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Evangelical Gothic
The English Novel and the Religious War on Virtue from Wesley to Dracula

Evangelical Gothic explores the bitter antagonism that prevailed between two defining institutions of nineteenth-century Britain: Evangelicalism and the popular novel. Christopher Herbert begins by retrieving from near oblivion a rich anti-Evangelical polemical literature in which the great...

Herbert, Christopher

Children of the Raven and the Whale
Visions and Revisions in American Literature

Taking its cue from Perry Miller’s 1956 classic of American literary criticism, The Raven and the Whale: The War of Words and Wits in the Era of Poe and Melville, Caroline Chamberlin Hellman’s new book examines ways in which contemporary multi-ethnic writers of the United States have responded to...

Hellman, Caroline Chamberlin

Reading with the Senses in Victorian Literature and Science

The nineteenth-century sciences cleaved sensory experience into two separate realms: the bodily physics of sensation and the mental activity of perception. This division into two discrete categories was foundational to Victorian physics, physiology, and experimental psychology. As David Sweeney...

Coombs, David Sweeney

The Hedgehog Review Reader
Two Decades of Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture

For twenty years, the Hedgehog Review has offered critical reflections on contemporary cuture: how we shape it, how it shapes us. Published three times a year by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, the journal draws on the best scholarship and thought from the humanities and social...

Tolson, Jay

The Records of Kings Chapel, Boston

The story of the origins of the first Anglican congregation established in Boston and New England, Kings Chapel, is significantly shaped by the gradually emerging imperial policies of the government of Charles II during the late seventeenth century. It is a transatlantic account influenced largely...

Bell, James B., Mooney, James E.

Epic Landscapes
Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Art of Watercolor

Winner of College Art Association’s Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant Epic Landscapes is the first study devoted to architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s substantial artistic oeuvre from 1795, when he set sail from Britain to Virginia, to late 1798, when he relocated to Pennsylvania...

Sienkewicz, Julia A.

The Papers of George Washington
1 April-21 September 1796

Throughout volume 20 of the Presidential Series, George Washington looked forward to retirement from public life, preparing a farewell address to announce his intention and leave behind guiding principles for the nation. Relations with Great Britain and France dominated foreign policy, as the House...

Washington, George, Hoth, David R., Ferraro, William M.

Exquisite Materials
Episodes in the Queer History of Victorian Style

Exquisite Materials explores the connections between gay subjects, material objects, and the social and aesthetic landscapes in which they circulated. Each of the book's four chapters takes up as a case study a figure or set of figures whose life and work dramatize different aspects of the unique...

Joseph, Abigail

A History of the Writerly Pox in the Eighteenth-Century Hispanic World

Syphilis was a prevalent affliction in the era of the Americas’ colonization, creating widespread anxiety that is indicated in the period’s literature across numerous fields. Reflecting Spaniards’ political prejudices of the period, it was alternately labeled "mal francés" or "el mal de las Indias...

González Espitia, Juan Carlos

The Problem of Profit
Finance and Feeling in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Attacks against the pursuit of profit in eighteenth-century Britain have been largely read as reactions against market activity in general or as critiques of financial innovation.  In  The Problem of Profit, however, Michael Genovese contends that such rejections of profit derive not from a...

Genovese, Michael

The Dark Thread
From Tragical Histories to Gothic Tales

In The Dark Thread, scholars examine a set of important and perennial narrative motifs centered on violence within the family as they have appeared in French, English, Spanish, and American literatures. Over fourteen essays, contributors highlight the connections between works from early modernity...

Lyons, John D.

New Woman Ecologies
From Arts and Crafts to the Great War and Beyond

A transatlantic phenomenon of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the "New Woman" broke away from many of the constraints of the Victorian era to enjoy a greater freedom of movement in the social, physical, and intellectual realms. As Alicia Carroll reveals, the New Woman also played...

