Katherine Kuenzli, associate professor of art history, is the author of The Nabis and Intimate Modernism: Painting and the Decorative at the Fin-de-Siecle, published by Ashgate, 2010.
According to the publisher,”this is the first book to provide an in-depth account of the Nabis’ practice of the decorative, and its significance for 20th-century modernism.”
“Over the course of the 10 years that define the Nabi movement (1890–1900), its principal artists included Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Paul Sérusier, and Paul Ranson. The author reconstructs the Nabis’ relationship to Impressionism, mass culture, literary Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Wagnerianism, and a revolutionary artistic tradition in order to show how their painterly practice emerges out of the pressing questions defining modernism around 1900. She shows that the Nabis were engaged, nonetheless, with issues that are always at stake in accounts of nineteenth-century modernist painting, issues such as the relationship of high and low art, of individual sensibility and collective identity, of the public and private spheres.
“The Nabis and Intimate Modernism is a rigorous study of the intellectual and artistic endeavors that inform the Nabis’ decorative domestic paintings in the 1890s, and argues for their centrality to painterly modernism. The book ends up not only re-positioning the Nabis to occupy a crucial place in modernism’s development from 1860 to 1914, but also challenges that narrative to place more emphasis on notions of decoration, totality and interiority.”
Mark Slobin, professor of music, is the author of Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford University Press, 2010.
According to the publisher, “This is the first compact introduction to folk music that offers a truly global perspective. Slobin offers an extraordinarily generous portrait of folk music, one that embraces a Russian wedding near the Arctic Circle, a group song in a small rainforest village in Brazil, and an Uzbek dance tune in Afghanistan.
He looks in detail at three poignant songs from three widely separated regions–northern Afghanistan, Jewish Eastern Europe, and the Anglo-American world–with musical notation and lyrics included. And he also describes the efforts of scholars who fanned out across the globe, to find and document this ever-changing music.”
Giulio Gallarotti, professor of government, tutor in the College of Social Studies, is the author of The Power Curse: Influence and Illusion in World Politics, published by Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010; and CosmopolitanPower in International Relations: A Synthesis of Realism, Neoliberalism, and Constructivism, published by Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Joyce Lowrie, professor of romance languages and literatures, emerita, is the translator of the book, Arthur Rimbaud ILLUMINATIONS, published by XLibris in 2010. Norm Shapiro, professor of romance languages and literatures, wrote an introduction to the book.
According to Lowrie: “to see – or not to see: that was[ Rimbaud’s] option. ‘To See’ became his will. In his poetic career, Rimbaud chose ‘to see’ by confounding the very instruments of vision: his eyes and his intellect. He dreamed about and ‘saw’ the Crusades, he ‘saw’ enchantments, magical dream-flowers, a flower that says its name, a digitalis that ‘opens up over a tapestry of silver filigree, of eyes, and tresses,’ flowers that were like crystal disks, or made of agate and rubies. He ‘saw’ giant candelabras, grasses made of emeralds and steel, theatrical stages that could accommodate horrors or masterpieces, circus horses and children. He ‘heard’ rare music, the sounds of waves and of water, or ‘the rare rumor of pearls, conchs, and seashells’ hidden deep in the ocean. He saw russet robes, objects made of opal, sapphires, or metals. He ‘saw’ objects made of steel studded with golden stars, angels of fire and of ice, carriages made with diamonds. He also described what one might call ‘nothingness’ as opposed to ‘being,’ in these days of ours.”
Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, professor of earth and environmental sciences, professor of biology and director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program, is the co-author of “A new species of suckermouth armored catfish, Pseudancistrus kwinti (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Copename River drainage, Central Suriname Nature Reserve, Suriname,” published in Zootaxa 2332:40-48, 2010.
Katja Kolcio, associate professor of dance, writes about the role dance organizations played in developing dance as an academic discipline in her new book. Ph.D programs in dance, for example, were not available in the 1950s and 60s. (Photo by Stefan Weinberger '10)
This issue, we ask 5 Questions to . . . Katja Kolcio, associate professor of dance, and author of the new Wesleyan University Press book Movable Pillars Organizing Dance, 1956–1978.
Q: How did you become involved with the “Branching Out, Oral Histories of the Founders of Six National Dance Organizations” assignment, which led to your book?
A: In 2001, I was invited by the American Dance Guild to conduct interviews with founders of six major American dance organizations. Marilynn Danitz and Margot Lehman, past presidents of the Guild, conceived of the project. These organizations were founded in the ’50s and ’60s, and have had an important impact on dance in the United States since then. Many of their founders were getting older and had not been properly recognized for their tremendous contributions. This was an effort to talk with some of those pioneers and to document their recollections.
Q: Why did you focus on the founders and history of six particular organizations?
A: These organizations (the Congress on Research in Dance, the American Dance Therapy Association, the American College Dance Festival Association, the Dance Critics Association, and the Society of Dance History Scholars and the American Dance Guild) are all somewhat affiliated with one another, in one way or another. Many of the founders knew one another because most were on the East Coast or in New York City. The 20-year period within which they emerged marks a significant
American history has almost completely edited out Henry Roe Cloud from its story, even though this full-blood Winnebago was one of the most accomplished and celebrated American Indians in the first half of the twentieth century. Joel Pfister’s The Yale Indian: The Education of Henry Roe Cloud corrects this omission.
Pfister, chair of the English Department and the Kenan Professor of the Humanities, and former chair of the American Studies Program, began exploring American Indian archives when he was a Yale doctoral student in the 1980s and started his research on Yale’s Roe Cloud letters in 1995. Very little has been published about the experiences of the few American Indians who beat tremendous odds to make it to college in the early 1900s. Pfister aimed to find out more about the undergraduate years of one of the most inspiring advocates of higher education for Native Americans.
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Roe Cloud’s graduation from Yale College in 1910. His portrait does not hang in Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library,
Tsampikos Kottos, assistant professor of physics; Joshua Bodyfelt Ph.D ’09; and Mei Zheng ’10 are the co-authors of the paper “Fidelity in Quasi-1D Systems as a Probe for Anderson Localization,” published in Acta Physica Polonica A, Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Quantum Chaos and Localisation Phenomena, Warsaw, in 2009. They wrote the paper with Ulrich Kuhl, and Hans-Jürgen Stöckmann, who are collaborators from the University of Marburg.
This publication is part of the conference proceedings for a workshop at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw where Kottos presented this past summer. The combined theoretical and experimental work done in this project put forward a method for which the celebrated phenomenon of Anderson Localization could be detected through a measure known as Fidelity, which is typically thought of as probing the stability of a system against external perturbations. This work will constitute a large part of Zheng’s senior physics thesis.