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The Luxury of Skepticism
The Luxury of Skepticism

Politics, Philosophy,and Dialogue in the English Public Sphere, 1660–1740

Dykstal, Timothy

How is it that a controversy about politics becomes a conversation about philosophy? From Hobbes to Harrington to Shaftesbury to Berkeley, Timothy Dykstal explores the public...


Traumatic Possessions
Traumatic Possessions

The Body and Memory in African American Women's Writing and Performance

Griffiths, Jennifer L.

Studies of traumatic stress have explored the challenges to memory as a result of extreme experience, particularly in relation to the ways in which trauma resonates within the...


Under Construction
Under Construction

The Body in Spanish Novels

Scarlett, Elizabeth A.

Using modern feminist and narratological tools of analysis, Elizabeth Scarlett offers illuminating insights into the terms of embodiment in novels by numerous Spanish authors....


Exodus Politics
Exodus Politics

Civil Rights and Leadership in African American Literature and Culture

Patterson, Robert J.

Using the term "exodus politics" to theorize the valorization of black male leadership in the movement for civil rights, Robert J. Patterson explores the ways in which the...


Close Kin and Distant Relatives
Close Kin and Distant Relatives

The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women's Literature

Morris, Susana M.

The "black family" in the United States and the Caribbean often holds contradictory and competing meanings in public discourse: on the one hand, it is a site of love, strength...


Character and Conversion in Autobiography
Character and Conversion in Autobiography

Augustine, Montaigne, Descartes, Rousseau, and Sartre

Riley, Patrick

What happens, asks Patrick Riley, when a life transformed becomes an autobiography? What is the relationship between the subjective upheaval of conversion and the...


Mapping the Ethical Turn
Mapping the Ethical Turn

A Reader in Ethics, Culture, and Literary Theory

Davis, Todd F., Womack, Kenneth

Divided into four descriptive sections—"Theory and the Ethics of Literary Text," "Confronting the Difficult: The Ethics of Race and Power," "Making Darkness Visible: The...


A Queer Chivalry
A Queer Chivalry

The Homoerotic Asceticism of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Saville, Julia Frances

The Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was a practitioner of strict asceticism in its broadest definition--the refusal of physical pleasure or comfort in the interests of moral...


The Circuit of Apollo

Eighteenth-Century Women's Tributes to Women

Runge, Laura L., Cook, Jessica

Written by a combination of established scholars and new critics in the field, the essays collected in Circuit of Apollo attest to the vital practice of commemorating...


Eden's Endemics
Eden's Endemics

Narratives of Biodiversity on Earth and Beyond

Callaway, Elizabeth

In the past thirty years biodiversity has become one of the central organizing principles through which we understand the nonhuman environment. Its deceptively simple...


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...


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...


Writing the Urban Jungle
Writing the Urban Jungle

Reading Empire in London from Doyle to Eliot

McLaughlin, Joseph

Much has been written about cultural imperialism and the effects of Britain and British culture on colonized people, but Joseph McLaughlin suggests that the influence worked...


American Road Narratives
American Road Narratives

Reimagining Mobility in Literature and Film

Brigham, Ann

The freedom to go anywhere and become anyone has profoundly shaped our national psyche. Transforming our sense of place and identity--whether in terms of social and economic...


Bad Men
Bad Men

Creative Touchstones of Black Writers

Rambsy II., Howard

How have African American writers drawn on "bad" black men and black boys as creative touchstones for their evocative and vibrant art? This is the question posed by Howard...


Terrible Beauty
Terrible Beauty

The Violent Aesthetic and Twentieth-Century Literature

Eide, Marian

If art is our bid to make sense of the senseless, there is hardly more fertile creative ground than that of the twentieth century. From the trench poetry of World War I and...


Best New Poets 2011
Best New Poets 2011

50 Poems from Emerging Writers

Powell, D. A.

Entering its sixth year, Best New Poets has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its...


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...


Reclaiming Nostalgia
Reclaiming Nostalgia

Longing for Nature in American Literature

Ladino, Jennifer K.

Often thought of as the quintessential home or the Eden from which humanity has fallen, the natural world has long been a popular object of nostalgic narratives. In ...


The Modern Androgyne Imagination
The Modern Androgyne Imagination

A Failed Sublime

Rado, Lisa

In the late nineteenth century, as changing cultural representations of gender roles and categories made differences between men and women increasingly difficult to define,...


Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture
Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture

Discourse and Ideology

Harrison, Antony H.

With the publication of his ambitious new work Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture, Antony H. Harrison continues his exploration of poetry as a significant force in the...


Saul Steinberg's Literary Journeys
Saul Steinberg's Literary Journeys

Nabokov, Joyce, and Others

Feldman, Jessica R.

Saul Steinberg’s inimitable drawings, paintings, and assemblages enriched the New Yorker, gallery and museum shows, and his own books for more than half a century. Although the...


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...


Paradigm and Parody
Paradigm and Parody

Images of Creativity in French Romanticism - Vigny, Hugo, Balzac, Gautier, Musset

Majewski, Henry F.

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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...


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