News Archive 2009-2018

A Bowdoin Reading List Archives

Somehow, in the midst of all of their teaching and research, professors at Bowdoin also find time to write books. Check out these recent and upcoming titles by faculty members:


Reimagining (Bio)Medicalization, Pharmaceuticals and Genetics:
Old Critiques and New Engagements

Eds. Susan E. Bell, A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences in Sociology and Anthropology, and Anne E. Figert

February 2015 (Routledge)

Cool fact: The book is a collection of essays that builds on the symposium “Big Pharma, Big Medicine, and Technoscience,” held in 2013 at Bowdoin.


Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence, and
Punishment in Early Modern Spain

By Margaret E. Boyle, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages

February 2014 (University of Toronto Press)

Cool fact: One of Boyle’s literature classes curated an exhibition called “How She Should Behave: Women’s Archetypes in Early Modern Europe” in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.


Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs

Eds. Tess Chakkalakal, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English, and Kenneth W. Warren.

September 2013 (University of Georgia Press)

Cool fact: Chakkalakal and her students have been examining the Civil War from all angles through “The Civil War Era” course cluster funded by a three-year grant from the Mellon Foundation.

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The Happiest People in the World

By Brock Clarke, Professor of English

November 2014 (Algonquin Books)

Cool fact: You can read an excerpt of Clarke’s latest novel, which has been reviewed in the New York Times.


Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human
Significance of Climate Change

By David A. Collings, Professor of English

2014 (Open Humanities Press)

Cool fact: Collings’s book, part of a series on climate change at Open Humanities Press, is aimed at general readers. The book is available in printed form and as a free online resource (both through the original publisher and through the Bowdoin Digital Commons).


The Devil Wins: A History of Lying
from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment

By Dallas G. Denery II, Associate Professor of History

January 2015 (Princeton University Press)

Cool fact: Denery and colleagues from across Bowdoin’s curriculum offer a Medieval and Early Modern Studies course cluster, supported by a three-year Mellon Foundation grant.


The Antiquarian (English translation)

By Gustavo Faverón Patriau, Associate Professor of Romance Languages

June 2014 (Grove Atlantic)

Cool fact: Faverón’s novel has been praised by Mario Vargas Llosa and lauded by the New York Times.


The Left Side of History: World War II and the
Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe

By Kristen Ghodsee, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

February 2015 (Duke University Press)

Cool fact: Ghodsee, whose research has been supported by a recent Guggenheim Fellowship, is currently working on a book project at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany.

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aka Marcel Duchamp: Meditations on the Identities of an Artist

Eds. Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin Museum College of Art, and James W. Mcmanus

November 2014 (Random House)

Cool fact: The Bowdoin College Museum of Art just acquired Marcel Duchamp’s Monte Carlo Bond (1924/1938) and Ai Weiwei’s Wanted (2014), which is based on Duchamp’s infamous Wanted: $2,000 Reward (1923/1963), now on view at the BCMA through February 8th.


The People, Place, and Space Reader

Eds. Jen Jack Gieseking, New Media and Data Visualization Specialist, and William Mangold

May 2014 (Routledge)

Cool fact: As part of the Digital and Computation Studies Initiative, Gieseking has collaborated on an array of faculty and student projects, such as this virtual exhibition at Bowdoin’s Museum of Art. Read more about the book here.


Galileo’s Reading

By Crystal Hall, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Digital Humanities

January 2014 (Cambridge University Press)

Cool fact: Hall spent a decade identifying hundreds of volumes in Galileo Galilei’s library and using digital analysis to create an interactive collection revealing pathways between Galileo’s writing, his life, and the arts and sciences of the time period in which he lived.


Storytelling and Science:
Rewriting Oppenheimer in the Nuclear Age

By David Hecht, Assistant Professor of History

May 2015 (University of Massachusetts Press)

Cool fact: You can learn more about Hecht’s research on the history of science here.


Rational Intuition:  Philosophical Roots, Scientific Investigations

Eds. Barbara S. HeldBarry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies, and Lisa M. Osbeck

August 2014 (Cambridge University Press)

Cool fact: Along with professors Nancy Jennings and Paul Schaffner, Held recently taught the final class of her long Bowdoin career.

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Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas

By Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, Bowdoin Museum Of Art

March 2015 (The MIT Press)

Cool fact: This publication coincides with a major exhibition on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art from March 5-June 7, 2015.


North By Degree: New Perspectives on Arctic Exploration

Eds. Susan A. Kaplan, Professor of Anthropology, and Robert McCracken Peck

November 2013 (American Philosophical Society)

Cool fact: Kaplan directs Bowdoin’s Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center. Read more about the book here.


Inventing and Reinventing the Goddess:
Contemporary Iterations of Hindu Deities on the Move

By Sree Padma, Research Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

July 2014 (Lexington Books)

Cool fact: Padma also directs the ISLE Program, which enables immersive academic experiences for Bowdoin students in Sri Lanka.


Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery
in the United States, 1777-1865

By Patrick Rael, Professor of History

August 2015 (University of Georgia Press)

Cool fact: You can get a sneak peek at Rael’s upcoming book here.


Berlin Coquette: Prostitution and the
New German Woman, 1890–1933

By Jill Suzanne Smith, John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of German

December 2013 (Cornell University Press)

Cool fact: Smith was recently appointed to an endowed chair at Bowdoin and is now working on a project called “War Crimes: The Bosnian Crisis in Contemporary German and Austrian Literature and Film.”


Locke’s Metaphysics

By Matthew Stuart, Professor of Philosophy

September 2013 (Oxford University Press)

Cool fact: Stuart is also the editor of the upcoming “A Companion to Locke” for Wiley-Blackwell.


Jewish Immigrants in London: 1880-1939

By Susan L. Tananbaum, Associate Professor of History

March 2014 (Pickering and Chatto Publishers)

Cool fact: Tananbaum has also written reviews of works by other authors on the Jewish diaspora.


Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up

By Tricia Welsch, Professor of Cinema Studies

August 2013 (University Press of Mississippi)

Cool fact: You can watch a video interview about Welsch’s book here.


Monteverde: ecología y conservación de un bosque nuboso tropical (Updated and translated into Spanish)

Eds. Nathaniel T. Wheelwright, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences, and Nalini M. Nadkarni

December 2014 (Bowdoin Digital Commons)

Cool fact: A guide to the biodiversity of a Costa Rican cloud forest reserve, this translation was created especially for Bowdoin’s Digital Commons, where it is available for public use free of charge (along with the English edition originally published by Oxford University Press).