Faculty Publications

Alphabetical Listings of Authors

Sally Ashton
Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite

Noelle Brada-Williams

Paul Douglass
Katherine D. Harris
Allison Johnson
Erik Johnson
Revathi Krishnaswamy
Linda Mitchell
Keenan Norris
Kristian O'Hare
Daniel Rivers
Avantika Rohatgi
Susan Shillinglaw
Ryan Skinnell
Alan Soldofsky
Nick Taylor
Mary Warner


Reed Magazine
Steinbeck Studies


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Sally Ashton

Book cover of Ashton's "Her Name is Juanita".

Her Name is Juanita (Kore Press, 2009)

"Ashton is a poet, writer, teacher, and editor of the DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. She is author of Some Odd Afternoon, BlazeVOX, 2010, and a prose poem collection, Her Name Is Juanita, Kore Press, 2009. Both books received Pushcart Prize nominations. These Metallic Dayswas published in 2005 as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Choice Chapbook Series. Poems also appear in An Introduction to the Prose Poem, and Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, as well as journals such as Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, 5am, Mississippi Review and Poet Lore."

Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite

Book cover of Babaci-Wilhite's "Promoting Language and STEAM...".

Promoting Language and STEAM as Human Rights in Education (2019)

This book argues that integrating artistic contributions – with an emphasis on culture and language – can make Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects more accessible, and therefore promote creativity and innovation in teaching and learning at all levels of education. It provides tools and strategies for managing interdisciplinary learning and teaching based on successful collaborations between researchers, practitioners and artists in the fields of the Arts and STEM subjects. Based on contributions by educators, scientists, scholars, linguists and artists from around the globe, the book highlights how we can demonstrate teamwork and collaboration for innovation and creativity in STEAM subjects in the classroom and beyond.

Noelle Brada-Williams

Book Cover for Brada-William's "Crossing Oceans".

Crossing Oceans: Reconfiguring American Literary Studies in the Pacific Rim (Hong Kong University Press, 2004)

With the increasing globalization of culture, American literature has become a significant body of text for classrooms outside of the United States. Bringing together essays from a wide range of scholars in a number of countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the United States, Crossing Oceans focuses on strategies for critically reading and teaching American literature, especially ethnic American literature, within the Asia Pacific region. This book will be an important tool for scholars and teachers from around the globe who desire fresh perspectives on American literature from a variety of national contexts. 

Related information: Asian American Literature: Sources for Research.

Paul Douglass

Book cover of Douglass's "The Whole Disgraceful Truth".

The Whole Disgraceful Truth: Selected Letters of Lady Caroline Lamb (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Lady Caroline Lamb was described by her lover, Lord Byron, as having a heart like a “little volcano” and as “the cleverest most agreeable, absurd, amiable, perplexing, dangerous fascinating little being that lives now or ought to have lived 2000 years ago.” She wrote witty and revealing letters to fellow authors like Lady Morgan, William Godwin, Robert Malthus, and Amelia Opie, and to her publishers John Murray and Henry Colburn, to her cousins Hart, Georgiana, and Harrio, as well as to her mother, husband, son, and lovers. In those letters she told her correspondents what she admitted was “the whole disgraceful truth” of her drug and alcohol addictions, her affairs with Sir Godfrey Vassal Webster, Lord Byron, and Michael Bruce, her jealousy of her cousin Georgiana (whom William Lamb had “adored” before proposing to Caroline), but also of her efforts to make a happy life for her mentally retarded, epileptic son, Augustus, and her determination to become a respected writer of fiction, poetry, and songs.

Related information: The Lady Caroline Lamb Website

Book cover of Douglass's "Lady Caroline Lamb: A Biography".

Lady Caroline Lamb: A Biography (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

Lady Caroline Lamb, among Lord Byron's many lovers, stands out—vilified, portrayed as a self-destructive nymphomaniac—her true story has never been told. Now, Paul Douglass provides the first unbiased treatment of a woman whose passions and independence were incompatible with the age in which she lived. Taking into account a traumatic childhood, Douglass explores Lamb's so-called "erotomania" and tendency towards drug abuse and madness—problems she and Byron had in common. In this portrait, she emerges as a person who sacrificed much for the welfare of a sick child, and became an artist in her own right. Douglass illuminates her novels and poetry, her literary friendships, and the lifelong support of her husband and her publisher, John Murray.

Katherine D. Harris

Book cover of Harris's "The Forgotten Gothic".

