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.

Cinematic Eighteenth Century

"Blackadder: Satirizing the Century of Satire"

by Rob Vork and Sarah Stein

in The Cinematic Eighteenth Century: History, Culture, and Adaptation

Edited by Srividhya Swaminathan and Steven W. Thomas

This collection explores how film and television depict the complex and diverse milieu of the eighteenth century as a literary, historical, and cultural space.

Ampleforth's Miscellany

Ampleforth's Miscellany

by Michael Ritchie

Dr. Michael Karl Ritchie's collection includes 56 poems written over 40 years, including several published on his blog Spaceship: https://mkrspaceship.wordpress.com.

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.

Rebecca Garvin article

"A Comparative Study of Linguistic Landscapes in Middle Schools in Korea and Texas: Contrasting Signs of Learning and Identity" 

by Rebecca Garvin and Kristina Eisenhower

in Negotiating and Contesting Identities in Linguistic Landscapes, edited by Robert Blackwood, Elizabeth Lanza, and Hirut Woldermariam

Electrocity and Other Dreams

Electricity and Other Dreams

by Micah Dean Hicks

National Book Award winner Bob Shacochis described Professor Micah Dean Hicks as "a zany Aladdin from Arkansas, enamored of bizarre fables and misfit fantasies, his skull a-boil with magical thinking."

Paxton in the New World

Paxton in the New World

by Stanley Lombardo

In the second novel in his Crosstime Adventures of Carter Paxton, Dr. Lombardo presents an alternative history of fifteenth and sixteenth American in which his hero assists Timucua natives fight French and Spanish colonial armies.

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.

Cry Wolf

a novel by Paul Lake

Cry Wolf is an Animal Farm for the 21st century; an allegory of the political challenges we face in post-9/11 America

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.

Walking Backward

by Paul Lake

"Paul Lake's lucid, disquieting narratives are admirable in their playing of the talking voice against one measure oor another . . . Part of the considerable distinction of Walking Backward is its unifying Conradian search for the dimensions of human nature, and for the border at which inhumanity and disgrace may be said to begin." -- Richard Wilbur

"The Shape of Poetry" inThe Measured Word

by Paul Lake

Though the interest of science and art frequently seem to inhabit opposite poles, The Measured Word assembles a brilliant anthology of twelve essays that illumine the historic -- and newly emerging -- relationships between the poetic and scientific imaginations. Assembling the writings of leading contemporary poets, essayists, and thinkers, Kurt Brown highlights ways in which poets use scientific discoveries and mathematical ideas to their artistic advantage -- and offers insight on the recently apparent integration of technology and other discoveries into postmodernist poetry. -- from the University of Georgia Press description.

Among the Immortals

by Paul Lake

"Among the Immortals is a fast-paced thriller rooted in the Faustian dangers of literary ambition. Set in San Francisco -- with poets both living and undead -- author Paul Lake weaves an ingenious story rich with brilliant minds, rare manuscripts, poetics, sexual tension, and vampirism." -- from the back jacket of Immortals.

"Not since Ken Russell's film Gothic has so enthusiastic an eye been cast toward the mythopoetic relationship among the Romantic poets and their role in the evolution of our horrific imagination . . . readers will thrill to the plot's literary intrigue and author's elegant skewering of the dark side of the poetic sensibilities." -- Publishers Weekly.

"Traditional Arkansas Foodways" inAn Arkansas Folklore Sourcebook

by Earl F. Schrock, Jr.

"Fast-food chains such as McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and Kentucky Fried Chicken create the illusion that there is a uniform American cuisine. This illusion can be quickly dispelled by having a 'company' meal with an Arkansas family: it might include fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, corn-on-the-cob, a fresh garden salad or 'garden sass,' homemade pickled beets, and fresh apple pie, or perhaps baked ham, red-eye gravy, rice, baked sweetpotatoes, fried okra, steaming hot rolls, and peach cobbler or pecan pie."

--Earl F. Schrock, Jr. in "Traditional Arkansas Foodways"

The South

by B.C. Hall and C.T. Wood

"An anecdotal tour through America's most colorful region. From the Tidewater through Appalachia, down the sunbelt, B.C. Hall and C.T. Wood take us through the American South, inviting us to listen to its music -- blues, country, gospel, rock -- and to the voices that have shaped its extraordinary, distinctive literature. Interweaving interviews with people both ordinary and famous with thought-provoking reflections on Southern life, history, politics, humor, religion, and cultural icons, The South is a matchless, impressionistic portrait of a people and a place. -- from the back jacket of The South.

"Beautifully written, as enchanting as Spanish moss in the moonlight, as easy going down as a mint julep on the front porch. This is one of those rare books that is so entertaining, you don't realize how much you've learned until a few days after you've finished reading it." -- Nelson DeMille, author of The General's Daughter.

"Fascinating." -- President Bill Clinton.

Big Muddy: Down the Mississippi Through America's Heartland

by B.C. Hall and C.T. Wood

"I enjoyed Big Muddy all the way from Minnesota down the Mississippi bayous. What a good book." -- Norman Mailer

"Mark Twain would delight in Big Muddy. B.C. Hall and C.T. Wood have not only created a great travel book -- telling the dark side along with the good -- they have also held true to the spirit of Huck Finn in their journey down the Mississippi." -- Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.