Professor Gary Taylor expected the release of The New Oxford Shakespeare to garner media attention.
“Any time you say something new about Shakespeare,” he says, “the press will be interested, and some people will be shocked.”
In his new book Mania for Freedom, John Mac Kilgore introduces and defines a new mode of literature, what he identifies as "a literature of enthusiasm."
Throughout her academic career, Rhea Estelle Lathan has been a strong advocate for African American literacy, and her scholarly studies on the subject jelled in the fall of 2015. That's when Lathan's book Freedom Writing: African American Civil Rights Literacy Activism, 1955-1967 became available through the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), an achievement that beat the organization's steep odds for publication. NCTE's acceptance rate for manuscript submissions is about 5 percent, Lathan says, and just two books a year are published in its Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series. In addition, NCTE featured Freedom Writing on its website from December 2015 through summer 2016.
When discussions about advancements in rhetoric and composition studies occur, Kathleen Yancey not only brings her expertise to the talks; often she leads the conversation.
Daily routines, mundane activities, ordinary objects and experiences - those themes do not usually come to mind when a person thinks about literature or poetry. However, as Andrew Epstein demonstrates in his new book, Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture (Oxford UP, 2016), modern writers have been intensely interested in rendering and documenting the daily life.