Books by MELUS Members

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Ryan Calabretta-Sajder and Alan Gravano, eds. Italian Americans on Screen: Challenging the Past, Re-Theorizing the Future. Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming August 2020.

Revisitiing the Elegy
Tiffany Austin, Sequoia Maner, Emily Ruth Rutter, darlene anita scott, eds. Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era. Routledge, 2020.

Lucas Dietrich. Writing across the Color Line: U.S. Print Culture and the Rise of Ethnic Literature, 1877-1920. University of Massachusetts Press, 2020.

Stella Setka. Empathy and the Phantasmic in Ethnic American Trauma Narratives. Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.

Melissa Daniels-Rauterkus. Afro-Realisms and the Romances of Race: Rethinking Blackness in the African American Novel. LSU Press, 2020.

Roberta Rosenberg and Rachel Rubinstein, eds. Teaching Jewish American Literature. Modern Language Association of America, 2020.

Mazen Naous. Poetics of Visibility in the Contemporary Arab American Novel. Ohio State UP, 2020.

Frank Kelderman. Authorized Agents: Publication and Diplomacy in the Era of Indian Removal. SUNY Press, 2019.

Maryann DiEdwardo, ed. Hermeneutics, Metacognition, and WritingVernon Press, 2019.

 Kosher Capones

Joe Kraus. The Kosher Capones: A History of Chicago’s Jewish Gangsters. Northern Illinois University Press/Cornell University Press, 2019.


Lori Harrison-Kahan, ed.  The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson. Wayne State UP, 2019.

John Wharton Lowe, ed. Summoning Our Saints: The Poetry and Prose of Brenda Marie Osbey. Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.

John Wharton Lowe and Herman Beavers, eds. Approaches to Teaching Ernest Gaines’ Miss Jane Pittman and Other Works. Modern Language Association, 2019.

Karen E.H. Skinazi. Women of Valor: Orthodox Jewish Troll Fighters, Crime Writers, and Rockstars in Contemporary Literature and Culture. Rutgers UP, 2019.

Daniel Shank Cruz. Queering Mennonite Literature: Archives, Activism, and the Search for CommunityPenn State University Press, 2019.

Danielle Haque. Interrogating Secularism: Race and Religion on Arab Transnational Art and Literature. Syracuse UP, 2019.

Maryann P. DiEdwardo. Spatializing Social JusticeRowman and Littlefield, 2019.

Tim Engles. White Male Nostalgia in Contemporary North American Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Maryann P. DiEdwardo. The Significance of the Writing of Thomas Merton, Cultivating Peace. Fast Pencil, 2018.

Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher González. Latinx Studies: The Key Concepts, 1st Edition. Routledge, 2018.

Emily Ruth Rutter. The Blues Muse: Race, Gender, and Musical Celebrity in American Poetry.  University of Alabama Press, 2018.

Matthew Calihman and Gerald Early, eds. Approaches to Teaching Baraka’s Dutchman. Modern Language Association, 2018.

Emily Ruth Rutter. Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line. University Press of Mississippi, 2018.

Christopher González. Permissible Narratives: The Promise of Latino/a Literature. The Ohio State University Press, 2017.

Peter Kerry Powers. Goodbye Christ? Religion, Masculinity, and the New Negro Renaissance. University of Tennessee Press, 2017.

Martha J. Cutter.The Illustrated Slave: Empathy, Graphic Narrative, and the Visual Culture of the Transatlantic Abolition Movement, 1800-1852. Athens: University of Georgia Press,

Peter D. O’Neill. Famine Irish and the American Racial StateRoutledge, 2017.

Mary Jo Bona. Women Writing Cloth: Migratory Fictions in the American Imaginary. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

Alan Robert Ginsberg. The Salome Ensemble: Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal (New York State Series). Syracuse University Press, 2016.

Marta Caminero-Santangelo.  Documenting the Undocumented: Latino/a Narratives and Social Justice in the Era of Operation Gatekeeper. University Press of Florida, 2016.

Maryann P. DiEdwardo, ed. American Women Writers, Poetics, and the Nature of Gender Study. Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2016.

Amritjit Singh, Nalini Iyer, and Rahul K. Gairola, edsRevisiting India’s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics. Lexington Books, 2016.

Chapman, Mary, ed. Becoming Sui Sin Far: Early Fiction, Journalism, and Travel Writing by Edith Maude Eaton. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.

Sollors, Werner. African American Writing: A Literary Approach Temple University Press, 2016.


Lowe, John Wharton. Calypso Magnolia: The Crosscurrents of Caribbean and Southern Literature. University of North Carolina Press, 2016.


Adalma, Frederick Luis and Christopher González, eds. Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future. The University of Texas Press, 2016.

Gomaa, Dalia M.A. The Non-National in Contemporary American Literature: Ethnic Women Writers and Problematic Belongings. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Halloran, Vivian Nun. The Immigrant Kitchen: Food, Ethnicity, and Diaspora. The Ohio State University Press, 2016.


Wilhite,Keith, ed.The City Since 9/11: Literature, Film, Television. Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2016.

Maria Rice Bellamy. Bridges to Memory: Postmemory in Contemporary Ethnic American Women’s FictionUniversity of Virginia Press, 2015.


Jimoh, A Yęmisi and Françoise N. Hamlin, eds. These Truly Are the Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on War and Citizenship University of Florida Press, 2015.

Totten, Gary. African American Travel Narratives from Abroad: Mobility and Cultural Work in the Age of Jim Crow University of Massachusetts Press, 2015.

Ackley, Kristina and Cristina Stanciu, eds. Laura Cornelius Kellogg: Our Democracy and the American Indian and Other Works (The Iroquois and Their Neighbors Series) Syracuse University Press, 2015.


González, Christopher. Reading Junot Diaz. The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015.

