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Institutional Character

Collectivity, Individuality, and the Modernist Novel Robert Higney

How do our institutions shape us, and how do we shape them? From the late nineteenth-century era of high imperialism to the rise of the British welfare state in the mid-twentieth century, the concept of the institution was interrogated and rethought in literary and intellectual culture. In... More

Digitizing Faulkner

Yoknapatawpha in the Twenty-First Century Edited by Theresa M. Towner

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Voices from Beyond

Physiology, Sentience, and the Uncanny in Eighteenth-Century French Literature Scott M. Sanders

There was much uncertainty about how voice related to body in the early eighteenth century, and this became a major subject of scientific and cultural interest. In Voices from Beyond, Scott Sanders provides an interdisciplinary and transnational study of eighteenth-century conceptions of the human... More

Walk the Barrio

The Streets of Twenty-First-Century Transnational Latinx Literature Cristina Rodriguez

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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 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 consistently... More

Kindred Spirits

Chinua Achebe and Toni Morrison Christopher N. Okonkwo

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe—author of Things Fall Apart, one of the towering works of twentieth-century fiction—is considered the father of modern African literature. The equally revered Toni Morrison, author of masterworks such as Beloved and one of only four Americans to receive the Nobel... More

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 Edited by Kaveh Akbar and Jeb Livingood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 to Vietnam, where he commanded India Company of the... 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