Helen Bradley Foster and Donald
Clay Johnson, AM’67, editors, Wedding Dress Across
Cultures (Berg Books). Exploring the meanings and values of
marriage attire in several cultures, including Andean, Berber, Canadian,
and Swazi, the authors argue that the wedding dress is both a statement
of tradition and a vehicle for challenging social norms.
On the shelf
Loved and lost
Michael Harkin, AM’84,
PhD’88, editor, Reassessing Revitalization Movements:
Perspectives from North America and the Pacific Islands (University
of Nebraska Press). The colonization of indigenous peoples over
the past few centuries spawned many revitalization movements promising
liberation and incorporating elements of traditional culture. Harkin
and the contributing authors compare the developments of such movements
among North American and Pacific Islander natives.
Abbas Alizadeh, AM’81,
PhD’88, Excavations at the Prehistoric Mound of
Chogha Bonut, Khuzestan, Iran (Oriental Institute Publications).
Alizadeh’s record of excavations uncovers the first phases
of colonization by farmers in Lowland Susiana (now southwestern
Iran) which was settled as early as 7200 bce.
Jeffrey Quilter, AB’72,
Cobble Circles and Standing Stones: Archaeology at the Rivas
Site, Costa Rica (University of Iowa Press). Mixing informal
narrative with academic theory, Quilter chronicles his 1990s excavation
of Rivas, a ceremonial center in the tropical rainforest which flourished
between 900 and 1300 ce.
Emily Teeter, PhD’90,
and T. G. Wilfong, AB’87, AM’89,
PhD’94, Ancient Egypt: Treasures from the Collection
of the Oriental Institute and Scarabs, Scaraboids, Seals, and
Seal Impressions from the Medinet Habu (Oriental Institute
Publications). In the first book the authors catalog 77 objects
in the OI’s Egyptian collection, offering descriptions of
the function and symbolism of each piece. In the second they catalog
pieces from Medinet Habu site, which the OI began documenting in
Art & Architecture
Ethel Sara Wolper, AB’82,
AM’84, Cities and Saints: Sufism and the Transformation
of Urban Space in Medieval Anatolia (Pennsylvania State University
Press). Uniting architectural history with the study of urban space
and the spread of Islam, Wolper shows how dervish lodges evolved
into sites for a new ruling elite to promote the cult of Sufi saints.
Biography & Letters
Inge Joseph Bleier and David
E. Gumpert, AB’68, Inge: A Girl’s Journey
Through Nazi Europe (Eerdmans Publishing Co.). This memoir
follows Inge, a Jewish teenager who is sent alone from Germany to
Belgium on a kindertransporte. When the Germans attack in 1940 she
escapes to southern France and is arrested by gendarmes.
Robert D. Denham, AM’64,
PhD’72, Northrop Frye Unbuttoned (Gnomon).
Drawing from the famous Canadian critic’s notebooks and journal
entries, Denham reveals Frye’s personal side, including idiosyncratic
musings on literature, religion, and his wife’s death.
Robert W. Doty, SB’48,
SM’49, PhD’50, and Elizabeth Doty, Man and
Woman, War and Peace, 1941–1951 (Vantage Press). Including
both letters and journal entries, the Dotys chronicle three months
of courtship and a decade of married life, punctuated by WW II.
They close analyzing what made their marriage a success.
Thelma Gruenbaum, AB’52,
AM’56, Nesarim: Child Survivors of Terezin
(Valentine Mitchell). Gruenbaum documents the postwar lives of nine
Czech men imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp when they
were 12 to 14 years old.
Philip C. Kolin, AM’67,
editor, The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia (Greenwood
Publishing Group). Containing 160 entries by 56 contributors, this
compilation covers Williams’s life, works, correspondence,
journals, publication histories, and film adaptations of his plays.
