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Ruben Dario Centennial Studies

by Miguel Gonzalez-Gerth & George D. Schade

Rubén Darío (1867-1916), the undisputed standard-bearer of the Modernist movement in Hispanic letters, was born in Nicaragua. In 1886 he went to Chile, where he published Azul (1888), his first important book...


The Law of the Heart: Individualism and the Modern Self in American Literature

by Sam B. Girgus

The Law of the Heart is a vigorous challenge to the prevailing concept of the "antidemocratic" image of the self in the American literary and cultural tradition. Sam B. Girgus counters this interpretation and...


Ideogram: History of a Poetic Method

by Laszlo K. Géfin

The ideogram changed the course of modern American poetry, and Ideogram is the first history of this important poetic tradition. In modern poetry the ideogram is an idea presented to the reader by means of the...


Perspectives of Roman Poetry: A Classics Symposium

by Karl Galinsky

Written by leading specialists, the essays in Perspectives of Roman Poetry seek to provide a broad range of readers with a good understanding of some essential aspects of major Roman poets and poetic genres....


Forms of Modern British Fiction

by Alan Warren Friedman

In Forms of Modern British Fiction six individualistic and strongminded critics delineate the "age of modernism" in British fiction. Dating the age and the movement from later Hardy works through the deaths...


Fiction and the Ways of Knowing: Essays on British Novels

by Avrom Fleishman

In this highly individual study, Avrom Fleishman explores a wide range of literary references to human culture-the culture of ideas, facts, and images. Each critical essay in Fiction and the Ways of Knowing...


The Cultural Milieu of Addison's Literary Criticism

by Lee Andrew Elioseff

The whole history of literary criticism is illuminated by this analysis of one English critic's work. It is, in effect, a literary case study presented as partial answer to the complicated question: what cultural...


Rich's Farewell to Military Profession, 1581

by Barnaby Rich & Thomas Mabry Cranfill

In a long and extraordinary career as captain, courier, privateer, real-estate agent, author, and informer, Barnaby Rich's principal achievement was the present volume-a collection of Elizabethan short stories...


Literary Diseases: Theme and Metaphor in the Italian Novel

by Gian-Paolo Biasin

Disease-real or imagined, physical or mental-is a common theme in Western literature and is often a symbol of modern alienation. In Literary Diseases, a comprehensive analysis of the metaphorical and symbolic...


The Spanish American Novel: A Twentieth-Century Survey

by John S. Brushwood

In The Spanish American Novel, John S. Brushwood analyzes the twentieth-century Spanish American novel as an artistic expression of social reality. In relating the generic history of the novel to extraliterary...


Mexico in Its Novel: A Nation's Search for Identity

by John S. Brushwood

Mexico in Its Novel is a perceptive examination of the Mexican reality as revealed through the nation's novel. The author presents the Mexican novel as a cultural phenomenon: a manifestation of the impact of...


William Goyen: Selected Letters from a Writer's Life

by William Goyen, Robert Phillips & Sir Stephen Spender

Proclaimed "one of the great American writers of short fiction" by the New York Times Book Review, William Goyen (1915-1983) had a quintessentially American literary career, in which national recognition came...


The Art of Life: Studies in American Autobiographical Literature

by Mutlu Konuk Blasing

Autobiographical literature especially reveals the processes by which writers convert their own historical experience into fictional form and suggests how literary forms function in life. This volume defines...


The Faces of Time: Portrayal of the Past in Old French and Latin Historical Narrative of the Anglo-Norman Regnum

by Jean Blacker

The twelfth century witnessed the sudden appearance and virtual disappearance of an important literary genre-the Old French verse chronicle. These poetic histories of the British kings, which today are treated...


The Art of Faulkner's Novels

by Peter Swiggart

To say that the entirety of human experience can be a novelist's theme is to voice an absurdity. But, as Peter Swiggart convincingly argues, Faulkner's work can be viewed as an extraordinary attempt to transform...


Charlotte Brontë's World of Death

by Robert Keefe

By the age of eight, Charlotte Brontë had lost first her mother and then her two older sisters. Later, in a second wave of deaths, her brother and two younger sisters died, leaving her a sole survivor. With...


The Absurd Hero in American Fiction: Updike, Styron, Bellow, Salinger

by David D. Galloway

When The Absurd Hero in American Fiction was first released in 1966, Granville Hicks praised it in a lead article for the Saturday Review as a sensitive and definitive study of a new trend in postwar American...


Hebrew and Hellene in Victorian England: Newman, Arnold, and Pater

by David DeLaura

Hebrew and Hellene explores the intellectual and personal relations among John Henry Newman, Matthew Arnold, and Walter Pater, three figures important in the development of nineteenth-century English thought...


The Structure of Leaves of Grass

by Thomas Edward Crawley

Modern critics and contemporary readers familiar with the field of Whitman criticism may find surprising an analysis of the structure of Leaves of Grass that concerns itself with Whitman as the poet-prophet...


The Modern American Political Novel: 1900-1960

by Joseph Blotner

Politics, the workings of government and of people in government, has long been a fertile field for exploration by the novelist. The political arena offers many examples of conflict-between individuals, groups,...