authors & editors

Spring 2011

Dennis Compton Canterbury, MA ’99, PhD ’00
Dennis Compton Canterbury, MA ’99, PhD ’00
European Bloc Imperialism
Brill, 2010

Canterbury explores the means by which Euro-American capital is spread around the world and how it negatively influences developing nations. Is this an example of European imperialism? The text draws on examples to support the point that development is being entrapped by imperialism.

 
Dean Rader, MA ’91, PhD ’95
Dean Rader, MA ’91, PhD ’95
Works & Days
Truman State University Press, 2010

Winner of the prestigious T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize for 2010, Rader experiments with both traditional and experimental style in his first collection of poetry. Poems in Works & Days explore questions about identity with wry humor and popular culture references.

 
Kristen T. Oertel ’95 and Marilyn S. Blackwell
Kristen T. Oertel ’95 and Marilyn S. Blackwell
Frontier Feminist: Clarina Howard Nichols and the Politics of Motherhood
University Press of Kansas, 2010

Clarina Howard Nichols was a pioneering social reformer who played an invaluable role in women’s rights, antislavery and westward expansion. But despite creating a political role for women, she is widely overlooked by historians. Oertel, a Mary Frances Barnard Chair in 19th century American history at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, and Blackwell explore Nichols’ private life and look to restore her place among the group of reformers who campaigned for full citizenship for women and freedom for all African-Americans.

 
Arthur Plotnik ’60
Arthur Plotnik ’60
Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives
Viva Editions, 2011

“The haunted house was beyond scary. It was horripilating [hair raising].” Plotnik includes this largely unknown word in his compilation of about 6,000 alternatives to hackneyed superlatives. His goal is to advise writers on ways they can avoid overused words and instead opt for fresh and creative diction.