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The Visible Scholarship Initiative is a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the University Libraries that seeks to make visible the stages of research and creative scholarship in the liberal arts and human sciences. Illustrating how faculty address key questions, employ varied methods, and produce significant results makes it possible to acknowledge and encourage research and creative activities that engage challenging questions and demonstrate sophisticated understanding.

Works used in these research and creative processes are displayed on the second floor near the news alcove.

  • Thomas Gardner and Patricia Raun: Poverty creek journal

        Poverty creek journal

    Spiritual improvisations, radiant acts of attention: echoing Thoreau's Walden, the meditations of Guy Davenport, and Kenny Moore's groundbreaking articles for Sports Illustrated, Thomas Gardner strides through inner and outer landscapes. Freed by disciplined effort, the runner's mind here roams and mourns and remembers.

  • Aaron Ansell: Zero hunger: Political culture and antipoverty in northeast Brazil

        Zero hunger: Political culture and antipoverty policy in northeast Brazil

    When Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil's Workers' Party soared to power in 2003, he promised to end hunger in the nation. In a vivid ethnography with an innovative approach to Brazilian politics, Aaron Ansell assesses President Lula's flagship antipoverty program, Zero Hunger (Fome Zero), focusing on its rollout among agricultural workers in the poor northeastern state of Piaui. Linking the administration's fight against poverty to a more subtle effort to change the region's political culture, Ansell rethinks the nature of patronage and provides a novel perspective on the state under Workers' Party rule. Aiming to strengthen democratic processes, frontline officials attempted to dismantle the long-standing patron-client relationships–Ansell identifies them as “intimate hierarchies–that bound poor people to local elites. Illuminating the symbolic techniques by which officials attempted to influence Zero Hunger beneficiaries' attitudes toward power, class, history, and ethnic identity, Ansell shows how the assault on patronage increased political awareness but also confused and alienated the program's participants. He suggests that, instead of condemning patronage, policymakers should harness the emotional energy of intimate hierarchies to better facilitate the participation of all citizens in political and economic development.

  • Esther K. Bauer: Bodily desires - desired bodies

        Bodily desire - desired bodies

    Bodily Desire – Desired Bodies juxtaposes German and Austrian novels and paintings from the 1910s and 1920s that gave spectacular expression to shifting trends in male and female social roles and the organization of physical desire and the sexual body. The interdisciplinary study assembles works by writers Vicki Baum, Franz Kafka, and Thomas Mann, and artists Christian Schad, Otto Dix, Egon Schiele, and Franz von Stuck, who have not been analyzed together previously. Bauer reveals these authors and painters’ focus on the body as they modeled characters and developed concepts of sexual selves intended to upset received notions of masculinity and femininity and physical attraction. Bauer's analysis pinpoints remarkable similarities between these works' corporeal turn and the present-day gender debate, in which scholars have proposed that gender roles and the body as we encounter it, are discursively constituted.

  • Deborah Milly: New policies for new residents

        New policies for new residents

    In recent decades, many countries have experienced both a rapid increase of in-migration of foreign nationals and a large-scale devolution of governance to the local level. The result has been new government policies to promote the social inclusion of recently arrived residents. In New Policies for New Residents, Deborah J. Milly focuses on the intersection of these trends in Japan. Despite the country’s history of restrictive immigration policies, some Japanese favor a more accepting approach to immigrants. Policies supportive of foreign residents could help attract immigrants as the country adjusts to labor market conditions and a looming demographic crisis. As well, local citizen engagement is producing more inclusive approaches to community.

  • Chad Lavin: Eating anxieties

        Eating anxiety: The perils of food politics

    In Eating Anxiety, Chad Lavin argues that our culture's obsession with diet, obesity, meat, and local foods enacts ideological and biopolitical responses to perceived threats to both individual and national sovereignty. Using the occasion of eating to examine assumptions about identity, objectivity, and sovereignty that underwrite so much political order, Lavin explains how food functions to help structure popular and philosophical understandings of the world and the place of humans within it. He introduces the concept of digestive subjectivity and shows how this offers valuable resources for rethinking cherished political ideals surrounding knowledge, democracy, and power.

