The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s
Columbia University Press, 2014
The Other Blacklist explores the impact of the Left, the Communist Party, and the U.S. government spying operations on African American literature and culture during the Cold War. Focused on six major African American writers and artists of the 1950s, this study shows how their Left affiliations enabled them to shape an aesthetic that maintained traditions of race radicalism and literary experimentation.
Emily Dickinson, A User's Guide presents a comprehensive introduction to the life and works of Emily Dickinson, Offers a richly appreciative biographical and critical introduction to America's most widely admired woman poet Written by a world-renowned Emily Dickinson scholar and American literary critic Represents the only book that reads Dickinson through her manuscripts, the print editions of her work, and the major digital Dickinson editions published since 1994 The User's Guide is a new kind of book for a new era of reading Is the only book that is an introduction to the poet, her work,
Co-Editor, The Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies
Oxford Handbooks, 2013
Derived from the word "to propagate," the idea and practice of propaganda concerns nothing less than the ways in which human beings communicate, particularly with respect to the creation and widespread dissemination of attitudes, images, and beliefs. Much larger than its pejorative connotations suggest, propaganda can more neutrally be understood as a central means of organizing and shaping thought and perception, a practice that has been a pervasive feature of the twentieth century and that touches on many fields.
In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of a New People
NYU Press, 2013
Reexamining the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, In the Spirit of a New People brings to light new insights about social activism in the twentieth-century and new lessons for progressive politics in the twenty-first. Randy J. Ontiveros explores the ways in which Chicano/a artists and activists used fiction, poetry, visual arts, theater, and other expressive forms to forge a common purpose and to challenge inequality in America.
Contributor, Lations and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal
Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Bringing together 15 scholars of Latino popular culture, this book makes visible a range of material objects and intellectual products out there that capture the myriad and infinite experiences of Latinos. The contributors identify a contemporary scene whereby the massive presence of Latinos in the United States is actively shaping American culture. There are a multitude of narrative media forms created by and that feature Latinos in the twenty-first century.
The United States and its Freedom Coalition allies are conducting serial invasions across the globe, including an attack on the anti-capitalist rebels of Northern California. The Middle East—now a single consumerist Caliphate led by Lebanese pop singer Caliph Fred—is in an uproar after an attack on the al-Aqsa Mosque gets televised on the Holy Land Channel.
"Rhetoric and Rhythm in Byzantium takes a fresh look at rhetorical rhythm and its theory and practice, highlighting the close affinity between rhythm and argument. Based on material from Byzantine and Old Church Slavonic homilies and from Byzantine rhetorical commentaries, the book redefines and expands our understanding of both Byzantine and Old Church Slavonic prose rhythm.
As with many of us, the life of acclaimed novelist Howard Norman has had its share of incidents of “arresting strangeness.” Yet few of us connect these moments, as Norman has done in this spellbinding memoir, to show how life tangles with the psyche to become art. Norman’s story begins with a portrait, both harrowing and hilarious, of a Midwest boyhood summer working in a bookmobile, in the shadow of a grifter father and under the erotic tutelage of his brother’s girlfriend.
A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative offers a collection of foundational essays introducing the reader to the full scope of unnatural narrative theory: its meaning, its goals, its extent, its paradoxes. This volume brings together a distinguished group of international critics, scholars, and historians that includes several of the world’s leading narrative theorists. Together, they survey many basic areas of narrative studies from an unnatural perspective: story, time, space, voice, minds, narrative levels, “realism,” nonfiction, hyperfiction, and narrative poetry.
Co-Editor , Burke in the Archives: Using the Past to Transform the Future of Burkean Studies (Studies in Rhetoric/Communication)
University of South Carolina Press, 2013
Burke in the Archives brings together thirteen original essays by leading and emerging Kenneth Burke scholars to explore provocatively the twenty-first-century usefulness of a figure widely regarded as the twentieth century's most influential rhetorician. Edited by Dana Anderson and Jessica Enoch, the volume breaks new ground as it complicates, extends, and ultimately transforms how the field of rhetorical studies understands Burke, calling much-needed attention to the roles that archival materials can and do play in this process.
