Some updates on recent publishing projects of mine for those who are following such things…
Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History has gone through proof editing, the cover copy has been approved, and it is now waiting for one more round of proofs, probably this week, before it goes into print. We’re close. More about this exciting project later, which promises to contribute new insights not just into literary theory, but into why we develop theories of reading literature and other cultural texts to begin with.
Writing for College and Beyond, my first year writing textbook, has also just gone through the proof copy stage and its cover has been approved. Email me at jamesrovira(at)gmail(dot)com if you’d like a review copy of this book. I can send uncorrected electronic proofs now and should be able to send print copies out in about a month or so. It emphasizes all of the ways that the usual tasks assigned in first year writing classes — summary, synthesis, analysis, and argument writing — all have their counterparts in business and professional writing, so that students understand why they’re doing this work. It has a lot of built-in support for working professionals, first generation, and rural students as well, providing carefully explained, step by step instruction in all of the basic tasks common to most college writing.
My next two anthologies, Women in Rock/Women in Romanticism and David Bowie and Romanticism have had proposals sent to the publisher. These have shaped up well and I hope to have a first manuscript draft out by the end of his summer.