  • Melissa Coburn: Race and narrative in Italian women’s writing since unification

        Race and narrative in Italian women’s writing since unification

    Melissa Coburn’s Race and narrative in Italian women’s writing since unification (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2013) explores ways in which narratives by four major Italian women authors treat the topic of race, both explicitly and implicitly. The study reveals specifics of the changing idea of race in Italy, in context with historical developments such as the formation of the Italian nation state, the development of scientific racism, regional identifications, anti-Semitism, and the Italian colonial effort. Coburn focalizes the historical and theoretical relationships between this history and contemporary narrative productions.

  • Heather L. Gumbert: Envisioning Socialism

        Envisioning socialism: Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic

    Envisioning Socialism examines television and the power it exercised to define the East Germans’ view of socialism during the first decades of the German Democratic Republic. In the first book in English to examine this topic, Heather L. Gumbert traces how television became a medium prized for its communicative and entertainment value. She explores the difficulties GDR authorities had defining and executing a clear vision of the society they hoped to establish, and she explains how television helped to stabilize GDR society in a way that ultimately worked against the utopian vision the authorities thought they were cultivating.

  • Christine Labuski: Vulnerable vulvas

        Vulnerable vulvas: Female genital integrity in health and disease

    Christine Labuski received the Claire Goldberg Moses Award for her 2013 article “Vulnerable vulvas: Female genital integrity in health and disease,” published in issue 39.1 of Feminist Studies. The award recognizes the most theoretically innovative article published in Feminist Studies each year, and was created in 2011 to honor Claire G. Moses on her retirement as editorial director of the journal.

  • Paul Sorrentino: Stephen Crane: A life of fire

        Stephen Crane: A life of fire

    With the exception of Poe, no American writer has proven as challenging to biographers as the author of The Red Badge of Courage. Stephen Crane's short, compact life—"a life of fire," he called it—continues to be surrounded by myths and half-truths, distortions and outright fabrications. Mindful of the pitfalls that have marred previous biographies, Paul Sorrentino has sifted through garbled chronologies and contradictory eyewitness accounts, scoured the archives, and followed in Crane's footsteps. The result is the most complete and accurate account of the poet and novelist written to date.

  • Janet Abbate: Recoding gender

        Recoding gender: Women's changing participation in computing

    Today, women hold only a quarter of computer science degrees and technical computing jobs, and the stereotype of the male computer geek seems to be everywhere in popular culture. Few people know that women were a significant presence in the early decades of computing in the United States and Britain—indeed, in the 1950s programming was often considered woman's work. In Recoding Gender, Janet Abbate explores the untold history of women in computer science and programming from the Second World War to the late twentieth century.

  • Elisabeth L. Austin: Exemplary ambivalence in late nineteenth-century Spanish America

        Exemplary ambivalence in late nineteenth-century Spanish America: Narrating Creole subjectivity

    Exemplary ambivalence in late nineteenth-century Spanish America addresses the curiously “bad” examples written into Spanish American creole narratives from the end of the 19th century. Such narratives, authored by the post-independence creole elite, seek to shape their readers by prescribing socio-political ideals for the Spanish American republics. This study interrogates the ideological fissures within postcolonial social and racial mythologies, reading exemplarity as an unintentional narrative of creole writing subjects’ social fears.

  • Max O. Stephenson and Laura Zanotti: Building walls and dissolving borders

        Building walls and dissolving borders

    Walls play multiple social, political, economic and cultural roles and are linked to the fundamental question of how human beings live together. Globalization and urbanization have created high population density, rapid migration, growing poverty, income inequality and frequent discontent and conflict among heterogeneous populations. The writers in this volume explore how walls are changing in this era, when social “containers” have become porous, proximity has been redefined, circulation has intensified and the state as a way of organizing political life is being questioned. The authors analyze how walls articulate with other social boundaries to address feelings of vulnerability and anxiety and how they embody governmental processes, public and social contestation, fears and notions of identity and alterity.