The Cambridge Companion to Textual Scholarship
Cambridge University Press, 2013
As more and more of our cultural heritage migrates into digital form and as increasing amounts of literature and art are created within digital environments, it becomes more important than ever before for us to understand how the medium affects the text. The expert contributors to this volume provide a clear, engrossing and accessible insight into how the texts we read and study are created, shaped and transmitted to us.
Author, Of Bondage: Debt, Property, and Personhood in Early Modern England
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013
The late sixteenth-century penal debt bond, which allowed an unsatisfied creditor to seize the body of his debtor, set in motion a series of precedents that would haunt the legal, philosophical, and moral problem of property-in-person in England and America for centuries. Focusing on a historical juncture at which debt litigation was not merely an aspect of society but seemed to engulf it completely, Of Bondage examines a culture that understood money and the body of the borrower as comparable forms of property that impinged on one another at the moment of default.
Shaping Language Policy in the U.S.: The Role of Composition Studies
Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013
In Shaping Language Policy in the U.S.: The Role of Composition Studies, author Scott Wible explores the significance and application of two of the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s key language policy statements: the 1974 Students’ Right to Their Own Language resolution and the 1988 National Language Policy.
Co-Author , Literature and the Writing Process (10th Edition)
Literature and the Writing Process combines the best elements of a literature anthology with those of a handbook to guide students through the interrelated process of analytical reading and critical writing. Text writing assignments use literature as a tool of critical thought, a method for analysis, and a way of communicating ideas. This approach emphasizes writing as the focus of the book with literature as the means to write effectively.
Welcome to the Dickinson Electronic Archives 2. A creative and critical collaboratory for reading Dickinson's material bodies and for featuring new critical and theoretical work about Emily Dickinson's writings, biography, reception, and influence, the Dickinson Electronic Archives 2 is a scholarly resource showcasing the possibility of interdisciplinary and collaborative research and exploring the potential of the digital environment to reveal new interpretive material, cultural, historical, and theoretical contexts.
At the heart of Joshua Weiner’s new book is an extended poem with a bold political dimension and great intellectual ambition. It fuses the poet’s point of view with Walt Whitman’s to narrate a decentered time-traveling collage about Rock Creek, a tributary of the Potomac that runs through Washington, DC. For Weiner, Rock Creek is the location of myriad kinds of movement, streaming, and joining: personal enterprise and financial capital; national politics, murder, sex, and homelessness; the Civil War and collective history; music, spiritual awakening, personal memory, and pastoral vision.
Co-Editor, The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, vol. 3
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012
"His name is Percy Bysshe Shelley, and he is the author of a poetical work entitled Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude." With these words, the radical journalist and poet Leigh Hunt announced his discovery in 1816 of an extraordinary talent within "a new school of poetry rising of late."
A cycle of pathbreaking poems about the history of a family set against the backdrop of the last century.
An Individual History describes the fears, anger, and guilt—personal, familial, societal, political, and historical—that comprise a life. The figure of the speaker’s maternal grandmother who was institutionalized for five decades serves as an overriding metaphor for this haunting, bold new work by an essential American poet.
Orphan Hours is a book of reconciliation, of coming to terms with time in its most personal and memorable manifestations, and of learning the wisdom of what cannot be changed. The urgency of the elegy has been absorbed by an acceptance of the detail, texture, and small moments that constitute and enrich mortality.
Co-Editor, with Samuel Cohen, The Legacy of David Foster Wallace
University of Iowa Press, 2012
Considered by many to be the greatest writer of his generation, David Foster Wallace was at the height of his creative powers when he committed suicide in 2008. In a sweeping portrait of Wallace’s writing and thought and as a measure of his importance in literary history, The Legacy of David Foster Wallace gathers cutting-edge, field-defining scholarship by critics alongside remembrances by many of his writer friends, who include some of the world’s most influential authors.
Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates (Coauthored)
Ohio State University Press, 2012
Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates addresses two frequently asked questions about narrative studies: “what is narrative theory?” and “how do different approaches to narrative relate to each other?” In engaging with these questions, the book demonstrates the diversity and vitality of the field and promotes a broader dialogue about its assumptions, methods, and purposes.
