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February 23, 2012

Battle Runes: Writings on War - St. Francis Professor Edits Exploration of Psychological Effects of War

St. Francis College English Professor Gregory Tague digs deep inside the psychological effects of combat, editing Battle Runes: Writings on War (Editions Bibliotekos), his latest collection of short stories and poems from twenty-one acclaimed and award-winning authors.

The collection of almost 40 short stories and poems looks at the physical and mental attacks that war wages on individuals and their families.

Professor Tague extended the St. Francis College connection to the book by recruiting English major Meagan Meehan to proofread the book, including a short story from Professor Mitch Levenberg and asking fellow English Professor Wendy Galgan to write the Foreword.

“These authors possess the remarkable ability to allow the reader to see what they see, to take an unsentimental and painfully clear look at what war – fighting it, witnessing it, surviving it – does to human beings,” writes Dr. Galgan. “We experience war and its aftermath through the eyes of victor and vanquished, infantry and insurgent, parent and child.”

Among the contributors to the book is Nahid Rachlin who will be at St. Francis College March 17 to read from her memoir, Persian Girls: A Memoir, about growing up in Iran. Rachlin’s story, “Gazing at the Stars” captures how war disrupts families and threatens the intimate bond between parent and child.

In “The German,” John Guzlowski epitomizes all the elements of the book: victimization of innocent bystanders; blood and gore; psychological toll on soldiers. “We were so impressed that we literally built the entire volume around his story,” added Dr. Tague.

Thom Brucie offered two stories to the collection, “A Deepening Heart” and “The Tiger Cage.” “A Deepening Heart” is an American Civil War story – quite gripping in terms of character and characterization, catching the mood of a conflict that was devastating, on a very personal level, for countless individuals.

Thauthors in Battle Runes have been nominated for numerous awards including a Pulitzer, Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets Anthology and won Hugo and Nebula Awards while receiving honorable mentions for several others.

Professor Tague has authored and edited numerous books including: as author, Ethos And Behavior: The English Novel from Jane Austen to Henry James (Academica Press, 2008); as co-editor and contributor, Origins of English Dramatic Modernism, 1870-1914 (Academica Press 2010); and as author, Character And Consciousness (Academica Press 2005). He also publishes The Association for the Study of Ethical Behavior in Literature Journal.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
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