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Driver's License

by Meredith Castile

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

A classic teenage fetish object, the American driver's license has long symbolized freedom and mobility...


Drone

by Adam Rothstein

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Drones are in the newspaper, on the TV screen, swarming through the networks, and soon, we're told,...


Remote Control

by Caetlin Benson-Allott

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

While we all use remote controls, we understand little about their history or their impact on our daily...


Golf Ball

by Harry Brown

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Harry Brown explores the composition, history, kinetic life, and the long deterioration of golf balls,...


Performatively Speaking: Speech and Action in Antebellum American Literature

by Debra J. Rosenthal

In Performatively Speaking, Debra Rosenthal draws on speech act theory to open up the current critical conversation about antebellum American fiction and culture and to explore what happens when writers use...


The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi anmd Izumi Shikibu, Women of teh Ancient Court of Japan

by No Komachi Ono, Izumi Shikibu & Jane Hirshfield

These translated poems were written by 2 ladies of the Heian court of Japan between the ninth and eleventh centuries A.D. The poems speak intimately of their authors' sexual longing, fulfillment and disillusionment....


Sympathetic Sentiments: Affect, Emotion and Spectacle in the Modern World

by John Jervis

Sympathetic Sentiments develops an innovative interdisciplinary framework to explore the implications of living in a 'culture of feeling' that seems ill at ease with itself, one in which 'sentiments' are frequently...


Sensational Subjects: The Dramatization of Experience in the Modern World

by John Jervis

Under what conditions does 'sensation' become 'sensational'?

By the early nineteenth century murder had become the staple of the sensationalizing popular press, and gruesome descriptions were deployed to make...


Deadlier Than The Male: An Investigation into Feminine Crime Writing

by Jessica Mann

Why are English women so good at murder? Among the books which have survived for more than half a century, always in print and always in demand, are the murder mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie...


The Chronicles of Ara : Creation

by Joel Eisenberg, Stephen Hillard & James Crewe

When J.R.R. Tolkien is summoned to authenticate a recently-discovered "lost" book of Beowulf, events are set in motion that years later will unveil an imminent tragedy: The entirety of the world's art and invention...


Ukrainian Nationalism: Politics, Ideology, and Literature, 1929-1956

by Myroslav Shkandrij

Both celebrated and condemned, Ukrainian nationalism is one of the most controversial and vibrant topics in contemporary discussions of Eastern Europe. Perhaps today there is no more divisive and heatedly argued...


The Man from Krypton: A Closer Look at Superman

by Glenn Yeffeth

Leading writers discuss, debate, and celebrate the legend of Superman in this anthology, contending that his legend is a truly American myth. Superman was an immigrant with little more than the clothes on his...


Mapping the World of the Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Unauthorized Exploration of the Harry Potter Series

by Mercedes Lackey

From the Dursleys as social commentary to a look at Snape's role in less than child-friendly fanfiction . . . from the parallels between Azkaban and Abu Ghraib to the role of religion at Hogwarts . . . from...


Flirting With Pride And Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives On The Original Chick Lit Masterpiece

by Jennifer Crusie & Glenn Yeffeth

One of fiction's most well-loved novels, this 19th-century classic continues to capture the hearts of contemporary readers with its notions of marriage, dating, and romance. Leading authors in the area of women's...


The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973

by Mark Greif

In a midcentury American cultural episode forgotten today, intellectuals of all schools shared a belief that human nature was under threat. The immediate result was a glut of dense, abstract books on the “nature...


The Little People Journey into the Mystic Sea

by Chris DiSano-Davenport

"The Little People Journey into the Mystic Sea," Book II, My Name is Junia, explores the bonds of family, friendship and how we can make a difference on our planet. Trinity and her imaginary friend Ellarie disappear...


Asian Comics

by John A. Lent

The wide-ranging, authoritative story of thriving comics production and creativity in Asia


The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays: The Earliest Known Versions

by Stephen H. West & Wilt L. Idema

This is the first anthology of Yuan-dynasty zaju (miscellaneous comedies) to introduce the genre to English-speaking readers exclusively through translations of the plays’ fourteenth-century editions. Almost...


Meet the Little People: An Enchanting Adventure

by Chris DiSano-Davenport

A magical tale that can be used as an introduction to natural law, "Meet the Little People...An Enchanting Adventure," Book I, Is Arthur a King, introduces children to the realms of fairy who teach us to use...


Buzz Buzz! Playwrights, Actors and Directors at the National Theatre

by Jonathan Croall

Containing over a hundred interviews conducted over the last fifteen years with leading directors, actors and writers at the National Theatre, Buzz Buzz! is a fantastic compendium that offers unrivalled insight...