Atlantic Worlds in the Long Eighteenth Century: Seduction and Sentiment
Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
The Atlantic Ocean – in the decades between the late seventeenth century and the early nineteenth, it was not one but many places, sites of unprecedented movement, suffering, expectation, risk, dread, and desire. In thirteen new essays by leading scholars, this book vividly demonstrates how imaginative writing served urgent social, credal, and ideological imperatives across locations and among persons radically and unalterably redefined by their relations to the Atlantic. Tales of sexual coercion (“seduction”) and intense feeling (“sentiment”) were intimately co-mingled, a
With the release of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and forthcoming film version of The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien’s popularity has never been higher. In Green Suns and Faërie, author Verlyn Flieger, one of world’s foremost Tolkien scholars, presents a selection of her best articles—some never before published—on a range of Tolkien topics.
Editor, The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 1820-1865
W. W. Norton Publishing, 2012
8th Edition. The Eighth Edition features a diverse and balanced variety of works and thorough but judicious editorial apparatus throughout. The new edition also includes more complete works, much-requested new authors, 170 in-text images, new and re-thought contextual clusters, and other tools that help instructors teach the course they want to teach.
Conversational Rhetoric: The Rise and Fall of a Women's Tradition, 1600-1900
Southern Illinois University Press, 2011
Donawerth traces the development of women’s rhetorical theory through the voices of English and American women (and one much-translated French woman) over three centuries. She demonstrates how they cultivated theories of rhetoric centered on conversation that faded once women began writing composition textbooks for mixed-gender audiences in the latter part of the nineteenth century.
Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage
University of Georgia Press, 2011
In Phillis Wheatley, Vincent Carretta offers the first full-length biography of a figure whose origins and later life have remained shadowy despite her iconic status. A scholar with extensive knowledge of transatlantic literature and history, Carretta uncovers new details about Wheatley’s origins, her upbringing, and how she gained freedom. Carretta solves the mystery of John Peters, correcting the record of when he and Wheatley married and revealing what became of him after her death.
The Lucretian Renaissance: Philology and the Afterlife of Tradition
University Of Chicago Press, 2011
With The Lucretian Renaissance, Gerard Passannante offers a radical rethinking of a familiar narrative: the rise of materialism in early modern Europe. Passannante begins by taking up the ancient philosophical notion that the world is composed of two fundamental opposites: atoms, as the philosopher Epicurus theorized, intrinsically unchangeable and moving about the void; and the void itself, or nothingness.
Empowerment on an Unstable Planet: From Seeds of Human Energy to a Scale of Global Change
Oxford University Press, 2011
Grounded in diverse field experiences spanning three generations, and drawing on sources ranging from John Ruskin and Mahatma Gandhi to the princples of emergence and complex adaptive systems, the book advances a process for social development and environmental action based on human energy rather than economic growth.
Chronicling the events that took place in Grenada from 1951—when workers revolted against the white owners of the sugar and cocoa estates—to the U.S. invasion in 1983, this revised and expanded edition follows headstrong Angel and her mother Doodsie as they experience the deposition of the old, corrupted leadership with conflicted emotions. As their community struggles for independence, the political conflicts in Grenada tear long-term relationships apart, provoke fratricidal killings, and allow an outrageous breach of sovereignty.
Co-Editor with Caroline F. Levander, A Companion to American Literary Studies
A Companion to American Literary Studies addresses the most provocative questions, subjects, and issues animating the field. Essays provide readers with the knowledge and conceptual tools for understanding American literary studies as it is practiced today, and chart new directions for the future of the subject.
Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion
Oxford University Press, 2011
A comprehensive guide to the language of argument, Rhetorical Style offers a renewed appreciation of the persuasive power of the English language. Drawing on key texts from the rhetorical tradition, as well as on newer approaches from linguistics and literary stylistics, Fahnestock demonstrates how word choice, sentence form, and passage construction can combine to create effective spoken and written arguments.
