Georgia Southern University faculty member Amanda Konkle wrote Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe.
Although she remains one of the all-time most recognizable Hollywood icons, Marilyn Monroe has seldom been ranked among the greatest actors of her generation. Critics have typically viewed her film roles as mere extensions of her sexpot star persona. Yet this ignores both the subtle variations between these roles and the acting skill that went into the creation of Monroe’s public persona.
Some Kind of Mirror offers the first extended scholarly analysis of Marilyn Monroe’s film performances, examining how they united the contradictory ... Read more
Defense Policies of East-Central European Countries after 1989: Creating Stability in a Time of Uncertainty
James Peterson, Valdosta State University and Jacek Lubecki, Georgia Southern University1-2-2019
Georgia Southern University faculty member Jacek Lubecki co-authored this book.
Book Summary: The 2014 Ukrainian-Crimean crisis has raised serious questions in the West about Russian motivations and future policy directions. Now more than ever, it is imperative to explore the defensive perceptions, reactions, and preparations of neighbouring countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Is there a convergence of their approaches along similar paths, or do their different cultures and historical experiences prefigure a divergence of their defense policies? While Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic all seem to have little concern about Russia's policies in Ukraine, the Polish response ... Read more
Edward W. L. Smith, Georgia Southern University2018
Georgia Southern University emeritus professor Edward W. L. Smith authored The Echo of Odin: Norse Mythology and Human Consciousness.
Book Description: The pagan mythology of the Vikings offers a rich metaphor for consciousness. This book presents the cosmography of Norse mythology as a landscape of human inner life. Each of the nine worlds of this cosmography is viewed as a symbol of a distinct type of consciousness that is emblematic of a particular perspective or way of relating to others. Individual gods and goddesses are considered nuanced personifications of their worlds. The philosophy of pagan mythology is explored by comparing ... Read more
Laura E. Valeri, Georgia Southern University6-5-2018
Georgia Southern faculty member Laura E. Valeri authored The Dead Still Here.
Book Summary: Mapping stories set in Europe and America, The Dead Still Here skillfully paces through eleven short stories about friends-with-benefits typed relationships, vicious divorces and thievery, the loss of a child, the loss of a mother, and the Coast Guard and the Navy rescuing refugees from a bad storm at sea. Laura Valeri writes one single breathtaking sentence about sex, Dear John emails, and Christmas presents in “Liabilities of a Love Misguided” and displays a sharp sense of paranoia based on everyone looking at the narrator, laughing, ... Read more
Kathleen M. Comerford, Georgia Southern University; Gary W. Jenkins, Eastern University; and Torrance Kirby, McGill University2-20-2017
Georgia Southern University faculty member Kathleen M. Comerford co-edited From Rome to Zurich, between Ignatius and Vermigli: Essays in honor of John Patrick Donnelly, S.J. alongside non-faculty members Gary W. Jenkins and Torrance Kelly.
Book Summary: From Rome to Zurich, between Ignatius and Vermigli brings notable scholars from the fields of Reformation and Early Modern studies to honor their friend, mentor, and colleague, John Patrick Donnelly with essays commensurate with his own broad interests and scholarship. Touching Protestant scholasticism, Reformation era life writing, Reformation polemics – both Protestant and Catholic – and with several on theology proper, inter alia, the ... Read more
Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, Georgia Southern University5-25-2017
Georgia Southern University faculty member Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas authored Raising Our Voices, Communicating Our Existence.
Book Summary: Raising Our Voices provides complete and thorough coverage of the study and practice of public speaking, the seventh edition offers students theory and practical skills, presenting public speaking as an art form for transactional communication between speaker and audience.
The goal of this text is to make it one that will prepare students to become effective public speakers in any of the various speaking situations they may encounter in their lives. Whether they are presenting in a professional capacity, speaking as a community ... Read more
Jared Yates Sexton, Georgia Southern University8-15-2017
"An impressionistic and often disturbing account of the 2016 presidential race . . . Sexton grapples with the Trump campaign from the perspective of the crowds reveling in the candidate's presence and message. It is a useful vantage point given the increasingly blatant bigotry in the months since the election . . . This book reveals the incremental nature of public displays of hatred, growing from harsh chants and bumper stickers to, say, an open and unmasked gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville . . . His] dispatches are bracing." --The Washington Post
When he agreed to cover the 2016 ... Read more
Reed W. Smith, Georgia Southern University12-5-2017
Georgia Southern University faculty member Reed W. Smith authored Cecil Brown: The Murrow Boy Who Became Broadcasting's Crusader for Truth.
