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Fellow Travelers
Fellow Travelers

How Road Stories Shaped the Idea of the Americas

Ochoa, John

Road trips loom large in the American imagination, and stories from the road have been central to crafting national identities across North and South America. Tales of...


The Mysteries of Paris and London
The Mysteries of Paris and London
Maxwell, Richard

In this ambitious and exciting work Richard Maxwell uses nineteenth century urban fiction- particularly the novels of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens- to define a greater genre...


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...


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...


Recollections of a Happy Life
Recollections of a Happy Life

Being the Autobiography of Marianne North

Morgan, Susan

Marianne North was a Victorian figure of some consequence. An amateur botanist and painter, she journeyed to the world's farthest reaches, to its ancient and new civilizations...


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...


Lawrence among the Women
Lawrence among the Women

Wavering Boundaries in Women's Literary Traditions

Siegel, Carol

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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...


"A God of Justice?"
"A God of Justice?"

The Problem of Evil in Twentieth-Century Black Literature

Whitted, Qiana J.

Focusing on the representations of spiritual crisis in twentieth-century African American fiction and autobiography, Qiana J. Whitted asks how some of the most distinguished...


Failed Frontiersmen
Failed Frontiersmen

White Men and Myth in the Post-Sixties American Historical Romance

Donahue, James J.

In Failed Frontiersmen, James Donahue writes that one of the founding and most persistent mythologies of the United States is that of the American frontier. Looking at a...


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...


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...


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...


Revising Flannery O'Connor
Revising Flannery O'Connor

Southern Literary Culture and the Problem of Female Authorship

Prown, Katherine Hemple

In her short life, the prolific Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) authored two novels, thirty-two stories, and numerous essays and articles. Although her importance as a twentieth-...


Artistic Ambassadors
Artistic Ambassadors

Literary and International Representation of the New Negro Era

Roberts, Brian Russell

During the first generation of black participation in U.S. diplomacy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a vibrant community of African American writers and...


Thomas Hardy and the Proper Study of Mankind
Thomas Hardy and the Proper Study of Mankind
Gatrell, Simon

Simon Gatrell offers a fresh and stimulating exploration of Hardy's account in fiction of the individual man or woman's relationship with various aspects of the encompassing...


Royalties
Royalties

The Queen and Victorian Writers

Houston, Gail Turley

Queens, by definition, embody a historical contradiction between femininity and power. Queen Victoria, whose strength and longevity defined an age, possessed immense cultural...


The Romantic Subject in Autobiography
The Romantic Subject in Autobiography

Rousseau and Goethe

Stelzig, Eugene L.

Although the literature of modern subjectivity has its sources in the Renaissance and manifests itself in texts as early as Montaigne's Essays and Shakespeare's Hamlet,...


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...


Between the Novel and the News
Between the Novel and the News

The Emergence of American Women's Writing

Edelstein, Sari

While American literary history has long acknowledged the profound influence of journalism on canonical male writers, Sari Edelstein argues that American women writers were...


The Romance of Authenticity
The Romance of Authenticity

The Cultural Politics of Regional and Ethnic Literatures

Karem, Frederick J.

To what extent has the growing popular demand for a vicarious experience of other cultures fueled the expectation that the most important task for regional and ethnic writers...


American Women Writers and the Nazis
American Women Writers and the Nazis

Ethics and Politics in Boyle, Porter, Stafford, and Hellman

Austenfeld, Thomas Carl

As expatriates in Germany and Austria in the 1930s, Kay Boyle, Katherine Anne Porter, Jean Stafford, and Lillian Hellman saw the rise of Nazi ideology firsthand. And while all...


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...


The Modern Portrait Poem
The Modern Portrait Poem

From Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Ezra Pound

Dickey, Frances

In The Modern Portrait Poem, Frances Dickey recovers the portrait as a poetic genre from the 1860s through the 1920s. Combining literary and art history, she examines...


Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century
Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century

Reading the New Editions

Cleghorn, Angus, Hicok, Bethany, Travisano, Thomas

In recent years, a series of major collections of posthumous writings by Elizabeth Bishop--one of the most widely read and discussed poets of the twentieth century--have been...


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