By Jeff Kallet
Outlook features a monthly column showcasing recent titles published by Ohio University Press. The largest university press in Ohio, the press publishes 50 books annually on a variety of topics. These books carry the Ohio University name into the world, receiving national and international attention from leading scholarly journals, prominent review media and prestigious award competitions.
Poet Jason Gray of Columbus is the 2008 recipient of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize for his book, "Photographing Eden: Poems," published in December by Ohio University Press.
Gray is the first Ohioan to win the award, now entering its 13th year. Shortly after the book’s publication, Gray was featured on Art Beat, the arts blog of PBS’s "News Hour with Jim Lehrer." Numerous reviewers have requested the book, and Gray has kept up an active schedule of readings at bookstores and other venues.
Named for the distinguished poet who taught at Ohio University for many years and made Athens the subject of many of his poems, the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize competition invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems. For more information about "Photographing Eden," visit: www.ohioswallow.com/book/Photographing+Eden.
In other poetry news, David Yezzi's "Azores" was chosen best book of 2008 in a year-end roundup on Slate. In January, the Canadian Public Broadcasting and WBUR-Boston interviewed Yezzi for his perspective on inaugural poetry after an article he wrote appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Yezzi is executive editor of The New Criterion and editor of the forthcoming book "The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets," being published by Ohio University Press imprint, Swallow Press.
Other recent Ohio University Press Titles:
"James Madison: Philosopher, Founder Statesman," edited by John Vile, William D. Pederson and Frank J. Williams. Madison is considered one of America’s great political theorists. The essays in this book, written by historians and political scientists, analyze several aspects of his life and work.
"The Demon and the Damozel: Dynamics of Desire in the Works of Christina Rossetti and Dante Gabriel Rossetti," by Suzanne Waldman. Waldman makes a strong case for the particular psychoanalytic importance of the Rossetti siblings by looking at how their own psyches were divided by conflicts between the period’s religious scruples and its taste for gothic sensationalism.
"Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange, and Competition in South Africa, 1820–1948" by Karen Flint. This book examines the hundreds of years of coexistence between two medical cultures in South Africa, traditional healers and biomedical doctors.
"Landmarked: Land Claims and Land Restitution in South Africa," by Cherryl Walker. Drawing on her experience as rural land claims commissioner, Walker provides a multilayered account of land reform in South Africa, which continues to be a highly charged issue.
"Land, Power, & Custom: Controversies Generated by South Africa's Communal Land Rights Act," edited by Aninka Claasens and Ben Cousins. These essays explore the implications of South Africa’s controversial 2004 Communal Land Rights Act that was criticized for reinforcing the apartheid power structure and ignoring the interests of the common people.
"New South African Keywords," edited by Nick Shepherd and Steven L. Robins. An insightful guide to the key words and concepts that have come to shape public and political thought and debate in post-apartheid South Africa.
"Silenced Voices: Uncovering a Family’s Colonial History in Indonesia," by Inez Hollander. Intrigued by the silence surrounding her family's Dutch colonial past, Hollander explores uncharted historical territory through a highly personal lens.
"Unconquerable Spirit: George Stow’s History Paintings of the San," by Pippa Skotnes. A beautiful, full-color book featuring 143 of Stow’s paintings of San rock art, which he copied in the field during the 1860s and 1870s.
Ohio University Press books and authors have received visibility this month in: African Studies Review, Michigan Historical Review, Northwest Ohio History, Victorian Studies, CHOICE, One-Minute Book Reviews blog, H-SAfrica online review service, American Historical Review, Galatea Resurrects blog, English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920, Magill Book Reviews, An Ordinary Person blog, Slate, American Quarterly, Library Journal, Pitt Magazine, Mathrubhumi newspaper (India), Land Degradation and Development, Book News Inc., Ohioana Quarterly, Wall Street Journal, Books & Culture, The Antioch Review, the Kojo Nnamdi Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., WBUR-Boston, A Commonplace Blog, Indonesia and Jewcy online.