Bart Schultz, PhD’87,
Henry Sidgwick: Eye of the Universe (Cambridge University
Press). The Victorian moral philosopher Henry Sidgwick was a pioneer
in gay studies and deeply involved with the founding of Cambridge’s
first college for women. Schultz chronicles Sidgwick’s personal
and intellectual life and provides an introduction to his philosophical
Business & Economics
Michael Conant, AM’46,
PhD’49, JD’51, Railroad Bankruptcies and
Mergers from Chicago West, 1975–2001: Financial Analysis and
Regulatory Critique (Elsevier). Conant critiques the labor
and transportation regulations that, he says, contributed to railroad
bankruptcies and assesses mergers’ success in improving efficiency.
Krin Gabbard, AB’70,
Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture
(Rutgers University Press). Gabbard asks why so many African American
film characters have magical powers, why such powers are used to
help white people, and why white-dominated films have soundtracks
performed by black artists—finding that white appropriation
of black culture preserves racial hierarchies.
Walter P. Jost, AM’74,
AM’79, PhD’85, and Kenneth Dauber, editors, Rhetorical
Investigations: Studies in Ordinary Language Criticism (University
of Virginia Press). Taking rhetoric as the common ground between
literature and philosophy, Jost and his contributors try to move
beyond poststructuralism, proposing criticism rooted in rhetorical
possibilities rather than in empirical actualities.
Ann R. Meyer, AM’91,
PhD’97, Medieval Allegory and the Building of the
New Jerusalem (D. S. Brewer). Investigating the concept of
the New Jerusalem, the City of God, as an architectural ideal during
the Middle Ages, Meyer traces its manifestations through the Hebrew
Bible, Bede, Plotinus, and Augustine.
Vickie B. Sullivan, AM’86,
PhD’90, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and the Formation
of a Liberal Republicanism in England (Cambridge University
Press). Sullivan argues that the authors of a set of editorials
called Cato’s Letters, including Marchamont Nedham and James
Harrington, whom scholars typically associate with classical republicanism,
in fact contributed to a synthesis of liberalism and modern republicanism
in 17th- and 18th-century England.
Katherine K. Gottschalk,
AB’62, AM’63, PhD’74, and Keith Hjortshoj.
The Elements of Teaching Writing: A Resource for Instructors
in All Disciplines (Bedford/St. Martin’s) Drawing on
understandings and strategies gathered from hundreds of writing
instructors, the authors aim to answer the most common questions
about teaching writing and help teachers evaluate the methods they
Steven C. Vryhof, PhD’94,
Between Memory and Vision: The Case for Faith-based Schooling
(Eerdmans Publishing). Using three Protestant schools as an
example, Vryhof argues that religious schools outperform their public
conterparts in test scores, college placement, and interracial and
Fiction & poetry
Rita Kramer, AB’48,
When Morning Comes (iUniverse). Inspired by a true story,
Kramer’s first novel follows a young Jewish woman’s
experiences in a French resistance group that becomes part of a
larger, London-based organization.
Ian Smith, MD’97,
The Blackbird Papers (Doubleday). When Dartmouth professor
Wilson Bledsoe is murdered in an apparent hate crime, his brother,
FBI agent Sterling Bledsoe, suspects that an insidious conspiracy
Marguerite Crowley Weibel,
MST’69, Joining the Conversation: An Anthology
for Developing Readers (Prentice Hall). Crowley invites inexperienced
readers to discover literature through this anthology of poetry
and prose. Each chapter includes instructional aids to develop vocabulary
and critical reading skills.
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore,
AM’80, PhD’86, coeditor, and Don
Browning, DB’59, AM’62, PhD’64, and Pamela
Couture, PhD’90, contributors, Mutuality Matters:
Faith, Family, and Just Love (Sheed & Ward). The essays
from scholars in religion and the social sciences explore the challenge
of sustaining genuine gender equality and strong families in the
face of political and cultural forces that undermine democratization
Health & Medicine
Charles L. Bosk, AM’73,
PhD’76, Forgive and Remember: Managing Medical
Failure, 2nd Edition (University of Chicago Press). Revised
to reflect changes in medical practice since its original 1979 publication,
this edition investigates the lives, motives, and behavior of young
surgeons and how they think about and punish operating errors.
