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Joan Varnum Ferretti Publishes in the 2013 Annual Edition of Literature in the Early American Republic
Catharine Maria Sedgwick originally intended to use A New-England Tale; or Sketches of New-England Character and Manners (1822) as a tract. Although the piece took on other literary dimensions as America’s first domestic novel, it retains several fundamental traits of the tract genre in the way that it posits the ideological power struggle between two worlds: the spiritual/religious world of America’s Second Great Awakening and the material world of the Market Revolution. As dramatized on the stage of the everyday domestic life of young Jane Elton, the novel’s representation of these two converging and conflicting American worlds tells the tale of the hegemonic battle over the soul and moral conscience of the early republic.
Together with Manuel Roman, Global Liberal Studies professor Ascension Mejorado has published Profitability and the Great Recession: The Role of Accumulation Trends in the Financial Crisis (Routledge, 2013). The book examines investment from the mid-1980s and beyond, “when investors in the US increasingly directed capital towards the financial sector at the expense of non-financial sectors, lured by the perception of higher profits. This flow of capital inflated asset prices, creating the stock market and housing bubbles which burst when the imbalance between stagnant incomes and rising debts triggered the banking meltdown. Profitability and the Great Recession analyzes these trends in profitability and capital accumulation, which the authors identify as the root cause of the financial crisis, in the context of the US and other major OECD countries.” Profitability and the Great Recession: The Role of Accumulation Trends in the Financial Crisis is part of the Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy series.
Michael Rectenwald has published “The Singularity and Socialism” in the October 5, 2013 issue of Insurgent Notes: Journal of Communist Theory and Practice. The paper considers the technological singularity as predicted and fostered by Ray Kurzweil and others from the standpoint of socialism, particularly a left communist perspective. What is a Marxist understanding of the technological singularity? What are the likely prospects for the singularity under existing (capitalist) conditions? What would become of singulartarian technologies in a socialist society? (The essay has been republished by the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, here.)
Rochelle Almeida has published the essay, “Paradoxes of Belonging—Individuality and Community Identity,” in the August issue of The International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies. The essay is an installment in professor Almeida’s much larger study that focuses on a variety of factors pertaining to the cross-cultural encounters of Anglo-Indians in Britain over the past half century.
Mr. Tomlinson is on his usual writing and publishing tear. This month, he published his short story, “B.A.R.” in the Blue Lyra Review. The story represents a Foote family Christmas story of sorts. The Footes are the family of Clifford Foote, whose coming of age Tim has serialized in linked short stories. In “B.A.R.,” as in the entire series, Tim displays an uncanny ability to capture the structure of feeling of 1960s working-class urban America, as one becomes intimately acquainted with this teenager and his family.
Michael Rectenwald‘s short story “Launching Pad” has been published in Ducts.org: the webzine of personal stories. “Launching Pad” features an angst-ridden painter and adjunct professor of Art History whose life has been complicated yet a bit more by the recent arrival of his “step-daughter.” The story also appears in Michael’s collection of short stories, The Thief and Other Stories, published earlier this year.
Novelist, essayist and Master Teacher Stephen Policoff is the winner of the 2012 Dzanc Books mid-career novelist award. Policoff’s manuscript, Come Away, was selected from nearly 100 submissions. This collection will be published in October 2014. Dzanc co-founder and publisher, Steven Gillis said of the manuscript: “Stephen Policoff’s Come Away is the sort of book that leaves you in awe of the way the universal subject of love and parenting and the complexities of human relationships can be handled here in such a new and inspiring way…” Read more.
Michael Rectenwald has published his article “Secularism” in George Eliot in Context, edited by Margaret Harris and published by Cambridge University Press (2013). Prodigiously learned, alive to the massive social changes of her time, defiant of many Victorian orthodoxies, George Eliot has always challenged her readers. She is at once chronicler and analyst, novelist of nostalgia and monumental thinker. The anthology includes cogent essays on the many contexts – historical, intellectual, political, social, cultural – to her work. Rectenwald’s contribution considers the importance of secularism to George Eliot’s worldview and fiction, in particular tracing the texts and contexts important to her conversion from Christianity, and her expressions of a secularist perspective.