Further News of Defeat

Further News of Defeat

by Michael X. Wang

This first story collection by Professor Wang won the Autumn House Fiction Prize. "Wang sees deeply into his subject. With offhand precision, his stories present a vision of recent China that feels utterly genuine even when he is raucoudly, indubitably inventing." Sharon Solwitz, author of In Lourdes.


"The Bluest Eye: Paul Newman, Iconoclasm, and the Shameless Exploitation of Beauty"

by Emily Hoffman

In Iconoclasm: The Breaking and Making of Images Edited by Rachel Stapleton and Antonio Vaselli 

Dr. Hoffman  argues that Paul Newman spent the early stage of his career fashioning an iconoclastic persona out of frustration with the public's obsession with his appearance only to later exploit his appearance to become an icon of socially conscious consumerism through his Newman's Own food brand.

The Naming of Girl

The Naming of Girl

by Rhonda Williams

This is the story of Girl Brown, a spirited nine-year-old, who lives in Arkansas with a pot-smoking guardian and her hard-drinking disabled-vet boyfriend. "Rhonda Williams's fresh voice catapults her boisterous, foul-mouther, half-feral, larcenously irrepressible and ultimately sweet heroine … right off the page into readers' hearts" – Margaret Hawkins

The Right Word

The Right Word (Second Edition)

by Elaine Austin-Tise

This text for vocabulary building is used in all section of READ 0103 College Reading Skills and ENGl 0404 Developmental Reading and Writing. 

New Essay on Johnson

New Essays on Samuel Johnson: Revaluation

edited by Anthony Lee

This collection of essays examines Samuel Johnson from a variety of different critical perspectives. The word 'revaluation" from the title connotes both the deployment of specifically au courant approaches –viewing, for example, Johnson in relation to climate change, or Johnson and the notion of :osmology" – as well as more general reflections upon Johnson's importance to our present cultural and temporal moment"

La Susona

La Susona

by Lynda Franco

In her first novel, Dr. Lynda Franco tells the tragic love story of Susanna, the daughter of Diego Ben Susón, the Sephartic Jew, who was the first person executed by the Spanish Inquisition. Dr. Franco combines accurate historical events and locations with fictional embellishments to bring to life the history of the erosion of religious tolerance toward Sephartic Jews in the late 15th century.

Community and Solitude

Community and Solitude: New Essays on Johnson's Circle

edited by Anthony Lee

In this collection, Dr. Lee presents essays that explore the intersection of the themes of community and solitude in the writings of Samuel Johnson anmd those in his "circle." In their detailed and careful examination of particular works situated within complex social and personal contexts, the essays in this volume offer an expansive and illuminating description of Johnson’s world that also engages with larger cultural and aesthetic issues, such as intertextuality, literary celebrity, narrative, the nature of criticism, race, slavery, and sensibility.

Among the Modernists

Samuel Johnson Among the Modernists

edited by Anthony Lee

The essays collected in Samuel Johnson Among the Modernists frame this major writer in an unfamiliar milieu and company: high modernism and its aftermath. By bringing Johnson to bear on the various authors and topics gathered here, the book foregrounds some aspects of modernism and its practitioners that would otherwise remain hidden and elusive, even as it sheds new light on Johnson


Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction: Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World

edited by Anita Tarr and Donna White

In this collection, Dr. White and Dr. Tarr present twelve essays that explore posthumanism's relevance in young adult literature. Contributors to the volume discuss various issues, including the demoncratization of power, body enhancements, hybridity, multiplicity/plurality, and the environment in texts such as Paola Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker and Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion.

Who Murderede Shakespeare?

Who Murdered Shakespeare?

by Stanley Lombardo

In the fourth novel in his Crosstime Adventures of Carter Paxton, Dr. Lombardo presents an alternative history in which in which Her Majesty's ace intelligencer, Christopher Marlowe, investigates the murder of William Shakespeare.

