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Mixed-Race Identity in the American South

by Julia Sattler

This interdisciplinary investigation argues that since the 1990s, discourses about mixed-race heritage in the United States have taken the shape of a veritable literary genre, here termed “memoir of the search.”...


The Minoritarian and Black Reason

by D. Nandi Odhiambo

The Minoritarian and Black Reason: A Philosophico-Literary Investigation addresses the question, how can we understand and relate responsibly to others who differ from us in our everyday concerns? The work looks...


The Picaresque and the Writing Life in Mexico

by Jorge Téllez

This book studies picaresque narratives from 1690 to 2013, examining how this literary form serves as a reflection on the material conditions necessary for writing literature in Mexico.

In The Picaresque and...


Women Writing the American Artist in Novels of Development from 1850-1932

by Rickie-Ann Legleitner

From 1850-1932, American women artists found their bodies and desires narrowly defined by cultural, social, and legal patriarchal systems. Women were typically depicted as “abnormal” for harboring desires...


Echoes of Surrealism

by Gerrit-Jan Berendse

For many artists and intellectuals in East Germany, daily life had an undeniably surreal aspect, from the numbing repetition of Communist Party jargon to the fear and paranoia engendered by the Stasi. Echoes...


The Journal of Sir Walter Scott

by Sir Walter Scott & Mint Editions

Originally published in 1890, The Journal of Sir Walter Scott spans seven eventful years of the author?s life where he attempts to reclaim his good standing. It?s a revealing look at the highs and lows of one...


The Great Illustrators of Edgar Allan Poe

by Tony Magistrale & Jessica Slayton

Although there have been over 700 illustrators of Poe?s work over the past two centuries, this book chooses to examine only the best of them.  Beginning with the French in the nineteenth century and tracing...


Couch City

by Harry Berger, J. Benjamin Fuqua, Ward Risvold & Jill Frank

Crowning six decades of literary, rhetorical, and historical scholarship, Harry Berger, Jr., offers readers another trenchant reading. Berger subverts the usual interpretations of Plato?s kalos kagathos, showing...


The Shape of Fear

by Susan Jennifer Navarette

During the last decades of the nineteenth century, Charles Darwin, Thomas Henry Huxley, Walter Pater and others changed the nature of thought concerning the human body and the physical environment that had shaped...


Women in the Medieval Spanish Epic and Lyric Traditions

by Lucy A. Sponsler

The culture of medieval Spain was anything nut homogeneous. It varied not only through time, with the approach of the Renaissance, but also geographically, with great differences between north and south. In...


Broken Ground

by William Logan

In Broken Ground, William Logan explores the works of canonical and contemporary poets, rediscovering the lushness of imagination and depth of feeling that distinguish poetry as a literary art. The book includes...


A History of Spanish Golden Age Drama

by Henry K. Ziomek

Spain's Golden Age, the seventeenth century, left the world one great legacy, the flower of its dramatic genius -- the comedia. The work of the Golden Age playwrights represents the largest combined body of...


The Brink of All We Hate

by Felicity A. Nussbaum

"Is it not monstrous, that our Seducers should be our Accusers? Will they not employ Fraud, nay often Force to gain us? What various Arts, what Stratagems, what Wiles will they use for our Destruction? But that...


Contemporary American Women Writers

by Catherine Rainwater & Willliam J. Scheick

Ann Beattie, Annie Dillard, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Marge Piercy, Anne Redmon, Anne Tyler, and Alice Walker all seem to be especially concerned with narrative management....


Reading Deconstruction/Deconstructive Reading

by George Douglas Atkins

Deconstruction -- a mode of close reading associated with the contemporary philosopher Jacques Derrida and other members of the "Yale School" -- is the current critical rage, and is likely to remain so for some...


Kings and Captains

by Charles Moorman

Charles Moorman reexamines several major works of the western heroic tradition: The Iliad, The Odyssey, Beowulf, The Song of Roland, The Nibelungenlied, the Norse sagas, and the Arthurian cycle. Disregarding...


The Modern Satiric Grotesque and Its Traditions

by John R. Clark

Thomas Mann predicted that no manner or mode in literature would be so typical or so pervasive in the twentieth century as the grotesque. Assuredly he was correct. The subjects and methods of our comic literature...


The Art and Imagination of Langston Hughes

by R. Baxter Miller

Langston Hughes was one of the most important American writers of his generation, and one of the most versatile, producing poetry, fiction, drama, and autobiography. In this innovative study, R. Baxter Miller...


The Social Self

by Joseph Alkana

American literary history of the nineteenth-century as a conflict between individualistic writers and a conformist society. In The Social Self, Joseph Alkana argues that such a dichotomy misrepresents the views...


The Excellence of Falsehood

by Deborah L. Ross

"The only excellence of falsehood... is its resemblance to truth," proclaims a clergyman in Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote. He argues that romances are bad art; novels, he implies, are better. This clergyman's...