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Failed Frontiersmen
Failed Frontiersmen

White Men and Myth in the Post-Sixties American Historical Romance

Donahue, James J.

In Failed Frontiersmen, James Donahue writes that one of the founding and most persistent mythologies of the United States is that of the American frontier. Looking at a...


Theology and Literature in the Age of Johnson

Resisting Secularism

New, Melvyn, Reedy, Gerard S. J.

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Reading Trauma Narratives
Reading Trauma Narratives

The Contemporary Novel and the Psychology of Oppression

Vickroy, Laurie

As part of the contemporary reassessment of trauma that goes beyond Freudian psychoanalysis, Laurie Vickroy theorizes trauma in the context of psychological, literary, and...


On Endings
On Endings

American Postmodern Fiction and the Cold War

Grausam, Daniel

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...


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...


The Circus and Victorian Society
The Circus and Victorian Society
Assael, Brenda

It was during the Victorian era that the circus, whose origins lay in the fairground world, emerged as a commercialized entertainment that we would recognize today. This...


James Madison
James Madison

A Biography

Ketcham, Ralph

The best one volume biography of Madison’s life, Ketcham’s biography not only traces Madison’s career, it gives readers a sense of the man. As Madison said of his early years...


Nervous Fictions
Nervous Fictions

Literary Form and the Enlightenment Origins of Neuroscience

Keiser, Jess

"The brain contains ten thousand cells," wrote the poet Matthew Prior in 1718, "in each some active fancy dwells." In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, just as...


Jonathan Swift

Irish Blow-In

Hammond, Eugene

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Reading through the Night
Reading through the Night
Tompkins, Jane

Jane Tompkins, a renowned literature professor and award-winning author, thought she knew what reading was until, struck by a debilitating illness, she finds herself reading...


Notorious Facts

Publicity in Romantic England, 1780-1831

Mulvihill, James

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Studies in Bibliography
Studies in Bibliography

Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia

Vander Meulen, David L.

[Book description not available]


Invited Guest
Invited Guest

An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Southern Poetry

Rigsbee, David, Brown, Steven Ford

Mencken's stinging characterization of the American South as "the Sahara of the Bozart" reflects an understandable frustration with the narrow view of the canon of southern...


Shakespeare's Folktale Sources
Artese, Charlotte

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Plotting Terror
Plotting Terror

Novelists and Terrorists in Contemporary Fiction

Scanlan, Margaret

Is literature dangerous? In the romantic view, writers were rebels--Shelley's "unacknowledged legislators of mankind"--poised to change the world. In relation to twentieth-...


Nationalizing France's Army
Nationalizing France's Army

Foreign, Black, and Jewish Troops in the French Military, 1715-1831

Tozzi, Christopher J.

Before the French Revolution, tens of thousands of foreigners served in France’s army. They included troops from not only all parts of Europe but also places as far away as...


Above All, Don't Look Back
Above All, Don't Look Back
Bey, Maïssa

Above All, Don't Look Back follows the path of a young woman—Amina—as she makes her way through a city, a life, and a sense of self that have been ravaged by an...


You Come Too
You Come Too

My Journey with Robert Frost

Francis, Lesley Lee

Robert Frost observed in his wife, Elinor, a desire to live "a life that goes rather poetically." The same could be said of many members of the Frost family, over several...


Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature

Solitary Adventures

Acquisto, Joseph

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We Are Kings
We Are Kings

Political Theology and the Making of a Modern Individual

Jackson, Spencer

When British and American leaders today talk of the nation—whether it is Boris Johnson, Barack Obama, or Donald Trump—they do so, in part, in terms established by eighteenth-...


Rational Meaning
Rational Meaning

A New Foundation for the Definition of Words and Supplementary Essays

Jackson, Laura, Jackson, Schuyler B.

Existing only in manuscript since the 1940s but enjoying an underground reputation among friends and advocates, this primary document by one of the most original and...


Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire
Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire

English Verse in the Long Eighteenth Century

Kaul, Suvir

In Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire, Suvir Kaul argues that the aggressive nationalism of James Thomson's ode "Rule, Britannia!" (1740) is the condition to which much English...


Ersatz America
Ersatz America

Hidden Traces, Graphic Texts, and the Mending of Democracy

Mark, Rebecca

From the popular legend of Pocahontas to the Civil War soap opera Gone with the Wind to countless sculpted heads of George Washington that adorn homes and museums, whole...


The Life and Undeath of Autonomy in American Literature
The Life and Undeath of Autonomy in American Literature
Hamilton, Geoff

In The Life and Undeath of Autonomy in American Literature, Geoff Hamilton charts the evolution of the fundamental concept of autonomy in the American imaginary across...


The Serious Pleasures of Suspense
The Serious Pleasures of Suspense

Victorian Realism and Narrative Doubt

Levine, Caroline

Scholars have long recognized that narrative suspense dominates the formal dynamics of nineteenth-century British fiction, both high and low. But few have asked why suspense...


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