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Landscape with Two Saints
How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe
by Lisa Bitel
Oxford University Press / By examining the ruins of their cities and churches, the workings of their cults, and generations of their devotees, Lisa Bitel, professor of history and gender studies, shows how Brigit of Kildare and Genovefa of Paris helped northern Europeans adapt to religious change at the beginning of the Middle Ages.


Mathematics of Physics and Engineering
by Edward Blum and Sergey Lototsky
World Scientific / Edward Blum, professor emeritus of mathematics and biomedical engineering, and Sergey Lototsky, professor of mathematics, take readers on a journey through the mathematical worlds of Euclid, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and Schrodinger-Dirac.



Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900–1920
Art, Life & Culture of the Russian Silver Age
by John Bowlt
Vendome Press / In this survey, John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, sheds new light on Russia’s Silver Age including the period’s best known artists and lesser known movements.



The Women
by T.C. Boyle
Viking / The triumphs and defeats of architect Frank Lloyd Wright were always tied to the women he loved: an exotic Montenegrin beauty; an ill-tempered Southern belle with a morphine addiction; the strong-willed wife of a neighbor who later was tragically murdered; and his first wife, with whom he had six children. In his latest novel, T.C. Boyle, Distinguished Professor of English, tells the story of Wright’s life through the eyes of a young man who in 1932 sought an apprenticeship with the architect at his Wisconsin estate.


Making Transcendents
Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China
by Robert Campany
University of Hawai’i Press / Both xian or transcendents — godlike beings endowed with supernormal powers — and those who aspired to this status in the centuries leading up to 350 c.e. have traditionally been portrayed as hermit-like figures. This study by Robert Campany, professor of religion, and East Asian languages and cultures, offers a very different view of xian-seekers in late classical and early medieval China.


Where Memory Dwells
Culture and State Violence in Chile
by Macarena Gómez-Barris
University of California Press / In this ethnography, Macarena Gómez-Barris, assistant professor of sociology, and American studies and ethnicity, examines cultural sites and representations in Chile to uncover the lasting impact of state-sponsored violence.



Tall If
by Mark Irwin
Western Michigan University Press / Mark Irwin, assistant professor of English, has completed his sixth collection of poetry. The American Book Review praises his work, saying, “Irwin is a poet who looks into the world and sees more questions than answers … big questions, inquiries that explore the nature of existence, meaning and reality.”


The Street Gangs of Euroburg
A Story of Research
by Malcolm Klein
iuniverse / Placed in a fictional but typical European city, a research team responds to reports of street gang violence by adapting the widely used research procedures developed in the Eurogang Program in a dozen countries since 1997. Malcolm Klein, professor emeritus of sociology, follows the development of the research team and its relationships with community leaders, the press, and several different street gangs.


Global California
Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge
by Abraham Lowenthal
Stanford University Press / Abraham Lowenthal, Robert F. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization and Development, and professor of international relations, addresses how California citizens are affected by international trends, and what they can do to identify and promote their own interests in a rapidly changing world. 


Margaret Mead
The Making of an American Icon
by Nancy Lutkehaus
Princeton University Press / Nancy Lutkehaus, professor of anthropology, gender studies and political science, explores the life and ideas of Margaret Mead, and how she became an American cultural heroine who represented new ideas about women, non-Western peoples, culture and America’s role in the 20th century.


Fatal Journey
The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson
by Peter Mancall
Basic Books / Peter Mancall, professor of history and anthropology, chronicles English explorer Henry Hudson’s final expedition and his undoing at the hands of his own men.



Genealogical Fictions
Limpieza de Sangre, Religion and Gender in Colonial Mexico
by María Elena Martínez
Stanford University Press / María Elena Martínez, associate professor of Latin American history, provides the first in-depth study of the relationship between the Spanish concept of limpieza de sangre (purity of blood) and colonial Mexico’s sistema de castas, a hierarchical system of social classification based on ancestry.


