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Dante Among the Moderns

by Stuart Y. McDougal The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

In this collection, eight distinguished critics of literature assess the nature and range of Dante's influence on the major British and American modernist writers. The indebtedness includes citation and allusion,...


Swan and Shadow

by Thomas Whitaker The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

History was central in a variety of ways to Yeats's poetic development and to the meaning of his work. In this study, Whitaker suggests that history was for the poet a mysterious interlocutor, which Yeats saw...


Virgil's Aeneid

by Michael C. J. Putnam The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In this collection of twelve of his essays, distinguished Virgil scholar Michael Putnam examines the Aeneid from several different interpretive angles. He identifies the themes that permeate the epic, provides...


Solitary Comrade

by Joan Hedrick The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Hedrick examines London's inner life, primarily as it is revealed in his art, to discover the man concealed beneath the public persona. Although London was wealthy, famous, and one of the last great self-made...


The Attack on Literature and Other Essays

by René Wellek The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

With the erudition that has distinguished his lifelong study of literary criticism, Wellek considers the trends, theories, and quarrels of recent years. He continues to insist that criticism--whether written...


Skialetheia, or A Shadowe of Truth, in Certaine Epigrams and Satyres

by Everard Guilpin The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Although well known to experts in English literature, Guilpin's Skialetheia has been available only in inadequate texts until now. This edition of the 1598 work presents an old-spelling critical text and provides...


The Autobiographical Myth of Robert Lowell

by Philip Cooper The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Lowell's continuing productivity and his ever-increasing stature as a poet demand a new evaluation of his work, and Cooper has provided it in this penetrating study. Though Cooper's primary purpose is to demonstrate...


From Tobacco Road to Route 66

by Sylvia Jenkins Cook The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

In the early nineteenth century, the southern poor white had a reputation for comic vulgarity and absurd violence; postbellum writers saw him as a quaint peasant; the 1920s transformed him into a revolutionary...


The Search for Form

by J. A. Ward The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

This volume is a study of the structure of certain of James's works, as well as a search for the structural principles that inform James's fiction and lie behind the technical dicta of his essays and prefaces....


Shakespeare's Romantic Comedies

by Peter G. Phialas The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

Phialas provides commentaries on Shakespeare's romantic comedies, treats in detail individual scenes and characters, and makes illuminating comparisons and contrasts of character with character. The chief concern...


The Caught Image

by Robert L. Gale The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

Gale considers the imagery in all of the 135 novels and short stories of Henry James and presents what may well be the first extensive treatment of figurative language in the complete works of any novelist....


Transfiguration

by Frank Burch Brown The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

Brown proposes a theory of poetic metaphor that attempts to account for literature's complex role in the discovery and creation of significant patterns within both language and life. He shows that while poetic...


Lost Sound

by Jeff Porter The University of North Carolina Press (March 11, 2016)

From Archibald MacLeish to David Sedaris, radio storytelling has long borrowed from the world of literature, yet the narrative radio work of well-known writers and others is a story that has not been told before....


The Lesbian South

by Jaime Harker The University of North Carolina Press (September 25, 2018)

In this book, Jaime Harker uncovers a largely forgotten literary Renaissance in Southern letters. Anchored by a constellation of southern women, the Women in Print movement grew from the queer union of women's...


Literary Indians

by Angela Calcaterra The University of North Carolina Press (October 26, 2018)

Although cross-cultural encounter is often considered an economic or political matter, beauty, taste, and artistry were central to cultural exchange and political negotiation in early and nineteenth-century...


A Refugee from His Race

by Carolyn L. Karcher The University of North Carolina Press (February 10, 2016)

During one of the darkest periods of U.S. history, when white supremacy was entrenching itself throughout the nation, the white writer-jurist-activist Albion W. Tourgee (1838-1905) forged an extraordinary alliance...


The End of Modernism

by William Collins Donahue The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

Nobel laureate Elias Canetti wrote his novel Auto-da-Fe (Die Blendung) when he and the twentieth century were still quite young. Rooted in the cultural crises of the Weimar period, Auto-da-Fe first received...


