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Moral Reform in Comedy and Culture, 1696-1747

by Aparna Gollapudi

The comic reform plot was not merely a generic turn towards morality or sentimentality, Gollapudi argues, but an important social mechanism for controlling and challenging political and economic changes. She...


Heroism in the Harry Potter Series

by Katrin Berndt & Lena Steveker

This collection examines the ways fictional heroism in the twenty-first century challenges the idealized forms of a somewhat simplistic masculinity associated with genres like the epic, romance and classic adventure...


Media, Technology, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century: Image, Sound, Touch

by Colette Colligan & Margaret Linley

Operating at the intersection where new technology meets literature, this collection discovers the relationship among image, sound, and touch in the long nineteenth century. The chapters speak to the special...


Beard Fetish in Early Modern England: Sex, Gender, and Registers of Value

by Mark Albert Johnston

Beard Fetish in Early Modern England: Sex, Gender, and Registers of Value uniquely focuses on representations of facial hair for early modern culture and analyzes the role fetish plays in naturalizing categories...


Hans Folz and Print Culture in Late Medieval Germany: The Creation of Popular Discourse

by Caroline Huey

By integrating the different themes across Folz's oeuvre in all its profusion and variety, Huey offers new insights as to the interaction of these themes and to the character of the poet's work overall. She...


Science and Religious Anthropology: A Spiritually Evocative Naturalist Interpretation of Human Life

by Wesley J. Wildman

Science and Religious Anthropology explores the convergence of the biological sciences, human sciences, and humanities around a spiritually evocative, naturalistic vision of human life. The disciplinary contributions...


The Postcolonial Eye: White Australian Desire and the Visual Field of Race

by Alison Ravenscroft

The Postcolonial Eye is about the 'eye' and the 'I' in the contemporary Australian scene of race, specifically the subjectivity of vision and the troubled project of knowing one another across the cultural divide...


Translation, Authorship and the Victorian Professional Woman: Charlotte Brontë, Harriet Martineau and George Eliot

by Lesa Scholl

In her study of Charlotte Brontë, Harriet Martineau and George Eliot, Scholl shows how three Victorian women writers broadened their capacity for literary professionalism by participating in translation and...


Imaginings of Time in Lydgate and Hoccleve's Verse

by Karen Elaine Smyth

Through a series of close readings of selected short poems and Lydgate's Troy Book, Fall of Princes, and Siege of Thebes and of Hoccleve's Regiments of Princes and Series, Smyth looks at expressions of time...


Genre, Reception, and Adaptation in the 'Twilight' Series

by Anne Morey

Avoiding the reductive tendency of some recent scholarship to focus on the purported shortcomings of the 'Twilight' series with respect to literary merit and political correctness, this volume adopts a cultural...


Towards Liturgies that Reconcile: Race and Ritual among African-American and European-American Protestants

by Scott Haldeman

Towards Liturgies that Reconcile reflects upon Christian worship as it is shaped, and mis-shaped, by human prejudice, specifically by racism. African Americans and European Americans have lived together for...


Grief and Genre in American Literature, 1790-1870

by Desirée| Henderson

Focusing on the role of genre in the formation of dominant conceptions of death and dying, Desirée Henderson examines literary texts and social spaces in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. Henderson's...


Religion and Conflict Resolution: Christianity and South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

by Megan Shore

This book examines the ambiguous role that Christianity played in South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). It has two objectives: to analyse the role Christianity played in the TRC and to highlight...


The Richard & Judy Book Club Reader: Popular Texts and the Practices of Reading

by Jenni Ramone & Helen Cousins

The Richard & Judy Book Club Reader is the first book to consider the impact of the televised book club on reading practices and the publishing and promotion of books in the UK, in comparison with other reading...


Early Modern Englishwomen Testing Ideas

by Jo Wallwork & Paul Salzman

Early Modern Englishwomen Testing Ideas explores how women in England participated in the considerable intellectual and cultural diversity which characterised the late early modern period. This collection looks...


John Armstrong's The Art of Preserving Health: Eighteenth-Century Sensibility in Practice

by Adam Budd

Adam Budd's critical edition presents John Armstrong's poem The Art of Preserving Health (1744) and other key sources of the eighteenth-century cult of sensibility. It also includes a comprehensive introduction...


Motherhood and Patriarchal Masculinities in Sixteenth-Century Italian Comedy

by Yael Manes

Exploring individual and collective formation of gender identities, this book analyses plays in the genre of 'erudite comedy' (commedia erudita), which was extremely popular among elite sixteenth-century Italians....


Queer Environmentality: Ecology, Evolution, and Sexuality in American Literature

by Robert Azzarello

Offering a model for meaningful dialogue between queer and environmental studies, Azzarello's book traces a queer-environmental lineage in American Romantic and post-Romantic literature. Azzarello's study treats...


Women and Literary Celebrity in the Nineteenth Century: The Transatlantic Production of Fame and Gender

by Brenda R. Weber

Focusing on representations of women's literary celebrity in nineteenth-century nonfiction and fiction, Weber examines the transatlantic cultural politics of gender, sex and the body. Looking at discursive patterns...


History and the Construction of the Child in Early British Children's Literature

by Jackie C. Horne

Jackie C. Horne examines little-studied robinsonnades, historical novels, and didactic history books to show how changes in the writing of history for adults influenced the construction of child characters in...