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Faculty Book Publications

A quick preview of some of the works our faculty have authored or edited.

Heithaus, Library of My Hands

Library of My Hands by Joseph Heithaus

Dos Madres Press (2020)

 "Reading the poems of this moving book is like listening to the wind clink bare branches together. This is a book that walks the line between meditation and wonder and seems to be at home in that in-between state. Almost nothing escapes the poet's study, from the glow of morning light to a child mouthing her first words. Even as the poems observe the world with intimacy, there is a further wonder this book declares: that we have the intimacy of language to articulate our belonging. One task for the poet is to summon the language necessary to persuade us that we do indeed belong to the world, despite our uncertainties and suffering. This book, and the mind behind it, ably meets that task with perhaps the most solemn human perspective there is--affection."--Maurice Manning

Debby Geis, "Read My Plate: The Literature of Food"

Read My Plate: The Literature of Food by Deborah R. Geis 

 Lexington Books (2019)

Deborah R. Geis expands our understanding of the literature of food, both in terms of genre and of methods to approach a portion of food writing. Her delicate explication of food memoir and performance art through lenses of gender, race, and migration melds with treatment of more traditional texts of fiction and poetry to yield a deeply empathetic contemplation about food’s personal and political resonance. -- Miriam Mara, Arizona State University

Cover of Prof. Alvarez's book

Imagining Religious Toleration 
edited by David Alvarez

 University of Toronto Press (2019)

"Imagining Religious Toleration is a stimulating and provocative project, one which charts a series of writers and their perceptions of toleration. Its intellectual net has been widely cast so that it will undoubtedly attract all types of readers." ⏤ Andrew Hadfield, Department of English, University of Sussex  

Sightseer in This Killing City by Eugene Gloria book cover.

Sightseer in This Killing City by Eugene Gloria

Penguin (2019)

"In the tradition of Whitman and the Beats, Gloria's 'discourse of bleeding utterances' memorably charts cities, countries, and his own family." ⏤ Publishers Weekly 


Book cover, The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

The Life List of Adrian Mandrick by Chris White



In Chris White's debut novel The Life List of Adrian Mandrick, the title character's life seems in perfect order--with an excellent job in a Colorado hospital, a wife and two young children he loves deeply, and a serious passion for birding. His life list comprises 863 species correctly identified and cataloged—it is, in fact, the third longest list in the North American region.

But Adrian holds dark secrets about his childhood—secrets that threaten to consume him after he’s contacted by his estranged mother, and subsequently relapses into an addiction to painkillers. In the midst of his downward spiral, the legendary birder with the region’s second-longest life list dies suddenly, and Adrian receives an anonymous tip that could propel him to the very top: the extremely rare Ivory-billed Woodpecker, spotted deep in the swamplands of Florida’s Panhandle. 

“With a birder’s eye for detail, White takes us on [Adrian Mandrick’s] painful, near death descent… [her] life-affirming conclusion reminds us that endangered species aren’t the only ones that need to change and adapt in order to survive.”—The New York Times Book Review 

 Cover art, Reading the Anglo-Saxon Self Through the Vercelli Book

Reading the Anglo-Saxon Self Through the Vercelli Book by Amity Reading

Peter Lang

"Through analysis of the medieval soul and body motif in the Old English poems and homilies of the tenth-century Vercelli Book, this book theorizes an Anglo-Saxon conception of the self, one that is performative, embodied, and fundamentally religious, and which challenges modern scholarly perceptions of medieval thought as uniformly and unproblematically aligned with a rigid soul/body dualism." 


Cover art, Bodies at Sea by M. Sinowitz

Patrick O'Brian's Bodies at Sea by Michael Leigh Sinowitz



An exploration of the complex roles that bodies—both literally and figuratively—play in the 21 volume Aubrey-Maturin series reveals much about the novels’ many meditations on mind and body. Beginning with a consideration of genre norms and the bodies of the novels’ main characters, the book’s focus shifts to the ways the series offers interconnections between the human body and history.

More literal considerations of the body examine O’Brian’s depictions of drug use, particularly the opium addiction that afflicts Stephen Maturin, and human sexuality in its many guises. The work then focuses on Desolation Island, the fifth novel in the series, in light of the discussions above but also in terms of political and psychological tropes that draw upon the relationship of mind and body. Questions are examined about the relationship of reader to author, and what sustains such a long narrative and what continues to bring a reader back again and again.

