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Barry Ahearn	English	Pound, Frost, Moore, and Poetic Precision

Pound, Frost, Moore, and Poetic Precision

Barry Ahearn

Demonstrates a keen understanding of the conceptual and aesthetic aspects of the poetry of Pound, Frost, and Moore. Traces the historical contexts for the rising importance of mathematics and science and its influence on literature in America. Investigates the uses of precision’s opposite—imprecision—in poetry

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The Ethical Vision of George Eliot

Thomas Albrecht

Through meticulous close readings of Eliot’s fiction, essays, and letters, The Ethical Vision of George Eliot presents an original, complex definition of her ethical vision as she developed it over the course of her career. It examines major novels like Adam Bede, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda; many of Eliot’s most significant essays; and devotes two entire chapters to Eliot’s final book Impressions of Theophrastus Such, an idiosyncratic collection of character sketches that Eliot scholars have heretofore generally overlooked or ignored.

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Jazz: A Quick Immersion

Joel Dinerstein

This book focuses on jazz's development in the African-American communities of five cities – New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City, New York, and Los Angeles – through a combination of urban studies, historical context, and key profiles of major figures. It is also a listening guide: curated playlists illuminate the dynamic interaction of solo and group, blues and grooves, improvisation and ensemble swinging. Jazz masters taught the planet's musicians how to find their own individual voices and then to risk this in dynamic conversation with others. Jazz is a story of art, culture, race, freedom, aesthetics, politics, struggle, and self-expression.

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The New Emily Dickinson Studies

Michelle Kohler

This collection presents new approaches to Emily Dickinson's oeuvre. Informed by twenty-first-century critical developments, the Dickinson that emerges here is embedded in and susceptible to a very physical world, and caught in unceasing interactions and circulation that she does not control. The volume's essays offer fresh readings of Dickinson's poetry through such new critical lenses as historical poetics, ecocriticism, animal studies, sound studies, new materialism, posthumanism, object-oriented feminism, disability studies, queer theory, race studies, race and contemporary poetics, digital humanities, and globalism. These essays address what it means to read Dickinson in braille, online, graffitied, and internationally, alongside the work of poets of color. Taken together, this book widens our understanding of Dickinson's readerships, of what the poems can mean, and for whom.

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New Orleans A Literary History

T. R. Johnson

New Orleans is an indispensable element of America's national identity. As one of the most fabled cities in the world, it figures in countless novels, short stories, poems, plays, and films, as well as in popular lore and song. This book provides detailed discussions of all of the most significant writing that this city has ever inspired - from its origins in a flood-prone swamp to the rise of a creole culture at the edges of the European empires; from its emergence as a cosmopolitan, hemispheric crossroads and a primary hub of the slave trade to the days when, in its red light district, the children and grandchildren of the enslaved conjured a new kind of music that became America's greatest gift to the world; from the mid-twentieth-century masterpieces by William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Walker Percy to the realms of folklore, hip hop, vampire fiction, and the Asian and Latin American archives.

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A Glossed Wycliffite Psalter, Volume 1

Michael P. Kuczynski

This is a two-volume critical edition of a Middle English commentary on the Psalms based on a Late Version text of the Wycliffite Bible translation. The commentary takes the form of 1,363 shorter and longer glosses, variously interrelated, prepared by scholars sympathetic with the Wycliffite movement, and coordinated carefully with the Psalms text. Its early fifteenth-century base manuscript, MS Bodley 554, was prepared to allow reading and use of the Psalms alongside the best recent and more ancient Latin commentaries, primarily those of Nicholas of Lyra, OFM, and St. Augustine.

