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Botanical Entanglements
Women, Natural Science, and the Arts in Eighteenth-Century England Anna K. Sagal

To this day, women face barriers in entering scientific professions, and in earlier eras the challenges were greater still. But in Botanical Entanglements, Anna Sagal reveals how women’s active participation in scientific discourses of the eighteenth century was enabled by the manipulation of... More


Best New Poets 2021
50 Poems from Emerging Writers

Praise for earlier editions:"[A] reminder that contemporary poetry is not only alive and well but continuing to grow."— Publishers Weekly"This collection stands out among the crowd claiming to represent emergent poets. Much of the editing and preliminary reading was done by emerging poets... More


Beyond the Moulin Rouge
The Life and Legacy of La Goulue Will Visconti

Best known by her stage name, La Goulue (the Glutton), Louise Weber was one of the biggest stars of the fin de siècle Paris, renowned as a cancan dancer at the Moulin Rouge. The subject of numerous paintings and photographs, she became an iconic figure of modern art. Her life, however, has... More


Limited Choices
Mable Jones, a Black Children's Nurse in a Northern White Household Emily K. Abel and Margaret K. Nelson. Foreword by Andrea Douglas

When interviewed by the Charlottesville, Virginia, Ridge Street Oral History Project, which documented the lives of Black residents in the 1990s, Mable Jones described herself as a children’s nurse, recounting her employment in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. Emily Abel and Margaret Nelson,... More


Fellow Travelers
How Road Stories Shaped the Idea of the Americas John Ochoa

Road trips loom large in the American imagination, and stories from the road have been central to crafting national identities across North and South America. Tales of traversing this vast geography, with its singular landscape, have helped foster a sense of American exceptionalism. Examining three... More


The Philip Roth We Don't Know
Sex, Race, and Autobiography Jacques Berlinerblau

Let it be said, Philip Roth was never uncontroversial. From his first book, Roth scandalized literary society as he questioned Jewish identity and sexual politics in postwar America. Scrutiny and fierce rebukes of the renowned author, for everything from chauvinism to anti-Semitism, followed him... More


Against the Map
The Politics of Geography in Eighteenth-Century Britain Adam Sills

Over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the increasing accuracy and legibility of cartographic projections, the proliferation of empirically based chorographies, and the popular vogue for travel narratives served to order, package, and commodify space in a manner that was... More


Almost Hemingway
The Adventures of Negley Farson, Foreign Correspondent Rex Bowman and Carlos Santos

Would it surprise you to learn that there was a contemporary of Ernest Hemingway’s who, in his romantic questing and hell-or-high-water pursuit of life and his art, was closer to the Hemingwayesque ideal than Hemingway himself? Almost Hemingway relates the life of Negley Farson, adventurer,... More


Fake It
Fictions of Forgery Mark Osteen

How many layers of artifice can one artwork contain? How does forgery unsettle our notions of originality and creativity? Looking at both the literary and art worlds, Fake It investigates a set of fictional forgeries and hoaxes alongside their real-life inspirations and parallels. Mark Osteen shows... More


Staging Civilization
A Transnational History of French Theater in Eighteenth-Century Europe Rahul Markovits. Translated by Jane Marie Todd. Preface by David A. Bell

Eighteenth-century France is understood to have been the dominant cultural power on that era’s international scene. Considering the emblematic case of the theater, Rahul Markovits goes beyond the idea of "French Europe" to offer a serious consideration of the intentions and goals of those involved... More


Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
Paternalism's Daughter Deborah A. Symonds

A celebrated historian and women’s studies scholar, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese roiled both disciplines with her transition from Marxist-inclined feminist to conservative public intellectual. In the first major biography of this singular and controversial scholar, Deborah Symonds explores Fox-Genovese’s... More


The Usufructuary Ethos
Power, Politics, and Environment in the Long Eighteenth Century Erin Drew

Who has the right to decide how nature is used, and in what ways? Recovering an overlooked thread of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century environmental thought, Erin Drew shows that English writers of the period commonly believed that human beings had only the "usufruct" of the earth—the "right of... More


Speculative Enterprise
Public Theaters and Financial Markets in London, 1688–1763 Mattie Burkert