Archives of Desire

by J. Samaine Lockwood The University of North Carolina Press (September 14, 2015)

In this thought-provoking study of nineteenth-century America, J. Samaine Lockwood offers an important new interpretation of the literary movement known as American regionalism. Lockwood argues that regionalism...


Picturing Identity

by Hertha D. Sweet Wong The University of North Carolina Press (May 02, 2018)

In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth and -twenty-first century American writers and artists each of whom employ a mix...


Fugitives, Smugglers, and Thieves

by Sharada Balachandran Orihuela The University of North Carolina Press (April 09, 2018)

In this book, Sharada Balachandran Orihuela examines property ownership and its connections to citizenship, race and slavery, and piracy as seen through the lens of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American...


Chiasmus in the New Testament

by Nils Wilhelm Lund The University of North Carolina Press (December 01, 2017)

This study is devoted to the tracing of the Hebrew literary influence of the Greek text of the New Testament. It discusses specifically one form, the extensive use of the inverted order called chiasmus, a form...


Fiction in the Quantum Universe

by Susan Strehle The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In this outstanding book Susan Strehle argues that a new fiction has developed from the influence of modern physics. She calls this new fiction actualism, and within that framework she offers a critical analysis...


The World of Ovid's Metamorphoses

by Joseph B. Solodow The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2014)

Synthesizing a wealth of detailed observations, Joseph Solodow studies the structure of Ovid's poem Metamorphoses, the role of the narrator, Ovid's treatment of myth, and the relationship between Ovid's and...


The Political Work of Northern Women Writers and the Civil War, 1850-1872

by Lyde Cullen Sizer The University of North Carolina Press (June 19, 2003)

This volume explores the lives and works of nine Northern women who wrote during the Civil War period, examining the ways in which, through their writing, they engaged in the national debates of the time. Lyde...


A Two-Colored Brocade

by Annemarie Schimmel The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2014)

Annemarie Schimmel, one of the world's foremost authorities on Persian literature, provides a comprehensive introduction to the complicated and highly sophisticated system of rhetoric and imagery used by the...


Electra and the Empty Urn

by Mark Ringer The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Metatheater, or "theater within theater," is a critical approach often used in studies of Shakespearian or modern drama. Breaking new ground in the study of ancient Greek tragedy, Mark Ringer applies the concept...


To Walt Whitman, America

by Kenneth M. Price The University of North Carolina Press (October 12, 2005)

Walt Whitman "is America," according to Ezra Pound. More than a century after his death, Whitman's name regularly appears in political speeches, architectural inscriptions, television programs, and films, and...


Left of the Color Line

by Bill V. Mullen & James Smethurst The University of North Carolina Press (January 01, 2012)

This collection of fifteen new essays explores the impact of the organized Left and Leftist theory on American literature and culture from the 1920s to the present. In particular, the contributors explore the...


Dislocating Race and Nation

by Robert S. Levine The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2009)

American literary nationalism is traditionally understood as a cohesive literary tradition developed in the newly independent United States that emphasized the unique features of America and consciously differentiated...


The Land Before Her

by Annette Kolodny The University of North Carolina Press (July 01, 2014)

To discover how women constructed their own mythology of the West, Kolodny examines the evidence of three generations of women's writing about the frontier. She finds that, although the American frontiersman...


The Lay of the Land

by Annette Kolodny The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

An original and highly unusual psycholinguistic study of American literature and culture from 1584 to 1860, this volume focuses on the metaphor of 'land-as-woman.' It is the first systematic documentation of...


Blood and Irony

by Sarah E. Gardner The University of North Carolina Press (July 21, 2004)

During the Civil War, its devastating aftermath, and the decades following, many southern white women turned to writing as a way to make sense of their experiences. Combining varied historical and literary sources,...


Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont

by Georgann Eubanks The University of North Carolina Press (October 15, 2010)

Read your way across North Carolina's Piedmont in the second of a series of regional guides that bring the state's rich literary history to life for travelers and residents. Eighteen tours direct readers to...


Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina

by Georgann Eubanks The University of North Carolina Press (April 01, 2013)

This concluding volume of the Literary Trails of North Carolina trilogy takes readers into an ancient land of pale sand, dense forests, and expansive bays, through towns older than our country and rich in cultural...


Liberation Historiography

by John Ernest The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

As the story of the United States was recorded in pages written by white historians, early-nineteenth-century African American writers faced the task of piecing together a counterhistory: an approach to history...


Slavery on Trial

by Jeannine Marie DeLombard The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2009)

America's legal consciousness was high during the era that saw the imprisonment of abolitionist editor William Lloyd Garrison, the execution of slave revolutionary Nat Turner, and the hangings of John Brown...


Lost and Found in Translation

by Martha J. Cutter The University of North Carolina Press (May 18, 2006)

Starting with Salman Rushdie's assertion that even though something is always lost in translation, something can always be gained, Martha Cutter examines the trope of translation in twenty English-language novels...


Working the Garden

by William Conlogue The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

In 1860 farmers accounted for 60 percent of the American workforce; in 1910, 30.5 percent; by 1994, there were too few to warrant a separate census category. The changes wrought by the decline of family farming...


Secret Selves

by Oliver S. Buckton The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Focusing on the representation of same-sex desire in Victorian autobiographical writing, Oliver Buckton offers significant new readings of works by some of the most influential figures in late-nineteenth-century...


Shifting Gears

by Cecelia Tichi The University of North Carolina Press (October 01, 2017)

Shifting Gears is a richly illustrated exploration of the American era of gear-and-girder technology. From the 1890s to the 1920s machines and structures shaped by this technology emerged in many forms, from...


Virginia Woolf and London

by Susan Merrill Squier The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

To Virginia Woolf, London was a source of creative inspiration, a setting for many of her works, and a symbol of the culture in which she lived and wrote. In a 1928 diary entry, she observed, "London itself...


Aristophanes' Old-and-New Comedy

by Kenneth J. Reckford The University of North Carolina Press (October 06, 2017)

This startling and original study emerged from Kenneth Rockford's wish to vindicate Aristophanes' Clouds against detractors. As a result of years of rereading and teaching Aristophanes, he realized that the...


Bergson and American Culture

by Tom Quirk The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

Bergsonian "vitalism" challenged the dominance of Spencerian determinism in the early twentieth century and seemed to offer a new foundation for belief in human freedom and individual possibility. Quirk traces...


Seneca's Drama

by Norman T. Pratt The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

With insight and clarity, Norman Pratt makes available to the general reader an understanding of the major elements that shaped Seneca's plays. These he defines as Neo-Stoicism, declamatory rhetoric, and the...


Cosmos and Tragedy

by Brooks Otis The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

Otis clarifies the moral and theological issues raised in the Ortesia and relates them to certain stylistic and structural qualities of the three plays. He tackles the central questions of guilt, retribution,...


Mirror and Veil

by Michael O'Connell The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

Spenser not only dedicated The FAerie Queene to Queen Elizabeth but asserted that his romantic epic was in some sense about her rule and her realm. The informed attention that O'Connell gives to the relationship...


Emerson, Whitman, and the American Muse

by Jerome Loving The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

Loving finds in the lives and works of the two writers a symbiosis of spirit that transcends the question of literary influence. Tracing the parallel careers of Emerson and Whitman, the author shows how each...


Poetics of the Holy

by Michael Lieb The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

With full attention to the classical, medievel, and Renaissance traditions that constituted the milieu in which Milton wrote, Lieb explores the sacral basis of Milton's thought. He argues that Milton's responsiveness...


Jasmine and Stars

by Fatemeh Keshavarz The University of North Carolina Press (March 05, 2007)

In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her...


Form and History in American Literary Naturalism

by June Howard The University of North Carolina Press (March 01, 2017)

Examining the novels of Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, and other writers, June Howard presents a study of American literary naturalism as a genre. Naturalism, she states, is a way of imagining...