Happy ‘pub’ days: Bate, Broglio, Osuna, Hogue
Three faculty members and an alum in the Department of English announce new work recently published or imminently forthcoming. Books veer from memoir to translation, from desert to city.
Mad about Shakespeare: From Classroom to Theatre to Emergency Room (HarperCollins UK, 2022)
Sir Jonathan Bate shares two new books that add to contemporary understanding of Shakespeare. First: a literary memoir launched in April in the U.K. (a U.S. version is due out in September). From the publisher:
From the acclaimed and bestselling biographer Jonathan Bate, a luminous new exploration of Shakespeare and how his themes can untangle comedy and tragedy, learning and loving in our modern lives.
‘The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.’
How does one survive the death of a loved one, the mess of war, the experience of being schooled, of falling in love, of growing old, of losing your mind?
Shakespeare’s world is never too far different from our own ‘permeated with the same tragedies, the same existential questions and domestic worries. In this extraordinary book, Jonathan Bate brings then and now together. He investigates moments of his own life – losses and challenges – and asks whether, if you persevere with Shakespeare, he can offer a word of wisdom or a human insight for any time or any crisis. Along the way we meet actors such as Judi Dench and Simon Callow, and writers such as Dr Johnson, John Keats, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, who turned to Shakespeare in their own dark times.
This is a personal story about loss, the black dog of depression, unexpected journeys and the very human things that echo through time, resonating with us all at one point or another.
William Shakespeare Complete Works, Second Edition (Modern Library, 2022)
Second for Bate: co-edited with Eric Rasmussen, a Royal Shakespeare Company-authorized edition of the Bard’s First Folio, to be released in early May. From the publisher:
The newly revised, wonderfully authoritative First Folio of William Shakespeare’s Complete Works, edited by acclaimed Shakespearean scholars and endorsed by the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company
Skillfully assembled by Shakespeare’s fellow actors in 1623, the First Folio was the original Complete Works—arguably the most important literary work in the English language. But starting with Nicholas Rowe in 1709 and continuing to the present day, Shakespeare editors have mixed Folio and Quarto texts, gradually corrupting the original Complete Works with errors and conflated textual variations.
The second edition of the Complete Works features annotations and commentary from Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen—two of today’s preeminent Shakespeare scholars—as well as cutting-edge textual design, on-page glossaries for contemporary readers, stage directions from RSC directors, a sixteen-page insert of photographs from RSC production shorts, a timeline of the plays and poems, and family trees for the Histories.
Combining innovative scholarship with brilliant commentary and textual analysis that emphasizes performance history and values, this landmark edition is indispensable to students, theater professionals, and general readers alike.
Bate is Foundation Professor of environmental humanities at ASU, with a joint appointment in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of English.
Strata: No. 1 Saguaro Cactus (Desert Humanities Initiative, Institute for Humanities Research, 2022)
Arizona State University’s Desert Humanities Initiative has launched a crafted, limited-edition book series called Strata focusing on dwelling in the desert. The first issued book centers on the iconic saguaro. Saguaro includes internationally known artists Mark Klett and Andy Brown; two of the scientists who sequenced the DNA of the saguaro, Martin Wojciechowski and Alberto Burquez; the inaugural Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos; and cultural scholar of the Akimel O’odham nation David Martinez, among other beautiful contributors.
Broglio is associate director of the Institute for Humanities Research at ASU, where he also directs the Desert Humanities Initiative, is a professor in the Department of English’s literature program and is a senior sustainability scholar in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory.
Osuna is an ASU alum, having earned a PhD in English literature in 2020.
Distantly (Omnidawn, 2022)
This bilingual edition of Nicole Brossard’s lyrical poetry is a sequence of lush, taut cityscapes. Known for her elliptical and materially grounded poetics, Brossard creates an intimate series of poems drawn loosely from urban experience. The poems comprise an evocative distillation of postmodern urban life with a sharp sense of cultural and gendered histories of violence and beauty and struggles for survival and intimacy. The poems capture the emotional and ecological surroundings of each city and its people. The cities in Brossard’s poems feel surreal and in them dwell survivors of “misfortunes,” living in urban landscapes with their “gleaming debris” and “bridges, ghats, / rivers in a time of peace and torture.” These poems gesture toward a transmuted social context and toward a quest “to meet the horizon the day after the horizon.”
Hogue is professor emeritus of English at ASU, where she formerly held the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry.