New Books Network

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
M. R. Michelson and B. F. Harrison, “Transforming Prejudice: Identity, Fear, and Transgender Rights” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Since the mid-1990s, there has been a seismic shift in attitudes toward gay and lesbian people, with a majority of Americans now supporting same-sex marriage and relations between same-sex, consenting adults. However, support for transgender individuals lags far behind; a significant majority of Americans do not support the right of... Read More
Adam J. MacLeod, “The Age of Selfies: Reasoning About Rights When the Stakes Are Personal” (Rowland and Littlefield, 2020)
Incivility in our public discourse is limiting our ability to get things done as a nation and preventing us from expressing ourselves in workplaces and classrooms for fear of offending those with real or imagined historical grievances or even merely strongly held views. If you agree with that, then Adam... Read More
Chelsea McCracken, “A Grammar of Belep” (Walter de Gruyter, 2019)
Chelsea McCracken talks about her new book A Grammar of Belep (Walter de Gruyter, 2019). McCracken is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at Dixie State University and Senior Research Analyst of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. She became involved in the homeschool reform movement as a result... Read More
Amy Koerber, “From Hysteria to Hormones: A Rhetorical History” (Penn State UP, 2018)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they) interviews Dr. Amy Koerber (she/hers), Professor at Texas Tech University, on the groundbreaking book From Hysteria to Hormones: A Rhetorical History (Penn State University Press, 2018). Filled with fresh takes on classical rhetorical theories, From Hysteria is an... Read More