the age of 56. Using extensive extracts from the diary, Kugler recounts Lady Sarah's conflicts with her husband and sons, her uneasy social rounds, her widowhood and her intellectual and spiritual life. The book casts light on the interworkings of the period's hierarchies of gender, rank, and age, ordinarily viewed in isolation from each other.
Social Gerontology Today: An Introduction, Elizabeth W. Markson '55, Roxbury Publishing, 2003. This text combines pedagogy with research, covering the major social, psychological, and biological perspectives on aging and old age. Markson presents both the positive and negative aspects of the aging process through case studies and personal histories that engage students by asking them to reflect on their own lives. Issues of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and birth cohort are integrated throughout the text, as are current data that dispel myths about aging and later life. Discussions of the policies and practices in other societies provide a global perspective. At the end of each chapter, students find resources such as listings of relevant films and web sites, articles that explore topics in greater depth, and recommended supplemental readings.
The Gardens of Sallust: A Changing Landscape, Kim J. Hartswick, Ph.D. '84, University of Texas Press, 2003. Pleasure gardens, or horti, offered elite citizens of ancient Rome a retreat from the noise and grime of the city. The most important of these gardens was the Horti Sallustiani, which endure as a significant archaeological site with sculpture fragments and ruins still being discovered there. This volume is the first comprehensive history of the Gardens of Sallust from Roman times to the present, as well as their influence on generations of scholars, intellectuals, and archaeologists. More than 100 photographs and drawings of the site, sculptures and ruins complement the text. Hartswick is associate professor of art history at George Washington University. He has coedited a volume of essays, Stephanos: Studies in Honor of Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway.
Discs of Splendor: The Relief Mirrors of the Etruscans, Alexandra A. Carpino '86, The University of Wisconsin Press, 2003. The Etruscans produced some of the most sumptuous bronze and silver mirrors found in the ancient Mediterranean. Among these, mirrors with relief decorations on their reverse sides are extremely rare-only 16 surviving examples are known. Their designs illustrate the mythology, beliefs and cultural values of the Etruscans lost with most of the Etruscan literary record. Discs of Splendor is the first detailed, scholarly study of these examples of Etruscan sculpture and metallurgy. Carpino refutes past assumptions that the mirrors' iconographies may have been copied from Greek originals. She contends that the mirrors served both as objects of prestige and as grave goods, citing as evidence their varied themes, including birth, healing, abduction, friendship, and immortality. Carpino is associate professor of art history at Northern Arizona State University.
The Orientalizing Bucchero from the Lower Building at Poggio Civitate (Murlo), Jon Berkin, Ph.D. '93, Archaeological Institute of America, 2003. Excavations at the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate (Murlo) originally were undertaken in 1966 by the late BMC professor Kyle M. Phillips. Ongoing investigation of the site has uncovered the remains of a series of monumental buildings dating between 650 and 525 B.C.E. This volume presents the reconstruction and study of a large deposit of bucchero pottery dating from the late Orientalizing period recovered from the "Lower Building" of the site and is the first major publication on the bucchero. The "Lower Building" represents a sealed deposit whose analysis has important implications not only for the dating of the rest of the Orientalizing ceramic assemblage at Murlo, but also for the dating of Orientalizing bucchero in Etruria as a whole. Berkin works in the field of historic preservation for the National Resource Group.
Carson's Materia Medica of 1851: An Annotation, Bonnie Brice Dorwart '64, VD Press, 2003. Since retiring in 2001 from her rheumatology practice, Dorwart has become a historian of Civil War medicine. Joseph Carson, professor of material medica at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School during the 1850s and 1860s, classified the drugs of his time by how they act in or on the human body. Dorwart transcribes his book in this volume, offering a window into medical thinking of that era. It is estimated that 6,000 doctors who cared for soldiers during the Civil War would have been trained in medical therapies by Carson. This is Dorwart's first book.
Interpretation and Its Objects: Studies in the Philosophy of Michael Krausz, Ed. Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Rodopi, 2003. These 21 original essays discuss Krausz's widely influential contribution to the theory of interpretation. Krausz's work centers around a distinction that divides interpreters of cultural achievements-art, music, and literary, historical, legal and religious texts-into two groups. Singularists assume that for any object of interpretation there must be only one single admissible interpretation. Multiplists assume that more than one interpretation is admissible for some objects. Krausz is Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy and co-founder and former chair of the 13-institution Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium.
Rebuilding Urban Japan After 1945, Eds. Carola Hein, Assistant Professor, Growth and Structure of Cities; Jeffry M. Diefendorf; and Ishida Yorifusa; Palgrave Macmillian, 2003. These essays detail the history of the reconstruction of Japanese cities after World War II. Eleven case studies and thematic overviews by Japanese and international scholars elaborate the political, economic, social and cultural contexts of rebuilding at a key moment in Japan's modern evolution. Town planning was highly centralized, and planners relied more on land-readjustment schemes and road planning than on dramatic land-use changes. In most cities, dense neighborhoods reappeared, providing a sense of both vitality and chaos, though there were some notable exceptions, including the Peace Park and Boulevard in Hiroshima and the unique mixture of Japanese and American influences in Okinawa. Hein was a visiting researcher at Tokyo Metropolitan University and Kogakuin University from 1995 to 1999, when she examined the Western influence on Japanese urban planning.
Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach: Meditations on the Classroom, Anne French Dalke, Senior Lecturer in English, Peter Lang, 2002. This collection of stories about teaching and learning in the liberal arts classroom reflects on the purpose of education, with a particular concern for religious and interactive dimensions. Dalke, who coordinates the Feminist and Gender Studies Program at Bryn Mawr, is a scholar of feminist pedagogy. She offers courses on feminist narrative traditions and revisionary work in the canon of American literature.
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