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 England’s 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.

Edward Hower

Queen of the Silver Dollar
(Sag Harbor, N.Y.: Permanent Press, 1997)

Hower’s latest novel concerns a redheaded, 6’1" 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 Program.

Todd McLeish ’84

What a Way to Go . . .
(Hyannis, Mass.: Verbis Publishing, 1997)

Billed 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 Publishing, 1997)

The books annotates all films and plays that contain portraiture—favorable and unfavorable—of Richard Nixon. A review in the April 1998 issue of Classic Images reported, "Whatever one’s 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.

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