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Tennyson’s Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Oxford University Press

A new book by Cornelia Pearsall, associate professor of English language and literature, explores Tennyson’s representation of rapture as a radical mechanism of transformation -- theological, social, political or personal -- and as a figure for critical processes in his own poetics. The poet’s fascination with transformation reflects the genre he is credited with inventing: the dramatic monologue. Offering a new approach to reading all Victorian dramatic monologues, Tennyson’s Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue argues against a critical tradition that sees speakers as unintentionally self-revealing and ignorant of the implications of their speech.

Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity from Museums to Beauty Shops

Duke University Press

In her new book, Ginetta E. B. Candelario ’90, associate professor of sociology and Latin American and Latina/o studies, offers a historical and ethnographic examination of Dominican identity. She draws on extensive observation in a Dominican beauty shop in Washington Heights, a New York neighborhood with the oldest and largest Dominican community outside the Republic, as well as interviews with Dominicans in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Santo Domingo.

Yet I Loved Jacob: Reclaiming the Biblical Concept of Election

Abingdon Press

According to Joel Kaminsky, professor of religion and director of the program in Jewish studies, God’s larger plan for the world is worked out through the three-way relationship between God, Israel and the nations of the world. He offers examples from the Bible and familiar stories in Genesis to help readers understand the idea of “chosenness” and explores what the Bible says about how God chooses, how humans participate and how God’s intentions are mapped out.

Ida: A Sword Among Lions -- Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching

Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher

Paula J. Giddings, Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American studies, began a national book tour in March, at the Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago, to promote her new book Ida: A Sword Among Lions -- Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching. The book is described by the publisher as “a sweeping narrative about a country and a crusader -- Ida B. Wells -- embroiled in the struggle against lynching: a practice that imperiled not only the lives of black men and women, but also a nation based on law and riven by race.”

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