Fatal Love For legal historians, spousal murders are significant not only for what they reveal about social and family history, in particular the hidden history of day-to-day gender relations, but also for the ways in which conflicts, crimes and punishments play out. In his new book Fatal Love, Professor Victor Uribe examines this phenomenon in the late colonial Spanish Atlantic, focusing on incidents occurring in New Spain (colonial Mexico), New Granada (colonial Colombia) and Spain from the 1740s to the 1820s. In the more than 200 cases consulted, the book considers not only the social features of the murders, but also the legal discourses and judicial practices guiding the historical treatment of spousal murders, helping us understand the historical intersection of domestic violence, private and state/church patriarchy and the law. Uribe’s book won the 2016 Murdo J. MacLeod Book Prize, sponsored by the Southern Historical Association, Latin American and Caribbean Section, and received an honorable mention in the 2016 Alfred B. Thomas Book Award, sponsored by the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies.
Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record: Sharpening a Sword at the Dragon Gate The latest book by religious studies professor Steven Heine provides an in-depth textual and literary analysis of the Blue Cliff Record, a seminal Chan/Zen Buddhist collection of commentaries on 100 gongan/koan cases, considered in light of historical, cultural and intellectual trends. Heine, founding director of the Asian Studies Program, examines the diverse ideological connections and disconnections behind subsequent commentaries and translations of the Blue Cliff Record, shedding light on the broad range of gongan literature produced in the 11th to 13th centuries and beyond. Christopher Ives, author of Imperial-Way Zen, described Heine’s book as a “tour de force” and an “innovative and groundbreaking achievement.” Heine is an authority on East Asian religion and society, especially the history of Zen Buddhism and its relation to culture in China and Japan. He has published two dozen books on this topic and lectures extensively.
Culture and National Security in the Americas Edited by Brian Fonseca and Eduardo A. Gamarra and featuring contributions from several Green School faculty, Culture and National Security in the Americas examines the most influential historical, geographic, cultural, political, economic and military considerations shaping national security policies throughout the Americas. In a review of the text, Gregory Weeks of the University of North Carolina wrote: “Fonseca and Gamarra’s focus on strategic culture provides a useful analytic guide for understanding what drives Latin American security policy. Scholars and practitioners alike will find the authors’ insights valuable.” Fonseca is director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy. Gamarra is professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations and founder of the Latino Public Opinion Forum. Other Green School contributors include Frank O. Mora, director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center; Astrid Arrarás, senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations; José Miguel Cruz; director of research at LACC; Anthony Maingot; professor emeritus of sociology and anthropology in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies; Félix E. Martín, associate professor in PIR; and Victor Uribe, professor and chair of the Department of History.
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