March 2016 Articles

Reading Room

36-37_AlumBriefs_Reading Room_Allmaziful PlurabilitiesJoyce’s Allmaziful Plurabilities: Polyvocal Explorations of Finnegans Wake, edited by Kimberly J. Devlin ’79 and Christine Smedley (University Press of Florida 2015). The first Finnegans Wake guide to focus exclusively on the multiple meanings and voices in Joyce’s notoriously intricate diction, this book features essays by Joyce scholars who explore the polyvocality of individual chapters using game theory, ecocriticism, psychoanalysis, historicism, myth, philosophy, genetic studies, feminism, and other critical frameworks. Devlin is professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and author of James Joyce’s “Fraudstuff” and Wandering and Return in Finnegans Wake.


36-37_AlumBriefs_Reading Room_EXTRAVAGANCESExtravagances: Habits of Being, edited by Cristina Giorcelli, M.A. ‘63 and Paula Rabinowitz (University of Minnesota Press 2015). The fourth and final volume in the Habits of Being series, Extravagances compiles essays that trace the relevance of clothing, fashion, and objects to power, lust, love, status, and more. Essays are by literary critics, art historians, fashion designers, sociologists, anthropologists, psychoanalysts, and semiologists. Giorcelli is professor of American literature at the University of Rome Three and chair of Euro-American Studies.



NPIC: Seei36-37_AlumBriefs_Reading Room_NPICng the Secrets and Growing the Leaders: A Cultural History of the National Photographic Interpretation Center, John K. O’Connor, M.A. ’77 (Acumensa Solutions 2015). This book narrates the background of a little-known CIA office that brought forth the greatest number of leaders for the Intelligence community, shaping the face of the Cold War. O’Connor is a retired CIA executive and the author of several other books, including Game in the Desert and Keys to the Kingdom.




36-37_AlumBriefs_Reading Room_Trip that took ItselfThe Trip That Took Itself, edited by Reba Fournier ‘52 (Robertson Publishing 2015). This narrative follows the story of the adventurous author Ellen Warburton, who, at age 52, took to traveling all of Southeast Asia in an unconventionally spiritual manner.






The Sno36-37_AlumBriefs_Reading Room_Snow Goose Chroniclesw Goose Chronicles, Olya Samilenko ‘75 (Liberty 2015). During the period of forced collectivization, the author’s grandmother was arrested in Priluki, Eastern Ukraine, in 1929. This historical novel traces her exile to the island fortress of Solovki in the White Sea and trials that followed. Samilenko is associate professor of Russian language and literature at Goucher College and director of the Hopkins-Goucher Cooperative Russian Program.





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Environments in Science Fiction: Essays on Alternative Spaces, edited by Susan M. Bernardo Ph.D. ’88 (McFarland 2014). This book explores how spaces in science fiction, both built and unbuilt, aid in the building of relationships among the environment, humans, and other inhabitants. Bernardo teaches science fiction, literary theory, and 19th-century British literature at Wagner College, where she is professor of English.





36-37_AlumBriefs_Reading Room_Mothers Front Porch

My Mother’s Front Porch and Other Plays, Mimi Gisolfi D’Aponte ‘59 (Xlibris 2015). This collection of four plays features four siblings who are dealing with their mother’s advancing age while celebrating her life. D’Aponte is professor emerita of theater at the CUNY Graduate Center and Baruch College.






36-37_AlumBriefs_Reading Room_Growing up Lansdowne

 Growing Up Lansdowne, Robert L. Bingham, M.S.S. ‘76 (AuthorHouse 2015). Part memoir, part social landscape, part local/national history, part love story, this photo-illustrated book is an account of the author’s childhood and adolescence in the mid- to late 1950s and eventful 1960s in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, a conservative Philadelphia suburb. A retired probation administrator, Bingham teaches criminal justice at the college level. He has authored dozens of professional articles, but this is his first nonfiction book.




36-37_AlumBriefs_Reading Room_Just Not Feeling It

“Just Not Feeling It—Or When You Don’t Love a Subject You Have to Take,” Marcia Y. Cantarella ’68. This Huffington Post blog post has been included as a chapter in College: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2015). Cantarella explores the challenges involved in selecting a college course and handling the workload and content. The author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide, she has been a senior administrator and dean at New York University, Princeton, Metropolitan College of New York, and Hunter College, and is a frequent blogger for Huffington Post and other sites. She also serves on many education-related boards and committees, including Eagle Academy Schools for Boys and The READ Alliance.




36-37_AlumBriefs_Reading Room_Translation of four poems


Translations of four poems by Jordi Virallonga by Emily McBride ’13 have been published in Reunion: The Dallas Review, a publication of the Creative Writing Program in the School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas. McBride majored in Spanish and received Bryn Mawr’s Hester Ann Corner Prize in Foreign Languages for distinction in writing in a foreign language.

Comments on “Reading Room”

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