My Favorite Warlord. Gloria

My Favorite Warlord by Eugene Gloria

Penguin Books

"Fathers and sons; brothers, sisters, and immigrant culture; Filipino heritage and multicultural San Francisco; and—perhaps most prominent—the ideals and limits of Japanese martial tradition animate this lively, fast-paced third book from Gloria. His technique varies too, with a norm of broad-shouldered, no-nonsense free verse interspersed with quatrain, sonnet, pantoum, and haibun, a Japanese hybrid of verse and prose... Gloria establishes himself as a poet of memory, of masculinity, as well as of Asian American political identity (with, for example, an elegy to Vincent Chin, slain in a famous anti-Asian hate crime). His formal resourcefulness and his attention to manhood, its symbols, its troubles, place him in the company of Bruce Smith, though his work will also, and rightly, find another niche among other Asian American writers; Gloria (who teaches at DePauw University in Indiana) sets himself confidently against injustice, in favor of inquiry, amid the eclectic language of contemporary scenes."
--Publishers Weekly

Poison Sonnets by Joseph Heithaus

Poison Sonnets by Joseph Heithaus

WordTech Communications

"Love and death are woven cunningly through Joseph Heithaus’s Poison Sonnets.  At times the poems bring to mind those volumes of sketches and observations kept by 19th century naturalists, which themselves could surprise and startle with their complicated emotions, vivid frankness, and sense of immediacy.  By turns mordant or elegiac, these poems are anything but predictable.  And the sonnet as a form enjoys a fresh revival in this poet’s inventive and original renderings.”
--Mark Jarman, author of Bone Fires:  New and Selected Poems

What This River Keeps by Schwipps

What This River Keeps by Greg Schwipps

Indiana University Press

"What This River Keeps bears comparison to the best work of Steinbeck--in this case we're given the vivid portrayal of the common working men and women of rural Indiana juxtaposed against great forces, without pity or hope, but without true defeat, thought they may well lose all in the end.  Schwipps also gives us, in full measure, the ancient father and son story, reinvented and made new; the complications of family; the friendship between men; the long tested love between married people; the discovery of the responsibilities of love; the love and care of the land; the love of a river; the keen life of the outdoors; the close attention to the earth in its seasons and myriad variousness.  This is a very fine first novel.  I read it compelled and fascinated to the last word." 
--Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong. 

 Airmail from the Airpoets by Joseph Heithaus

Airmail from the Airpoets by Joseph Heithaus

San Francisco Bay Press

 “The Airpoets have been writing postcard poems to each other for several years. Airmail from the Airpoets gives us a glimpse into their delightfully worded, sometimes personal travels with insightful observations and stunning images. I am drawn to the unique snapshots of the various localities represented in this collection. In an otherwise technologically driven twitter-tatter world, the Airpoets give us all hope that the arts of poetry and written correspondence are alive and well and will continue to thrive as long as that of individual passion." --Robin Denman, poet and letter carrier

  Robin Denman, poet and letter carrier

Fishing For Dummies by Greg Schwipps

Fishing for Dummies, 2nd Edition by Greg Schwipps

Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Fishing For Dummies, 2nd Edition prepares anglers for the ultimate fishing experience with useful knowledge and helpful tips for a successful fishing trip.  Fishing continues to be one of the most popular pastimes, and with this 348 page reference book, anglers receive instruction on all aspects of fishing, from choosing the right gear to handling a caught fish. Greg Schwipps provides updated material in Fishing For Dummies, 2nd Edition, which includes information on the latest technology and more multi-species angling coverage.


Explore Theatre by Chris White

Explore Theatre


Chris White's Two-Character Play is the center piece of this digital Explore Theatre textbook by Allyn and Bacon.  

The Best Ten-Minute Plays, Chris White

The Best Ten-Minute Plays

Smith & Kraus

"The best 10-minute plays produced during the 2010-2011 theatrical season collected in one essential book!"  --Amazon

In Chris White's Thespian, when a Brooklyn construction worker decides to audition for a play, his best buddy helps him beef up his resume with some on-the-job training, on the subway into Manhattan.

Videogames and Education by Harry Brown

Videogames and Education by Harry Brown

M. E. Sharpe

Videogames challenge our notions of identity, creativity and moral value, and provide a powerful new avenue for teaching and learning.  This book is a rich and provocative guide to the role of interactive media in cultural learning.  The book searches for specific ways to interpret videogames in the context of human experience and in the field of humanities research.  It also shows how videogames have become a powerful form of political, ethical, and religious discourse, and how they have already influenced the way we teach, learn, and create.  Brown discusses the major trends in game design, the public controversies surrounding videogames, and the predominant critical positions in game criticism.  The book speaks to all educators, scholars, and thinking persons who seek a fuller understanding of this significant and growing cultural phenomenon.

