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English Fictions of Communal Identity, 1485-1603

by Joshua Phillips

Focusing on Tudor prose fiction from Malory's Morte D'Arthur through the works of Sir Philip Sidney and Thomas Nashe, this study explores the concept of "collective agency" and the extensive impact it had on...


Harriet Martineau, Victorian Imperialism, and the Civilizing Mission

by Deborah A. Logan

Harriet Martineau's writings on the evolution of the British Empire in the nineteenth century reflect Victorian concerns about radically shifting social ideologies. Analyzing key texts such as History of the...


Mentoring in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture

by Anthony W. Lee

Making a case for the importance of mentoring in the eighteenth century, particularly in expanding print culture, this collection employs a variety of critical and methodological approaches reflective of the...


Herrick, Fanshawe and the Politics of Intertextuality: Classical Literature and Seventeenth-Century Royalism

by Syrithe Pugh

Royalist polemic and a sophisticated use of classical allusion are at the heart of the two 1648 volumes which are the focus of this study, yet there are striking differences in their politics and in the ways...


Joseph Conrad and the Swan Song of Romance

by Katherine Isobel Baxter

In the first critical study wholly devoted to Joseph Conrad's use of techniques associated with the literary tradition of romance, Baxter explores the ways in which Conrad borrows from, alludes to, and subverts...


Urban Confrontations in Literature and Social Science, 1848-2001: European Contexts, American Evolutions

by Edward J. Ahearn

Edward J. Ahearn shows that together, works from literature and the social sciences can illuminate city life in ways that neither can accomplish separately. Whether viewing Charles Baudelaire alongside Emile...


Writing and Religion in England, 1558-1689: Studies in Community-Making and Cultural Memory

by Roger D. Sell & Anthony W. Johnson

Exploring a wide variety of early modern religious writing in England, this volume emphizes the role of such writings in the formation of various communities, from the narrowly exclusive to the broadly inclusive....


Sex and Satiric Tragedy in Early Modern England: Penetrating Wit

by Gabriel A. Rieger

Drawing upon recent scholarship in Renaissance studies regarding notions of the body, political, physical and social, this study examines how the satiric tragedians of the English Renaissance employ the languages...


Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford: A Publishing History

by Thomas Recchio

Tracing the publishing history of Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford from its initial 1851-53 serialization in Dickens's Household Words through its numerous editions and adaptations, Recchio focuses especially the...


Time, Narrative, and Emotion in Early Modern England

by David Houston Wood

Exploiting a link between early modern concepts of the medical and the literary, David Wood examines the ways that depictions of time expressed in early modern medical texts reveal themselves in contemporary...


Cricket, Literature and Culture: Symbolising the Nation, Destabilising Empire

by Anthony Bateman

In his important contribution to the growing field of sports literature, Anthony Bateman traces the relationship between literary representations of cricket and Anglo-British national identity from 1850 to the...


Models of Collaboration in Nineteenth-Century French Literature: Several Authors, One Pen

by Seth Whidden

Contributing to the current lively discussion of collaboration in French letters, this collection of essays raises fundamental questions about the limits and definition of authorship in the context of the nineteenth...


J.M. Coetzee and the Paradox of Postcolonial Authorship

by Jane Poyner

Illuminating J.M. Coetzee's preoccupation, from Dusklands to Diary of a Bad Year, with the paradox of postcolonial authorship centering on the authority authorship engenders, Jane Poyner examines Coetzee's line...


Machiavelli in the British Isles: Two Early Modern Translations of the Prince

by Alessandra Petrina

Concentrating on William Fowler's Scottish translation and the Queen's College (Oxford) English version, this book investigates four early translations of Niccolò Machiavelli's Prince, surviving in manuscript...


Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women's Fiction: Literacy, Textiles, and Activism

by Christine Bayles Kortsch

Christine Bayles Kortsch asks us to shift our understanding of late Victorian literary culture by examining its inextricable relationship with the material culture of dress and sewing, what Kortsch terms "dress...


Food and Femininity in Twentieth-Century British Women's Fiction

by Andrea Adolph

Examining female characters in Barbara Pym, Angela Carter, Helen Dunmore, Helen Fielding, and Rachel Cusk, Andrea Adolph focuses on how women's relationships to food are used to locate women's embodiment within...


Writing a New France, 1604-1632: Empire and Early Modern French Identity

by Brian Brazeau

Writing a New France, 1604-1632 focuses on French reactions to contact with the New World. Through key early-modern travel and missionary accounts, the author traces a French "rewriting of the self" in America....


Marriage, Performance, and Politics at the Jacobean Court

by Kevin Curran

Marriage, Performance, and Politics at the Jacobean Court constitutes the first full-length study of Jacobean nuptial performance. Scripted for high-profile weddings by such writers as Jonson, Campion, Chapman,...


The Historical Literature of the Jack Cade Rebellion

by Alexander L. Kaufman

Accounts of Jack Cade's 1450 Rebellion, each inherently different and highly subjective, form the dominant entry in the London chronicles of the Fifteenth Century. In the first study of the primary documents...


Psychosomatic Disorders in Seventeenth-Century French Literature

by Bernadette Höfer

In this innovative and ambitious study, Bernadette Höfer explores how Surin, Molière, Lafayette, and Racine reverse the Cartesian conception of the dominance of the rational and propose instead a dramatic...