2011 University Press Books

 

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800-899 Literature and Rhetoric


800-819 American Literature

820-829 British Literature

       

830-899 Literature of Other Languages

       
   

800-819 American Literature


809.191

Spengemann, William C.

Three American Poets: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville

248 pp., 6” x 9”, $28.00 paper, CIP included

April 2010

University of Notre Dame Press

“In this enticing study, Spengemann argues that Whitman, Dickinson, and Melville all respond to the breakdown of a cohesive structure of religion in the culture and turn to poetry to provide a faith in the world. The author excels at close readings of all three poets’ formal structures, but his reading of Melville elevates him into the Whitman/Dickinson pantheon. For the most part an homage to teaching poetry, this volume lays out the language and structure and allows readers to arrive at their own conclusions.”—Choice

LC 2010004291, ISBN 9780268041328 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


809.889

Browdy de Hernandez, Jennifer, et al. (Editors)

African Women Writing Resistance: An Anthology of Contemporary Voices

360 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliography, $26.95 paper, CIP included

August 2010

The University of Wisconsin Press

A transnational anthology of African women’s writing about poverty, war, domestic abuse, HIV/AIDS, lack of access to education and health care, and other challenges. Personal narratives, testimonies, interviews, poetry, and folktales comprise this collection of African women’s literature by established and emerging writers. “Resistance, when effective, brings change. Reading African Women Writing Resistance will erase disinterest and ennui, and perhaps that is the first step toward supporting these writers’ admirable goals.”—ForeWord

LC 2009046345, ISBN 9780299236649 (p.)

AASL: S/HS/P

PLA: O


809.911

Bootz, Philippe and Sandy Baldwin (Editors)

Regards Crois<0x00E9>s: Perspectives on Digital Literature

160 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $19.95 paper, CIP included

December 2010

West Virginia University Press

What happens to literature in an age of digital technology? Regards Crois<0x00E9>s: Perspectives on Digital Literature provides an answer, with a collection of cutting-edge critical essays on literature gone digital. Regards Crois<0x00E9>s is an important addition to existing research on digital literature, and will appeal to scholars of electronic writing, digital art, humanities computing, media and communication, and others interested in the field. It offers a significant advance in the field through its wide-angle perspective that globalizes digital literature and diversifies the current critical paradigms....With contributions by authors from eight countries and three continents, the collection presents points of view on a transcontinental practice of digital literature.

LC 2010013498, ISBN 9781933202471 (p.)

AASL: G/P


809.933

Berman, Jeffrey

Companionship in Grief: Love and Loss in the Memoirs of C. S. Lewis, John Bayley, Donald Hall, Joan Didion, and Calvin Trillin

288 pp., 6” x 9”, $80.00 cloth, $26.95 paper, CIP included

September 2010

University of Massachusetts Press

An insightful analysis of how five prominent writers coped with the death of a beloved spouse.

LC 2010008985, ISBN 9781558498037 (c.), ISBN 9781558498044 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: O


810

Auden, W. H.

(Edited by Edward Mendelson)

The Complete Works of W. H. Auden: Prose, Volume IV: 1956-1962

1024 pp., 6” x 9”, $65.00 cloth

November 2010

Princeton University Press

This fourth volume of W. H. Auden’s prose provides a unique picture of this legendary writer’s mind and art when he was at the height of his powers, from 1956 through 1962. The volume includes his best-known and most important prose collection, The Dyer’s Hand, as well as scores of essays, reviews, and lectures on subjects ranging from J. R. R. Tolkien and Martin Luther to psychedelic drugs, cooking, and Homer. Much of the material has never been collected in book form, and some selections, such as the witty orations Auden wrote for ceremonies at Oxford University, are almost entirely unknown.

LC 2007920515, ISBN 9780691147550 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


810.803

Caplow, Florence and Susan A. Cohen

Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-based Writing

320 pp., 6” x 9”, $17.95 paper, CIP included

October 2010

University of Utah Press

This powerful collection of essays and poetry emerged from the Wildbranch Writing Workshop. With selections by both prominent environmental writers and exciting new voices, this volume offers a varied and intimate portrait of the natural world drawn through the wisdom, ecological consciousness, and open hearts of field biologists, hunters, farmers, environmental educators, wilderness guides, academics, writers, and artists. “One of the richest collections of environmental writing to emerge in years. A special virtue of this new collection is the range of voices offered, and student writers in particular will find the diversity of voices inspiring and empowering.”—Scott Slovic, University of Nevada, Reno

LC 2010035085, ISBN 9781607811244 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


810.808

Gonz<0x00E1>lez, Rigoberto (Editor)

Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing

352 pp., 6” x 9”, index of authors, $24.95 paper, CIP included

May 2010

The University of Arizona Press

Celebrates fifteen years of Latina and Latino literature by bringing together some of the University of Arizona Press series’ best work, including selections from award-winning books by Richard Blanco, Diana Garc<0x00ED>a, Luis Alberto Urrea, Pat Mora, Kathleen Alcal<0x00E1>, Sergio Troncoso, and Kathleen de Azevedo—plus other prominent writers such as Ray Gonzalez, Franciso Alarc<0x00F3>n, and Juan Felipe Herrera.