Carroll, Alicia

Caribbean Jewish Crossings
Literary History and Creative Practice

Caribbean Jewish Crossings is the first essay collection to consider the Caribbean's relationship to Jewishness through a literary lens. Although Caribbean novelists and poets regularly incorporate Jewish motifs in their work, scholars have neglected this strain in studies of Caribbean literature...

Casteel, Sarah Phillips, Kaufman, Heidi

Republican Populist
Spiro Agnew and the Origins of Donald Trump’s America

Typically a maligned figure in American political history, former vice president Spiro T. Agnew is often overlooked. Although he is largely remembered for his alliterative speeches, attacks on the media and East Coast intellectuals, and his resignation from office in 1973 in the wake of tax evasion...

Holden, Charles J., Messitte, Zach, Podair, Jerald

Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics
Why and How Deep Learning Still Matters

We live in an era of unprecedented growth in knowledge. Never before has there been so great an availability of and access to information in both print and online. Yet as opportunities to educate ourselves have greatly increased, our time for reading has significantly diminished. And when we do...

Clooney, Francis X.

American Autopia
An Intellectual History of the American Roadside at Midcentury

Early to mid-twentieth-century America was the heyday of a car culture that has been called an "automobile utopia." In American Autopia, Gabrielle Esperdy examines how the automobile influenced architectural and urban discourse in the United States from the earliest days of the auto industry to the...

Esperdy, Gabrielle

Yuletide in Dixie
Slavery, Christmas, and Southern Memory

How did enslaved African Americans in the Old South really experience Christmas? Did Christmastime provide slaves with a lengthy and jubilant respite from labor and the whip, as is generally assumed, or is the story far more complex and troubling? In this provocative, revisionist, and sometimes...

May, Robert E.

Enigmatic Stream
Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River

As it churns toward its terminus in southeastern Louisiana, the Mississippi River becomes a wide, muddy superhighway of activity, matched in might only by the megastructures of heavy industry that line its banks. The section of the river from Baton Rouge to New Orleans doubles as one of the most...

Sexton, Richard

The Alchemy of Conquest
Science, Religion, and the Secrets of the New World

The Age of the Discovery of the Americas was concurrent with the Age of Discovery in science. In The Alchemy of Conquest, Ralph Bauer explores the historical relationship between the two, focusing on the connections between religion and science in the Spanish, English, and French literatures about...

Bauer, Ralph

How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia

Many are aware that gerrymandering exists and suspect it plays a role in our elections, but its history goes far deeper, and its impacts are far greater, than most realize. In his latest book, Brent Tarter focuses on Virginia’s long history of gerrymandering to uncover its immense influence on the...

Tarter, Brent

Goodness and the Literary Imagination
Harvard's 95th Ingersoll Lecture with Essays on Morrison's Moral and Religious Vision

What exactly is goodness? Where is it found in the literary imagination? Toni Morrison, one of American letters’ greatest voices, pondered these perplexing questions in her celebrated Ingersoll Lecture, delivered at Harvard University in 2012 and published now for the first time in book form....

Morrison, Toni, Carrasco, David, Paulsell, Stephanie, Willard, Mara

Blood and Sympathy in the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

"England may with justice claim to be the native land of transfusion," wrote one European physician in 1877, acknowledging Great Britain’s crucial role in developing and promoting human-to-human transfusion as treatment for life-threatening blood loss. As news of this revolutionary medical...

Kibbie, Ann Louise

The Field of Imagination
Thomas Paine and Eighteenth-Century Poetry

One of America’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine is best remembered as the pamphleteer who inspired the American Revolution. Yet few also know him as an eighteenth-century poet of considerable repute. In The Field of Imagination, Scott Cleary offers the first book on Paine’s poetry, exploring how...

Cleary, Scott M.

A Guidebook to Virginia's African American Historical Markers

Virginia encompasses "this nation’s longest continuous experience of Afro-American life and culture," esteemed scholar Armstead L. Robinson has written. This book offers both highway and armchair travelers the first published guide to the locations and texts of more than three hundred state...