Covers of books by Norman Dubie, Valerie Fazel, Elizabeth Lowry, and Simon Ortiz

Happy 'pub' days: Dubie, Fazel, Lowry, Ortiz

By

Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Four Department of English faculty members announce recent or forthcoming publications of work on topics ranging from aphorisms to Shakespeare, from nineteenth-century spiritualism to an illustrated history of Native peoples.

Lumen di Lumine (Paper Press Books, 2017)

Norman Dubie presents his latest collection of aphorisms. From the publisher:

This current title, which he thinks of as a fragment, wanted to complete his previous book of aphorisms, The Clouds of Magellan. Dubie’s most recent book of poetry, The Quotations of Bone won the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Lumen de Lumine sets the stage for prophecy and revelation, using alchemy and aphorism, mixing history and literature, weaving a cosmic tapestry that questions the perimeter of time itself.

Dubie, a Regents’ Professor of English at ASU, is the author of thirty collections of poetry. He lives in Tempe, AZ, where he works with young poets and novelists.

 

The Shakespeare User: Critical and Creative Appropriations in a Networked Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Valerie M. Fazel has co-edited this collection with Louise Geddes. From the publisher:

This innovative collection explores uses of Shakespeare in a wide variety of 21st century contexts, including business manuals, non-literary scholarship, database aggregation, social media, gaming, and creative criticism. Essays in this volume demonstrate that users’ critical and creative uses of the dramatist’s works position contemporary issues of race, power, identity, and authority in new networks that redefine Shakespeare and reconceptualize the ways in which he is processed in both scholarly and popular culture. While The Shakespeare User contributes to the burgeoning corpus of critical works on digital and Internet Shakespeares, this volume looks beyond the study of Shakespeare artifacts to the system of use and users that constitute the Shakespeare network. This reticular understanding of Shakespeare use expands scholarly forays into non-academic practices, digital discourse communities, and creative critical works manifest via YouTube, Twitter, blogs, databases, websites, and popular fiction.

Fazel is an Instructor of English at ASU. Her work on Shakespeare and digital media has been published in Borrowers and Lenders and Shakespeare (with Louise Geddes).

 

Invisible Hosts: Performing the Nineteenth-Century Spirit Medium's Autobiography (SUNY Press, 2017)

Elizabeth Schleber Lowry announces the release of her monograph: a rhetorical analysis of female spirit mediums. From the publisher:

Invisible Hosts explores how the central tenets of Spiritualism influenced ways in which women conceived of their bodies and their civic responsibilities, arguing that Spiritualist ideologies helped to lay the foundation for the social and political advances made by women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As public figures, female spirit mediums of the Victorian era were often accused of unfeminine (and therefore transgressive) behavior. A rhetorical analysis of nineteenth-century spirit mediums’ autobiographies reveals how these women convinced readers of their authenticity both as respectable women and as psychics. The author argues that these women’s autobiographies reflect an attempt to emulate feminine virtues even as their interpretation and performance of these virtues helped to transform prevailing gender stereotypes. She demonstrates that the social performance central to the production of women’s autobiography is uniquely complicated by Spiritualist ideology. Such complications reveal new information about how women represented themselves, gained agency, and renegotiated nineteenth-century gender roles.

Lowry is a Lecturer in English at ASU. She specializes in rhetoric and composition.

 

The People Shall Continue (Lee and Low Books, 2017)

Simon Ortiz’s book for young readers—with beautiful illustrations by Sharol Graves—is re-issued in a 40th Anniversary Special Edition. From the publisher:

Told in the rhythms of traditional oral narrative, this powerful telling of the history of the Native/Indigenous peoples of North America recounts their story from Creation to the invasion and usurpation of Native lands. As more and more people arrived, The People saw that the new men did not respect the land. The People witnessed the destruction of their Nations and the enslavement of their people. The People fought hard, but eventually agreed to stop fighting and signed treaties.

Many things changed and became more difficult, but The People continued to farm and create crafts. They remembered and told their children, “You are Shawnee. You are Lakota. You are Pima. You Acoma. . . . You are all these Nations of the People.” The People held onto their beliefs and customs and found solidarity with other oppressed people. And despite struggles against greed, destruction of their lands, and oppression, The People persisted.

Ortiz is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of English and American Indian Studies at ASU. He is a Puebloan writer of the Acoma Pueblo tribe, and one of the key figures in the second wave of what has been called the Native American Renaissance. Ortiz has published many books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction.