Washington College recently celebrated the works of several faculty authors at a reading and book signing at the Rose O’Neill Literary House.
Picking Up the Pieces
Emily Chamlee-Wright, professor of economics and Provost and Dean of the College, is fascinated with how communities rebound—or fail to rebound—in the aftermath of catastrophic disaster, with particular emphasis on post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans. Her most recent work, The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery: Social Learning in a Post-Disaster Environment, was released by Routledge in 2010.
Award-winning poet Jehanne Dubrow, director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House and assistant professor of creative writing and literature, has produced four full-length volumes of poetry. Her newest collection, Red Army Red, was released by Northwestern University Press in October 2012. The book examines Dubrow’s coming of age in the Eastern Bloc, using the oppressive language of Communism to speak about the oppressiveness of the adolescent body.
The River as Muse
Meredith Davies Hadaway, former Vice President for College Relations & Marketing and now writer in residence at the Rose O’Neill Literary House, is the author of two collections of poetry, The River is a Reason (January 2011) and Fishing Secrets of the Dead (2005), both issued by Word Press. Taking inspiration from the natural environs, her poems balance between the everyday and the mysterious, as they flow between praise and lament.
Alisha Knight, associate professor of English and American Studies, offers the first full-length critical analysis of African-American writer Pauline Hopkins. Released by the University of Tennessee Press in 2012, Knight’s Pauline Hopkins and the American Dream: An African American Writer’s (Re)Visionary Gospel of Success offers literary scholars and historians alike insight into the life and writings of a woman who openly confronted discrimination at the turn of the century.
Ashgate Press, a leading independent press dedicated to publishing the finest academic research, released Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction and Performance in 2011. Co-edited by Kathryn M. Moncrief, chair and associate professor of English, the collection of essays questions the extent to which education—an activity pursued in the home, classroom, and church—led to, mirrored, and was perhaps even transformed by moments of instruction on stage. It argues that along with the popular press, the early modern stage is a key pedagogical site and that education—performed and performative—plays a central role in gender construction. Co-edited with Kathryn R. McPherson.
Poet and playwright Robert Earl Price, a lecturer in drama, premiered his play All Blues at Washington College and then took the show to Atlanta. Named for the 1959 Miles Davis classic from Kind of Blue, All Blues is based on the story of a white newspaper reporter who traveled through the South in 1948 as a black man. The production was a collaboration between the College’s Department of Drama and the Atlanta theater company 7 Stages.
Was Abraham Lincoln a racist? In his compelling new book, Lincoln and Race (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), history professor Richard Striner weighs the evidence and concludes that, not only was Lincoln free of racial bias, but he also was a political genius willing to deceive his opponents about his racial attitudes in order to further the cause of human rights.