Romantic Sobriety: Sensation, Revolution, Commodification, History
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011
This book explores the relationship among Romanticism, deconstruction, and Marxism by examining tropes of sensation and sobriety in a set of exemplary texts from Romantic literature and contemporary literary theory.
From the 1930s to the new century, Doux Thibaut, one of Merle Collins’ most memorable characters, negotiates a hard life on the Caribbean island of Paz. As a child there is the shame of poverty and illegitimacy, and there are the hazards of sectarianism in an island divided between Catholic and Protestant, the rigidity of a class and racial system where, if you are black, your white employer is always right—and only the ladies live upstairs. Doux confronts all such challenges with style and hidden steel.
The Grammar of Polarity: Pragmatics, Sensitivity, and the Logic of Scales
Cambridge University Press, 2011
Many languages include constructions which are sensitive to the expression of polarity: that is, negative polarity items, which cannot occur in affirmative clauses, and positive polarity items, which cannot occur in negatives.
Dark Borders connects anxieties about citizenship and national
belonging in midcentury America to the sense of alienation conveyed by
American film noir. Jonathan Auerbach provides in-depth interpretations
of more than a dozen of these dark crime thrillers, considering them in
relation to U.S. national security measures enacted from the mid-1930s
to the mid-1950s. The growth of a domestic intelligence-gathering
apparatus before, during, and after the Second World War raised
unsettling questions about who was American and who was not, and how to
tell the difference.
Journal Editor, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Penn Press, 2011
The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation fosters theoretical and interpretive research on all aspects of Western culture from 1660 to 1830. The editors take special interest in essays that apply innovative contemporary methodologies to the study of eighteenth-century literature, history, science, fine arts, and popular culture. Previously a triannual, in 2010 ECTI debuted as a quarterly journal.
Co-Editor, The Works of James M. Whitfield: "America" and Other Writings by a Nineteenth-Century African American Poet"
University of North Carolina Press, 2011
In this comprehensive volume of the collected writings of James Monroe Whitfield (1822-71), Robert S. Levine and Ivy G. Wilson restore this African American poet, abolitionist, and intellectual to his rightful place in the arts and politics of the nineteenth-century United States.
With the emergence of a culture of images in the early twentieth-century, the question of how literature engages the visual arts has become key for literary studies. This extended treatment of poetic ekphrasis (the verbal representation of visual representation) explores the complex, dynamic relationships between words and images that characterize this flourishing genre and provided one way of making poetry new. Elegantly and persuasively written, Twentieth-Century Poetry and the Visual Arts considers a wide range of twentieth-century poets from several English-speaking cultures, from W.B.
Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City
Yale University Press, 2011
Part detective tale, part social and cultural narrative, Black Gotham
is Carla Peterson's riveting account of her quest to reconstruct the
lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. As she shares their stories
and those of their friends, neighbors, and business associates, she
illuminates the greater history of African-American elites in New York
Editor, Clotel, or The President's Daughter, by William Wells Brown
William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853), the first novel written by an African American, was published in London while Brown was still legally regarded as 'property' within the borders of the United States.
Co-Editor, Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary Assessment
The Teagle Foundation , 2011
What happens when the disciplines make themselves heard in the discussions of learning outcomes assessment that are ubiquitous in higher education today? What do disciplinary perspectives and methodologies have to bring to the table? This volume engages these questions from the perspective of literary study, with essays by education leaders, faculty from English and foreign language departments, and assessment experts that offer a wide range of perspectives. Together, these essays take a pulse of a discipline.
Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections
Council on Library and Information Resources, 2010
While the purview of digital forensics was once specialized to
fields of law enforcement, computer security, and national defense, the
increasing ubiquity of computers and electronic devices means that
digital forensics is now used in a wide variety of cases and
circumstances. Most records today are born digital, and libraries and
other collecting institutions increasingly receive computer storage
media as part of their acquisition of "papers" from writers, scholars,
scientists, musicians, and public figures.
Author, Secret Histories: Reading Twentieth Century American Literature
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
Secret Histories claims that the history of the nation is hidden --
in plain sight -- within the pages of twentieth-century American
literature. David Wyatt argues that the nation's fiction and nonfiction
expose a "secret history" that cuts beneath the "straight histories" of
our official accounts. And it does so by revealing personal stories of
love, work, family, war, and interracial romance as they were lived out
across the decades of the twentieth century.