  • Matthew Heaton: Black skin, white coats

        Black Skin, White Coats

    Black Skin, White Coats is a history of psychiatry in Nigeria from the 1950s to the 1980s. Working in the contexts of decolonization and anticolonial nationalism, Nigerian psychiatrists sought to replace racist colonial psychiatric theories about the psychological inferiority of Africans with a universal and egalitarian model focusing on broad psychological similarities across cultural and racial boundaries.

  • Corinne Noirot: Entre Deux Airs

        Entre Deux Aires

    Rhétorique et poétique entretiennent à la Renaissance un dialogue fructueux et tendu, qu’éclaire dans cet essai l’examen comparatif et rarement pratiqué de deux poètes traditionnellement opposés. Clément Marot et Joachim Du Bellay font ici l’objet d’un parallèle qui ne raisonne pas en termes d’influence du premier sur le second, les deux projets poétiques restant très contrastés. De part et d’autre du prétendu fossé de 1550, Marot et Du Bellay choisirent chacun à leur manière de ressusciter et de reconvertir le style simple (ou bas) de la tradition rhétorique, le genus humile ou subtile. Comment, pourquoi oser ainsi revendiquer le moins lyrique et le plus prosaïque des genres de discours ? Si humanisme, évangélisme et gallicanisme sous-tendent en partie cette appropriation historicisée d’un style, un discours moral non moralisateur (paix, amitié, prudence, modération) s’y allie plus profondément à un fort degré de projection personnelle. Cette dimension éthique omniprésente se confronte aux contradictions intrinsèques à la notion même de style simple, renforcées au contact de la haute idée de la poésie qui caractérise la Renaissance française. L’idée de “poéthique” s’étoffera au fil de l’essai, pour substituer aux labels strictement rhétoriques la notion de style éthique ou style de l’ethos.

  • Richard Shryock: Gustave Kahn. Un écrivain engagé

        Gustave Kahn: Un ecrivain engage

    Gustave Kahn’s contributions as a literary writer, art critic and intellectual placed him in a unique position in the cultural field of France from the 1880s to the 1930s. His oeuvre in many ways made him a turn-of-the-century philosophe as it had a significant impact in a wide variety of areas. He was the first French poet to use free verse in a systematic manner and he was also the first to articulate a theory of this innovation. His role in the development of French Symbolist movement in the late 19th-century has no equal. Kahn’s art criticism spanned the full 50 years of his publishing career and is still read today. Gustave Kahn. Un écrivain engagé is a collection of 17 articles devoted to the multiple sides of this author including his involvement in the Dreyfus affair, the Jewish cultural renaissance, theater, urban planning, music, free thought, and socialism. These studies shed light on aspects that have not received critical attention to date. This volume attempts to show that the wide diversity of Kahn’s work finds its coherence in his belief in the role of the poet in society. This collection was co-edited with Françoise Lucbert, professor of art history at the Université Laval in Quebec City.

  • Elizabeth Mazzolini: Histories of the dustheap

        Histories of the dustheap

    Garbage, considered both materially and culturally, elicits mixed responses. Our responsibility toward the objects we love and then discard is entangled with our responsibility toward the systems that make those objects. Histories of the Dustheap uses garbage, waste, and refuse to investigate the relationships between various systems--the local and the global, the economic and the ecological, the historical and the contemporary--and shows how this most democratic reality produces identities, social relations, and policies. Histories of the Dustheap offers a range of perspectives on a variety of incarnations of garbage, inviting the reader to consider garbage in a way that goes beyond the common "buy green" discourse that empowers individuals while limiting environmental activism to consumerist practices.

