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Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest over Art and Culture in America

by Steven Tepper, associate professor of sociology and associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy (2011, University of Chicago Press)

Tepper’s book suggests that artists who simply cite the First Amendment, guaranteeing free speech, to defend their work aren’t cutting it in a “YouTube world,” where it is difficult for anyone to truly stop art from being disseminated. “Perhaps we can have more art, more controversy, more protest, more conversation, more obstacles, more alternatives, more community and more democracy,” he says.


What You Will: Gender, Contract and Shakespearean Social Space

by Kathryn Schwarz, associate professor of English (2011, University of Pennsylvania Press)

Noting that the pattern in 16th- and 17th-century representations of femininity is that women pose a threat when they conform too willingly to social conventions, Schwarz begins her book with an examination of early modern disciplines that treat will as an aspect of the individual psyche, of rhetoric, and of sexual and gendered identities. She then analyzes will through Shakespearean works in which feminine characters articulate and manage the values that define them, revealing the vital force of conventional acts.


In the Highest Traditions of the Royal Navy: The Life of Captain John Leach MVO DSO

by Matthew B. Wills, BA’54 (2011, The History Press, UK)

Wills tells the story of John Leach, analyzing the influences that shaped him and led ultimately to his heroic end. He traces Leach’s life from his time at Royal Naval College, Osborne and Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, his baptism by fire in the service when he survived a direct shell hit to the bridge where he was standing, and his time as captain of the Prince of Wales. The book presents a portrait of one of Britain’s finest, using new research on failures in navy intelligence as a major factor in the loss of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse.


Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why and How the South Became Republican

edited by Glenn Feldman, MA’86 (2011, University Press of Florida)

Has the South, once the “Solid South” of the Democratic party, truly become an unassailable Republican stronghold? If so, when, where, why and how did this seismic change occur? What are the implications for the U.S. body politic?

In Painting Dixie Red a distinguished group of scholars engages in this debate, some making the case that the South has become Republican and some contending that it has not.


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Personhood and the Law

A book by a Vanderbilt professor about the legal methods used to deprive people of their personhood has been named among the top 25 academic books of the year by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons (2011, Princeton University Press) was written by Colin Dayan, the Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt. Moving seamlessly across genres and disciplines, the book demonstrates how contemporary jurisprudence regarding cruel and unusual punishment prepared the way for abuses in Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay.

“To be a person can mean a number of things,” Dayan said in a Vanderbilt View story about The Law Is a White Dog. “You can be a person and still be depersonalized. Today, larger and larger groups of persons are being created who legally no longer have the attributes of will and personality, something like the ‘living dead.’”

—Jim Patterson

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