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Violent Adventure
Violent Adventure

Contemporary Fiction by American Men

Wesley, Marilyn C.

As the mother of young sons, Marilyn Wesley became increasingly concerned about the conflicting messages they received in a world where "Han Solo replaced John Wayne as a...


The Providence of Wit
The Providence of Wit

Aspects of Form in Augustan Literature and the Arts

Battestin, Martin C.

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The Haverford Discussions
The Haverford Discussions

A Black Integrationist Manifesto for Racial Justice

Lackey, Michael

In the late sixties and early seventies, black separatist movements were sweeping across the United States. This was the era of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Stokely...


Black Fascisms
Black Fascisms

African American Literature and Culture between the Wars

Thompson, Mark Christian

In this provocative new book, Mark Christian Thompson addresses the startling fact that many African American intellectuals in the 1930s sympathized with fascism, seeing in its...


Women Writers of the Beat Era
Women Writers of the Beat Era

Autobiography and Intertextuality

Carden, Mary Paniccia

The Beat Generation was a group of writers who rejected cultural standards, experimented with drugs, and celebrated sexual liberation. Starting in the 1950s with works such as...


Christina Rossetti
Christina Rossetti

The Patience of Style

Hassett, Constance W.

Although the cultural and literary influence of Christina Rossetti has recently been widely acknowledged, the belatedness of this critical attention has left wide gaps in our...


The Ghost behind the Masks
The Ghost behind the Masks

The Victorian Poets and Shakespeare

Shaw, W. David

In The Ghost behind the Masks, W. David Shaw traces Shakespeare’s influence on nine Victorian poets: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Thomas...


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...


The Victorian Illustrated Book
The Victorian Illustrated Book
Maxwell, Richard

Throughout the nineteenth century, but most intensely in the reign of Queen Victoria, England and Scotland produced an unprecedented range of extraordinary illustrated books....


"Clotel" by William Wells Brown: An Electronic Scholarly Edition
"Clotel" by William Wells Brown: An Electronic Scholarly Edition
Mulvey, Christopher

The first African American novel, Clotel was published in 1853 in London, when its author was still legally a slave in the United States. The work's stature derives not...


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...


Margaret Garner
Margaret Garner

The Premiere Performances of Toni Morrison's Libretto

Jennings, La Vinia Delois

In January 1856, Margaret Garner—an enslaved woman on a Kentucky plantation—ran with members of her family to the free state of Ohio. As slave catchers attempted to capture the...


Willa Cather
Willa Cather

The Writer and Her World

Stout, christopher

Previous biographies of Willa Cather have either recycled the traditional view of a writer detached from social issues whose work supported a wholesome view of a vanished...


Reading for the Law
Reading for the Law

British Literary History and Gender Advocacy

Krueger, Christine L.

Taking her title from the British term for legal study, "to read for the law," Christine L. Krueger asks how "reading for the law" as literary history contributes to the...


Writing Home
Writing Home

American Women Abroad, 1830–1920

Schriber, Mary Suzanne

In Writing Home, Mary Suzanne Schriber offers the first comprehensive analysis of the large body of U.S. women's travel literature written betwen the pre-Civil War years and...


Romantic Writing and the Empire of Signs
Romantic Writing and the Empire of Signs

Periodical Culture and Post-Napoleonic Authorship

Fang, Karen

Nineteenth-century periodicals frequently compared themselves to the imperial powers then dissecting the globe, and this interest in imperialism can be seen in the exotic...


Professing Sincerity
Professing Sincerity

Modern Lyric Poetry, Commercial Culture, and the Crisis in Reading

Rosenbaum, Susan B.

Sincerity—the claim that the voice, figure, and experience of a first-person speaker is that of the author—has dominated both the reading and the writing of Anglo-American...


Myth and Metaphor
Myth and Metaphor

Selected Essays 1974-1988 Northrop Frye

Frye, Northrop, Denham, Robert D.

This collection of twenty-four of Northrop Frye's essays, nine of which have never been published and several of which have appeared only in obscure sources, focuses on the...


The Life of William Faulkner
The Life of William Faulkner

The Past Is Never Dead, 1897-1934

Rollyson, Carl

William Faulkner emerged from the ravaged South—half backwoods, half defeated empire—transforming his corner of Mississippi into the fictional Yoknapatawpha County and...


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...


Backstage in the Novel
Backstage in the Novel

Frances Burney and the Theater Arts

Saggini, Francesca

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...


Reading Reality
Reading Reality

Nineteenth-Century American Experiments in the Real

Finan, E. Thomas

In the early 1800s, American critics warned about the danger of literature as a distraction from reality. Later critical accounts held that American literature during the...


Social Stories
Social Stories

The Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America

Okker, Patricia

Largely ignored in American literary history, the magazine novel was extremely popular throughout the nineteenth century, with editors describing the form as a virtual "...


Supposing Bleak House
Supposing Bleak House
Jordan, John O.

Supposing "Bleak House" is an extended meditation on what many consider to be Dickens’s and nineteenth-century England’s greatest work of narrative fiction. Focusing on...


Byrd's Line
Byrd's Line

A Natural History

Ausband, Stephen Conrad

In 1728, William Byrd, the wealthy, English-educated master of Westover plantation, undertook a journey with a troop of commissioners, surveyors, and woodsmen to determine the...


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