A look at recently published works by UCR faculty, staff, and alumni
“The Ghost Trio”
By Clyde Derrick
December 2022, 45 pages
Winner of the 2020 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook, “The Ghost Trio” is a love story that defies time, and even death. Influenced by Daphne du Maurier and Henry James’ ghost stories, Derrick transports the reader to pre- and post-World War II Prague. The novella is a spiritual exploration of the limits of love and what could have been.
Derrick is the executive director of principal giving at UCR.
“D.H. Lawrence’s Final Fictions”
By Ben Stoltzfus
July 2022, 184 pages
Stoltzfus examines the poetics of seven major fictions by English writer D.H. Lawrence written between 1925 and 1930. Drawing from French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s related writings, Stoltzfus brings literature and psychoanalysis together in readings that are both aesthetic and epistemological.
Stoltzfus is a professor emeritus of comparative literature, creative writing, and French.
By Kate Anger ’87, MFA ’04
September 2022, 268 pages
In 1890s Texas, 17-year-old Jessa Campbell is sent away from her family’s homestead, the Shinnery, as a hired helper to settle a family debt. Life takes a drastic turn for Jessa when she returns home pregnant and alone, prompting her father to seek frontier justice. A coming-of-age story of betrayal and revenge, “The Shinnery” draws from Anger’s own family history and a trial that rattled the region.
Anger earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre and a master’s degree in creative writing and writing for the performing arts. She is a lecturer in the Department of Theatre.
“A Kiss across the Ocean”
By Richard T. Rodríguez
Duke University Press
September 2022, 264 pages
“A Kiss across the Ocean” explores the connection between post-punk British musicians and their Latinx audiences in the United States since the 1980s. A mix of cultural criticism and memoir, Rodríguez examines how these artists influenced him and other Latinx youth, while demonstrating how Latinx culture also helped shape British post-punk.
Rodríguez is a professor of English and media and cultural studies.
By Victoria Reyes
Stanford University Press
July 2022, 184 pages
A first-generation Filipina American, Reyes is a tenured professor, published author, and recipient of multiple awards. She is also a woman of color with a family history of poverty and sexual violence, which often makes her an outsider in academia. Through poetic prose, lived experiences, and social science research, Reyes examines racism and white supremacy and how both contribute to alienation and marginalization in academia.
Reyes is an associate professor of gender and sexuality studies.
“The Chicano Experience”
By Alfredo Mirandé
Notre Dame Press
August 2022, 374 pages
For more than 30 years, “The Chicano Experience” has offered readers groundbreaking analysis of Chicanos in the U.S. In a revised second edition of his foundational work, Mirandé explores new social, economic, and cultural issues that shape Chicano lives today as well as other groups affected by colonization, racialization, and even demonization in recent years.
Mirandé is a distinguished professor of sociology and ethnic studies.