LC 2009034569, ISBN 9780816528134 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: RG


810.9

Trubek, Anne

A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses

168 pp., 6” x 9”, 10 illustrations, index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2010

University of Pennsylvania Press

In A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses Anne Trubek takes a vexed, often funny, and always thoughtful tour of a goodly number of house museums across the nation. Why is it that we visit writers’ houses? Although admittedly skeptical about the stories these buildings tell us about their former inhabitants, Anne Trubek carries us along as she falls at least a little bit in love with each stop on her itinerary and finds in each some truth about literature, history, and contemporary America.

LC 2010021358, ISBN 9780812242928 (c.)

PLA: G


811.008

Parker, Robert Dale (Editor)

Changing Is Not Vanishing: A Collection of American Indian Poetry to 1930

456 pp., 6” x 9”, 10 illustrations, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

December 2010

University of Pennsylvania Press

Changing Is Not Vanishing includes poems by 82 writers and provides a full bibliography of all the poets Parker has identified—most of them unknown even to specialists in Indian literature. In a wide range of approaches and styles, the poems in this collection address such topics as colonialism and the federal government, land, politics, nature, love, war, Christianity, and racism. With a richly informative introduction and extensive annotation, Changing Is Not Vanishing opens the door to a treasure trove of fascinating, powerful poems that will be required reading for all scholars and readers of American poetry and American Indian literature.

LC 2009049139, ISBN 9780812242621 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: O


811.3

Williams, C.K.

On Whitman

208 pp., 4 1/2” x 7”, $19.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2010

Princeton University Press

“Williams knows that the real meat and drink in Whitman’s work lies in the poet’s unprecedented assembling of rhythm, sound, language and images. He pays lavish tribute to what he refers to as Whitman’s ‘music’, the surge and flow of the lines; he also delights in Whitman’s eye for the telling detail....[A] winning book....Enlightening and often moving.”—The New York Times Book Review. “[In] this sweet slip of a book, Williams, himself an eminent poet, lets Walt speak freely, filling many pages with favorite passages.”—The New Yorker

LC 2009040347, ISBN 9780691144726 (c.)

AASL: G/HS


811.4

Dickinson, Emily

(Selected and introduced by Jo Miles Schuman and Joanna Bailey Hodgman)

A Spicing of Birds: Poems by Emily Dickinson

112 pp., 6” x 9”, 28 color illustrations, bibliography, index, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2010

Wesleyan University Press

A Spicing of Birds is a unique and beautifully illustrated anthology, pairing poems from one of America’s most revered poets with evocative classic ornithological art. Emily Dickinson had a great love of birds—in her collected poems, birds are mentioned 222 times, sometimes as the core inspiration of the poem. However, in existing anthologies of Dickinson’s work, little acknowledgment is made of her close connection to birds. This book contains thirty-seven of Dickinson’s poems featuring birds common to New England. Many lesser-known poems are brought to light, renewing our appreciation for Dickinson’s work.

LC 2010007203, ISBN 9780819570697 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


811.4

Vendler, Helen

Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries

535 pp., 6 3/8” x 9 1/4”, index, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

August 2010

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

Jonathan Bate says of Vendler that she is “widely regarded as America’s finest close reader of poetry.” And Harold Bloom says that she is “a remarkably agile and close reader,” with an unparalleled mastery of syntax. This singular critic turns her attention to 150 of Emily Dickinson’s poems, drawn with care from R.W. Franklin’s Reading Edition (published by HUP). Vendler’s short commentaries together offer a comprehensive picture of Emily Dickinson’s techniques, her obsessions, and her changing but lifelong argument with the Bible. In a general introduction, Vendler discusses Dickinson in all her “epigrammatic, terse, abrupt, surprising, unsettling, flirtatious, savage, winsome, metaphysical, provocative, blasphemous, tragic, funny” glory.

LC 2010007090, ISBN 9780674048676 (c.)

PLA: G


811.5

Archambeau, Robert

Laureates and Heretics: Six Careers in American Poetry

264 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $35.00 paper, CIP included

March 2010

University of Notre Dame Press

“Archambeau’s unique study will please—perhaps fascinate—those with a serious interest in US poetry....Archambeau taps deep into the traditions of poetry in English, revealing his knowledge of the many schools and tendencies that developed in Winters’s lifetime and about previous critical work. The chapters on Winters’s literary offspring provide worthy introductions, but his book is ultimately a meditation on taste and the vicissitudes of literary fame.”—Choice

LC 2009053249, ISBN 9780268020361 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: S


811.54

Armantrout, Rae

Versed

136 pp., 6” x 9”, $22.95 cloth, $14.95 paper, CIP included

August 2010

Wesleyan University Press

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award, and finalist for the 2009 National Book Award, Versed brings two of Rae Armantrout’s poetry sequences together. The poems in the first section, Versed, play with vice and versa and the perversity of human consciousness. Dark Matter, the second section, alludes to more than the unseen substance thought to make up the majority of mass in the universe. The invisible and unknowable are confronted directly as Armantrout’s experience with cancer marks these poems with a new austerity, shot through with her signature wit and stark unsentimental thinking.

LC 2008043809, ISBN 9780819568793 (c.), ISBN 9780819570918 (p.)

AASL: G/P


811.54

Banerjee, Neelanjana, Summi Kaipa, and Pireeni Sundaralingam (Editors)

Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry

220 pp., 6” x 9”, $65.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

May 2010

The University of Arkansas Press

The first anthology of its kind, Indivisible brings together forty-nine American poets who trace their roots to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Featuring award-winning poets including Meena Alexander, Agha Shahid Ali, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and Vijay Seshadri, here are poets who share a long history of grappling with a multiplicity of languages, cultures, and faiths.

