KU News Release

March 24, 2011
Contact: Kristine Latta, Hall Center for the Humanities, 785-864-7823

Hall Center to host ninth annual Celebration of Books

LAWRENCE — The Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas will host the ninth annual Celebration of Books, which honors faculty in the humanities, social sciences and art who published books in 2010.

The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Hall Center Conference Hall. It is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required by March 24. The Friends of the Hall Center sponsor the annual event.

The celebration will recognize the 43 faculty members who published 48 books in the humanities, social sciences and arts last year. Their works explore such varied topics as the cultural history of Seventeen magazine, Slavic verbs of motion, Cherokee ball games, gay and lesbian politicians and feminist approaches to capitalism, representing the depth and breadth of humanities research at KU. The celebration will feature a reception, a display of books and a brief program.

Three featured faculty authors will make brief presentations on their work and take questions from the audience.

Eric Rath, associate professor of history, will discuss “Japanese Foodways Past and Present” (University of Illinois Press), which focuses on the development of Japanese cuisine from 1400 to 1868. Delving into the writings of medieval and early modern Japanese chefs, cookbooks, recipe collections and gastronomic writings of the period, Rath’s analysis shows how many “fantasy food” rituals — in which food was revered as symbolic — were continued by early modern writers.

Geraldo de Sousa, professor of English, will discuss “At Home in Shakespeare’s Tragedies” (Ashgate), which details facets of the household life in Shakespeare’s great tragedies. Focusing specifically on “King Lear,” “Hamlet,” “Othello” and “Macbeth,” de Sousa’s interdisciplinary work analyzes how Shakespeare evokes and utilizes the domestic space to comment on interior and exterior representations of home life, reflecting, defining and supporting a powerful tragic narrative.

Samira Sayeh, assistant professor of French, will discuss “From the Province to the Nation: Rethinking the Literary Identity of Algerian Literature in the French Language before Independence” (Publisud), which examines three Algerian authors within the context of the complex departmental period of Franco-Algerian relations. She repositions the works in regionalist studies and builds a more nuanced portrait of what it meant to be a writer of the French language in a territory that was completely integrated into the geopolitical and cultural systems of a Western colonial power from the 19th through 20th centuries.

To RSVP, contact the Hall Center at 785-864-4798 or hallcenter@ku.edu by March 24.

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