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From Ikaria to the Stars: Classical Mythification, Ancient and Modern

by Peter Green

"I hadn't, till I really started digging, gauged the fierce intensity of the need for myth in the human psyche, of any age, or sensed the variety of motives dictating that need," writes Peter Green in the introduction...


Watching Television Come of Age: The New York Times Reviews by Jack Gould

by Lewis L. Gould

Providing video companionship for isolated housewives, afternoon babysitting for children, and nonstop evening entertainment for the whole family, television revolutionized American society in the post-World...


Technophobia!: Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology

by Daniel Dinello

Techno-heaven or techno-hell? If you believe many scientists working in the emerging fields of twenty-first-century technology, the future is blissfully bright. Initially, human bodies will be perfected through...


Cafv© con leche: Race, Class, and National Image in Venezuela

by Winthrop R. Wright

For over a hundred years, Venezuelans have referred to themselves as a café con leche (coffee with milk) people. This colorful expression well describes the racial composition of Venezuelan society, in which...


The Ethereal Aether: A History of the Michelson-Morley-Miller Aether-drift Experiments, 1880-1930

by Loyd S., Jr. Swenson

The Ethereal Aether is a historical narrative of one of the great experiments in modern physical science. The fame of the 1887 Michelson-Morley aether-drift test on the relative motion of the earth and the luminiferous...


The Book of Dede Korkut: A Turkish Epic

by Faruk Sümer, Ahmet E. Uysal & Warren S. Walker

One of the oldest surviving pieces of Turkish literature, The Book of Dede Korkut can be traced to tenth-century origins. Now considered the national epic of Turkey, it is the heritage of the ancient Oghuz Turks...


Aspects of English Sentence Stress

by Susan F. Schmerling

Aspects of English Sentence Stress is written within the conceptual framework of generative-transformational grammar. However, it is atheoretical in the sense that the proposals made cannot be formulated in...


The Astonishment of Words: An Experiment in the Comparison of Languages

by Victor Proetz, Alistair Reid & Charles Nagel

One, two! one, two! And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back. Un deux, un deux, par le milieu, Le glaive vorpal fait pat-à-pan!...


The Japanese On Trial: Allied War Crimes Operations in the East, 1945-1951

by Philip R. Piccigallo

This comprehensive treatment of post-World War II Allied war crimes trials in the Far East is a significant contribution to a neglected subject. While the Nuremberg and, to a lesser degree, Tokyo tribunals have...


The Language of the Inka since the European Invasion

by Bruce Mannheim

The Inka empire, Tawantinsuyu, fell to Spanish invaders within a year's time (1532-1533), but Quechua, the language of the Inka, is still the primary or only language of millions of Inka descendants throughout...


Craft and the Kingly Ideal: Art, Trade, and Power

by Mary W. Helms

In ancient Mediterranean cultures, diamonds were thought to endow their owners with invincibility. In contemporary United States culture, a foreign-made luxury car is believed to give its owner status and prestige....


Sketches of Early Texas and Louisiana

by Frédéric Gaillardet & James L., III Shepherd

A lively report of travels in early nineteenth-century Texas and Louisiana and a fascinating account of the discovery, exploration, and settlement of those areas is presented in the work of this ebullient young...


Violence and Culture in the Antebellum South

by Dickson D,. Jr. Bruce

This provocative book draws from a variety of sources-literature, politics, folklore, social history-to attempt to set Southern beliefs about violence in a cultural context. According to Dickson D. Bruce, the...


Roman Military Law

by C. E. Brand

Rome was the law-giver for much of the modern world. She was also the greatest military power of antiquity, operating her military organization with remarkable efficiency and effectiveness throughout most of...


Roman Aristocrats in Barbarian Gaul: Strategies for Survival in an Age of Transition

by Ralph Mathisen

Skin-clad barbarians ransacking Rome remains a popular image of the "decline and fall" of the Roman Empire, but why, when, and how the Empire actually fell are still matters of debate among students of classical...


The Livelihood of Kin: Making Ends Meet "The Kentucky Way"

by Rhoda H. Halperin

Rural Appalachians in Kentucky call it "The Kentucky Way"-making a living by doing many kinds of paid and unpaid work and sharing their resources within extended family networks. In fact, these strategies are...


Lourdes Portillo: The Devil Never Sleeps and Other Films

by Rosa Linda Fregoso

Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo sees her mission as "channeling the hopes and dreams of a people." Clearly, political commitment has inspired her choice of subjects. With themes ranging from state repression to AIDS,...


The Hidden Isaac Bashevis Singer

by Seth Wolitz

Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer stands virtually alone among prominent writers for being more widely known through translations of his work than through the original texts. Yet readers and critics...


American Flintknappers: Stone Age Art in the Age of Computers

by John C. Whittaker

Making arrowheads, blades, and other stone tools was once a survival skill and is still a craft practiced by thousands of flintknappers around the world. In the United States, knappers gather at regional "knap-ins"...


William Faulkner: Self-Presentation and Performance

by James G. Watson

In his life and writings, William Faulkner continually created and "performed" selves. Even in letters, he often played a part-gentleman dandy, soldier, farmer-while in his fictions these and other personae...