Pamela Couture, PhD’90,
and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, AM’80,
PhD’86, et al, Poverty, Suffering, and HIV-AIDS:
International Practical Theological Perspectives (Cardiff Academic
Press). These papers, originally presented at the 2001 International
Academy of Practical Theology in Cape Town, South Africa, analyze
the social and religious dimensions of Africa’s continuing
struggle against poverty and disease.
Dale Fast, PhD’78,
and Gail Harris-Schmidt, The Source for Fragile X Syndrome
(LinguiSystems). The authors summarize the current biological, behavioral,
and therapeutic research on fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition
linked to developmental delays, learning disabilities, and speech
Anne Peters Harmel, MD’83,
and Ruchi Mathur, editors, Davidson’s Diabetes Mellitus:
Diagnosis and Treatment, 5th Edition (Elsevier/Saunders). The
new edition reflects the rapidly expanding body of knowledge about
diabetes, including insulin resistance, macrovascular disease, and
recently approved medications and therapies.
Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD’83,
Domestic Violence and Maternal and Child Health (Kluwer
Academic/Plenum Publishers). Morewitz evaluates the conditions that
increase pregnant women’s susceptibility to abuse, factors
that reduce the impact of domestic violence, and how government
agencies can respond effectively.
History & current events
John Barnard, AM’57,
PhD’64, American Vanguard: The United Auto Workers
During the Reuther Years, 1935–1970 (Wayne State University
Press). Barnard charts UAW’s history during Walter P. Reuther’s
presidency, exploring the ideological tensions between members,
racial and ethnic issues, and public attitudes toward unions.
Mabel Berezin, AM’74,
and Martin Schain, editors, Europe Without Borders: Remapping
Territory, Citizenship, and Identity in a Transnational Age
(Johns Hopkins University Press). The European Union’s 1992
formation dissolved national borders, forcing a reconsideration
of the concepts of citizenship and national identity. This volume
offers sociological, psychological, anthropological, and geographical
perspectives on life in the new Europe.
Kristina Bross, AM’90,
PhD’97, Dry Bones and Indian Sermons: Praying Indians
in Colonial America (Cornell University Press). Native American
converts to Christianity, dubbed “praying Indians” by
European colonists, are a much-debated historical phenomenon. Bross
argues that colonists used depictions of praying Indians to create
a role for themselves as messengers on an evangelical “errand
into the wilderness.”
Min-sun Chen, AB’59,
PhD’71, Mythistory in Sino-Western Contacts: Jesuit
Missionaries and the Pillars of Chinese Catholic Religion (Lakehead
University Printing). Chen, professor emeritus of history at Lakehead
University, examines 17th century intellectual exchanges between
Chinese scholars and Jesuit missionaries.
Kathleen Flake, PhD’00,
The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of
Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle (University of North Carolina
Press). Flake chronicles the 1901–1907 Senate hearings on
newly elected Reed Smoot, in which lawmakers debated the legality
of Mormonism, forcing the Church of Latter-Day Saints to end polygamy.
David Fromkin, AB’50,
JD’53, Europe’s Last Summer: Who Started
the Great War in 1914? (Knopf). Fromkin’s reassessment
of WW I’s origins contests the view that a series of accidents
drew all sides into the conflict unwillingly. On the contrary, he
presents evidence of careful premeditation by Germany and Austro-Hungary.
Francis Gavin, AB’88,
Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary
Relations, 1958–1971 (University of North Carolina Press).
Gavin reconsiders the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates
and dollar-gold convertibility. While standard accounts claim that
the system stabilized power politics after WW II, Gavin argues that
it was highly politicized and prone to crisis.
Charles M. Good, AM’65,
PhD’70, The Steamer Parish: The Rise and Fall of
Missionary Medicine on an African Frontier (University of Chicago
Press). In the mid-1800s, a group of High Anglicans formed the Universities’
Mission to Central Africa to bring the Church, education, and medical
care to rural Africans. Good reconstructs the mission, which delivered
services from steamer ships that were sent from England and then
reassembled on Lake Malawi.
