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Words Fail

Levinas and the Night of Being

Rethinking Metonymy

The Amorous Restoration

The Tragic Imagination

Is Literature Healthy?

E. E. Cummings' Modernism and the Classics

Black Prometheus

CliffsNotes on Dante's Divine Comedy: Inferno

by Nikki Moustaki & James L. Roberts

CliffsNotes on Divine Comedy: Inferno takes you deep inside Dante's vision of Hell, the first installment in his three-poem epic.


CliffsNotes on Hsueh-chin's Dream of the Red Chamber

by Zhang Xiugui

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.


CliffsNotes on Marlowe's Doctor Faustus

by Eva Fitzwater

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.


CliffsNotes on Byron's Don Juan

by Dougald B MacEachen

This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.


Ted Hughes

by Jonathan Bate

Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate, was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He was one of Britain’s most important poets.

With an equal gift for poetry and prose, he was also a prolific children’s...


The Bestseller Code

by Jodie Archer & Matthew L. Jockers

"When a story captures the imagination of millions, that's magic. Can you qualify magic? Archer and Jockers just may have done so."—Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author

Ask most book people about massive...


Writing the Stage Coach Nation

Shakespeare in Swahililand

by Edward Wilson-Lee, PhD

An exploration of Shakespeare as a global poet

Shakespeare in Swahililand tells the unexpected literary history of Shakespeare's influence in East Africa. Beginning with Victorian-era expeditions in which Shakespeare's...


Adapting the Beat Poets: Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac on Screen

by Michael J. Prince

William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac were three of the most significant figures of the Beat Generation, whose writings have been adapted and appropriated for graphic novels, feature-length...


Criticism: Ideas in Profile

by Catherine Belsey

Ideas in Profile: Small Introductions to Big Topics

At the heart of criticism lies one question: What do you think of it? Every time we comment on an artefact, whether a poem, a play, a painting, a novel or a...


The Disavowed Community

Pariah in the Desert: The Heroic and the Monstrous in Horacio Quiroga

by Todd S. Garth

The first book in English on canonical Spanish American writer Horacio Quiroga (Uruguay 1878–Argentina 1936), Pariah in the Desert examines his works through the theoretical lens of the heroic and the complementary...