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Genius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on How to Read

by Virginia Woolf TLS Books (November 28, 2019)



Who better to serve as a guide to great books and their authors than Virginia Woolf?

In the early years of its existence, the Times Literary Supplement...

The Reading Life

by C. S. Lewis HarperOne (September 24, 2019)

The revered teacher and bestselling author of such classic Christian works as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters reflects on the power, importance, and joy of a life dedicated to reading books in this...

Goethe's Farbenlehre : Theory of Colors

by John Tyndall Literature and Knowledge Publishing (September 17, 2019)

"The feelings and aims with which Newton and Goethe respectively approached Nature were radically different, but they had an equal warrant in the constitution of man. As regards our tastes and tendencies, our...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

by Leah Price Basic Books (August 20, 2019)

Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated

Do books have a future? Does reading? And what's the difference?

Digital-age Jeremiahs lament that readers have lost patience for anything longer than a...


by Jane Sullivan Ventura Press (August 01, 2019)

What was it exactly? Wonder, rapture delight, surprised recognition, laughter – but also darker feelings that made my heart beat fast and my stomach turn over, and sometimes a frantic urge to close the book...

Boccaccian Renaissance

by Martin Eisner & David Lummus University of Notre Dame Press (June 25, 2019)

A Boccaccian Renaissance brings together essays written by internationally recognized scholars in diverse national traditions to respond to the largely unaddressed question of Boccaccio’s impact on early modern...

Super Soldiers

by Jason Inman Mango (May 15, 2019)

#1 Amazon Best Seller! ? A Deeper Look at Comic Book Superhero Soldiers

The military in comic books: Comic book superheroes have been influenced by the true heroes of our armed forces for decades. They frequently...

Milan Kundera's Fiction

by Karen von Kunes Lexington Books (May 15, 2019)

Milan Kundera is one of the few Czech writers with worldwide readership. Often set within a political context, his novels have appealed to readers for their clarity and originality, intellectual flair, philosophical...

Shakespeare and the Arab World

by Katherine Hennessey & Margaret Litvin Berghahn Books (May 01, 2019)

Offering a variety of perspectives on the history and role of Arab Shakespeare translation, production, adaptation and criticism, this volume explores both international and locally focused Arab/ic appropriations...

Comic Books Incorporated

by Shawna Kidman University of California Press (April 30, 2019)

Comic Books Incorporated tells the story of the US comic book business, reframing the entire history of the medium through an industrial and transmedial lens. Comic books wielded their influence from the margins...

Chaucer and Religious Controversies in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras

by Nancy Bradley Warren University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2019)

Chaucer and Religious Controversies in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras adopts a comparative, boundary-crossing approach to consider one of the most canonical of literary figures, Geoffrey Chaucer. The idea...

Rivalrous Masculinities

by Ann Marie Rasmussen University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2019)

Bringing together the work of both leading and emerging scholars in the field of medieval gender studies, the essays in Rivalrous Masculinities advance our understanding of medieval masculinity as a pluralized...

Theater of the Word

by Julie Paulson University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2019)

In Theater of the Word:Selfhood in the English Morality Play, Julie Paulson sheds new light on medieval constructions of the self as they emerge from within a deeply sacramental culture. The book examines the...

Left of Poetry

by Sarah Ehlers The University of North Carolina Press (April 11, 2019)

In this incisive study, Sarah Ehlers returns to the Depression-era United States in order to unsettle longstanding ideas about poetry and emerging approaches to poetics. By bringing to light a range of archival...


by Harold Bloom Scribner (April 02, 2019)

From the greatest Shakespeare scholar of our time, comes a portrait of Macbeth, one of William Shakespeare’s most complex and compelling anti-heroes—the final volume in a series of five short books about...

The Girl in the Text

by Ann Smith Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

How are girls represented in written and graphic texts, and how do these representations inform our understanding of girlhood? In this volume, contributors examine the girl in the text in order to explore a...

Shakespeare and Commemoration

by Clara Calvo & Ton Hoenselaars Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

Memory and commemoration play a vital role not only in the work of Shakespeare, but also in the process that has made him a world author. As the contributors of this collection demonstrate, the phenomenon of...