Our Conrad is about the American reception of
Joseph Conrad and its crucial role in the formation of American
modernism. Although Conrad did not visit the country until a year
before his death, his fiction served as both foil and mirror to
America's conception of itself and its place in the world.
Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is suddenly orphaned when his parents, within hours of each other, jump off two different bridges—the result of their separate involvements with the same compelling neighbor, a Halifax switchboard operator and aspiring actress.
"In this remarkable new book, Elizabeth Arnold focuses on what certain
bodies undergo against forces that efface them. Physical law has it
that 'what pokes out gets hit.' Limbs, noses, and jaws are blown off.
There are mastectomies. Prosthetic reconstruction is 'flesh displaced.'
Some of those who experience it learn that there is now between them
and the ones they love a wall of cancelled desire.
Is there such a thing as a distinctive Jewish literature? The authors of the fifteen essays in this volume find the answer in a shared endeavor to use literary production and writing in general as the laboratory in which to explore and represent Jewish experience in the modern world.
Co-Editor, The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder
Harper Perennial, 2009
The author of such classics as Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder was a born storyteller and dramatist—rare talents on glorious display in this volume of more than three hundred letters he penned to a vast array of famous friends and beloved relatives. Through Wilder's correspondence, readers can eavesdrop on his conversations with Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Noel Coward, Gene Tunney, Laurence Olivier, Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Leonard Bernstein, Edward Albee, and Mia Farrow.
With more activities and exercises than ever before, this fifth edition of The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors provides a concise and practical introduction to tutoring. Its nine chapters provide principles and strategies for working with diverse writers and assignments in a variety of contexts: college or high school, online or face-to-face, in the writing center and beyond.
Editor, with Jose Antonio Mazzotti, Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities
University of North Carolina Press, 2009
Creolization describes the cultural adaptations that occur when a community moves to a new geographic setting. Exploring the consciousness of peoples defined as "creoles" who moved from the Old World to the New World, this collection of eighteen original essays investigates the creolization of literary forms and genres in the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Kitchens, Smokehouses, and Privies: Outbuildings and the Architecture of Daily Life in the Eighteenth-Century Mid-Atlantic
Cornell University Press, 2009
In Kitchens, Smokehouses, and Privies, Michael Olmert takes us into the eighteenth-century backyards of colonial America. He explores the many small outbuildings that can still be found at obscure rural farmsteads throughout the Tidewater and greater mid-Atlantic, in towns like Williamsburg and Annapolis, and at elite plantations such as Mount Vernon and Monticello.
Author, Electric Meters: Victorian Physiological Poetics
Ohio University/Swallow Press, 2009
Combining formal poetic analysis with cultural history, Rudy demonstrates how poetic rhythm came increasingly to be understood throughout the nineteenth century as a physiological mechanism, as poets across class, sex, and national boundaries engaged intensely and in a variety of ways with the human body’s subtle response to rhythmic patterns.
Editor , Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby (Approaches to Teaching World Literature)
Modern Language Association of America , 2009
"Who is this Gatsby anyhow?" Answering that question, voiced by one of the book s characters, is fundamental to teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Although there is no simple answer, classroom analysis of this classic American novel can lead to a rich exploration of the colorful yet contradictory period Fitzgerald dubbed the Jazz Age. The novel also prompts considerations of novelistic technique, specifically point of view, characterization, and narrative structure.
Co-Author, The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Volume A: Beginnings to 1800
Cengage Learning, 2008
Unrivaled diversity and teachability have made The Heath Anthology a best-selling text. In presenting a more inclusive canon of American literature, The Heath Anthology changed the way American literature is taught. The Sixth Edition continues to balance the traditional, leading names in American literature with lesser-known writers and have built upon the anthology's other strengths: its apparatus and its ancillaries.
