The College at Brockport is very proud to showcase works by our faculty authors. This Bookshelf features works published by the faculty and professionals (both current and former) of the Department of English. It also includes items that have contributions by our authors including chapters, books and essays.
Patrons of The College at Brockport may check these books out at Drake Memorial Library. Otherwise, please use your library's Interlibrary Loan program to request them from us.
By Nancy Kress, College at Brockport alumna and former faculty member.
Nancy Kress, winner of multiple awards for her science fiction and fantasy, ranges through space and time in this stunning collection. Anne Boleyn is snatched from her time stream--with unexpected consequences for two worlds. A far-future spaceship brings religion to a planet that already harbors shocking natives. People genetically engineered to never need to sleep clash with those who do. A scientific expedition to the center of the galaxy discovers more than anyone bargained for. A woman finds that ''people like us'' does not mean what she thinks it does.
Praised for both her hard SF and her complex characters, Nancy Kress brings a unique viewpoint to twenty-one stories, the best of a long and varied career that has won her five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
Robert J. Gemmett
Edited by Robert J. Gemmett, College at Brockport Faculty emeritus.
This collection of over 350 letters written by William Beckford to his bookseller George Clarke over the years 1830 to 1834, gives a vivid picture of the insatiable connoisseur in the act of gathering the books and prints that ultimately became part of the library of the Duke of Hamilton, sold in 1882. This correspondence, with the addition of Clarke’s own letters to Beckford, constitutes the most complete documentary record of Beckford’s collecting habits and literary pursuits in existence. They are significant as historical documents that guide the reader into the golden age of the London book trade with its array of wealthy collectors, publishing houses, auction firms, book and print dealers. They also shed light on the negotiations with the publisher Richard Bentley for the publication of Italy; with Sketches of Spain and Portugal and trace the anxiety Beckford experienced in his fruitless efforts to sell the Episodes of Vathek. The editor’s explanatory notes are comprehensive, revealing Beckford’s enthusiasms and the fury of his attack against competitors in the field. The Consummate Collector will be warmly received by bibliophiles, historians, and readers interested in one of the most fascinating men of his time.
By William Heyen.
William Heyen, College at Brockport alumnus and emeritus, is one of our most prolific, honored and necessary poets. Since 1968, Heyen has kept an almost daily journal - a restless chronicle of creativity and the stuff of life. In this first volume of Heyen's collected journal, youthful ambition and drive rub up against the demands and pleasures of family life, professional duties and sports scores. Additionally, the journal provides an interesting perspective on the literary scene of the late 60s and the decade of the 70s - magazines and books and writers weave in and out of these entries. Heyen's journals are essential - and compulsive - reading for anyone interested in the active pursuit of authenticity and satisfaction.
By William Heyen, College at Brockport alumnus and professor emeritus
William Heyen's work explores romantic conceptions of contemporary sport, powering its way into a post-catastrophe setting of dirty bombs in stadiums, tortured athletes, corporate domination, and cynicism on a global level.
Except for a shotgun blast from the stands,
he'd have broken the goal-line plane, a record
for the most TDs by a dead Heisman.
William Heyen is a well-known and revered writer, and author of some twenty-five books of poetry, memoir, criticism, and poetics. His book Shoah Train was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Earl G. Ingersoll
By Earl G. Ingersoll, College at Brockport faculty emeritus.
"Filming Forster focuses upon the challenges of producing film adaptations of five of E. M. Forster's novels. Rather than follow the older comparative approach, which typically damned the film for not being "faithful" to the novel, this project explores the interactive relationship between film and novel. That relationship is implicit in the title "Filming" Forster, rather than "Forster Filmed," which would suggest a completed process. A film adaptation forever changes the novel from which it was adapted, just as a return to the novel changes the viewer's perceptions of the film. Adapting Forster's novels for the screen was postponed until well after the author's death in 1970 because the trustees of the author's estate fulfilled his wish that his work not be filmed. Following the appearance of David Lean's film A Passage to India in 1984, four other film adaptations were released within seven years. Perhaps the most important was the Merchant Ivory production of Maurice, based upon Forster's "gay" novel, published a year after his death. That film was among the first to approach same-sex relationships between men in a serious, respectful, and generally optimistic manner."--Back cover
Two stories about artificial intelligence from one of the most respected names in hard science fiction. Multiple Hugo and Nebula winner Nancy Kress (Brockport alumna as well as former faculty member) gives us a fascinating look into the evolution of artificial intelligence and the impact it has on human society.
