The MSU Authors Collection is an important part of the University Archives' holdings because the works in this collection document the intellectual heritage of the university and the contributions of MSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni to contemporary scholarship.
Beginning in 2008, the University Archives has hosted a biennial reception honoring MSU faculty, staff and emeriti faculty authors who had written and/or edited monographs, musical scores or recordings, films or videos. This digital collection showcases the books, scores, recordings, films or videos created by faculty and staff at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Where appropriate and where copyright allows, full-text versions are made available of certain MSU Authors' works.
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"Set in the waning years of the Cold War, a stunning debut novel about a trio of young Armenians that moves from the Soviet Union, across Europe, to Southern California, and at its center, one of the most tragic cataclysms in twentieth-century history - the Armenian Genocide - whose traumatic reverberations will have unexpected consequences on all three lives. This exuberant, wholly original novel begins in Kirovakan, Armenia, in 1971. Ruben Petrosian is a serious, solitary young man who cares about two things: mastering the game of backgammon to beat his archrival, Mina, and studying the history of his ancestors. Ruben grieves the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, a crime still denied by the descendants of its perpetrators, and dreams of vengeance. When his orphaned cousin, Avo, comes to live with his family, Ruben's life is transformed. Gregarious and physically enormous, with a distinct unibrow that becomes his signature, Avo is instantly beloved. He is everything Ruben is not, yet the two form a bond they swear never to break. But their paths diverge when Ruben vanishes -- drafted into an extremist group that will stop at nothing to make Turkey acknowledge the genocide. Unmoored by Ruben's disappearance, Avo and Mina grow close in his absence. But fate brings the cousins together once more, when Ruben secretly contacts Avo, convincing him to leave Mina and join the extremists -- a choice that will dramatically alter the course of their lives. Left to unravel the threads of this story is Terry "Angel Hair" Krill, a veteran of both the US Navy and the funhouse world of professional wrestling, whose life intersects with Avo, Ruben, and Mina's in surprising and devastating ways. Told through alternating perspectives, The Gimmicks is a masterpiece of storytelling. Chris McCormick brilliantly illuminates the impact of history and injustice on ordinary lives and challenges us to confront the spectacle of violence and the specter of its aftermath." -- Provided by publisher.
Explores the film performances of Geraldine Chaplin across various transnational and historical contexts
- Examines the distinctive screen performances of Geraldine Chaplin, a unique and underappreciated international star
- Offers new readings of Chaplin’s presence in important films by key film directors across various international cinemas, including Carlos Saura (Spain), Jacques Rivette (France), David Lean (Britain), Robert Altman (America), Alain Resnais (France)
- Offers a unique approach to film performance studies, showing how performative moments created by one actor evoke the memory and performances of another related star in a different historical and aesthetic context
- Explores the relationships between silent film comedy and postwar international art cinema, and between classical and modernist styles of film performance
The most distinguished actor among Charlie Chaplin’s children, Geraldine Chaplin has created a striking performative presence across international cinema. In shifting cinematic contexts and through collaborations with major film directors, she playfully evokes the memory of her iconic father, while establishing her own distinctive screen art. Geraldine Chaplin: The Gift of Film Performance is a long-overdue appreciation of Chaplin’s remarkable screen achievements, and includes close readings of her performances in films such as Doctor Zhivago, Peppermint Frappé, Cría cuervos, Nashville, Welcome to L.A., Remember My Name, Noroît, Chaplin, Talk to Her, and more.
- Examines the distinctive screen performances of Geraldine Chaplin, a unique and underappreciated international star
Jessica Schomberg and Wendy Highby
Accommodating disabled people in the library workplace is just the start. Truly creative changes that make the workplace more genuinely democratic and healthful for disabled individuals have the potential to increase the well-being of all workers. Increasingly corporatized institutions, the widening wealth gap, and reactionary neoliberal policies of austerity present daunting challenges. In solidarity, we can find the collective strength to survive, to resist, and to change the system. Library workers’ experiences of disability are navigable, but also complex and fraught with paradox. This book exposes the unique qualities of the library workplace, including the caretaking nature of the profession and its shadow side. We ask whether it is possible to negotiate a safe path between the exercise of personal power and deference to the hierarchical structure. Imaginative choreography is needed to sidestep the neoliberal pressure to classify, normalize, commodify, manage, or control the experience of disability.
