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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...


Fettered Genius
Fettered Genius

The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights

Leonard, Keith D.

In Fettered Genius, Keith D. Leonard identifies how African American poets’ use and revision of traditional poetics constituted an antiracist political agency. Comparing...


The Golden Avant-Garde
The Golden Avant-Garde

Idolatry, Commercialism, and Art

Sassower, Raphael, Cicotello, Louis

Since the eighteenth century, artists--especially so-called avant-garde artists--have played a conflicting role in society. Part of the reason for their complex position, argue...


The English Cult of Literature
The English Cult of Literature

Devoted Readers, 1774–1880

McKelvy, William R.

What constitutes reading? This is the question William McKelvy asks in The English Cult of Literature. Is it a theory of interpretation or a physical activity, a process...


The Language of Flowers
The Language of Flowers

A History

Seaton, Beverly

The author traces the phenomenon of ascribing sentimental meaning to floral imagery from its beginnings in Napoleonic France through its later transformations in England and...


The New Death
The New Death

American Modernism and World War I

James, Pearl

Adopting the term "new death," which was used to describe the unprecedented and horrific scale of death caused by the First World War, Pearl James uncovers several touchstones...


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...


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...


The Vulgarization of Art
The Vulgarization of Art

The Victorians and Aesthetic Democracy

Dowling, Linda

In this major reinterpretation of the Victorian Aesthetic Movement, Linda Dowling argues that such classic works of Victorian art writing such as Ruskin's Stones of Venice of...


Neobaroque in the Americas
Neobaroque in the Americas

Alternative Modernities in Literature, Visual Art, and Film

Kaup, Monika

In a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of modern and postmodern literature, film, art, and visual culture, Monika Kaup examines the twentieth century's recovery of the...


Traditions of Victorian Women's Autobiography
Traditions of Victorian Women's Autobiography

The Poetics and Politics of Life Writing

Peterson, Linda H.

Victorian women's autobiography emerged at a historical moment when the field of life writing was particularly rich. Spiritual autobiography was developing interesting...


Katherine Anne Porter
Katherine Anne Porter

A Sense of the Times

Stout, christopher

Katherine Anne Porter's life closely paralleled that of her century not only in its span (1890-1980) but in its interests and contradictions. A communist sympathizer who became...


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...


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-...


The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader
The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, Lane, Ann J.

THE CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN READER is an anthology of fiction by one of America's most important feminist writers. Probably best known as the author of "The Yellow Wallpaper...


Vanishing Lives
Vanishing Lives

Style and Self in Tennyson, D. G. Rossetti, Swinburne, and Yeats

Richardson, James

One of the characteristic features of Victorian poetry is dimness, a vanishing away-things blur with the motion of their passing, which seems inseparable from the mind's fading...


Sites of Southern Memory
Sites of Southern Memory

The Autobiographies of Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin, Lillian Smith, and Pauli Murray

O'Dell, Darlene

In southern graveyards through the first decades of the twentieth century, the Confederate South was commemorated by tombstones and memorials, in Confederate flags, and in...


The Romantic Comedians
The Romantic Comedians
Glasgow, Ellen

In The Romantic Comedians Ellen Glasgow takes the familiar story of the cuckold and raises it to a new leve. Her sixty-five-year-old male protagonist, the recently widowed...


The Sketch, the Tale, and the Beginnings of American Literature
The Sketch, the Tale, and the Beginnings of American Literature
Fash, Lydia G.

Accounts of the rise of American literature often start in the 1850s with a cluster of "great American novels"—Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Melville’s Moby-Dick...


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 Romance of the Harem
The Romance of the Harem
Leonowens, Anna, Morgan, Susan

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Grief and Meter
Grief and Meter

Elegies for Poets after Auden

Connolly, Sally

The elegizing of poets is one of the oldest and most enduring traditions in English poetry. Many of the most influential and best-known poems in the language—such as Milton’s "...


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...


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...


Form and Fable in American Fiction
Form and Fable in American Fiction
Hoffman, Daniel

Combining the disciplines of folklore and literary criticism in his perceptive readings of works by Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, and Mark Twain, Daniel Hoffman demonstrates how...


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