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Recognition in Mozart's Operas
By Jessica Waldoff

Recognition in Mozart’s Operas (Oxford University Press), by Jessica Waldoff, is a thoughtful and insightful discourse that uses both literary and musicological methods to illuminate some of the composer’s best-loved operas. Through close readings of Mozart’s operas, including Don Giovanni and Cosi fan Tutte, Waldoff taps the unexplored themes of knowledge and discovery that figure prominently in many of these works. She argues that rather than offering the happy endings or tragic climaxes of traditional operas, many of Mozart’s works feature scenes of recognition—moments in which a protagonist has an important revelation that changes the course of the drama. Drawing on Aristotle’s Poetics, the works of contemporary critics such as Terence Cave, and her own reflections, the author provides a critical account of Mozart’s recognition scenes.

Waldoff is associate professor and chair of the music department at Holy Cross.


Recognition in Mozart's Operas


Jesuit Postmodern: Scholarship, Vocation, and Identity in the 21st Century
Edited by Rev. Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Featuring essays by Rev. Bruce T. Morrill, S.J., '81 and Rev. William E. Stempsey, S.J., M.D.

n Jesuit Postmodern (Lexington Books), nine American Jesuit scholars teaching at colleges and universities—including Holy Cross alumnus Rev. Bruce T. Morrill, S.J., ’81 and professor Rev. William E. Stempsey, S.J., M.D., of the College’s philosophy department—reflect on their academic work, explaining why they engage in this endeavor and how it coheres with their self-understanding as Jesuits. In accounts that weave together scholarly lives and personal stories, the contributors explore the irreducible diversity of their experiences and criticize the dominant modern synthesis that shaped Jesuit institutions of higher education from the 1960s to the 1990s. Through unconventional ways of discussing Jesuits, scholarship and religious intellectual inquiry, this book challenges scholars to speak more critically and imaginatively on these subjects.

Fr. Morrill is an associate professor of theology at Boston College; Fr. Stempsey is an associate professor and acting chair of the philosophy department at Holy Cross.

  Jesuit Postmodern

The Education of Booker T. Washington: American Democracy and the Idea of Race Relations
By Michael Rudolph West

In The Education of Booker T. Washington (Columbia University Press), Michael Rudolph West offers a major reinterpretation of one of the most complex and controversial figures in American history. Lauded by some as a black George Washington, derided by others as a Benedict Arnold, Washington has long held an ambiguous position in the pantheon of black leadership. In this biography, West reveals the personal and political dimensions of his subject’s journey “up from slavery.” He explains why Washington’s ideas resonated so strongly in the post-Reconstruction era and considers their often negative influence in the continuing struggle for equality in the United States. His work also establishes a foundation for understanding the ideological origins of the civil rights movement.

West is an associate professor of history and director of Africana studies at the College.

  The Education of Booker T. Washington

Winter Passage
By Paul Raymond Côté ’72 and Constantina Mitchell

Set in the 18th century, Winter Passage (Behler Publications), by Paul Raymond Côté ’72 and his wife, Constantina Mitchell, opens with the Baron Jean Luc de Montigny and his son setting sail from Bordeaux to Quebec City, the gateway to France’s North American colonies. Upon his arrival, the protagonist finds himself in an ethical and emotional tumult when he meets a woman who takes him on a journey through the tormented landscape of their pasts—both riddled with suffering, violence and remorse. Amidst accusations of sorcery and infanticide, their passion drives them to defy the barriers that separate them. The course of events is further entangled by a surprise revelation about a vast estate, where the chief steward—a Senegalese slave—holds the key to its destiny and has his own story to tell. According to California Bookwatch, this “brilliant novel … elegantly combines history and highly personal drama to produce a modern masterpiece of the colonial era.”

Residents of Montreal, Côté and his wife have written numerous critical studies and book reviews on contemporary authors in France and Quebec and have translated many works from French into English.

  Winter Passage

The Palsgraf Case: Courts, Law, and Society in 1920s New York
By William H. Manz ’67

William H. Manz ’67 is author of The Palsgraf Case (LexisNexis), the first book to tell the full story of Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad, the most famous negligence case in U.S. legal history. Drawing on archival materials, contemporary newspaper articles, electronic databases and personal interviews, the author covers the well-known case from the fateful accident at the East New York train station to the rejection of Mrs. Palsgraf’s motion for reargument. Included are in-depth profiles of the Palsgrafs, the Long Island Railroad, the attorneys and the judges—as well as all the major controversies surrounding Palsgraf. On a larger scale, the book is an account of the American legal profession at a critical time in its development.

Manz is the senior research librarian at St. John’s University School of Law in Jamaica, N.Y.


The Palsgraf Case


Moon Handbooks: Coastal Maine
By Hilary Nangle ’80

From the best lobster in America to scenic lighthouses and old colonial towns, Coastal Maine (Avalon Travel Publishing, Moon Handbooks), by Hilary Nangle ’80, is the guide to the best the coast has to offer—on and off the beaten path. The book includes suggested travel strategies and lists of must-see sights, plus essentials on dining, transportation and accommodations for a range of budgets. Complete with details for enjoying food, hikes, tours and campsites in Portland, Acadia National Park and the entire coast, this guidebook gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Nangle is a freelance writer and editor. A resident of Maine, she edits the state’s tourism magazine and has contributed to numerous publications, newspapers and guidebooks. She is also a travel expert for a local television show.
  Moon Handbooks:  Coastal Maine

A Brass Menagerie: Metalwork and the Aesthetic Movement
By Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio ’87

A Brass Menagerie, by Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio ’87, is a fully illustrated catalog that accompanies an exhibition of which D’Ambrosio is curator. The exhibit—a display of 75 objects, including brass lighting, furniture, fireplace equipment and door hardware—celebrates fanciful productions in brass and bronze. The catalog contains more than 100 color images and discusses the development of the American art brass industry and the use of these accessories in the home. It also provides background on many of the most important manufacturers of these objects. An essay in the catalog addresses the complex finishes on art brass objects and offers new research into the conservation of mixed-metal decorative arts.

D’Ambrosio is curator of decorative arts at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, N.Y. She has contributed to numerous publications and lectures widely on 19th-century American decorative arts.
  A Brass Menagerie

How the Navy and I Survived Each Other During WWII
By John R. Kilsheimer ’45

How the Navy and I Survived Each Other During WWII (AuthorHouse) is an autobiography by John R. Kilsheimer ’45 detailing his adventures in the Navy, from his enlistment in September 1941 through his honorable discharge in April 1946. Although the book covers events during two invasions, it focuses more on the unusual happenings taking place during preparation and training periods. The author describes what it was like to live in close conditions with many types of men with whom he had little in common, yet whom he admired for their willingness to stand beside him no matter what the danger. Written so that his family and friends could view a snapshot of his life during those turbulent years, the book recounts both his joyous and perilous times in the Navy.

Kilsheimer, who worked in chemical research, received 24 U.S. patents and more than 100 foreign patents. He retired as senior vice president of the Scotts Company in charge of research, manufacturing and distribution.
  How the Navy and I Survived Each Other During WWII


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