Books Acquired Recently

Ferris, Emil. My Favorite Thing is Monsters. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2016.

I heard about this book, Kang’s book, and Waite’s book when I was at Northeast MLA last month. They all sounded intriguing, so I decided to order them. Ferris’s book is a graphic novel that takes place in late-1960s Chicago and also includes queer characters, so I cannot wait to read it.

Hernandez, Keith. I’m Keith Hernandez: A Memoir. New York: Little, Brown, 2018.

As I’ve written here before, I am obsessed with the 1986 Mets, and will buy any book about them that I can find. I am quite excited to read this memoir by one of their key players. Of course the title comes from Hernandez’s line from the famous Seinfeld episode when Hernandez and Elaine go on a date. When he kisses her and she thinks “Who does this guy think he is?,” he thinks “I’m Keith Hernandez.” There’s also an excellent 20-minute documentary about Hernandez by the same name which is available to view for free here.

Kang, Han. The Vegetarian. 2007. Trans. Deborah Smith. London: Hogarth, 2015.

I don’t know much about this book, but apparently its translation is controversial because some people claim that the English translation is not an accurate one. It nevertheless won the Man Booker Prize, which is nothing to sneeze at.

Leitch, Vincent B. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2018.

I received a free, unasked-for exam copy of this mammoth hardcover tome in the mail today. It was a nice surprise and I look forward to perusing it. I must say, however, that it contains woefully few pieces of queer theory.

Waite, Stacey. Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017.

I’ve read lots of queer theory, but never any that examines how to teach queerly, thus I was thrilled to find this book and will make sure to read it before I construct my syllabi for the fall.

Published by danielshankcruz

I grew up in New York City and lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; DeKalb, Illinois; and Salt Lake City, Utah before coming to Utica, New York. My mother’s family is Swiss-German Mennonite (i.e., it’s an ethnicity, not necessarily a theological persuasion) and my father’s family is Puerto Rican. I have a Ph.D. in English and currently teach at Utica College. I have also taught at Northern Illinois University and Westminster College in Salt Lake City. My teaching and scholarship are motivated by a passion for social justice, which is why my research focuses on the literature of oppressed groups, especially LGBT persons and people of color. While I primarily read and write about fiction, I am also a devoted reader of poetry because, as William Carlos Williams writes, “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet [people] die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” Thinkers who influence me include Marina Abramovic, Kathy Acker, Di Brandt, Ana Castillo, Samuel R. Delany, Percival Everett, Essex Hemphill, Jane Jacobs, Walt Whitman, and the New York School of poets. I am also fond of queer Mennonite writers such as Stephen Beachy, Jan Guenther Braun, Lynnette Dueck/D’anna, and Casey Plett. In my free time I’m either reading, writing the occasional poem, playing board games (especially Scrabble, backgammon, and chess), watching sports (Let’s Go, Mets!), or cooking (curries, stews, roasts…).

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