ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Vicki Reikes Fox, text, William S.
Aron, AM’69, PhD’72, photographs, Shalom
Y’all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South
(Algonquin Books). Aron’s 137 black-and-white photographs
and Fox’s text tell the story of Jews and Jewish culture
in the Bible Belt.
Hannah B. Higgins,
AM’90, PhD’94, Fluxus Experience
(University of California Press). Higgins examines the radical
1960s art movement known as Fluxus and discusses its formats,
including a form of performance art known as “Events”
and collections of everyday objects.
AM’91, PhD’97, Unpackaging Art of
the 1980s (University of Chicago Press). Pearlman reassesses
American art of the 1980s through the works and careers
of six artists: Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Peter Halley,
Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring.
Buzz Spector, MFA’78,
Details: Closed to Open (Swarthmore). This book, an
accompaniment to Spector’s November 2001 installation
at Swarthmore’s List Art Gallery, contains photographic
details of images in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.
Seth Benardete, AB’49, AM’53,
PhD’55, Encounters & Reflections: Conversations
with Seth Benardete (University of Chicago Press).
In this posthumously published book edited by Ronna Burger,
Benardete—a professor of classics at New York University
whose Chicago mentor was Leo Strauss—reflects on the
people and ideas he encountered as a student and professor.
AB’72, editor, Dear Mom: Women’s
Letters of Love, Loss, and Longing (Trafford Press).
In personal letters 25 women discuss their relationships
with their mothers. A profile of its author follows each
Lenore Meyers Clark,
PhB’47, Forbes Watson: Independent Revolutionary
(Kent State University Press). Clark profiles Watson, an
outspoken ally of progressive American artists during his
career as New York Evening Post and New York
World art commentator and editor of The Arts,
an influential 1920s art magazine.
Samuel C. Hair,
AB’35, Castle Park (Creative Arts
Book Company). This memoir describes Hair’s childhood
summers spent at Castle Park, a “summer colony”
in Holland, Michigan, and his experiences at Chicago and
during WW II.
AM’89, Mad Madge: The Extraordinary Life
of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, the First Woman
to Live by her Pen (Basic Books). Whitaker tells the
story of Margaret Cavendish (1623–73), the first woman
to publish a volume of English poetry and author of more
than 20 books. Known as Mad Madge for her determined individuality,
she served the crown in the English Civil War, survived
exile, and ultimately returned to her war-ruined country.
Carol Kyros-Walker, X’56,
Breaking Away: Coleridge in Scotland (Yale University
Press). Drawing on Coleridge’s letters and notebooks
from his 1803 trip to Scotland with William and Dorothy
Wordsworth, Kyros-Walker retraces the British poet’s
journey and its effect on his writing career.
Robert T. Self,
AM’65, Robert Altman’s Subliminal
Reality (University of Minnesota Press). Analyzing
the award-winning director’s works, including M*A*S*H*,
McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Player, Short Cuts, and
Cookie’s Fortune, the author illustrates
how the filmmaker critiques the film industry and American
Stetkevych, PhD’81, ThePoetics of Islamic
Legitimacy: Myth, Gender, and Ceremony in the Classical
Arabic Ode (Indiana University Press). Stetkevych examines
the courtly ode, or qasida, and its relation to ceremony
and political authority in classical Arabic literary tradition.
Harry D. Eshleman, AB’50,
Safe Man & Other Stories (1stBooks Library).
Eleven short stories, based on the author’s life in
southeastern Pennsylvania, include tales about a safe expert,
student conflicts, and a retiring journalist’s problems.
Martin J. Gidron,
AB’91, The Severed Wing: A Novel (Livingston
Press). Gidron’s alternate history, in which the Holocaust
never occurred, explores the life of a young Polish Jew
living in present-day New York.
George A. Klawitter,
PhD’81, Let Orpheus Take Your Hand (Gival
Press). This collection includes lyric poems relating mythological
characters to everyday life.
Tema Nason, X’45,
Ethel: The Fictional Autobiography of Ethel Rosenberg
(Syracuse University Press). This new edition of Nason’s
1990 book includes an introduction updating the case of
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted as Soviet spies in
Nims, PhD’45, The Powers of Heaven and
Earth (Louisiana State University Press). The posthumous
work includes poems from Nims’s eight published collections
and 30 new poems, all selected by the poet before his 1999
Molly Daniels Ramanujan,
PhD’86, A City of Children and Other Stories
(1stBooks Library). These short stories and essays focus
on female protagonists and their individual experiences
with people, places, love, success, and sorrow.
author, Cheryl Toman, AM’90,
translator, Essential Encounters (MLA). Toman provides
background on African matriarchy and the context for Kuoh-Moukoury’s
novel about a woman and a country gaining independence.
Mary Lynn McCree Bryan, MBA’75,
Barbara Bair, and Maree de Angury, editors, The Selected
Papers of Jane Addams: Vol. 1: Preparing to Lead, 1860–81
(University of Illinois Press). American social activist
and author Jane Addams’s personal writings reveal
her educational experiences, relationships, and developing
ideas during her formative years.
