Faculty Bookshelf

Co-Editor, Unnatural Narratology: Extensions, Revisions, and Challenges
The Ohio State University Press, 2020
Unnatural Narratology: Extensions, Revisions, and Challenges offers a number of developments, refinements, and defenses of key aspects of unnatural narrative studies. The first section applies unnatural narrative theory and analysis to ideologically charged areas such as feminism, postcolonial studies, cultural alterity, and subaltern discourse.
Author, A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-First Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives
The Ohio State University Press, 2019
Story, in the largest sense of the term, is arguably the single most important aspect of narrative. But with the proliferation of antimimetic writing, traditional narrative theory has been inadequate for conceptualizing and theorizing a vast body of innovative narratives. In A Poetics of Plot for the Twenty-First Century: Theorizing Unruly Narratives, Brian Richardson proposes a new, expansive model for understanding story and plot, including beginnings, endings, temporality, and unusual narrative progressions.
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Author, Downburst
Cinnamon Press, 2019

Mark Fitzgerald explores thresholds and the turning points of everyday life and the natural world — how, through compassion and courage the weather can change within us. Through disruption, through the violence of storms, Fitzgerald searches for a necessary design, resilience and a new path to the meadow, where falcons dazzle the morning air. As rich in sound as in sense, this book is about finding magic in the ordinary, the afterglow of time, family inspirations, and resurgences across seasons.


Author, The Alchemy of Conquest: Science, Religion, and the Secrets of the New World
University of Virginia Press, 2019
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Co-editor with Jaime Marroquin Arredondo, Translating Nature: Cross-Cultural Histories of Early Modern Science
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019

Translating Nature recasts the era of early modern science as an age not of discovery but of translation. As Iberian and Protestant empires expanded across the Americas, colonial travelers encountered, translated, and reinterpreted Amerindian traditions of knowledge—knowledge that was later translated by the British, reading from Spanish and Portuguese texts.

Editor, Routledge Companion to Women, Sex, and Gender in the Early British Colonial World
Routledge, 2018

author, The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment
Stanford University Press, 2018
Author, Fugitives, Smugglers, and Thieves: Piracy and Personhood in American Literature
The University of North Carolina Press, 2018

In this book, Sharada Balachandran Orihuela examines property ownership and its connections to citizenship, race and slavery, and piracy as seen through the lens of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature. Balachandran Orihuela defines piracy expansively, from the familiar concept of nautical pirates and robbery in international waters to postrevolutionary counterfeiting, transnational slave escape, and the illegal trade of cotton across the Americas during the Civil War.

author, The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions
Graywolf Press, 2018
Author, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves
Little A, 2017

In raw, poignant alternating first-person narratives, interspersed with e-mails, gay chat-room exchanges, and other fragments of a youth laid bare in the age of social media, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves (Little A, Dec. 2017) unravels the mystery of a life in all its glory: despair and regret, humor and wonder, courage and connection.

Co-editor with Marcy Norton, Entangled Trajectories: Integrating Native and Early Modern European Studies
Colonial Latin American Review special issue v. 26, 2017
Author, There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien
Kent State UP, 2017

Devoted to Tolkien, the teller of tales and cocreator of the myths they brush against, these essays focus on his lifelong interest in and engagement with fairy stories, the special world that he called faërie, a world they both create and inhabit, and with the elements that make that world the special place it is.

Author, Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies
Cambridge University Press, 2017

Inspired by Toni Morrison's call for an interracial approach to American literature, and by recent efforts to globalize American literary studies, Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies ranges widely in its case-study approach to canonical and non-canonical authors. Leading critic Robert S. Levine considers Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, Melville, and other nineteenth-century American writers alongside less well known African American figures such as Nathaniel Paul and Sutton Griggs.

Author, Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017

Imagined Homelands chronicles the emerging cultures of nineteenth-century British settler colonialism, focusing on poetry as a genre especially equipped to reflect colonial experience. Jason Rudy argues that the poetry of Victorian-era Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada—often disparaged as derivative and uncouth—should instead be seen as vitally engaged in the social and political work of settlement. The book illuminates cultural pressures that accompanied the unprecedented growth of British emigration across the nineteenth century.

Author, A Love-Hate Guide To "Breaking Bad"
, 2017


Co-Author, Research Ethics Education in Graduate International Collaborations
Council of Graduate Schools, 2017

This report provides accessible and replicable models for preparing STEM researchers to navigate ethical challenges in international research collaborations.

Author, Legal Research and Writing for Undergraduates
, 2017


editor, Pierre; or the Ambiguities
Norton Critical Edition, 2017
Co-Editor, Affect Theory and Early Modern Texts: Politics, Ecologies, and Form
Palgrave Macmillan US, 2017

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Author, Stealing Candy
Sourcebooks Fire, 2017


Candy, a junior in boarding school, is kidnapped. The more time she spends with her mysterious and handsome captor, Levon, the more she learns the whole scheme is not just about ransom. It's about revenge. What began as a kidnapping is spiraling into a crazy road trip adventure as Candy and Levon find a lot of wrong ways to do the right thing.

Author, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017

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What does it mean to speak for nature? Contemporary environmental critics warn that giving a voice to nonhuman nature reduces it to a mere echo of our own needs and desires; they caution that it is a perverse form of anthropocentrism. And yet nature's voice proved a powerful and durable ethical tool for premodern writers, many of whom used it to explore what it meant to be an embodied creature or to ask whether human experience is independent of the natural world in which it is forged.

Editor, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
Author, My Darling Detective
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
Author, Skeleton Coast
Flood Editions, 2017

“‘What do I see’ when I look into the eyes of another? What kind of exchange takes place when that look is returned? The poems in Elizabeth Arnold’s devastating Skeleton Coast investigate the ways we are formed by such encounters—especially, at the core of the collection, by encounters with evil in the face of a person one loves, or has loved, or has wanted to love. These poems alternate between spare, psychological explorations and more expansive descriptions of difficult terrain: the Sahara, Egyptian ruins, and the dry riverbeds of the Skeleton Coast in the title sequence.

