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Science Fiction: A Guide for the Perplexed

by Sherryl Vint

From its beginnings in the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne to the virtual worlds of William Gibson's Neuromancer and The Matrix, Science Fiction: A Guide to the Perplexed helps students navigate the often...


Mystical Philosophy: Transcendence and Immanence in the Works of Virginia Woolf and Iris Murdoch

by Donna J. Lazenby

A Mystical Philosophy contributes to the contemporary resurgence of interest in Spirituality, but from a new direction. Revealing, in an original and provocative study, the mystical contents of the works of...


The Duchess of Malfi: Fifth Edition

by John Webster & Brian Gibbons

A major revision of this classic revenge tragedy. The comprehensive introduction covers recent developments in criticism and key theatre productions, as well as relating the play to other early modern tragedies....


The Great Ethics of Aristotle

by Peter L. P. Simpson

In this follow up to The Eudemian Ethics of Aristotle, Peter L. P. Simpson centers his attention on the basics of Aristotelian moral doctrine as found in the Great Ethics: the definition of happiness, the nature...


Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing

by Charles Johnson

"Were it not for the Buddhadharma, says Charles Johnson in his preface to Turning the Wheel, "I'm convinced that, as a black American and an artist, I would not have been able to successfully negotiate my last...


High Strung: A Novel

by Quinn Dalton

Years after running away from America and the mysteries surrounding her mother's death, Merle Winslow winds up editing trash novels at X Publishing in West London and shacked up with a drug-addled diplomat's...


The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House

by Bob Woodward

The Agenda is a day-by-day, often minute-by-minute account of Bill Clinton's White House. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, confidential internal memos, diaries, and meeting notes, Woodward shows how Clinton...


I Ain't Scared of You

by Bernie Mac

"My granddaddy would get mad at all of us. He couldn't just get mad at one of us. 'Ain't nobody got...

You know what? Go to bed! All y'all, go to bed!'

It'd be like two o'clock in the afternoon. 'Go to bed!'"...


The Redress of Poetry

by Seamus Heaney

Heaney's ten lectures as Professor of Poetry at Oxford explore the poetry of a wide range of writers, from Christopher Marlowe to John Clare to Oscar Wilde. Whether he concentrates on moments in the works under...


Crediting Poetry

by Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney's Nobel Lecture is a powerful defense of poetry as "the ship and the anchor" of our spirit within an ocean of violent, divisive politics and "world-sorrow." Beginning with the "creaturely existence"...


The Partly Cloudy Patriot

by Sarah Vowell

From public radio This American Life contributor and self-described “history nerd” Sarah Vowell comes a collection of humorous and personal essays investigating American history, pop culture and Buffy the...


The New York Public Library Literature Companion

by Staff of The New York Public Library & Anne Skillion

Pick up The New York Public Library Literature Companion to check the dates of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past or to find out how James Joyce's Ulysses changed U.S. obscenity laws, and you may find...


Filmspeak: How to Understand Literary Theory by Watching Movies

by Edward Tomarken

Filmspeak is an accessible, innovative book which uses specific examples to show how once arcane literary and cultural theory has infiltrated popular culture.

Theory reaches us in ways we do not even realize....


Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

by Julian W Connolly

Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov is unquestionably one of the greatest works of world literature. With its dramatic portrayal of a Russian family in crisis and its intense investigation into the essential...


Out of Place: German Realism, Displacement and Modernity

by John Lyon

In late nineteenth-century Germany, the onset of modernity transformed how people experienced place. In response to increased industrialization and urbanization, the expansion of international capitalism, and...


The Poet Resigns

by Robert Archambeau

What are we really wishing for when we want poetry to have the prominence it had in the past? Why do American poets overwhelmingly identify with the political left? How do poems communicate? Is there an essential...


The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats Volume VIII: The Irish Dramatic Movement

by William Butler Yeats, Richard J. Finneran & Mary FitzGerald

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume VIII: The Irish Dramatic Movement is part of a fourteen-volume series under the general editorship of eminent Yeats scholars Richard J. Finneran and George Mills Harper....


Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World

by Sarah Vowell

Take the Cannoli is a moving and wickedly funny collection of personal stories stretching across the immense landscape of the American scene. Hailed by Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with talent to burn," Vowell...


Immigration, Ethnicity, and Class in American Writing, 1830-1860: Reading the Stranger

by Leonardo Buonomo

This book examines fiction and nonfiction texts from the period 1830 to 1860 to demonstrate how major and minor American writers constructed their country’s identity by contrasting their own characteristics...


Wisdom and Initiation in Gabon: A Philosophical Analysis of Fang Tales, Myths, and Legends

by Bonaventure Mvé|Barnes, James F. Ondo

In Wisdom and Initiation in Gabon, Bonaventure Mvé Ondo argues that Fang tales, myths, and legends are components of the foundation of a worldview that sustains and protects a unique, historical Fang identity....