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The Abortion Myth

Leslie Cannold, OtherRene Denfeld
A new voice urges feminism to evolve a richer, more nuanced understanding of abortion. The feminist position on abortion is little changed from thirty years ago, argues Leslie Cannold. Mired in the rhetoric of "rights," feminists have failed to appreciate women's actual experience of abortion and have ceded the debate on the morality of abortion to the anti-choice contingent. In order to counter the current erosion of abortion rights and appeal to...

About Writing

Samuel R. Delany
Essential reading for the creative writer. Award-winning novelist Samuel R. Delany has written a book for creative writers to place alongside E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel and Lajos Egri's Art of Dramatic Writing. Taking up specifics (When do flashbacks work, and when should you avoid them? How do you make characters both vivid and sympathetic?) and generalities (How are novels structured? How do writers establish serious literary reputations today?), Delany also...

Acting on the Past

edited by Mark Franko, Annette Richards
Leading scholars redefine the scope and concerns of scholarship on historical performance. Performance studies have been increasingly influential on recent developments in musicology, theater, art, and dance history, as these fields shift from primarily text-based disciplines to consider performativity, subjective experience, and particularized practice. At the same time, the editors argue, investigations into the pre- and early-modern...

Action Speaks Louder

Eric Lichtenfeld
An authoritative and entertaining history of the action film For more than 30 years, the action movie has been the film genre that most represents Hollywood to the world, as action films find blockbuster success at box offices internationally. Still, the genre seldom receives the critical attention it deserves. Studying its trends, key components, and visual excesses, this new and expanded edition of Action Speaks Louder traces the genre's evolution to...

The Actor Within

Rose Eichenbaum, photographs by Rose Eichenbaum, edited by Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Intimate portraits of some of the most beloved actors in America In Rose Eichenbaum's third work on the confluence of art making and human expression, she delves into the lives of thirty-five celebrated actors through intimate conversations and photographic portraits. With her probing questions and disarming manner, she captures the essential character of her subjects while shining a light on the art that defines...

Address

Elizabeth Willis
New poems from an original and challenging American voice Winner of the Laurence L. & Thomas Winship / PEN New England Award (2012) Address draws us into visible and invisible architectures, into acts of intimate and public address. These poems are concentrated, polyvocal, and sharply attentive to acts of representation; they take personally their politics and in the process reveal something about the way civic structures inhabit the imagination. Poisonous plants, witches, anthems, bees—beneath their surface, we glimpse the...

Africa's Gift to America

J. A. Rogers
Classic work of black study indicating a place for African people within Western history Originally published in 1959 and revised and expanded in 1989, this book asserts that Africans had contributed more to the world than was previously acknowledged. Historian Joel Augustus Rogers devoted a significant amount of his professional life to unearthing facts about people of African ancestry. He intended these findings to be a refutation of...

African American Connecticut Explored

edited by Elizabeth J. Normen, OtherKatherine J. Harris, Stacey K. Close, Wm. Frank Mitchell, Olivia White
First book for a general readership to present an overview of the African American experience in Connecticut Winner of the Connecticut League of Historic Organization Award of Merit (2015) The numerous essays by many of the state's leading historians in African American Connecticut Explored document an array of subjects beginning from the earliest years of the state's colonization around 1630 and...

After Spicer

edited by John Emil Vincent
The first critical book dedicated to the work of poet Jack Spicer The beauty and difficulty of Jack Spicer's poetry continues to resonate with contemporary audiences nearly fifty years after his death. After Spicer brings together work by ten eminent literary scholars to provide a long overdue exploration of Spicer's legacy even as it continues to unfold. As editor John Emil Vincent notes, it is Spicer's "boundary crashing"—in his poetry, poetics, and politics—that makes his work so powerful...

Afterrimages

Joan Retallack
Retallack's book draws readers into a meditative experience of time, space and language. Joan Retallack offers a book of forms, like the medieval Book of Hours, intended to draw readers into a meditative experience of time, space, language, the many humors of chance and design, as they intersect and leave their traces on the page. All of civilization to date, all of history is after all aftermath, afterthought, afterimage. The language graphics of AFTERRIMAGES lay claim to the fragility—the gift, the terror, and the...

