Oh autumn, the inspiring industriousness of your birds and squirrels, the beauty of your leaves, the crispness of your breeze, the clatter of your printing presses as they churn out the latest opuses of our professors.
Nabobs by Professor Tillman Nechtman of the History dept.
Nechtman’s academic focus on Britain and its empires continues in his writing. Nabobs, a name for employees of the East India Company who would carry pieces of India’s culture back with them on their return to Britain, explores the contentious relationship between imperial powers and the culture of their conquered. Domestic critics of the Nabobs accused them of attempting to reverse the currents of imperialism and dilute British culture, a fear unforeign to anyone studying current immigration policy.
Hard Grass by Mary Zeiss Stange of the Religion and Women’s Studies depts.
The essays that make up Hard Grass offer Mary Zeiss Stange’s story of running the Crazy Woman Bison Ranch with her husband near Ekalaka, Montana. The collection is less a memoir than a intimate portrait of southeastern Montanna, examining the realities of ranch life at a time when the “New West” of subdivision, “ranchettes,” telecommuting, and tourism collides with the “True West.” Zeiss Stange is careful not to play to our “True West” nostalgia, portraying an oft-forgotten fly-over America shaped by the social, environmental and political realities it’s become wrapped up in. (purchase)
Bomber County by Daniel Swift of the English dept.
We’ve talked about Bomber County before. You know we love it but did you know that other people love it too? The New York Times reviewed it twice (one and two), Swift gave an interview on WAMC, and gave a reading.
Twenty Danses Macabres, by poet Jay Rogoff of the English dept.
I don’t know much about Jay Rogoff’s Robert Watson Poetry Award winning letterpressed chapbook of sonnets except for that some are grim and some are humorous. Danses Macabres is a medieval reference to the universality of death as a dance we must all undertake, so maybe it has something to do with that? Much of Rogoff’s poetry focuses on dance—his book The Code of Terpsichore is expected in 2011 from Isu Press. (purchase)