2008 University Press Books


Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries


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Xingjian, Gao (Translated by Mabel Lee)

The Case for Literature

192 pp., 5” x 7 3/4”, $25.00 cloth, $16.00 paper

February 2007

Yale University Press

In this bold and extraordinary collection of writings, China’s only Nobel Laureate in literature offers provocative meditations on the meaning and importance of literary creation. The essays include Xingjian Gao’s brilliant Nobel Lecture, ‘The Case for Literature.’ A 2007 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title. “Anyone who...would like to learn more about one of the least well-known Nobel laureates should start with this book.”—The Washington Post Book World. “Required reading for those who want to see how a brave spirit overcame seemingly intractable political forces to create an enduring body of work.”—The Wilson Quarterly

LC 2006933452, ISBN 978-0-300-12421-7 (c.), ISBN 978-0-300-13626-5 (p.)

AASL: not reviewed



Fox, Janna, et al. (Editors)

Language Testing Reconsidered

192 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $30.00 paper, CIP included

June 2007

University of Ottawa Press

Language Testing Reconsidered provides a critical update on major issues that have engaged the field of language testing since its inception. The information, discussions, and reflections offered within the volume address major developments within the field over the past decades, enlivened by current “takes” on these issues. The real value of this collection, however, lies in its consideration of the past as a means of defining the future agenda of language testing.

C2007-902093-3, ISBN 978-0-7766-0657-6




Folkart, Barbara

Second Finding: A Poetics of Translation

588 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $40.00 paper, CIP included

September 2007

University of Ottawa Press

The translation of poetry has always fascinated theorists because the chances of replicating in another language the one-off resonance of music, imagery, and truth of a poem are vanishingly small. Translation is often seen as a matter of mapping over into the target language the surface features and semiotic structures of the source poem. Little wonder, then, that the vast majority of translations fail to be poetry in their own right. These essays focus on the poetically viable translation—the derived poem which, while resonating with the original, really is a poem.

C2006-905493-2 , ISBN 978-0-7766-0628-6



Trumble, William and Lesley Brown (Editors)

Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Sixth Edition

3888 pp., 10” x 12 3/5”, $175.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2007

Oxford University Press

Here is a new edition of the acclaimed Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, the first since 2002, updated, enlarged, and enlivened by new words, new definitions of old words, new illustrative quotations—and a new, fully customizable CD-ROM. Contains over 500,000 definitions—covering virtually every word or phrase in use in English worldwide since 1700. Each word entry identifies its various meanings, origins, part of speech, pronunciation, and combinations in which the word is often found, as well as cross-references to related words.

LC 2007037226, ISBN 978-0-19923324-3




Burgett, Bruce and Glenn Hendler

Keywords for American Cultural Studies

320 pp., 8” x 8”, $60.00 cloth, $22.95 paper, CIP included

October 2007

New York University Press

Keywords for American Cultural Studies collects sixty-four new essays from interdisciplinary scholars, each on a single term, to provide an accessible A-to-Z survey of prevailing academic buzzwords, and a flexible tool for carving out new areas of inquiry. It is equally useful for college students who are trying to understand what their teachers are talking about, for general readers who want to know what’s new in scholarly research, and for professors who just want to keep up.

LC 2007015067, ISBN 978-0-8147-9947-5 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8147-9948-2 (p.)




McDonald, Angela

Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Names, Greetings, Insults, Sayings

80 pp., 8” x 10 1/2”, 200 illus., bibliog., index, $14.95 paper, CIP included

April 2007

University of California Press

The Egyptian hieroglyphic script is one of the most beautiful, fascinating, and expressive writing systems ever invented. Egyptology lecturer Dr. Andrea McDonald explains how the Egyptians composed names for the elements of their world and along the way opens a fascinating window on their ancient culture. There are step-by-step tips on how to draw some of the trickier signs and a collection of genuine Egyptian phrases—greetings, laments, and even insults. “A fascinating, easy-to-read yet highly informative introduction to hieroglyphs suitable for all novice Egyptologists. McDonald makes learning the language of the pharaohs fun.”—Joyce Tyldesley, author of Egypt

LC 2006051405, ISBN 978-0-520-25235-6



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