Book Cover, A Glossed Wycliffite Psalter, Volume 2

A Glossed Wycliffite Psalter, Volume 2

Michael P. Kuczynski

This is a two-volume critical edition of a Middle English commentary on the Psalms based on a Late Version text of the Wycliffite Bible translation. The commentary takes the form of 1,363 shorter and longer glosses, variously interrelated, prepared by scholars sympathetic with the Wycliffite movement, and coordinated carefully with the Psalms text. Its early fifteenth-century base manuscript, MS Bodley 554, was prepared to allow reading and use of the Psalms alongside the best recent and more ancient Latin commentaries, primarily those of Nicholas of Lyra, OFM, and St. Augustine.

Book Cover, The Apartment on Calle Uruguay

The Apartment on Calle Uruguay

Zachary Lazar

A haunting new novel by the author of Vengeance in which a chance encounter between a blocked painter and a journalist leads to a complicated romance that reveals their buried histories and vulnerabilities against the backdrops of an America in chaos and Mexico.

Book Cover, Fortification and Its Discontents from Shakespeare to Milton

Fortification and Its Discontents from Shakespeare to Milton

Adam N. McKeown

Fortification and Its Discontents from Shakespeare to Milton gives new coherence to the literature of the early modern Atlantic world by placing it in the context of radical changes to urban space following the Italian War of 1494-1498. Examining William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, John Winthrop, and John Milton, this volume shows how the literature of England and New England explores and challenges the new walled city as England struggled to define the sprawling metropolis of London, translate English urban spaces into Ireland and North America, and, later, survive a long civil war.

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A Weaver-Poet and the Plague

Scott Oldenburg

William Muggins, an impoverished but highly literate weaver-poet, lived and wrote in London at the turn of the seventeenth century, when few of his contemporaries could even read. A Weaver-Poet and the Plague’s microhistorical approach uses Muggins’s life and writing, in which he articulates a radical vision of a commonwealth founded on labor and mutual aid, as a gateway into a broader narrative about London’s “middling sort” during the plague of 1603.

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Religion and the Early Modern British Marketplace

Scott Oldenburg

Religion and the Early Modern British Marketplace explores the complex intersection between the geographic, material, and ideological marketplaces through the lens of religious belief and practice. By examining the religiously motivated markets and marketplace practices in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England, Scotland, and Wales, the volume presents religious praxis as a driving force in the formulation and everyday workings of the social and economic markets.

Book Cover, Religion and the Medieval and Early Modern Global Marketplace

Religion and the Medieval and Early Modern Global Marketplace

Scott Oldenburg

Religion and the Medieval and Early Modern Global Marketplace brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to examine the intersection, conflict, and confluence of religion and the market before 1700.

American Literary Naturalism
Late Essays

American Literary Naturalism Late Essays

Donald Pizer

The four initial essays in the “Specific Writers and Works” section display Pizer’s critical style in its characteristic varied and incisive form.

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Navigate Your Stars

Jesmyn Ward

Navigate Your Stars is a stirring reflection on the value of hard work and the importance of respect for oneself and others. First delivered as a 2018 commencement address at Tulane University, it captures Ward's inimitable voice as she reflects on her experiences as a Southern black woman, addressing the themes of grit, adversity and the importance of family bonds.

 Literature after Wittgenstein

A Different Order of Difficulty: Literature after Wittgenstein

Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé

In this bold study, Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé makes a critical contribution to the “resolute” program of Wittgenstein scholarship, revealing his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus as a complex, mock-theoretical puzzle designed to engage readers in the therapeutic self-clarification Wittgenstein saw as the true work of philosophy.

News

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, recently published his 10th book of poetry entitled World Without Finishing (Carnegie Mellon University Press). A poem from the book entitled "Pastoral" is featured in Poetry Northwest.

Zachary Lazar, Associate Professor of English, recently published his fifth novel titled Vengeance. The New Orleans Advocate highlighted this new work in a February 19 article, “With murder as a bond, author finds 'Vengeance' at Angola.”

