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September 13, 2002|Volume 31, Number 2














Yale Books in Brief

An illustration from Dr. Gerard Burrow's "A History of Yale's School of Medicine; Passing Torches to Others," which traces the history of the school.

The following is a list of books recently or soon-to-be published by members of the Yale community. Descriptions are based on material provided by the publishers.

To submit information about books for this column, send e-mail to opa@yale.edu.

A History of Yale's School of Medicine: Passing Torches to Others
Dr. Gerard N. Burrow, Dean Emeritus and the David Paige Smith Professor Emeritus at the School of Medicine
(Yale University Press)

This book by the former dean of the School of Medicine traces the history of the school from its origins in 1810 -- when it had only four professors and 37 students -- to its current status as one of the world's top medical schools. He describes both the institution's rapid growth and some of the noted individuals who have been involved with it, showing how such social upheavals as wars, the Depression, boom periods and social activism affected the school and its mission. Drawing on themes recurrent in the school's rich past, he also offers suggestions about its future.

The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era
Seyla Benhabib, the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy
(Princeton University Press)

In her new book, Seyla Benhabib presents an alternative to contemporary theories about culture. She argues that cultures are not clearly defined wholes, but she also dismisses the view that cultures are distinct pieces of a mosaic. She contends that cultures are continually creating, re-creating and renegotiating the imagined boundaries between "us" and "them." Benhabib also explores how liberal democracy can best be realized in a world fraught with conflicting new forms of identity politics and intensifying conflicts.

Partisan Hearts and Minds: Political Parties and the Social Identities of Voters
Donald Green, the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution of Social and Policy Studies, Bradley Palmquist and Eric Schickler
(Yale University Press)

In this first exploration of party identification in 20 years, the authors -- all political scientists -- assert that identification with political parties still powerfully determines how citizens look at politics and cast their ballots. Drawing on survey data from the United States and abroad, the authors maintain that individuals form party attachments in early adulthood and that scandals, recessions and landslide elections do not greatly influence their identification unless their party undergoes major changes, such as when African-Americans aligned with the Democratic Party after the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Electoral Realignments: A Critique of an American Genre
David Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science
(Yale University Press)

In his book, David Mayhew challenges the essential claims of realignment theory, which holds that American elections, parties and policymaking routinely shift in accordance with a cyclical timetable. Mayhew examines 15 key claims of realignment theory in detail and shows why each does not hold up under scrutiny. He argues that it is time to move on from this failed model and adopt new ways of thinking about American politics and elections.

A Beautiful Pageant: African American Theatre, Drama, and Performance in the Harlem Renaissance, 1910-1927
David Krasner, Associate Professor (Adjunct) of English, Afro-American Studies and Theater Studies

David Krasner explores the role of performance in the evolution of black cultural expression, investigating both the aims and tensions that shaped black performance. Drawing on examples from sports, pageants and drama, his book illuminates how black performers sought to give voice to a new black identity at a time when blacks were becoming increasingly urban and alienated. Among the events covered are Jack Johnson's victory over Jim Jeffries for the heavyweight title in 1910; dance performances in Harlem; W.E.B. DuBois' pageant "The Star of Ethiopia"; the dramas of Zora Neale Hurston; and more.

Scars of the Spirit: The Struggle Against Inauthenticity
Geoffrey Hartman, Sterling Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, and Adviser to the Fortunoff Archive of Holocaust Testimonies

This collection of essays by the renowned literary critic Geoffrey Hartman has been described as "a profound, learned, impassioned meditation on the role literary study can play in invigorating the imaginative life of our civilization." Hartman raises the question of where the real or authentic can be found in today's world, and he illuminates humanity's quest for a true experience and a real life. He argues the importance of bringing meaning to a world filled with the inauthentic -- including the Internet, tell-all talk shows, confessional and testimonial writing -- and stresses how art, poetry and aesthetics give expression and meaning to human experience.


Yale to honor life of Edward Bouchet

Law School authors featured on 'Today Show'

Researchers win grants supporting women in the sciences

University Information

Famed poets to give readings and discuss their craft


Yale Library taking lead on project to establish international database . . .

Three classics are woven into one in Rep's first offering

Painter and former art school dean Andrew Forge dies

Conference looks at conflict in Central Asia, Caucasus

Program will explore recent accomplishments and trends . . .

Film Fest showcases works by independent filmmakers

The art of wood turning is focus of symposium

Panel to explore the future of the environment

Coming to America: Program brings the world to New Haven

Traditions of French, American revolutions explored in weekend conference

President Richard C. Levin's Freshman Address

Yale College Dean Richard H. Brodhead's Freshman Address

Graduate students begin Yale chapter of their 'love story'

They're here! Photos of the arrival of the Class of 2006

While You Were Away: The Summer's Top Stories Revisited

Interns dedicated themselves to a summer of service

Sports and music were on the agenda in groups' trips abroad

Sports Spotlight

Yale Books in Brief

Campus Notes

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