New Books Network

Thomas A. Discenna, “Discourses of Denial: The Rhetoric of American Academic Labor” (Routledge, 2017)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Lee Pierce (they/she) interviews Thomas A. Discenna of Oakland University about the myriad ways that the labor of those employed by universities is situated as somehow distinct from ordinary labor. Focusing on a variety of sites where academic labor is discursively constructed... Read More
A. M. Ruppel, “Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
In this podcast, we interview Dr. Antonia Ruppel about Sanskrit Studies. Dr. Ruppel is the author the Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and also teaches online Sanskrit courses at Yogic Studies. Ideal for courses in beginning Sanskrit or self-study, this textbook employs modern, tried-and-tested pedagogical methods and... Read More
Jennifer Mercieca, “Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump” (Texas AM UP, 2020)
Polarization, a disaffected and frustrated electorate, and widespread distrust of government, media, and traditional politicians set the stage in 2016 for an unprecedented presidential contest. For many, Donald Trump’s campaign speeches and other rhetoric seemed on the surface to be simplistic, repetitive, and disorganized. In Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical... Read More
Diana Senechal, “Mind over Memes: Passive Listening, Toxic Talk, and Other Modern Language Follies” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)
In Mind over Memes: Passive Listening, Toxic Talk, and Other Modern Language Follies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), Diana Senechal examines words, concepts, and phrases that demand reappraisal. Targeting a variety of terms, the author contends that a “good fit” may not always be desirable; delivers a takedown of the adjective “toxic”; and... Read More
James M. Jasper, “Public Characters: The Politics of Reputation and Blame” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Did Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency in 2016 because he was a master of character work – able to sum up opponents in pithy epithets that encourage the public to see them as weak or immoral? What is character work and how do characters with roots in ancient crease... Read More
E. Michele Ramsey, “Major Decisions: College, Career, and the Case for the Humanities” (U Penn Press, 2019)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Lee Pierce (she/they) interviews E. Michele Ramsey of PennState Berks on Major Decisions: College, Career, and the Case for the Humanities (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), a robust defense of Communication and the Humanities as disciplines of study. Major Decisions is a... Read More
John R. Gallagher, “Update Culture and the Afterlife of Digital Writing” (Utah State UP, 2020)
On this episode, Lee Pierce (she/they interviews John R. Gallagher of University of Illinois about Update Culture and the Afterlife of Digital Writing (Utah State University Press, 2020) a dynamic look at the life of a text in the 21st century. Looking at wealth of case studies among Amazon reviewers,... Read More
J. Packer and E. Stoneman, “A Feeling of Wrongness: Pessimistic Rhetoric on the Fringes of Popular Culture” (Penn State UP, 2019)
On this episode, Lee Pierce (she/they) interviews Joe Packer of Central Michigan University about A Feeling of Wrongness: Pessimistic Rhetoric on the Fringes of Popular Culture (Penn State UP, 2019), an intriguing book attempting to rescue pessimism from the dustbin of public emotion and philosophical thought. From the work of... Read More