Paxton and the Armada

Paxton versus the Armada

by Stanley Lombardo

In the third novel in his Crosstime Adventures of Carter Paxton, Dr. Lombardo presents an alternative history in which his hero plays a critical role in the English defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Republic of Virtue

The Republic of Virtue

by Paul Lake

Paul Lake's provocative new collection addresses the foundational question of both philosophy and poetryhow do we use of misuse language to represent and understand the world?

Dana Gioia


"A Shape to Fill a Lack: Absalom, Absalom! and the Pattern of History"

by Deborah Wilson

Dr. Wilson's essay is included in this 2012 collection of critical essays on Faulkner's novel Absalom, Absalom!

Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows: A Children's Classic at 100

edited by Donna White with Jackie C. Horne

This centennial collection brings together ten critical essays that examine Grahame's children's novel from a variety of perspectives. "Scholars of fantasy and children's literature will find a great value in this collection that sheds new light on an enduring classic."

The Children's Literature Association named Dr. White's book the 2010 Outstanding Edited Book of Literary Criticism on Children's Literature.

Mentoring in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture

Edited by Anthony Lee

This anthology highlights the importance of mentoring in expanding print culture. Topics include John Wilmot the Earl of Rochester's relationships to a range of role models, John Dryden's mentoring of women writers, Alexander Pope's problematic attempts at mentoring relationships, Jonathan Swift's cross-gender and cross-class mentoring relationships, Samuel Richardson's largely unsuccessful attempts to mentor Urania Hill Johnson, and an examination of Elizabeth Carter and Samuel Johnson as co-mentors of one another's works.

J. M Barrie's Peter Pan In and Out of Time

edited by Donna White with C. Anita Tarr

Celebrating 100 years of Peter Pan, this fourth volume in the Children's Literature Association Centennial Studies series explores the cultural contents of Barrie's creation and the continuing impact of Peter Pan on children's literature and popular culture.

Domesticating Foreign Struggles

by Paola Gemme

"Paola Gemme's study is the most original and best-documented analysis of American attitudes toward Risorgimento Italy that we have. Gemme's book is a first-rate example of the new internationalist turn in American studies, Lucid, provocative, nuanced, and thoroughly documented, it makes a lasting and perceptive contribution both to emergent transnational scholarship and the the larger case for early-American cultural imperialism."

-- Dennis Berthold, Texas A & M University

"Living in Limbo: The Homeward Bounders as a Metaphor for Military Childhood"

by Donna White

in Diana Wynne Jones: An Exciting and Exacting WisdomEdited by Teya Rosenberg, Martha Hixon, Sharon Scapple and Donna White

"An Exciting and Exacting Wisdom is a collection of scholarly essays examining the work of British author Diana Wynne Jones, whose prolific contributions to speculative fiction span the past thirty years." -- from the book cover

Dancing With Dragons: Ursula K. Le Guin and the Critics

by Donna White

"Dancing With Dragons brings together for the first time the various strands of Le Guin criticism to show how the author's dialogue with the critics has informed and influenced her work and her own critical stance." -- from "About Dancing With Dragons"

A Century of Welsh Myth in Children's Literature

by Donna White

"Some of the most ancient traditional tales still extant come from the Celtic cultures of France and the British Isles, whose languages have a claim to be the oldest in Europe. among these tales are four native Welsh legends collectively known as the Mabinogi."

Emerson, Thoreau, and the Role of the Cultural Critic

by Sam McGuire Worley

"Drawing upon the works of several important contemporary thinkers ... Sam McGuire Worley argues that the mature thought of Emerson and Thoreau is deeply embedded in community, and that their best social criticism is immanent rather than transcendent in character. Their encounters with specific historical figures such as Daniel Webster, Theodore Parker, and John Brown reveal a political philosophy that cannot easily be labeled liberal or conservative, and a meticulous reconsideration of their political writings and their encounter with abolitionism show both to be working with as complex and ironic a vision of self and community as can be found in antebellum American letters." -- from the back jacket.