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On Endings

American Postmodern Fiction and the Cold War


Daniel Grausam

What does narrative look like when the possibility of an expansive future has been called into question? This query is the driving force behind Daniel Grausam’s On Endings, which seeks to show how the core texts of American postmodernism are a response to the geopolitical dynamics of the Cold War... More


Postcolonial Francophone Autobiographies

From Africa to the Antilles


Edgard Sankara

Bringing a comparative perspective to the study of autobiography, Edgard Sankara considers a cross-section of postcolonial francophone writing from Africa and the Caribbean in order to examine and compare for the first time their transnational reception. Sankara not only compares the ways in which... More


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


Not Only War

A Story of Two Great Conflicts


Victor Daly. edited by David A. Davis

Not Only War: A Story of Two Great Conflicts is the only World War I novel written by an African American veteran. In the book, Montgomery Jason, an idealistic African American college student, enlists to fight for freedom and democracy. When he falls in love with a French woman, he learns that... 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


Wanted

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


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