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The Ladder of High Designs
The Ladder of High Designs
Fenoaltea, Doranne, Rubin, David Lee

This collection of essays on the structure and interpretation of the French lyric squence marks a number of tentative signposts for future travlers along this relatively...


Beautiful Deceptions
Beautiful Deceptions

European Aesthetics, the Early American Novel, and Illusionist Art

Schweighauser, Philipp

The art of the early republic abounds in representations of deception: the villains of Gothic novels deceive their victims with visual and acoustic tricks; the ordinary...


Westernness
Westernness

A Meditation

Williamson, Alan

A first-person meditation on the literary and visual arts of the American West, Westernness: A Meditation explores how this region has developed its own distinct culture...


The Origins of African American Literature, 1680-1865
The Origins of African American Literature, 1680-1865
Bruce, Dickson D., Jr.

From the earliest texts of the colonial period to works contemporary with Emancipation, African American literature has been a dialogue across color lines, and a medium through...


Shaken Wisdom
Shaken Wisdom

Irony and Meaning in Postcolonial African Fiction

Onyeoziri, Gloria Nne

In her focus on irony and meaning in postcolonial African fiction, Gloria Nne Onyeoziri refers to an internal subversion of the discourse of the wise and the powerful, a...


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...


Almost a Girl
Almost a Girl

Male Writers and Female Identification

Williamson, Alan

Gender criticism, Alan Williamson argues, has for too long been shaped and limited by the same dualisms that have defined male versus female literary voices in Western culture...


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...


Colonizing the Past
Colonizing the Past

Mythmaking and Pre-Columbian Whites in Nineteenth-Century American Writing

Watts, Edward

After the Revolution, Americans realized they lacked the common, deep, or meaningful history that might bind together their loose confederation of former colonies into a...


Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-Century America
Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-Century America
Price, Kenneth M., Smith, Susan Belasco

Covering the decades from the 1830s through the end of the century, as well as the eastern, southern, and western regions of the United States, these essays, by a diverse group...


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...


Writing and Postcolonialism in the Early Republic
Watts, Edward

Writing and Postcolonialism in the Early Republic is the first book-length analysis of early American literature through the lens of postcolonial theory. Although the United...


Bridges to Memory
Bridges to Memory

Postmemory in Contemporary Ethnic American Women's Fiction

Bellamy, Maria Rice

Tracing the development of a new genre in contemporary American literature that was engendered in the civil rights, feminist, and ethnic empowerment struggles of the 1960s and...


Idol of Suburbia
Idol of Suburbia

Marie Corelli and Late-Victorian Literary Culture

Federico, Annette R.

Marie Corelli (1855–1924) was the most popular novelist of the turn of the century, outselling Hall Caine, Mrs. Humphry Ward, H. G. Wells, and Arthur Conan Doyle by the...


Deep Talk
Deep Talk

Reading African-American Literary Names

King, Debra Walker

The process of naming is a transformative act that inherently imparts meaning, whether it be through the conscious use of a familiar historical or allegorical appellation or...


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...


Kindred Spirits

Chinua Achebe and Toni Morrison

Okonkwo, Christopher N.

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe—author of Things Fall Apart, one of the towering works of twentieth-century fiction—is considered the father of modern African literature. The...


Character and Mourning
Character and Mourning

Woolf, Faulkner, and the Novel Elegy of the First World War

Penner, Erin

In response to the devastating trauma of World War I, British and American authors wrote about grief. The need to articulate loss inspired moving novels by Virginia Woolf and...


The Poor Man's Son
The Poor Man's Son
Feraoun, Mouloud

Like the autobiographical hero of this, his classic first novel, Mouloud Feraoun grew up in the rugged Kabyle region of French-controlled Algeria, where the prospects for most...


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...


Caribbean Shadows and Victorian Ghosts
Caribbean Shadows and Victorian Ghosts

Women's Writing and Decolonization

Renk, Kathleen J.

IN AN ERA of social chaos, religious skepticism, and postrevolutionary fear, the idea of the stable middle-class family acquired a mythical status in nineteenth-century England...


Story Line
Story Line

Exploring the Literature of the Appalachian Trail

Marshall, Ian

Many hikers on the Appalachian Trail take books as companions, in spite of the extra weight in their packs, but Ian Marshall carries the habit to new literary, ecological, and...


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 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...


The Letters of Matthew Arnold
The Letters of Matthew Arnold

1829-1859

Arnold, Matthew, Lang, Cecil Y.

The University Press of Virginia edition of The Letters of Matthew Arnold, edited by Cecil Y. Lang, represents the most comprehensive and assiduously annotated collection of...


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