Anderson, Eric Gary, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner, eds. Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture. Louisiana State University Press, 2015.

Gardner, Eric. Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature and Periodical Culture. Oxford University Press, 2015.


Ho, Jennifer Ann. Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture. Rutgers University Press, 2015.


Ho, Jennifer Ann. Understanding Gish JenUniversity of South Carolina Press, 2015.

Larkin,Lesley. Race and Literary Encounter: Black Literature from James Weldon Johnson to Percival Everett. Indiana University Press, 2015.


Davis,Carol Bunch. Prefiguring Postblackness: Cultural Memory, Drama, and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s. The University of Mississippi Press, 2015.


Byars-Nichols, Keely. The Black Indian in American Literature. Palgrave Pivot, 2013.







Floreani, Tracy. Fifties Ethnicities: The Ethnic Novel and Mass Culture at Midcentury. SUNY Press, 2013.


Streeter, Caroline A. Tragic No More: Mixed-Race Women and the Nexus of Sex and Celebrity. University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.


Whit Frazier Peterson (Author), Cinque Schatz (Illustrator), Marc Primus (Introduction). Harlem Mosaics. 2012.


Skinazi, Karen E. H., ed. Marion: The Story of an Artist’s Model by Winnifred Eaton/Onoto Watanna. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.


Royal, Derek Parker, ed. Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Jewish American Narrative. Purdue University Press, 2011.


Elam, Michele. Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics and Aesthetics in the New Millennium. Stanford University Press, 2011.


Bona, Mary Jo. By the Breath of Their Mouths: Narratives of Resistance in Italian America. Albany: SUNY Press, 2010.



Hagood, Taylor. Secrecy, Magic, and the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Women Writers. Ohio State University Press, 2010.


Rader, Pamela J. Multi-Ethnicity as a Resource for the Literary Imagination: The Creative Achievements of Women Artists, Poets, and Novelists. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.


Hebert-Leiter, Maria. Becoming Cajun, Becoming American: The Acadian in American Literature from Longfellow to James Lee Burke. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2009.


Feng, Pin-chia. Diasporic Representations: Reading Chinese American Women’s Fiction. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2010.


Torres-Padilla, Jose and Carmen Haydee Rivera. Writing Off the Hyphen: New Critical Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2008.


Torres, J.L. The Family Terrorist and Other Stories. Houston, TX: Arte Publico Press, 2008.


Gardner, Eric. Ed. Jennie Carter: A Black Journalist of the Early West. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007.


Tuerk, Richard. Oz in Perspective: Magic and Myth in the L. Frank Baum Books. McFarland, 2007.


Christian, B. Marie. Belief in Dialogue: U.S. Latina Writers Confront Their Religious Heritage. NY: Other Press, 2005.


Quinn-Sanchez, Kathryn. A Literary and Political History of Post-Revolutionary Mexico: Redefining ‘The Ideal’. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.


Raphael-Hernandez, Heike and Shannon Steen. AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics. New York: New York University Press, 2006.


Bona, Mary Jo and Irma Maini, eds. Multiethnic Literature and Canon Debates. SUNY Press, 2006.


Gardaphe, Fred. From Wiseguys to Wise Men: The Gangster and Italian American Masculinities. NY: Routledge, 2006.


Knopf-Newman, Marcy Jane. Beyond Slash, Burn, and Poison: Transforming Breast Cancer Stories into Action. Rutgers, 2004.


Royal, Derek. ed. Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author. Praeger, 2005.


Gardner, Eric. ed. Major Voices: The Drama Of Slavery. Toby Press, 2005.


Singh, Amritjit. Interviews With Edward W. Said. U Press of Mississippi, 2004.


Oster, Judith. Crossing Cultures: Creating Identity in Chinese and Jewish American Literature U Missouri P, 2003.


Freeman, Kimberly A. Love American Style: Divorce and the American Novel, 1881-1976. Routledge, 2003.


Raphael-Hernandez, Heike. Blackening Europe: The African American Presence. Routledge, 2003.


Walter, Roland. Narrative Identities: (Inter) Cultural In-Betweenness in the Americas. Peter Lang Publishing, 2003.


Jimoh, A Yemisi. Spiritual, Blues, and Jazz People in African American Fiction. U of Tennessee Press, 2002.


Daniels, Patsy J. The Voice of the Oppressed in the Language of the Oppressor. Routledge, 2001.


Chinn, Sarah E. Technology and the Logic of American Racism: A Cultural History of the Body As Evidence. Continuum International Publishing, 2000.


Bona, Mary Jo, and Irma Maini. Claiming a Tradition: Italian American Women Writers. Southern Illinois University Press, 1999.


Jaskoski, Helen. Leslie Marmon Silko: A Study of the Short Fiction.Twayne series in short fiction. New York: Prentice Hall International, 1998.Feng, Pin-chia. The Female Bildungsroman by Toni Morrison and Maxine Hong Kingston. Peter Lang, 1998.


Jaskoski, Helen. Ed. Early Native American Writing: New Critical Essays. Cambridge, England, and New York: Cambridge U P, 1996.


Knopf-Newman, Marcy Jane. ed. The Chinaberry Tree: Selected Writings. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995.


Napolitano, Louise. An American Story: Pietro DiDonato’s Christ in Concrete New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1995.


Knopf-Newman, Marcy Jane. ed. The Sleeper Wakes: Harlem Renaissance Stories by Women. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 1993.


Van Dyke, Annette. The Search for a Woman-Centered Spirituality. NYUP, 1992.


Walter, Roland. Magical Realism in Contemporary Chicano Fiction. Vervuert Verlag, 1993.


Jaskoski, Helen. Poetry/Mind/Body. Washington, DC: U P of America, 1991.