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A Political Companion to John Steinbeck

by Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh & Simon Stow

Though he was a recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, American novelist John Steinbeck (1902--1968) has frequently been censored. Even in the twenty-first century, nearly ninety...


Ecotopia

by Ernest Callenbach

A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an ecologically sound future society. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as...


Coleridge, Romanticism and the Orient: Cultural Negotiations

by David Vallins

While postcolonial studies of Romantic-period literature have flourished in recent years, scholars have long neglected the extent of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's engagement with the Orient in both his literary...


Succeeding Postmodernism: Language and Humanism in Contemporary American Literature

by Mary K. Holland

While critics collect around the question of what comes "after postmodernism," this book asks something different about recent American fiction: what if we are seeing not the end of postmodernism but its belated...


Terrorism and Temporality in the Works of Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo

by James Gourley

Terrorism and Temporality in the Works of Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo starts from a simple premise: that the events of the 11th of September 2001 must have had a major effect on two New York residents, and...


Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies: New Critical Essays

by Andrew Gibson

Published in association with the seminar series of the same name held by the University of Oxford, Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies presents the best new scholarship addressing the sources, development and...


Old, Bold and Won¿t Be Told: Shakespeare¿s Amazing Ageing Ladies

by Yvonne Oram

Old women in Early Modern plays are stereotypically presented as ugly, randy, mouthy, mad. So Shakespeare is rare among dramatists of the day for his lively and empowering depictions of ageing ladies. This well-researched,...


Jataka Stories in Theravada Buddhism: Narrating the Bodhisatta Path

by Naomi Appleton

Jataka stories (stories about the previous births of the Buddha) are very popular in Theravada Buddhist countries, where they are commonly used in sermons, children's books, plays, poetry, temple illustrations,...


Humanism and Protestantism in Early Modern English Education

by Ian Green

This volume is the first attempt to assess the impact of both humanism and Protestantism on the education offered to a wide range of adolescents in the hundreds of grammar schools operating in England between...


Jerome of Stridon: His Life, Writings and Legacy

by Andrew Cain & Josef Lössl

Jerome of Stridon (c.346-420) is arguably the greatest polymath in Latin Christian antiquity; this is the most comprehensive and up to date volume on his life and work available in English today. Familiar debates...


Reading Faulkner: Light in August

by Hugh Ruppersburg

Explaining the world of William Faulkner's "Light in August" is the primary goal of this glossary. Like other books in this series, it explains, identifies, and comments on many elements that a reader may find...


Passing for Spain: Cervantes and the Fictions of Identity

by Barbara Fucha

Passing for Spain is a healthy sign that Renaissance scholars are finally looking to early modern Spain as a likely locus for the study of self-fashioning and the formation of the nation-state. Anne Cruz, professor...


Gertrude Stein and Richard Wright: The Poetics and Politics of Modernism

by M. Lynn Weiss

After the Second World War Gertrude Stein asked a friend's support in securing a visa for Richard Wright to visit Paris.

"I've got to help him, she said. You see, we are both members of a minority group."...


Perspectives on Harry Crews

by Erik Bledsoe

Critics have called Harry Crews a "mad genius" and "Flannery O'Connor on steroids." His novels chronicle the southern world on the edge of insanity. His characters set out to eat an entire car on national television,...


Perspectives on Richard Ford

by Huey Guagliardo

A comprehensive appreciation of the fiction written by this Pulitzer Prize author

This is the first book-length examination of the fiction written by Richard Ford, who gained critical acclaim for The Sportswriter...


The Aesthetics of Toni Morrison: Speaking the Unspeakable

by Marc C. Conner

A traditional yet fresh approach to grasping the power of Morrison's writing

With essays by Yvonne Atkinson, Marc C. Conner, Susan Corey, Maria DiBattista, Barbara Johnson, Cheryl Lester, Katherine Stern, and...


Reading Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom!

by Joseph R. Urgo & Noel Polk

Absalom, Absalom! has long been regarded as one of William Faulkner's most difficult, dense, and multilayered novels. It is, on one level, the story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson...


The City of Dreadful Night

by James Thomson

The city of dreadful night is a poem of pessimism, which, neither widely read nor popular, has, however, a twofold value as a document of humanity and as an extraordinarily thorough and vivid representation...


What Now?

by Ann Patchett

Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing...


The Letters of Noel Coward

by Noël Coward & Barry Day

Lavishly illustrated and annotated, this first and definitive collection of letters to and from Coward provides a divine portrait of an age, from the Blitz to the Ritz and beyond.

The incomparable Noël Coward...