Mason Faculty Publish New Books

Posted: May 9, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Faculty members have recently published new books on topics ranging from Spanish poetry to “appreciative intelligence.” A brief summary follows.

Rei Berroa, associate professor of Spanish, edited “Voces y memorias de la Luna,” an anthology in Spanish of featured poets in the 13th Annual Poetry Marathon held by Teatro de la Luna of Washington, D.C. The anthology includes selections from poets from countries around the world, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Spain, Sri Lanka and Venezuela.

Jeffrey Chamberlain, chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and associate professor of French, and Lara Mangiafico wrote “French Verb Workbook: Verb Exercises to Improve Your Fluency in Speaking, Writing and Understanding French,” which was published by Barron’s. Designed for use as a supplemental textbook for high school and college-level French courses, the workbook includes grammar tips, crossword puzzles and notes on correct usage of French verbs and verb tenses.

Paula Gilbert, professor of French, examines how women imitate men in the outward direction of their anger and hostile behavior, paying specific attention to female characters created by several female authors in Quebec. Her new book is “Violence and the Female Imagination: Quebec’s Women Writers Re-frame Gender in North American Cultures,” published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. The characters, who are fascinated with cruelty, violence and overt sexuality, are viewed by Gilbert with a careful eye and comparative approach, using studies of history, sociology and literary and feminist theory.

Stephen Goodwin, professor of English, looks at Mike Keiser’s career as a visionary entrepreneur who successfully built three world-class golf courses on the Oregon coast in “Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes,” which was published by Algonquin Books. Through Keiser’s experiences, Goodwin also provides readers with an overview of golf course architecture and the designing and construction of golf holes.

In her first book, Sumaiya Hamdani, director of Islamic Studies and associate professor of history and art history, analyzes the writings of the revolutionary 10th-century Muslim theologian and jurist Qadi al-Nu‘man. The book is called “Between Revolution and State: The Path to Fatimid Statehood: Qadi al-Nu‘man and the Construction of Fatimid Legitimacy” and is published by the Institute for Isma‘ili Studies and I.B. Tauris. Hamdani examines the role of al-Nu‘man in founding a new legal school, which presented Muslims in the medieval period with an Isma‘ili Shi‘ite alternative to the Sunni ‘Abbasid Caliphate in Baghdad. She also covers al-Nu‘man’s other writings, which include biographies, histories and theological treatises on Isma‘ili thought.

Tojo Thatchenkery, associate professor in the School of Public Policy, and George Mason alumna Carol Metzker, MS Organized Learning ’01, have written “Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn,” which was published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. The two argue that the secret to success lies in the ability of people to reframe reality to reveal the hidden potential that lies within even the most unpromising present. They examine a variety of success stories and pull out lessons that deal with how organizations can increase levels of innovation, have more productive employees, adapt better to changes and enjoy greater profits.

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