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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


Best New Poets 2011
50 Poems from Emerging Writers Edited by D. A. Powell. Series edited by Jazzy Danziger and Jeb Livingood

Entering its sixth 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


Citoyennes
Women and the Ideal of Citizenship in EighteenthCentury France Annie Smart

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Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke
At the Roots of the Racial Divide Bryan Crable

Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke focuses on the little-known but important friendship between two canonical American writers. The story of this fifty-year friendship, however, is more than literary biography; Bryan Crable argues that the Burke-Ellison relationship can be interpreted as a microcosm... More


Shakespeare and Contemporary Fiction
Theorizing Foundling and Lyric Plots Barbara L. Estrin

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Notorious Facts
Publicity in Romantic England, 1780-1831 James Mulvihill

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Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible
Charles LaPorte

Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible charts the impact of post-Enlightenment biblical criticism on English literary culture. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw a widespread reevaluation of biblical inspiration, in which the Bible’s poetic nature came to be seen as an integral part of... More


Salomé
A Tragedy in One Act Oscar Wilde. Translated by Joseph Donohue. Illustrated by Barry Moser

Unique among his works, Oscar Wilde’s play Salomé (1893) was written originally in French. Joseph Donohue’s new translation of the horrific New Testament story has recast Wilde’s shockingly radical drama in the natural idiomatic language of our own day. Presenting a colloquial and spare American... More


Picturing Religious Experience
George Herbert, Calvin, and the Scriptures Daniel W. Doerksen

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Ecocritical Theory
New European Approaches Edited by Axel Goodbody and Kate Rigby

One of the more frequently lodged, serious, and justifiable complaints about ecocritical work is that it is insufficiently theorized. Ecocritical Theory puts such claims decisively to rest by offering readers a comprehensive collection of sophisticated but accessible essays that productively... More


Shaken Wisdom
Irony and Meaning in Postcolonial African Fiction Gloria Nne Onyeoziri

In her focus on irony and meaning in postcolonial African fiction, Gloria Nne Onyeoziri refers to an internal subversion of the discourse of the wise and the powerful, a practice that has played multiple roles in the circulation of knowledge, authority, and opinion within African communities; in... More


Talking Shop
The Language of Craft in an Age of Consumption Peter Betjemann

Describing everything from bread and cappuccinos to mass-market furnishings, a language of the "artisanal" saturates our culture today. That language, Peter Betjemann proposes, has a rich and specifiable history. Between 1840 and 1920, the cultural appetite for handmade chairs, tables, cabinets,... More


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


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