Books and Journals

Books by Faculty

Masters and Students
Micah True (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)

McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015

In Masters and Students, Micah True considers the famous Jesuit Relations (1632-73) from New France as the product of two simultaneous missions, in which the Jesuit priests both extracted information from the poorly understood inhabitants of New France and attempted to deliver Europe's religious knowledge to potential Amerindian converts. This dual position of student and master provides the framework for the author’s reflection on the nature of the Jesuits’ "facts" about Amerindian languages, customs, and beliefs that are recorded in the Relations.

The Complete Light Poems
edited by Anne Tardos & Michael O'Driscoll (English and Film Studies)
Chax, 2015

The sixty poems in this collection were written over an extended stretch of the poet's life, beginning on June 10, 1962 and concluding on October 9, 1988, more than twenty-six years later. The poems, then, were begun by Mac Low aged 39 and completed or, perhaps, left off, when he was 66 years old. As the work of an accomplished artist at mid life, the poems express a certain self-confidence and maturity at the same time as they are all too vulnerable in their frank recognition of the frailties of self and love. THE COMPLETE LIGHT POEMS are often very moving. For that reason, and given their intensely biographical nature, the poems afford the reader an unusually prolonged and intimate sense of the poet's daily life.
Duns Scotus on Time and Existence 
Translated, with Introduction and Commentary, by Edward Buckner and Jack Zupko (Philosophy)
CUA Press, 2015

Duns Scotus (c. 1265-1308) is one of a handful of figures in the history of philosophy whose significance is truly difficult to overestimate. Despite an academic career that lasted barely two decades, and numerous writings left in various states of incompletion at his death, his thought has been profoundly influential in the history of western philosophy. The Questions on Aristotle's 'De interpretatione' is an early work, probably written at Oxford in the closing decade of the thirteenth century. The questions, which have come down to us in two sets ('Opus I' and 'Opus II'), most likely originated from Scotus's classroom lectures on Aristotle's text, a work now known by its Latin name, De interpretatione. The De interpretatione (or Perihermenias in the original Greek) was understood in the medieval university as a work of dialectic or logic, although the text itself deals with subjects we would nowadays consider to belong to the intersection of metaphysics and the philosophy of language: the semantics of time, existence, modality, and quantification. At its heart is the important and still philosophically relevant question of how we can talk about things which no longer exist, or which do not yet exist. The topics covered include reference and signification; existence and essence; truth and its relation to things. What is the relationship between existence in reality and existence in the understanding? Does the meaning of a name depend on the existence of the objects falling under it? Is the present time all that exists? If a proposition about the future can be true now, what now makes it true?

Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed ; Are We There Yet?
by Jan Selmen (Drama) and Jane Heather
University of Alberta Press, 2014

When the topic is sex, fear and embarrassment prevent frank and meaningful communication between teens and adults. Using participatory theatre can break the uncomfortable silence, and with over 700 performances across Canada, Jane Heather's play Are We There Yet? has been an effective tool for teaching teen sexuality since 1998. The play and program were the subject of a major impact assessment and researchers of many kinds examined how and why theatre can make change. This comprehensive, well-organized volume by two leading experts offers a rich diversity of material and analysis.
Boom and Bust Again
edited by David L. Ryan, Chapter 10 by Stuart Landon (Economics) and Connie Smith (Economics)
University of Alberta Press, 2014

In many commodity-based economies, rollercoaster boom-and-bust cycles have come to be viewed almost as an unavoidable characteristic. Framed mainly in the context of the Alberta economy, the articles in this volume explore a wide range of issues associated with the historical phenomenon of recurring periods of boom and bust, including reasons for their apparent inevitability, dealing with revenue volatility, possible diversification strategies, savings policy, and challenges faced by policy makers. Re-examining and shedding new light on these struggles, Boom and Bust Again is an important contribution to the literature on policy issues for readers in the fields of economics, business, finance, and public policy.

Proof Theory: Sequent Calculi and Related Formalisms
Katalin Bimbó (Philosophy)

CRC Press, 2014

Although sequent calculi constitute an important category of proof systems, they are not as well known as axiomatic and natural deduction systems. Addressing this deficiency, Proof Theory: Sequent Calculi and Related Formalisms presents a comprehensive treatment of sequent calculi, including a wide range of variations. It focuses on sequent calculi for various non-classical logics, from intuitionistic logic to relevance logic, linear logic, and modal logic.
Le Federalisme Selon Harper
Edited by Frédéric Boily and Julian Castro-Rea,  (Political Science)
Prologue, 2014

With the participation of twelve experts from across Canada, this book, beyond the purely intellectual interest, is also exploring avenues for solutions or ways to build bridges between Quebec and the federal Conservatives who are at the same time respectful of the parties dialogue.

Re-mapping the Americas  Trends in Region-making
Edited by W. Andy Knight (Political Science), Julián Castro-Rea (Political Science),
and Hamid Ghany
Ashgate, 2014 

The book informs academic as well as non-academic audiences about regional developments in the Americas, in particular those dating back to the last twenty years. Beyond the primary purpose of summarizing the hemisphere’s recent trends, the book also brings clarification in a detailed but easy to understand way about timely issues regarding the institutionalisation, or lack thereof, of the plethora of regional and sub-regional bodies that have emerged in this hemisphere over the past couple of decades.
Women's Words an Anthology
Edited by Shirley A. Serviss and Janice Williamson (English and Film Studies)
University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, 2014

In June 2013, the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension program, Women’s Words, marked twenty years of classes, and in celebration a collection of student and instructor writing was reviewed by an editing team and selected pieces were published in an anthology. The book was launched at the opening reception to Women’s Words 2013 and contributors were invited to read.
Work, Industry, and Canadian Society, 7th Edition
Edited by Harvey J. Krahn (Sociology)
, Karen D. Hughes and Graham S. Lowe
Nelson Canada, 2014

Work, Industry and Canadian Society, Seventh Edition brings to light the social ramifications of work. With a focus on the Canadian workplace, the author team examines how individual, societal, national, and global issues shape this central human activity. In this seventh edition, the text draws upon the growing literature on work and employment, organizations, and management approaches to incorporate recent empirical findings, review new and ongoing theoretical and policy debates, and provide a more international perspective. The authors use their years of experience in research and teaching to compose this comprehensive volume on the past, present and future of work in Canada.