New in our Archaeology of the American South Series!

The Archaeology of Houses and Households in the Native Southeast contributes enormously to the study of household archaeology and domestic architecture in the region. This significant volume combines both previously published and unpublished data on communities from the Southeast and is the first systematic attempt to understand the development of houses and households as interpreted through a theoretical framework developed from broad-ranging studies in cultural anthropology and archaeology.

Benjamin A. Steere’s major achievement is the compilation of one of the largest and most detailed architectural datasets for the Southeast, including data for 1,258 domestic and public structures from 65 archaeological sites in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the southern parts of Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois. Rare data from hard-to-find cultural resource management reports is also incorporated, creating a broad temporal and geographic scope and serving as one of many remarkable features of the book, which is sure to be of considerable value to archaeologists and anthropologists interested in comparative studies of architecture.

Similar to other analyses, Steere’s research uses multiple theoretical angles and lines of evidence to answer archaeological questions about houses and the people who built them. However, unlike other examinations of household archaeology, this project spans multiple time periods (Woodland, Mississippian, and Historic); is focused squarely on the Southeast; features a more unified approach, using data from a single, uniform database; and privileges domestic architecture as a line of evidence for reconstructing daily life at major archaeological sites on a much broader scale than other investigations.

Benjamin A. Steere
is an assistant professor of anthropology at Western Carolina University.

The Archaeology of Houses and Households in the Native Southeast is certain to become an essential reference for anyone doing native archaeology in the Southeast.”
—Robin Beck, author of Chiefdoms, Collapse, and Coalescence in the Early American South and coeditor of Fort San Juan and the Limits of Empire: Colonialism and Household Practice at the Berry Site

“A critically important work that moves beyond mere synthesis and summary and includes interpretations of southeastern Indian lifeways only possible through an appropriate matching of methodology, scale of analysis, and an incredible amount of data.”
—Ramie A. Gougeon, coeditor of Archaeological Perspectives on the Southern Appalachians: A Multiscalar Approach

232 pages / 38 B&W figures / 17 tables
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1949-6 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9119-5 Ebook

New in Southeastern Archaeology!

Forging Southeastern Identities, a groundbreaking collection of ten essays, covers a broad expanse of time—from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries—and focuses on a common theme of identity. These essays represent the various methods used by esteemed scholars today to study how Native Americans in the distant past created new social identities when old ideas of the self were challenged by changes in circumstance or by historical contingencies.

Archaeologists, anthropologists, and folklorists working in the Southeast have always recognized the region’s social diversity; indeed, the central purpose of these disciplines is to study peoples overlooked by the mainstream. Yet the ability to define and trace the origins of a collective social identity—the means by which individuals or groups align themselves, always in contrast to others—has proven to be an elusive goal. Here, editors Gregory A. Waselkov and Marvin T. Smith champion the relational identification and categorical identification processes, taken from sociological theory, as effective analytical tools.

Taking up the challenge, the contributors have deployed an eclectic range of approaches to establish and inform an overarching theme of identity. Some investigate shell gorgets, textiles, shell trade, infrastructure, specific sites, or plant usage. Others focus on the edges of the Mississippian world or examine colonial encounters between Europeans and native peoples. A final chapter considers the adaptive malleability of historical legend in the telling and hearing of slave narratives.

Gregory A. Waselkov
is the author of Old Mobile Archaeology and the award-winning A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814. He is a coauthor of Archéologie de l’Amérique colonial française, which won the 2014 Prix Lionel-Groulx. Waselkov serves as president of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference and is the former editor of the journal Southeastern Archaeology. He is a professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Archaeological Studies at the University of South Alabama.

Marvin T. Smith is the author of more than seventy scholarly publications, including The Archaeology of Aboriginal Culture Change in the Interior Southeast: Depopulation during the Early Historic Period and Coosa: The Rise and Fall of a Southeastern Mississippian Chiefdom. He is a professor of anthropology at Valdosta State University in Georgia.