The Forgotten Gothic: Short Stories from British Literary Annuals, 1823-1831 (zittaw press, 2012)

This astonishing collection of 95 rare Gothic tales from British Literary Annuals tales takes us further than perhaps eighteenth or nineteenth-century scholars are comfortable with – to the Gothic's afterlife. Once touted as a literary "dead zone" – the Annuals of the 1820s and 30s are unexpectedly populated with dozens of terrifying and horrific Gothic tales. A groundbreaking collection, Forgotten Gothic illustrates the continued development of the Gothic genre even after its supposed death in 1820.

Book cover of Harris's "Forget me Not".

Forget Me Not: A Hypertextual Archive of Ackermann's 19th-Century Literary Annual (Poetess Archive, Romantic Circles, NINES, 2006)

A digital rendering of textual, contextual and (select) content from several volumes of the first British-published literary annual, Forget Me Not. This annual, published by Rudolf Ackermann & Co. 1823-1847, began the literary phenomenon and was published annually for twenty-four consecutive years. Its longevity was rivaled by only a few other British titles; however, many scholars overlook it (and Ackermann's) significance to nineteenth-century popular culture, publishing trends and literary production. This Archive provides access to both the bibliographical elements and content of this particular annual. Full text of all volumes will be added over the next five years.

Allison Johnson

Book cover of Johnson's "The Scars We Carve".

The Scars We Carve: Bodies and Wounds in Civil War (LSU Press, April 2019)

In The Scars We Carve: Bodies and Wounds in Civil War Print Culture, Allison M. Johnson considers the ubiquitous images of bodies―white and black, male and female, soldier and civilian―that appear throughout newspapers, lithographs, poems, and other texts circulated during and in the decades immediately following the Civil War. Rather than dwelling on the work of well-known authors, The Scars We Carve uncovers a powerful archive of Civil War–era print culture in which the individual body and its component parts, marked by violence or imbued with rhetorical power, testify to the horrors of war and the lasting impact of the internecine conflict.

Erik Johnson

Johnson's "How to Teach a Play".

How to Teach a Play: Essential Exercises for Popular Plays

Most students encounter drama as they do poetry and fiction – as literature to be read – but never experience the performative nature of theater. How to Teach a Play provides new strategies for teaching dramatic literature and offers practical, play-specific exercises that demonstrate how performance illuminates close reading of the text. This practical guide provides a new generation of teachers and theatre professionals the tools to develop their students' performative imagination.

Revathi Krishnaswamy

Book cover of Krishnaswamy's "The Postcolonial and Global".

Postcolonial and the Global Edited by Revathi Krishnaswamy, John C. Hawley, John C. Hawley (University of Minnesota Press, 2007)

This interdisciplinary work brings the humanities and social sciences into dialogue by examining issues such as globalized capital, discourses of antiterrorism, and identity politics. Essayists from the fields of postcolonial studies and globalization theory address the ethical and pragmatic ramifications of opposing interpretations of these issues and, for the first time, seek common ground.

Book cover of Krishnaswamy's "Effeminism".

Effeminism: The Economy of Colonial Desire  (University of Michigan Press, 1999)

A fascinating study of "the inevitable intimacy between colonizer and colonized," Effeminism: The Economy of Colonial Desire attempts to chart the flow of colonial desire by examining the complex encodings of fears, fascinations, and anxieties in the works of British writers in India. The author examines the works of Flora Annie Steel, Rudyard Kipling, and E. M. Forster, and finds their works to be deeply implicated in the politics of colonial rule and anticolonial resistance. Krishnaswamy refuses to characterize the colonial encounter in terms of unchanging and monolithic Manichean oppositions, repeatedly drawing attention to fissures, contradictions, and slippages that attend the production of English manliness and Indian effeminacy. By restoring both the political in the unconscious and the unconscious in the political, the book proposes to understand colonialism in terms of historical failure, ideological inadequacy, and political contention.


Linda Mitchell

Book cover of Mitchell's "Portraits of Medieval Women".

Portraits of Medieval Women: Family, Marriage and Social Relations in Thirteenth Century England 

(Palgrave MacMillan, 2003)

Although numerous studies of medieval women and a number of biographies of medieval queens and noblewomen have appeared in recent years, comparatively few studies have sought to combine biographical and prosopographical approaches in order to develop portraits of specific women in order to highlight different life experiences of medieval women. The individual chapters can be read as separate histories of their specific subjects as well as case studies which together provide a coherent picture of the medieval English noblewoman.

Keenan Norris

Book cover of Norris's "By The Lemon Tree".