Shakespeare and Stratford

by Katherine Scheil Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

As the site of literary pilgrimage since the eighteenth century, the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the topic of hundreds of imaginary portrayals, Stratford is ripe for analysis, both in terms of...

Locating Lynette Roberts

by Siriol McAvoy University of Wales Press (April 01, 2019)

Lynette Roberts is an extraordinary modernist poet and novelist, with her vivid imagery and restless experimentalism. Her writing displays a kind of double longing – for Wales, and for the Argentina she left...

Portrait of Beatrice

by Fabio Camilletti University of Notre Dame Press (March 30, 2019)

The Portrait of Beatrice examines both Dante's and D. G. Rossetti's intellectual experiences in the light of a common concern about visuality. Both render, in different times and contexts, something that resists...

The Point of Poetry

by Joe Nutt Unbound (March 21, 2019)

What’s the point of poetry? It’s a question asked in classrooms all over the world, but it rarely receives a satisfactory answer. Which is why so many people, who read all kinds of books, never read poetry...

Charles Dickens as an Agent of Change

by Joachim Frenk & Lena Steveker Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

Sixteen scholars from across the globe come together in Charles Dickens as Agent of Change to show how Dickens was (and still is) the consummate change agent. His works, bursting with restless energy in the...

Scribes of Space

by Matthew Boyd Goldie Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

Scribes of Space posits that the conception of space—the everyday physical areas we perceive and through which we move—underwent critical transformations between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. Matthew...

National Reckonings

by Ryan Hackenbracht Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

During the tumultuous years of the English Revolution and Restoration, national crises like civil wars and the execution of the king convinced Englishmen that the end of the world was not only inevitable but...

Kafka after Kafka

by Iris Bruce & Mark H. Gelber Camden House (February 08, 2019)

The topic of "Kafka after Kafka" is a fascinating one: the engagement of artists, philosophers, and critics in dialogical exchange with Kafka's works. The present collection of new essays highlights the engagement...

Rapture's Roadway

by Virginia Jealous Peter Bishop (February 01, 2019)

After the death of her father, Lonely Planet writer Virginia Jealous travels across the world to document the life of his obsession – the scandalous 20th century poet Laurence Hope – in a unique blend of...

Retelling the Past in Contemporary Greek Literature, Film, and Popular Culture

by Gerasimus Katsan, Trine Stauning Willert, Patricia Felisa Barbeito & Vangelis Calotychos et al. Lexington Books (January 22, 2019)

This book deals with historical consciousness and its artistic expressions in contemporary Greece since 1989 from the point of view that contemporary Greeks have been faced with the contradictions between on...

Blanca Andreu, Galicia, and the New Iberian Mysticism

by Robert Simon Lexington Books (January 15, 2019)

This book contributes to the ongoing discussion of the place of contemporary Galician writer Blanca Andreu’s work within the 1980s post-“novísimo” movement, as part of a larger resurgence of the Surrealist...


by Simon Gikandi & Ndirangu Wachanga James Currey (December 21, 2018)

This collection of essays reflects on the life and work of Ngugi wa Thiong'o, who celebrated his 80th birthday in 2018. Drawing from a wide range of contributors, including writers, critics, publishers and activists,...


by Robert McParland Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 15, 2018)

Whether curled up on a sofa with a good mystery, lounging by the pool with a steamy romance, or brooding over a classic novel, Americans love to read. Despite the distractions of modern living, nothing quite...

Boccaccio’s Corpus

by James C. Kriesel University of Notre Dame Press (December 15, 2018)

In Boccaccio’s Corpus, James C. Kriesel explores how medieval ideas about the body and gender inspired Boccaccio’s vernacular and Latin writings. Scholars have observed that Boccaccio distinguished himself...

God’s Patients

by John Bugbee University of Notre Dame Press (December 15, 2018)

God’s Patients approaches some of Chaucer’s most challenging poems with two philosophical questions in mind: How does action relate to passion, to being-acted-on? And what does it mean to submit one’s...