Matthew Lenoe, AB’88,
AM’93, PhD’97, Closer to the Masses: Stalinist
Culture, Social Revolution, and Soviet Newspapers (Harvard
University Press). Lenoe shows how Russian journalists created a
story of Soviet history to mobilize the masses for Stalin’s
New Economic Policy and the First Five-Year Plan. Their inventions
formed the core of 1930s Soviet culture and influenced the aesthetic
of socialist realism.
Robert M. Lichtman, AB’52,
JD’55, and Ronald Cohen, Deadly Farce: Harvey Matusow
and the Informer System in the McCarthy Era (University of
Illinois Press). Drawing on FBI transcripts, personal interviews
and other primary sources, Lichtman and Cohen trace the career of
Harvey Matusow, a Communist Party member turned “professional”
informant, exploring the government’s cast of paid informer-witnesses
who testified against alleged Communists.
Lawrence A. Peskin, AB’88,
Manufacturing Revolution: The Intellectual Origins of Early
American Industry (Johns Hopkins University Press). Focusing
on economic pioneers—authors, inventors, factory founders—who
developed the United States as a manufacturing power between 1760
and 1830, Peskin argues that boosterism and rhetoric played as great
a role as market forces in America’s industrial revolution.
Theodore M. Vial, AM’87,
PhD’94, Liturgy Wars: Ritual Theory and Protestant
Reform in Nineteenth-Century Zurich (Routledge). Vial employs
current ritual-studies theory to show the links between liturgical,
theological, and sociopolitical changes, emphasizing theory’s
importance in the analysis of Protestantism.
Yue-man Yeung, PhD’72,
editor, Fifty Years of Public Housing in Hong Kong: A Golden Jubilee
Review and Appraisal (Chinese University Press). This compilation
examines the history of Hong Kong’s public housing system
and its contributions to socioeconomic development.
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Political Science & Law
Barry G. Rabe, AM’80,
PhD’85, Statehouse and Greenhouse: The Emerging
Politics of American Climate Change Policy (Brookings Institution
Press). Though the federal government has disengaged from greenhouse-gas
reduction efforts, Rabe argues that state government initiatives
to reduce carbon dioxide may lead to an alternative approach to
addressing climate change.
Lynette R. Melnar, PhD’98,
Caddo Verb Morphology (University of Nebraska Press). Melnar
offers the first full-length grammar of the language of the Caddos,
3,500 American Indians living in the southern plains. A diminishing
number of Caddo elders speak the complex language—although
“Texas” comes from the Caddo word for “friend.”
Bruce Vermazen, AB’61,
AM’62, That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers
and the Dawning of a Musical Craze (Oxford University Press).
Vermazen tells the story of the Six Brown Brothers, a vaudeville
troupe from 1908–1935 that instigated the “saxophone
craze” and established the instrument as a fixture in American
music. A companion to the book is Those Moaning Saxophones (Archeophone
Records), a reissue of the group’s 1911–27 recordings,
with liner notes by Vermazen.
Eric Zolov, AM’90,
PhD’95, coeditor and contributor, Rockin’
Las Américas: The Global Politics of Rock in Latin America
(University of Pittsburgh Press). These essays examine the rise
of Latin American rock from the perspectives of musicology, history,
literature, sociology, and anthropology.
Psychology & Psychiatry
T. L. Brink, PhD’78,
Dream Encyclopedia: A Christian Approach (PublishAmerica).
Brink presents the Bible as a reference guide to interpret dreams,
offering an index to thousands of dream symbols.
Benjamin Libet, SB’36,
PhD’39, Mind Time: The Temporal Factor in Consciousness
(Harvard University Press). Drawing on empirical observation
rather than philosophical speculation, Libet explores how the brain
reacts to the environment to produce consciousness. Among his theories
is the concept of “mind time”—a delay between
unconscious processes that initiate a mental experience and conscious
awareness of the experience.