Critical disability theory is the base from which this book explores innovative, inclusionary praxis that challenges traditional, exclusionary views of disability. The book shows the practical applications of theoretical concepts for both academic and lay readers. It does not stop with critique; the critical analysis is a springboard to guide readers in exploring the effectiveness of libraries’ organizational and institutional practices, and to question the fairness of state and federal government policies (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act). The result is an empowering, consciousness-raising journey through “the system,” with the authors and interviewees as guides modeling assertive self-advocacy.
Sachi Sekimoto and Christopher Brown
In Race and the Senses, Sachi Sekimoto and Christopher Brown explore the sensorial and phenomenological materiality of race as it is felt and sensed by the racialized subjects. Situating the lived body as an active, affective, and sensing participant in racialized realities, they argue that race is not simply marked on our bodies, but rather felt and registered through our senses. They illuminate the sensorial landscape of racialized world by combining the scholarship in sensory studies, phenomenology, and intercultural communication. Each chapter elaborates on the felt bodily sensations of race, racism, and racialization that illuminate how somatic labor plays a significant role in the construction of racialized relations of sensing. Their thought-provoking theorizing about the relationship between race and the senses include race as a sensory assemblage, the phenomenology of the racialized face and tongue, kinesthetic feelings of blackness, as well as the possibility of cross-racial empathy. Race is not merely socially constructed, but multisensorially assembled, engaged, and experienced. Grounded in the authors’ experiences, one as a Japanese woman living in the USA, and the other as an African American man from Chicago, Race and the Senses is a book about how we feel the racialized world into being.
Second Language Writing Instruction in Global Contexts: English Language Teacher Preparation and Development.
Lisya Seloni and Sarah Henderson Lee
This book revisits second language (L2) writing teacher education by exploring the complex layers of L2 writing instruction in non-English dominant contexts (i.e. English as a foreign language contexts). It pushes the boundaries of teacher education by specifically examining the development of teacher literacy in writing in under-represented L2 writing contexts, and re-envisions L2 writing teacher education that is contextually and culturally situated, moving away from the uncritical embracement of Western-based writing pedagogies. It explores and expands on writing teacher education – how language teachers come to understand their own writing practices and instruction, and what their related experiences are in non-English dominant contexts across the globe.
On Net-Day the alien Sylph surrounded the Earth and destroyed everything in orbit or in the air. Grounding the human race. The world had to adapt and reinvent itself in a new reality that didn’t allow for the planes and satellites people had come to take for granted.
In this world Cassie is one of a new breed of barnstormers. Drone pilots that fly low and fast in violation of human law and alien weapons. Trying to bridge the past and future, she searches for a place in this new world.
When an eccentric billionaire approaches Cassie to help him reclaim human’s place in the heavens she is pulled into a world of political intrigue and cutting edge technology. All of it constrained by an indifferent alien species. Using her engineering skills and innate piloting ability they could be on the verge of finally breaking free again.
However, powerful forces on Earth don’t want a change in the new status quo. And then there’s the Sylph. If humans return to not only the skies but space…how will they react? Crow’s Gambit is the first book in the Sylphan Revelations trilogy that tells this story.
On Net-Day the alien Sylph surrounded the Earth and grounded humanity. Then a maverick drone pilot discovered how to slip past their notice and opened the possibility of humans returning to space.
Fearful of what the Sylph might do and how the United States might use their new capabilities, several nations decide to attack the East Coast. Cassie and the Crow Works team flee before the growing conflict to an abandoned research facility. There they must find a way to reproduce the success of their first flight using the resources and skills of whoever is willing, and able, to help them. Cut off, they must defend themselves long enough to attempt a space launch that is even riskier than their first.
Meanwhile, Senator Tish Winthrop is sent to find and stop a rogue admiral who has stolen critical technology that could give their opponents a decided advantage. Navigating political intrigue and military conflict, Tish must stop the admiral and find a way for the United States to escape the conflict. All while coming to the realization that something is very wrong with the planet.
And the Sylph are still there, mysterious and waiting, but with an agenda all their own. The stakes have never been higher. Crow’s Haven is the second book in the Sylphan Revelations trilogy.
Sebastian Rogers is the owner of the civilian vessel, Star Sloth. A loner, possible alcoholic, and someone with serious relationship issues.
Not the person you would normally pick as an explorer or for first contact situations. His A.I. doesn't seem to work quite right either, but then he did program it while he was drunk. When an accident dumps the Sloth beyond human explored space, he discovers they also have a stowaway. A stowaway with an attitude and who travels with a nuclear weapon.
To survive and make it home, they'll have to overcome Sebastian's tendency for sarcasm and learn to deal with a universe that up until now didn’t know humans existed…and still probably doesn’t care…
Here is a new collection of poetic “conversations” with the work and wisdom of Walt Whitman, Diane Arbus, Miles Davis, Groucho Marx, and more. Tai qi, classic movies, environmental angst, and the inexorable passage of time are among the subjects the poems consider—along with Terrill’s signature subject, music, especially the blue nights and blue notes of jazz.
An astonishing debut collection looking back on a community of Mexican American boys as they grapple with assimilation versus the impulse to create a world of their own. Who do we belong to? This is the question Michael Torres ponders as he explores the roles that names, hometown, language, and others’ perceptions each play on our understanding of ourselves in An Incomplete List of Names. More than a boyhood ballad or a coming-of-age story, this collection illuminates the artist’s struggle to make sense of the disparate identities others have forced upon him. His description of his childhood is both idyllic and nightmarish, sometimes veering between the two extremes, sometimes a surreal combination of both at once. He calls himself “the Pachuco’s grandson” or REMEK or Michael, depending on the context, and others follow his lead. He worries about losing his identification card, lest someone mistake his brown skin for evidence of a crime he never committed. He wonders what his students—imprisoned men who remind him of his high school friends and his own brother—make of him. He wonders how often his neighbors think about where he came from, if they ever do imagine where he came from. When Torres returns to his hometown to find the layers of spray-painted evidence he and his boyhood friends left behind to prove their existence have been washed away by well-meaning municipal workers, he wonders how to collect a list of names that could match the eloquent truths those bubbled letters once secured.
Mai Xee Vang and Brian V. Xiong
Collected stories by 24 Hmong undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral college students reflecting the joys, challenges, struggles, and sacrifices of being Hmong students in a new education world.
Sun Kyeong Yu and Chang-Seong Hong
Bob Zukis, Paul Ferrillo, and Christophe Veltsos
Our world has failed us.
COVID-19 has stopped the world. Every business and system on the planet now needs to reboot.
And a great equalizing in competitive markets is unfolding as powerful forces are creating massive new markets and threatening existing ones as COVID-19 changes how we live, work and play.
THE GREAT REBOOT is a story about the extraordinary business risks and opportunities behind the catastrophic impacts of the global pandemic.
The first roadmap on succeeding in the aftermath of this catastrophe, THE GREAT REBOOT identifies the key weakness that led us to this point. It then takes readers on a journey that will help them turn this disaster into game-changing opportunity that will successfully reboot their company into the post-pandemic world.
Written by three of the world's leaders in business strategy and digital and cybersecurity risk oversight, THE GREAT REBOOT is a must-read for every CEO, corporate director, and employee.
After reading THE GREAT REBOOT business leaders will understand how to succeed in the new post-pandemic normal.
Stephen Michael Croucher and Daniel Cronn-Mills
Using an engaging how-to approach that draws from scholarship, real-life, and popular culture, this textbook offers students practical reasons why they should care about research methods and a guide to actually conducting research themselves. Examining quantitative, qualitative, and critical research methods, this new edition helps undergraduate students better grasp the theoretical and practical uses of method by clearly illustrating practical applications. The book features all the main research traditions within communication including online methods, and provides level-appropriate applications of the methods through theoretical and practical examples and exercises, including new sample student papers that demonstrate research methods in action.
Also featuring dedicated student resources on the Routledge.com book page and instructor resources at https://routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/instructor_downloads/. These include links, videos, outlines and activities, recommended readings, test questions, and more.
"Sexual harassment and discrimination complaints can result in toxic work environments and huge plaintiff verdicts. This book teaches a novel, systematic method for addressing all employee complaints in a style that utilizes humor and case studies to help business students and human resource personnel comprehend the law, recognize issues and respond appropriately. The method employs the acronym CIDER--Communicate, Investigate, Document, Evaluate and Respond--as the cornerstone for properly handling employee complaints. This innovative approach takes a potentially complicated matter and makes it easy to integrate into a company's policies, outlining the necessary elements for every investigation. Scenarios of employee complaints are analyzed in-depth using the CIDER method to demonstrate the proper method for handling disputes. A practice section of additional worker grievances enables the reader to hone their new skills." --Publisher
Interrogating Secularism is a call to rethink binary categories of “religion” and “secularism” in contemporary Arab American fiction and art. While most studies that explore the traffic between literature and issues of secularism emphasize how canonical texts naturalize and reinforce secular values, Interrogating Secularism approaches this nexus through novels written by and about ethnic and religious minorities. Haque juxtaposes accounts of secular experience in the writing of Arab Anglophone authors such as Mohja Kahf, Rabih Alameddine, Khaled Mattawa, Laila Lalami, and Rawi Hage, with Arab and Muslim artists such as Ninar Esber, Mounir Fatmi, Hasan Elahi, and Emily Jacir. Looking at multiple genres and modes of aesthetic production, including AIDS narratives, visual art, and digital media, Haque explores how their conventions are used to subvert the ideals tied to secularism and the various anxieties and investments that support secularism as a premise. These authors and artists critique Western iterations of secular thought in spaces such as art exhibits, airports, borders, and literary discourses to capture how the secularism thesis reproduces the exclusivity it intends to remedy.
While recovering from a game-related concussion, football star Isaiah wonders what his life would be like without the game.
Andrew P. Johnson
Research-based theories provide the basis for good decision-making in education. As well, teacher effectiveness and student learning are enhanced when research-based theories are used to design curriculum and daily lessons. This book examines human learning in the context of four types of research-based learning theories: neurological learning theories, behavioral learning theories, cognitive learning theories, and transformative learning theories. With each theory, the basic elements are described along with specific classroom applications. The writing style makes these concepts readily accessible to readers of all levels of experience and expertise.
This book is appropriate for preservice teachers who are seeking to comprehend the basic ideas behind these theories. It is appropriate for practicing teachers who want to understand and apply these theories at increasingly higher levels. It is also appropriate for decision-makers or anybody else who wants to understand human learning and educational processes.
This book ends with a description of lesson planning that is set in the various theoretical contexts and includes a guide for defining an educational philosophy.
The Development and Challenges of Russian Corporate Governance I: The Roles and Functions of Boards of Directors
Despite increasing attention toward Russia’s economy and capital market, corporate governance norms of Russian public firms are rarely analyzed. This project presents and interprets evidence regarding various governance practices followed by Russian firms covering almost the entire period of the existence of the Russian stock market. Its findings run counter to some widely held beliefs according to which Russia is a country with high resistance to corporate innovations due to socialist legacies.
Part one of this two-volume study focuses on the role that boards of directors play in reducing intra-corporate agency conflicts. Russian companies have adopted progressive governance mechanisms including director independence, nationality and gender diversity on the board, dismissal of poorly performing CEOs, and cross-listing of companies on foreign markets with stringent reporting obligations. Some of these innovations have had notably positive impact on firms’ performances and market valuation. Others, such as nationality diversity on boards of directors, enhanced the image of Russian companies but made little contribution toward improving internal governance. Unresolved issues impeding further progress include limited liability of directors before shareholders due to imperfections of the Russian legal system, a taboo on disclosures of executives’ compensations, and generally high risks of conducting business in Russia. Despite impressive improvements in internal practices, Russian firms still have a long way to go to achieve the governance levels of their peers in developed countries.
Lori Ann Lahlum and Molly Patrick Rozum
On 10 December 1869, the governor of Wyoming Territory signed the first full woman suffrage bill in the history of the United States. Suffragists in the neighboring territories of Montana and Dakota believed their prospects were similarly bright. Over the next twenty years, however, organizers' efforts to secure votes for women met only limited success. While suffragists hoped the territories' respective bids for statehood in 1889 and 1890 would change their fortunes, only Wyoming enshrined voting rights for all in its state constitution. The fight for full woman suffrage on the Northern Great Plains would take another three decades. In Equality at the Ballot Box, editors Lori Ann Lahlum and Molly P. Rozum have compiled a set of original essays that illuminate key aspects of the movement. Here, scholars uncover previously untold stories of the women who traveled immense distances to win over a diverse, often contentious public. Essential for understanding the larger picture of woman suffrage, including the significance of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, school suffrage, and the anti-suffrage movement, this volume reveals the impact this isolated, rural region had on women's rights nationwide. The contributors to Equality at the Ballot Box build upon classic woman suffrage scholarship and develop new ideas that capture the spirit of suffrage on the Northern Great Plains. For the first time, the region's unique circumstances are considered, including significant populations of European immigrants and American Indians as well as harsh climates and sprawling landscapes. By turning scholarly attention to this understudied area, Lahlum and Rozum start a long-needed conversation and point to rich avenues for further exploration"-- Provided by publisher.
Kristine S. Retherford, Linda R. Schreiber, and Rebecca L. Jarzynski
Guide to Analysis of Language Transcripts is now in its fourth edition! This updated text includes access to a companion online program to give students additional analysis practice.
Through the use of this comprehensive text readers learn classic semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic analysis. The opening chapter thoroughly explains the collection and transcription of conversation speech samples. The GALT presents hundreds of helpful example utterances (with full explanations) plus four transcriptions for analysis. The accompanying online program supplies practice for eight analysis types with over 500 additional practice exercises. Readers receive feedback, such as automatic scoring and a running work log to show progress, that they need in order to learn each procedure.
This soft-cover, classic text is the ultimate authority on language transcription.
Elizabeth J. Sandell
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"I am excited to announce the 2019 publication of my electronic textbook, Undergraduate Research Projects: Step-by-Step by TopHat Publishers, Toronto, Canada. It's in a workbook format, intended to complement any individual or group of undergraduate researchers in their social science investigations. The step-by-step approach provides understanding and experience with scholarly inquiry. Students discover content and practice skills related to scholarly inquiry and their academic subjects."--from the Author.
Three great cosmological worldviews―of the Latin West, ancient Greece, and the Hebrew/Syriac world―arose from a union of ancient and medieval thought. Each had origins in the ancient world and reached a synthesis under scholastic medieval thinkers. This synthesis was incorporated into Catholic tradition, becoming identified as a cosmological worldview of the Catholic Church. This worldview maintains a correspondence to and connection between the structure of the universe and the divine plan of creation, whereby creation is structured hierarchically. This hierarchical structure―the Vestige of Eden―is a reflection of and participation in the liturgy of the Church―the Image of Eternity―which is a type of blueprint for creation.
Vestige of Eden, Image of Eternity examines this worldview, updated with modern science, for consideration in modern discussions regarding science, philosophy, and religion. Proposing a framework that is novel for modern-day understanding yet old in the history of human thought, this book will be of interest to academics, students, and general readers alike.
Los inicios del género detectivesco en España y sus antecedentes anglo-americanos: una antología bilingüe
A bilingual anthology of detective writing in Spain and the UK/US, with a preliminary study by Enrique Torner.
This work was originally first available online through the World Association of International Studies at https://waisworld.org/en/wais/publications/books.
Matt Vidal, Tony Smith, Tomás Rotta, and Paul Prew
Karl Marx is one of the most influential writers in history. Despite repeated obituaries proclaiming the death of Marxism, in the 21st century Marx's ideas and theories continue to guide vibrant research traditions in sociology, economics, political science, philosophy, history, anthropology, management, economic geography, ecology, literary criticism, and media studies.
Due to the exceptionally wide influence and reach of Marxist theory, including over 150 years of historical debates and traditions within Marxism, finding a point of entry can be daunting. The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx provides an entry point for those new to Marxism. At the same time, its chapters, written by leading Marxist scholars, advance Marxist theory and research. Its coverage is more comprehensive than previous volumes on Marx in terms of both foundational concepts and state-of-the-art empirical research on contemporary social problems. It is also provides equal space to sociologists, economists, and political scientists, with substantial contributions from philosophers, historians, and geographers.
The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx consists of six sections. The first section, Foundations, includes chapters that cover the foundational concepts and theories that constitute the core of Marx's theories of history, society, and political economy. This section demonstrates that the core elements of Marx's political economy of capitalism continue to be defended, elaborated, and applied to empirical social science and covers historical materialism, class, capital, labor, value, crisis, ideology, and alienation. Additional sections include Labor, Class, and Social Divisions; Capitalist States and Spaces; Accumulation, Crisis, and Class Struggle in the Core Countries; Accumulation, Crisis, and Class Struggle in the Peripheral and Semi-Peripheral Countries; and Alternatives to Capitalism.