LC 2010000744, ISBN 9781557289322 (c.), ISBN 9781557289315 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: O


811.54

Gemin, Pamela

Another Creature: Poems

96 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $16.00 paper, CIP included

April 2010

The University of Arkansas Press

In Another Creature Pamela Gemin reconciles her generation’s impulse toward personal freedom with its costs as she moves her cast of innocents and outlaws through Midwestern landscapes embroidered with green lawns, blue lakes and raspberry patches eerily wired for sound. Hers are hungry poems, in and of the world, expounding the “flavors and hues, the fragrance and skin / of the merchandise of Earth.”

LC 2009047709, ISBN 9781557289285 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


811.54

Hancock, Suzanne

Cast from Bells

72 pp., 5” x 7 1/2”, $14.95 paper, CIP included

March 2010

McGill-Queen’s University Press

During the Second World War, bells throughout Europe were taken from their towers and used to make munitions. At the end of the war, many of the bells were recast and restored to their heights. In Cast from Bells, Suzanne Hancock dramatizes how the same substance in one form gathers a crowd with its ringing, but in another shape scatters people and creates disorder. Balancing the bells of the past with the personal life of the present, these poems offer an intimate look at a woman leaving her husband. Against the backdrop of history, honest glimpses of a relationship’s ruin reveal surprising connections between the exalted and mundane.

LC 2010481424, ISBN 9780773537200 (p.)

AASL: G/HS/P

PLA: S


811.54

McCue, Frances

(Photographs by Mary Randlett)

The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs: Revisiting the Northwest Towns of Richard Hugo

260 pp., 7” x 9”, 44 illustrations, map, notes, bibliography, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2010

University of Washington Press

Richard Hugo visited places and wrote about them. His attention to the actual places could be scant, but his poems resonate deeply. Part travelogue, part memoir, part literary scholarship, this book traces the journey of Frances McCue and photographer Mary Randlett to the towns that inspired many of Hugo’s poems. Returning forty years after Hugo, and bringing with her a deep knowledge of Hugo and her own poetic sensibility, McCue maps Hugo’s poems back onto the places that triggered them. Together with twenty-three poems by Hugo, McCue’s essays and Randlett’s photographs offer a fresh view of Hugo’s Northwest.

LC 2009036279, ISBN 9780295989648 (c.)

AASL: S/MS/HS

PLA: RS


811.6

Graber, Kathleen

The Eternal City: Poems

96 pp., 6” x 9”, $35.00 cloth, $16.95 paper, CIP included

September 2010

Princeton University Press

2010 National Book Award Finalist, Poetry. Chosen by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon to relaunch the prestigious Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets under his editorship, The Eternal City revives Princeton’s tradition of publishing some of today’s best poetry. “[N]othing short of a revelation. Graber is a new poet that we should have always had but didn’t until just now....She thinks about her day to day life...and she thinks about big ideas—life, death, meaning—mostly in the same poem....[T]hese are poems anyone could love.”—Publishers Weekly

LC 2009049321, ISBN 9780691146096 (c.), ISBN 9780691146102 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


811.6

Leigh, Eric

Harm’s Way: Poems

60 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $16.00 paper, CIP included

April 2010

The University of Arkansas Press

“The past is a flame you must learn to hold / your hand above,” Eric Leigh writes in this first volume of poems, a poignant meditation on the harm that we can and cannot keep from those we love, and the harm that cannot be kept from us. Taking place in both the rural and the urban, in fields and on sidewalks, in gay bars and in laboratories, with topics as diverse and powerful as a father’s suicide, a mother’s resilience, coming out, lost love and the continuing plight of HIV, Leigh’s poems locate the heartbreaking music in these struggles.

LC 2009052400, ISBN 9781557289308 (p.)

PLA: G


811.6

Walsh, Michael

The Dirt Riddles: Poems

92 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $16.00 paper, CIP included

March 2010

The University of Arkansas Press

This powerful first collection and winner of the inaugural $5,000 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize is rooted in the earth and in the world of animal husbandry. In these lyrical poems we meet a closeted young man, his parents, their herd, and the other flora, fauna, and objects that populate his surreal garden.

LC 2009046590, ISBN 9781557289254 (p.)

PLA: O


812.540

Sanchez, Sonia

(Edited by Jacqueline Wood)

I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t and Other Plays

196 pp., 6” x 9”, $69.95 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

August 2010

Duke University Press

Sonia Sanchez is a prolific, award-winning poet and one of the most prominent writers in the Black Arts movement. This collection brings her plays together in one volume for the first time. Jacqueline Wood’s introduction illuminates Sanchez’s stagecraft in relation to her poetry and advocacy for social change, and the feminist dramatic voice in black revolutionary art.

LC 2010009124, ISBN 9780822347576 (c.), ISBN 9780822347781 (p.)

