Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fall 2008 Book & Journal Announcements

Illuminates the relationship between storytelling and the Native North American experience

Thomas King
University of Minnesota Press | 184 pages | 2008
ISBN 978-0-8166-4627-2 | paperback | $19.95
Now in paperback.

In his widely read and frequently taught The Truth About Stories, Native novelist and scholar Thomas King explores how we understand and interact with other people. From creation stories to personal experiences, historical anecdotes to social injustices, racist propaganda to works of contemporary Native literature, King probes Native culture's deep ties to storytelling.

"A collection of thought-provoking essays examining the importance of the oral tradition. Storyteller Thomas King addresses Native cultural concerns and their primal link to storytelling. Intriguing and entertaining. Highly recommended for all tribal college collections and literature classes." -Tribal College Journal

"His style is penetrating. King gives his audience the refreshing, insightful blend of oration and inscription. Recommend this book to any student of writing, mythology, or history." -Multicultural Review

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MELUS members - take a moment to learn about a new online journal,
Vitalpoetics, which is published in Australia and has free subscriptions
as it builds its readership. The journal is particularly interested in
cultural studies of literature and just published an article of mine on
"Archetypal Violence and the Feminine Heroic in Multicultural American
Women's Literature." The address for new subscriptions is

The many meanings "Argentina" holds both within and beyond its borders.

ARGENTINA: Stories for a Nation
Amy K. Kaminsky
University of Minnesota Press | 304 pages | 2008
ISBN 978-0-8166-4948-8 | hardcover | $67.50
ISBN 978-0-8166-4949-5 | paperback | $22.50

Amy K. Kaminsky explores Argentina's unique national identity and the place it holds in the minds of those who live beyond its physical borders. To analyze the country's meaning in the global imagination, Kaminsky probes Argentina's presence in a broad range of literary texts from the United States, Poland, England, Western Europe, and Argentina itself, as well as internationally produced films, advertisements, and newspaper features.

"A fascinating analysis of the ways Argentina has figured in the Western imagination, Argentina is also a necessary meditation on national identity, colonialism, and intercultural relations as both dynamic and mutually transformative." -Mary Beth Tierney-Tello, Wheaton College

Amy K. Kaminsky is professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies and global studies at the University of Minnesota and author of After Exile (Minnesota, 1999).

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Book Announcement / New in paperback:
Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts
Edited by David S. Goldstein and Audrey B. Thacker
(University of Washington Press, American Ethnic and Cultural Studies, $25 paper)

Now in paperback for course use, this volume of collected essays is an important contribution to contemporary understandings of race and ethnicity, offering truly multiethnic, historically comparative, and meta-theoretical readings of the literature and culture of the United States. Covering works by a diverse set of American authors--from Toni Morrison and James Weldon Johnson to Bret Harte and Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton--these essays provide a vital supplement to the critical literary canon, mapping a newly variegated terrain that refuses the distinction between “ethnic” and “nonethnic” literatures.

"These 14 essays offer genre studies, close readings, and theoretical considerations of race, ethnicity, and American literature. Unlike other recent treatments . . . this one is broad, and therein lies its strength. Recommended." ---Choice

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