Another busy year of faculty scholarship and creative work in the College has moved research and artistic agendas ahead, pushing the boundaries of knowledge just a little further. While COLA scholarship takes many forms, here is the fruit of arts, humanities, education and social science research in authored, edited and translated books.
Fashioning the New England Family
by Kimberly S. Alexander
Massachusetts Historical Society (November 2021)
With full-color photographs of garments, fabrics and accessories, this book creates a lasting overview of the 2018-19 exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society and also delves into over 300 years of the history of New England clothing. The text traces patterns of global production and local consumption and reuse, demonstrating how New Englanders used costume to establish their situation, especially in terms of class and gender, and also to express their political affiliations.
Warfare in Medieval Europe c. 400-c. 1453, Second Edition
by Bernard S. Bachrach and David S. Bachrach
Routledge (August 2021)
This new edition provides a more in-depth thematic discussion of the nature and conduct of war, with an emphasis on its overall impact on society, from the late Roman Empire to the end of the Hundred Years’ War. The authors explore the origins of the institutions, physical infrastructure and intellectual underpinnings of warfare, with chapters on military topography, military technology, logistics, combat and strategy. The volume encompasses Latin Europe, the Slavic World, Scandinavia and the eastern Mediterranean.
Developing Rehearsal Techniques Through Active Listening
by Andrew Boysen Jr.
Kjos Music Company (December 2021)
When you rehearse a piece for the first time, how do you identify problems? How do you know which problems to address first? How do you know the most efficient way to fix those problems? These questions lie at the heart of your job and the most effective teachers are the ones who do it well. In this book you’ll experience Andrew Boysen’s innovative approach to developing rehearsal techniques. A Conductor Pack version includes 10 full scores.
Calibrating Public Accountability
by Daniel E. Bromberg and Étienne Charbonneau
Cambridge University Press (March 2021)
This book seeks to further a predictive model of accountability by understanding the norms and expectations associated with the implementation of body-worn cameras—specifically, when police departments release, or do not release, footage to the public and the expectations civilians have about the release of that footage. Indirectly, the norms and expectations associated with this technology have broad implications for societal values and the relationship between civilians and law enforcement.
Lu Xun's Affirmative Biopolitics: Nothingness and the Power of Self-Transcendence
by Wenjin Cui
Routledge (November 2021)
This book explores an extraordinary case of affirmative biopolitics through the study of Lu Xun (1881–1936), the most prominent cultural figure of modern China. Diverging from the Enlightenment-humanist framework in reference to which Lu Xun is commonly understood, it demonstrates how his thinking is defined by a naturalistic conception of culture that is best understood in the global context of what Foucault defines as the biological turn of modernity.
Concise Reader in Sociological Theory: Theorists, Concepts and Current Applications
by Michele Dillon
Wiley-Blackwell (June 2021)
This book contains excerpts from the writings of key theorists who represent the dynamic breadth of classical and contemporary, macro- and micro-sociological theory. The selected writings elaborate on the core concepts and arguments of sociological theory, and, along with the commentary, explore topics that resonate today, such as crisis and change, institutions and networks, power and inequality, race, gender, difference and more.
Moving Pictures and Renaissance Art History
by Patricia Emison
Amsterdam University Press (August 2021)
This book examines the early flourishing of film, from the 1920s to the mid-1960s, as partly reprising the introduction of mass media in the Renaissance, allowing for innovation that reflected an art free of the control of a patron though required to attract a broad public. Rivalry between word and image, between the demands of narrative and those of visual composition, spurred new ways of addressing the compelling nature of the visual.
The Creative Worlds of Joseph Joachim
edited by Valerie Woodring Goertzen and Robert Whitehouse Eshbach
Boydell Press (December 2021)
Joseph Joachim (1831-1907), violinist, composer, teacher and founding director of Berlin's Royal Academy of Music, was one of the most eminent and influential musicians of the long nineteenth century. This collection explores important yet little-known aspects of his life and art. Studies of his Jewish background, early assimilation into Christian society, Felix Mendelssohn's mentorship and the influence of Hungarian vernacular music elucidate his roots while later chapters focus on his cultural milieu.
Romanticism: 100 Poems
edited by Michael Ferber
Cambridge University Press, (March 2021)
This lively anthology includes lesser-known verse from the best-known poets, as well as a few fine poems by little-known poets. Perfect for readers who would like to enjoy the many riches of arguably poetry's greatest era, or for those already familiar with the poets but who would welcome some happy surprises, this varied international selection includes verse translated from six languages.
The Evolution of Ethics in America: Standards Born of Crises
by Laurence Armand French
Routledge (November 2021)
In this book, French frames the emergence of medical, clinical and legal ethical standards within the long history of institutional and systemic racial and gender biases in the United States. He explores the role that white privilege and elitism play in justifying long-held discriminatory practices ranging from the eugenics crusade a century ago to the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements of today.
Lo que no cabe en las palabras/Beyond Words (Spanish and English Bilingual Edition)
by Yolany Martínez, translated by Janet Gold
Routledge (November 2021)
This publication of Yolany Martínez’s poems is the result of her winning first prize at the third annual International Poetry Festival “Los Confines,” held in Gracias, Honduras, in 2019. The work illustrates Martínez’s ongoing commitment to and engagement with her literary roots. Now that Martínez lives and works in the U.S., it is fitting that her poems have been translated into English and are accessible to readers in both of her homelands.
The Cambridge History of America and the World, Volume 1: 1500-1820
edited by Eliga Gould, Paul Mapp and Carla Gardina Pestana
Cambridge University Press (November 2021)
This first volume examines how the United States emerged out of a series of colonial interactions, some involving indigenous empires and communities that were already present when the first Europeans reached the Americas, others the adventurers and settlers dispatched by Europe's imperial powers to secure their American claims, and still others men and women brought as slaves or indentured servants to the colonies that European settlers founded.
