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Speculative Enterprise
Speculative Enterprise

Public Theaters and Financial Markets in London, 1688–1763

Burkert, Mattie

In the wake of the 1688 revolution, England’s transition to financial capitalism accelerated dramatically. Londoners witnessed the rise of credit-based currencies, securities...


Utopian Geographies and the Early English Novel
Utopian Geographies and the Early English Novel
Pearl, Jason H.

Historians of the Enlightenment have studied the period’s substantial advances in world cartography, as well as the decline of utopia imagined in geographic terms. Literary...


How Borges Wrote
How Borges Wrote
Balderston, Daniel

A distinguished poet and essayist and one of the finest writers of short stories in world letters, Jorge Luis Borges deliberately and regularly altered his work by extensive...


The Angel out of the House
The Angel out of the House

Philanthropy and Gender in Nineteenth-Century England

Elliott, Dorice Williams

Was nineteenth-century British philanthropy the "truest and noblest woman’s work" and praiseworthy for having raised the nation’s moral tone, or was it a dangerous mission...


Colonial Wounds/Postcolonial Repair
Colonial Wounds/Postcolonial Repair
Menia, Amina, Shanahan, Maureen, Hinderliter, Beth

This companion volume to the Colonial Wounds/Postcolonial Repair exhibition at James Madison University’s Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art contributes to debates about...


Manufacturing Culture
Manufacturing Culture

Vindications of Early Victorian Industry

Bizup, Joseph

From Robert Southey to William Morris, British social critics in the Romantic tradition consistently stigmatized industry as a threat to aesthetic or humanistic "culture."...


Harlem Gallery and Other Poems of Melvin B Tolson
Harlem Gallery and Other Poems of Melvin B Tolson
Tolson, Melvin B., Jr.

The poet Melvin B. Tolson (1898-1966) was once recognized as one of black America's most important modernist voices. Playful, fluent, and intellectually sophisticated, his...


Famous Last Words
Famous Last Words

Changes in Gender and Narrative Closure

Booth, Alison

Famous Last Words traces a broad historical transition- from the 1840s to the 1980s- from the more rigid dichotomy of the Victorian novel, in which good women must marry and...


Blacks in Eden
Blacks in Eden

The African American Novel's First Century

Greene, J. Lee

This work examines African-American fiction, discussing how African-American novelists worked with the same mythic materials as their white counterparts, but inverted Anglo-...


Sucking Up
Sucking Up

A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy

Parker, Deborah, Parker, Mark

Suck-up. Ass-kisser. Brownnoser. Bootlicker. Lickspittle. Toadeater... Found in every walk of life, both real and imagined, sycophants surround us. But whether we grumble about...


The Letters of Christina Rossetti
The Letters of Christina Rossetti

1887-1894

Rossetti, Christina, Harrison, Antony H.

Christina Rossetti (1830–1894) has come to be considered one of the major poets--not just one of the major women poets—of the Victorian era, eclipsing her famous brother....


Acting Naturally
Acting Naturally

Victorian Theatricality and Authenticity

Voskuil, Lynn M.

In Acting Naturally Lynn Voskuil argues that Victorian Britons saw themselves as "authentically performative," a paradoxical belief that focused their sense of vocation...


Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

A Critical Edition

FitzGerald, Edward, Decker, Christopher

Edward FitzGerald’s translation of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, perhaps the most frequently read Victorian poem and certainly one of the most popular poems in the...


Behind Her Times
Behind Her Times

Transition England in the Novels of Mary Arnold Ward

Wilt, Judith

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...


The Master, the Modern Major General, and His Clever Wife
The Master, the Modern Major General, and His Clever Wife

Henry James's Letters to Field Marshal Lord Wolseley and Lady Wolseley, 1878–1913

James, Henry, James, Alan G.

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...


The Modern Portrait Poem
The Modern Portrait Poem

From Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Ezra Pound

Dickey, Frances

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 Complete Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll

The Mathematical Pamphlets of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and Related Pieces

Carroll, Lewis, Abeles, Francine

Between 1860 and 1897 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known to the ages as Lewis Carroll, produced over 180 booklets, leaflets, pamphlets, and instruction manuals. Varying radically...


Journal of a Residence in Chile during the Year 1822, and a Voyage from Chile to Brazil
Journal of a Residence in Chile during the Year 1822, and a Voyage from Chile to Brazil
Graham, Maria, Hayward, Jennifer

In 1821, Maria Dundas Graham sailed for South America on H.M.S. Doris, a ship sent to protect British mercantile interests in that volatile region. After her husband, the ship’...


Louisa S. McCord
Louisa S. McCord

Political and Social Essays

Lounsbury, Richard C.

Louisa Susanna McCrod (1810-1879) was one of the most remarkable figures in the intellectual history of antebellum America. A conservative intellectual, she broke the confines...


Speaking Silences
Speaking Silences

Stillness and Voice in Modern Thought and Jewish Tradition

Ettin, Andrew Vogel

Language and silence have usually been understood as opposites and assigned different values, but which one is positive and which negative? Ranging widely across time and...


Tennyson

The Muses' Tug-of-War

Albright, Daniel

Albright contends that Tennyson's ``aesthetic goals were... in conflict'' and that his poetry attempts to ``unite two incompatible poetics,'' one governed by a heavenly muse,...


Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century
Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century

Reading the New Editions

Cleghorn, Angus, Hicok, Bethany, Travisano, Thomas

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...


Pyramid of Bone
Pyramid of Bone
Moss, Thylias

Although many of Moss’s poems discuss race and gender, these subjects are, explains scholar Langdon Hammer, simply "starting points for her work…her poetry makes such facts of...


Francis Blake
Francis Blake

An Inventor's Life, 1850–1913

Hall, Elton W.

Accomplished inventor, visionary photographer, philanthropist, and successful businessman, Francis Blake (1850 1913) changed not only the way Americans communicated in the...


Paradise Dislocated
Paradise Dislocated

Morris, Politics, Art

Skoblow, Jeffrey

Paradise Dislocated offers a radical rereading of William Morris's neglected masterpiece, The Earthly Paradise. While most critics have seen this poem as the...


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