Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Flesh and Blood Aesthetics of Alejandro Morales: Disease, Sex, and Figuration by Marc García-Martínez: An Exploration, Analysis, and Worthy Critical Read

Dr. Marc García-Martínez provides readers and in-depth analyses of Alejandro Morales’ works. The outset of this text details the Morales’ descriptions of the sometimes beautiful, horrific or sublime nature of the body. García-Martínez examines Morales’ modes of poetic construction elucidates the inherent connections between the body, the soul, and societal borders that Morales’ works illustrate. García-Martínez reveals the subtext and scaffolding that García-Martínez utilized to layer explorations of ethnic symbologies, motifs, and religions; “disease, disorders, and decadence…technology and science, urban ecology, cultural ruin vs. renaissance, mythology, futuristic conceptualizations, (post)colonialism and self-determined consciousness” - Francisco A. Lomelí, Prof of Spanish & Portuguese and Chicana/o Studies, UCSB, editor of Aztlán: Essays on the Chicano Homeland (with Rudolfo A. Anaya). 

Frederick Luis Aldama, author of The Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature and Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University, reviewed the text as "Leaving in the dust all those highfalutin' literary theories of yesteryear,” describing “Marc García-Martínez [as digging his] heels in deep to dig out a radically new aesthetic paradigm.”

García-Martínez has unraveled the folds of meaning contained within each piece featured by Morales, and in doing so has unveiled the deep, rich multiplicities of self, imagination and histories within Chicano bodies. García-Martínez delves into Morales’ methodologies of making his reader disquieted in their reflection of omnipresent abject – putting on display the ties between the decaying body, the earth, and violence among men.

The Flesh-And-Blood Aesthetics of Alejandro Morales is a must read for any scholar, educator or writer that wishes to view Morales’ work through the credible and holistic lens of a Chicano author. García-Martínez clearly recognizes his platform and has manifested a text that not only transgresses the layers and borders of Morales’ poetics, but also transcends the White-American gaze that often infects and alters the Latinx voice. 

To purchase García-Martínez's text, click here:  http://amzn.to/2DYkC82

Monday, January 01, 2018

New Groundbreaking Book on the Border, Mexico, and the United States by Steven Bender, Law Professor, Seattle University

More info and snap up a copy on sale here!

About the Author: Dr. Steven W. Bender:
Steven Bender is a national academic leader on immigration law and policy, as well as an expert in real estate law. Among his honors, the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools presented him with the C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr., Award, a prestigious national award recognizing scholarly reputation, mentoring of junior faculty, and teaching excellence. Born to a Mexican American mother in East Los Angeles, his culture and upbringing in a Mexican American household informs his writing and passion for legal reform. An avid reader as a youth, he read over 400 adult-level bestsellers and classics each year from 7th grade through high school. An equally avid fan of popular culture, and a critic of its shortcomings, Bender infuses his writings with a connection to pop culture, while trying to instill timeless values of respect and human dignity for all people.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Trilingual Education: Sign Language, Spanish, English, OH MY!

First posted 11/1/14--updated 11/26/17
Quick Link to the Book: 
Trilingual Education: Sign Language, Spanish, English
New vibrant cover for our 2nd printing of the book.

The title speaks for itself, Trilingual Education: Sign Language, Spanish, English, but I'll elaborate on it a little more in case you want some nitty gritty details.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to speak three languages?  Some people find it difficult to speak one language, but you?  I'm sure you've always had this little voice in your head telling you to broaden your horizons.  Can you even begin to imagine what you could do with three languages?  

Forget Spanglish (for those bilingual speakers).  You could invent SignSpanglish!  

Your resume would be much more colorful than it is now.  How many people actually know three languages fluently (or almost fluently)?  Your future employer would be so impressed, that you'd most likely get hired on the spot!  Who wouldn't find three languages impressive?

At your next family gathering, you could talk to all members of the family without wondering who is talking badly about you behind your back.  You wouldn't even have to let them know that you understand them.  Just sit back, sip on your coffee and enjoy the show. 

These are just a couple of opportunities you could enjoy by utilizing this book. 