Author, Against Sunset
W.W. Norton, 2017

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A powerful new volume from the National Book Award finalist that demonstrates how the lyric is essentially elegiac.

Whether addressing the deaths of friends and other poets or celebrating the closing of the day and the autumn of the seasons, Against Sunset reveals Stanley Plumly at his most personal and intimate. As much an homage to the rich tradition of the Romantics as it is a meditation on memory itself, these poems live at the edges of disappearances.

Editor, The Comedy of Errors
Bloomsbury, 2017

Shakespeare's dextrous comedy of two twin masters and two twin servants continually mistaken for one another is both farce and more than farce. The Comedy of Errorsexamines the interplay between personal a

Author, Berlin Notebook: Where are the Refugees?
Los Angeles Review of Books , 2016

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Author, The Sleeping World: A Novel
Simon and Schuster, 2016

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In this “astonishing and haunting debut” (Publishers Weekly), a young woman searching for her lost brother is willing to risk everything amidst the riots, protests, and uprisings of post-Franco Spain.
Spain, 1977. Military rule is over. Bootleg punk music oozes out of illegal basement bars, uprisings spread across towns, fascists fight anarchists for political control, and students perform protest art in the city center, rioting against the old government, the undecided new order, against the universities, against themselves…

Author, The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare
The University of Chicago Press, 2016

The Great William is the first book to explore how seven renowned writers—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Virginia Woolf, Charles Olson, John Berryman, Allen Ginsberg, and Ted Hughes—wrestled with Shakespeare in the very moments when they were reading his work. What emerges is a constellation of remarkable intellectual and emotional encounters.

Editor, Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming
The MIT Press, 2016

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Author, Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing
Harvard University Press, 2016

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author , Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction
Harvard University Press, 2016

Charting a new course in the criticism of postwar fiction, Cool Characters examines the changing status of irony in American cultural and political life from World War II to the present, showing how irony migrated from the countercultural margins of the 1950s to the cultural mainstream of the 1980s.

editor, The Story of Kullervo
Houghton Mifflin Harcour, 2016

Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters.

Co-Editor, Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies
Wiley, 2016
  • The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies brings together the most wide-ranging and up-to-date scholarship ever assembled on the colonial, postcolonial and neo-colonial condition, covering the period from 1492 to the present.
  • Comprises nearly 400 authoritative yet accessible entries on canonical writers, key texts, genres, literary debates, colonized regions, and related terminology
  • Explores examples from Columbus to China; writers from Las Casas to Gayatri Spivak; and topics of emerging significance, such as environmentalism, electronic mass media, and the
Author, The Lives of Frederick Douglass
Harvard University Press, 2016

Frederick Douglass’s fluid, changeable sense of his own life story is reflected in the many conflicting accounts he gave of key events and relationships during his journey from slavery to freedom. Nevertheless, when these differing self-presentations are put side by side and consideration is given individually to their rhetorical strategies and historical moment, what emerges is a fascinating collage of Robert S. Levine’s elusive subject.

Author, Weapons of Democracy: Propaganda, Progressivism, and American Public Opinion
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015

Following World War I, political commentator Walter Lippmann worried that citizens increasingly held inaccurate and misinformed beliefs because of the way information was produced, circulated, and received in a mass-mediated society. Lippmann dubbed this manipulative opinion-making process "the manufacture of consent." A more familiar term for such large-scale persuasion would be propaganda.

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Author, Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship
NYU Press, 2015
The end of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade triggered wide-scale labor shortages across the U.S. and Caribbean. Planters looked to China as a source for labor replenishment, importing indentured laborers in what became known as “coolieism.” From heated Senate floor debates to Supreme Court test cases brought by Chinese activists, public anxieties over major shifts in the U.S.
Author, Hemingway, Style, and the Art of Emotion
Cambridge University Press, 2015
Author, Next Life Might Be Kinder
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

Sam Lattimore meets Elizabeth Church in 1970s Halifax, in an art gallery. Their brief, erotically charged marriage is extinguished with Elizabeth’s murder. Sam’s life afterward is complicated. In a moment of desperate confusion, he sells his life story to a Norwegian filmmaker named Istvakson, known for the stylized violence of his films, whose artistic drive sets in motion an increasingly intense cat-and-mouse game between the two men.

Author, Viral
W.W. Norton, 2015
Author, Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice (THEORY INTERPRETATION NARRATIV)
Ohio State University Press, 2015

Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice provides the first extended account of the concepts and history of unnatural narrative. In this book, Brian Richardson, founder of unnatural narrative studies, offers a theoretical model that can encompass antirealist and antimimetic works from Aristophanes to postmodernism. Unnatural Narrative begins with a sustained critique of contemporary narratology, diagnosing its mimetic bias and establishing the need for a more comprehensive account.

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editors, The Cultural Politics of Blood, 1500-1900
Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

The essays collected here consider how conceptions of blood permeate discourses of human difference from 1500 to 1900 in England and continental Spain and in the Anglo- and Ibero-Americas. The authors explore how ideas about blood in science and literature have supported, at various points in history, fantasies of human embodiment and difference that serve to naturalize social hierarchies already in place.

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Editor, The Killers: A Narrative of Real Life in Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, the 1840s: a corrupt banker disowns his dissolute son, who then reappears as a hardened smuggler in the contraband slave trade. Another son, hidden from his father since birth and condemned as a former felon, falls in with a ferocious street gang led by his elder brother and his revenge-hungry comrade from Cuba. His adopted sister, a beautiful actress, is kidnapped, and her remorseful black captor becomes her savior as his tavern is engulfed in flames.

, Of Garden Mounts
Colonial Williamsburg, 2014

"Vision, clarity, and perspective: such are the benefits of altitude. And altitude is what you got, from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century, when you erected an earthen mount, or mound, in your ornamental garden."


