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Edward Barrett, RubOut. Pressed Wafer Publications, 2003. A trilogy of experimental verse novels revolving around Boston mobsters, Concord transcendentalists, boxing, Las Vegas comics, and a missing girl. Edward Barrett is Senior Lecturer in Writing.

Isabelle de Courtivron, ed., Lives in Translation: Bilingual Writers on Identity and Creativity. Palgrave McMillan, 2003. In a series of original essays, writers reflect on questions of identity, choice, and the difficult search for self and place. Products of post-war global realities, they interrogate the individual, explore the intimate experience, and ponder the strange itineraries that have led them from a childhood in one language to a writing life in another. Isabelle de Courtivron is Ann F. Friedlaender Professor of Humanities and Professor of French Studies.

Deborah Fitzgerald, Every Farm a Factory: The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture. Fitzgerald argues that farms became modernized in the 1920s (a period of serious economic depression in farming) because they adopted not only new machinery but also the financial, cultural, and ideological apparatus of industrialism. Deborah Fitzgerald is Professor of the History of Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

Jonathan Rodden and Gunnar Eskeland, eds., Fiscal Decentralization and the Challenge of Hard Budget Constraints. MIT Press, 2003. A multicountry study on the conditions under which decentralized countries might ensure fiscal discipline. Jonathan Rodden is Ford Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science.



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