History, Literature

Sailor Talk: Labor, Utterance, and Meaning in the Works of Melville, Conrad, and London

I was raised in a world rich with sailor talk. My father, Captain James (‘Jay’) S. Bercaw, was a masterful storyteller. My sister Katrina, brother Seán, and I cherished sitting at his feet as he told brilliant and evocative sea stories. He had sailed twice around the world as First Mate on a square-rigged vessel, … Continue reading

Literature

The Emergence of Bujold Studies, or, Gods and Uterine Replicators in a Time of Coronavirus

Biology and Manners: Essays on the Worlds and Works of Lois McMaster Bujold builds upon the establishment of Lois McMaster Bujold as an important author of contemporary science fiction and fantasy. In this blog post, co-editor Regina Yung Lee reflects on the origins of the essay collection and how Bujold's writings remain relevant in times of crisis. … Continue reading

Literature, Poetry

1968: A History in Verse

New from Clemson University Press, In The Rebel Cafe is a collection of interviews with Ed Sanders, constituting a career biography of Sanders as a writer, musician, and activist. Here the collection's editor Jennie Skerl explores Sanders's position as a leading cultural rebel in the 1960s, drawing on the events of the 1968 Democratic National … Continue reading

Literature

Misreading Anita Brookner: In Conversation with Peta Mayer

Anita Brookner was known for writing boring books about lonely, single women. Misreading Anita Brookner unlocks the mysteries of the Brookner heroine by creating entirely new ways to read six Brookner novels. Drawing on diverse intertextual sources, Peta Mayer illustrates how Brookner’s solitary twentieth-century women can also be seen as variations of queer nineteenth-century male … Continue reading

Literature

Fighting for the Future – In Conversation with Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala

Fighting for the Future, the latest from our Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies series, is the first book to explore Star Trek: Discovery, the newest instalment in the Star Trek franchise. The volume brings together eighteen essays and one interview from a variety of disciplines including cultural and media studies, literary studies, history and political science - we … Continue reading