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Vernon Lee
Vernon Lee

A Literary Biography

Colby, Vineta

Vernon Lee, born Violet Paget in 1856 to English parents who lived on the Continent, bridged two worlds and many cultures. She was a Victorian by birth but lived into the...


Postslavery Literatures in the Americas
Postslavery Literatures in the Americas

Family Portraits in Black and White

Handley, George B.

Since its demise in the nineteenth century, slavery has given rise to an outpouring of literatures that reflect the diversity of its hemispheric legacy, but the discipline of...


Frances Power Cobbe
Frances Power Cobbe

Victorian Feminist, Journalist, Reformer

Mitchell, Sally

Frances Power Cobbe (1822–1904) is the most important nineteenth-century British writer and activist not heretofore treated in a full-length biography. An independent...


From the Temple to the Castle

An Architectural History of British Literature, 1660–1760

Morrissey, Lee

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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...


Promises Broken
Promises Broken

Courtship, Class, and Gender in Victorian England

Frost, Ginger S.

In the nineteenth century, a woman who could prove a man had broken his promise to marry her was legally entitled to compensation for damages. Bridging the gap between history...


Chick Lit and Postfeminism
Chick Lit and Postfeminism
Harzewski, Stephanie

Originally a euphemism for Princeton University’s Female Literary Tradition course in the 1980s, "chick lit" mutated from a movement in American women’s avant-garde fiction in...


The Little Peul
The Little Peul
Barry, Mariama

Born in Dakar but of Guinean origin, Mariama Barry claims both Senegal and Guinea as "her" countries. This dual background lends her significant and widespread visibility not...


The Illiberal Imagination
The Illiberal Imagination

Class and the Rise of the U.S. Novel

Shapiro, Joe

The Illiberal Imagination offers a synthetic, historical formalist account of how—and to what end—U.S. novels from the late eighteenth century to the mid-1850s...


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...


Radicals on the Road
Radicals on the Road

The Politics of English Travel Writing in the 1930s

Schweizer, Bernard

In the 1930s, the discourse of travel furthered widely divergent and conflicting ideologies—socialist, conservative, male chauvinist, and feminist—and the major travel writers...


Cotton's Queer Relations
Cotton's Queer Relations

Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936-1968

Bibler, Michael P.

Finally breaking through heterosexual clichés of flirtatious belles and cavaliers, sinister black rapists and lusty "Jezebels," Cotton’s Queer Relations exposes the queer...


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...


Victorian Connections
Victorian Connections
McGann, Jerome J.

In Victorian Connections, each contributor was asked to write about anything in the Victorian period, with only one proviso: that the essay seek to draw connections with...


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...


Retelling the Siege of Jerusalem in Early Modern England
Neelakanta, Vanita

This compelling book explores sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English retellings of the Roman siege of Jerusalem and the way they informed and were informed by religious and...


Composing Cultures
Composing Cultures

Modernism, American Literary Studies, and the Problem of Culture

Aronoff, Eric

The term "culture" has become ubiquitous in both academic and popular conversations, but its usefulness is a point of dispute. Taking the current shift from cultural studies to...


Women in Exile
Women in Exile
Afkhami, Mahnaz

Attempting to come to terms with her own life in exile, Afkhami, who was forced out of Iran because of her work for women's rights, sought out and talked with 12 other women...


Toward Wholeness in Paule Marshall's Fiction
Toward Wholeness in Paule Marshall's Fiction
Pettis, Joyce

Internationally known and long praised by contemporary African-American novelists, Paule Marshall is now being recognized as a major American writer. This first book-length...


The Physics of Possibility
The Physics of Possibility

Victorian Fiction, Science, and Gender

Tondre, Michael

The Physics of Possibility traces the sensational birth of mathematical physics in Victorian literature, science, and statistics. As scientists took up new...


Herman Melville's "Typee": A Fluid Text Edition
Herman Melville's "Typee": A Fluid Text Edition
Bryant, John

This innovative work represents the most advanced, and accessible, approach to the study of a "fluid text" (a work existing in multiple versions). Analyzing Melville's working...


Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia
Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia
West, Nancy Martha

The advertising campaigns launched by Kodak in the early years of snapshot photography stand at the center of a shift in American domestic life that goes deeper than...


Novel Cultivations
Novel Cultivations

Plants in British Literature of the Global Nineteenth Century

Chang, Elizabeth Hope

Shortlisted for the Best Book Prize from the British Society of Literature and Science

Nineteenth-century English nature was a place of experimentation,...


The Complete Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll

A Miscellany of Works on Alice, Theatre, Religion, Science, and More

Carroll, Lewis, Lovett, Charlie

The final volume in the Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll series collects more than one hundred of his works on the Alice books, the theater, religion and morality, science and...


Poetry and the Thought of Song in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Poetry and the Thought of Song in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Helsinger, Elizabeth K.

In arguing for the crucial importance of song for poets in the long nineteenth century, Elizabeth Helsinger focuses on both the effects of song on lyric forms and the...


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