James T. Dillon, AM’71, PhD’78,
House of Formation: A Catholic Seminary in the 1950s
(University of California Riverside Press). Dillon details
the everyday life, academic education, and religious formation
of young Christian Brothers through high school, college,
and early years of teaching.
Nancy L. Green,
AM’73, PhD’80, Repenser les migrations
(Presses Universitaires de France). Based on French and
American immigration history, Green argues for a comparative
approach to population movement studies and examines migration
history and historiography.
Dorothy V. Jones,
PhD’79, Toward a Just World: The Critical
Years in the Search for International Justice (University
of Chicago Press). Jones examines the development of the
concept of international justice and its relation to world
peace, human rights, and international law. She details
early 20th-century events including the creation of the
League of Nations, the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, and
the birth of the United Nations.
John T. Juricek,
AB’59, AM’62, PhD’70, editor, Georgia
and Florida Treaties, 1763–1776, volume 12 of Early
American Indian Documents: Treaties and Laws, 1607–1789
(University Publications of America). This volume contains
255 documents detailing British interactions with southeastern
Indians from the French and Indian War to the Revolutionary
Paul H. Kratoska,
AM’68, PhD’75, editor, Southeast
Asian Minorities in the Wartime Japanese Empire (RoutledgeCurzon).
Thirteen articles examine Japan’s treatment of indigenous
minority groups and Chinese and Indian immigrants during
the 1942–45 occupation of Southeast Asia.
Richard A. Warren,
AM’86, PhD’94, Vagrants and Citizens:
Politics and the Masses in Mexico City from Colony to Republic
(Scholarly Resources Press). Warren investigates the
political role of urban masses in 19th-century Mexico and
discusses the elite’s response to increased mobilization
of the poor.
Gilbert R. Fischer, PhD’62,
More Than Meets the Ear: A Study of the Semantics of
Music (University Press of America). Fischer approaches
musical meaning and values using principles of interpretation,
musical medium, and empirical work with specific pieces.
SCIENCE AND LAW
Daniel H. Cole, AM’81,
Pollution and Property: Comparing Ownership Institutions
for Environmental Protection (Cambridge University
Press). Cole analyzes the utility and limitations of various
property systems for environmental protection and natural-resources
conservation. He argues that there is no first-best, property-based
solution for all environmental problems.
Guillaume A. Sainteny,
MBA’02, L’introuvable Ecologisme
Français (Presses Universitaires de France).
Using political-science and sociological approaches, Sainteny
traces the rise of the ecological movement in Europe and
the United States and its transformation from a social to
a political force.
Richard D. Chessick, PhB’49,
SB’54, MD’54, Emotional Illness and
Creativity (International Universities Press) and Psychoanalytic
Clinical Practice (Free Association Books). The first
book concentrates on the impact of emotional illness on
creativity, using clinical examples of Ezra Pound and of
some of Chessick’s own patients. The second contains
case presentations, a one-act play about a psychiatrist’s
involvement with a patient, and a discussion of psychoanalysis
and the insights it can offer on human nature.
Ethel S. Person,
AB’56, SB’56, Feeling Strong: The
Achievement of Authentic Power (William Morrow). Person
discusses power’s day-to-day application in personal
safety, finances, careers, relationships, health, and family
Alan L. Berger, AM’70,
Harry Cargas, and Susan E. Nowak, editors, The Continuing
Agony: From the Carmelite Convent to the Crosses at Auschwitz
(Global Publications). Jewish and Roman Catholic contributors
discuss Christian-Jewish dialogue on the Holocaust and its
Warren G. Frisina,
AM’79, PhD’87, The Unity of Knowledge
and Action: Toward a Nonrepresentational Theory of Knowledge
(SUNY Press). Building on insights from 16th-century
neo-Confucian Wang Yang-ming, American pragmatist John Dewey,
and process philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, Frisina
argues that knowledge is best understood as a form of action.
Letting go of the sharp knowledge-action distinction, he
believes, makes possible a coherent theory of knowledge
that is more adaptive to the way humans experience one another,
the world, and themselves.
Alfred Geier, AM’60,
Plato’s Erotic Thought: The Tree of the Unknown
(University of Rochester Press). Geier attempts to discover
the nature of the object of Eros through a reading of Symposium,
Lysis, and the Phaedrus, three Platonic dialogues.
Amy A. Kass, AB’62,
editor, The Perfect Gift: The Philanthropic Imagination
in Poetry and Prose (Indiana University Press). Drawing
from the works of Aristotle, Shakespeare, C. S. Lewis, Alexis
de Tocqueville, P. G. Wodehouse, and others, this collection
of classic and popular writings aims to inspire reflection
on thoughtful giving.
