December 14, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 23: Appearance of Print in 18th Century Fiction with Chris Flint


Appearance of Print

Today on Off the Shelf I'm happy to welcome Christopher Flint as my guest. Chris has a new book out from Cambridge University Press entitled The Appearance of Print in Eighteenth-Century Fiction. In the book, Chris uses a wide variety of example books, texts, and authors from that era to look at the fluid and dynamic relationship between authors, publishers, printers, booksellers and readers. These various groups had sometimes surprising influence on each other in an age when prose fiction and the novel were being defined and redefined, based on how readers consumed texts, how printers assembled texts, and how writers created texts.

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October 25, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 15: American Literature and the Free Market with Michael Clune

American Literature and the Free Market

With me for episode 15 of Off the Shelf is Michael Clune. Michael is assistant professor of English here at CWRU and specializes in American literature. This is his first semester on campus.

Michael is teaching a course this semester entitled "Genre Studies: Forms of Life". This course was picked by the blog The Daily Beast as one of the top 20 hottest college courses from across the country. The class and its hotness was featured in The Daily here on campus. Michael and I discuss the class during our conversation.

Some of Michael's other writings can be found on the English Department's website.

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The Cambridge University Press website has a portion of Michael's book available as a pdf download to preview.

Additionally, the book's page on Amazon.com has the "Look Inside" feature which allows you to have a look at some of Michael's book.

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October 13, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 14: Final Salute with Jim Sheeler

Final Salute

I'm happy to kick off a new season of Off the Shelf with an interview featuring Professor Jim Sheeler of the English department. Jim is new to campus, recently arrived as the Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and New Media.

Jim comes to CWRU from Denver, where he spent many years writing for the Rocky Mountain News. In 2006, he won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for the series “Final Salute”, which he then published in book form in 2008 with The Penguin Press as Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives.” In addition, Jim has two other books, Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Led Extraordinary Lives, a collection of his writing, and Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers of which he was a co-author.

In addition to our conversation here on Off the Shelf, Jim has been profiled by the campus newsletter The Daily, and by the student run newspaper The Observer.

There are many charities involved in honoring fallen soldiers and those who are left behind. Jim has links to these charities on his own web site.

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April 14, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 13: Green is the Orator with Sarah Gridley

Green is the Orator

It is my great pleasure to present episode 13 of Off the Shelf with my first returning guest, poet and assistant professor of English Sarah Gridley. Sarah's poetry has been published in a long list of prestigious journals and poetry reviews, including the Chicago Review, Crazyhorse, the Kenyon Review Online, New American Writing and Slope.

Sarah joined me in November, 2008 for episode 4 of this program, in which we discussed her book Weather Eye Open, which was published by the University of California Press in 2005. The press clearly couldn't get enough of Sarah's work, and earlier this year published her latest volume in their New Poetry series. The book is entitled Green is the Orator, and will be the topic of our conversation for episode 13.

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April 05, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 12:Black Dogs and Blue Words with Kimberly Emmons

Black Dogs and Blue Words

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Kimberly Emmons to Off the Shelf for episode 12. Kimberly is Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition here at Case Western Reserve University.


Kimberly's field of research is medical rhetoric, and as such she has published a wide variety of book chapters and journal articles on various aspects within that field. Her recently published first book Black Dogs and Blue Words: Depression and Gender in the Age of Self-Care appeared in March, 2010 from Rutgers University Press and will be the topic of our conversation.

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December 11, 2009

Sarah Gridley awarded Creative Workflow Fellowship

Sarah Gridley, poet and assistant professor in CWRU's English Department, and former guest here at Off the Shelf, has been awarded a Creative Workflow Fellowship according to today's Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.

Congratulations, Sarah!

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April 02, 2009

Off the Shelf - Episode 7: Ted Gup Nation of Secrets

Nation of Secrets


In this episode of Off the Shelf I have the great pleasure of speaking with Professor Ted Gup from CWRU's Department of English. We discuss his 2007 book Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life, which was published by the Doubleday, and has now come out in paperback.


In addition, I ask Ted for his opinion on the state of journalism, journalism education, and the American newspaper.

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February 27, 2009

Off the Shelf - Episode 6: Thrity Umrigar and "The Weight of Heaven"

The Weight of Heaven

I'm thrilled to welcome friend, author and associate professor of English Thrity Umrigar for episode 6 of Off the Shelf. In this episode, we discuss Professor Umrigar's newest novel The Weight of Heaven, which will be published by Harper Collins Publishing in April, 2009. I believe that Off the Shelf has a scoop here, with Professor Umrigar's first media appearance in conjunction with the publication of this novel.

The Weight of Heaven is the story of Frank and Ellie Benton, a happily married Midwestern couple whose young son Benny dies of a sudden illness. In their quest to come to terms with what life will be like without their beloved son, Frank accepts a post from his employer in rural India. The novel concerns itself with how Ellie and Frank deal with their grief and try to regain a sense of who they are, both individually and as man and wife, at the same time that they alternatively discover, appreciate and wrestle with life in India.

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November 18, 2008

Off the Shelf - Episode 4: Poetry with Sarah Gridley

Weather Eye Open

I am happy to welcome Case Western Reserve University Lecturer and Poet in Residence Sarah Gridley to Off the Shelf for episode 4. In the episode, we discuss Sarah's compilation of poems entitled Weather Eye Open, published by the University of California Press in 2005.

During the interview, we discuss influences, during which Sarah reads a poem by Wallace Stevens that had an early and profound effect on her, entitled "The Idea of Order at Key West". This link will take you to the text of the poem in a new window, if you would like to read along.

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October 27, 2008

Off the Shelf - Episode 3

Uncanny Bodies

This episode is a spooky one for Halloween week!

Episode 3 of Off the Shelf features my interview with Assistant Professor Robert Spadoni from the English department, in which we discuss his book Uncanny Bodies: The Coming of Sound Film and the Origins of the Horror Genre.

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September 17, 2008

Off the Shelf - Episode 1

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Welcome to the first episode of Off the Shelf. Our debut features an interview with Associate Professor Kurt Koenigsberger from the English Department in which Kurt and I discuss his new book The Novel and the Menagerie: Totality, Englishness and Empire, elephants, and the benefits of waking up early.


The podcast can be heard by clicking on the player below. In addition, the podcast can be downloaded as an mp3 file or iTunes-friendly m4a version. To download either file, right-click (control-click on the Mac) the link below the player and select "save file as..." When the file is downloaded, you can listen to it with the audio playing software or device of your choice.


And stay tuned for future episodes of this new podcast series!







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Many thanks to Roger Zender for producing the blog page design, Jared Bendis and Thomas Hayes for technology support, and Kurt Koenigsberger for being the guinea pig.

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