Trilingual Education: Sign Language, Spanish, English is written by Kathee M. Christensen and C. Ben Christensen with illustrations by Graham Booth.  According to the Preface, "Currently there are millions of Hispanic families living in the United States.  In this ethnic group there are deaf children...the goal of this project is to facilitate the communication of clear concepts between deaf children and their Spanish speaking families" (4). 

With easy to follow pictures, questions, dialog and exercises, whoever picks up this book will be on their way to understanding sign language in both Spanish and English (with English as the bridge for Spanish speakers to grasp the sign language). 

Don't hesitate any longer!  If this book is for you, follow this link and it will be sent to your mail box immediately: I WANT TO KNOW THREE LANGUAGES ASAP! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Trilingual Education: Sign Language, Spanish, English from San Diego State University Press

Educación Trilingue/Trilingual Education: Sign Language, Spanish, English is a unique manual was developed to facilitate the communication of clear concepts between Spanish speaking parents and their deaf children. Now in its second printing, this unique book, fusing languages and dedicated to bettered communication, uses a series of clear exercises and diagrams to facilitate interchange among users of three different languages: spoken English, spoken Spanish, and American Sign Language. Originally published in 1985, this updated edition appeared in 2016.

Monday, November 06, 2017

A Classic Critical Anthology on John Steinbeck, Focused on the Nobel Prize Winner and his Home, California #steinbeck

From April to May 2007, some of the most celebrated scholars of American Literature, cultural studies, and California history joined with noted artists, performers, and photographers for a unique John Steinbeck celebration at San Diego State University. Homer from Salinas: John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for California, edited by note American Studies scholar William Nericcio, collects these lectures, screenings, debates, discussions, and visual artifacts into one handy volume that unfolds as a bracing melange of old school conference proceedings, next-generation Web 2.0 journalism, and a John Steinbeck scrapbook. The collection, with an introduction by Nericcio, includes outstanding pieces by Jeffrey Charles, Charles Wollenberg, William Deverell, Francisco X. Alarcon, Hernan Moreno-Hinojosa, Pam Munoz Ryan, Paul Wong, Fred Gardaphe, Arturo J. Aldama, Michael Harper, Joanna Brooks, Arthur Ollman, Louis Hock, and Susan Shillingslaw.

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Get the Definitive Scholarly Volume on German Expressionist Illustration by Ida Rigby from SDSU Press!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WORKING THE STONE by Paul Metcalf and Lucia Saradoff from San Diego State University Press #newenglandhistory #massachusettshistory #mininghistory #mines

If you recognized either of these men, it was probably the one on the right, American novelist Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick. But who's the other guy, you ask? 

His name is Paul Metcalf, Melville's great-grandson, and one of the authors of Working the Stone, a special SDSU Press volume published back in 2004--the author passed away in 1999. While they never actually met or had any contact, Melville died years before Metcalf was even born, their shared ancestry has had much influence on Metcalf's writings. Metcalf, in an interview, acknowledges American poets such as Pound and Williams as having been great influences on his writing career, traits plainly in evidence in the experimental style of Working the Stone. {Online you can find a cool interview here where Metcalf talks about his writings and influences, as well as his connection to and inheritance from great-grandfather Herman Melville, the protagonist of Genoa, one of Metcalf's other novels}

Let's get back to the real reason we're here; Paul Metcalf and Lucia Saradoff's Working the Stone: The Natural, Social, and Industrial History of the Village of Farnams, Town of Cheshire, County of Berkshire, Commonwealth of MassachusettsMetcalf and Saradoff take us on a visual and literary journey through the history of a town in New England called Farnams, home of a once booming and successful limestone quarry. The compilation of narratives and oral histories of the laborers who recall their experiences of working in the quarry, including the development of machinery that eventually replaced the need for the workers, not only gives us insight into life in Farnams, but of American life as a laborer as a whole. Metcalf and Saradoff also incorporate the geography and geology of the area into the text dating back hundreds of millions of years, through which we see how it was formed and learn about major events in American history that took place in Farnams or impacted its development, such as it having served as a place of refuge for runaway slaves traveling along the Underground Railroad, as well as the impact the Civil War had on the development of the quarry.