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, organized and hosted a spring poetry reading “Just Listen to Yourself” at the State Library of Louisiana as part of his duties as Louisiana Poet Laureate. He gave a reading of his own poetry at the Great Writers Conference in London, England in June and participated in "One Book One New Orleans," a reading at The Cabildo, in July. His poems were recently published in issues of Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Commonweal, Christian Century, Bennington Review, Crab Orchard Review, and a haiku in the renga dedicated to Barack Obama. His poem from the Bennington Review“Poem for Early Morning Not an Aubade” was featured in the September edition of the internet magazine Poetry Daily.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by English Professor Jesmyn Ward has been selected as one of The 10 Best Books of 2017 selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Michelle Kohler, Associate Professor of English, has an article forthcoming "Ancient Brooch and Loaded Gun: Dickinson's Lively Objects" in ESQ 63.2 (2017): 79-121. Kohler’s essay "Women, Transcendentalism, and The Dial: Poetry and Poetics" appeared in A Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry (Cambridge UP, 2017), and her review essay "Dickinson and Whitman," co-written with Amanda Gailey, appeared in American Literary Scholarship 2015 (Duke UP, 2017).

Associate Professor of English Thomas Albrecht’s article “The Loveliness of Things and the Sorrow of the World: Art and Ethics in Pater and George Eliot” was published in September 2017 in Testing New Opinions and Courting New Impressions: New Perspectives on Walter Pater (Routledge), a collection of essays edited by French Pater scholars Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada, Martine Lambert-Charbonnier, and Charlotte Ribeyrol.

Thomas Beller, Associate Professor of English, has recently published articles about basketball, The Beatles, electric bikes, the closure of a daily newspaper in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Egg Creams in the 1980's Manhattan:

  • "The Egg Cream in Mid-Manhattan"  Harvard Design Magazine
  • "The Devastating Shutdown of the Cambodia Daily"  The New Yorker
  • "The Electric-Bike Conundrum"  The New Yorker
  • "Frank Ntilikina and French Math At The NBA Draft"  The New Yorker
  • "The Warrior's Torrential Victory" The New Yorker
  • "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds: Childhood" "In Their Lives"

Melissa Bailes, Assistant Professor of English, published her book, Questioning Nature: British Women's Scientific Writing and Literary Originality, 1750-1830 (University of Virginia Press, 2017).

Joel Dinerstein, Professor of English, published his book, The Origins of Cool in Postwar America, with the University of Chicago Press. 

Nathan Halverson, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Art and English Departments, was featured in the EPHEMERA OBSCURA exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center for his work in digital media arts. The exhibit goes through October 1, 2017. Information about the exhibit can be found at http://cacno.org/ephemera-obscura.

Michael Kuczynski, Professor and Chair of English, spent part of his summer delivering a public lecture on 18th c. antiquarianism at the Leeds Public Library in Yorkshire, England, where he also found time to conduct some of his own research on medieval and 18th c. antiquarian manuscripts and to tour the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, whose surviving medieval books he is studying. He then traveled to Durham, England, where he visited the shrine of one of his heroes, the Venerable Bede, and delivered a lecture in honor of the Japanese manuscripts collector, Toshiyuki Takamiya, who has just placed his medieval manuscripts on long-term deposit in the Beinecke Library, Yale University. Kuczynski will deliver an invited lecture on a manuscript in the Takamiya Deposit at Yale in October, in connection with a public exhibition of the collection at the Beinecke.

Creative Writer and Associate Professor of English, Jesmyn Ward, was profiled in TIME Magazine for her new novel, SING, UNBURIED, SING. TIME praises Ward as our new Faulkner, a compelling modern novelist of place. Ward was also interviewed by the New York Times about her love of reading, books she's read, and books that she recommends.

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, and Poet Laureate of Louisiana, organized a poetry reading of twelve Louisiana Poets for a reading at the State Library in Baton Rouge in April. Additionally, Cooley’s poems were recently featured in Commonweal, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Christian Century and in the anthology Mending For Memory: Sewing In Louisiana Essays, Stories, And Poems.

