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Jan. 3, 2005

UI Press Books Named Outstanding Academic Titles By Choice Magazine

Two books published by the University of Iowa Press have been named Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice magazine. "Tell This Silence: Asian American Women Writers and the Politics of Speech" by Patti Duncan, and "Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature" by Karen Coats, were honored by the magazine.

" We're honored to have two of our titles receiving such an award, in part because it reinforces the need for a strong academic press," said Holly Carver, director of the University of Iowa Press. "Without publishers like the University of Iowa Press, these outstanding books would not have been published."

A publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, Choice publishes reviews of current books and electronic media of interest to those in higher education. It is recognized as an essential tool for collection development in academic libraries.

This year's Outstanding Academic Titles list includes 644 books and electronic resources chosen by the Choice editorial staff from among the 7,539 titles reviewed by Choice in 2004. All were selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important--often the first-treatment of their subject.

Comprising less than 10 percent of the titles reviewed by Choice during the past year and less than 3 percent of the more than 23,000 titles submitted during the same period, Outstanding Academic Titles are "the best of the best," according to the magazine's editor and publisher, Irving E. Rockwood.

Of interest to literary theorists and scholars in women's, American, and Asian American studies, Tell This Silence by Patti Duncan focuses on multiple meanings of speech and silence in Asian American women's writings in order to explore relationships among race, gender, sexuality and national identity.

According to Choice reviewer J. Tharp, Tell This Silence is an "admirable and exceptionally well written and well researched book. . . . Essential for all Asian American studies collections serving upper-division undergraduates and above."

Duncan is an assistant professor of women's studies at Portland State University, where she specializes in Asian American women's studies, women of color feminist theories, and intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality and national belonging.

In Looking Glasses and Neverlands, Karen Coats introduces and explores Lacan's complex theories of subjectivity and desire through close readings of canonical children's books. Her study is of interest to students and scholars of
children's and adolescent literature and readers focusing on Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and the psychoanalytic study of culture and society.

Choice reviewer J. J. Benardete called Looking Glasses and Neverlands a "wise and fascinating book. . . . Essential for upper-division undergraduates through faculty."

Coats is an assistant professor of English at Illinois State University.

Both books are available for sale in bookstores and directly from the University of Iowa Press online at and by calling 800-621-2736.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Deidre Woods, UI Press, 319-335-2008