In the summer of 1918, with the Germans threatening Paris, Edward Steichen arrives in France to photograph the war for the American army. There he finds a country filled with poignant memories for him: early artistic success, marriage, the birth of two daughters, and a love affair that divided his family. Told with elegance and transporting historical sensitivity, Emily Mitchell's first novel captures the life of a great American artist caught in the reckoning of a painful past in a world beset by war.
Hailed by The Washington Post as "obsessive, intricate, intimate and brilliant" and as a "model of readability," Plumly's biography of John Keats that ruminates on the most personal aspects of Keats's life: his love letters, his friendships, his vulnerabilities, his triumphs, and his own complicated relationship with the prospect of immortality.
Refiguring Rhetorical Education: Women Teaching African American, Native American, and Chicano/a Students, 1865-1911
Southern Illinois University Press, 2008
Refiguring Rhetorical Education: Women Teaching African American, Native American, and Chicano/a Students, 1865-1911 examines the work of five female teachers who challenged gendered and cultural expectations to create teaching practices that met the civic and cultural needs of their students. The volume analyzes Lydia Maria Child’s The Freedmen’s Book, a post–Civil War educational textbook for newly freed slaves; Zitkala Ša’s autobiographical essays published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1900 that questioned the work of off-reservation boarding schools for Native American students; and
Beginnings can be quite unusual, complex, and deceptive. The first major volume to focus on this critical but neglected topic, this collection brings together theoretical studies and critical analyses of beginnings in a wide range of narrative works spanning several centuries and genres.
Editor, with Samuel Otter, Frederick Douglass & Hermann Melville: Essays in Relation
University of North Carolina Press, 2008
Douglass and Melville addressed in their writings a range of issues that continue to resonate in American culture: the reach and limits of democracy; the nature of freedom; the roles of race, gender, and sexuality; and the place of the United States in the world.
The Collected Works brings together for the first time in a single volume all the works currently attributed to Middleton. It is the first edition of Middleton's works since 1886. The texts are printed in modern spelling and punctuation, with critical introductions and foot-of-the-page commentaries; they are arranged in chronological order, with a special section of Juvenilia. The volume is introduced by essays on Middleton's life and reputation, on early modern London, and on the varied theatres of the English Renaissance.
This original and compelling book places the body at the center of cinema's first decade of emergence and challenges the idea that for early audiences, the new medium's fascination rested on visual spectacle for its own sake. Instead, Auerbach argues, it was the human form in motion that most profoundly shaped early cinema.
National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Michael Collier explores the influences that have made him one of the most distinguished poets of his generation. Make Us Wave Back includes essays on an expansive list of subjects, among them the literary correspondence of William Maxwell; the meaning of the author's own role as poet laureate of the state of Maryland; the journals of Louise Bogan and how they reveal Bogan's struggle with her own personal fears as well as the reconstruction of herself as a writer; and many more.
Bringing together some of the best current practitioners of historical and formal criticism, Reading Renaissance Ethics assesses the ethical performance of renaissance texts as historical agents in their time and in ours.
Auerbach edits and provides a new introduction of Jack London's The Iron Heel. Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, part radical socialist tract, London offers a grim depiction of warfare between the classes in America and around the globe.
Infamous Commerce: Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
Cornell University Press, 2006
Rosenthal uses literature to explore the meaning of prostitution from the Restoration through the eighteenth century, showing how both reformers and libertines constructed the modern meaning of sex work during this period.
Meet the Hennarts: Samantha Hennart, a poet with writer's block; her husband, Bernard, obsessed with the life of a nineteenth-century Belgian mystic with stigmata; their son, Ryan, a mediocre rock musician; and their eighteen-year old daughter, Marguerite, who is quetly losing her mind.
A haunting orchestra of birds sings through Dark Wild Realm, the elegiac new collection from Michael Collier, whose previous book, The Ledge, was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. From considering the weight of sparrows to urging a cardinal back to life after it crashed into his window, Collier engages birds as messengers and mythmakers, carrying memories from lost friends.
Co-Editor , Conversations with August Wilson (Literary Conversations)
University Press of Mississippi, 2006
In little more than twenty years, playwright August Wilson (1945-2005) completed a ten-play cycle depicting African American life in the twentieth century, with each play taking place in a different decade. Two of the plays—Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990)—were awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and seven of them received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best American play. Wilson was indisputably the most significant American playwright to emerge since Edward Albee.