Author, Sin and Confession in Colonial Peru
University of Texas Press, 2014

Sin and Confession in Colonial Peru by Regina Harrison looks closely at the implementation of the European sacrament of confession in the early modern contest of the Andes. This book examines the practice of cultural translation through analysis of Spanish ecclesiastic literature written in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Explicit in the writing of the early Spanish-Quechua tests is a desire to communicate Christian concepts to the Andean ‘heathen’; also present in these texts is abundant documentation of both cultural conversion and cultural survival.

author, The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb.
W.W. Norton & Company, 2014

A window onto the lives of the Romantic poets through the re-creation of one legendary night in 1817.


Author, Life
Flood Editions, 2014
Author, 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.

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Author, The Man Who Walked Away: A Novel
Bloomsbury USA, 2014

In a trance-like state, Albert walks—from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia—all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he’s left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images.

Author , When America Turned: Reckoning With 1968
University of Massachusetts Press, 2014

Much has been written about the seismic shifts in American culture and politics during the 1960s. Yet for all the analysis of that turbulent era, its legacy remains unclear. In this elegantly written book, David Wyatt offers a fresh perspective on the decade by focusing on the pivotal year of 1968.

Author, Emily Dickinson: A User's Guide
Wiley Blackwell , 2013

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.

Editor, The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
Cambridge University Press, 2013

The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville provides timely, critical essays on Melville's classic works. The essays have been specially commissioned for this volume and provide a complete overview of Melville's career. Melville's major novels are discussed, along with a range of his short fiction and poetry, including neglected works ripe for rediscovery. The volume includes essays on such new topics as Melville and oceanic studies, Melville and animal studies, and Melville and the planetary, along with a number of essays that focus on form and aesthetics.

, 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.

Author, Lucky That Way: Rediscovering My Father's World
University of Missouri , 2013

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, Rhetoric and Rhythm in Byzantium
Cambridge University Press, 2013

"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.

Co-editor, Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler
Aqueduct Press, 2013


, A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative
Ohio State University Press; 1 edition , 2013

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.

Author, I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013

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.

Co-Editor, 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.

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.

editor, Attending to Early Modern Women: Conflict and Concord
University of Delaware Press, 2013

This volume considers women’s roles in the conflicts and negotiations of the early modern world. Essays explore the ways gender shapes women’s agency in times of war, religious strife, and economic change. How were conflict and concord gendered in histories, literature, music, and political, legal, didactic, and religious treatises?

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.

, The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish
The University of Chicago Press, 2012

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-Advisor , Emily Dickinson Archive
Harvard University Press , 2012

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.

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."

Author, An Individual History
W. W. Norton & Company, 2012

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
W. W. Norton & Company, 2012

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.

, 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.

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.

author, The Secret Ingredient
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012
author, You Have Seven Messages
Ember, 2012
, Green Suns and Faerie
The Kent State University Press, 2012

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.

, 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

Editor, The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 1820-1865
W. W. Norton Publishing, 2011

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.

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, 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.

, Angel
Peepal Tree Press, 2011

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
Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

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.

editor, Masculinities, Childhood, Violence: Attending to Early Modern Women--and Men. Proceedings of the 2006 Symposium.
University of Delaware Press, 2011

This interdisciplinary volume includes essays and workshop summaries for the 2006 Attending to Early Modern Women—and Men symposium.

, 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.

, The Ladies are Upstairs
Peepal Tree Press, 2011

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.

, Dark Borders: Film Noir and American Citizenship
Duke University Press, 2011

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

Author, To Kill the Other
Tate Publishing, 2011

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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.

, 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 City.

Black Gotham challenges many of the accepted "truths" about African-American history, including the assumption that the phrase "nineteenth-century black Americans" means enslaved people,

, Twentieth-Century Poetry and the Visual Arts
Cambridge University Press, 2011

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.

Editor, Clotel, or The President's Daughter, by William Wells Brown
Bedford, 2010

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 , 2010

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. This poses new challenges to

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: Constituting American Modernity
Stanford University Press, 2010

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.

Editor, The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Harvard University Press, 2010

One of Hawthorne’s great romances, The Blithedale Romance draws upon the author’s experiences at Brook Farm, the short-lived utopian community where Hawthorne spent much of 1841. 

The Cover of Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650
Editor, Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice, 1550-1650
Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Leading authors in the field of early modern studies explore a range of bad behaviours - like binge drinking, dicing, and procuring prostitutes at barbershops - in order to challenge the notion that early modern London was a corrupt city that ruined innocent young men.

Editor, A Companion to Tudor Literature
Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

The volume (536 pp.) contains 31 original essays by established and emerging scholars, with equal attention given to the early Tudor and the Elizabethan aspects of sixteenth-century literature. 

, Effacement
Flood Editions, 2010

"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. 'One can adjust to this, they say, but not // from it.' Losses such as these italicize how unlikely it was to begin with that any soul should ever have made its

Co-Editor, Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries
University of Pennsylvania Press , 2009

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-Author, The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors
Bedford, 2009

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.

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.

Author, Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire
Harper Perennial , 2009

From the publisher's website

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.

, Neither Fugitive Nor Free: Atlantic Slavery, Freedom Suits, and the Legal Culture of Travel
New York University Press, 2009

Professor Edlie L. Wong contends that slavery and its logic of property had a profound effect on the notion of travel and freedom in the Atlantic World.

Co-editor with Jose Antonio Mazzotti, Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities
University of Virginia 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, Conspiracy and Romance: Studies in Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville
Cambridge University Press, 2008

Paperback edition; hardback published 1989.

Editor , Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby (Approaches to Teaching World Literature)
Modern Language Association of America , 2008

"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.

, Embodied: Victorian Literature and the Senses
University of Minnesota Press, 2008

What does it mean to be human? British writers in the Victorian period found a surprising answer to this question.

, Dislocating Race and Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism
North Carolina Press, 2008

Pairing authors with major political and cultural events in the 19th century United States, Levine's book challenges the perceived cohesion of "American literary nationalism."