  • Jeff Mann: Purgatory, a novel

        Purgatory: A novel

    During the Civil War, two young soldiers on opposite sides find themselves drawn together. One man, Ian, is a war-weary but scholarly Southerner who has seen too much bloodshed, especially the tortures inflicted upon the enemy by his vicious, sadistic commanding officer, his uncle. The other, Drew, is a Herculean Yankee captured by the ragtag Confederate band and forced to become a martyr for all the sins of General Sheridan's fires. When these two find themselves admiring more than one another's spirit and demeanor, when passions erupt between captor and captive, will this new romance survive the arduous trek to Purgatory Mountain? Lammy-winning author Jeff Mann's first full-length novel brings two opposed war heroes together in a page-turning historical drama of homomasculine love.

  • Matthew Wisnioski: Engineers for change

        Engineers for change: Competing visions of technology in 1960s America

    In the late 1960s an eclectic group of engineers joined the antiwar and civil rights activists of the time in agitating for change. The engineers were fighting to remake their profession, challenging their fellow engineers to embrace a more humane vision of technology. In Engineers for Change, Matthew Wisnioski offers an account of this conflict within engineering, linking it to deep-seated assumptions about technology and American life. Beginning in the mid-1960s, society began to view technology in a more negative light. Engineers themselves were seen as conformist organization men propping up the military-industrial complex. A dissident minority of engineers offered critiques of their profession that appropriated concepts from technology's critics. Wisnioski argues that in responding to the challenges posed by critics within their profession, engineers in the 1960s helped shape our dominant contemporary understanding of technological change as the driver of history.

  • Steven Fisher and Barbara Smith: Transforming Places

        Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia

    In this era of globalization's ruthless deracination, place attachments have become increasingly salient in collective mobilizations across the spectrum of politics. Like place-based activists in other resource-rich yet impoverished regions across the globe, Appalachians are contesting economic injustice, environmental degradation, and the anti-democratic power of elites. This collection of seventeen original essays by scholars and activists from a variety of backgrounds explores this wide range of oppositional politics, querying its successes, limitations, and impacts. The editors' critical introduction and conclusion integrate theories of place and space with analyses of organizations and events discussed by contributors. Transforming Places illuminates widely relevant lessons about building coalitions and movements with sufficient strength to challenge corporate-driven globalization.

  • James Ivory: Virtual lives: A reference handbook

        Virtual lives: A reference handbook

    Virtual Lives: A Reference Handbook describes the history, development, and role of virtual worlds, also known as virtual environments and immersive virtual environments. It provides detailed background about virtual worlds and their societal impact, from early precursors and inspirations to the latest trends and developments. Specifics on user demographics are included, as are descriptions of virtual worlds' functions, discussion of societal concerns and opportunities, and information about relevant research data and key persons and organizations. Although virtual worlds in their current form are a relatively new phenomenon, other online social environments have served as precursors for decades and literary inspirations go back even further. This handbook therefore covers some early developments dating back to the mid-20th century. Its primary focus, however, is on developments since the mid-1990s and especially on the current state and social impact of virtual worlds, including their impact both in the United States and around the world.

  • Erika Meitner: Ideal Cities

        Ideal Cities

    This collection of autobiographical narrative and lyric poems explores the relationship between body and place—specifically the pleasures and dangers of women’s corporeal experiences. Ideal Cities is guided by an epigraph from Song of Songs, and the metaphorical idea of bodies as cities, and cities as bodies. How do women’s bodies become sites of inscription via sex, childbirth, and other highly physical acts? These poems also investigate urban, suburban, and rural borderlands. Who do we leave behind or look past? What do we discard, as purposeful markers or accidental refuse? How can these people, places, and objects be woven into larger ideas about nature, sense of place, home, exile, and both personal and collective memory?

  • Anthony A. Peguero: Gender, immigration, and school victimization

        School bullying

    It is well established that violence can seriously lead to mental health disorders, disrupt interpersonal social relationships, derail educational progress, and negatively impact life-course trajectories for youth. Despite the prevalence and problems associated with youth violence, studies that examine the disparities linked to race and ethnicity, immigration, and gender in relationship to the exposure and consequences of violence for youth are underrepresented and limited. Dr. Peguero’s research agenda is focused on addressing the gap in the sociological, criminological, and educational research literature in the pursuit of ameliorating the likelihood of violence, as well as the consequences, for marginalized and vulnerable youth populations. While Dr. Peguero’s work focuses on how violence contributes to social inequalities, this area of research is still in its infancy and future research will continue to incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to further this line of inquiry.

