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Bookbeat: March 2008

StrokeStroke

by Sidney Wade, Department of English
(Persea, 2008)
Available through Amazon

Political outrage rustles the high grasses of these ingenious, boisterous poems, alternately set in the lush ecologies of the Florida panhandle and the Aegean coast. Sidney Wade's poems are keen social and political commentaries dressed in the costumes of the pastoral, of light verse, and to great effect, of allegory. Throughout Stroke, Wade displays a fascination for language as a living and growing thing with an unprecedented capacity of mischief and coercion. This collection represents an increasingly rare accomplishment: a poetry that is at once high-spirited and deadly serious.

Sidney Wade is the author of four previous poetry collections and has published poems and translations from the Turkish in numerous periodicals, including The American Scholar, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry.

"Her poems [are]...a particular and splendid instance of what Hopkins meant by 'proper poetry, the language of inspiration.'"

—Richard Howard

Verniana: Jules Verne Studies / Etudes Jules VerneVerniana: Jules Verne Studies / Etudes Jules Verne

Available Online

Verniana: Jules Verne Studies / Etudes Jules Verne was released on February 8, the 180th anniversary of Verne’s birth. Associate Professor of English Terry Harpold is a founding member of the journal’s international editorial advisory board.

This inaugural issue of the first international, multilingual journal of Verne studies and the only Verne journal published entirely online, was dedicated to the memory of Verniana’s founding editor, Zvi Har’El, who died unexpectedly on February 2.

In 1996, Har’El, a professor of mathematics at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, founded the Jules Verne Forum, a listserv of Verne scholars and enthusiasts with at present more than 200 members from more than 40 countries.

"Verniana" is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal which publishes research articles about Jules Verne, his life and his work. The journal also publishes high-quality reviews of new books about Verne and new translations of his fiction and non- fiction. It is published in both English and French.

Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global AgeOutsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age

by Faye Harrison, Department of Anthropology and African American studies program
(University of Illinois Press, 2008)
Available through University of Illinois Press

Outsider Within presents an approach to critically reconstructing the anthropology discipline to better encompass issues of gender and race. Among the nine key changes to the field that Faye V. Harrison advocates are researching in an ethically and politically responsible manner, promoting greater diversity in the discipline, rethinking theory, and committing to a genuine multicultural dialogue. In drawing from materials developed during her distinguished twenty-five-year career in Caribbean and African American studies, Harrison analyzes anthropology's limits and possibilities from an African American woman's perspective, while also challenging anthropologists to work together to transcend stark gender, racial, and national hierarchies.

- Publisher

"Outsider Within is a real winner. The anthropology field has been waiting over three decades for new scholarship on the African diaspora to the New World. This book is a masterpiece of broad scholarship that covers the field's multiple lineages and legacies, and also draws on literature from a range of other fields: sociology, psychology, women's and feminist studies, popular literature, political science, cultural studies, and more."

- Tony Whitehead, professor of medical anthropology,
University of Maryland

"One of the most gifted and profound writers in anthropology today, it is imperative that her corpus of materials be shared."

- Audrey Smedley, professor emerita of anthropology,
Virginia Commonwealth University

"Harrison provides a bold vision for anthropology in the twenty-first century. She calls for a collective reworking of anthropology so we can be more responsive to issues of race, gender, and inequality in this century than we were in the last."

- Lee D. Baker, author of From Savage to Negro: Anthropology
and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954

 

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