Frame, Glass, Verse

by Rayna Kalas Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

In a book that draws attention to some of our most familiar and unquestioned habits of thought—from "framing" to "perspective" to "reflection"—Rayna Kalas suggests that metaphors of the poetic imagination...

The City Lament

by Tamar M. Boyadjian Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Poetic elegies for lost or fallen cities are seemingly as old as cities themselves. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, this genre finds its purest expression in the Book of Lamentations, which mourns the destruction...

Photographic Literacy

by Katherine M. H. Reischl Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Photography, introduced to Russia in 1839, was nothing short of a sensation. Its rapid proliferation challenged the other arts, including painting and literature, as well as the very integrity of the self. If...

Obscene Pedagogies

by Carissa M. Harris Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

As anyone who has read Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales knows, Middle English literature is rife with sexually explicit language and situations. Less canonical works can be even more brazen in describing illicit...

Virgin Whore

by Emma Maggie Solberg Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

In Virgin Whore, Emma Maggie Solberg uncovers a surprisingly prevalent theme in late English medieval literature and culture: the celebration of the Virgin Mary’s sexuality. Although history is narrated as...

Classical Myth in Alfred Hitchcock's Wrong Man and Grace Kelly Films

by Mark William Padilla Lexington Books (December 12, 2018)

Mark Padilla’s classical reception readings of Alfred Hitchcock features some of the director’s most loved and important films, and demonstrates how they are informed by the educational and cultural classicism...

Istanbul 1940 and Global Modernity

by E. Khayyat Lexington Books (December 11, 2018)

Istanbul 1940 and Global Modernity: The World According to Auerbach, Tanp?nar, and Edib engages Erich Auerbach’s Istanbul career and his pioneering works of comparative literature in a new light. It interprets...

Before They Were Titans

by Elizabeth Allen Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Dostoevsky and Tolstoy are the titans of Russian literature. As mature artists, they led very different lives and wrote vastly different works, but their early lives and writings display provocative kinships,...

Jacob's Ladder

by Marina Aptekman Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Jacob’s Ladder discusses the reflection of kabbalistic allegory in Russian literature and provides a detailed analysis of the evolution of the perception of Kabbalah in Russian consciousness. Aptekman investigates...

The Superstitious Muse

by David M. Bethea Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

For several decades David Bethea has written authoritatively on the “mythopoetic thinking” that lies at the heart of classical Russian literature, especially Russian poetry. His theoretically informed essays...

Contemporary Australian Literature

by Nicholas Birns Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Australia has been seen as a land of both punishment and refuge. Australian literature has explored these controlling alternatives, and vividly rendered the landscape on which they transpire. Twentieth-century...

Hemispheric Imaginations

by Helmbrecht Breinig Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

What image of Latin America have North American fiction writers created, found, or echoed, and how has the prevailing discourse about the region shaped their work? How have their writings contributed to the...

Chapaev and His Comrades

by Angela Brintlinger Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Across the twentieth century war was the central experience of the Russian people, spurring tales of the struggles and advances of the combat hero to become a prevailing Russian literary trope. In this wide...

Ghosts of the African Diaspora

by Joanne Chassot Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

The first monograph to investigate the poetics and politics of haunting in African diaspora literature, Ghosts of the African Diaspora: Re-Visioning History, Memory, and Identity examines literary works by five...

Stealing the Club from Hercules

by Gian Biagio Conte De Gruyter (December 10, 2018)

In this book, conceived as a sort of Prolegomena to his two Teubner editions, Conte gives account of his choices in editing his Virgilian text. Engaging in a passionate debate with his predecessors and critics,...

Close Encounters

by Robert Louis Jackson Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Close Encounters: Essays on Russian Literature combines discussions of ethical, esthetic, and philosophical interest raised by Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Gorky, with close analyses of...

The Worlds of Langston Hughes

by Vera M. Kutzinksi Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Shortlisted for the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Christian Gauss Award. The poet Langston Hughes was a tireless world traveler and a prolific writer, translator, and editor. Translations of his own writings traveled...

Language and Culture in Eighteenth-century Russia

by Victor Zhivov Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Viktor Zhivov's Language and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Russia is one of the most important studies ever published on eighteenth-century Russia. Historians and students of Russian culture agree that the creation...