By Nancy Kress (Brockport alumna and former faculty member).
Nine new stories from a long-time star of the science fiction field including the Hugo Award winner "The Erdmann Nexus" and Nebula Award winner "The Fountain of Age." These stories have been reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and Best of the Web.
Kress unpacks the future the way DNA investigators unravelled the double helix: one gene at a time. In many of these stories gene sculpting is illegal yet commonplace and the effects range between slow catastrophe (“End Game”), cosmic (“First Rites”), and tragic (“Safeguard”). Then there’s the morning when Rochester disappears and Jenny has to rely on “The Kindness of Strangers.” There’s Jill, who is kidnapped by aliens and trying to learn the “Laws of Survival.” And there’s Hope, whose Grandma is regretting the world built “By Fools Like Me.”
M. J. (Martin John) Naparsteck
By Martin Naparsteck, for College at Brockport faculty member.
Richard Yates has been referred to as American's least known great writer. Today Yates is known primarily for the novel Revolutionary Road, considered by many critics as the greatest American novel of the second half of the twentieth century. This critical study examines the life and work of Yates by placing his body of work in both cultural and personal context. Topics covered include the writing of his major novels, homosexuality, his role as a critic, and his relationship with Hollywood. This text divulges new details about his life and offers a thorough analysis of unpublished materials from the Richard Yates archives at Boston University.
M. J. (Martin John) Naparsteck
By Martin Naparsteck, former College at Brockport faculty member.
Many factors--political, economic, sociological--contributed to the United States' westward expansion across the continent. But the role that sex played has largely been unexplored by scholars. This is the first book-length study to examine such topics as Thomas Jefferson's interest in the sex lives of American Indians, white's fear of Indians raping white women, Christian missionary beliefs that Native American sexual practices needed to be altered in order to save Indian souls, and the desire of Mormons to practice polygamy. These and other sex-related dynamics all combined to play a role in America's extension from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
By Steve Fellner, College at Brockport fsaculty member..
"Steve Fellner is not afraid to be unlikable which is why I trust him completely. Prepare for journeys to psyche wards and ERs, know that your guides will be Miss Piggy and meth, cyberspace and the shadows of the dead. Steve Fellner fully understands especially in his haunting cycle of poems to Matthew Shepard the distance respect requires, and the intimacy poetry demands."- Lia Purpura
"Steve Fellner takes us into the hidden places in this beautiful and frightening collection. You will not forget these poems."--Laura Kasichke
"Lots of collections claim to be edge: this is one of the few that actually scared me."--Paisley Rekdal
This riveting narrative poem -- which might be called a mini-epic -- mines little-known aspects of World War II history into a melange of African invasions, angry Egyptian gods, rampant Mormon warriors, and the lord of sleepwalkers, Dr. Calilgari. The book is decorated with a collage of The Egyptian Book of the Dead, Mormon mythology, and Nazi-era iconography.
Jonathan Strahan and Nancy Kress
A collection of twelve original stories, edited by Jonathan Strahan, that explore the possibility of being able to travel to and live on Mars.
Includes the short story: First principle, by Brockport alumna and former faculty member Nancy Kress.
Engaging in mainstream activities in 1972 Washington, D.C., teenager Angela Sloan is unexpectedly given orders by her father, a former CIA officer, to stay prepared and wait for instructions, an effort complicated by requests from strangers.