Considering Maus, edited by Deborah R. Geis book cover

Considering Maus, edited by Deborah R. Geis

University of Alabama Press

Ten scholars explore many aspects of Art Spiegelman's two-volume illustrated novel Maus: A Survivor's Tale, including Spiegelman's use of animal characters, the influence of other "comix" artists, the role of the mother and its relation to gender issues, the use of repeating images such as smoke and blood, Maus's place among Holocaust testimonials, its appropriation of cinematic technique, its use of language and styles of dialect, and the implications of the work's critical and commercial success.
--Edited by Deborah R. Geis, Associate Professor of English at DePauw University and author of Postmodern Theatric(k)s: Monologue in Contemporary American Drama

Susan-Lori Parks by Deborah R. Geis

Susan-Lori Parks by Deborah R. Geis

University of Michigan Press (2008)

This addition to the Michigan Modern Dramatists series offers an indispensable guide to Park's dramatic works, taking a close look at her major plays and placing them in context.  Deborah R. Geis traces the evolution of Park's art from her earliest experimental pieces to the hugely popular Topdog/Underdog to her wide-ranging forays into fiction, music, and film.

Hoodlum Birds by Gloria

Hoodlum Birds by Eugene Gloria

Penguin Books

"Gloria gets better and better. His new work practices a profound care for the particulars of an individual life and the world at large, integrating the values of philosophical inquiry, reverie, and imagination. Poem after poem enacts a yearning for a wider and deeper sense of human belonging, using language that has all the luminosity and intensity of a spiritual pilgrimage, and the melancholy of racial, cultural, and spiritual alienation. These elegant, intelligent, and passionate poems hurt and reward us." --Li-Young Lee


Rivers, Rails, and Runways by Joseph Heithaus

Rivers, Rails, and Runways by Joseph Heithaus

San Francisco Bay Press

"Rivers, Rails and Runways introduces the work of five distinctive voices from the Heartland.  Rooted in Indiana, the poems capture the lure of the landscape and its relevance to each poet's journey.  Pulsating throughout are the authors' personal histories and meditations.  Notable for its thematic range, the anthology gains its strength from a juxtaposition of styles, each elegant and attuned to the rhythms of everyday life."
--Caroline Kreiter-Foronda: Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2006-2008


Injun Joe's Ghost by Harry Brown

Injun Joe's Ghost by Harry Brown

University of Missouri

Injun Joe's Ghost focuses on a significant figure in American history and culture that has, until now, remained on the periphery of academic discourse.  Brown offers an in-depth discussion of many texts, including dime novels and Depression-era magazine fiction, that have been almost entirely neglected by  scholars.  This volume also covers texts such as the historical romances of the 1820s and the novels of the twentieth-century "Native American Renaissance" from a fresh perspective.  Investigating a broad range of genres and subject over two hundred years of American writing, Injun Joe's Ghost will be useful to students and professionals in the fields of American literature, popular culture, and native studies.

Drivers at the Short-Time Motel by Gloria

Drivers at the Short-Time Motel by Eugene Gloria

Penguin Books

Eugene Gloria's Drivers at the Short-Time Motel is propelled by an imagistic sincerity and paced lyricism. Each poem seems to embody the plain-spoken as well as the embellishments that we associate with classical and modern Asian poetry. Though many of the poems address the lingering hurt of cultural and economic imperialism, worlds coexist in the same skin through magical imagery.  Gauged by a keen eye, history is scrutinized, but through a playful exactness. These wonderful poems are trustworthy." --Yusef Komunyaaka

This collection of poems was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 1999 National Poetry Series. 

 Approaching the Millennium: Essays on Angels in America

Approaching the Millennium, edited by Deborah R. Geis

University of Michigan Press

The original essays in Approaching the Millennium explore the complexities of the play and situate it in its particular, conflicted historical moment. The contributors help us understand and appreciate the play as a literary work, as theatrical text, as popular cultural phenomenon, and as political reflection and intervention. Specific topics include how the play thematizes gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity; the postmodern incarnation of the Brechtian epic; AIDS and the landscape of American politics. The range of different international productions of Angels in America provides a rich basis for discussion of its production history, including the linguistic and cultural shifts required in its "translation" from one stage to the next.

Contributors to this volume are Arnold Aronson, Art Borreca, Gregory W. Bredbeck, Michael Cadden, Nicholas de Jongh, Allen J. Frantzen, Stanton B. Garner, Deborah R. Geis, Martin Harries, Steven F. Kruger, James Miller, Framji Minwalla, Donald Pease, Janelle Reinelt, David Román, David Savran, Ron Scapp, and Alisa Solomon.

Edited by Deborah Geis


Postmodern Theatric(k)s by Deborah R. Geis

Postmodern Theatric(k)s by Deborah R. Geis

University of Michigan Press (1993)

Postmodern Theatric(k)s focuses on the voices that have emerged from American experimental theater of the 1960s, voices shaped by the culture of television, film, Pop Art, and rock music. Increasingly, these writers have brought a distinctly new approach to the use of monologue. Deborah Geis argues that in place of the psychological revelation of the Shakespearean soliloquy, these postmodern monologues play "tricks" by altering, suspending, or rupturing the narrative "progress" of a play. Character development through monologue is replaced by parody, theatricality, and "con" games. For some recent performance artists, the notion of character itself explodes, as monologue permits the performer to play at blurring the fictional and the autobiographical.