, Liberating Language: Sites of Rhetorical Education in Nineteenth-Century Black America
Southern Illinois University Press, 2008

Logan identifies experiences of nineteenth-century African Americans that provided opportunities to develop effective communication and critical text-interpretation skills.

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.

, Nightwalkers: Prostitute Narratives from the Eighteenth Century
Broadview Press, 2008

This anthology makes available for the first time a selection of narratives by and about prostitutes in the eighteenth century.

, The Last Summer of the World: A Novel
W. W. Norton & Company, 2008

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. 

, Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography
W. W. Norton, 2008

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.

, Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas
University of Minnesota Press, 2008

Cannibalism is a metaphor in the prevailing narratives of racial assimilation in the United States, the Caribbean, and Brazil, argues Nunes in her new book.

Contributor, Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture
ABC-CLIO, 2008
, 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

Editor, with Douglas A. Anderson, On Fairy-stories, by J.R.R. Tolkien
HarperCollins, 2008

On Fairy-stories, dated to 1939, is considered Tolkien's most studied and most quoted critical essay.

Co-Editor, Emily Dickinson's Correspondences: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry
The University of Virginia Rotunda Press, 2008

Unpublished in book form during her lifetime, the poems of Emily Dickinson were nonetheless shared with those she trusted most -- through her letters.

, Narrative Beginnings: Theories and Practices
University of Nebraska Press, 2008

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.

Co-author, Jewish Literature And History: An Interdisciplinary Conversation (Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture)
CDL Press, 2008

This book examines the relationship between Jewish literature and the historical setting in which it was written. The types of literature analyzed in this study include ghost stories; Yiddish, Ukrainian, and Russian Jewish literature; plays; letters; poetry; even obituaries.

Co-Author, Robert Johnson: Lost and Found (Music in American Life)
Music in American Life, 2008

With just forty-one recordings to his credit, Robert Johnson (1911-38) is a giant in the history of blues music. Johnson's vast influence on twentieth-century American music, combined with his mysterious death at the age of twenty-seven, has allowed speculation and myths to obscure the facts of his life. The most famous of these legends depicts a young Johnson meeting the Devil at a dusty Mississippi crossroads at midnight and selling his soul in exchange for prodigious guitar skills.

Co-Editor, with Mary Loeffelholz, A Companion to Emily Dickinson
Wiley-Blackwell, 2008

This Companion to America's greatest woman poet showcases the diversity and excellence that characterize the thriving field of Dickinson studies.

Editor, Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile, by Herman Melville
Penguin, 2008

Based on the life of an actual soldier who claimed to have fought at Bunker Hill, Israel Potter is unique among Herman Melville's books: a novel in the guise of a biography.

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.

Editor, with Caroline Levander, Hemispheric American Studies
Rutgers University Press, 2008

This landmark collection brings together a range of exciting new comparative work in the burgeoning field of hemispheric studies.  

, Religion, Reform, and Women's Writing in Early Modern England
Cambridge University Press, 2008

Long considered marginal in early modern culture, women writers were actually central to the development of a Protestant literary tradition in England.

, Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works
Oxford University Press, 2007

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.

, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination
MIT Press, 2007

Mechanisms is the first book in its field to devote significant attention to storage—the hard drive in particular—of electronic writing and new media.

, Body Shots: Early Cinema's Incarnations
University of California Press, 2007

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.

Cover of "Flaunting"
Author, Flaunting
University of Toronto Press, 2007

In the early modern period, the theatrical stage offered one of the most popular forms of entertainment and aesthetic pleasure. It also fulfilled an important cultural function by displaying modes of behaviour and dramatizing social interaction within a community. Flaunting argues that the theatre in late sixteenth-century England created the conditions for a subculture of style whose members came to distinguish themselves by their sartorial extravagance and social impudence.

, Make Us Wave Back
University of Michigan Press, 2007

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.

, The Haunting of L.
Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2007

The final book in Howard Norman's Canadian Trilogy: a novel about spirit-photographs, adultery, and greed.

Editor, The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Seventh Edition: Volume B: 1820-1865
W. W. Norton, 2007

The Norton Anthology of American Literature is the classic survey of American literature. Among the works included in their entirety are Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Thoreau's Walden.

, Old Heart
W. W. Norton, 2007

Plumly's new collection of poetry, his tenth, confronts and celebrates mortality.

Author, Hebrew, Gender, and Modernity: Critical Responses to Dvora Baron's Fiction
CDL Press: University Press of Maryland, 2007

Dvora Baron (1886-1956) was the first woman writer to have her Hebrew fiction canonized during the period of the Hebrew linguistic and cultural revival at the turn of the 20th century. Baron s representation of traditional Jewish culture, particularly women s culture, in experimental writing modes, has shed new light on the relationship between tradition and modernity in Eastern European Jewish society and in mandatory Palestine at the beginning of the twentieth century.

, Devotion
Houghton Mifflin, 2007

Like many of Howard Norman's celebrated novels, this intense and intriguingly unconventional love story begins with a crime.

Editor, Reading Renaissance Ethics
Routledge, 2007

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.

, Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man
Penguin, 2006

A controversial look at the most renowned person of African descent in the eighteenth century.

, Intimations of Difference: Dvora Baron in the Modern Hebrew Renaissance (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, & Art)
Syracuse University Press, 2006

Dvora Baron (1887-1956) has been called "the founding mother of Hebrew women's literature." Born in a small town on the outskirts of Minsk to the community rabbi, Baron immigrated from the Jewish Pale of Settlement to Palestine in 1910. Although she was not the only woman writing in Hebrew in the first few decades of the twentieth century, Baron was the only woman to achieve recognition in the canon of Modern Hebrew fiction during that period. As such, her work reflects both the revolutionary and conservative qualities of the Modern Hebrew Renaissance.

, Civilization
Flood Editions, 2006

In her second volume of poetry, Arnold's poems move from politics and history to an intimate gesture, from ancient fragments and architectural facades to a father's face.

, Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction
Ohio State University Press, 2006

Richardson presents a study that explores in depth one of the most significant aspects of late modernist, avant-garde, and postmodern narrative.

, From the Book of Giants
, 2006

Taking its title from a set of writings found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, From the Book of Giants retunes the signal broadcast from these ancient fragments

Editor, The Iron Heel, by Jack London
Penguin, 2006

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.

, Genealogy
HarperCollins, 2006

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.

Author, Dark Wild Realm
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006

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.

, The Laborer's Two Bodies
Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
Co-Editor , Conversations with August Wilson (Literary Conversations)
University Press of Mississippi, 2005

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.

, In Fond Remembrance of Me
Picador, 2005

In the fall of 1977, Howard Norman went to Churchill, Manitoba, to translate Inuit folktales, and there he met Helen Tanizaki, an extraordinary linguist translating the same tales into Japanese.

Director, producer, writer, Mined to Death
Berkeley Media LLC, 2005

Working at an elevation of 16,000 feet, Quechua-speaking miners in Potosi, Bolivia, dig out zinc, tin, and silver much like their Incan ancestors did more than five centuries ago.

, Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers
University of Tennessee Press, 2005

Author and compiler Barry Lee Pearson calls this volume a "blues quilt." These stories, collected over thirty years, are told in the blues musicians' own words.

, Anthony Munday and the Catholics, 1560-1633
Ashgate, 2005

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.

Editor, The House of Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Norton Critical Edition, 2005

This all-new edition of Hawthorne’s celebrated 1851 novel is based on The Ohio State University Press’s Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Willa Cather
Cambridge University Press, 2005

This volume offers thirteen original essays by leading scholars of a major American modernist novelist.

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.

, Designing Women: The Dressing Room in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Culture
, 2005

Drawing on extensive archival research, Chico argues that the dressing room, introduced into English domestic architecture during the seventeenth century, embodies contradictory connotations

Author, An Inca Account of the Conquest of Peru by Titu Cusi Yupanqui
University of Colorado Press, 2004

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.

Editor, The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library, 2004

This intense 1907 thriller -- a precursor to works by Graham Greene and John le Carre -- concerns a British double agent who infiltrates a cabal of anarchists.

Co-Editor, with Carola Kaplan and Andrea White, Conrad in the Twenty-first Century: Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives
Routledge, 2004

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.

Co-Editor, The Middle Ages at Work
Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
, And the War Came: An Accidental Memoir
Terrace Books, 2004

On the day of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a man begins writing down things said by his family and friends.

, A Cosmos of Desire: The Medieval Latin Erotic Lyric in English Manuscripts
University of Michigan Press, 2004

A groundbreaking illumination of the creation and reception of extant erotic poetry written in Latin during the Middle Ages.

Contributor, Four Trials
Simon & Schuster, 2004

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

editor, The Facts on File Companion to American Drama
Facts on File, 2004
Co-Editor and Co-Translator, Selected Letters, Orations, and Rhetorical Dialogues of Madeleine de Scudery
University of Chicago Press, 2004
Edited and Translated by Jane Donawerth and Julie Strongson
200 pages | 5 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2004

Madeleine de Scudéry (1607-1701) was the most popular novelist in her time, read in French in volume installments all over Europe and translated into English, German, Italian, and even Arabic.

Co-Editor , F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Perspectives
University of Georgia Press, 2003

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.

Editor, The Portable Henry James
Penguin Classics, 2003

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.

Editor, Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century
University Press of Kentucky, 2003

Carretta has assembled the most comprehensive anthology ever published of writings by eighteenth-century people of African descent

, Argument & Song: Sources and Silences in Poetry
Handsel, 2003

This volume collects fifteen of Plumly's previously published essays on poetry and art, including the seminal "Chapter and Verse," "Sentimental Forms," and "The Abrupt Edge."

Co-Editor, with Marc Zvi Brettler and Michael Fishbane, The Jewish Study Bible
Oxford University Press, 2003

The Jewish Study Bible is an innovative volume that offers readers of the Hebrew Bible a resource specifically tailored to meet their needs.

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.

, The Smithsonian Book of Books
Smithsonian Books, 2003

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

Author, The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity
Cambridge University Press, 2003

Bauer presents a comparative investigation of colonial prose narratives in Spanish and British America from 1542 to 1800.

, A Rhetoric of Argument, 3rd Edition
Random House, 2003

When it was first published in 1982, A Rhetoric of Argument developed a ground-breaking new approach to teaching argument.

Editor, Victory, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library, 2003

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.

Editor, The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, by Olaudah Equiano
Penguin, Revised and Expanded Edition, 2003

The classic account of the slave trade by native Africa, former slave, and loyal British subject, Olaudah Equiano.

, Yeats and the Visual Arts
Syracuse University Press, 2003

editor, Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader
University of North Carolina Press, 2003

Martin R. Delany (1812-85) has been called the "Father of Black Nationalism," but his extraordinary career also encompassed the roles of abolitionist, physician, editor, explorer, politician, army officer, novelist, and political theorist. Despite his enormous influence in the nineteenth century, and his continuing influence on black nationalist thought in the twentieth century, Delany has remained a relatively obscure figure in U.S. culture, generally portrayed as a radical separatist at odds with the more integrationist Frederick Douglass.

, To Dream Tomorrow (A Portrait of Ada Byron Lovelace)
, 2002

“Best of Festival—Documentary”: Berkeley International Video and Film Festival, and Grand Goldie Film Award for Excellence.

, Rhetorical Figures in Science
Oxford University Press, 2002

Fahnestock breaks new ground in the rhetorical study of scientific argument as the first book to demonstrate how figures of speech other than metaphor have been used to accomplish key conceptual moves in scientific texts.

, Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World, Revised Edition
Kent State University Press, 2002

Flieger's expanded and updated edition of Splintered Light, a classic study of Tolkien's fiction first published in 1983, examines The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings in light of Owen Barfield's linguistic theory of the fragmentation of meaning.

