Louis Charnon-Deutsch, PhD'78,
Fictions of the Feminine in the 19th-Century Spanish Press
(Penn State University Press). Using a wide array of images from
popular magazines of the day, Charnon-Deutsch finds that women
were typically presented in ways that were reassuring to the emerging
bourgeois culture. She organizes 190 images reproduced in the
book into six broad categories, reading women's bodies as a romantic
symbol of beauty or evil, as a privileged link with the natural
order, as a font of male inspiration, as a mouthpiece of bourgeois
mores, as a focalized point of male fear and desire, and as an
eroticized expression of Spanish exoticism and political ambitions.
R. Klotman and Janet
Klotman Cutler, AB'70, editors, Struggles for Representation:
African American Documentary Film and Video (Indiana University
Press). Contributors explore how more than 300 documentaries by
some 250 African-American filmmakers reveal the aesthetic, economic,
historical, political, and social forces that shape the lives
of black Americans.
C. Kolin, AM'67,
Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire (Cambridge University
Press). Kolin chronicles the history of Streetcar productions
from 1947 to 1998, surveying major national premieres by leading
directors and analyzing interpretations by black and gay theater
companies and by other art forms, including ballet and television.
Frank Monroe Sr., PhD'82,
Power to Hurt: The Virtues of Alienation (University of
Illinois Press). Monroe outlines a new approach, which he calls
"virtue criticism." Using this framework, he demonstrates that
works of alienation by authors such as T. S. Eliot and Vladimir
Nabokov are filled not only with belligerence but also with the
virtues of trust and solidarity with the reader.
Arnott Oppen, MAT'63, Shakespeare: Listening to
the Women (Seaview Press). Oppen provides the writings of
Renaissance women to verify the voices of several of Shakespeare's
female characters, shedding light on what it was like to be a
woman in 1600 and on whether Shakespeare represented women as
they saw themselves.