Kelley W. Zanghi
Compiled by Kelley W. Zanghi.
Collected readings for a freshman English course.
Azemia : A Novel : Containing Imitations of the Manner, Both in Prose and Verse, of Many of the Authors of the Present Day; With Political Strictures.
William Beckford 1760-1844 and Robert J. Gemmett Editor
By William Beckford.
Edited with an introduction and notes by Robert J. Gemmett, College at Brockport Faculty emeritus.
Azemia is a satirical attack on what William Beckford perceived as characteristically feminine novel-writing. First published in 1797, under the pseudonym Jacquetta Agneta Mariana Jenks, it joined its companion volume Modern Novel Writing, or, The Elegant Enthusiast (1796) in ridiculing the sentimental and sensational novels of the day, and especially the productions of William Lane's Minerva Press. However, it is also a biting political satire, attacking the Tory party and its leader, William Pitt the Younger, for the war with France, repressive legislation, and neglect of the poor.
This is the first-ever scholarly edition of the novel and includes a new introduction by Robert J. Gemmett, as well as thorough annotations, a bibliography, and contemporary illustrations.
William Beckford (1760-1844) was a novelist, travel writer, art critic, and collector. One of the most controversial figures of his time, as well reputedly the richest man in England, he is probably best remembered as the author of the Gothic novel Vathek (1786) and the creator of Fonthill Abbey.
Robert J. Gemmett, Professor of English at the State University of New York, Brockport, is an acknowledged expert on William Beckford and is the author of numerous books and articles on his life and works. He is also editor of the first scholarly edition of Modern Novel Writing, published in 2008.
Megan A. Norcia
By Megan A. Norcia, College at Brockport faculty member.
During the nineteenth century, geography primers shaped the worldviews of Britain’s ruling classes and laid the foundation for an increasingly globalized world. Written by middle-class women who mapped the world that they had neither funds nor freedom to traverse, the primers employed rhetorical tropes such as the Family of Man or discussions of food and customs in order to plot other cultures along an imperial hierarchy. Cross-disciplinary in nature, X Marks the Spot is an analysis of previously unknown material that examines the interplay between gender, imperial duty, and pedagogy. Megan A. Norcia offers an alternative map for traversing the landscape of nineteenth-century female history by reintroducing the primers into the dominant historical record. This is the first full-length study of the genre as a distinct tradition of writing produced on the fringes of professional geographic discourse before the high imperial period.
Murder attempts... missing umbilical cords... haunted quarries... fat camps... These darkly comic stories fill the pages of All Screwed Up. Young, gay, and poor, Steve Fellner attempts to shed his trailer park past and seize a better life for himself. But coming from the sticks offers a certain kind of freedom: no one expects anything from you, so you can be as wild and ridiculous as you want. Fellner s humorous and touching memoir centers on his odd relationship with his mother, a woman who was once a championship trampolinist and is now a champion of the unpredictable. Who could blame her for demanding her son attend her high school reunion? Or suggesting the family team up to do some shoplifting? Told with shocking humor and startling honestly, All Screwed Up manages to reinvent the comingout story and describes one of the strangest mother-son relationships in recent memory. Winner of the 2008 Benu Press Social Justice and Equity Award in Creative Non-Fiction
Modernism and the Marketplace : Literary Culture and Consumer Capitalism in Rhys, Woolf, Stein, and Nella Larsen
Alissa G. Karl
Karl jumps in with a marvelous passage from Truong's Book of Salt, in which Binh, Gertrude Stein's and Alice B. Tokas's Vietnamese cook, describes with confidence the material culture in which they all lived, ranging from cigars to naughty postcards to the type of devotion the Mesdames had for each other and the types of kitchens in which Binh toiled. This introduces the main points of Karl's dissertation-turned-book, that the rise of consumer capitalism produced uneven economic, political and racial conditions upon which Western modernist production and our perceptions of modernism rest. Karl continues by examining the desires of Rhys's marketplace culture, of the consumerism and imperialism enmeshed in Woolf's The Voyage Out and Mrs. Dalloway, of the experiments of Stain and Sylvia Beach into was is actually and enterprising modernism, and the web of consumerism and race woven in Nella Larsen's Quicksand. This is both elegant and exciting. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Susan Schultz Huxman
THE RHETORICAL ACT: THINKING, SPEAKING AND WRITING CRITICALLY, Fourth Edition, teaches you how to craft and critique rhetorical messages that influence, inviting and enabling you to become an articulate rhetor and critic of the symbolic universe. The text combines thorough coverage of rhetorical criticism, media literacy, and strategic public speaking, providing a solid grounding in essential concepts while helping you hone your skills in each area.
