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The Working Landscape: Founding, Preservation, and the Politics of Place
In his new book, “The Working Landscape: Founding, Preservation, and the Politics of Place” (MIT Press), Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Peter F. Cannavò focuses on the displacement and transformation of our landscape, the “crisis of place facing the United States.” He points out that “rampant development, unsustainable exploitation of resources, environmental degradation, and the commodification of places are ruining built and natural landscapes, disconnecting people from their surroundings and threatening individuals’ fundamental sense of place. Meanwhile, preservationists often respond with a counterproductive stance that rejects virtually any change in the landscape.” More ...
Frederic Franklin: A Biography of the Ballet Star
Associate Professor of Dance Leslie Norton is the author of a new book, Frederic Franklin: A Biography of the Ballet Star. Franklin is one of the greatest ballet dancers of the twentieth century and is still performing at the age of 93, dancing principal roles for American Ballet Theatre. In writing the book, Norton conducted more than 60 hours of taped interviews with Franklin and his most noteworthy colleagues. More ...
Broadening the Horizon: Critical Introductions to Amma Darko
Broadening the Horizon: Critical Introductions to Amma Darko, edited by Professor of English Vincent O. Odamtten, has been published by Ayebia Clarke Publishing Limited, Banbury Oxfordshire, UK. This collection of essays from nearly a dozen respected academics and practitioners in the field brings a number of critical perspectives to focus on the work of Amma Darko, a 21st century Ghanaian writer. More ...
Clothing Gandhi's Nation: Homespun and Modern India
Associate Professor of History Lisa Trivedi is the author of a new book, Clothing Gandhi’s Nation: Homespun and Modern India (Indiana University Press). According to the publisher: In Clothing Gandhi’s Nation, Lisa Trivedi explores the making of one of modern India’s most enduring political symbols: khadi, or home-spun, home-woven cloth. The image of Mohandas K. Gandhi clothed simply in a loincloth, plying a spinning wheel, is familiar around the world, as is the sight of Gandi, Jawaharlal Nehru and other political leaders dressed in 'Gandhi caps'and khadi shirts. Less widely understood today is how these images associated the wearers with the swadeshi movement – which advocated the exclusive consumption of indigenous goods to establish India’s autonomy from Great Britain – or how khadi was used to create a visual expression of national identity after Independence. Bringing together social history and the study of visual culture, Trivedi tells the story of khadi as both symbol and commodity, product and style of dress. More ...
Faulkner and Material Culture
Dean of the Faculty Joseph Urgo is the co-editor of a new book on William Faulkner, Faulkner and Material Culture published by University Press of Mississippi. It is co-edited with Ann J. Abadie, associate director of Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Faulkner and Material Culture is a collection of essays originally presented at the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference in July, 2004, in Mississippi. More ...
Faulkner's Inheritance
The second Faulkner book co-edited by Dean of the Faculty Joseph Urgo is Faulkner's Inheritance, co-edited with Ann J. Abadie, associate director of Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, (University Press of Mississippi). The book is a collection of essays originally presented at the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha conference in 2005 in Mississippi. More ...
The Megachurch and the Mainline: Cultural Innovation, Change, and Conflict in Mainline Protestant Congregations
This book is an examination of a religion in flux — one that speaks to the growing popularity of evangelicalism in America and to the broader pathways of religious change. More ...
Milton's Paradise Lost: Moral Education
Margaret Thickstun, the Elizabeth J. McCormack Professor of English Literature, has published a book, Milton's Paradise Lost: Moral Education (Palgrave Macmillan, April 17, 2007). According to the publisher, this book "reads Milton's Paradise Lost as a poem that seeks to educate its readers by narrating the education of its main characters. Many of Milton's characters enter the action in late adolescence, newly independent and eager to test themselves, to discover who they are and their place in the world. The poem charts their progress into moral adulthood." More ...
Mexico's Middle Class in the Neoliberal Era
Professor of Sociology Dennis Gilbert is the author of a new book, Mexico's Middle Class in the Neoliberal Era (The University of Arizona Press, March, 2007). Gilbert who joined the Hamilton faculty in 1976, earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University. His primary research interests are Latin American and American class system. He is also the author of Sandinistas: the Party and the Revolution (1988) and The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality (2003). More ...
Wet Apples, White Blood
Associate Professor of English Naomi Guttman has published a book of poetry, Wet Apples, White Blood (McGill-Queen's University Press). More ...
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