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After Disruption

A Future for Cultural Memory

How we plan for and develop a more just, sustainable, and healthy future for memory infrastructure

The Next Draft

Inspiring Craft Talks from the Rainier Writing Workshop

Essays inspiring readers to take an innovative approach to writing

Bad Chaucer

The Great Poet’s Greatest Mistakes in the Canterbury Tales

Explores how Geoffrey Chaucer’s blunders in the classic Canterbury Tales make it far from a perfect masterpiece

Constructing Communities in Vergil's Aeneid

Cultural Memory, Identity, and Ideology

A new take on the Aeneid, drawing previously unexplored connections between Vergil’s fictional world and its political context

Millions of Suns

On Writing and Life

Invites all writers to share their own perspective

The Violence of the Letter

Toward a Theory of Writing

The alphabet's devastating consequences for humanity

Facing It

AIDS Diaries and the Death of the Author

Explores the connection between the politics of AIDS writing and the ethics of reading


The Economy of Colonial Desire

Establishes the homosocial dynamics of colonial desire as evidenced in Orientalist narrative

Freudian Slips

Woman, Writing, the Foreign Tongue

A feminist critic provides the first book-length literary exploration of Freud's classic study, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.

Going to the Tigers

Essays and Exhortations

The art of fiction, uncaged

Working Time

Essays on Poetry, Culture, and Travel

Essays that explore literature, art, and contemporary culture and their connections to time and place

From the Valley of Bronze Camels

A Primer, Some Lectures, & A Boondoggle on Poetry

"What makes art 'modern' and what does 'urgent' mean now?"

Monstrous Kinds

Body, Space, and Narrative in Renaissance Representations of Disability

Elucidates how Renaissance writers used monstrosity to imagine what we now call disability

Dialectical Imaginaries

Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism

Gathers materialist readings that provide productive new insights on Latino/a literature in the neoliberal era

The Very Thought of Herbert Blau

Leading theater artists and scholars offer reflections on and interpretations of the life and thought of Herbert Blau

Autistic Disturbances

Theorizing Autism Poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe

Finds and investigates the resonances between autistic speech patterns and literary texts

Mongrel Nation

Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain

The first cultural history of African, Asian, and Caribbean immigrants to the United Kingdom from 1948 to the present


Essays on Performance and Its Documentation

Explores the relationship between the documentation of a live performance and the audience’s experience of it

Academic Ableism

Disability and Higher Education

Places notions of disability at the center of higher education and argues that inclusiveness allows for a better education for everyone

Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability

Addresses misrepresentations of Foucault’s work within feminist philosophy and disability studies, offering a new feminist philosophy of disability


Crucibles for Theater and Time

 Explores what brevity can teach us about the powers and limits of theater

The Mirror Diary

Selected Essays

A volume in the Poets on Poetry series, which collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation.