Thomas O. Beebee, associate professor of comparative literature and German, has published Epistolary Fiction in Europe, 1500-1850, with Cambridge University Press. The book examines epistolary fiction as a major cultural phenomenon in Europe from the Renaissance to the mid-19th century. The study is the first to consider epistolary fiction as a pan-European form of importance to all the major European literatures. It demonstrates that such fiction can be found everywhere, not just in texts aimed specifically at aesthetic consumption.
Juan Fernández-Jiménez, professor of Spanish at Penn State Erie, recently published Visión de la narrativa hispánica (Panorama of Hispanic Narrative). He co-edited the book, a collection of essays on contemporary Spanish and Spanish-American literature, with Professor Juan Cruz Mendizábal. In addition to overseeing technical production of the book, compiling the index and co-authoring its introduction, Fernández-Jiménez is the author of one of its essays.
Robert M. Frieden, professor of telecommunications, is the co-author of a new three-volume comprehensive treatise on communications law. Modern Communications Law (West Publishing Co., 1999) covers the entire range of legal and regulatory issues in communications.
The 3,000-page treatise is co-authored by lead author Harvey Zuckerman, professor of law at Catholic University, as well as Robert Corn-Revere, partner in the law firm Hogan & Hartson, and Charles Kennedy, counsel in the Washington office of Morrison & Foerster. The endeavor took the writers more than 10 years to complete and is designed to serve as a "one-stop" reference tool for students, academics, researchers and practitioners. The treatise also examines traditional First Amendment and journalism issues, as well as broadcasting, cable television and other telecommunications topics.
A new book about the poet Edmund Spenser, published by Duquesne University Press as part of its Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies series, has been written by Richard C. Frushell, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Penn State McKeesport.
Edmund Spenser in the Early 18th Century: Education, Imitation and the Making of a Literary Model is a comprehensive study that required more than two decades of research by Frushell. The book serves as not only a primer for critical scholarship, but also as a guide to crucial primary material.
This is Frushell's second book about the poet. He is also the co-editor of Contemporary Thought on Edmund Spenser
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