PLA: S


813

Wiebe, Rudy

Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955-2010

529 pp., 6” x 9”, $39.95 paper, CIP included

November 2010

The University of Alberta Press

For more than fifty years, Canadian literary legend Rudy Wiebe has been defining and refining prairie literature through his oeuvre of world-renowned novels, histories, essays, and short stories. He has introduced generations of readers far and wide to western Canadian Mennonite, aboriginal, and settler culture. Some say he wrote the book on historical prairie fiction. In fact, he’s written quite a few. The University of Alberta Press is proud to publish the fifty short stories that Wiebe completed between 1955 and 2010, including four previously unpublished stories. This is a must-have book for aficionados of great world literature, fans of prairie fiction, and Wiebe’s faithful readers.

ISBN 9780888645401 (p.)

PLA: G


813.087

Evans, Arthur B., et al. (Editors)

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

792 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 2 b&w illustrations, bibliography, $85.00 cloth, $39.95 paper, CIP included

August 2010

Wesleyan University Press

Features over a 150 years’ worth of the best science fiction ever collected in a single volume. The fifty-two stories and critical introductions are organized chronologically as well as thematically for classroom use. Filled with luminous ideas, otherworldly adventures, and startling futuristic speculations, these stories will appeal to all readers as they chart the emergence and evolution of science fiction as a modern literary genre. A free online teacher’s guide accompanies the anthology and offers access to a host of pedagogical aids for using this book in an academic setting.

LC 2009053144, ISBN 9780819569547 (c.), ISBN 9780819569554 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


813.54

Barker, Christopher

The Arms of the Infinite: Elizabeth Smart and Christopher Barker

254 pp., 6” x 9”, 26 b&w photos, index of names, $29.95 paper, CIP included

November 2010

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

The Arms of the Infinite takes the reader inside the minds of author Christopher Barker’s parents, writer Elizabeth Smart (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept) and poet George Barker. From their first fateful meeting and subsequent elopement, Barker candidly reveals their obsessive, passionate, and volatile love affair. He writes evocatively of his unconventional upbringing with his siblings in a shack in Ireland and, later, a rambling, falling-down house in Essex. Interesting and charismatic figures from the literary and art worlds are regular visitors, and the book is full of fascinating cameos and anecdotes.

ISBN 9781554582709 (p.)

PLA: RG, S


813.54

Bledsoe, Lucy Jane

The Big Bang Symphony: A Novel of Antarctica

340 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2010

The University of Wisconsin Press

Antarctica is a vortex that draws you back, season after season. The place is so raw and pure, all seal hide and crystalline iceberg. The fishbowl communities at McMurdo Station, South Pole Station, and in the remote field camps intensify relationships, jack all emotion up to a 10. The trick is to get what you need and then get out fast. “Bledsoe weaves a compelling narrative out of the three women’s lives, a narrative that explores the tension between art and science, love and resentment, grief and longing, and the needs of the individual versus the community.”—After Ellen.com

LC 2009040630, ISBN 9780299235000 (c.)

PLA: G


813.54

Danticat, Edwidge

Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work

208 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $19.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2010

Princeton University Press

“Danticat is at her best when writing from inside Haiti....As [her] recollections show, her singular achievement is not to have remade the actual Haiti, but to have recreated it. She has wound the fabric of Haitian life into her work and made it accessible to a wide audience of Americans and other outsiders.”—The New York Times Book Review. “Edwidge Danticat is a great literary artist.”—Cornel West. “This is the most powerful book I’ve read in years. Though delicate in its prose and civil in its tone, it hits like a freight train.”—Dave Eggers

LC 2010010302, ISBN 9780691140186 (c.)

PLA: G


813.54

Jones, J. McHenry

(Edited by John Ernest and Eric Gardner)

Hearts of Gold

288 pp., $68.95 cloth, $22.95 paper

February 2010

West Virginia University Press

J. McHenry Jones’s Hearts of Gold is a gripping tale of post-Civil War battles against racism and systemic injustice. Originally published in 1896, this novel reveals an African American community of individuals dedicated to education, journalism, fraternal organizations, and tireless work serving the needs of those abandoned by the political process of the white world....With the addition of an introduction and appendix, this new edition reveals the difficult foundations upon which African Americans built a platform to address injustice; generate opportunities; and play a prominent role in American social, economic, and political life.

LC 2009032571, ISBN 9781933202525 (c.), ISBN 9781933202532 (p.)

PLA: G


813.54

Keeble, John

Broken Ground: A Novel

456 pp., 5 1/2” x 8”, 2 illustrations, $24.95 paper, CIP included

October 2010

University of Washington Press

Broken Ground employs a construction project in the Oregon desert as the basis for a story with far-reaching political and moral implications. Hank Lafleur has been sent to supervise the project, which is a prison-for-profit financed by a multinational corporation under government contract, and meant to house felons, illegal immigrants, and as Lafleur comes to learn, political prisoners from Latin America. Broken Ground is remarkable for its prophetic vision of the hollow securities promised by incarceration and of the effects of “privatization” as an armature of American imperialism—in both the domestic and international realms.

LC 2010007792, ISBN 9780295990484 (p.)

PLA: O


813.54

Medrano, Manuel F.

Am<0x00E9>rico Paredes: In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography

216 pp., 6” x 9”, 25 b&w illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2010

University of North Texas Press

Am<0x00E9>rico Paredes (1915-1999) was a folklorist, scholar, and professor at the University of Texas at Austin who is widely acknowledged as one of the founding scholars of Chicano Studies. With the publication of “With His Pistol in His Hand”: A Border Ballad and Its Hero in 1958, Paredes soon emerged as a challenger to the status quo. His book questioned the mythic nature of the Texas Rangers and provided an alternative counter-cultural narrative to the existing traditional narratives. He is credited with introducing the concept of Greater Mexico, decades before its wider acceptance today among transnationalist scholars.