By the Lemon Tree (Nomadic Press, 2003)

Set in the Central California countryside and the Southern California desert, By the Lemon Tree’s old school stories chronicle the collision of wide-eyed childhood with the end of lives human and animal. In “Twice Good” a downtrodden city administrator shows up for a Black Panther protest forty years too late. “Funeral in Fresno” introduces us to an impatient reverend who is forced to confront his past and his future, while in the title story, a young boy born and raised in East Oakland bears witness to life and death in an ancient rural world.

Kristian O'Hare

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Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Writing Contest 1st Place Winner—Very Short Fiction

"Our Judge and TWF20 Speaker Jac Jemc had this to say about the winning story:

There is so much to admire in Hard Swallow: the activated details- "the moonlight fights with the neon", the sensory descriptions- a mouth that plainspoken yet inscrutable dialogue- "Blue is wrongfor roses." what made me choose this story though is the vivid and affecting shifts in emotional register, fromthe absurdity of a sideshow-like act ina strip club to the melancholy, tender encounter outside the bar, to the random loss of romantic opportunity, and back again. The story runs a concise, perfect lap through the evening of an outsider."

Daniel Rivers

Book cover of River's "Grizzly Country".

Grizzly Country: Settler Worlding and the Politics of Species on the California Frontier

Grizzly Country draws together an archive of literary, visual, and popular culture to examine the ways that white settlers transformed the California Grizzly (Ursus Arctos Californicus) into both a symbol of imperial manhood and an embodiment of colonial anxieties about California’s seeming untameability. While attending to the environmental and colonial histories of wilderness enclosure, Native enslavement, and grizzly eradication, this article argues that popular representations of wild, unruly grizzlies were often used to frame Native nations and the undomesticated outdoors as obstacles to a properly domesticated and commercially productive
U.S. California.

Avantika Rohatgi

Book cover of Rohatgi's "Global Rights and Perceptions".

Global Rights and Perceptions (University Readers, 2012)

In Global Rights and Perceptions, students read from a wide variety of original sources—foreign policy journals, non-fiction books, medical journals, and current affairs magazines on how human rights are currently being violated through practices such as human trafficking, female genital mutilation, organ trade, and female feticide. This varied exposure gives students several gateways through which to approach complex social issues, think and write about them with awareness and engagement. Based on the premise that students must be pulled away from a highly commercial, digitally perfect present, and encouraged to intelligently and passionately examine an imperfect world with a view to changing it, the book provides a well-rounded education on global rights, and the lack thereof, in our modern world.

Susan Shillinglaw

Book cover of Shillinglaw's "A Journey into Steinbeck's California".

A Journey into Steinbeck's California

(Roaring Forties Press, 2006)

This part art book, part biography, and part travel guide offers insight into how landscapes and townscapes influenced John Steinbeck's creative process and how, in turn, his legacy has influenced modern California. Various types of readers will appreciate the information in this guide, literary pilgrims will learn more about the state featured so prominently in Steinbeck's work, tourists can visit the same buildings that he lived in and wrote about, and historians will appreciate the engrossing perspective on daily life in early 20th-century California. Offering an entirely new perspective on Steinbeck and the people and places that he brought to life in his writing, readers will find delight in this depiction of the symbiotic relationship between an author and his favorite places.

Ryan Skinnell

Book cover of Skinnell's "Faking the News".

Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump. Edited by Ryan Skinnell (Societas, 2018)

In Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump, eleven prominent rhetoric experts explain how Trump's persuasive language works. Written for readers who may not know anything about rhetoric, Faking the News examines how Trump uses language, symbols, gestures, and style to appeal to his audience.

Book cover of Skinnell's "Bureaucracy: A Love Story".

Bureaucracy: A Love Story. Edited by Gabriel Cervantes, Dahlia Porter, Ryan Skinnell, and Kelly Wisecup (Aquiline Books, 2018)

Bureaucracy: A Love Story draws on research by scholars and students in Special Collections at the University of North Texas to illuminate how bureaucracy structures our contemporary lives and uncovers how people interact—often in creative ways—with material forms of bureaucracy.

Alan Soldofsky

Book cover of Justice's "Compendium"

Compendium: A Collection of Thoughts on Prosody, by Donald Justice. Edited by David Koehn & Alan Soldofsky (Omindawn Publishing 2017)

As prosody is the very medium of the poet’s domain, Donald Justice saw prosody as a set of nomenclatures for the poet composers to use in making their music. The collage process Justice employed to present his instructional materials possesses a composer’s quality, the structure of which possesses a unique beauty. His insights serve as a sort of de facto taxonomy, an organically designed system that he uses to present his lecture on each respective aspect of the evolution of poetic form. There is no formal thesis here, but rather a kind of scrapbook that has a broader motive. The material possesses no hidden secrets; the treasures lie in plain sight and simply need be discerned to open the artist’s mind to their possibilities.