Hamilton offers a major revisionist reading of the works of Anthony Munday, one of the most prolific authors of his time, who wrote and translated in many genres, including polemical religious and political tracts, poetry, chivalric romances, history, and drama.
Co-Editor, with Ryan Johnson, Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life
University of Minnesota Press, 2005
This new volume of essays explores what waste reveals about the culture that creates it. From floating barges of urban refuse to dung-encrusted works of art, from toxic landfills to dirty movies, filth has become a major presence and a point of volatile contention in modern life.
Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology
Kent State University Press, 2005
The content of J.R.R. Tolkien's mythology, The Silmarillion, has been the subject of considerable exploration and analysis for many years, but the logistics of its development have been mostly ignored and deserve closer investigation.
An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru
By Titu Cusi Yupanqui
University of Colorado Press, 2005
Available in English for the first time, An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru
is a firsthand account of the Spanish invasion, narrated in 1570 by
Diego de Castro Titu Cusi Yupanqui - the penultimate ruler of the Inca
dynasty - to a Spanish missionary and transcribed by a mestizo
assistant. The resulting hybrid document offers an Inca perspective on
the Spanish conquest of Peru, filtered through the monk and his scribe.
Professional and Public Writing: A Rhetoric and Reader for Advanced Composition
This book introduces readers and writers to the techniques of discourse analysis, genre theory, and primary (including ethnographic) and secondary research. It also engages learners in extensive practice and a sequence of increasingly complex and comprehensive “Writer's Profiles,” ending with a researched literature review and argument.
Co-Editor, with Carola Kaplan and Andrea White, Conrad in the Twenty-first Century: Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives
Conrad in the Twenty-First Century is a collection of original essays by leading Conrad scholars that rereads Conrad in light of his representations of post-colonialism, of empire, imperialism, and of modernism and modernity-questions that are once again relevant today.
Raised in a small town by parents employed in the local mills, John Edwards worked in those mills himself -- and then went on to become one of America's most successful and respected attorneys. He built a national reputation representing people whose lives had been shattered by corporate recklessness and grievous medical negligence.
Mary Magdalene and the Drama of Saints: Theater, Gender, and Religion in Late Medieval England
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004
A sinner-saint who embraced then renounced sexual and worldly pleasures; a woman who, through her attachment to Jesus, embodied both erotic and sacred power; a symbol of penance and an exemplar of contemplative and passionate devotion
Years after his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald continues to captivate both the popular and the critical imagination. This collection of essays presents fresh insights into his writing, discussing neglected texts and approaching familiar works from new perspectives.
Henry James wrote with an imperial elegance of style, whether his subjects were American innocents or European sophisticates, incandescent women or their vigorous suitors. His omniscient eye took in the surfaces of cities, the nuances of speech, dress, and manner, and, above all, the microscopic interactions, hesitancies, betrayals, and self-betrayals that are the true substance of relationships.
Co-Editor, Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F.Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2003
Through his alcoholism and her mental illness, his career highs (and lows) and her institutional confinement, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's devotion to each other endured for more than twenty-two years. Now, for the first time, the story of the love of these two glamorous and hugely talented writers can be given in their own letters. Introduced by an extensive narrative of the Fitzgeralds' marriage, the 333 letters - three-quarters of them previously unpublished or out of print - have been edited by the noted Fitzgerald scholars, Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks.
Through more than 300 glorious illustrations from library collections around the globe, you’ll discover a wealth of book lore in these pages and gain a new appreciation for the role of books in human society, from our earliest attempts at writing and recording information to the newest electronic books; from sumptuous illuminated and bejeweled medieval manuscripts to Gutenberg and the invention of movable type; from the diverse arts and crafts of bookmaking to the building of magnificent libraries for housing treasured volumes; from the ancient epic of Gilgamesh to the plays of Shakespeare
Set in the islands of the Malay Archipelago, Victory tells the story of a disillusioned Swede, Axel Heyst, who rescues Lena, a young English musician, from the clutches of a brutish German hotel owner.