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English Department: Faculty Books

John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of English

  • The Fluid Text: A Theory of Revision and Editing for Book and Screen (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002).
  • Melville and Repose: The Rhetoric of Humor in the American Renaissance (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).
  • Melville Unfolding: Sexuality, Politics, and the Versions of Typee (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008).
  • Editor with Haskell Springer: Moby-Dick by Herman Mellville, (New York: Pearson Longman, 2007).
  • Editor, Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (New York: Penguin, 1996).
  • Editor, Tales, Poems, and Other Writings by Herman Melville (New York: Modern Library, 2001).

G. Thomas Couser, Professor Emeritus of English

  • Vulnerable Subjects: Ethics and Life Writing (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004).
  • Recovering Bodies: Illness, Disability, and Life-Writing (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997).
  • Altered Egos: Authority in American Autobiography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).

John L. DiGaetani, Professor of English

  • Carlo Gozzi: A Life in the l8th Century Venetian Theater, An Afterlife in Opera (paperback edition) (McFarland Paperbacks 2014)
  • Richard Wagner: New Light on a Musical Life (McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers, 2014))
  • Wagner Outside the Ring: Essays on the Operas, Their Performance, and Their Connections with other Arts (McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2009).
  • Stages of Struggle: Modern Playwrights and their Psychological Inspirations (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008)
  • Inside the Ring: Essays on Wagner’s Opera Cycle (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006).

Joseph Fichtelberg, Professor of English

  • Critical Fictions: Sentiment and the American Market, 1780-1871 (Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2003).
  • Risk Culture: Performance and Danger in Early America (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010).
  • True Relations: Essays on Autobiography and the Postmodern, with G. Thomas Couser (Praeger Press, 1998)
  • The Complex Image: Faith and Method in American Autobiography (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989)

Janet Kaplan, Adjunct Associate Professor of English

  • Dreamlife of a Philanthropist (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011)
  • The Glazier’s Country (New York: Fordham University Press, 2003).
  • The Groundnote (Farmington, Maine: Alice James Books, 1998).

Phillis Levin, Professor of English

  • Mr. Memory & Other Poems (Penguin, 2016)
  • May Day (New York: Penguin, 2008).
  • Temples and Fields: Poems (University of Georgia Press, 2009)
  • The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: Five Hundred Years of a Classic Tradition in English (New York: Penguin, 2001).
  • Mercury (New York: Penguin, 2001).
  • The Afterimage (Copper Beech Press, 1995)

Alice Levine, Professor Emerita of English

  • Byron's Poetry and Prose (New York: Norton, 2010)

Janice Levy, Adjunct Instructor of English

  • My Antigua, An Island Revealed (Standing Stone Books, 2015)
  • Papa Gave Me a Stick (Star Bright Books, 2015)
  • Thomas the Toadilly Terrible Bully (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015)
  • Diva Duck Goes to Hollywood (Magic Wagon, 2012)
  • Runaway Radish (Raven Tree Press, 2008)
  • Alley Oops (Flashlight Press, 2005)

Julia Markus, Professor of English

  • Lady Byron and Her Daughters (W.W. Norton & Company, 2015)
  • J. Anthony Froude: The Last Undiscovered Great  Victorian (New York: Scribners, 2006).
  • Across an Untried Sea: Discovering Lives Hidden in the Shadow of Convention and Time (New York: Knopf, 2000).
  • Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (New York: Knopf, 1995).
  • Friends Along The Way
  • A Change of Luck
  • American Rose
  • Uncle

Joseph McLaren, Professor Emeritus of English

  • Folk Dramatist in the Protest Tradition (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1997).
  • Migrating Words and Worlds: Pan-Africanism Updated (Trenton: Africa World Press, 1999).
  • African Visions: Literary Images, Political Change, and Social Struggle in Contemporary Africa (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2000).
  • Editor, The Big Sea, by Langston Hughes (Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2002).
  • (With Jimmy Heath) I Walked with Giants - The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010).

Kelly McMasters, Assistant Professor of English

  • Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town (PublicAffairs, 2008)
  • Co-editor and contributor, This Is The Place – Women Writing About Home (Seal Press, 2017)

Martha McPhee, Professor of English

  • Dear Money (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010).
  • L’America (New York: Harcourt, 2006).
  • Gorgeous Lies (New York: Harcourt, 2002).
  • Co-author, Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits (Random House, 2000)
  • Bright Angel Time (New York: Random House, 1997).

Robert Plath, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric

  • Feed These Words to the Buddha Who is Slowly Waking Up Inside of You (Cyberwit.net, 2018)
  • Deathbed Colored Glasses (Create Space Independent, 2018)
  • In Rot We Trust: Body Bag Nation (Lummox Press, 2017)
  • The Skeleton Sutras (Epic Rites Press, 2016)
  • An Ax for The Broken Sea (Epic Rites Press, 2015)
  • There’s a Fist Dunked in Blood Beating in My Chest (Epic Rites Press, 2010)

Connie Roberts, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English

  • Little Witness (Arlen House, 2016)

J. Stephen Russell, Professor of English

  • Chaucer and the Trivium: The Mindsong of the Canterbury Tales (Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 1998).

Craig Rustici, Chairperson and Professor of English

  • The Afterlife of Pope Joan: Deploying the Popess Legend in Early Modern England (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006).

Patricia Smith, Associate Professor of English

  • Co-author, Catholic Figures, Queer Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Paula Uruburu, Professor of English

  • American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl, and the Crime of the Century (Riverhead Books, 2009)
  • The Gruesome Doorway: An Analysis of the American Grotesque (Peter Lang Publishing, 1987)

John Bryant, Moby-DickJohn Bryant, Moby-Dick, by Herman Mellville, ed. John Bryant and Haskell Springer (New York: Pearson Longman, 2007).


G. Thomas Couser: Altered Egos: Authority in American AutobiographyG. Thomas Couser: Altered Egos: Authority in American Autobiography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).


John DiGaetani, Carlo Gozzi: A Life in the l8th Century Venetian Theater, An Afterlife in OperaJohn DiGaetani, Carlo Gozzi: A Life in the l8th Century Venetian Theater, An Afterlife in Opera (paperback edition) (McFarland Paperbacks 2014)


Janet Kaplan, Dreamlife of a PhilanthropistJanet Kaplan, Dreamlife of a Philanthropist (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011)


Phillis Levin, Mr. Memory & Other PoemsPhillis Levin, Mr. Memory & Other Poems (Penguin, 2016)


Julia Markus, Lady Byron and Her DaughtersJulia Markus, Lady Byron and Her Daughters (W.W. Norton & Company, 2015)

Jimmy Heath and Joseph McLaren, I Walked with Giants: the Autobiography of Jimmy HeathJimmy Heath and Joseph McLaren, I Walked with Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010).


Kelly McMasters, Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic TownKelly McMasters, Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town (PublicAffairs, 2008)


Martha McPhee, L’AmericaMartha McPhee, Dear Money (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010).


J. Stephen Russell, Chaucer and the Trivium: The Mindsong of the Canterbury TalesJ. Stephen Russell, Chaucer and the Trivium: The Mindsong of the Canterbury Tales (Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 1998).


Craig Rustici, The Afterlife of Pope Joan: Deploying the Popess Legend in Early Modern EnglandCraig Rustici, The Afterlife of Pope Joan: Deploying the Popess Legend in Early Modern England (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006).


Paula Uruburu, American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the 'It' Girl, and the Crime of the CenturyPaula Uruburu, American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl, and the Crime of the Century (New York: Riverhead, 2008).