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Literary Criticism


Blacks in Eden

The African American Novel's First Century J. Lee Greene

This work examines African-American fiction, discussing how African-American novelists worked with the same mythic materials as their white counterparts, but inverted Anglo-American constructions. Relating the novel to history, it shows how they refuted Anglo-Americans' record of history.


Lost Saints

Silence, Gender, and Victorian Literary Canonization Tricia A. Lootens

In Lost Saints Tricia Lootens argues that parallels betwee literary and religious canons are far deeper than has yet been realized. She presents the ideological underpinnings of Victorian literary canonization and the general processes by which it occurred and discloses the unacknowledged traces of... More


Cleanth Brooks and the Rise of Modern Criticism

Mark Royden Winchell

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The Medievalist Impulse in American Literature

Twain, Adams, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway Kim Moreland

Why has the medievalist impulse- as manifested in an attraction to the traditions of courtly love and chivalry- been ignored or marginalized in the context of American literature, especially given its prominence in studies of British literature? Kim Moreland sets out to answer this and other... More


Louisa S McCord

Poems, Drama, Biography, Letters Richard C. Lounsbury, ed.

Louisa Susanna Cheves McCord (1810-1879) was one of the most remarkable figures in the intellectual history of antebellum America. A conservative intellectual, she broke the confines of Southern gender roles. Over the past decade historians have begun to pay attention to McCord and find her... More


Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-Century America

Kenneth M. Price and Susan Belasco Smith

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 of scholars, examine a variety of periodicals from the well-known Atlantic Monthly to small papers such as The National... More


Civilization and Black Progress

Selected Writings of Alexander Crummell on the South J. R. Oldfield, ed.

Founder of the American Negro Academy, Alexander Crummell (1819–1898) played a pivotal role in later nineteenth-century debates over race and black intellect. Yet compared with the work of Du Bois and Washington, his speeches and publications have remained relatively inaccessible until now. Here... More


Toward Wholeness in Paule Marshall's Fiction

Joyce Pettis

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 treatment of Marshall's work is both an examination of her writing and its place in the tradition of African-American women's... More


Louisa S. McCord

Political and Social Essays Richard C. Lounsbury, ed.

Louisa Susanna McCrod (1810-1879) was one of the most remarkable figures in the intellectual history of antebellum America. A conservative intellectual, she broke the confines of Southern gender roles; she supported laissez-faire political economy and slavery, argues for woman's separate sphere,... More


The Politics of Color in the Fiction of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen

Jacquelyn Y. Mclendon

McLendon shows how the nineteenth-century stereotype of the tragic mulatto as invented by white writers became both a political tool and an artistic device in the capable hands of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen. Using black female protagonists who often passed as whites, Fauset and Larsen showed... More


Katherine Anne Porter

A Sense of the Times Janis P. Stout

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 a quasi fascist, a cosmopolitan who embraced southern agrarianism, a femme fatale whose writings nonetheless evince... More


Violence, Silence, and Anger

Women's Writing as Transgression Deirdre Lashgari, ed.

Twenty contributors consider violence in the works of such acclaimed writers as Adrienne Rich, Harriet Jacobs, Virgnia Woolf, and Audre Lorde, and such too little known authors as Senegal's Mariama Ba and Aminata Sow Fall, Lebanon's Etel Adnan, and the Jamaican Sistren Collective. The cross-... More


The Romantic Comedians

Ellen Glasgow. Afterword by Dorothy M. Scura

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 Judge Gamaliel Honeywell, falls in love with and marries an impulsive twenty-three-year-old woman, emblem of the 1920s. As the... More


Under Construction

The Body in Spanish Novels Elizabeth A. Scarlett

Using modern feminist and narratological tools of analysis, Elizabeth Scarlett offers illuminating insights into the terms of embodiment in novels by numerous Spanish authors. Scarlett reveals significant correlations between gender and figurations of the female (and male) body and traces a history... More


The Complete Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll

The Mathematical Pamphlets of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and Related Pieces Lewis Carroll. Edited by Francine Abeles

Between 1860 and 1897 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known to the ages as Lewis Carroll, produced over 180 booklets, leaflets, pamphlets, and instruction manuals. Varying radically in length and subject matter, they testify to Dodgson's unparalleled creativity and eclecticism. This volume, second in a... More


Textual Criticism and Middle English Texts

Tim William Machan

Textual-Critical studies of medieval English literature have primarily focused on practical matters such as transcription, collation, recension, and the identification of scribal hands. But the theory of editing medieval English works remains largely unexplored. Tim William Machan addresses this... More


Speaking Silences

Stillness and Voice in Modern Thought and Jewish Tradition Andrew Vogel Ettin

Language and silence have usually been understood as opposites and assigned different values, but which one is positive and which negative? Ranging widely across time and languages, Andrew Vogel Ettin explores the ways in which various biblical and traditional works as well as modern and... More


Women in Exile

Mahnaz Afkhami

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 from all parts of the globe. Their stories offer a rare and special opportunity to witness the harrowing experience of flight... More


Nietzsche and The Feminine

Peter J. Burgard, ed.

In this innovative and wide-ranging volume, Peter Burgard has brought together new studies by outstanding scholars in philosophy, feminism, comparative literature, and German studies.


Form and Fable in American Fiction

Daniel Hoffman

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 these authors transformed materials from both high and popular culture, from their European past and their American... More


Autobiographical Quests

Augustine, Montaigne, Rousseau and Wordsworth Elizabeth de Mijolla

How reliable is the history that human memory produces? Does the self, creating for others, become other? Elizabeth de Mijolla approaches these questions using a descriptive, nonprescriptive approach to the writings of four famous autobiographers: the early Church Father Augustine, the Renaissance... More


Famous Last Words

Changes in Gender and Narrative Closure Alison Booth, ed. Afterword by U. C. Knoepflmacher

Famous Last Words traces a broad historical transition- from the 1840s to the 1980s- from the more rigid dichotomy of the Victorian novel, in which good women must marry and fallen women die, to the more open alternatives of twentieth-century fiction, which sometimes permit the independent female... More


Margins and Marginality

The Printed Page in Early Modern England Evelyn B. Tribble

Increasing interest is being shown in the intersections between literary and cultural history and in the material dimensions of the text. Evelyn B. Tribble argues that far from being extratextual, as many scholars have contended, marginal commentary and text fuse together to form the page's... More


Elizabeth Bishop

The Geography of Gender Marilyn May Lombardi

This book brings together the work of pioneering scholars in the field- critics who are exploring the psychosexual tensions within Bishop's vision and the uncanny way her poetics of dislocation challenges our assumptions about placement and orientation. These scholars argue that Bishop's "sense of... More


Recollections of a Happy Life

Being the Autobiography of Marianne North Susan Morgan, ed.

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. She also wrote one of the major travel accounts of the Victorian period. Written after she retired from travel because of... More


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