While factual evidence runs throughout the text, it is far from being the conventional fact-based historical documentation we are so used to. Rather, Metcalf and Saradoff play with the presentation of their collection of information and factual evidence, establishing a poetic, collective, visual, and thus beautiful voice that speaks the living history of Farnams. Here's a glimpse of the front cover design of Working the Stone by Guillermo Nericcio García featuring a period photo of the mines in Massachuesetts.

original posting: 2/19/11
revised repost: 8/20/17

Friday, December 16, 2016

Latinx Comic Book Storytelling: An Odyssey by Interview

The “eminent scholar of all things Latino,” Frederick Luis Aldama once again takes us into the world of Latinx comics with his new text Latinx Comic Book Storytelling: An Odyssey by Interview (9). In an intriguing and exciting collection of interviews spanning from Lalo Alcaraz and “La Cucaracha,” to Jamie Hernandez of Love & Rockets fame, to Cristy C. Road and Spit and Passion, Aldama’s compendium of experiences brings into focus the diversity of the Latinx comic tradition, one that runs the gamut from superheroes to political commentary to queer memoirs.

Aldama focuses specifically on the nature by which the authors find themselves participating in the creation of comics and to what effect their cultures influence them. It provides valuable insight into the minds that are currently constructing the Latinx comic tradition, a perspective necessary as the Latinx population is an ever-present one in the comic book market.

That being said, Aldama’s Latinx Comic Book Storytelling: An Odyssey by Interview is an insightful and entertaining experience for readers of all walks. It enlightens them to the writing process and history of many of their favorite comics while simultaneously providing an interesting cultural study in regards to the growing prominence of Latinx contributors to the comic medium.  Aldama’s text directly addresses the question of Latinx representation within the genre. As such, it provides an answer: “The time for waiting is over. Comics by and about Latinos are here to stay. The authors and artists featured in this book are living proof” (269). 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Trilingual Education Gets a New Look!

This SDSU Press gem gets an updated cover.  The content you find inside is the same great guide into Sign Language, Spanish, and English.  

The book translates American Sign Language into both English and Spanish.  This way Spanish Speakers in the United States can communicate with deaf individuals.  

Trilingual Education bridges the gaps of communication.  It also assists to meet the linguistic needs that these individuals need. 

Get your copy of Trilingual Education 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

pacificREVIEW 2016: Lurking Anonymity

pacificREVIEW’s 2016 issue Lurking Anonymity explores the mysterious—and perpetually convoluted—relationships that are now sustained within the digital age. This intricate entanglement between technology and our sense of self oscillates between virtual life and real life, with our id now being composed of immediate gratification through like buttons that have disguised themselves as intimacy. Lurking Anonymity captures the millennial perspective, with thought provoking and imaginative pieces, through diverse mediums varying from fiction and poetry to artwork and even an analytical essay.  The issue often times condemns the hold that the virtual realm has on reality, but it also brilliantly promotes the strength of this simulated world through its ability to connect in unconventional ways. Lurking Anonymity explores the perceptions of current society within the modern world and its effect on thought processes and personal relationships making the issue one that is undoubtedly a snapshot of this generation.

You can purchase your copy of pacificREVIEW Lurking Anonymity on October 1st through SDSU Press.

In the meantime if you'd like to contribute to pacificREVIEW, a West Coast Arts Annual visit the contributor's page for information on how to support the journal and special discounts.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

A Guide to Understanding Complex Narratives: Daniele Chatelain "Perceiving and Telling: A Study of Iterative Discourse"

Repetition. In any narrative structure the function of repetition as a literary device serves more than just a superficial way of attaching meaning to an object or character. Authors employ these devices to expand significance and implore the reader to actively assign connections in the narrative.  Daniele Chatelain breaks down this idea of repetition within narrative structures in her book “Perceiving and Telling: A Study of Iterative Discourse” and ultimately outlines a way of recognizing these “four dimensional” (187) environments working within stories. Chatelain explains that utilizing iterative discourse in other areas of interpretation (such as narrative structure, character development, story themes, etc.) can render a seemingly one dimensional text into a multi-faceted piece which questions the idea of space and time. 

Ultimately Chatelain produces a unique discourse in her book by challenging the traditional narrative functions of tired literary analyzation and brings her readers into awareness of their textual surroundings.

