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Recent Publications by ACGCC Alumni and Affiliates

Professor Stephanie Batiste has a forthcoming book from Duke University Press entitled Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression Era African American Performance.

Kathryn C. Dolan (English, 2010) has an article coming out in the June 2010 issue of Emerson Studies Quarterly (ESQ) entitled "Thoreau's 'grossest groceries': Dietary Reform in Walden and Wild Fruits."

Mary Seliger (Comparative Literature, 2008) recently published an article entitled "Colonialism, contract and community in Américo Paredes's George Washington Gomez and ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera" in Latino Studies 7:4 (2009).

Rob Wallace (English, 2008) has a forthcoming book entitled Improvisation and the Making of American Literary Modernism (Continuum, 2010).


Walking Backwards

New Poems by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

University of New Mexico Press Catalog, Fall 2010

Walking Backwards is about making a home when you are a nomad, and adding an American self to the many selves that the world’s myriad, bewildering places throw at one body. It is about how travel and restlessness wrench us and teach us about ourselves, how our losses compound our loves, and how endlessly absorbing the idea of home remains, particularly when we keep losing sight of it. Orbiting the globe, this collection narrates encounters in a transnational American’s circuit. As much about Hong Kong as the west coast of the United States, it bundles transients and family, nature and city, the still point within and characters everywhere, to produce a fresh, ethnically inflected poetics.

Shirley Geok-lin Lim was born in Malacca, Malaysia. Her Crossing the Peninsula won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize; she has published four more volumes of poetry, including What the Fortune Teller Didn’t Say (West End Press, 1998). She has also published three short story collections, two novels, and a memoir, Among the White Moon Faces, which received the American Book Award for nonfiction.


MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award and Reception (MLA)

Please join us at the reception as we present this year’s MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Shirley Geok-lin Lim.
Time: at 8:00PM
December 28, 2009
Place: Wenying Xu's suite, Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 Juniper Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, 215-496-3200

Dr. Lim is an internationally recognized scholar who is currently Professor of English at University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Lim has published widely in the areas of literary criticism, Asian American studies, poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent publications
include Princess Shawl (Maya Press: Kuala Lumpur, 2008); Listening to the Singer: New and Selected Malaysian Poems (Maya Press: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2007); and Sister Swing, A Novel (Singapore/London: Marshall Cavendish, 2006). Dr. Lim’s wide-ranging and deeply influential contributions to scholarship and teaching have frequently been acknowledged with numerous grants, prizes, awards, and honors such as NEH and American Book Award.


Sister Swing coverSister Swing
By Shirley Geok-lin Lim
paper 9812612270 $12.00

Buy This Book!

Karen Yamashita, author of Through the Arc of the Rain Forest
"... [set] against [a] wild cultural backdrop... the story unfolds to reveal the strong and intimate ties and responsibilities of sisterhood."

Shawn Wong, author of American Knees
"... a richly textured understanding of a family rooted in a rigid patriarchy ... and their new identity molded in [1980s'] America."

Richard Lim, The Straits Times
"As in her first novel "Joss and Gold", Shirley... has infused the work with her poetic sensibility. A compelling read."

Book Description
"Sister Swing" chronicles the growing up years of three sisters. It follows their transplant from a relatively sheltered life in Malaysia to the raw realities of the United States. It illuminates the complex relationships between the sisters, and gently but firmly explores the morals, values and mindsets of growing up Asian in a Western world.