The Lady Vanishes
Written by LMU professor and Marymount Institute director Theresia de Vroom, The Lady Vanishes examines the role of heroines and mother-daughter relationships in Shakespeare's late tragicomedies.
With in-depth explorations of oft-ignored works Cymbeline, Pericles, Two Nobel Kinsmen, and The Winter's Tale, de Vroom unearths a pattern of feminine comic redemption that works as an alternative and corrective to the apocalyptic tragedy of Shakespeare's predominantly male worlds.
The Lady Vanishes socially and historically contextualizes Shakespeare's work, while examining the formation of the tragicomic heroine and construction of mother-daughter relationships both within the plays and throughout Western culture, from film to photography to painting. the book also compares the late tragicomedies to other, more well known, Shakespeare plays, including The Tempest, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Twelfth Night, and King Lear.
The Good Samaritan
In this new collection of essays, Jeff Dietrich looks back over more than forty years as a member of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker community serving the poor on L.A.’s Skid Row.
Exploring what it means to be a good samaritan, Dietrich asks: “Who is my neighbor?”; “How do I keep the courage of my convictions?”; “Am I my brother’s keeper?”; “How do we attend to the dying, the living, and the newborn?”; and, finally, “What does it mean spend a lifetime as a Catholic Worker?”
The book is illustrated by the artist, Rufo Noriega, and the photographer, Madeline Wilson.
Pubilsher's note: The image at left is a tentative cover pending permission from the holder of the image's copyright.
Creation: Is God's Charity Broad Enough for Bears?
Is creation only a wondrous event that took place “in the beginning?” Is belief in creation only a backdrop to the more serious business of redemption? Or does the Giver of life keep on singing the natural world into being at every moment of its evolution, with compassion for its suffering and commitment to its well-being?
At this time of undoubted ecological crisis, this small book probes the meaning of creation, to invigorate ethical behavior that cares for plants and animals with a passion integral to faith’s passion for the living God. Once we see that the evolving community of life on Earth continues to be the dwelling place of the Spirit and its ruination an unspeakable sin, then deep affection shown in action on behalf of eco-justice becomes an indivisible part of spirituality.
Yee? Baw for Bokes
Some of the most prominent figures in medieval literature and textual studies have assembled to offer essays on Middle English manuscripts and verse in honor of Hoyt N. Duggan (“Dug”).
Duggan is a pioneer in matters of medieval prosody and is founder of the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, an ambitious project in digital-textual archaeology. Duggan’s project is based on antique books, but it is an innovation in the history of all books, unlocking, in unprecedented detail, manuscript evidence that has stood silent or occluded for centuries.
Striving to display unity and focus, the essays in this collection all work directly with Middle English manuscripts, the only remaining witnesses to the voices of the Middle Ages. The essays also speak to and complement one another with an awareness that one seldom sees in festschrifts. Piers Plowman itself is the subject of at least half of the essays, and students of that last great pre-Reformation English poem will find here a deep resource of new information.