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Literary and Cultural Studies

Studies in Bibliography
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia David L. Vander Meulen, ed.

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Against the Unspeakable
Complicity, the Holocaust, and Slavery in America Naomi Mandel

In the wake of World War II, the Nazi genocide of European Jews has come to stand for "the unspeakable," posing crucial challenges to the representation of suffering, the articulation of identity, and the practice of ethics in an increasingly multinational and multicultural world. In this book,... More

The English Cult of Literature
Devoted Readers, 1774–1880 William R. McKelvy

What constitutes reading? This is the question William McKelvy asks in The English Cult of Literature. Is it a theory of interpretation or a physical activity, a process determined by hermeneutic destiny or by paper, ink, hands, and eyes? McKelvy seeks to transform the nineteenth-century field of "... More

Best New Poets 2006
50 Poems from Emerging Writers Edited by Eric Pankey. Series edited by Jeb Livingood

The only publication of its kind, Best New Poets is an annual anthology of poetry by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems included in this eclectic sampling represent the best from the many that have been nominated by the country’s top literary magazines and writing... More

Ethnic American Literature
Comparing Chicano, Jewish, and African American Writing Dean J. Franco

In Ethnic American Literature: Comparing Chicano, Jewish, and African American Writing, Dean J. Franco offers a comparative approach to ethnic literature that begins by accounting for the intrinsic historical, geographical, and political contingencies of different American cultures. These... More

The Golden Avant-Garde
Idolatry, Commercialism, and Art Raphael Sassower and Louis Cicotello

Since the eighteenth century, artists--especially so-called avant-garde artists--have played a conflicting role in society. Part of the reason for their complex position, argue Raphael Sassower and Louis Cicotello, is the survival of the culture of idolatry in the modern age. In the twentieth... More

A Meditation Alan Williamson

A first-person meditation on the literary and visual arts of the American West, Westernness: A Meditation explores how this region has developed its own distinct culture, in literature and painting, from the point of view of someone who has been, at different times in his life, both a westerner and... More

I'm No Angel
The Blonde in Fiction and Film Ellen Tremper

Have you ever wondered why there are so many "dumb blonde" jokes—always about women? Or how Ivanhoe's childhood love, the"flaxen Saxon" Rowena, morphed into Marilyn Monroe? Between that season in 1847 when readers encountered Becky Sharp playing the vengeful Clytemnestra—about to plunge a dagger... More

Sex, Lies, and Autobiography
The Ethics of Confession James O'Rourke

In Sex, Lies, and Autobiography James O’Rourke explores the relationships between literary form and ethics, revealing how autobiographical texts are able to confront readers with the moral complexities of everyday life. Tracing the ethical legacy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions in a series... More

Carolyn G. Heilbrun
Feminist in a Tenured Position Susan Kress

Carolyn G. Heilbrun is renowned as a provocative feminist critic of the culture and (as Amanda Cross) a writer of witty detective novels. In Carolyn G. Heilbrun: Feminist in a Tenured Position, Susan Kress provides a compelling intellectual biography, tracing the evolution of Heilbrun’s thought and... More

Fettered Genius
The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights Keith D. Leonard

In Fettered Genius, Keith D. Leonard identifies how African American poets’ use and revision of traditional poetics constituted an antiracist political agency. Comparing this practice to the use of poetic mastery by the ancient Celtic bards to resist British imperialism, Leonard shows how... More

Caribbean Literature and the Environment
Between Nature and Culture Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Renée K. Gosson, and George B. Handley, eds.

Perhaps there is no other region in the world that has been more radically altered in terms of human and botanic migration, transplantation, and settlement than the Caribbean. Theorists such as Edouard Glissant argue that the dialectic between Caribbean "nature" and "culture," engendered by this... More

Artist of Wonderland
The Life, Political Cartoons, and Illustrations of Tenniel Frankie Morris

Best known today as the illustrator for Lewis Carroll's Alice books, John Tenniel was the Victorian era's chief political cartoonist. This extensively illustrated book is the first to draw almost exclusively on primary sources in family collections, public archives, and other depositories. Frankie... More

The Land without Shadows
Abdourahman A. Waberi. Translated by Jeanne Garane. Foreword by Nuruddin Farah.

One of the first literary works to portray Djiboutians from their own point of view, The Land without Shadows is a collection of seventeen short stories. The author, Abdourahman A. Waberi, one of a handful of francophone writers of fiction to have emerged in the twentieth century from the "confetti... More

Spirituality as Ideology in Black Women's Film and Literature
Judylyn S. Ryan

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The Material Interests of the Victorian Novel
Daniel Hack

Taking as his point of departure the competing uses of the critical term the materiality of writing, Daniel Hack turns to the past in this provocative new book to recover the ways in which the multiple aspects of writing now conjured by that term were represented and related to one another in the... More

Behind Her Times
Transition England in the Novels of Mary Arnold Ward Judith Wilt

From 1890 to 1905, Mary Arnold Ward was the best-selling novelist in the English language. As the Edwardian age came to an end, however, she became a target of scorn for modernists such as Virginia Woolf, and today most of her books have fallen out of print. But in her novels we can vividly... More

Gods of Noonday
A White Girl's African Life Elaine Neil Orr

The daughter of medical missionaries, Elaine Neil Orr was born in Nigeria in 1954, in the midst of the national movement that would lead to independence from Great Britain. But as she tells it in her captivating new memoir, Orr did not grow up as a stranger abroad; she was a girl at home—only half... More

Masterpieces: Food and Art in Virginia
Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts. with an introduction by Felicia Rogan

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Perfect Companionship
Ellen Glasgow's Selected Correspondence with Women Ellen Glasgow. Edited by Pamela R. Matthews

The novels of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ellen Glasgow ushered the South into the modern era, rejecting the typically romanticized approach for a cunningly observed realism. Glasgow’s originality of mind and abiding fascination with her native South are in abundant display in this new selection... More

The Mint Julep
Richard Barksdale Harwell. With a new introduction by George Garrett

"It is my pleasure, a pleasurable duty, to recommend that you follow the author's graceful lead and, perhaps with the benefit of one of the diverse receipts to be found in this book, hold in your hands a frosted goblet to sip from as you live and learn, the joys of the mint julep.—George Garrett,... More

Christina Rossetti
The Patience of Style Constance W. Hassett

Although the cultural and literary influence of Christina Rossetti has recently been widely acknowledged, the belatedness of this critical attention has left wide gaps in our understanding of her poetic contribution. Often focusing solely on her early work and neglecting her later volumes, many... More

The Circus and Victorian Society
Brenda Assael

It was during the Victorian era that the circus, whose origins lay in the fairground world, emerged as a commercialized entertainment that we would recognize today. This development was intricately tied to a widespread demand for circus acts by a broad range of classes. In The Circus and Victorian... More

The Poor Man's Son
Mouloud Feraoun. Translated by Lucy McNair with an Introduction by James D. Le Sueur

Like the autobiographical hero of this, his classic first novel, Mouloud Feraoun grew up in the rugged Kabyle region of French-controlled Algeria, where the prospects for most Muslim Berber men were limited to shepherding or emigrating to France for factory work. While Feraoun escaped such a fate... More

Francis Blake
An Inventor's Life, 1850–1913 Elton W. Hall

Accomplished inventor, visionary photographer, philanthropist, and successful businessman, Francis Blake (1850 1913) changed not only the way Americans communicated in the nineteenth century but also quite literally how they saw themselves. His major inventions, the telephone transmitter and... More