February 2014 Articles

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BarishThe Double Life of Paul de Man, Evelyn Barish ’56, Liveright 2014. In this investigative biography of Paul de Man, Barish chronicles how the Yale literary theorist rose in academia and formed the literary movement known as Deconstruction. Barish, a former teaching colleague of De Man’s, followed a lengthy document trail and conducted nearly 200 interviews across five countries to form a better picture of a professor worshiped for his erudite ideas yet harboring a secret past that included Nazi collaboration, bigamy, blackmail, and forgery. Barish is a professor at City University of New York’s Graduate Center and its College of Staten Island, and the author of Emerson: The Roots of Prophecy, for which she won the Christian Gauss Award.



BurkeThe Book of Gladness/Le Livre de Leesce: A 14th-Century Defense of Women, in English and French, by Jehan Le Fèvre, translated, annotated, and with an introduction by Linda Burke ’74, McFarland Publishing 2013. Burke offers the first English translation of The Book of Gladness (ca. 1380), originally written in French by Jehan Le Fèvre. The book questions the prevalent misogynist traditions of the time with a reinterpretation of the Bible. Burke teaches English at Elmhurst College.





Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880–1915, Susan D. Carle ’82, Oxford University Press 2013. This book examines the predecessors of the National Urban League and the NAACP—national civil rights organizations such as the National Afro American League, the National Association of Colored Women, and others—that established foundational ideals regarding the treatment of law, civil rights, and justice in society. Carle teaches legal ethics, anti-discrimination, labor and employment law, and torts at American University Washington College of Law.



DolanManet, Wagner, and the Musical Culture of Their Time, Therese Dolan, M.A. ’74, Ph.D. ’79, Ashgate Press, 2013. Dolan explores the progression of art, literature, and music toward modernism through an analysis of the works of prominent 19th-century figures such as édouard Manet, Richard Wagner, Charles Baudelaire, and Thèophile Gautier. She is a professor of art history and women’s studies at Temple University.





DonovanWomen and the Rise of the Novel, 1405–1726 (2nd ed.), Josephine Donovan ’62,Palgrave Macmillan 2013. This book explores the contribution of early modern women toward the rise of the novel. Named in its first edition as an “Outstanding Academic Book of the Year” by Choice, this second, expanded edition includes two new chapters that explore philosophical writings and memoirs. Donovan is professor emeritus of English at the University of Maine, and is the author or editor of 13 books.




FleurietThe Grand Old Lady of Modern Art: Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, Isabelle Fleuriet, M.A. ’72, Readymade Press 2013. Fleuriet has published the first biography of Marcel Duchamp’s famous painting Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2. She traces the story of this masterpiece throughout Duchamp’s lifetime, demonstrating that even though he was overshadowed by its fame—and notoriety—he used the work in varying ways to promote his own artistic identity.




JordanReason and Imagination: The Selected Correspondence of Learned Hand, Constance Jordan ’57, Oxford University Press 2013. Jordan, the granddaughter of American law icon Learned Hand, offers a sampling of the correspondence between the famous judge and prominent legal, political, and philosophical thinkers of his time, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Jordan is a professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at Claremont Graduate University.




RivlinChildren Held Hostage: Identifying Brainwashed Children, Presenting a Case, and Crafting Solutions (2nd ed.), Brynne V. Rivlin, M.S.S. ’81 and Stanley S. Clawar, American Bar Association 2013. The second edition of Children Held Hostage builds on the first, providing a more expansive exploration, based on research involving more than 1,000 families, of the impact of divorce battles on children. Rivlin is a licensed clinical social worker practicing individual, child, and family therapy at Walden Counseling and Therapy Center in Bryn Mawr, PA, where she is co-director of clinical programs.




SaulsburyPower Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook, Camilla V. Saulsbury ’92, Lake Isle Press 2013. This cookbook offers recipes for do-it-yourself power bars that are 100-percent soy-free and adaptable to gluten-free and vegan diets. Saulsbury is a writer, recipe developer, fitness trainer, endurance athlete, and creator of the healthy food blog “Power Hungry.” She also holds a Ph.D. in sociology with specializations in food studies, health, and medicine.




TinsleyBroken Angels, Molly Best Tinsley ’64, Fuze Publishing 2013. Tinsley tells the story of CIA operative Victoria Pierce, whose undercover investigation of uranium smuggling in the Ukraine is complicated by run-ins with a girl fleeing from human traffickers. This suspense novel also explores concepts such as national security, religious fundamentalism, and human rights. Tinsley taught on the civilian faculty at the United States Naval Academy for 20 years, and her fiction has earned National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Sandstone Prize, and the Oregon Book Award.




Zubernis Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls, Katherine Larsen and Lynn S. Zubernis, M.A. ‘97, Ph.D. ‘02, University of Iowa Press 2013. Zubernis, a psychology professor, and Larsen, a literary scholar, detail their adventures as superfans of the television show Supernatural in this firsthand look at the secret world of fandom.