LC 2009050515, ISBN 9781574412871 (c.)

PLA: S, RG


813.54

Yamauchi, Wakako

(Edited by Lillian Howan)

Rosebud and Other Stories

144 pp., 6” x 9”, $19.00 paper, CIP included

October 2010

University of Hawai’i Press

Secret desires, unfulfilled longing, and irrepressible humor flow through the stories of Wakako Yamauchi, writings that depict the lives of Nisei, second-generation Japanese Americans. Through the medium of Yamauchi’s storytelling, readers enter the world of desert farmers, factory workers, gamblers, housewives, con artists, and dreamers. Elegantly simple in words and complex in resonance, her stories reveal hidden strength, resilience, and the persistence of hope.

LC 2010026340, ISBN 9780824832605 (p.)

PLA: G


813.6

Carr, Pat

One Page at a Time: On a Writing Life

288 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 17 b&w photos, $25.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2010

Texas Tech University Press

Pat Carr may be the only person in the United States who spent her childhood next door to a Japanese relocation camp in Wyoming in the 1940s, grew up to pass for black in 1950s Texas, started teaching college in the Jim Crow South of the 1960s, and crossed paths with scores of other authors over half a century’s journey as a professional writer. But universal truth is found in every writer’s singular experience, and Carr’s memoir illuminates the path for others who have chosen the writing life.

LC 2010035080, ISBN 9780896727168 (c.)

PLA: O


813.6

Corso, Paola

Catina’s Haircut: A Novel in Stories

112 pp., 6” x 9”, $21.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2010

The University of Wisconsin Press

These linked stories span four generations of Italian immigrants and their passionate tales. “Catina’s Haircut taps into deep places of storytelling—collective memory and imagination, folklore and social history—to bring together in one book the Fata Morgana, live chickens, the Risorgimento, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Through stories, Corso reassembles the aftermath of the great dislocaters of community and family—poverty, economic crisis, ignorance, and war.”—Adria Bernardi, author of Openwork. “The family’s tribulations take on near-mythological weight....The stories, individually, find moments of inspired, ethereal revelation.”—Publishers Weekly

LC 2010011534, ISBN 9780299248406 (c.)

PLA: G


813.6

Doyle, Brian

Mink River

320 pp., 6” x 9”, $18.95 paper, CIP included

October 2010

Oregon State University Press

Doyle’s fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people. In a small town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, Salish stories and Irish immigrants, a philosophizing crow, a policeman addicted to Puccini... “This lyrical mix of natural history, poetry, and Salish and Celtic lore offers crime, heartaches, celebrations, healing, and death. Readers who appreciate modern classics like Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio or William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying will find much to savor here.”—Library Journal. “[An] original, postmodern, shimmering tapestry of smalltown life.”—The Oregonian

LC 2010007210, ISBN 9780870715853 (p.)

PLA: G


813.6

Frank, Joan

In Envy Country: Stories

192 pp., 6” x 9”, $20.00 paper, CIP included

January 2010

University of Notre Dame Press

“The stories in Joan Frank’s collection, “In Envy Country”, are bitingly ironic, provocative scenes of contemporary life, so complete that they will satisfy readers who typically grab 400-page novels....these stories...are powerfully connected in content and tone, since each is reflected through an observing narrator, always a woman, who ponders the complexities of life around her....The art of these stories is in their telling, and even in the saddest of them, Frank hits precisely the right note.”—The Boston Globe

LC 2009035056, ISBN 9780268028886 (p.)

PLA: G


813.6

Hernandez, Tim Z.

Breathing, In Dust

192 pp., 5 1/2” x 9”, 9 b&w photos, $26.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2010

Texas Tech University Press

Tim Z. Hernandez’s land of pain and plenty, his Catela, evokes the essence of the migrant underclass experience. But more, his stories take us there, into the streets and into the groves, into the back rooms of the carnicerias and the panaderias, onto the tracks, onto the thirsty highways, in scenes that unfold with graphic, breathtaking honesty.

LC 2009050558, ISBN 9780896726727 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


813.6

Kaldas, Pauline

The Time between Places: Stories That Weave In and Out of Egypt and America

215 pp., 6” x 9”, $65.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

November 2010

The University of Arkansas Press

This collection of twenty stories delves into the lives of Egyptian characters, from those living in Egypt to those who have immigrated to the United States. With subtle and eloquent prose, the complexities of these characters are revealed, opening a door into their intimate struggles with identity and place.

LC 2010030212, ISBN 9781557289476 (c.), ISBN 9781557289247 (p.)

PLA: O


814.6

McClane, Kenneth A.

Walls: Essays, 1985-1990

128 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $20.00 paper, CIP included

September 2010

University of Notre Dame Press

“In this absorbing collection of essays originally published in 1991, Cornell literature professor McClane muses deeply on issues of identity, race, family, and academia....Walls is a heady volume; McClane is foremost a poet, and his essays carry the reverberant weight of poetry, demanding a careful read. Moreover, he peppers his prose with esoteric references to James Baldwin, Chekhov, Kafka, and others, lending these essays an academic air. He claims that the loss of his brother to alcoholism pervades each tale, yet the pieces on his mentally-disabled sister or his difficult time at Collegiate carry equal emotional weight.”—Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews

LC 2010024342, ISBN 9780268035204 (p.)

