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Reclaiming Nostalgia
Longing for Nature in American Literature Jennifer K. Ladino

Often thought of as the quintessential home or the Eden from which humanity has fallen, the natural world has long been a popular object of nostalgic narratives. In Reclaiming Nostalgia, Jennifer Ladino assesses the ideological effects of this phenomenon by tracing its dominant forms in American... More


Technologies of Empire
Writing, Imagination, and the Making of Imperial Networks, 1750–1821 Dermot Ryan

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Best New Poets 2012
50 Poems from Emerging Writers Edited by Matthew Dickman. Series edited by Jazzy Danziger

Entering its seventh 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


Characters of Blood
Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination Celeste-Marie Bernier

Across the centuries, the acts and arts of black heroism have inspired a provocative, experimental, and self-reflexive intellectual, political, and aesthetic tradition. In Characters of Blood, Celeste-Marie Bernier illuminates the ways in which six iconic men and women—Toussaint Louverture,... More


Women Warriors in Romantic Drama
Wendy C. Nielsen

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Bad Books
Rétif de la Bretonne, Sexuality, and Pornography Amy S. Wyngaard

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The Master, the Modern Major General, and His Clever Wife
Henry James's Letters to Field Marshal Lord Wolseley and Lady Wolseley, 1878–1913 Henry James. Edited by Alan G. James

As his letters attest, for nearly forty years Henry James enjoyed a warm and gratifying friendship with Britain’s foremost soldier of the last quarter of the nineteenth century and his wife. The Wolseleys were notable figures. Lord Wolseley, the field marshal who became Britain’s commander in chief... More


Neobaroque in the Americas
Alternative Modernities in Literature, Visual Art, and Film Monika Kaup

In a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of modern and postmodern literature, film, art, and visual culture, Monika Kaup examines the twentieth century's recovery of the baroque within a hemispheric framework embracing North America, Latin America, and U.S. Latino/a culture. As "neobaroque"... More


Pleasures and Pains
Barry E. Milligan

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Quirks of the Quantum
Postmodernism and Contemporary American Fiction Samuel Chase Coale

Episodic and disconnected, much of postmodern fiction mirrors the world as quantum theorists describe it, according to Samuel Chase Coale. In Quirks of the Quantum, Coale shows how the doubts, misgivings, and ambiguities reflected in the postmodern American novel have been influenced by the... More


French Women Authors
The Significance of the Spiritual, 1400–2000 Kelsey Haskett and Holly Faith Nelson

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Escaping God's Closet
The Revelations of a Queer Priest Bernard Duncan Mayes

He survived a turbulent childhood in war-torn London, earned degrees with honors from Cambridge University, was ordained in the Church of England, became an Anglican worker-priest, and emigrated to the United States.He has been a prolific broadcaster for the BBC, helped organize the Public... More


The Bourgeois Interior
Julia Prewitt Brown

From Robinson Crusoe’s cave to Henry Selwyn’s hermitage, the domestic interior tells a story about "things" and their relation to character and identity. Beginning with a description of a typical middle-class interior in America today—noting how its contents echo interiors described in literatures... More


Male Armor
The Soldier-Hero in Contemporary American Culture Jon Robert Adams

There is no shortage of iconic masculine imagery of the soldier in American film and literature—one only has to think of George C. Scott as Patton in front of a giant American flag, Sylvester Stallone as Rambo, or Burt Lancaster rolling around in the surf in From Here to Eternity. In Male Armor,... More


Only for the Eye of a Friend
The Poems of Annis Boudinot Stockton Edited by Carla Mulford

Known among the Middle Atlantic intelligentsia and literati as a witty and versatile writer, considered by George Washington and the Chevalier de La Luzerne a gracious and elegant host, Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801) wrote over a hundred poems on the most important political and social issues... More


The Politics of Rape
Sexual Atrocity, Propaganda Wars, and the Restoration Stage Jennifer L. Airey

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Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature
Solitary Adventures Joseph Acquisto

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Polygraphies
Francophone Women Writing Algeria Alison Rice

Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of Algeria's independence, Polygraphies is significant and timely in its focus on autobiographical writings by seven of the most prominent francophone women writers from Algeria today, including Maïssa Bey, Hélène Cixous, Assia Djebar, and Malika Mokeddem.... More


Activism and the American Novel
Religion and Resistance in Fiction by Women of Color Channette Romero

Since the 1980s, many activists and writers have turned from identity politics toward ethnic religious traditions to rediscover and reinvigorate their historic role in resistance to colonialism and oppression. In her examination of contemporary fiction by women of color—including Toni Morrison, Ana... More


The Modern Portrait Poem
From Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Ezra Pound Frances Dickey

In The Modern Portrait Poem, Frances Dickey recovers the portrait as a poetic genre from the 1860s through the 1920s. Combining literary and art history, she examines the ways Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Swinburne, and J. M. Whistler transformed the genre of portraiture in both painting and... 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


Theology and Literature in the Age of Johnson
Resisting Secularism Melvyn New and Gerard S. J. Reedy

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Backstage in the Novel
Frances Burney and the Theater Arts Francesca Saggini. Translated by Laura Kopp

In Backstage in the Novel, Francesca Saggini traces the unique interplay between fiction and theater in the eighteenth century through an examination of the work of the English novelist, diarist, and playwright Frances Burney. Moving beyond the basic identification of affinities between the genres... More


In the Hollow of the Wave
Virginia Woolf and Modernist Uses of Nature Bonnie Kime Scott

Examining the writings and life of Virginia Woolf, In the Hollow of the Wave looks at how Woolf treated "nature" as a deliberate discourse that shaped her way of thinking about the self and the environment and her strategies for challenging the imbalances of power in her own culture—all of which... More


Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century
Reading the New Editions Edited by Angus Cleghorn, Bethany Hicok, and Thomas Travisano

In recent years, a series of major collections of posthumous writings by Elizabeth Bishop--one of the most widely read and discussed poets of the twentieth century--have been published, profoundly affecting how we look at her life and work. The hundreds of letters, poems, and other writings in... More


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