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Willful Submission
Sado-Erotics and Heavenly Marriage in Victorian Religious Poetry

Victorian England: a Jesuit priest writes of wrestling with God at night, limbs entangled; an Anglican sister begs Jesus, her divine lover, to end her aching anticipation of their union; a clergyman exhorts nuns to study the example of medieval women who suffered on the rack in order to become "...

Paxton, Amanda

Pirating Fictions
Ownership and Creativity in Nineteenth-Century Popular Culture

Two distinctly different meanings of piracy are ingeniously intertwined in Monica Cohen's lively new book, which shows how popular depictions of the pirate held sway on the page and the stage even as their creators were preoccupied with the ravages of literary appropriation. The golden age of...

Cohen, Monica F.

An Autobiography

In this eloquent memoir, already widely read and praised in the author’s native South Africa, Hermann Giliomee weaves together the story of his own life with that of his country--a nation that continues to absorb and inspire him, both despite and because of its tortuous history. An internationally...

Giliomee, Hermann

Facing Freedom
An African American Community in Virginia from Reconstruction to Jim Crow

The history of African Americans in southern Appalachia after the Civil War has largely escaped the attention of scholars of both African Americans and the region. In Facing Freedom, Daniel Thorp relates the complex experience of an African American community in southern Appalachia as it negotiated...

Thorp, Daniel B.

How Segregation and Apartheid Came to a South African Town

Cradock, the product of more than twenty years of research by Jeffrey Butler, is a vivid history of a middle-sized South African town in the years when segregation gradually emerged, preceding the rapid and rigorous implementation of apartheid. Although Butler was born and raised in Cradock, he...

Butler, Jeffrey, Elphick, Richard, Hopkins, Jeannette

Imitation Nation
Red, White, and Blackface in Early and Antebellum US Literature

How did early Americans define themselves? The American exceptionalist perspective tells us that the young republic rejected Europeans, Native Americans, and African Americans in order to isolate a national culture and a white national identity. Imitativeness at this time was often seen as...

Richards, Jason

The Pragmatist Turn
Religion, the Enlightenment, and the Formation of American Literature

In The Pragmatist Turn, renowned scholar of American literature and thought Giles Gunn offers a new critical history of the way seventeenth-century religion and the eighteenth-century Enlightenment influenced the formation of subsequent American writing. This shaping was dependent on their...

Gunn, Giles

Capital and Convict
Race, Region, and Punishment in Post–Civil War America

Both in the popular imagination and in academic discourse, North and South are presented as fundamentally divergent penal systems in the aftermath of the Civil War, a difference mapped onto larger perceived cultural disparities between the two regions. The South’s post Civil War embrace of chain...

Kamerling, Henry

Building Natures
Modern American Poetry, Landscape Architecture, and City Planning

In Building Natures, Julia Daniel establishes the influence of landscape architecture, city planning, and parks management on American poetry to show how modernists engaged with the green worlds and social playgrounds created by these new professions in the early twentieth century. The modern poets...

Daniel, Julia

Experiencing William James
Belief in a Pluralistic World

William James has long been recognized as a central figure in the American philosophic tradition, and his ideas continue to play a significant role in contemporary thinking. Yet there has never been a comprehensive exploration of the thought of this seminal philosopher and psychologist. In...

Campbell, James

The War Hits Home
The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia

In 1863 Confederate forces under Lieutenant General James Longstreet, while scouring Southside Virginia for badly needed supplies, threatened the Union garrison in Suffolk. For the residents of surrounding Nansemond, Isle of Wight, and Southampton Counties, the Suffolk campaign followed an...

Wills, Brian Steel

The Illiberal Imagination
Class and the Rise of the U.S. Novel

The Illiberal Imagination offers a synthetic, historical formalist account of how—and to what end—U.S. novels from the late eighteenth century to the mid-1850s represented economic inequality and radical forms of economic egalitarianism in the new nation. In conversation with intellectual, social...

Shapiro, Joe

Genre Theory and Historical Change
Theoretical Essays of Ralph Cohen

Ralph Cohen was highly regarded as the visionary founding editor of New Literary History, but his own theoretical essays appeared in such a scattering of publications that their conceptual originality, underlying coherence, and range of application have not been readily apparent. This new selection...

Cohen, Ralph, Rowlett, John L.

East-West Exchange and Late Modernism
Williams, Moore, Pound

In East-West Exchange and Late Modernism, Zhaoming Qian examines the nature and extent of Asian influence on some of the literary masterpieces of Western late modernism. Focusing on the poets William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, and Ezra Pound, Qian relates captivating stories about their...

Qian, Zhaoming

Body and Soul
A Sympathetic History of American Spiritualism

A product of the "spiritual hothouse" of the Second Great Awakening, Spiritualism became the fastest growing religion in the nation during the 1850s, and one of the principal responses to the widespread perception that American society was descending into atomistic particularity. In Body and Soul...

Cox, Robert S.

The Word on the Streets
The American Language of Vernacular Modernism

From the hard-boiled detective stories of Dashiell Hammett to the novels of Claude McKay, The Word on the Streets examines a group of writers whose experimentation with the vernacular argues for a rethinking of American modernism—one that cuts across traditional boundaries of class, race, and...

Hefner, Brooks E.

Rethinking Sincerity and Authenticity
The Ethics of Theatricality in Kant, Kierkegaard, and Levinas

"This above all: To thine own self be true," is an ideal—or pretense—belonging as much to Hamlet as to the carefully choreographed realms of today’s politics and social media. But what if our "true" selves aren’t our "best" selves? Instagram’s curated portraits of authenticity often betray the...

Pickett, Howard

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning across Academic Disciplines

Online teaching and learning has surged in recent years, and faculty who normally teach in face-to-face settings are increasingly called upon to teach blended, hybrid, and fully online courses. Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning across Academic Disciplines provides insights from...

Alexander, Ross C.

Novel Ventures
Fiction and Print Culture in England, 1690-1730

The eighteenth century British book trade marks the beginning of the literary marketplace as we know it. The lapsing of the Licensing Act in 1695 brought an end to pre-publication censorship of printed texts and restrictions on the number of printers and presses in Britain. Resisting the standard "...

Orr, Leah

The Papers of George Washington
10 March–12 May 1780

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Washington, George, Ferraro, William M.

The Imbible
A Cocktail Guide for Beginning and Home Bartenders

Micah LeMon had one slight problem when he started bartending nearly twenty years ago: he had no idea what he was doing. Mixology, he came to understand, is based on principles that are indispensable but not widely known. In The Imbible, LeMon shares the knowledge he has gained over two decades, so...

LeMon, Micah