Texas Tech University
TTU HomeDepartment of English

Faculty Bookshelf: S

B | CD | H | K | P-R | S | T-Z

John Samson

White Lies: Melville’s Narrative of Facts. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989. xii + 246 pp.

John Samson
With Daniel E. Williams

"Recontextualizing Eighteenth-Century American Narratives." Special Issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 34 (1993): 96 pp.

Jen Shelton

Joyce and the Narrative Structure of Incest.  August 2006, University Press of Florida James Joyce Series.

 

Jennifer Snead

Managing Editor. The Eighteenth Century:  Theory and Interpretation  August 2007 - present.

 

Sara Spurgeon

Cormac McCarthy:  All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road.  Continuum Studies in Contemporary North American Fiction Series.  London: Continuum Publishing Group.  2011.  (176 pages)

"Fascinating and provocative, these essays illuminate what one contributor calls the “terrible beauty” of three of Cormac McCarthy’s best-known and more recent “primal fictions.” With Sara Spurgeon’s elegant introduction, this collection is both a helpful overview and an in-depth, philosophical and cultural exploration of one of the greatest writers in English today."

-William Handley, University of Southern California

 

Sara Spurgeon

Exploding the Western:  Myths of Empire on the Postmodern Frontier.  College Station, TX:  Texas A&M University Press.  2005.168 pages.

“Spurgeon covers fresh ground by looking at how recent novelists of the American West have refigured frontier mythology rather than merely debunking it…As one moves through Exploding the Western, the subtlety of Spurgeon’s analysis unfolds—from the hypermasculine retelling of the struggling frontier myth by McCarthy to the tangled borderlands of Castillo…Spurgeon’s close readings provide new interpretations that will, I hope, propel scholars to rethink the power of the frontier myth as an organizing structure in American culture rather than simply ignoring it or merely reducing the myth to its masculinist, imperialist, and self-serving base.”
--Dan Moos, Bowdoin College, American Literature 79.1 (March 2007).

“Spurgeon has done an excellent job of tracing the frontier myth through works of the late twentieth century. She proves that there continues to be a conversation—if not a consensus—about what the West means in American literature. The introduction in which she relates the frontier myth to the war in Iraq is superb.”
--Blake Allmendinger, University of California, Los Angeles, Pacific Historical Review 75.2 (2006).

“Spurgeon is quite blunt in declaring that when the Western myth became entrenched it also became a code…which was built upon excused…America’s virtual genocide of Native Americans…If Spurgeon halted there, she still would have made a strong case for the myths of the West being vitally important. But as times change so must national myths…This is what Spurgeon shows and in so doing builds a solid and convincing argument...”
–John S. Hill, Texas State University, San Marcos, Southwestern American Literature 31.2 (2006).

Sara Spurgeon

Ana Castillo:  Western Writers Series (No. 163).  Boise:  Boise State University Press. 2004. Monograph booklet, 56 pages.

Sara Spurgeon
With David K. Dunaway

Writing the Southwest, revised second edition. Albuquerque:  University of New Mexico Press. 2003.  268 pp.

  • Reviewed in:
    Austin American-Statesman, (August 14, 2005, pgs. K6-K7)
    American Literary Scholarship.  Duke University Press.  2004.
    Crosswinds Weekly, Albuquerque, NM, (March 18-25, 2004, pg. 16)
    Reference & Research Book News, (February, 2004)
    The Southwest Sage, vol. 19, no. 10, (October 2004)
    Southwestern American Literature, vol. 29, no. 2, (Spring 2004)
    Southwest Book Views, (Spring 2004)
    High Country News, (January 19, 2004, pg. 18)

Sara Spurgeon
With David K. Dunaway.

Writing the Southwest.  New York: Plume/Penguin. 1995.  256 pp.

Brian Still
Co-edited with Michael J. Albers.

"Usability Studies and Technical Communication." IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. Forthcoming in 2010.

Brian Still
Co-edited with Amy Koerber

"Online Health Communication.". Technical Communication Quarterly. 17.3 (2008).

Brian Still
Co-edited with Kirk St. Amant

Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives.  Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2007.