George La Piana and John M. Swomley,
authors, Herbert F. Vetter, AB’47,
DB’52, editor, Catholic Power vs. American
Freedom (Prometheus Books). The book includes lectures
by La Piana, a Roman Catholic priest and Harvard professor,
as well as an extended afterword by Swomley, professor of
Christian ethics at the St. Paul School of Theology. They
discuss church controversies involving censorship and academic
freedom, abortion, population policy, and the Church as
a political group.
Brannon M. Wheeler,
PhD’93, Moses in the Quran and Islamic
Exegesis (RoutledgeCurzon) and, with Scott Noegel,
Historical Dictionary of Prophets in Islam and Judaism
(Scarecrow). The first book discusses the Muslim exegetical
image of Moses as linked with the Epic of Gilgamesh, the
Alexander Romance, Aramaic Abraham stories, accounts of
the Ten Lost Tribes, the Jacob story in Genesis, and the
prophet Muhammad as caretaker in Eden. The dictionary covers
prophets and prophecies from the ancient Near East, the
Bible, late antiquity, Islam, and Judaism.
Frederick R. Schram, PhD’68,
editor, Metazoan Deep History: Evaluating Alternative
Hypotheses about the Macroevolution of Animal Body Plans
(SPB Academic Publishing). Twelve authors review evolution
and developmental-biology case studies, outlining alternative
approaches toward understanding the animal kingdom’s
Bertram W. Wells,
PhD’17, The Natural Gardens of North Carolina
(University of North Carolina Press). This revised edition
features new drawings, color photographs, an updated appendix
of botanical nomenclature, and an introduction and afterword
focusing on the late author’s contributions to ecology.
Robert J. Foster, AB’79, PhD’88,
Materializing the Nation: Commodities, Consumption,
and Media in Papua New Guinea (Indiana University Press).
Foster analyzes images and ideals of nationhood in Papua
New Guinea as circulated in official documents, song lyrics,
advertisements, school textbooks, and other communication
Kathleen D. Hall,
AM’85, PhD’93, Lives in Translation:
Sikh Youth as British Citizens (University of Pennsylvania
Press). Hall explores how Britain has responded to the challenges
of immigration, especially the recent influx of former colonial
subjects and their impact on the nation’s social institutions.
Jonathan D. Hill,
AB’76, and Fernando Santos-Granero, editors,
Comparative Arawakan Histories: Rethinking Language
Family and Culture Area in Amazonia (University of
Illinois Press). This collection examines social and political
structures, gender relations, religious movements, and linguistic
variations among contemporary Arawakan cultures in South
America and the Caribbean basin.
Stephen J. Morewitz,
PhD’83, Stalking and Violence: New Patterns
of Trauma and Obsession (Kluwer Academic Publishers).
Morewitz provides new perspectives on the prevalence, causes,
and effects of stalking in intimate and non-intimate relations.
Drawing on the results of a large random survey of restraining
orders, he argues that stalking—highly prevalent in
a variety of relationships—is a pattern of behaviors
regulated by the demographic and social characteristics
of the victims and offenders.
Bruce A. Shuman,
AB’63, AM’65, Case Studies in Library
Security (Greenwood Press). Shuman creates 40 scenarios
that may confront public or academic librarians and, using
fictional dialogue, provides possible solutions for each
Paul W. Beaver, AM’75, PhD’76,
Diary of an Amazon Jungle Guide: Amazing Encounters
with Tropical Nature and Culture (AE Publications).
Describing the western Amazon flora, fauna, and native people,
Beaver recounts his more than 20 years as a guide for tourists
and scientists in the western Amazon.
James C. O’Connell,
AM’74, PhD’80, Becoming Cape Cod:
Creating a Seaside Resort (University Press of New
England). In this history of Cape Cod’s evolution
as a resort area, illustrated with vintage postcards, O’Connell
traces vacationing at the Cape from Thoreau to JFK and analyzes
the current overdevelopment crisis.
Catherine M. Mansell,
AB’82, AM’85, Miraculous Air: Journey
of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico
(University of Utah Press). Writing under the pen name
C. M. Mayo, Mansell narrates this travelogue of the history,
economics, literature, and politics of Baja California.
Robert P. Seass,
MBA’70, and Michelle Seass, Favorite Paris
Bistros: Twenty-First Century Edition (The French Connection).
This book highlights the French capital’s cozy, reasonably
priced neighborhood bistros and offers a few tips about
small, affordable hotels.
Cynthia L. Sternau, AB’79,
The Tale of Cupid & Psyche: A Story-Opera (Arizona
University Recordings). These works by Sternau, an electric
composer and performer, are based on mythology and three
unsung cantatas from the Bible’s Odes of Solomon.
From October 31 to December 30 Chicago’s
Artemisia Gallery presented Time and Image: Nature and
Humans, a series of video images projected on paintings
by Jung Rhee Shim, MFA’97.
She is a professor of painting at Hong-Ik University in
Seoul, South Korea.
Sean T. Daily, AB’02,
and Christopher R. Plotner, AB’00, The Hunt
(Periphrastic Films). Culled from 170-plus hours of material,
this feature-length film follows the course of the U of
C’s May 2002 Scavenger Hunt.