Book Summary: The son of Jewish immigrants, war correspondent Cecil Brown (1907–1987) was a member of CBS’ esteemed Murrow Boys. Expelled from Italy and Singapore for reporting the facts, he witnessed the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia and the war in North Africa, and survived the sinking of the British battleship HMS Repulse by a Japanese submarine. Back in the U.S., he became an influential commentator during the years when Americans sought a dispassionate voice to make sense of complex developments. ... Read more
Tonio Andrade, Emory University and Xing Hang, Brandeis University2-29-2016
Georgia Southern University faculty member Robert K. Batchelor authored "Maps, Calendars and Diagrams: Space and Time in Seventeenth-Century Maritime East Asia” in the publication Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samuri: Maritime East Asia in Global Hsitory, 1550-1700.
Book Summary: Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai traces the roots of modern global East Asia by focusing on the fascinating history of its seaways. The East Asian maritime realm, from the Straits of Malacca to the Sea of Japan, has been a core region of international trade for millennia, but during the long seventeenth century (1550 to 1700), the velocity and scale of commerce ... Read more
Kathleen M. Comerford, Georgia Southern University10-13-2016
Georgia Southern University faculty member Kathleen M. Comerford authored Jesuit Foundations and Medici Power, 1532-1621.
Book Summary: Jesuit Foundations and Medici Power, 1532-1621 focuses on the cooperation between two new foundations, the last Medici state and the Society of Jesus, spanning nearly a century, concentrating on the Jesuit foundations in Florence, Siena, and Montepulciano. As the Medici built and centralized their power in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, they sought to control both the civic and religious behavior of their citizens. They found partners in the Jesuits, whose educational program helped establish social order and maintain religious orthodoxy. Via a ... Read more
Laurie Gould, Georgia Southern University and Matthew Pate, University of Albany1-1-2016
Georgia Southern University faculty member Laurie A. Gould co-authored State Fragility Around the World: Fractured Justice and Fierce Reprisal.
Book Summary: Failed and fragile states often govern through the criminalization of otherwise inconsequential or tolerated acts. These weak states also frequently use kidnapping, murder, and other violent or oppressive tactics to maintain order and stay in power. State Fragility Around the World: Fractured Justice and Fierce Reprisal analyzes the path to state failure, one manifestation of which appears through the fragility and dysfunction of its criminal justice system. This book examines what happens when a government loses the ability, or ... Read more
Richard C. Kearney and Jerrell D. Coggburn2016
Georgia Southern University faculty member Trenton J. Davis co-authored “Motivating Public Service Employees in the Era of the New Normal” in the publication Public Human Resource Management: Problems and Prospects.
Book Summary: Public Human Resource Management: Problems and Prospects brings together exemplary contributors who provide concise essays on major contemporary public human resources management issues. Organized into four parts – setting, techniques, issues and prospects – and covering the major process, function and policy issues in the field, the text offers valuable wisdom to students and practitioners alike. With sixteen new and eleven updated chapters authored by the leading figures ... Read more
Nicole Rafter, Northeastern University; Chad Posick, Georgia Southern University; and Michael Rocque, Bates College8-30-2016
What is the relationship between criminality and biology? Nineteenth-century phrenologists insisted that criminality was innate, inherent in the offender’s brain matter. While they were eventually repudiated as pseudo-scientists, today the pendulum has swung back. Both criminologists and biologists have begun to speak of a tantalizing but disturbing possibility: that criminality may be inherited as a set of genetic deficits that place one at risk to commit theft, violence, or acts of sexual deviance. But what do these new theories really assert? Are they as dangerous as their forerunners, which the Nazis and other eugenicists used to sterilize, incarcerate, and even ... Read more
Nalanda Roy, Georgia Southern University12-2-2016
Georgia Southern University faculty member Nalanda Roy authored The South China Sea Disputes: Past, Present, and Future.
Book Summary: The South China Sea has long been regarded as one of the most complex and challenging ocean-related maritime disputes in East Asia. Recently it has become the locus of disputes that have the potential of escalating into serious international conflicts. Historical mistrust, enduring territorial disputes, and competing maritime claims have combined to weaken an at least partially successful regional security structure. Issues of concern include territorial sovereignty; disputed claims to islands, rocks, and reefs; jurisdiction over territorial waters, exclusive economic zones, ... Read more
Jared Yates Sexton, Georgia Southern University2-23-2016
Narcissism. Sexism. Consumerism and technological fetishism. The cult of media and the rot of war. In his third collection of stories, Jared Yates Sexton turns his eye to the ravages of the American Disease with twenty-five of his wildest and most experimental pieces. Told in raving mad prose fit for these savage times, Sexton skewers every sacred cow in an attempt to diagnose the sickness of Now.
Jeffrey D. Burson, Georgia Southern University2-28-2015
Georgia Southern University faculty member Jeffrey D. Burson editedEighteenth-Century Thought.
