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Killer Books: Writing, Violence, and Ethics in Modern Spanish American Narrative

by Aníbal González

Writing and violence have been inextricably linked in Spanish America from the Conquest onward. Spanish authorities used written edicts, laws, permits, regulations, logbooks, and account books to control indigenous...


Saga of the Jomsvikings

by Lee M. Hollander

In A.D. 986, Earl Hákon, ruler of most of Norway, won a triumphant victory over an invading fleet of Danes in the great naval battle of Hjórunga Bay. Sailing under his banner were no fewer than five Icelandic...


Spanish American Poetry at the End of the Twentieth Century: Textual Disruptions

by Jill Kuhnheim

Has poetry lost its relevance in the postmodern age, unable to keep pace with other forms of cultural production such as film, mass media, and the Internet? Quite the contrary, argues Jill Kuhnheim in this pathfinding...


Beowulf: An Imitative Translation

by Ruth P.M. Lehmann

The name "Beowulf" lingers in our collective memory, although today fewer people have heard the tale of the Germanic hero's fight with Grendel, the dreadful Monster of the Mere, as recounted in this Anglo-Saxon...


The Theater of Plautus: Playing to the Audience

by Timothy J. Moore

The relationship between actors and spectators has been of perennial interest to playwrights. The Roman playwright Plautus (ca. 200 BCE) was particularly adept at manipulating this relationship. Plautus allowed...


Giving Voice to Stones: Place and Identity in Palestinian Literature

by Barbara McKean Parmenter

"A struggle between two memories" is how Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish describes the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Within this struggle, the meanings of land and home have been challenged and...


Ariel

by José Enrique Rodó & Margaret Sayers Peden

First published in 1900 Uruguay, Ariel is Latin America's most famous essay on esthetic and philosophical sensibility, as well as its most discussed treatise on hemispheric relations. Though Rodó protested...


Mexican Literature: A History

by David William Foster

Mexico has a rich literary heritage that extends back over centuries to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. This major reference work surveys more than five hundred years of Mexican literature from a sociocultural...


The Lancelot-Grail Cycle: Text and Transformations

by William W. Kibler

Composed in Old French between about 1220 and 1240, the Lancelot-Grail Cycle is a group of five prose romances centered on the love affair between Lancelot and Guenevere. It consists of an immense central core,...


Reading World Literature: Theory, History, Practice

by Sarah Lawall

As teachers and readers expand the canon of world literature to include writers whose voices traditionally have been silenced by the dominant culture, fundamental questions arise. What do we mean by "world"?...


The Mythmaker: A Study of Motif and Symbol in the Short Stories of Jorge Luis Borges

by Carter Wheelock

Readers who are intrigued, though often mystified, by the intellectual fantasies of Jorge Luis Borges will find this book a revelation, a skeleton key to one of the most fundamental and baffling aspects of Borges's...


Colonial Angels: Narratives of Gender and Spirituality in Mexico, 1580-1750

by Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela

Spain's attempt to establish a "New Spain" in Mexico never fully succeeded, for Spanish institutions and cultural practices inevitably mutated as they came in contact with indigenous American outlooks and ways...


The Writing of Elena Poniatowska: Engaging Dialogues

by Beth E. Jörgensen

Elena Poniatowska is one of Latin America's most distinguished and innovative living writers. Advocacy of women and the poor in their struggle for social and economic justice, denunciation of the repression...


Reading Arab Women's Autobiographies: Shahrazad Tells Her Story

by Nawar Al-Hassan Golley

Authors of autobiographies are always engaged in creating a "self" to present to their readers. This process of self-creation raises a number of intriguing questions: why and how does anyone choose to present...


Postethnic Narrative Criticism: Magicorealism in Oscar "Zeta" Acosta, Ana Castillo, Julie Dash, Hanif Kureishi, and Salman Rushdie

by Frederick Luis Aldama

Magical realism has become almost synonymous with Latin American fiction, but this way of representing the layered and often contradictory reality of the topsy-turvy, late-capitalist, globalizing world finds...


Brown on Brown: Chicano/a Representations of Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity

by Frederick Luis Aldama

Common conceptions permeating U.S. ethnic queer theory tend to confuse aesthetics with real-world acts and politics. Often Chicano/a representations of gay and lesbian experiences in literature and film are...


Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations with Writers and Artists

by Frederick Luis Aldama

Since the 1980s, a prolific "second wave" of Chicano/a writers and artists has tremendously expanded the range of genres and subject matter in Chicano/a literature and art. Building on the pioneering work of...


Why the Humanities Matter: A Commonsense Approach

by Frederick Luis Aldama

Is there life after postmodernism? Many claim that it sounded the death knell for history, art, ideology, science, possibly all of Western philosophy, and certainly for the concept of reality itself. Responding...


A User's Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Fiction

by Frederick Luis Aldama

Why are so many people attracted to narrative fiction? How do authors in this genre reframe experiences, people, and environments anchored to the real world without duplicating "real life"? In which ways does...


Vergil, Philodemus, and the Augustans

by David Armstrong, Jeffrey Fish & Patricia A. Johnston

The Epicurean teacher and poet Philodemus of Gadara (c. 110-c. 40/35 BC) exercised significant literary and philosophical influence on Roman writers of the Augustan Age, most notably the poets Vergil and Horace....