  • Emily Satterwhite: Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878

        Dear Appalachia

    Much criticism has been directed at negative stereotypes of Appalachia perpetuated by movies, television shows, and news media. Books, on the other hand, often draw enthusiastic praise for their celebration of the simplicity and authenticity of the Appalachian region. Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878 employs the innovative strategy of examining fan mail, reviews, and readers' geographic affiliations to understand how readers have imagined the region and what purposes these imagined geographies have served for them. As Emily Satterwhite traces the changing visions of Appalachia across the decades, from the Gilded Age (1865–1895) to the present, she finds that every generation has produced an audience hungry for a romantic version of Appalachia.

  • Dwight Bigler: Miss Mackenzie

        Miss Mackenzie score

    "She moved up her hair from off her ears, knowing where she would find a few that were grey, and shaking her head, as though owning to herself that she was old; but as her fingers ran almost involuntarily across her locks, her touch told her that they were soft and silken; and she looked into her own eyes, and saw that they were bright; and her hand touched the outline of her cheek, and she knew that something of the fresh bloom of youth was still there; and her lips parted, and there were her white teeth; and there came a smile and a dimple, and a slight purpose of laughter in her eye, and then a tear. She pulled her scarf tighter across her bosom, feeling her own form, and then she leaned forward and kissed herself in the glass."

    —Anthony Trollope, in Miss Mackenzie, 1865
  • Neal King: Passion of the Christ

        Passion of the Christ

    “Neal King knows more about the making, marketing and reception of The Passion of the Christ than anyone else. He gives us an elegant and perceptive analysis of the controversies that surrounded Gibson’s film and a sociological portrait of their origins in the competing objectives of polarized groups. King’s book is an essential source on the making and meaning of a film that has been both celebrated and condemned.”
    - Stephen Prince, author of Firestorm: American Film in the Age of Terrorism

    “This book is a means to reignite interest in the film and inspire debate surrounding it. Neal’s resurrection of the film may help it take its rightful place in cinematic history.”
    - Lauren Felton, Filmwerk

  • Brian Britt: Biblical curses and the displacement of tradition

        Biblical curses and the displacement of tradition

    In Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition Brian Britt offers an intriguing perspective on curses as the focus of debates over the power, pleasure, and danger of words. Biblical authors transformed ancient Near Eastern curses against rival ethnic groups, disobedient ancestors, and the day of one’s own birth with great variety and ingenuity. Transformations of biblical curses proliferated in post-biblical history, even during periods of ‘secularization’. This study argues that biblical, early modern, and contemporary transformations of curses constitute displacements rather than replacements of earlier traditions. The crucial notion of displacement draws from Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, Nietzsche’s critical philosophy, and Benjamin’s engagement with textual tradition; it highlights not only manifest shifts but also many hidden continuities between cursing in biblical texts and cursing in such ‘secular’ domains as literature, law, politics, and philosophy. The tradition of biblical cursing—neither purely ‘religious’ nor purely ‘secular’—travels through these texts and contexts as it redefines verbal, human, and supernatural power.

  • Laura Zanotti: Governing disorder

        Governing disorder book cover

    The end of the Cold War created an opportunity for the United Nations to reconceptualize the rationale and extent of its peacebuilding efforts, and in the 1990s, democracy and good governance became legitimizing concepts for an expansion of UN activities. In Governing Disorder, Zanotti combines her firsthand experience of UN peacebuilding operations with the insights of Michel Foucault to examine the genealogy of post–Cold War discourses promoting international security. Zanotti also maps the changes in legitimizing principles for intervention, explores the specific techniques of governance deployed in UN operations, and identifies the forms of resistance these operations encounter from local populations and the (often unintended) political consequences they produce.