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Literary and Cultural Studies

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
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia Edited by David L. Vander Meulen

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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

American Iconographic
National Geographic, Global Culture, and the Visual Imagination Stephanie L. Hawkins

In an era before affordable travel, National Geographic not only served as the first glimpse of countless other worlds for its readers, but it helped them confront sweeping historical change. There was a time when its cover, with the unmistakable yellow frame, seemed to be on every coffee table, in... More

Semi-Detached Empire
Suburbia and the Colonization of Britain, 1880 to the Present Todd Kuchta

In the first book to consider British suburban literature from the vantage point of imperial and postcolonial studies, Todd Kuchta argues that suburban identity is tied to the empire’s rise and fall. He takes his title from the type of home synonymous with suburbia. Like the semi-detached house,... More

Reading for the Law
British Literary History and Gender Advocacy Christine L. Krueger

Taking her title from the British term for legal study, "to read for the law," Christine L. Krueger asks how "reading for the law" as literary history contributes to the progressive educational purposes of the Law and Literature movement. She argues that a multidisciplinary "historical narrative... More

The Little Peul
Mariama Barry. Translated by Carrol F. Coates. Introduction by Irène Assiba d'Almeida

Born in Dakar but of Guinean origin, Mariama Barry claims both Senegal and Guinea as "her" countries. This dual background lends her significant and widespread visibility not only because she is the first woman writer of Guinea to have gained extensive international recognition but also because... More

Romantic Writing and the Empire of Signs
Periodical Culture and Post-Napoleonic Authorship Karen Fang

Nineteenth-century periodicals frequently compared themselves to the imperial powers then dissecting the globe, and this interest in imperialism can be seen in the exotic motifs that surfaced in works by such late Romantic authors as John Keats, Charles Lamb, James Hogg, Letitia Landon, and Lord... More

Traumatic Possessions
The Body and Memory in African American Women's Writing and Performance Jennifer L. Griffiths

Studies of traumatic stress have explored the challenges to memory as a result of extreme experience, particularly in relation to the ways in which trauma resonates within the survivor’s body and the difficulties survivors face when trying to incorporate their experience into meaningful narratives... More

Spectacular Blackness
The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic Amy Abugo Ongiri

Exploring the interface between the cultural politics of the Black Power and the Black Arts movements and the production of postwar African American popular culture, Amy Ongiri shows how the reliance of Black politics on an oppositional image of African Americans was the formative moment in the... More

Best New Poets 2009
50 Poems from Emerging Writers Edited by Kim Addonizio. Series edited by Jeb Livingood

Entering its fourth 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

The Outlaw in American Visual Culture Rachel Hall

Assembling a rich archive of images and texts from the eighteenth century to the present, Rachel Hall offers a history of the "wanted" poster, examining its uses, patterns of circulation, and formal development as an iconic print genre. Her narrative covers a wide range of images: execution... More

Acts of Narrative Resistance
Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Americas Laura J. Beard

This exploration of women's autobiographical writings in the Americas focuses on three specific genres: testimonio, metafiction, and the family saga as the story of a nation. What makes Laura J. Beard’s work distinctive is her pairing of readings of life narratives by women from different countries... More

Above All, Don't Look Back
Maïssa Bey. translation by Senja L. Djelouah; introduction by Mildred P. Mortimer

Above All, Don't Look Back follows the path of a young woman—Amina—as she makes her way through a city, a life, and a sense of self that have been ravaged by an earthquake. In this powerful novel, inspired by a devastating earthquake in northern Algeria in 2003, the acclaimed Algerian writer... More

Something Understood
Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler Stephen Burt,, and Nick Halpern, ed.

Helen Vendler may be America’s most important poetry critic. A winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Vendler has remained a key figure in the academy while also teaching a much larger public how to read and enjoy poems and poetry through her many articles for the New Yorker, the New... More