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Books Acquired Recently

Miller, Walter M. A Canticle for Leibowitz. 1959. New York: Bantam, 2007.

I have been slowly working to expand my knowledge of the field of science fiction, and read about this book in the chapter on SF from The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction After 1945 (edited by John N. Duvall). The description of it sounded fascinating, so I decided to buy it from one of the independent sellers on amazon.com. I hope to read it soon, perhaps during Spring Break.

Sajé, Natasha. Bend. Dorset: Tupelo, 2004.

—. Red Under the Skin. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 1994.

Sajé is one of my colleagues, and she recently gave me these poetry collections as gifts. I look forward to reading them (also during Spring Break), not only because I know the author, but also because we tend to have similar tastes in fiction (we’ve never really talked about poetry, which strikes me as odd now that I mention it), and so I am excited to see whether these commonalities translate to our poetics. I’m not sure that I’ve read any books published by Tupelo Press before, but the University of Pittsburgh Press’s poetry series is fantastic.

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Books Acquired Recently

Baker, Houston A., Jr. Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1984.

This is a classic in the field of African American literary studies which keeps popping up in my reading, so I figured it was time to finally break down and read it.

Bought from Better World Books via amazon.com.

Duvall, John N., ed. The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction After 1945. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012.

This is another book that I ordered at Rocky Mountain MLA last month. I have enjoyed other volumes in the Cambridge Companion series, and American literature after 1945 is my academic specialty, thus I did not need any extra persuasion when I had the opportunity to buy the book at a discount. I am especially excited to read the “Fiction and 9/11” chapter, though the entire collection looks enjoyable.

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