Joel Dinerstein, Associate Professor of English, published a new book: The Origins of Cool in Postwar America with the University of Chicago Press. Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Origins-Cool-Postwar-America-ebook/dp/B06WWJ34K5

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, and Poet Laureate of Louisiana, was a participant in the Tennessee Williams Festival with a reading of his own poetry and his participation in a panel “ The Way of the Poet.” He also judged the poetry contest. Additionally, Cooley was one of 85 American poets participating in a poetry chain dedicated to Barack Obama and published in Harvard Review Online. He appears as well in Writing on the Moon: Stories and Poetry from the Creative Unconscious. He has a poem “Obits” in the current issue of The Christian Century. Last month he gave a poetry reading at Angola Prison and appeared on three panels at The Writers’ Festival in St. Francisville, LA.

Michael P. Kuczynski, Professor and Chair of the English Department, delivered an invited lecture on February 28, 2017, to the Oxford Research Center in the Humanities (TORCH) entitled, "The Psalms and the Mixed Life."  He has also recently published chapters in two books, Elizabeth Solopova's THE WYCLIFFITE BIBLE:  ORIGIN, HISTORY, AND INTERPRETATION (E. J. Brill) and Tamara Atkin and Francis Leneghan's THE PSALMS AND MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE (D. S. Brewer), and an essay on some overlooked glosses on the Psalms in a Wycliffite Bible at Longleat House, Wiltshire, in MEDIUM AEVUM, the Journal of the Oxford Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature. He is delivering an invited lecture in July to the Leeds Public Library on a neglected Yorkshire antiquary, entitled "Thomas Wilson: The Pursuit." 

Felipe Smith, Associate Professor of English, contributed a piece to the Folger Shakespeare Library website discussing the Shakespearean character Othello and his racial identity. 

Thomas Beller, Associate Professor of English, published several reviews on a new website called 4columns.org devoted to criticism, including one about the well known New Orleans Artist Dawn Dedeaux, which discusses her work in the context of the city. Additionally, Beller worked with Tulane Provost Robin Forman, Gabe Feldman of Tulane Law School, and Tulane Center for Sport to plan a series of Tulane panels staged in conjunction with the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. Beller moderated one of the panels entitled,  "NBA Journalism: The Daring Young Men on The Flying Trapeze," featuring the writers Howard Beck, Jonathan Abrams, and Ben Golliver. 
Finally, Beller covered the All-Star Game for The New Yorker, and two of his pieces make mention of the Tulane panels. They can be found here: 
http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/a-new-orleans-n-b-a-all-star-game-diary
http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/a-new-orleans-n-b-a-all-star-weekend-diary-dunks-and-skills

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, and Poet Laureate of Louisiana, recently published poems in The Golden Shovel Anthology, New OEMS Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks and other poems in recent issues of Oxford American and The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review.

Anne-Marie Womack, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of English, published "Teaching Is Accommodation: Universally Designing Composition Classrooms and Syllabi" in the February 2017 issue of College Composition and Communication.

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, and Poet Laureate of Louisiana,
has poems in recent issues of Denver QuarterlyColorado Review, Notre Dame Review, Measure, and the anthology Contemporary Poetry, Volume 3. Cooley is also the featured reader in the Plume Magazine reading at the Associated Writers Convention in Washington, DC. Cooley will be one of the featured writers at the Writers and Readers Symposium and Writers Retreat in St. Francisville, LA and he gave a poetry reading and conducted a workshop at Angola State Prison on February 17.

Thomas Beller, Associate Professor of English, published two essays on The New Yorker's Culture page blog this fall, "Don DeLillo and Move-In Day," which makes reference to Tulane, and "First Snow."  Beller is also participating in the planning for Tulane's role in the upcoming NBA All-Star game, for which New Orleans will play host for the second time in four years. Finally, Beller was interviewed by David Coggins this past December as part of The National Arts Club's Fashion Fridays series, in connection with Coggins' book, Men and Style, in which Beller is featured.