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Volume 95, Issue 3
 
 
   
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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.

Alison Pearlman, 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.

BIOGRAPHY AND LETTERS
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.

Deborah Berger, 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 letter.

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.

Katie Whitaker, 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.

CRITICISM
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 culture.

Suzanne Pinckney 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.

FICTION AND POETRY
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 1951.

John Frederick 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 death.

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.

Thérèse Kuoh-Moukoury, 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.

GENDER STUDIES
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.

HISTORY/CURRENT EVENTS
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 War.

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.

MUSIC
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.

POLITICAL 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.

PSYCHIATRY/PSYCHOLOGY
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 stability.

RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY
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 aftermath.

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.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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 deep history.

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.

SOCIAL SCIENCES
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 forms.

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 situation.

TRAVEL AND LEISURE
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.


CDs

CLASSICAL
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.


EXHIBITS

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.


FILMS

DOCUMENTARY
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.


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