PLA: S


818.409

Loving, Jerome

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens

520 pp., 6” x 9”, 37 b&w photographs, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2010

University of California Press

“A fresh interpretive perspective....Readers will value this portrait of a peripatetic genius traversing a wide swath of American culture.”—Booklist. “Loving writes well and fluidly, sometimes elegantly, with considerable acumen and critical sympathy....If you’re looking for a strong, readable, authoritative, perceptive biography in which Mark Twain and his world come alive, you couldn’t do much better than this one.”—Toronto Globe & Mail. “Excellent....The biographer proves an adept guide.”—Wall Street Journal. “Funny and informative....This could be the biography of the season.”—San Francisco Chronicle

LC 2009015366, ISBN 9780520252578 (c.)

AASL: O, G/HS

PLA: O


818.409

Twain, Mark

(Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith and other editors of The Mark Twain Project)

The Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume 1

760 pp., 7” x 10”, 21 line figures, 45 b&w photographs, 2 diagrams, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2010

University of California Press

“Twain is terrific company, plain and simple. He knew everyone, went everywhere, seemed to be interested in everything and is capable of making the reader—in 2010—laugh on nearly every page....We can hardly wait for Volume 2.”—New York Times. “Every word beguiles.”—Wall Street Journal. “The dazzling first volume of the ultimate, authoritative three-volume Autobiography....To read this volume is to be introduced to Twain as if, thrillingly, for the first time.”—Library Journal. “[A] brilliant self-portrait....Laced with Twain’s unique blend of humor and vitriol, the haphazard narrative is engrossing, hugely funny, and deeply revealing of its author’s mind.”—Publishers Weekly

LC 2009047700, ISBN 9780520267190 (c.)

AASL: O, G/HS/P

PLA: O


818.540

Berglund, Jeff and Jan Roush (Editors)

Sherman Alexie: A Collection of Critical Essays

344 pp., 6” x 9”, 2 photos, index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

December 2010

University of Utah Press

Sherman Alexie is, by many accounts, the most widely read American Indian writer in the United States and likely in the world. Alexie’s nineteen published books span a variety of genres and include his most recent award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Editors Jeff Berglund and Jan Roush have assembled twelve leading scholars to provide new perspectives on a writer with his finger on the pulse of America. Interdisciplinary in their approach, these essays are insightful and accessible to scholars and lay readers alike. This volume is a worthy companion to the work of one of our most recognized contemporary voices.

LC 2010023990, ISBN 9781607810087 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


818.6

Trethewey, Natasha

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

144 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 12 b&w photos, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2010

University of Georgia Press

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Trethewey’s first nonfiction book explores the impact of Hurricane Katrina on Mississippi’s coast and the choices for economic development in preceding years that left the area particularly vulnerable. Trethewey, whose family is from Gulfport, intertwines her own story with that of the region, including the incarceration of her brother in the months after the storm hit. “Within this book’s quiet thoughts lies a powerful story of things long gone that will never come back. What is lost can only be captured by memory. And Trethewey’s prose captures memory with poetic precision.”—W. Ralph Eubanks, All Things Considered

LC 2010011417, ISBN 9780820333816 (c.)

AASL: O/HS

PLA: G


818.809

O’Connell, Shaun (Editor)

Boston: Voices and Visions

384 pp., 6” x 9”, $80.00 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

October 2010

University of Massachusetts Press

A rich selection of writings by notable preachers, politicians, poets, novelists, essayists, and diarists. “It will be the very rare reader who won’t find [at least one selection] strikingly unfamiliar.”—Boston Globe

LC 2010019059, ISBN 9781558498198 (c.), ISBN 9781558498204 (p.)

AASL: RG/HS

PLA: RG


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820-829 British Literature


820.935

Theis, Jeffrey S.

Writing the Forest in Early Modern England: A Sylvan Pastoral Nation

368 pp., 9 1/2” x 6”, index, $60.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2010

Duquesne University Press

As a unique ecocritical study of forests in early modern English literature, this book identifies “sylvan pastoral” as a distinct literary form and thus makes an important contribution to the growing field of ecocriticism and the history of environmentalism.

LC 2009046462, ISBN 9780820704234 (c.)

PLA: G


820.935

Totaro, Rebecca (Editor)

The Plague in Print: Essential Elizabethan Sources, 1558-1603

300 pp., 9 1/2” x 6”, index, $58.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2010

Duquesne University Press

This unique collection of early modern writing related to the bubonic plague includes plague remedies, literature, orders, prayers, and a bill—each modernized and annotated with two accompanying glossaries, one general and one for medical and herbal terms. Of invaluable significance to students of history and literature, this volume also speaks to us as we consider current issues such as national health and individual rights in the face of a global pandemic.

LC 2009037182, ISBN 9780820704265 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


823.7

Austen, Jane

(Edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks)

Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition

464 pp., 9” x 9 1/2”, 74 color illustrations, index, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

August 2010

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

Through its extensive, accessible annotation, this handsome edition of Pride and Prejudice creates a rich environment for the reading (and rereading) of a widely loved novel. Like Austen’s work itself, the notes aspire to delight as well as instruct. Exploring such matters as the history of Regency furniture, the possible location of the fictional Meryton, and the exact type of petticoat that Elizabeth would have worn, Spacks relocates Austen in her historical setting, while implicitly acknowledging her appeal across the centuries.