Nancy Kress, Jamie Gilman Kress, and Dana Paxson
Editors: Janice Carello, Eric Scoles, and Alicia Doty Henn.
Includes a story by Nancy Kress, College at Brockport alumna and former faculty member: Genelove.
Includes stories by two other College at Brockport alumni -- Jamie Gilman Kress: The costs of survival; and Dana Paxson: Nightbells.
"Where will you be in 2034? 2034: Writing Rochester's Futures attempts to address this question. Bestselling author Nancy Kress leads a tour of things to come, alongside Star Trek writer Sally Caves, two-time John W. Campbell award finalist Nick DiChario, playwright Craig DeLancey, and fourteen other[s] ... It's 2034 on the edge of the altered state of New York, by some of the wildest new voices and best writers in speculative fiction. Eighteen local authors (plus a nineteenth on the website) offer glimpses of a Rochester in her 200th year as optimism vies with skepticism, and even the pessimistic visions are sometimes whimsical.. Read it before you live it!" --Publisher
Read excerpts of most pieces, with full-text of a few others, on the publisher's website: http://r-spec.org/2034
John Joseph Adams and Nancy Kress
Edited by John Joseph Adams.
Includes short story by The College at Brockport alumna and former faculty member Nancy Kress: Inertia.
William Beckford and Robert J. Gemmett
By William Beckford ; edited with an introduction and notes by Robert J. Gemmett [College at Brockport emeritus].
Henry Gee and Nancy Kress
Edited by Henry Gee.
Includes a story by College at Brockport alumna and former faculty member Nancy Kress: Product development.
"100 speculative fictions from the pages of the leading science journal."--From cover.
"Here are 100 very short stories on the subject of the future and what it might be like. These pieces were originally published in the great science journal Nature between 1999 and 2006, as one-page features that proved very popular with readers. The authors include scientists, journalists, and many of the most famous SF writers in the world. Futures from Nature includes everything from satires and vignettes to compressed stories and fictional book reviews, science articles, and journalism, in eight-hundred word modules. All of them are entertaining and as a group they are a startling repository of ideas and attitudes about the future. Appearing in book form fo the first time, these one hundred pieces were originally published in the great science journal, Nature, between 1999 and 2006, as one-page features. That proved very popular with the readers of the journal. This is a unique book, by scientists and writers, of interest to any reader who might like to speculate about the future. With stories from:Arthur C. Clarke; Bruce Sterling; Charles Stross; Cory Doctorow; Greg Bear; Gregory Benford; Oliver Morton; Ian Macleod; Rudy Rucker; Greg Egan; Stephan Baxter; Barrington J. Bayley; Brian Stableford; Frederik Pohl; Vernor Vinge; Nancy Kress, Michael Moorcock, Vonda N. McIntyr; Kim Stanley Robinson; John M. Ford; and eighty more."--Publisher.
This study imagines modernism as a series of conversations and locates Edith Wharton’s voice in those debates.
By Steven Huff [College at Brockport alumnus and former adjunct faculty member].
A collection of short fictions, including "The Shadow of Hollywood," "Where Snow Comes From," and "The Death of Johnny Red Heart," from Pushcart Award winning fiction writer and poet Steven Huff.