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FACULTY BOOKSHELF

The English Department takes great pride in our combination of award-winning research and deep commitment to students and teaching. Our faculty are top scholars in their fields and have interests in a wide range of specialties in literature, writing, communication, and technology. Listed below is the collection of books our talented faculty have produced. Click on the book titles for book descriptions, reviews, and additional information.

51KM3WAMY2LVirgina Woolf Out of Bounds:
Selected Papers from the Tenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf

Editor: Jessica Berman (and Jane Goldman)
Publisher: Pace University Press, 2001

Papers from the inaugural Woolf conference of the millennium address the future of Woolf study, especially as an opportunity for new intellectual exchanges and mixtures. Among the over forty contributions are several focusing on teaching A Room of One’s Own.


41-o6jixCFL-e1410568123676Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Community

Author: Jessica Berman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2001

In this book, Jessica Berman claims that modernist fiction engages directly with early twentieth-century transformations of community and cosmopolitanism. Although modernist writers develop radically different models for social organization, their writings return again and again to issues of commonality and shared voice.


Modernist CommitmentsModernist Commitments:
Ethics, Politics, and Transnational Modernism

Author: Jessica Berman
Publisher: Columbia University Press, 2011

Jessica Berman demonstrates how modernist narrative connects ethical attitudes and responsibilities to the active creation of political relationships and the way we imagine justice. She challenges divisions between “modernist” and “committed” writing


A Companion to Virginia Woolf

Author: Jessica Berman
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016

This work offers a thorough examination of Woolf’s life, work, and multiple contexts in thirty-three essays written by leading scholars in the field. The essays approach Woolf’s writing from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, including modernism, post-colonialism, queer theory, animal studies, digital humanities, and the law.


51EANmHKG8L-e1410567939416Notebooks, 1951-1959

Translator: Ryan Bloom
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee, Inc., 2008

Fearing that his memory was beginning to fail him, Camus noted here his reactions to the polemics stirred by The Rebel, his feelings about the Algerian War, his sojourns in Greece and Italy, thinly veiled observations on his wife and lovers, heartaches over his family, and anxiety over the Nobel Prize that he was awarded in 1957.


615r9oCnpyL__SL500_Vacationland

Author: Christopher Corbett
Publisher: Viking Books, 1986

Chick Devine, bringer of good cheer, prognosticator, pundit, and promoter, and his band of merrymakers provide entertainment for the citizens of Maine with such diversions as Homarus Americanus, the scourge of Eggemoggin Reach, also known as Ernie the hundred-pound lobster, in Christopher Corbett’s Vacationland. 


coverOrphans Preferred:
The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express

Author: Christopher Corbett
Publisher: Broadway Books, 2003

The Pony Express is one of the most celebrated and enduring chapters in the history of the United States. Orphans Preferred is both a revisionist history of this magnificent and ill-fated adventure and an entertaining look at the often larger-than-life individuals who created and perpetuated the myth of “the Pony.”


Poker BrideThe Poker Bride:
The First Chinese in the West

Author: Christopher Corbett
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010

When gold rush fever gripped the globe in 1849, thousands of Chinese immigrants came through San Francisco on their way to seek their fortunes. In The Poker Bride, Christopher Corbett uses a little-known legend from Idaho lore as a lens into this Chinese experience.


ConceivedConceived Presences:
Literary Genealogy in Renaissance England

Author: Raphael Falco
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994

This study explores the manner in which English Renaissance poets invented a poetic genealogy. The title comes from Franciscus Junius, who in 1638 used the term “conceived presence” to describe the ancient masters whose paintings had been lost but who remained important forebears of the tradition of visual art.


CharismaticCharismatic Authority in Early Modern English Tragedy

Author: Raphael Falco
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000

Charismatic groups form around a leader who displays extraordinary abilities in times of social distress and who is often thought to have supernatural or magical powers. Raphael Falco demonstrates that English tragedies are full of such figures, including Marlowe’s Tamburlaine; Shakespeare’s Richard II, Hamlet, and Othello; Milton’s Samson; and the various dramatic representations of Cleopatra.