LC 2010013236, ISBN 9780674049161 (c.)

PLA: O


823.8

Nayder, Lillian

The Other Dickens: A Life of Catherine Hogarth

360 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 26 halftones, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2010

Cornell University Press

In the first comprehensive biography of Catherine Hogarth Dickens, Lillian Nayder wrestles away from the famous novelist the power to shape his wife’s story. Nayder demonstrates that the Dickenses’ marriage was a long happy one; more important, she shows that the figure we know only as “Mrs. Charles Dickens” was also a daughter, sister, and friend, a loving mother and grandmother, a capable household manager, and an intelligent person whose company was valued and sought by a wide circle of women and men.

LC 2010022625, ISBN 9780801447877 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


823.914

Garrett, Greg

One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter

146 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $19.95 paper, CIP included

October 2010

Baylor University Press

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series topped the best-seller charts, inspired the highest-grossing film series of all time, and has now become a $250 million Universal Studio theme park. What is it about this story that has ignited such fandom and struck such a chord with people around the world? As English professor, culture critic, and Potter devotee Greg Garrett explains, these novels not only entertain but teach deeply held truths about ourselves, others, and the world around us. Unlocking the textual intricacies behind the Harry Potter narrative, Garrett reveals Rowling’s magical formula—one that, he contends, earns her a place right next to the literary giants of old.

LC 2010007762, ISBN 9781602581982 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


824.4

van den Berg, Sara J. and W. Scott Howard (Editors)

The Divorce Tracts of John Milton: Texts and Contexts

513 pp., 9 1/2” x 6”, index, $75.00 cloth, CIP included

December 2010

Duquesne University Press

The Divorce Tracts of John Milton includes the full text of each of Milton’s five divorce pamphlets, offering a full picture of his position on marriage, liberty, gender, and social institutions. Uniquely, van den Berg and Howard also present Milton’s work in the context of his contemporaries by including four other publications that represent the first wave of engagement with Milton’s divorce tracts.

LC 2010037579, ISBN 9780820704401 (c.)

PLA: G


828.209

Cousins, A.D.

Pleasure and Gender in the Writings of Thomas More: Pursuing the Common Weal

178 pp., 9 1/2” x 6”, index, $58.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2010

Duquesne University Press

A prominent scholar of the life and work of Thomas More, Cousins goes beyond the scope of existing studies to focus primarily and closely on More’s interpretations of the major cultural categories informing his view of the common weal, the common good, and correlatively on the (good) state.

LC 2010021434, ISBN 9780820704388 (c.)

PLA: S


828.914

Weisbord, Merrily

The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das

288 pp., 6” x 9”, 2 illustrations, 30 photos, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2010

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Kamala Das (1934-2009) is one of India’s most beloved and controversial literary figures. She was hailed and reviled as the first Indian woman to write an autobiographical cult classic about love and desire. Merrily Weisbord found Das’s work so compelling that she flew to South India to meet her. The Love Queen of Malabar is the story of their decade-long friendship, an experiment in mutual revelation. Recounting the development of their relationship, Weisbord relates the dramatic events of Das’s life, including her transition from celibacy to sexual awakening at age sixty-seven when, provoking the greatest scandal of her notorious life, she converted to Islam for love and renewal.

ISBN 9780773537910 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


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830-899 Literature of Other Languages


843

Sand, George

(Translated by Gretchen Van Slyke)

The Countess von Rudolstadt

464 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, $55.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

August 2010

University of Pennsylvania Press

The first translation in over one hundred years of The Countess von Rudolstadt brings to contemporary readers one of George Sand’s most ambitious and engaging novels, hailed by many scholars of French literature as her masterpiece. Consuelo, or the Countess von Rudolstadt, born the penniless daughter of a Spanish gypsy, is transformed into an opera star by the great maestro Porpora. Her peregrinations throughout Europe (especially Vienna, Berlin, and the Bohemian forest), become a quest undertaken on a number of levels: as a singer, as a woman, and as an unwilling subject of alienation and oppression.

LC 2008298218, ISBN 9780812240733 (c.), ISBN 9780812220148 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


848.914

Zaretsky, Robert

Albert Camus: Elements of a Life

200 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 1 halftone, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

January 2010

Cornell University Press

In a book distinguished by clarity and passion, Robert Zaretsky considers why Albert Camus mattered in his own lifetime and continues to matter today, focusing on key moments that shaped Camus’s development as a writer, a public intellectual, and a man. Both engaged and engaging, Albert Camus: Elements of a Life is a searching companion to a profoundly moral and lucid writer whose works provide a guide for those perplexed by the absurdity of the human condition and the world’s resistance to meaning.

LC 2009034850, ISBN 9780801448058 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


851.1

McInerny, Ralph

Dante and the Blessed Virgin

184 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2010

University of Notre Dame Press

“Serving as both a uniquely focused companion to the Divine Comedy and a treatise on the enigmatic, central role of Mary in the poem, this offering by the late Ralph McInerny, a noted philosopher, allows the Catholic reader in particular to recognize Dante’s ‘devotion to the Blessed Virgin in warm continuity with his or her own beliefs and practices.’...Viewing Mary as the moral and philosophical key that unlocks the deepest criticism, McInerny writes with clarity, rigor, and <0x00E9>lan.”—Choice

LC 2009041749, ISBN 9780268035174 (c.)

