On the Bookshelf: New work by faculty

From journalism to classics to religion and race, SF State professors are making important contributions to their fields. Here is a sampling of new books by faculty:

Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling (Focal Press)

 Multimedia Storytelling.As news organizations ramp up production of multimedia content, including  audio slideshows and online videos, journalists are required to do more and more to tell a captivating story. But many are thrust into the relatively new role of "videojournalist" without training on how to operate a camera, capture candid footage and edit the material into something worth watching. In Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling, Professor of Journalism Ken Kobre provides a crash course on what are quickly becoming essential skills for the modern journalist. Kobre and several contributors cover the entire process of creating video content, from finding a good story to shooting quality footage to writing a script and editing. The book also discusses issues of ethics and the law as well as how to market a story to media outlets.

The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature (Cambridge University Press)

The cover of the book The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature.The image of a man giving birth is deployed often in classical Greek literature, and in The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature, Chair of Classics David Leitao traces the image's history in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. Starting as a scientific concept used in Greek embryology, which suggested the male alone created new life, the image later evolves into a metaphor that indicates ownership or authorship -- "paternity," as it were -- of an idea, work of art or piece of legislation. The image eventually becomes a means by which ancient Greeks examined such issues as the origin of the embryo's soul, the nature and origin of thought and creativity, legitimacy of birth and civic status, and ownership of intellectual property. Leitao explores the image of the pregnant male in Greek myths such as the birth of Dionysus from Zeus' thigh and of Athena from Zeus' head, as well as in Plato's metaphorical account of the pursuit of knowledge in the Symposium.

Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation (NYU Press)

As they grow older, the children of Asian American and Latino immigrants will shape American race relations and religion. Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation, co-edited by Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung, looks at the experiences of this crucial group of Americans. Today's immigrants are from Asia and Latin America and therefore cannot shed their racial and ethnic identities as rapidly as European immigrants from decades past. Jeung and his collaborators look at how race, ethnicity and religion intersect for second-generation Americans from a diversity of religious backgrounds, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.

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-- Jonathan Morales