Against the Evidence

David Ignatow
Rare poetry concerning human mortality and alienation. For over half a century, David Ignatow has crafted spare, plain, haunting poetry pf working life, urban images, and dark humor. The poetic heir of Whitman and William Carlos Williams, Ignatow is characteristically concerned with human mortality and human alienation in the world: the world as it is, defined by suffering and despair, yet at crucial times redeemed by cosmic vision and shared lives. His development as a poet is...

Against the Meanwhile

Mark Irwin
Three elegies exploring the nature of remembered time and space. Mark Irwin's boyhood near the nuclear laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, haunts his poetry. This book of three elegies explores the nature of remembered time and space—personal, historical, geological—against the progression of time—evolution, germination, cell division, nuclear fission, the decay of memory and feeling. This, the poet says, is a kind of "fossil record" of science's impact on the modern world. Entropy (the tendency of atoms...

The Age of Phillis

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Poems imagine the life and times of Phillis Wheatley NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work for Poetry 2020 National Book Award for Poetry, Longlist 2020 LA Times Book Award Finalist In 1773, a young, African American woman named Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry that challenged Western prejudices about African and female intellectual capabilities. Based on fifteen years of archival research, The Age of Phillis, by award-winning writer Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, imagines the life and...

The Age of Reasons

Ted Greenwald, edited by Miles Champion
The best of Ted Greenwald's uncollected poems from the 1970s This collection of Ted Greenwald's poetry, edited by Miles Champion, is a sampler of some of Greenwald's most breathtaking work. A New York poet with close ties to the New York School and the Language poets, Greenwald has written daily since the early 1960s, and none of the poems in this book are included in any of his books to date. These discrete works were written in advance of or alongside the extended...

Alcools

Guillaume Apollinaire, translated by Donald Revell
A new translation of this complex and beautiful poetry. Alcools, first published in 1913 and one of the few indispensable books of twentieth- century poetry, provides a key to the century's history and consciousness. Champion of "cubism", Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) fashions in verse the sonic equivalent of what Picasso accomplishes in his cubist works: simultaneity. Apollinaire has been so influential that without him there would have been no New York School of poetry and no Beat...

Along the Valley Line

Max R. Miller
The first book on the history of the Connecticut Valley Railroad The Connecticut Valley Railroad once carried both passengers and freight along the west bank of the Connecticut River between Hartford and Old Saybrook. Completed in 1871, today the railroad is known throughout New England for the nostalgic steam-powered excursion trains that run on a portion of the line between Essex and Chester. Until now the history of this popular tourist attraction has been...

Alphabet Theater

Meredith Stricker
Intelligent, emotionally engaging multi-media performance poetry. A mixed-media tour de force, Alphabet Theater breaks open the page to extend poetic practice into the realms of visual art and performance. Its complex and innovative format layers poetry, video stills, drawing and collages in pieces that range from performance art to opera and political theater. The book's four distinctive sections encompass four separate performances. In "The Poor Body," first performed in collaboration with choreographer...

The Alphabet in the Park

Adélia Prado
Poetry that eloquently concentrates on the spiritual and physical lives of women. This is the first book published in English by of the work of Brazilian poet Adélia Prado. Incorporating poems published over the past fifteen years, The Alphabet in the Park is a book of passion and intelligence, wit and instinct. These are poems about human concerns, especially those of women, about living in one's body and out of it, about the physical but also the spiritual and the imaginative life. Prado also...

Altazor

Vicente Huidobro, translated by Eliot Weinberger
Revised edition of a Latin American classic in a tour-de-force translation. Often compared with Apollinaire as the first and liveliest avant-garde poet in his language, Vicente Huidobro was a one-man movement ("Creationism") in the modernist swirl of Paris and Barcelona between the two World Wars. His masterpiece was the 1931 book-length epic Altazor, a Machine Age paean to flight that sends its hero (Altazor, the "antipoet") hurtling through Einsteinian space at light speed. Perhaps the...

The Alumni Show II

John B. Ravenal, OtherMichael S. Roth
A fortieth anniversary celebration of Wesleyan alumni artists In honor of the fortieth anniversary of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, The Alumni Show II looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists. Building on the first Alumni Show held in November/December 2003 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the CFA, this exhibition (September 6 – December 8, 2013) features an entirely new selection of seventeen alumni artists. Their work spans a broad range of...