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Bookbeat: February 2004

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Shakespeare, the Movie IIShakespeare, the Movie II

by Richard Burt, Department of English
(Routledge, 2004)
Available through Amazon

There are more references to Shakespeare in popular culture than is often recognized. From film interpretations of the works, to television commercials boasting Romeo and Juliet text messaging with cell phones, images and sound bites exist but are rarely acknowledged by critics and reviewers. English Professor Richard Burt, along with Dartmouth College colleague Lynda E. Boose, is taking a new approach of looking at Shakespeare images. "If you start to look for Shakespeare in films, you'll discover that he shows up very frequently, even more so since the early 19990s," he says. "Shakespeare is often there, but it's often unclear why. He is present yet nearly invisible."

Richard BurtAlthough there are critics who oppose cinematic interpretations of Shakespeare, Burt says academic criticism on the topic has been widely accepted. Shakespeare, the Movie II has been adopted as the text for several courses at colleges across the nation, including Burt's own Shakespeare in film course at UF.

While the first edition of the book, published in 1997, included essays written since the 1970s, Shakespeare, the Movie II offers 16 new essays looking at cinematic Shakespeare references in the 19990s on an international level, incorporating Europe and Asia. Burt says the phenomenon of DVD has created new possibilities for film, which is explored in the collection of essays. Looking at Shakespeare's presence in DVD features such as menu trailers, commentary and deleted scenes changes the status of film itself. "The contributors also talk about the increasing globalization of Shakespeare," he says. "The trend of Shakespeare references has lasted much longer than I thought it would."

—Kimberly A. Lopez

Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application

Criminological Theoriesby Ronald L. Akers, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society and Christine S. Sellers
(Roxbury Publishing Company, 2004)
Available through Amazon

In the new fourth edition of Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application, Ronald L. Akers and new co-author Christine S. Sellers provide a concise but thorough review and appraisal of the leading theories of crime and criminal justice. Based on the widespread success of the first three editions, this landmark book has been updated and revised to keep current with changes in development, testing, integration, and application of important criminological theories. The fourth edition continues its focus on evaluating the principal criminological theories, chiefly on the basis of their empirical validity as demonstrated through relevant research.


Conservation, Ecology, and Management of African Fresh Waters

Conservation, Ecology, and Managementby Lauren and Colin Chapman, Department of Zoology
(University Press of Florida, 2004)
Available through the University Press of Florida

This interdisciplinary study of the disruptions threatening aquatic systems in Africa provides a continent-wide perspective on multidimensional environmental problems in the context of a rapidly expanding human population. Contributors confront both local and international water resource issues in Africa, illustrate commonalities among countries, and examine varied approaches used to solve water resource management problems. Linking social and natural sciences in diverse environmental and social settings at different scales of analysis (historical, regional, and ecosystem), the contributors identify regional issues and detect generalities to provide a baseline for decision making in the twenty-first century.

— Publisher

Spirituality in the Land of the Noble: How Iran Shaped the World's Religions

Spirituality in the Land of the Nobleby Richard Foltz, Department of Religion
(Oneworld Publishing, 2004)
Available through Amazon

Spirituality in the Land of the Noble: How Iran Shaped the World's Religions offers a history of world religions from the perspective of their interactions with Iranian civilization over the course of four thousand years. Iran is seen, along with the Near East and South Asia, to be one of the world's major "cradles of religions," having given rise to Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and the Baha'i faith, and played a pivotal role in transforming and transmitting Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam. This is the first book to discuss Iran's contribution to the history of religions in such broad perspective.

— Publisher

Archaeology is Anthropology

Archaeology is Anthropologyby Susan Gillespie, Department of Anthropology, and Deborah L. Nichols
(Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, 2004)
Available through Blackwell Synergy

In the Americas, the discipline of archaeology has, for the most part, been subsumed with the larger discipline of anthropology. Nevertheless, in recent years there has been a growing movement among archaeologists to establish an autonomous academic discipline separate from departments of anthropology. The authors of this edited volume, who represent academic and non-academic archaeologists, together with non-archaeological anthropologists, present the opposite viewpoint, providing intellectual and practical reasons for retaining archaeology within the umbrella of anthropology. They argue that archaeology and anthropology as a whole benefit from their continued collaboration.

- Author

Donald Davidson

Donald Davidsonby Kirk Ludwig, Department of Philosophy
(Cambridge University Press, 2004)
Available through Amazon

Written by a distinguished roster of philosophers, this volume includes chapters on truth and meaning; the philosophy of action; radical interpretation; philosophical psychology; knowledge of the external world; other minds and our own minds; and the implications of Davidson's work for literary theory. Donald Davidson has been one of the most influential figures in modern analytic philosophy and has made significant contributions to a wide range of subjects. Embodied in a series of landmark essays stretching over nearly 40 years, his principal work exhibits a unity rare among philosophers contributing on so many diverse fronts.

- Publisher

The Shadow of God: Stories from Early Judaism

The Shadow of Godby Leo D. Sandgren, Department of Religion
(Hendrickson Publishers, 2004)
Available through Amazon

Using the medium of historical fiction, The Shadow of God covers six centuries of Jewish history, from the Babylonian exile to the destruction of the Second Temple. Fifteen stories, each centered on a historical event, explore typical Jewish characters of the era. Women and men, some historical, some fictional, grapple with changing views of God, Torah, and the attraction of Hellenism. The narrator, Leontius, weaves the stories into an organic saga that answers the ancient call to be a Jew and worship the Most High God. Here, students will unearth up-to-date scholarship on early Judaism, teachers of Bible backgrounds will discover a supplemental text that engages while it instructs, and lovers of fiction will be delighted by the good story of The Shadow of God.

— Publisher

After Spanish Rule: Postcolonial Predicaments of the Americas

After Spanish Ruleby Mark Thurner, Departments of Anthropology and History
(Duke University Press, 2004)
Available through Amazon

Insisting on the critical value of Latin American histories for recasting theories of postcolonialism, After Spanish Rule is the first collection of essays by Latin Americanist historians and anthropologists to engage postcolonial debates from the perspective of diverse Latin American contexts, ranging from the narratives of eighteenth-century travelers and clerics in the region to the status of indigenous intellectuals in present-day Colombia. The editors argue that the construction of an array of singular histories at the intersection of particular colonialisms and nationalisms must become the critical project of postcolonial history-writing.

— Publisher

Coxeter Matroids

Coxeter Matroidsby Neil White, Department of Mathematics
(Birkhauser, 2004)
Available through Amazon

Matroids appear in diverse areas of mathematics, from combinatorics to algebraic topology and geometry. This largely self-contained text provides an intuitive and interdisciplinary treatment of Coxeter matroids, a new and beautiful generalization of matroids, which is based on a finite Coxeter group. Key topics and features of the book include matroids examined in terms of symmetric and finite reflection groups, finite reflection and Coxeter groups developed from scratch, and ample references to current research. Accessible to graduate students and research mathematicians alike, Coxeter Matroids can be used as an introductory survey, a graduate course text, or a reference volume.

— Publisher

Jane Dominguez

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