CharismaCharisma and Myth

Author: Raphael Falco
Publisher: Continuum International, 2009

Through scores of examples ranging from Inuit myth to Christian theology, from Malinowski to martyrology, Charisma and Myth argues definitively that the survival of myth systems mirrors the survival of such charismatic groups as modern street gangs, the Anglo-Saxon comitatus, or Satan’s fallen angels in Paradise Lost.
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51tsgIzXasL._SL500_A History of the Color Black

Author: Michael Fallon
Publisher: Dolphin-Moon Press, 1991

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41KAr5y0UvLThe Great Before and After

Author: Michael Fallon
Publisher: BrickHouse Books, 2011

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31tsGiXFPGLVictorian Servants, Class, and the Politics of Literacy

Author: Jean Fernandez
Publisher: Routledge, 2009

In this volume, Fernandez brings the under-examined figure of the Victorian servant out of obscurity in order to tell the story of his or her encounter with literacy, as imagined and represented in nineteenth-century fiction, autobiography, pamphlets and diaries.


$_57The Complete Writer’s Workout Book

Author: Carol Fitzpatrick
Publisher: D. C. Heath and Company, 1988

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booksThe Complete Paragraph Workout Book:
A Concise Guide to the Writing Process

Author: Carol Fitzpatrick
Publisher: D. C. Heath and Company, 1993

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booksReading Pathways

Author: Carol Fitzpatrick
Publisher: D. C. Heath and Company, 1995

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books (1)Reading Passages

Author: Carol Fitzpatrick
Publisher: D. C. Heath and Company, 1997

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51KM91FGDNLReading Thesholds

Author: Carol Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1999

Reading Thresholds helps basic readers develop analytical abilities and apply them to material they will encounter in college and in their careers. Students progress through a series of paragraph- and essay-length readings, moving naturally to longer selections as their confidence builds.


downloadThe Complete Sentence Workout Book with Readings

Author: Carol Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Longman, 2004

The Complete Sentence Workout Book with Readings develops students’ acquisition of skills in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics through an unparalleled assortment of exercises and activities, helping them gain confidence in their sentence skills so they can focus on writing.


41W6BMXM4ZLGagarin Street

Author: Piotr Gwiazda
Publisher: Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2005

Winner of the 2005 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry Prize, Gagarin Street offers an edgy and disquieting meditation on the intersection of private and public history.

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416BcwNEWdLJames Merrill and W.H. Auden:
Homosexuality and Poetic Influence

Author: Piotr Gwiazda
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

James Merrill and W.H. Auden offers a substantial analysis of the literary and personal relationship between two major twentieth-century poets. As Gwiazda argues, Auden’s prominence in the post-World War II American poetry scene as a homosexual poet and critic makes his impact on Merrill particularly noteworthy.


Messages CoverMessages

Author: Piotr Gwiazda
Publisher: Pond Road Press, 2012

Messages is a collection of twenty-one poems followed by an extensive interview by Patric Pep-per on topics ranging from Empire, “the right to illusion,” Bertold Brecht to poetry and politics, poetic influence, and exophonic writing.

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Kopenhaga CoverKopenhaga

Translator: Piotr Gwiazda
Publisher: Zephyr Press, 2013

Recipient of a grant from the PEN American Center Translation Fund, Kopenhaga is the first comprehensive collection of prose poetry by Grzegorz Wróblewski, one of Poland’s leading contemporary writers.
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US Poetry CoverUS Poetry in the Age of Empire, 1979-2012

Author: Piotr Gwiazda
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

Examining poetry by Robert Pinsky, Adrienne Rich, and Amiri Baraka, among others, this book shows that leading US poets since 1979 have performed the role of public intellectuals through their poetic rhetoric. Piotr Gwiazda’s argument aims to revitalize the role of poetry and reaffirm its social value in an era of global politics and culture.


Aspects of Strangers

Author: Piotr Gwiazda
Publisher: Moria Books, 2015

Part of the meditation on public intimacy (the title sequence), part dystopian vision (“Ozone), part poet-critic’s journal (“Moral Commerce”), Aspect of Strangers explores the notion of strangeness in material spaces of urban life and within the self.
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Software Evangelism and the Rhetoric of Morality:
Coding Justice in a Digital Democracy

Author: Jennifer Maher
Publisher: Routledge, 2015

In software development, evangelism typically denotes a rhetorical practice that aims to convert developers, as well as non-technical lay users from one platform to another. Maher argues that software evangelism, like its religious counterpart, must also be understood as constructing moral and political values.