PLA: S


863

Zapata Olivella, Manuel

(Translated by Jonathan Tittler, with introduction by William Luis)

Chang<0x00F3>, the Biggest Badass

500 pp., 5 1/2” x 9”, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2010

Texas Tech University Press

In luminous verse and prose, Zapata Olivella conveys the breadth of heroism, betrayal, and suffering common to the history of people of African descent in the Western hemisphere. Readers and critics will relish the opportunity to at last experience Zapata Olivella’s masterpiece in English and to appreciate this extraordinary tapestry, woven from equal strands of myth and history.

LC 2009040228, ISBN 9780896726734 (c.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: RG


863.7

Puenzo, Luc<0x00ED>a

(Translated by David William Foster)

The Fish Child

176 pp., 5 1/2” x 9”, $26.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2010

Texas Tech University Press

By turns sordid, thrilling, and comic, Puenzo’s debut novel explores the character and choices of two strong-willed young women through the vehicle of the economic and social circumstances of two South American nations where archaic elements coexist with shrill modernity.

LC 2010024465, ISBN 9780896727144 (c.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: S


871.01

Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro)

(Translated by Len Krisak)

(Introduction by Gregson Davis)

Virgil’s Eclogues

112 pp., 5 1/4” x 8”, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2010

University of Pennsylvania Press

This new translation by poet Len Krisak of Virgil’s classic of pastoral verse captures both the meaning and meter of the original. Virgil was perhaps the single greatest poet of the Roman empire, and the Eclogues were Virgil’s first published poems. These intricate and highly polished variations on the idea of the pastoral poem, as practiced by earlier Greek poets, mix political, social, historical, artistic, and moral commentary in musical Latin that exerted a profound influence on subsequent Western poetry. Krisak’s vibrant metric translation captures the music of Virgil’s richly textured verse by employing rhyme and other sonic devices. The result is English poetry rather than translated prose.

LC 2009043383, ISBN 9780812242256 (c.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: G


891.73

Frank, Joseph

(Edited by Mary Petrusewicz)

Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time

984 pp., 6” x 9”, 31 halftones, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2010

Princeton University Press

Joseph Frank’s award-winning, five-volume Dostoevsky is widely recognized as the best biography of the writer in any language—and one of the greatest literary biographies of the past half-century. Now Frank’s monumental, 2500-page work has been skillfully abridged and condensed in this single, highly readable volume with a new preface by the author. “Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time...immediately becomes the essential one-volume commentary on the intellectual dynamics and artistry of this great novelist’s impassioned, idea-driven fiction.”—The Wall Street Journal. “A masterful abridgement.”—Booklist

LC 2009001418, ISBN 9780691128191 (c.)

PLA: G


891.733

Nickell, William

The Death of Tolstoy: Russia on the Eve, Astapovo Station, 1910

232 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 25 halftones, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2010

Cornell University Press

In The Death of Tolstoy, William Nickell describes a Russia engaged in a war of words over how the story of Tolstoy’s death should be told. Representatives of the press converged on the stationhouse at Astapovo where Tolstoy lay ill, turning his death into a feverish media event that strikingly anticipated today’s no-limits coverage of celebrity lives—and deaths. Drawing on newspaper accounts, personal correspondence, police reports, secret circulars, telegrams, letters, and memoirs, Nickell shows the public spectacle of Tolstoy’s last days to be a vivid reflection of a fragile, anxious empire on the eve of war and revolution.

LC 2009049661, ISBN 9780801448348 (c.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: S


891.8

Konstantinov, Aleko

(Edited by Victor A. Friedman)

Bai Ganyo: Incredible Tales of a Modern Bulgarian

172 pp., 6” x 9”, glossary, $19.95 paper, CIP included

May 2010

The University of Wisconsin Press

A comic classic of world literature, Aleko Konstantinov’s 1895 novel Bai Ganyo follows the misadventures of rose-oil salesman Ganyo Balkanski as he travels in Europe. Unkempt but endearing, Bai Ganyo blusters his way through refined society in Vienna, Dresden, and St. Petersburg with an eye peeled for pickpockets and a free lunch. Konstantinov’s satire turns darker when Bai Ganyo returns home—bullying, bribing, and rigging elections in Bulgaria, a new country that had recently emerged from the Ottoman Empire. “A rollicking, Rabelaisian masterpiece, skillfully translated. Victor Friedman’s meticulous editing provides linguistic, cultural, and political context.”—Harold B. Segel, Columbia University.

LC 2009041983, ISBN 9780299236946 (p.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: S


894.353

Pamuk, Orhan

(Translated by Nazim Dikbas)

The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist

200 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, index, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2010

Harvard University Press

Nobel prize winning Orhan Pamuk takes us on a journey into the worlds of readers and writers through the lens of his own life. Pamuk’s very personal, autobiographical stories explain how he came to reading and writing. As someone who started out as a painter in his early twenties, Pamuk approaches his discussion of the novel with a strong visual sense. Explaining that readers and writers need to be both naive and sentimental, he looks back to his early years and the varied works that inspired him, including writers such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Stendhal, Flaubert, Proust, Mann, and Naipaul.

LC 2010014761, ISBN 9780674050761 (c.)

PLA: G


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