Book Summary: Eighteenth-Century Thought is an international, interdisciplinary annual founded for the purpose of advancing the study of the long eighteenth century from c. 1650 to the end of the Atlantic and European Revolutionary Era (c. 1750–1850). The annual publishes research pertinent to the fields of Revolutionary Europe, the history of the Atlantic world, the Enlightenment, the globalization of thought and culture between c. 1650–1850, the history of political thought and philosophy, eighteenth-century cultural and literary studies, history of science, legal history, the intersection of Enlightenment and religion, as well ... Read more
Jeffrey D. Burson, Georgia Southern University and Jonathan Wright, University of Oxford10-29-2015
Georgia Southern University faculty member Jeffrey D. Burson co-authored The Jesuit Suppression in Global Context: Causes, Events, and Consequences. He authored “Between Power and Enlightenment: The Cultural and Intellectual Context for the Jesuit Suppression in France” and “Introduction: Towards a New History of Jesuit Suppression in Global Context” in the publication.
Book Summary: In 1773, Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society of Jesus, a dramatic, puzzling act that had a profound impact. This volume traces the causes of the attack on the Jesuits, the national expulsions that preceded universal suppression, and the consequences of these extraordinary developments. The Suppression occurred ... Read more
Lisa Dusenberry, Georgia Southern University8-2015
Rhonda Phillips and Robert Pittman2015
Georgia Southern University faculty member Patsy Kraeger co-authored “Chapter Nine: Establishing Community-based Organizations” in the publication An Introduction to Community Development.
Book Summary: An Introduction to Community Development offers a comprehensive and practical approach to planning for communities. Road-tested in the authors’ own teaching, and through the training they provide for practicing planners and community developers, it enables students to begin making connections between academic study and practical know-how from both private and public sector contexts.
Nalanda Roy, Georgia Southern University2015
Georgia Southern University faculty member Nalanda Roy authored Bitter Moments: The Story of Indonesian Fragmentation.
Jared Yates Sexton, Georgia Southern University2-19-2015
“Who’s Yorkie Goodman?” asks Wallace, an enforcer for an East Coast drug cartel. “Just a fella” says his boss, who goes by the name Boss. Just a fella … but Boss wants Yorkie Goodman taken out. He wants it so badly, he’ll risk sending Wallace into Wallace’s own past where a beautiful woman he abandoned years before still holds a bewitching power over him like some ancient siren song. He wants it so badly, he's sending along his deadliest assassin, Carp, to make sure the job is done right. And he wants proof … proof in the form of Goodman’s ... Read more
Jared Yates Sexton, Georgia Southern University1-5-2015
In the follow-up to his critically lauded debut An End To All Things, Jared Yates Sexton presents twenty-three new stories that pick up where his first book left off. Whether they're set in a sweat-saturated sparring ring, the backroom of a gas station speakeasy, or in the kitchen of the house down the street, these are glimpses into an America that too-often goes unseen. Witness here the untold tales of the losers and the should've-beens, the dreamers and the hustlers, all of them just spoiling for their turn at glory or the inevitable one-two punch that puts them down for ... Read more
Jay S. Albanese1-1-2014
Georgia Southern University faculty member Chad Posick co-authored “Victim Profiles” in the publication Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Robert Batchelor, Georgia Southern University1-6-2014
Georgia Southern University faculty member Robert Batchelor authored London: The Selden Map and the Making of a Global City, 1549-1687.
Book Summary: If one had looked for a potential global city in Europe in the 1540s, the most likely candidate would have been Antwerp, which had emerged as the center of the German and Spanish silver exchange as well as the Portuguese spice and Spanish sugar trades. It almost certainly would not have been London, an unassuming hub of the wool and cloth trade with a population of around 75,000, still trying to recover from the onslaught of the Black ... Read more
Jeffrey D. Burson, Georgia Southern University and Ulrich L. Lehner, Marquette University5-30-2014
Georgia Southern University faculty member Jeffrey D. Burson co-edited Enlightenment and Catholicism in Europe: A Transnational History.
Book Summary: In recent years, historians have rediscovered the religious dimensions of the Enlightenment. This volume offers a thorough reappraisal of the so-called “Catholic Enlightenment” as a transnational Enlightenment movement. This Catholic Enlightenment was at once ultramontane and conciliarist, sometimes moderate but often surprisingly radical, with participants active throughout Europe in universities, seminaries, salons, and the periodical press.
In Enlightenment and Catholicism in Europe: A Transnational History, the contributors, primarily European scholars, provide intellectual biographies of twenty Catholic Enlightenment figures across eighteenth-century Europe, ... Read more