The Psychiatry CoverThe Psychiatry of Handicapped Children and Adolescents:
Managing Emotional and Behavioral Problems

Author: Lucille McCarthy (and Joan Gerring)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 1988

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Thinking and Writing in College CoverThinking and Writing in College:
A Naturalistic Study of Students in Four Disciplines

Author: Lucille McCarthy (and Barbara Walvoord)
Publisher: National Council of Teachers of English, 1991

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John Dewey CoverJohn Dewey and the Challenge of Classroom Practice

Author: Lucille McCarthy (and Stephen Fishman)
Publishers: Teachers College Press/National Council of Teachers of English, 1998

This is an exploration of Deweyan pedagogy in an actual classroom since studies of Dewey’s Laboratory School began at the turn of the century. The authors discuss his educational theory in the context of his ideology and philosophy, and they examine his own Introduction to Philosophy class.
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Unplayed Tapes CoverUnplayed Tapes:
A Personal History of Collaborative Teacher Research

Author: Lucille McCarthy (and Stephen Fishman)
Publisher: National Council of Teachers of English, 2000

This important book focuses on the issues surrounding teacher research over the past twenty-five years. The authors explore these debates, first, by analyzing published accounts of teacher research, both practical and theoretical, and second, by reflecting on their own experience with classroom inquiry.


Whose Goals CoverWhose Goals? Whose Aspirations?
Learning to Teach Underprepared Writers Across the Curriculum

Author: Lucille McCarthy (and Stephen Fishman)
Publisher: Utah State University Press, 2002

Ever since Horace Mann promoted state supported schooling in the 1850s, the aims of U.S. public education have been the subject of heated national debate. Whose Goals? Whose Aspirations? joins this debate by exploring clashing educational aims in a discipline-based university classroom and the consequences of these clashes for “underprepared” writers.


John Dewey CoverJohn Dewey and the Philosophy and Practice of Hope

Author: Lucille McCarthy (and Stephen Fishman)
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, 2007

John Dewey and the Philosophy and Practice of Hope combines philosophical theory with a study of its effects in an actual classroom. Lucille McCarthy observes Fishman’s undergraduate students reading the theorists. Illustrating students’ own vital engagement with the hope literature, McCarthy reveals how the discussions deepen student understandings.


Reading the Ovidian CoverReading the Ovidian Heroine:
Metamorphoses Commentaries 1100-1618

Author: Kathryn McKinley
Publisher: Brill, 2001

This study investigates the reception of Ovid’s heroines in “Metamorphoses” commentaries written between 1100 and 1618. The Ovidian heroine offers a telling window onto medieval and early modern clerical constructions of gender and selfhood.


Ovid in the Middle Cover

Ovid in the Middle Ages

Editors: Kathryn McKinley (and James Clark and Frank Coulson)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2011

This volume presents a groundbreaking series of essays on Ovid’s reception across the Middle Ages. The collection includes contributions from distinguished Ovidians as well as leading specialists in medieval Latin and vernacular literature, clerical and extra-clerical culture and medieval art, and addresses questions of manuscript and textual transmission, translation, adaptation and imitation.


Chaucer’s House of Fame and Its Boccaccian Intertexts:
Image, Vision, and the Vernacular

Editors: Kathryn McKinley
Publisher: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press, 2016

This study considers how Chaucer’s House of Fame engages Boccaccio’s writings as much as Dante’s. McKinley thus addresses in new ways this broader triangular relationship between Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer. Boccaccio’s Amorosa visione gave Chaucer a viable model for a response to Dante’s theocentric poetics.


BoyishlyBoyishly

Author: Tanya Olson
Publisher: YesYes Books, 2013

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Biblical Women's CoverBiblical Women’s Voices in Early Modern England

Author: Michele Osherow
Publisher: Ashgate, 2009

Biblical Women’s Voices in Early Modern England documents the extent to which portrayals of women writers, rulers, and leaders in the Hebrew Bible scripted the lives of women in early modern England. Attending to a broad range of writing by Protestant men and women, the author investigates how the cultural requirement for feminine silence informs early modern readings of biblical women’s stories.


