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Swift and the Quacks Hugh Ormbsby-Lennon

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Shakespeare and Interpretation, or What You Will
Brayton Polka

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Museum Trouble
Edwardian Fiction and the Emergence of Modernism Ruth Hoberman

By 1901, the public museum was firmly established as an important national institution in British life. Its very centrality led to its involvement in a wide range of debates about art, knowledge, national identity, and individual agency. Ruth Hoberman argues that these debates concerned writers as... More

Women, Epic, and Transition in British Romanticism
Elisa Beshero-Bondar

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The Stage's Glory
John Rich (1692–1761) Berta Joncus and Jeremy Barlow

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Notes of a Son and Brother and The Middle Years
A Critical Edition Henry James and Peter Collister

After a childhood divided between America and Europe, Henry James settled with his family in New England, first in what he regarded as an outpost of Europe, Newport, and later in Cambridge. The family letters (the initial inspiration for this autobiographical enterprise), many of which recount the... More

A Small Boy and Others
A Critical Edition Henry James. Edited by Peter Collister

Henry James was the final survivor of a remarkable family, and his memoir, written at the end of a long and tireless career, was prompted initially by the death of his "ideal Elder Brother," the psychologist and philosopher William James. A Small Boy and Others recounts the novelist’s earliest... More

Literary Celebrity, Gender, and Victorian Authorship, 1850-1915
Alexis Easley

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Spenser, Milton, and the Redemption of the Epic Hero
Christopher Bond

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Transformations of Memory and Forgetting in Sixteenth Century France
Marguerite de Navarre, Pierre de Ronsard, Michel de Montaigne Nicolas Russell

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Wild Enlightenment
The Borders of Human Identity in the Eighteenth Century Richard Nash

Wild Enlightenment charts the travels of the figure of the wild man, in each of his guises, through the invented domain of the bourgeois public sphere. We follow him through the discursive networks of novels, broadsheets, pamphlets, and advertisements and through their material locations at fair... More

Figurations of France
Literary Nation Building in Times of Crisis (1550-1650) Marcus Keller

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The Limits of Orientalism
Seventeenth Century Representations of India Rahul Sapra

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A Taste for the Foreign
Worldly Knowledge and Literary Pleasure in Early Modern French Fiction Ellen R. Welch

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Chick Lit and Postfeminism
Stephanie Harzewski

Originally a euphemism for Princeton University’s Female Literary Tradition course in the 1980s, "chick lit" mutated from a movement in American women’s avant-garde fiction in the 1990s to become, by the turn of the century, a humorous subset of women’s literature, journalism, and advice manuals.... More

Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment
Odile Cazenave and Patricia Célérier

By looking at engagée literature from the recent past, when the francophone African writer was implicitly seen as imparted with a mission, to the present, when such authors usually aspire to be acknowledged primarily for their work as writers, Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden... More

Familial Forms
Politics and Genealogy in Seventeenth Century English Literature Erin Murphy

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Shakespeare without Boundaries
Essays in Honor of Dieter Mehl Christa Jansohn, Lena Cowen Orlin, and Stanley Wells

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Best New Poets 2010
50 Poems from Emerging Writers Edited by Claudia Emerson. Series edited by Jeb Livingood

Entering its fifth year, Best New Poets has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its kind, this annual anthology is made up exclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems... More

Feeling for the Poor
Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action, and the Victorian Novel Carolyn Betensky

What if the political work of Victorian social-problem novels was precisely to make the reader feel as if reading them—in and of itself—mattered? Surveying novels by Charles Dickens, Frances Trollope, Benjamin Disraeli, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, and Henry James, Carolyn Betensky tracks the... More

The Science of Religion in Britain, 1860-1915
Marjorie Wheeler-Barclay

Marjorie Wheeler-Barclay argues that, although the existence and significance of the science of religion has been barely visible to modern scholars of the Victorian period, it was a subject of lively and extensive debate among nineteenth-century readers and audiences. She shows how an earlier... More

The Complete Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll
The Logic Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll and Related Pieces Lewis Carroll. Edited by Francine Abeles

In the history of mathematics, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898), better known as Lewis Carroll, stands out as the rare mathematician who also was an exceptional literary figure.In The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll, each volume of a projected six volumes deals with a particular aspect of his work.... More

Studies in Bibliography, Volume 58
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia Edited by David L. Vander Meulen

The fifty-eighth volume of Studies continues its tradition of presenting a wide range of articles by international scholars on bibliography, textual criticism, and other aspects of the study of books.The volume begins with an essay examining an issue fundamental to all scholarly editing, the... More

The Knowing Most Worth Doing
Essays on Pluralism, Ethics, and Religion Wayne Booth. Edited by Walter Jost

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century until his death in 2005, Wayne Booth was one of the most influential literary critics in America and beyond, known worldwide for The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961), and hailed as a progressive advocate for rethinking the concept of liberal education... More

Written on the Water
British Romanticism and the Maritime Empire of Culture Samuel Baker

The very word "culture" has traditionally evoked the land. But when such writers as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, and, later, Matthew Arnold developed what would become the idea of modern culture, they modeled that idea on Britain's imperial command of the sea. Instead of... More