Daniel Chatelain’s Perceiving and Telling: A Study of Iterative Discourse can be purchased through SDSU Press.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

POETICS AND VISUALITY: A Trajectory of Contemporary Brazilian Poetry

An in-depth study by Philadelpho Menezes, professor of Semiotics and Communication at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, on the evolvement of experimental poetry in Brazil is a worthy read for poetry lovers. Take advantage of the fact that it has been translated into English by Harry Polkinhorn, currently an editor for SDSU Press, and order a copy today

POETICS AND VISUALITY: A TRAJECTORY OF CONTEMPORARY BRAZILIAN POETRY is a survey how visuality was incorporated into and formed experimental Brazilian poetry throughout the course of 40 years from an insider's understanding. Part I examines the spatialization of the verse and the concretism that followed in the 1950s. He takes readers through a close look at three versions of concretism: Noigandres, Dias-Pino, and neo-concretism. 

"ruasol" by Ronaldo Azeredo, 1957
Concretism was an attempt to break away from a tradition of verbal expression to begin exploring communication that tapped more into the verbal senses. The differences between the versions of concretism were mostly based on how they perceived space in a poem. In the Noigandres vein, words were arranged geometrically and there was no linear syntax. Dias-Pino concretism prioritized symmetry and mathematics, and neo-concretism was a fusion of the previous two that created an active experience for spectators that was meant to go beyond contemplation and that formed meaning based on the spectator instead of the signs and their positioning according to the poet's taste.

The following sections of POETICS AND VISUALITY look at subsequent movements that expanded the ideas of concretism. Part II is a study of the wordless poetry of the 1960s, and Part III is one on visual poetry. Menezes classifies visual poetry as collage poetry, package poetry, and montage poetry. The creation of such poetry during Brazil's repressive military dictatorship that lasted from 1964 to 1985 was an additional factor that influenced the development of the country's experimental poetry. The social function of art as a critique of the status quo came through in a movement that in itself was inherently a statement against conventional modes of expression. 
"Sick transit" by José Paulo Paes, 1973

Particularly in the last sections of the book, Menezes provides examples of poems that fit into his analysis and he goes into detail about the construction, meaning, and tradition from which each poem stems. POETICS AND VISUALITY, another goodie from SDSU Press, has the perfect combination of direct examples, theory, and chronological organization that can lead readers to appreciate experimental poetry in Brazil and its impact on the international poetry scene. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DEAD SEA SCROLLS: SDSU Press' Collaboration in the World's largest and Most Comprehensive Exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls

San Diego State University Press is proud of having collaborated with the San Diego Natural History Museum to produce a catalogue that complemented the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition in 2007. The Dead Sea Scrolls are 2,000-year-old texts that were found by Bedouin goat-herders in Israel, on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea. In the mid 20th century, archaeologists also began digging out the ancient texts that had been left untouched in caves for many centuries. The region in which they were found, today known as Khirbet Qumran, once existed under Greco-Roman rule and was known as Judaea. The community that wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls are widely believed to have been a group that separated from more mainstream Judaism. While they did not ultimately survive under Roman rule, it is apparent that several of the ideas demonstrated in the texts have indeed survived. They were written at a time when Christianity and Judaism as we know them were in the beginning stages of their development, and the influence that they have had on the foundations of Western society can be appreciated thanks to the close research of dedicated scholars. If you missed the 2007 Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition there is no need to worry, because SDSU Press still has an informative and visually beautiful volume in store for you. 

DEAD SEA SCROLLS is laid out in such a way that allows readers to see the actual scrolls that researchers have deciphered. The categories of text that lead you through the different scripts allow one to understand their physical condition, the interpretation that has been reached on their meaning, and the content of their words via translated lines. The images of the scrolls themselves are stunning, and thanks to pointers such as the "Look at the scroll" category that explains the physical appearance and the structure of the writing in the excerpts, one can get closer to the experience of researchers themselves. It becomes all the more easy to appreciate the work that has been done on these significant archaeological finds when you see how the passage of time has worn down many of the texts written over animal skin and how this has not been enough to erase their meaning. Links of the present to the past have not been severed, but strengthened as we see how the ideas of ancient communities have formed the modern era that we are part of. 

Visit our Amazon store to get your hands on your copy of DEAD SEA SCROLLS! The three sections of the volume will give you access to scrolls from the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, and codexes from the National Library of Russia in St.Petersburg.