Beaty, Frederick L. The Ironic World of Evelyn Waugh: A Study of Eight Novels. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 1994, 250 pp., $15.00, paper.
Proclaimed the greatest novelist of his generation by one of its foremost historians, Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) portrays the intricacies of human life on a broad and colorful canvas. His many famous novels--as well as his lesser-known nonfiction writings--continue to attract readers and to challenge critics. The heart of their appeal, Beaty shows, is Waugh's rich and varied use of irony to explore the texture of society. Beaty is an emeritus professor of English at IUB.
Bhola, H. S. A Source Book for Literacy Work: Perspective from the Grassroots. Paris: UNESCO, 1994, 200 pp., $20.00, paper.
Covering a wide range of literacy topics, including literacy planning, program implementation, and literacy evaluation, this book emphasizes literacy work at the grassroots level. The theory and research come from rural and urban settings around the world and refer to literacy work with a variety of different learners. Bhola is a professor of education at IUB.
Dégh, Linda. Narratives in Society: A Performer Centered Study of Narration. Helsinki, Finland: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1995, 410 pp., $45.00, cloth
The twenty essays in this book, divided into four sections, represent the author's ideas, theories, and methodological approaches to folk narrative. The first makes the case for narrator orientation as a field ethnography-based humanistic approach; the second introduces the narrator's personality and Weltanschauung (a comprehensive philosophy of the world) as the keys to his or her motivation and art; the third discusses the intricacies and dynamics of story transmission and dissemination; and the fourth presents case studies that illustrate the author's method of analysis of narrative performance. Dégh is a distinguished professor of folklore at IUB.
Felber, Lynette. Gender and Genre in Novels without End. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 1995, 208 pp., $39.95, cloth.
Tracing the roman-fleuve--the multivolume sequence novel--through three periods of history, the author examines three British serial works that were to some degree innovative and experimental: Anthony Trollope's Palliser novels, Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage, and Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time. Felber argues that the roman-fleuve has an inherent propensity for "an écriture féminine, a writing with narrative features that are designated feminine." She acknowledges that the French theorists with whom she is aligned define formal features of writing in sexual terms. Certain to be controversial to some feminists, her argument places her in the heart of the essentialism-constructionism debate. Felber is an associate professor of English at IPFW.
Ferrell, Robert H. Harry S. Truman: A Life. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 1994, 501 pp., $29.95, cloth.
In this major new biography, the author challenges the popular characterization of Truman as a man who rarely sought the offices he received, revealing instead a man who--with modesty, commitment to service, and basic honesty--moved with method and system toward the presidency. This research offers new perspectives on many key episodes in Truman's career, including his first Senate term and the circumstances surrounding the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan. Ferrell is a professor emeritus of history at IUB.
Gilbert, Sandra M., Susan Gubar, and Diana O'Hehir, eds. Mother Songs: Poems for, by, and about Mothers. New York: W. W. Norton, 1995, 380 pp., $22.50, cloth.
A collection of verse about maternity and the celebration of motherhood, Mother Songs brings together a range of classic and contemporary poems from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. The editors have included traditional ballads about maternity and courtly elegies for or by mothers, as well as landmark nineteenth-century tributes to mothers and early twentieth-century meditations on motherhood. Gubar is a professor of English at IUB.
Jackson, Michael. At Home in the World. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1995, 189 pp., $21.95, cloth.
Blending narrative ethnography, empirical research, philosophy, and poetry, the author focuses on the existential meaning of being at home in the world. Here, home becomes a metaphor for the intimate relationship between the part of the world a person calls "self" and the part of the world called "other." The book chronicles Jackson's experience among the Warlpiri of the Tanami Desert. Jackson is the College Professor of Anthropology at IUB.
Kniesner, Thomas J., and John D. Leeth. Simulating Workplace Safety Policy. The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995, 240 pp., $85.00, cloth.
Numerical simulations can be used to take an integrated quantitative look at how the various institutions influencing workplace safety relate to the observed levels of illnesses and injuries among U.S. workers. The book pieces together the mosaic of interactions among workers, employers, state government, and the federal government that is numerically realistic according to economists' current knowledge of quantitative linkages. The book's goal is to map out how the U.S. economic system determines employment patterns, wages, and workplace safety levels. Kniesner is a professor of economics at IUB.
Spulber, Nicolas, and Asghar Sabbaghi. Economics of Water Resources: From Regulation to Privatization. The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994, 329 pp., $125.00, cloth.
The purpose of this book is to develop a general economic model that integrates the quantity and quality issues of water resource management and to provide, along with a detailed criticism of the policy instruments now in use, alternative proposals concerning the efficient allocation and distribution of water. In particular, the authors treat water as a multiproduct commodity where the market plays a major role in determining water quality–discriminant pricing and its value to the user. The book examines the process of moving from administrative allocation and regulation to privatization of the water industry as the key element in promoting effective competition and in providing economic incentives for greater efficiency. Spulber is an emeritus distinguished professor of economics at IUB. Sabbahi is a professor of management sciences and information systems at IUSB.
Thorelli, Hans B. Integral Strategy. 2 vols. Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press, 1995, 490 pp., $157.00, cloth.
These volumes contain the papers and debates of a colloquium of scholars, executives, and consultants, which the author arranged prior to retiring from the E. W. Kelley Professorship. The focus is on the need for integration of strategy across functions, products, geographical areas, and customer markets. Among the score of speakers included are Michael Porter, corporate strategy guru at Harvard University, and Randall Tobias, CEO of Eli Lilly. Thorelli is a distinguished professor emeritus of business administration at IUB.
Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N., and Elizabeth J. Perry, eds. Popular Protest and Political Culture in Modern China. 2nd ed. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1994, 350 pp., $22.95, paper.
From the Goddess of Democracy (a statue placed in Tiananmen Square) to the Tang Dynasty rock band, from the political theater of protest to the siren call of revolution, this book covers the poignance and complexity of what China--and so many other countries--are up against in re-forming their political culture at the end of the twentieth century. Wasserstrom is an associate professor of history at IUB.
Weiner, Marc A. Richard Wagner and the Anti-Semitic Imagination. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1995, 419 pp., $40.00, cloth.
Scholars have generally acknowledged Wagner's anti-Semitism but have argued that it is irrelevant to his operas. The author challenges that view by asserting that anti-Semitism is a crucial, pervasive feature in Wagner's operas. Weiner argues that the operas exemplify and contribute to a vast collection of images that are patently anti-Semitic and that these images were readily recognized as such by nineteenth century German audiences. Weiner is an associate professor of Germanic studies at IUB.
Yi, Gang. Money, Banking, and Financial Markets in China. Boulder, Colorado, Westview Press, 1994, 311 pp., $49.95, cloth.
This book offers the first comprehensive study of the money, banking, and financial markets in China since the establishment of the central bank system in 1984. The author analyzes the impact of the profound institutional changes of the 1980s and early 1990s and highlights the fundamental transformation of the role of money--from a passive accounting tool in the centrally planned system to an active and intrinsically important factor in determining the growth and stability of the present economy. Yi is an associate professor of economics at IUPUI.