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Long Black Song
Long Black Song

Essays in Black American Literature and Culture

Baker, Houston A., Jr.

Houston Baker maintains that black American culture, grounded in a unique historical experience, is distinct from any other, and that it has produced a body of literature that...


Text as Process
Text as Process

Creative Composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Dickinson

Bushell, Sally

Text as Process is about the literary work before it becomes a completed work of art. It is concerned with draft materials, with the manuscripts that constitute text in...


Activism and the American Novel
Activism and the American Novel

Religion and Resistance in Fiction by Women of Color

Romero, Channette

Since the 1980s, many activists and writers have turned from identity politics toward ethnic religious traditions to rediscover and reinvigorate their historic role in...


Poetry, Symbol, and Allegory
Poetry, Symbol, and Allegory

Interpreting Metaphorical Language from Plato to the Present

Brittan, Simon

Dealing with poetry is frequently problematic for the university teacher and student: although undergraduates are usually responsive to discussions about drama and prose,...


Toward Wholeness in Paule Marshall's Fiction
Toward Wholeness in Paule Marshall's Fiction
Pettis, Joyce

Internationally known and long praised by contemporary African-American novelists, Paule Marshall is now being recognized as a major American writer. This first book-length...


Victorians on Broadway
Victorians on Broadway

Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical

Weltman, Sharon Aronofsky

Broadway productions of musicals such as The King and I, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, and Jekyll and Hyde became huge theatrical hits. Remarkably, all were based on one-hundred-year-...


Feeling for the Poor
Feeling for the Poor

Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action, and the Victorian Novel

Betensky, Carolyn

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...


Against the Unspeakable
Against the Unspeakable

Complicity, the Holocaust, and Slavery in America

Mandel, Naomi

In the wake of World War II, the Nazi genocide of European Jews has come to stand for "the unspeakable," posing crucial challenges to the representation of suffering, the...


Poetry and the Thought of Song in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Poetry and the Thought of Song in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Helsinger, Elizabeth K.

In arguing for the crucial importance of song for poets in the long nineteenth century, Elizabeth Helsinger focuses on both the effects of song on lyric forms and the...


No Tomorrow
No Tomorrow

The Ethics of Pleasure in the French Enlightenment

Cusset, Catherine

Winner of the 1996 Walker Cowen Memorial Prize, Catherine Cusset's No Tomorrow traces the moral meaning of pleasure in several libertine works of the eighteenth-century—Watteau...


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...


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...


Spectacular Blackness
Spectacular Blackness

The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic

Ongiri, Amy Abugo

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...


Wandering Memory
Wandering Memory
Dominique, Jan J.

The daughter of Haitian journalist and pro-democracy activist Jean Léopold Dominique, who was assassinated in 2000, Jan J. Dominique offers a memoir that provides a uniquely...


Three Rings
Three Rings

A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate

Mendelsohn, Daniel

In this genre-defying book, best-selling memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn explores the mysterious links between the randomness of the lives we lead and the artfulness of...


Second Person Singular
Second Person Singular

Late Victorian Women Poets and the Bonds of Verse

Harrington, Emily

Emily Harrington offers a new history of women’s poetry at the turn of the century that breaks from conventional ideas of nineteenth-century lyric, which focus on individual...


Carolyn G. Heilbrun
Carolyn G. Heilbrun

Feminist in a Tenured Position

Kress, Susan

Carolyn G. Heilbrun is renowned as a provocative feminist critic of the culture and (as Amanda Cross) a writer of witty detective novels. In Carolyn G. Heilbrun: Feminist in a...


Reshaping the Sexes in Sense and Sensibility
Reshaping the Sexes in Sense and Sensibility
Perkins, Moreland

Moreland Perkins's Reshaping the Sexes in "Sense and Sensibility" is an accessible yet sophisticated exploration of Jane Austen's revision and reversal of sexual...


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