Robin A. Beck / Ian W. Brown / Penelope B. Drooker / Robbie Ethridge / Kandace D. Hollenbach / Adam King / George E. Lankford / David G. Moore / Christopher B. Rodning / Rebecca Saunders / Johann A. Sawyer / Marvin T. Smith / Vincas P. Steponaitis / Gregory A. Waselkov / John E. Worth

304 pages / 42 B&W figures / 11 tables
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1941-0 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9078-5 Ebook

New in Our Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series

Calligraphy Typewriters is a landmark publication in contemporary poetry, the first and only single-volume gathering of Larry Eigner’s most significant and celebrated poems of the several thousand that constitute his remarkable life’s work.

Larry Eigner began writing poetry at age eight and was first published at age nine. Revered by poets and artists across a broad spectrum of generations and schools, Eigner’s remarkably moving poetry was created through enormous effort: because of severe physical disabilities, he produced his texts by typing with only one index finger and thumb on a 1940 Royal manual typewriter, creating a body of work that is  unparalleled in its originality.

Calligraphy Typewriters showcases the most celebrated of Eigner’s several thousand poems, which are an important part of the Black Mountain/Projectivist movement that began in the 1950s, and remain a primary inspiration for many younger writers, including those in the Language movement that began in the 1970s. In its two sections—named for the two locales where Eigner lived and worked, Swampscott and Berkeley—the volume traces his fantastic perception of the ordinary and his zeal for language. Eigner’s use of visual space, metaphor, and description provide fascinating insights into both his own life and the world that surrounded him. This volume maintains the distinctive visual spacing of his original typescripts, reminders of his method, aesthetic sensibility, and creative ability to compose on the typewriter.

A collection that reimagines the ordinary, Calligraphy Typewriters is the definative selection of Eigner’s poems, and will serve well not only poets and students of poetry, but also readers and writers of every vein.

Widely respected American poet Larry Eigner, the author of over 75 books and broadsides, was born “palsied from hard birth” (as he phrased it) in Lynn, Massachusetts, on August 7, 1927. With the exception of two teenage years in residence at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, Eigner spent his first fifty years at home in his parents’ house in Swampscott, Massachusetts, where he was cared for by his mother, Bessie, and his father, Israel, and where he came to do his writing in a space prepared for him on the glassed-in front porch basically every day.

Curtis Faville has worked as a teacher, editor, and publisher with degrees in English, creative writing, and landscape architecture. He has published four collections of poetry—Stanzas for an Evening Out, Ready, Wittgenstein’s Door, and Metro—as well as books by Bill Berkson, Ted Greenwald, and Larry Eigner, among others, under the L Publications/Compass Rose Books imprint. He maintains an eclectic Internet blog, The Compass Rose.

Poet, essayist, and visual artist Robert Grenier has taught literature and creative writing at UC Berkeley, Tufts, Franconia College, and Mills College. He edited Robert Creeley’s first Selected Poems for Scribner’s, and subsequently edited three books of poems by Larry Eigner: Waters / Places / A Time; Windows / Walls / Yard / Ways; and readiness / enough / depends / on. Working with Eigner, Grenier completed the preparation of some 1,800 “established texts” of Eigner’s poems. An archive of Grenier’s own work—the Robert Grenier Papers—is housed in Stanford University’s Green Library.

“Following publication of the massive (and magnificent) four-volume edition of The Collected Poems of Larry Eigner, its two editors, Robert Grenier and Curtis Faville, set about the difficult task of making a selection of Eigner’s poems for a volume that could be more handily used as a travel companion, or as a classroom text. Probably no one at this point knows Eigner’s work better than Grenier and Faville, and their familiarity with it has allowed them to identify for inclusion in this book key works, indicative of the diverse moves and moods with which Eigner negotiated panoramas, corners, and crevices of the perceivable world. Eigner cast clarity onto the real, variously catching change at its precise swift moment and tracking the drift of slow specks of notability past the senses. The editors of Calligraphy Typewriters: The Selected Poems of Larry Eigner have managed to intensify his oeuvre, even as they make it more available. The book reminds us always to attend to the live world that the senses activate and phrases ruffle.”
—Lyn Hejinian

Modern and Contemporary Poetics
Charles Bernstein and Hank Lazer, series editors

376 pages / 1 B&W figure
ISBN: 978-0-8173-5874-7 Paper
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9054-9 Ebook