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Cover for Rita Ciresi's book "Second Wife" shows a bright pink background with pink, white, and black text and a symbol of a woman. It reads: "Winner of the Florida Review's Jeanne Leiby Prize. Stories. Second Wife. Rita Ciresi."


Rita Ciresi

Second Wife

The housewives that populate Second Wife are estranged from themselves and others. They mourn lost children, plot revenge against their former husbands, lust after the bag boy at the grocery store, seek marital advice from a psychic, and regret the emptiness of an affair. In this collection of linked flash fiction, Flannery O'Connor Award-winning author Rita Ciresi offers a peek into the private thoughts of ordinary women with cutting precision.  Second Wife was winner of the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award sponsored by The Florida Review.


Cover for Lisa Meloncon's book "Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine" shows abstract artwork that is black, blue, grey, and bright red on the top half of the cover, and the bottom half is a medium blue background with the title in white text and the editors names in yellow.


Lisa Melonçon

Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine

This volume charts new methodological territories for rhetorical studies and the emerging field of the rhetoric of health and medicine. In offering an expanded behind-the-scenes view of rhetorical methodologies, it advances the larger goal of differentiating the rhetoric of health and medicine as a distinct but pragmatically multifarious area of study, while providing rhetoricians and allied scholars new ways to approach and explain their research.


Image shows book cover of "Buddha's Dog & Other Meditations" by Ira Sukrungruang. The image is a painting of a patterned hexagonal box that 3 dogs have sprung out of, with the motion indicated by looping, curved lines. The cover notes that it is an American Book Award Winner.


Ira Sukrungruang

Buddha's Dog & other Meditations

"Ira Sukrungruang's Buddha's Dog & other Meditations charts one man s journey toward emotional maturity, to a place of knowledge though not necessarily of comfort. These marvelous essays weather with heart and humor the tumultuous waters of cultural identity, body image, and mortality, to arrive at those bittersweet truths about our flawed yet spirited selves." -Rigoberto González

2017 Publications



Image shows book cover of "Inhabited Spaces: Anglo-Saxon Constructions of Place," by Nicole Discenza.  The background of the cover is yellowed parchment paper with an old line drawing of three people standing outside a brick structure.

Nicole Discenza

Inhabited Spaces: Anglo-Saxon Constructions of Place

We tend to think of early medieval people as unsophisticated about geography because their understandings of space and place often differed from ours, yet theirs were no less complex. Anglo-Saxons conceived of themselves as living at the center of a cosmos that combined order and plenitude in a constant state of tension. In Inhabited Spaces, Nicole Guenther Discenza examines Anglo-Latin and Old English texts to shed light on early English understandings of space. They sought to shape the universe into knowable places, from where the earth stood in the cosmos, to the kingdoms of different peoples, and to the intimacy of the hall. Discenza argues that Anglo-Saxon works both construct orderly place and illuminate the limits of human spatial control.

 Image shows book cover of John Lennon's Working-Class Literature(s): Historical and International Perspectives

John Lennon

Working-Class Literature(s): Historical and International Perspectives

The aim of this collection is to make possible the forging of a more robust, politically useful, and theoretically elaborate understanding of working-class literature(s). These essays map a substantial terrain: the history of working-class literature(s) in Russia/The Soviet Union, The USA, Finland, Sweden, The UK, and Mexico. Together they give a complex and comparative – albeit far from comprehensive – picture of working-class literature(s) from an international perspective, without losing sight of national specificities.

Because of the subject matter of the book, the co-editors have decided to make this an open-access publication. You can download for free the whole collection.


2016 Publications



Image shows book cover of "Roberto Busa, S.J. And the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards," by Steven Jones with a black and white close-up image of a male preist holding up a punch card to the light and looking at it.

Steven Jones

Roberto Busa, S.J. And the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards

It's the founding myth of humanities computing and digital humanities: In 1949, the Italian Jesuit scholar, Roberto Busa, S.J., persuaded IBM to offer technical and financial support for the mechanized creation of a massive lemmatized concordance to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. Using Busa's own papers, recently accessioned in Milan, as well as IBM archives and other sources, Jones illuminates this DH origin story. He examines relationships between the layers of hardware, software, human agents, culture, and history, and answers the question of how specific technologies afford and even constrain cultural practices, including in this case the academic research agendas of humanities computing and, later, digital humanities.