In the wake of the 1688 revolution, England’s transition to financial capitalism accelerated dramatically. Londoners witnessed the rise of credit-based currencies, securities markets, speculative bubbles, insurance schemes, and lotteries. Many understood these phenomena in terms shaped by their... More


In the Arena
A Memoir of Love, War, and Politics Chuck Robb. Foreword by Bill Clinton

Join Governor Chuck Robb at his online author events In December 1967, Chuck Robb was catapulted onto the national scene when he married Lynda Bird Johnson, the daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, in a nationally broadcast White House wedding. Shortly thereafter, Robb, a U.S. Marine, deployed... More


Fashioning Character
Style, Performance, and Identity in Contemporary American Literature Lauren S. Cardon

It’s often said that we are what we wear. Tracing an American trajectory in fashion, Lauren Cardon shows how we become what we wear. Over the twentieth century, the American fashion industry diverged from its roots in Paris, expanding and attempting to reach as many consumers as possible. Fashion... More


Mind over Matter
Memory Fiction from Daniel Defoe to Jane Austen Sarah Eron

How do we understand memory in the early novel? Departing from traditional empiricist conceptualizations of remembering, Mind over Matter uncovers a social model of memory in Enlightenment fiction that is fluid and evolving—one that has the capacity to alter personal histories. Memories are not... More


Wandering Memory
Jan J. Dominique. Translated by Emma Donovan Page

The daughter of Haitian journalist and pro-democracy activist Jean Léopold Dominique, who was assassinated in 2000, Jan J. Dominique offers a memoir that provides a uniquely personal perspective on the tumultuous end of the twentieth century in Haiti. Wandering Memory is her elegy for a father and... More


Saul Steinberg's Literary Journeys
Nabokov, Joyce, and Others Jessica R. Feldman

Saul Steinberg’s inimitable drawings, paintings, and assemblages enriched the New Yorker, gallery and museum shows, and his own books for more than half a century. Although the literary qualities of Steinberg’s work have often been noted in passing, critics and art historians have yet to fathom the... More


Sapphic Crossings
Cross-Dressing Women in Eighteenth-Century British Literature Ula Lukszo Klein

Across the eighteenth century in Britain, readers, writers, and theater-goers were fascinated by women who dressed in men’s clothing—from actresses on stage who showed their shapely legs to advantage in men’s breeches to stories of valiant female soldiers and ruthless female pirates. Spanning... More


Reading Reality
Nineteenth-Century American Experiments in the Real E. Thomas Finan

In the early 1800s, American critics warned about the danger of literature as a distraction from reality. Later critical accounts held that American literature during the antebellum period was idealistic and that literature grew more realistic after the horrors of the Civil War. By focusing on... More


The Complete Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll
A Miscellany of Works on Alice, Theatre, Religion, Science, and More Lewis Carroll

The final volume in the Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll series collects more than one hundred of his works on the Alice books, the theater, religion and morality, science and mathematics, photography, letters and postage, humor, stories, poetry, undergraduate papers, circular letters, and miscellaneous... More


Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century
Hervey, Johnson, Smith, Equiano Jacob Sider Jost

Can a single word explain the world? In the British eighteenth century, interest comes close: it lies at the foundation of the period’s thinking about finance, economics, politics, psychology, and aesthetics. Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century provides the first comprehensive account... More


Best New Poets 2020
50 Poems from Emerging Writers Edited by Brian Teare

Praise for earlier editions:"[A] reminder that contemporary poetry is not only alive and well but continuing to grow."—Publishers Weekly"This collection stands out among the crowd claiming to represent emergent poets. Much of the editing and preliminary reading was done by emerging poets themselves... More


Henry Adams in Washington
Linking the Personal and Public Lives of America’s Man of Letters Ormond Seavey

A descendent of two U.S. presidents and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Henry Adams enjoyed a very particular place in American life, not least due to his ancestry. Yet despite his prolific writing in the years between 1877 and 1891, when he lived in Washington, D.C., Adams has somehow slipped into... More


By Broad Potomac's Shore
Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation's Capital Edited by Kim Roberts

Following her successful Literary Guide to Washington, DC, which Library Journal called "the perfect accompaniment for a literature-inspired vacation in the US capital," Kim Roberts returns with a comprehensive anthology of poems by both well-known and overlooked poets working and living in the... More


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