Editor, Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library, 2002

Joseph Conrad's first novel is a tale of personal tragedy as well as a broader meditation on the evils of colonialism.

, Lamentations: A Commentary by Adele Berlin
John Knox Press, 2002

In this accessible, lucid volume, Berlin brings her considerable knowledge of Hebrew poetry to bear upon the study of Lamentations.

, Drastic
William Morrow, 2002

These simple gestures of optimism and vitality, gorgeously rendered, make Drastic an unforgettable collection.

Editor, Narrative Dynamics: Essays on Time, Plot, Closure, and Frames
Ohio State University Press, 2002

This anthology brings together essential essays on major facets of narrative dynamics, that is, the means by which "narratives traverse their often unlikely routes from beginning to end."

, The Chauffeur
Picador, 2002

Bringing together eight previously published stories the bestselling author of The Bird Artist explores the lives of characters who share a sense of loneliness and obsession.

Co-editor, with Mita Choudhury, Monstrous Dreams of Reason: Body, Self, and Other in the Enlightenment
Bucknell University Press, 2002

Monstrous Dreams of Reason explores of the most enduring and intriguing paradoxes of the British Enlightenment: how reason gives rise to both the beneficial and the monstrous.

editor, Rhetorical Theory by Women before 1900: An Anthology
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002

This anthology is the first to feature women's rhetorical theory from the fifth through the nineteenth centuries. Assembling selections on rhetoric, composition, and communication by 24 women around the world, this valuable collection demonstrates an often-overlooked history of rhetoric as well as women's interest in conversation as a model for all discourse. Among the theorists included are Aspasia, Pan Chao, Sei Shonagon, Madeleine de Scudéry, Hannah More, Hallie Quinn Brown, and Mary Augusta Jordan. The book also contains an extensive introduction,

Co-editor, with Neil Fraistat, Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print
University of Wisconsin Press, 2001

What happens when, in the wake of postmodernism, the old enterprise of bibliography, textual criticism, or scholarly editing crosses paths and processes with visual and cultural studies?

Director, producer, writer, Cashing in on Culture: Indigenous Communities and Tourism
Berkeley Media LLC, 2001

This insightful documentary, filmed in the small tropical forest community of Capirona, in Ecuador, serves as an incisive case study of the many issues and potential problems surrounding eco- and ethnic tourism.

, The Northern Lights
Picador, 2001

In the frozen wilderness of northern Manitoba, fourteen-year old Noah Krainik lives with his mother and cousin. With his quirky, cheerful best friend, Pelly Bay, he explores this exotic, lonely land - the domain of Cree Indians, trappers, missionaries, and fugitives from the modern world.

Editor, Under Western Eyes
Modern Library Classics, 2001

Hailed as one of Joseph Conrad's finest literary achievements, this is the story of a young man unwittingly caught in the political turmoil of pre-Revolutionary czarist Russia.

A gripping novel that ultimately questions our capacity for moral strength and the depths of human integrity. Edited by Peter Mallios, this new edition includes commentary and a reading group guide.

, Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000
Ecco, 2001

A collection of thirty years of visionary verse from one of America's most memorable lyric.

, The World's Room
University of Chicago Press, 2001

The World's Room is a dynamic first collection in which the literary and the personal, the elevated and the slangy, the sacred and the profane are beautifully intertwined.

, The Shape of Things to Come
William Morrow, 2001

Isabelle, a woman in her thirties without any of the trappings of a grown-up life, has just been fired from her job at a San Francisco phone company.

Editor, Complete Writings, by Phillis Wheatley
Penguin, 2001

In 1761, a young girl arrived in Boston on a slave ship, sold to a local family, and given the name Phillis Wheatley.

, Esther
Jewish Publication Society, 2000

Berlin provides an informative and fresh commentary on the Book of Esther, locating as diaspora literature and interrogating its comedy.

Co-Editor, Tiep Can Duong Dai Van Hoa My: Contemporary Approaches to American Culture
Hanoi National University , 2000
, Fantastic Modernity: Dialectical Readings in Romanticism and Theory
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000

Focusing on the convergence of Romantic studies and literary theory over the past twenty-five years, Wang pairs a series of contemporary critics with 'originary' Romantic writers in order to illuminate the work of both the contemporary theorist and earlier Romantic.

Author, The Ledge
Houghton Mifflin, 2000


"Dark splendor" are the words Edward Hirsch uses to describe the poems of the award-winning author Michael Collier.

, The Museum Guard
Picador, 2000

DeFoe Russet works with his uncle Edward as a guard in Halifax's three-room Glace Museum. He and his uncle disturb the silence of the museum with heated conversations that prove them to be "opposites at life."

Editor, Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Penguin; rpt University of North Carolina Press, 2000

Stowe's second antislavery novel was written partly in response to the criticisms of Uncle Tom's Cabin by both white Southerners and black abolitionists.

Co-editor, Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain
Syracuse University Press, 2000

Edited by Mary Burke, Jane Donawerth, Linda Dove, and Karen Nelson

Winner of the 2000 Award for Best Collaborative Project from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

, En-Gendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives
Duke University Press, 1999

En-Gendering India offers an innovative interpretation of the role that gender played in defining the Indian state during both the colonial and postcolonial eras.

, Theatre and Humanism: English Drama in the Sixteenth Century
Cambridge University Press, 1999

English drama at the beginning of the sixteenth century was allegorical, didactic and moralistic; but by the end of the century theatre was censured as emotional and even immoral.

, "We Are Coming": The Persuasive Discourse of Nineteenth-Century Black Women
Southern Illinois University Press, 1999

Logan analyzes the distinctive rhetorical features in the persuasive discourse of nineteenth-century black women, concentrating on the public discourse of club and church women from 1880 until 1900.

, The Reef
University of Chicago Press, 1999

Arnold's first book of poems documents her struggle with cancer. A book-length sequence of poems, The Reef rockets the reader through a Heraclitean chute of accelerated life experience by way of anecdote, satire, facts from medical science, and lyrical sweep.