Book cover of Soldofsky's "Into the Buddha Factory".

In the Buddha Factory (Truman State University Press, 2013)

Captivating and truthful, In the Buddha Factory is rich in detail, honest in tragedy, and poignant
in observation. Through a mastery of style and language placed against the backdrop of Silicon
Valley, Soldofsky explores the tension of opposites of place and no place, rich and poor, and
finite and the limitless. These poems capture the intricacies of family, aging, and identity, and
renders them in words both insightful and lyrical.

Nick Taylor

Book cover of Taylor's "Double Switch".

Double Switch (Penguin Random House, 2016)

T. T. MONDAY is the pseudonym of novelist Nick Taylor.

Relief pitcher/private investigator Johnny Adcock doesn’t have an office; he has the bullpen. That’s where he meets Tiff Tate, the femme-fatale stylist responsible for half the looks in Major League Baseball, from Brian Wilson’s beard to Big Papi’s gold ropes. Tiff has a problem. Her new client, the rookie phenom Yonel Ruiz, has been threatened by a cartel of smugglers. Adcock is her last best hope. As he embarks on this potentially deadly mission, Adcock tangoes with a mysterious, sexy assassin known only as La Loba. And he still has the playoffs to worry about.

Book cover of Taylor's "The Setup Man".

The Setup Man (Penguin Random House, 2014)

T. T. MONDAY is the pseudonym of novelist Nick Taylor.

Johnny Adcock is an aging Major League pitcher, who moonlights as a private investigator. Major League Baseball, as it turns out, is a prime source of employment for a discreet detective who has both the brains and the brawn to handle the unique problems of professional athletes. On the bus after a game, teammate Frankie Herrera confides in Adcock that he has a “problem with his wife.” It sounds like the standard story of a pro athlete’s marriage gone sour. However, when Frankie dies in a car crash, Adcock knows there are way too many questions still unanswered, and he dives head first into the most dangerous investigation of his budding second career.

Mary Warner

Book cover on Warner's "Critical Insights: Historical Fiction".

Critical Insights: Historical Fiction
Editor: Virginia Brackett, Park University, Missouri (January 2018)

In combination this volume’s chapters open wide a door to discussion of the importance and the joy of historical fiction for readers at all levels. They also invite readers to compare fictional presentations of “true” events and persons to that of traditionally understood historical narratives. Such consideration may result in a clearer understanding of the nature of historical fiction on the part of readers and writers alike.

Book cover of Mary Warner's "Adolescents in the Search for Meaning".

Adolescents in the Search for Meaning: Tapping the Powerful Resource of Story (Scarecrow Press, 2006)

As is painfully evident from the reports of school shootings, gang violence, and adolescent suicide, many teens live troubled lives. Even those who live a "normal" life are confronted by some of the challenges adults face. However, few of them have the same resources as adults for surviving such challenges. In addition, teens are also engaged in establishing independence and finding their identities. Building on the idea that "story" is a powerful source of meaning, particularly those stories that resonate with our own lives, Mary Warner suggests that the stories of other young adults offer a resource yet to be fully tapped. As such, readers are provided with insight into the young adult perspective from the results of a survey of over 1400 teens and through feedback from authors of young adult literature.


Reed Magazine: A Journal of Poetry and Prose

San Jose State University's Literary Magazine featuring submissions of original poetry and short stories from across the nation. Reed Magazine is one of the oldest student publications west of the Mississippi. In its earlier incarnations it was called El Portal. Reed was first numbered by year and volume in 1946. At the time, the magazine was put together by SJSU's literary society, Pegasus, with help from the Associated Student Body. The magazine continues to be compiled and edited by students in the Department of English & Comparative Literature programs.

Steinbeck Studies

Steinbeck Studies is the authorized publication on the life and works of John Steinbeck. It publishes scholarly articles, essays, photographs, notes, book and performance review, and contemporary references about the author. Manuscripts are subject to blind peer review. Steinbeck Studies is issued twice yearly and includes a membership in the Steinbeck Society. Members will be informed of panels at the American Literature Association as well as events sponsored by the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and the National Steinbeck Center.