Images of published books by Gregory Castle, Maureen Daly Goggin, and Ersula Ore.

Happy ‘pub’ days: Castle, Goggin, Ore


Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Three Department of English faculty members and one affiliate from the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies announce publication of important new books: an overview of modernist arts culture in Ireland, a fifth-edition popular writing textbook, and a rhetoric of violence and lynching in America.


A History of Irish Modernism (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Editors Gregory Castle and Patrick Bixby collected essays exploring Irish modernism “from emergence to emergency.” From the publisher:

A History of Irish Modernism examines a wide variety of artworks (from the 1890s to the 1970s), including examples from literature, film, painting, music, radio, and architecture. Each chapter considers a particular aspect of Irish culture and reflects on its contribution to modernism at large. In addition to new research on Irish Revival and cultural nationalism, which places them squarely in the modernist arena, chapters offer transnational and transdisciplinary perspectives that place Irish cultural production in new contexts.  At the same time, the historical standpoint adopted in each chapter enables our contributors to examine how modernist practices developed across geographical and temporal distances. A History of Irish Modernism thus attests to the unique development of modernism in Ireland-driven by political as well as artistic concerns-even as it embodies aesthetic principles that are the hallmark of modernism in Europe, the Americas and beyond.

Castle is professor of English in literature at ASU. He is the author of Modernism and the Celtic Revival (2001), Reading the Modernist Bildungsroman (2006) and The Literary Theory Handbook (2013).

Bixby is associate professor in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (New College) at ASU West. He is the author of Samuel Beckett and the Postcolonial Novel (2009) and co-editor of Standish O'Grady's Cuculain: A Critical Edition (2016).


The Norton Field Guide to Writing, Fifth Edition (W.W. Norton, 2018)

Authors Richard Bullock, Maureen Daly Goggin, and Francine Weinberg collaborated on the fifth edition of this popular textbook. From the publisher:

The best-selling, most flexible rhetoric―now with advice for reading and writing across disciplines. The Norton Field Guide lets you teach the way you want to teach. Short chapters with just enough detail can be assigned in any order. Color-coded links send students to more detail if they need it. Menus, directories, and a glossary/index all make the book easy to navigate. This flexibility makes it work for first-year writing, stretch, ALP, co-req, dual-enrollment, and integrated reading-writing courses.

Goggin is professor of English in writing, rhetorics and literacies at ASU. She is the author of Authoring a Discipline: The Post-World War II Emergence of Rhetoric and Composition (2000) and co-author Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Studies (2018).


Lynching: Violence, Rhetoric, and American Identity (University Press of Mississippi, 2019)

Ersula Ore’s monograph in the UP of Mississippi’s Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series is set to release in April. From the publisher:

While victims of antebellum lynchings were typically white men, postbellum lynchings became more frequent and more intense, with the victims more often black. After Reconstruction, lynchings exhibited and embodied links between violent collective action, American civic identity, and the making of the nation.

Ersula J. Ore investigates lynching as a racialized practice of civic engagement, in effect an argument against black inclusion within the changing nation. Ore scrutinizes the civic roots of lynching, the relationship between lynching and white constitutionalism, and contemporary manifestations of lynching discourse and logic today. From the 1880s onward, lynchings, she finds, manifested a violent form of symbolic action that called a national public into existence, denoted citizenship, and upheld political community.

Grounded in Ida B. Wells’s summation of lynching as a social contract among whites to maintain a racial order, at its core, Ore’s book speaks to racialized violence as a mode of civic engagement. Since violence enacts an argument about citizenship, Ore construes lynching and its expressions as part and parcel of America’s rhetorical tradition and political legacy.

Drawing upon newspapers, official records, and memoirs, as well as critical race theory, Ore outlines the connections between what was said and written, the material practices of lynching in the past, and the forms these rhetorics and practices assume now. In doing so, she demonstrates how lynching functioned as a strategy interwoven with the formation of America’s national identity and with the nation’s need to continually restrict and redefine that identity. In addition, Ore ties black resistance to lynching, the acclaimed exhibit Without Sanctuary, recent police brutality, effigies of Barack Obama, and the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Ore is Lincoln Professor of Ethics in the School of Social Transformation and assistant professor of African and African American studies and of English in writing, rhetorics and literacies at ASU.

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