Editor, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery, by Quobna Ottobah Cugoano
Penguin, 1999

Born in present-day Ghana, Quobna Ottobah Cugoano was kidnapped at the age of thirteen and sold into slavery by his fellow Africans in 1770; he worked in the brutal plantation chain gangs of the West Indies before being freed in England.

, Theatre, Finance and Society in Early Modern England
Cambridge University Press, 1999

This study examines emotional responses to socio-economic pressures in early modern England, as they are revealed in plays, historical narratives and biographical accounts of the period.

, Willa Cather: Queering America
Columbia University Press, 1999

What can a reassessment of this contentious first lady of American letters add to an understanding of the gay identities that have emerged in America over the past century?

Director (documentary), In the Symphony of the World: A Portrait of Hildegard of Bingen
, 1998

Silver Award for Documentary, Houston and Philadelphia International Film Festivals.

Co-editor, with Ellen Louise Hart, Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson
Paris Press, 1998

For the first time, letters from Emily Dickinson's 36-year correspondence to her neighbor and sister-in-law, Susan Huntington Dickinson, are compiled in a single volume.

, Bad Girls and Sick Boys: Fantasies in Contemporary Art and Culture
University of California Press, 1998

Kauffman turns the pornography debate on its head with this audacious analysis of recent taboo-shattering fiction, film, and performance art.

, The Marriage in the Trees
Ecco, 1998

Many of the poems in Plumly's sixth book of poetry concern the passing of the author's parents. They have the power of the deeply personal, and are clearly, in their wisdom and mastery of form and language, the work of a mature poet, one of our finest.

, Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg, 1998

This was the first Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg in over 40 years; first published in 1985, it has been frequently updated since. It covers all the buildings in the historic area, including the 88 original Williamsburg structures (which were carefully restored) plus those that were reconstructed, in many cases, on original foundation footprints. The text is illustrated with line drawings of every historic building and its relationship to other structures along the town's four chief streets.

Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville
Cambridge University Press, 1998

The essays herein have been specially commissioned for this volume, and provide a critical introduction and comprehensive overview of Melville's career.

, The Story of All Things: Writing the Self in English Renaissance Narrative Poetry
Duke University Press, 1998

This book analyzes the influence of major cultural developments, as well as significant events in the lives of Renaissance poets, to show how specific narratives characterize distinctive conceptions of the self in relation to historical action.

Editor, Aemilia Lanyer: Gender, Genre, and the Canon
University of Kentucky Press, 1998

Lanyer was a middle-class Londoner of Jewish-Italian descent and the mistress of Queen Elizabeth's Lord Chamberlain. But she is remembered today as the first Englishwoman to publish a substantial volume of original poems (1611).

Editor, O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
Oxford University Press, 1997

Willa Cather's second novel, O Pioneers! (1913) tells the story of Alexandra Bergson and her determination to save her immigrant family's Nebraska farm.

, Martin Delany, Frederick Douglasss, and the Politics of Representative Identity
University of North Carolina Press, 1997

The differences between Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany have been historically reduced to a simple binary pronouncement: assimilationist versus separatist. Now Levine restores the relationship of these two important nineteenth-century African American writers to its original complexity.

, Unlikely Stories: Causality and the Nature of Modern Narrative
University of Delaware Press, 1997

This first book-length study of causality and narrative investigates the complex web of causal issues present in all narratives and regularly probelmatized in twentieth century works.

, A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien's Road to Faërie
Kent State University Press, 1997

Granted access by the Tolkien estate and the Bodleian Library to Tolkien's unpublished writings, Flieger uses them here to shed new light on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, revealing a new dimension of his fictive vision and giving added depth of meaning to his writing.

, Frankenstein's Daughters: Women Writing Science Fiction
Syracuse University Press, 1997

Beginning with the birth of science fiction in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Jane Donawerth takes a broad look at science fiction and utopian literature written by women.

Editor, The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces (Expanded Edition) (Vol. One-Volume)
W. W. Norton & Company, 1996

This groundbreaking Norton Anthology offers the best of the literatures of India, China, Japan, the Middle East, Africa, and native America alongside the masterpieces of the Western tradition.

Editor, Northland Stories, by Jack London
Penguin, 1996

Written shortly after Jack London's return from the goldfields of the Klondike in 1898, these stories bring to life the harrowing hardships and rugged codes of behavior by which men defined themselves in the lawless wilderness.

, Five Fires: Race, Catastrophe, and the Shaping of California
Addison Wesley, 1996

In this wholly original study, Wyatt uses the metaphor of fire to tell the story of California.

, Playwrights and Plagiarists in Early Modern England
Cornell University Press, 1996

Passage of the first copywright law in 1710 marked a radical change in the perception of authorship.

, Sex Scandal: The Private Parts of Victorian Fiction
Duke University Press, 1996

Never has the Victorian novel appeared so perverse as it does in these pages -- and never has its perversity seemed so fundamental to its accomplishment.

, Male Call: Becoming Jack London
Duke University Press, 1996

When Jack London died in 1916 at age forty, he was one of the most famous writers of his time. Eighty years later he remains one of the most widely read American authors in the world.

, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the Biographical Act
University of North Carolina Press, 1996

Caramello argues that James and Stein performed biographical acts in two sense of the phrase: they wrote biography, but as a cover for autobiography.

Editor, New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Neglected Stories
University of Missouri , 1996

F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories are the most critically undervalued and ignored segment of his fiction. Despite the fact that most of his short fiction has been published in various extant collections, critics nonetheless continue to focus primarily on his novels. Moreover, even when they turn their attention to Fitzgerald's stories, they tend to deal with the half dozen most frequently anthologized to the exclusion of the vast majority.

, Milton's Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella: Curiouser and Curiouser Adventures in History
Touchstone Publishing, 1995

We've all been taught that history is the story of great events and important people—but is it, really? In this illuminating collection of essays, Michael Olmert explores how the most ordinary artifacts of everyday life can reveal a huge amount information about how history actually works. For example:

Author, Entre el tronar épico y el llanto elegíaco: simbología indígena en la poesía ecuatoriana de los siglos XIX-XX
Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, 1995
Author, Quantification and the Quest for Medical Certainty
Princeton University Press, 1995

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Editor, With Pen and Voice: A Critical Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women
Southern Illinois University Press, 1995

Here -- in the only collection of speeches by nineteenth-century African-American women -- is the battle of words these brave women waged to address the social ills of their century.

, "Doers of the Word": African-American Women Speakers & Writers in the North (1830-1880)
Oxford University Press, 1995

Adapting a verse from the Epistle of James - "doers of the word" - nineteenth-century black women activists Sojourner Truth, Jarena Lee, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, among others, travelled throughout the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern regions of the United States.

Author, The Neighbor
University of Chicago Press, 1995

The Neighbor is a book of portraits and portraiture.

Director (documentary), The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf
, 1994

International Documentary Association Feature Award and Golden Apple of the National Educational Media Network. Named one of the four best documentaries in the world by IDA in 1996.

, Everybody's Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on Tragedies
University of Nebraska Press, 1994

Everybody’s Shakespeare brings the insights and wisdom of one of the finest Shakespearean scholars of our century to the task of surveying why the Bard continues to flourish in modern times. Mack treats individually seven plays—Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Cesar, and Antony and Cleopatra—and demonstrates in each case how the play has retained its vitality, complexity, and appeal.

Co-editor, Utopian and Science Fiction by Women: Worlds of Difference
Syracuse University Press, 1994
Author, Signos, cantos y memoria en los Andes: traduciendo la lengua y la cultura quechua
Abya-Yala, 1993
, Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double: The Rhythms of Audience Response
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1991

Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double investigates the poetics of audience response. Approaching tragedy through the rhythms of spectatorial engagement and detachment ("aesthetic distance"), Kent Cartwright provides a performance-oriented and phenomenological perspective. Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double analyzes the development of the tragic audience as it oscillates between engagement—an immersion in narrative, character, and physical action—and detachment—a consciousness of its own comparative judgments, its doubts, and of acting and theatricality.

Editor, Memory of Kin: Stories About Family by Black Writers
Random House, 1991

Critic, essayist, and anthologist Mary Helen Washington has chosen as the theme of her newest collection "the family as a living mystery." She selected nineteen stories and twelve poems by some of this century's leading black authors that oblige the reader to observe the complexities of the family in new and provocative ways.

Editor, Italian Hours
Pennsylvania State Univ Press, 1990
, A Reference Guide for English Studies
University of California Press, 1990
Author, Virginia Piedmont Blues: The Lives and Art of Two Virginia Bluesmen
Publication of the American Folklore Society. New Series, 1990
author, George III and the Satirists from Hogarth to Byron
U of Georgia P, 1990
Editor, Black-Eyed Susans and Midnight Birds: Stories by and about Black Women
Doubleday/Anchor, 1989

(Revised edition of 1976 and 1980 editions.) Black-Eyed Susans was reviewed in Ms. magazine (March 1976) by Joyce Carol Oates.  

Author, Naming the Rose: Eco, Medieval Signs, and Modern Theory
Cornell University Press, 1989
, The Romance of Failure
Oxford University Press, 1989
Author, Signs, songs, and memory in the Andes: translating Quechua language and culture
University of Texas Press, 1988
Editor, Invented Lives: Narratives of Black Women, 1860-1960
Doubleday/Anchor, 1987

Concentrating on carefully chosen selections from ten writers, Mary Helen Washington explores the work, the realities, and the hopes of black women writers between 1860-1960.

Reviewed by Henry-Louis Gates, New York Times Book Review, October 4, 1987 and by Jewell Gomez in The Nation,, April 30, 1987. In The New Yorker, August 5, 2002, writer Hilton Als called Invented Lives an invaluable study."

, The City Staged: Jacobean Comedy, 1603-1613
The University of Wisconsin Press, 1986

In this highly original and energetic study, Theodore B. Leinwand views Jacobean theater—particularly Jacobean city comedy—as a measure of the way Londoners of the time perceived each other. In forming a sophisticated view of the relations between Jacobean comedy and life, Leinwand makes a solid contribution not only to Jacobean theater, but, more broadly, to our understanding of the cultural, social, and political contexts within which all literature is produced.

, Silence in Henry James: The Heritage of Symbolism and Decadence
Pennsylvania State Univ Press, 1986

Against a background of Continental literary movements, Auchard explores the structures of silence in the novels and tales of Henry James. He develops their dynamics in terms of plot and action as he draws out their disturbing philosophical implications.

Author, Sounds So Good to Me: The Bluesman's Story
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1984
author, Silverless Mirrors: Book, Self and Postmodern American Fiction
University Press of Florida, 1983
, Malcolm Lowry: A Preface to His Fiction
University of Chicago Press, 1979
co-author, Performance in Postmodern Culture
Coda Press for the Center for 20th Cent. Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin, 1977
, Flaubert and Joyce: The Rite of Fiction
Princeton University Press, 1971
Author, Devices of Curiosity: Early Cinema & Popular Science
Oxford University Press, 2015

A comprehensive assessment of the role of early science films in shaping debates about scientific discovery, commercial entertainment, innovations in education, and intertexual cultural production, Gaycken considers 300 films and offers a comparative stylistic analysis that establishes both the unique formal properties of the genre as well as the antecedent sources upon which it drew. The volume features case studies on British and French natural history filmmaking, American distribution, and French crime melodramas.

Christina Walter, OPTICAL IMPERSONALITY (2105)
Author, Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014

Western accounts of human vision before the nineteenth century tended to separate the bodily eye from the rational mind. This model gave way in the mid–nineteenth century to one in which the thinking subject, perceiving body, perceptual object, and material world could not be so easily separated. Christina Walter explores how this new physiology of vision provoked writers to reconceive the relations among image, text, sight, and subjectivity. Read more at JHUP.