On the Bookshelf: Recent work from faculty
From novels to textbooks to cultural studies, SF State faculty members contribute to their academic fields through publishing. Below are some highlights of the latest books by University faculty.
Abroad (Sarah Crichton Books)
"Abroad," the latest novel from Lecturer of Creative Writing Katie Crouch, draws inspiration from both recent headlines and ancient Italian history to explore the dark side of being young and on your own for the first time. When Taz, an Irish college student, wins a scholarship to study abroad in the ancient Italian city of Grafonia, she finds herself in an unfamiliar but exotic place filled with hundreds of fellow unsupervised college students. Eager to make friends, Taz is drawn to the lifestyle of a group of glamorous women who shower her with gifts and take her to wild parties. The book's tragic outcome is revealed early on: Taz is narrating her own brutal death. Crouch intertwines Taz's modern-day tale with historical accounts of other murdered women, giving a voice to those often silenced in this tragically familiar story: the victim. The novel has received critical acclaim from the San Francisco Chronicle and The New Republic, among others.
Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History (University of Wisconsin Press)
Three SF State faculty members contributed chapters to this book, the first designed to help university and high school teachers to integrate queer history into the curriculum. Professor of Political Science Aaron Belkin wrote "Don't Ask, Don't Tell: The Politics of Military Change." Professor of Women and Gender Studies Nan Alamilla Boyd is the author of "History as Social Change: Queer Archives and Oral History Projects." Professor of History Marc Stein contributed "Sexual Rights and Wrongs: Teaching the U.S. Supreme Court's Greatest Gay and Lesbian Hits." The book is designed to help teachers navigate cultural touchstones and political debates and provide an opportunity to teach a history that is more inclusive of LGBT topics.
In Light of Another's Word: European Ethnography in the Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press)
Caring Across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families (NYU Press)
A unique study at the intersection of immigration and aging, "Caring Across Generations" provides a look at the linked lives of immigrants and their families and the struggles and triumphs they face over many generations. More than 1.3 million Korean Americans live in the United States, many of them part of the so-called "1.5 and second generations" comprised of immigrants and children of immigrants. Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies Grace Yoo and co-author Barbara Kim of California State Long Beach explore how being the child of an immigrant often means caring for parents at an early age, serving as cultural and language brokers to help them navigate and adjust to American society and caring for their emotions. As they grow older, these adult children work to remember their parents' pasts, remake and pass on cultural traditions, continue with emotion work as they observe parents facing retirement and life changes, and provide tangible care for for ill or dying parents. The book illustrates the work of children of immigrants who care, in multiple different ways, for immigrant parents over a lifetime.