Biblio File

 

University of Indianapolis faculty are busy writing, editing, and contributing to scholarly works. Here’s a glance at some of the faculty books published in 2009–10.

Indiana (In)decision

Hoosiers at an Economic Crossroads
by Mark L. Akers | University of Indianapolis Press
Indiana needs bold leadership to secure its place in the global economy, Graduate Business professor Mark Akers argues.

In Indiana In(decision), Akers notes that the Hoosier state has been slow to embrace change and innovation, yet its reliance on manufacturing makes it sensitive to the rapidly shifting dynamics of global trade. For Indiana to broaden its economic base and prosper in the future, he says, state and local leaders must take decisive action to update aging infrastructure, improve education, and find innovative ways to boost development.

Former Lt. Gov. John Mutz says the book “should be required reading for legislators and other state leaders.”

Contact Mark Akers at makers@uindy.edu.


Secondary Heroines

in Nineteenth-Century British and American Novels
by Jennifer B. Camden | Ashgate Publishing

Taking up works by Samuel Richardson, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, and Catharine Maria Sedgwick, among others, English professor Jennifer Camden examines the role of female characters who embody the qualities associated with heroines but fail to achieve this status in the story.

Because she is often a far more vivid character than the heroine of the marriage plot, the secondary heroine engages the reader’s interest. Because the narrative has relegated her to secondary heroine status suggests that she represents a certain idea of womanhood, Camden suggests, that is at odds with the ideals the primary heroine represents. Camden also shows how the anxiety produced by these ideals is displaced onto the secondary heroine, demonstrating the ways in which early novels use character to further ideologies of race, class, sex, and gender.

Contact Jennifer Camden at jcamden@uindy.edu.


The Renewal of the Heart is the Mission of the Church

Wesley’s Heart Religion in the Twenty-First Century
by Gregory S. Clapper | Cascade Books

Gregory S. Clapper, professor of philosophy and religion, draws from recent research on the concept of emotion to take a fresh look at the work of John Wesley, the influential 18th-century thinker and founder of Methodism.

In his fifth book, Clapper combines an analysis of Wesley’s writings—which often refer to the “heart” and its “affections”—with historical and conceptual analysis of “emotion,” an idea that has changed dramatically in the past 200 years. Clapper points out that Wesley’s terminology reveals a nuanced view of inner life that contemporary philosophers are only beginning to discuss.

While Wesleyan theology sometimes is dismissed as a pandering dilution of the Christian message, Clapper shows Wesley’s vision of the “renewed heart” is a message with both intellectual integrity and life-changing power.

Contact Greg Clapper at gclapper@uindy.edu.


Atom Egoyan: Interviews

Edited by T. J. Morris | University Press of Mississippi
Toni Morris, professor of English, has assembled a portrait of four-time Cannes Film Festival winner Atom Egoyan, the Canadian writer and director best known for his films Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Felicia’s Journey (1999), and Where the Truth Lies (2005).

Egoyan typically places his characters in odd settings and extreme circumstances to explore themes of alienation, isolation, and intimacy. The book project, part of the press’s Conversations with Filmmakers series, required Morris to pore through mountains of archived print and broadcast interviews, weeding out cursory publicity pieces in search of substantial revelations.

“You have to find the in-depth interviews and hope to find a range that illustrates the director’s career development,” she says. Her next project for the same series will focus on controversial documentarian Michael Moore.

Contact Toni Morris at tmorris@uindy.edu.


Paulo Freire

Teaching for Freedom and Transformation
by John A. Dale | Springer Publishing

John Dale’s new text clarifies many of the misconceptions about the Brazilian educator’s theories, concepts, and implications for education. It revisits the influential theorist’s ideas and explains more fully the philosophical influences that shaped Freire’s concepts.

Dale argues that the absence of in-depth philosophical analysis has left an unacceptable void in the literature addressing Freire’s work, promoting misconceptions and superficiality. Most applications of Freire’s pedagogy are superficial, he says, because they simply “sloganize” his terms, such as banking education, conscientization, praxis, and humanization.

“In order to understand these terms and their origin
and apply them as Freire intended,” Dale says, “a far richer, more in-depth examination is desperately needed.”

Contact John Dale at jdale@uindy.edu.


Age Estimation of the Human Skeleton

Krista E. Latham & Michael Finnegan (editors) | Charles C. Thomas Publishers

Krista Latham, assistant professor of anthropology and biology, is co-editor of this collection of some of the latest research in age estimation techniques of human skeletal remains.

The text provides a broad spectrum of techniques focused on aging human skeletal remains, including dental and skeletal indicators of age as well as those relating to microscopic tissue structure.

The book is designed as a reference for those interested in identification or analysis of human remains, such as forensic anthropologists, bioarchaeologists, forensic odontologists, pathologists, and anatomists, and represents the most current reference book devoted entirely to estimating age at death for skeletonized and decomposed human remains.

Contact Krista Latham at lathamke@uindy.edu.