Robert M. Lipgar, PhD’65,
coeditor, Building on Bion: Roots, Origins and Context and Building
on Bion: Branches, Contemporary Developments and Applications (Jessica
Kingsley Publishers). These companion volumes devoted to the British
psychoanalyst Wilfred R. Bion include 20 papers by scholars and
clinicians, tracing Bion’s intellectual development and his
influence on group therapy and organizational dynamics.
Michael Numan, PhD’73,
and Thomas R. Insel, The Neurobiology of Parental Behavior (Springer
Verlag). Applying laboratory studies of mammalian neurobiology to
human parenting, Numan offers new insights into postpartum depression,
child abuse, and child neglect.
Religion & philosophy
David E. Aune, PhD’70,
and Douglas L. Penney, PhD’93,
et al, New Testament Greek and Exegesis: Essays in Honor of
Gerald F. Hawthorne (Eerdmans Publishing). These essays by
scholars influenced by Gerald Hawthorne, PhD’69, include lexical
studies, discussions of biblical passages, and examinations of Hawthorne’s
Philippe Eberhard, PhD’02,
The Middle Voice in Gadamer’s Hermeneutics: A Basic Interpretation
with some Theological Implications (Mohr Siebeck). Approaching
Gadamer’s hermeneutics from a Christian humanist standpoint,
Eberhard considers the middle voice—a verb form neither active
nor passive that represents the subject as acting for him/herself
or in his/her own interest—as a way to articulate what it
means to listen to language and to hear God’s Word.
Floreal Forni, AM’69,
PhD’73, Guia de la Diversidad Religiosa en Buenos
Aires (Ed. Biblos). In an overview of religious plurality in
metropolitan Buenos Aires, Forni offers histories of the city’s
Andrew Greeley, AM’61,
PhD’62, The Catholic Revolution: New Wine, Old
Wineskins, and the Second Vatican Council (University of California
Press). Greeley reviews 40 years of Catholic history after the Second
Vatican Council, considering how American Catholicism arrived at
its current crisis.
David Hein, AM’77,
and Gardiner H. Shattuck, The Episcopalians (Praeger).
Tracing the Episcopal Church from the American Revolution to the
present day, the authors examine church leadership, the layperson’s
experience, church parties and theology, and the roles of women
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore,
AM’80, PhD’86, Let the Children Come: Reimagining
Childhood from a Christian Perspective (Jossey-Bass Books).
Asserting that a radical reconstruction of the idea of childhood
is underway, Miller-McLemore contests the modern truncation and
privatization of religion and urges a reinterpreted Christianity
to assume a greater public role in our understanding of children.
Douglas J. Schuurman, PhD’88,
Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life (Eerdmans Publishing).
Many American Christians, says Schuurman, find it difficult to interpret
their social and cultural lives as responses to God’s calling.
He shows how the Protestant doctrine of vocation can be applied
to modern life.
Eric Budd, AM’89,
PhD’93, Democratization, Development, and the Patrimonial
State in the Age of Globalization (Lexington Books). Budd compares
patrimonial social forms in several developing states, evaluating
patrimony’s effect on economic development and considering
the critique, leveled by liberal democracies, that such social forms
inhibit democratization and modernization.
Thomas Sowell, PhD’68,
Affirmative Action Around the World (Yale University Press).
Sowell compares affirmative action in the United States to similar
policies in India, Nigeria, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka, arguing that
the results of such policies consistently contradict their aims,
causing new fragmentation and hostility.
Travel & Leisure
Fran Sorin, AB’74,
Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening
(Warner Books). Sorin teaches her readers to use gardening as a
tool and a metaphor for enhancing their imaginations.
Earl Phillip Singleton Jr., AM’00,
Connecting Boundaries: An Integrative Approach to Social Work,
Human Growth and Development, Addictions, and Criminal Justice Studies
(Magna Systems). This four-part video series is designed for social-work
undergraduates who have not yet worked with clients. The videos
guide students in dealing with victims’ attitudes and behaviors.