It’s All for the Kids
Gender, Families, and Youth Sports
by Michael Messner
University of California Press / Weaving together first-person interviews with his own experiences with his sons’ teams, Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies, probes the richly complex gender dynamics of youth sports.



This Could Be the Start of Something Big
How Social Movements for Regional Equity Are Reshaping Metropolitan America
by Manuel Pastor, Chris Benner and Martha Matsuoka
Cornell University Press / Manuel Pastor, professor of geography, and American studies and ethnicity, and his coauthors evaluate what has and has not worked in various campaigns to achieve regional equity. What they term “social movement regionalism” might offer an important contribution to the revitalization of progressive politics in America. 


The Clothing of the Renaissance World
by Margaret Rosenthal and Ann Rosalind Jones
Thames & Hudson / Margaret Rosenthal, associate professor of Italian, and her coauthor offer the first English translation of Italian artist Cesare Vecelli’s definitive guide to the world’s dress and customs in the late 16th century.


The Politics of Exclusion
The Failure of Race-Neutral Policies in Urban America
by Leland Saito
Stanford University Press / Focusing on economic redevelopment, historic preservation and redistricting in San Diego, New York City and Los Angeles, Leland Saito, associate professor of sociology, and American studies and ethnicity, illustrates the enduring presence of racial considerations and inequality in public policy.


Fighting for Foreigners
Immigration and Its Impact on Japanese Democracy
by Apichai W. Shipper
Cornell University Press / Apichai W. Shipper, assistant professor of political science and international relations, shows how Japanese citizens have responded to a shift in demographics by establishing a variety of local advocacy groups to help immigrants secure access to social services, economic equality and political rights.


The Key of Green
Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture
by Bruce Smith
University of Chicago Press / Bruce Smith, the Dean’s Professor of English, studies the color green, considering its significance in the literature, visual arts and popular culture of early modern England.



Natural Language
What It Means & How We Use It
by Scott Soames
Princeton University Press / This first volume of Philosophical Essays, 15 essays by Scott Soames, director of the School of Philosophy, spans 28 years of thinking about linguistic meaning — what it is, how we use it and what questions should be answered by empirical theories dealing with it.


The Wandering Signifier
Rhetoric of Jewishness in the Latin American Imaginary
by Erin Graff Zivin
Duke University Press / Erin Graff Zivin, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, traces the symbolic presence of Jews and Jewishness in late 19th- through late 20th-century aesthetic works from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, and Nicaragua.


Edited Works

Attributed to Seneca
Oxford University Press / A.J. Boyle, professor of classics, offers new Latin text of Octavia, an English verse translation, as well as detailed commentary and an introduction.


Nitrogen in the Marine Environment
Elsevier / This second edition by Douglas Capone, William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of biological sciences, and his co-editors covers the discoveries during the past decade that have fundamentally changed the view of the marine nitrogen cycle.


Love, West Hollywood
Reflections of Los Angeles
Alyson Books / Chris Freeman, of English and gender studies, and his co-editor have collected a series of literary love letters to L.A. that tell the story of the city’s gay history.


The Civic Life of American Religion
Stanford University Press / This collection of essays edited by Paul Lichterman, associate professor of sociology and religion, and C. Brady Potts, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology, investigates the public roles of religious congregations and associations.


A Continental Plate Boundary
Tectonics at South Island, New Zealand
American Geophysical Union / David Okaya, professor of earth sciences, and his co-editors offer comprehensive, up-to-date knowledge on the tectonics and plate dynamics of the Pacific Australian continental plate boundary in the South Island.


Multicultural Jurisprudence
Comparative Perspectives on the Cultural Defense
Hart Publishing / Alison Dundes Renteln, professor of political science, and her co-editor bring together powerful examples of the cultural defense in many countries in Western Europe, North America and elsewhere.


Read more articles from USC College Magazine's Spring/Summer 2009 issue.