Alumni and Faculty Books
Jonathan Gil Harris
Foreign Bodies and the Body Politic
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)
An associate professor in the English department,
Harris examines the origins of modern discourses of social pathology
in Elizabethan and Jacobean medical and political writing. Plays,
pamphlets, and political treatises of this period displayed an
increasingly xenophobic tendency to attribute Englands
ills to "foreign bodies" such as Jews, Catholics, and
witches, as well as "treat" their "poisonous"
features for the health of the body politic. Harris argues that
these are among the bases of 20th-century politico-medical discourses
of "infection" and "containment."
Albert Henderson 60, ed.
Electronic Databases and Publishing
(New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Periodicals
Consortium, Rutgers University, 1998)
A collection of nearly 30 essays, the book
analyzes the development of electronic bibliographic databases
in fields as diverse as chemistry, music, and political science.
Henderson is the editor of the journal Publishing Research Quarterly.
Queen of the Silver Dollar
(Sag Harbor, N.Y.: Permanent Press, 1997)
novel concerns a redheaded, 61" cowgirl named June
who is recovering from alcoholism and other problems at a posh
rehab center where the patients are referred to as "guests"
and the women wear pearls to dinner. The book is narrated by
June, who meets some colorful characters along the way to possible
love and redemption. The author is an instructor in the Writing
Todd McLeish 84
What a Way to Go . . .
(Hyannis, Mass.: Verbis Publishing, 1997)
as a great gift for your odd friends, the book details outrageous-but-true
stories of how real people met their maker, including the bicyclist
killed by a flying canoe and hundreds more. The author says in
his introduction, "The one thing all of the stories have
in common is that they are truly weird." McLeish is the
public relations coordinator for an electric company in Rhode
Island and has an acute sense of the morbid.
Tom Monsell 56
Nixon on Stage and Screen: The Thirty-Seventh President
as Depicted in Films, Television, Plays and Opera
(Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company
The books annotates all films and plays that
contain portraiturefavorable and unfavorableof Richard
Nixon. A review in the April 1998 issue of Classic Images reported,
"Whatever ones political viewpoint, it makes fascinating
reading. . . . [For example,] the author, quite rightly, point[s]
out that Nixon gave more public support to the arts than any
other president before him and document[s] the wealth of material
Nixon provided for comedians during his presidency and in later
years." Monsell is a film and theater critic.