Book Cover of Rhetorics of Whiteness

Congratulations to Joyce Middleton!

Congratulations to Associate Professor Joyce Middleton, whose book Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education (co-edited with Tammy M. Kennedy and Krista Ratcliffe) was published in December 2016 by Southern Illinois University Press. The essays in this book reveal how identifications with racialized whiteness continue to manifest themselves in American culture.
More about the book: Go English!
Dr. Cope

Dr. Lida Cope has published on the Texas Czech Legacy Project

Cope, L. (2016). Texas Czech Legacy Project: Documenting the past and present for the future. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2016(238), 105-125.

This article focuses on the Texas Czech Legacy Project and its main initiative, the building of an open-access digital Texas Czech Dialect Archive. Texas Czech dialect is a product of over a century and a half of contact between Moravian Czech and English spoken in Texas. While its life cycle is rather typical of diasporic dialects, its resilient life span represents decades of self-sufficient existence in a rather enclosed sociolinguistic space organized around farming and small business ventures periodically rejuvenated by religious and fraternity activities without the need for an outside social world. Following a brief sketch of the socio-historical background of ethnic Czechs and Moravians in Texas, I discuss the objectives of the Project and the design of the Texas Czech Dialect Archive, bearing in mind the complexities involved in designing a product that is to serve community members, educators and students of the Czech language and culture, as well as a diverse group of researchers. The Project’s purposes and practical value of its digital archive for these multiple audiences are demonstrated using examples of both typical and idiosyncratic features of this diasporic dialect.


Congratulations to Andrea Kitta!

Congratulations to Andrea Kitta, who recently published an article “The significance of folklore for vaccine policy: discarding the deficit model,” in the journal Critical Public Health. Co-written with medical humanities scholar Daniel Goldberg, the paper addresses the relevance of medical folklore for vaccine policy intended to increase vaccination uptake. The authors make two primary claims: First, that dominant approaches to increasing US vaccination uptake have largely been based on deficient understandings of the root causes of anti-vaccination behavior; and second, that superior approaches to evidence-based policy must enlarge the scope of that evidence base to include crucial findings on belief formation, technical and risk communication, and the folklore of vaccination. They show that the failure to attend to this evidence results in interventions that are disconnected from the factors actually driving vaccination refusal.

The article can be found here:

Deena publishes “Exploration of Diversity and Globalization in Moshin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Nadine Gordimer’s The Pick Up”

“Exploration of Diversity and Globalization in Moshin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Nadine Gordimer’s The Pick Up.” Celebrating Diasporic Writing: A Critical Response to Indian and Pakistani Literature. Ed. R. K. Dhawan and Yamini Pendyala. New Delhi, India: Prestige Books International, 2016. 190-203.

[Pictured: Book cover at left/top showing a rollercoaster and a blue sky; book cover at bottom/right showing a large skeleton leaning over smaller people.]

Caswell publishes *The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors*

Congratulations to Dr. Nikki Caswell, whose book The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors was just published by Utah State University Press!
The first book-length empirical investigation of writing center directors’ labor, The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors presents a longitudinal qualitative study of the individual professional lives of nine new directors. The authors adopt a case study approach to examine the labor these directors performed and the varied motivations for their labor, as well as the labor they ignored, deferred, or sidelined temporarily, whether or not they wanted to. The nine directors discuss more than just their labor; they address their motivations, their sense of self, and their own thoughts about the work they do, facets of writing center director labor that other types of research or scholarship have up to now left invisible. The book strikes a new path in scholarship on writing center administration.
Further, the publisher liked this book so much that they did a special print run with a limited edition cover! The standard cover is left/top in the photo, and the limited edition cover is bottom/right.
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