In the Footsteps of Warren B. Hamilton: New Ideas in Earth Science
edited by Gillian R. Foulger, Lawrence C. Hamilton, Donna M. Jurdy, Carol A. Stein, Keith A. Howard and Seth Stein
Geological Society of America (January 2022)
Published to honor the late iconoclast and geologist extraordinaire Warren Bell Hamilton, this book comprises a diverse, cross-disciplinary collection of bold new ideas in Earth and planetary science. Some chapters audaciously point out all-too-obvious deficits in prevailing theories, other ideas are embryonic and in need of testing and still others are downright outrageous.
Alfred Hermann Fried: Peace Activist and Nobel Prize Laureate
by Petra Schönemann-Behrens, translated by Edward T. Larkin and Thomas B. Ahrens
Brill (November 2021)
An informative review of the life and times of Alfred H. Fried (1864-1921), a significant if underappreciated German pacifist of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. In response to the militarism and international anarchy of the European states, Fried developed his unique notion of “revolutionary” or “scientific” pacifism, differentiating it from reform pacifism, in order to address the material causes of war.
Surveillance Capitalism in America
edited by Josh Lauer and Kenneth Lipartito
Penn Press (October 2021)
This book explores the historical development of commercial surveillance long before computers and suggests that surveillance has been central to American capitalism since the nation's founding. Focusing on events in the U.S., this volume examines the deep logic of modern surveillance as a mode of rationalization, bureaucratization and social control from the early nineteenth century forward, revealing the long arc of surveillance capitalism, from the violent coercion of slave labor to the seductions of target marketing.
Making Money in Ancient Athens
by Michael Leese
University of Michigan Press (October 2021)
Armed with documented case studies and a variety of source material, Leese argues that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that ancient Athenians achieved the type of long-term profit and wealth maximization and continuous reinvestment of profits into additional productive enterprise that have been argued as unique to (and therefore responsible for) the modern industrial-capitalist system. The story from ancient Athens is one of progress, innovation and rational economic strategies.
by Rochelle Lieber
Cambridge University Press (November 2021)
A lively introduction to morphology, this textbook is intended for undergraduates with relatively little background in linguistics. It shows students how to find and analyze morphological data and presents them with basic concepts and terminology concerning the mental lexicon, inflection, derivation, morphological typology, productivity and the interfaces between morphology and syntax on the one hand and phonology on the other.
Basque Cinema: History of An In/Visibility
by Jaume Martí-Olivella
Barbaroak (September 2020)
This book offers an in-depth analysis of the cinematic production in Euskal Herria from Ama Lur (1968) to La pelota vasca. La piel contra la piedra (2003). It includes an epilogue by Joseba Gabilondo that extends the analysis to 2020. This volume explores the recurrent and paradoxical use of darkness and invisibility to illuminate the hidden memories and realities of Basque Cinema.
Pain and Shock in America: Politics, Advocacy and the Controversial Treatment of People with Disabilities
by Jan Nisbet with contributions by Nancy R. Weiss
Brandeis University Press (October 2021)
This book is a historical case study of the Judge Rotenberg Center, named after the judge who ruled in favor of keeping its doors open to use aversive interventions. It chronicles and analyzes the events and people involved for over forty years that contributed to the inability of the state of Massachusetts to stop the use of electric shock, and other severe forms of punishment, on children and adults with disabilities.
The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime and Dreams Deferred
by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Bold Type Books (March 2021)
In this book, Prescod-Weinstein shares her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter — all with a new spin informed by history, politics and the wisdom of Star Trek. One of the leading physicists of her generation, Prescod-Weinstein’s vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly non-traditional and grounded in Black feminist traditions.
El problema / La caída del águila, Edición anotada
by Máximo Soto Hall and Carlos Gagini, edited edition by Verónica Ríos Quesada
Editorial Costa Rica / Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica (November 2021)
At the beginning of the 20th century, Latin American nationalist ideologues sought to model symbols and ideas that could help establish the glory of their countries, through history, geography, and literature. Because they are based on political anticipation as a premise and not on historical recreation, the novels "El problema" (1899) by the Guatemalan Máximo Soto Hall and "La caída del águila" (1920) by the Costa Rican Carlos Gagini are particularly original in this context.
Interdiscipline: A Future with Literary Studies and the Humanities
by Petar Ramadanovic
Routledge (November 2021)
This book brings together two different discussions on the value of the humanities and a broader debate on interdisciplinary scholarship in order to propose a new way beyond current threats to the humanities. Ramadanovic offers nothing short of a drastic rehaul of our approaches to literary scholarship, the humanities and university systems.
People, Practice, Power: Digital Humanities outside the Center
edited by Anne B. McGrail, Angel David Nieves and Siobhan Senier
University of Minnesota Press (December 2021)
Focusing on the complex infrastructure that undergirds the field of digital humanities, this volume examines the economic, social and political factors that shape such academic endeavors. The multitude of perspectives comprising this collection offers both a much-needed critique of the existing structures for digital scholarship and the means to generate broader representation within the field.
Sound and Sense in Franco-Flemish Music of the Renaissance: Sharps, Flats, and the Problem of "Musica ficta"
by Peter Urquhart
Peeters Publishers (December 2021)
Accidentals in Renaissance music have long been a problem for performers and editors, for they are often not fully prescribed in Franco-Flemish music. In the 20th century, a set of "rules of 'musica ficta'" were assembled to describe performers' practice in the 15th and 16th centuries, but the three primary rules seemingly contradict each other. Urquhart challenges the modern preference of excluding one of the rules, "mi contra fa," and shows how to restore a proper balance between the three.