Word of the Week: Aegis

November 23, 2015

As in: “The moral fortification of the home—under the aegis of Book Cover: Thanksgivingthe enlightened homemaker—against the rough-and-ready masculine world of business and politics became a dominant middle-class fixation in the antebellum period” (Baker, 2009, p. 79).

Baker, J. W. (2009). Thanksgiving: The biography of an American holiday.  Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Press.

Word of the Week: Zeitgeist

November 17, 2015

As in: “Lee focuses on a microscopic approach to history, delving into family memories to grasp the zeitgeist of the civil rights fight” (Letort, 2015, p. 52).Book Cover: The Spike Lee Brand

Letort, D. (2015). The Spike Lee brand: A study of documentary filmmaking. Albany, N.Y: State University of New York Press.


Word of the Week: Polemical

November 9, 2015

Book Cover: Removable Type: Histories of the book in Indian country, 1663-1880As in: “Like all authors in nineteenth century America, Native writers sought to publish their works for both polemical effect and financial gain (Round, 2010, p. 177).”

Round, P.H. (2010). Removable type: Histories of the book in Indian country, 1663-1880.  Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Word of the Week: Idiosyncratic

October 27, 2015

Book Cover: The Social Sex by Marilyn YalomAs in: “However idiosyncratic, sitcoms, movies, and novels reflected the mentalities of their era (Yalom & Brown, 2015, p. 270).”

Yalom, M., & Brown T. D. (2015). The social sex: A history of female friendship. New York, NY: Harper Perennial.

The book can be found in new books: BF575 .F66 Y35 2015

Word of the Week: Echolalia

October 20, 2015

Book Cover: The Elements of ExpressionAs in: “Sometimes it seems that a national echolalia has taken hold, with a handful of incessantly repeated terms cycling through and dominating media, small talk, mobile communications, Internet posts, and social networks-even corporate communications (Plotnik, 2012, p. 8).”

Plotnik, A. (2012). The elements of expression: Putting thoughts into words.  Berkeley, CA: Cleis Press.

Word of the Week: Primordial

October 13, 2015

Book Cover - Artist, Clay, Fire, RitualAs in:  “But it is also about care for the environment, and living with the mystery of primordial elements of life when transfigured by artistic imagination” (Saliers, 2009, p. 96).

Saliers, D. E.  (2009). Artist, clay, fire, ritual: A potter’s aesthetic. In  R. M. Jensen & K. J. Vrudny (Eds.), Visual theology: Forming and transforming the community through the arts (pp. 94-106). Collegeville, MI: Liturgical Press.

For the various definitions of primordial see the Oxford English Dictionary and Credo Reference collection of reference books.

Word of the Week: Effervescence

October 5, 2015

Book Cover: Che GuevaraAs in: “In the early fifties, Mexico City still retained some of the political and artistic effervescence that had peaked in the thirties and forties (Anderson, 1997, p. 160).”

Anderson, J. L. (1997). Che Guevara: A revolutionary life. New York: Grove Press.


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