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University of Massachusetts classics professor Teresa Ramsby has a new book: Textual Permanence: Roman Elegists & the Epigraphic Tradition.   Ramsby’s new book is the first to examine the influence of the Roman epigraphic tradition on Latin elegiac poetry.   The frequent use of invented inscriptions within the works of Rome’s elegiac poets suggests a desire to monumentalise elements of the poems & the authors themselves.   Textual Permanence explores inscriptional writing in the elegies of Catullus, Propertius, Tibullus & Ovid, showing that whenever an author includes an inscription within a poem, he draws the readers attention beyond the text of the poem to include the cultural contexts in which such inscriptions were daily read & produced.   The emphases that these inscriptions grant to persons, sentiments & actions within the poems are reflections of the permanence that real–life inscriptions grant to a variety of human efforts.   (2007)
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Sean Redding, professor of history at Amherst College, has just published a new book, Sorcery & Sovereignty: Taxation, Power, & Rebellion in South AFrica, 1880–1963.   Redding’s “new & exciting interpretation of colonial rule in South Africa” explores the intersection of taxation, political attitudes, & supernatural beliefs among black South Africans, shedding light on some of the most significatnt issues in the history of colonized Africa.   (2006)
NewDeparturesinMarxian
Steve Resnick & Rick Wolff of the Economics department at the University of Massachusetts, authors of Knowledge and Class: A Marxian Critique of Political Economy & Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical, have a new collection of essays—New Departures in Marxian Theory—on Marxian theory, feminism & contemporary epistemology.   (2006)
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Leo Richards, who teaches in the History department at the University of Massachusetts, has a new book,—The California Gold Rush & the Coming of the Civil War.   It has always been understood that the 1848 discovery of gold in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada influenced the battle over the admission of California to the Union.   Richards, however, makes clear the links between the Gold Rush & many of the regional crises in the lead–up to the Civil War.   He shows how Southerners envisioned California as a new market for slaves & saw themselves importing their own slaves to dig for gold, only to be frustrated by California’s passage of a state constitution that prohibited slavery.   Richards is author of numerous award-winning books, including Shays’ Rebellion: The American Revolution’s Final Battle, Gentlemen of Property & Standing: Anti-Abolition Mobs in Jacksonian America, The Life & Times of Congressman John Quincy Adams, & The Slave Power: the Free North & Southern Domination, 1780-1860.   (2007)
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University of Massachustts professor Heather Cox Richardson, has just had her first book published,—West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War.   A sweeping history of the United States from the era of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, this engaging book stretches the boundaries of our understanding of Reconstruction.   Richardson ties the North & West into the post–Civil War story that usually focuses narrowly on the South, encompassing the significant people & events of this profoundly important era.   By weaving together the experiences of real individuals—from a plantation mistress, a Native American warrior, & a labor organizer to Andrew Carnegie, Julia Ward Howe, Booker T. Washington, & Sitting Bull—who lived during the decades following the Civil War & who left records in their own words, Richardson tells a story about the creation of modern America.   (2007)
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Amherst College professor Paul Rockwell has recently edited a new volume—French Arthurian Romance III: Le Chevalier as deus espees.  The “Chevalier as deus espees” is an anonymous Arthurian romance, belonging to a cluster of French verse works that were composed in England during the first decades of the thirteenth century: its author & audience were presumably among the baronial immigrants from the western regions of France who had lost their continental holdings to Philip Augustus.   It presents an intertextual response to various problems raised in Chrétien de Troyes’ Roman de Perceval, with its interlaced adventures containing some of the most subtle rewriting of Arthurian material known from this period.   Rockwell is also author of Rewriting Resemblance in Medieval French Romance : Ceci N'est Pas un Graal.   (2006)
PrismofGrammar
University of Massachusetts linguistics professor Tom Roeper has a new book—The Prism of Grammar: How Child Language Illuminates Humanism.   Roeper brings the abstract principles behind modern grammar to life by exploring the astonishing intricacies of child language.   Written in a lively style, accessible & gently provocative, The Prism of Grammar is for parents & teachers as well as students—for everyone who wants to understand how children gain & use language—& anyone interested in the social, philosophical, & ethical implications of how we see the growing mind emerge.   (2007)
Unsayable
Hampshire College professor Annie Rogers has a new book: The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trama.   Rogers, a practicing psychologist, and a Lacanian psychoanalyst in training, gives an account of her successes, as well as her frustrations, in helping girls, herself included, hear the stories of their pasts & discover the truths of their essential selves, truths that surface no matter how forcefully they are repressed.   Rogers is also author of A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm & Healing in Psychotherapy.   (2006)
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Local author, Doug “Ten” Rose has a new book: Fearless Puppy on American Road is a true story of spiritual adventure so amazing that it reads like a fantasy.  Parts of this book were written while the author was in residence at Buddhist centers in Vermont, New Mexico, & Arizona.   Parts were written in much less inviting places & circumstances!   Within this book you’ll meet many saintly people.   You will also meet a man who is his own uncle, specialists in smoke, mirrors, & invisibility, Christian ethics, Jewish ritual, lurid sex, oxygen orgasms, heavenly Hell’s Angels, phony preachers, domestic violence, domestic solutions, racist killers in America, Canadian race wars, Native American wise men, angelic witches, benevolent heroin addicts, magical birds, lesbian musicians playing a rock concert for the deaf, the musician raised by a multi–ethnic group of prostitutes, martial artists battling neo–Nazis, the modern–day Robin Hood, & many other strange & wonderful people.   (2008)
MusicinJewishHistory
University of Massachusetts music professor Emanuel Rubin is the co-author of the newly published Music in Jewish History & Culture.   The book surveys the broad sweep of music among Jews of widely diverse communities, from Biblical times to the modern day.   Each chapter focuses on a different Jewish cultural epoch, &, against the background of its principal historical & cultural traits, explores the music & the way it functioned in that society.   Rubin is also author of The English Glee in the Reign of George III & The Warren Collection.   (2006)

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