New This Month in Literature - May 2024

New This Month in Literature - May 2024


Soundings in Context: Poetry's Embodiments, edited by Judith Goldman and James Maynard, brings together renowned poets and scholars address the question of how poetry sounds and signifies in different contexts.

The volume's first half presents McGann's "Reading (I Mean Articulating) Poetry, a Multi-Player Game," with responses by Nikolaus Wasmoen and Steve McCaffery; the second presents Lisa Robertson's "Dous Chantar: Refrain for a Nightingale," with responses by Shannon Maguire and Liz Howard.

Our series in Multiethnic Literatures is dedicated to publishing quality monographs and edited volumes that explore multiethnic literatures and other forms of cultural production from a variety of critical, material, theoretical, and comparative perspectives.

The Recursive Frontier: Race, Space, and the Literary Imagination of Los Angeles, by Michael Docherty, shows how the myth of the American frontier persists as an ever-present, oppressive set of ideas about space, mobility, and race in the mid-twentieth-century literature of Los Angeles..

"The Recursive Frontier offers a richly detailed and carefully researched literary history of Los Angeles. By taking the notion of the frontier as a formative border zone into the city's varied environments, Docherty illuminates the quotidian rhythms of work and leisure and maps the spaces where domestic, private, public, and imaginary lives are lived. This eloquent study both adapts older paradigms of white masculinity and rewrites narratives of self-transformation at the core of frontier ideology in new urban contexts." — Audrey Goodman, author of A Planetary Lens: The Photo-Poetics of Western Women's Writing

New in paperback, Damned Agitator: A Michael Gold Reader, by Michael Gold and edited and with an Introduction by Patrick Chura, shows why Michael Gold was once the most famous radical writer in America and why his pro-democracy message still matters.

From 1914 to 1966, Gold produced a body of literature best defined as "the direct expression of a man who is angry about something"—the injustices of American society. From his early support for radical leaders like John Reed and solidarity with impoverished immigrants and exploited workers, to his determined support for the Civil Rights movement and opposition to the Vietnam War, Damned Agitator shows how Gold directed his righteous indignation to advocate for those who were least able to advocate for themselves.

Happy reading and come back to see what's new next month!