The Scalpel CoverThe Scalpel and the Butterfly:
The War Between Animal Research and Animal Protection

Author: Deborah Rudacille
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000

In precise and elegant prose, The Scalpel and the Butterfly explores the ongoing struggle between the promise offered by new research and the anxiety about safety and ethical implications in the context of the conflict between experimental medicine and animal protection that dates back to the mid-nineteenth century.


The Riddle of Gender CoverThe Riddle of Gender:
Science, Activism and Transgender Rights

Author: Deborah Rudacille
Publisher: Pantheon, 2005

Informed not only by meticulous research, but also by the author’s interviews with prominent members of the transgender community, this book is a sympathetic and wise look at a sexual revolution that calls into question many of our most deeply held assumptions about what it means to be a man, a woman, and a human being.


Roots of Steel CoverRoots of Steel:
Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town

Author: Deborah Rudacille
Publisher: Anchor, 2011

The decline of American manufacturing in the decades put tens of thousands out of work and left the people of Dundalk pondering the broken promise of the American dream. Rudacille combines personal narrative, interviews with workers, and research to capture the character and history of this once-prosperous community.


Intermissa, Venus CoverIntermissa, Venus

Author: Nicole Pekarske
Publisher: 2004

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The Brighter Veil CoverThe Brighter the Veil

Author: Lia Purpura
Publisher: Orchises Press, 1996

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Poems of Grzegorz Musial CoverPoems of Grzegorz Musial:
Berliner Tagebuch & Taste of Ash

Translator: Lia Purpura
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1998

Musial’s Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash present the power and urgency of one of Poland’s most important young poets. Berliner Tagebuch addresses questions of memory, guilt, and responsibility for the Holocaust, while Taste of Ash encounters the state not merely of his own country but of Western civilization too.


Increase CoverIncrease

Author: Lia Purpura
Publisher: University of Georgia Press, 2000

These closely knit essays portray the rhythms of a new mother’s life as it is challenged and transformed in nearly every aspect, from the emotions of wildness, loss, need, and desire to the outward progress–and interruption–of her work and activities.
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Stone Sky Lifting CoverStone Sky Lifting 

Author: Lia Purpura
Publisher: Ohio State University Press, 2000

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On Looking CoverOn Looking: Essays

Author: Lia Purpura
Publisher: Sarabande Books, 2006

Lia Purpura’s daring new book of lyric essays, On Looking, is concerned with the aesthetics and ethics of seeing. In these elegantly wrought meditations, patterns and meanings emerge from confusion, the commonplace grows strange and complex, beauty reveals its flaws, and even the most repulsive object turns gorgeous.

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King Baby CoverKing Baby

Author: Lia Purpura
Publisher: Alice James Books, 2008

King Baby is a cycle of lyric poems both inspired by and addressed to a found object made animate—then made into a confessor—by the poet’s fascination, and by a love that alternates between the familial, obsessive, and devotional.

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RoughRough Likeness: Essays

Author: Lia Purpura
Publisher: Sarabande Books, 2011

Lia Purpura’s essays are full of joy in the act of intense observation; they’re also deliciously subversive and alert to the ways language gets locked and loaded by culture. These elegant, conversational excursions refuse to let a reader slide over anything, from the tiniest shards of beach glass to barren big-box wastelands.
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It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful

It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful

Author: Lia Purpura
Publisher: Penguin, 2015

The exquisitely rendered poems in this, her fourth collection, reach back to an early affinity for proverbs and riddles and proto-poetry found in those forms. Purpura reminds us that short poems, never merely brief nor fragmentary, can transcend their size, like small dogs, espresso, a drop of mercury.
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51FaV1LMbOLToward a Composition Made Whole

Author: Jody Shipka
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011

To many academics, composition still represents typewritten texts on 8.5” x 11” pages that follow rote argumentative guidelines. In Toward a Composition Made Whole, Jody Shipka views composition as an act of communication that can be expressed through any number of media and as a path to meaning-making.
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Romantic Women WritersRomantic Women Writers, Revolution, and Prophecy:
Rebellious Daughters, 1786-1826

Author: Orianne Smith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2013

Convinced that the end of the world was at hand, many Romantic women writers assumed the role of the female prophet. Orianne Smith argues that their prophecies were performative acts in which the prophet believed herself to be authorized by God to bring about social or religious transformation through her words.