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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...

The Man Who Would Be Sherlock

by Christopher Sandford St. Martin's Press (December 04, 2018)

A world-famous biographer reveals the strange relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's real life and that of Sherlock Holmes in the engrossing The Man Who Would Be Sherlock.

Though best known for the fictional...

African Migration Narratives

by Cajetan Iheka & Jack Taylor University of Rochester Press (November 26, 2018)

This essay collection examines the representations of migration in African literature, film, and other visual media. Inspired by the proliferation of texts focused on this theme and the ongoing migration crises,...

Punishment and Medieval Education

by Ben Parsons D S Brewer (November 16, 2018)

"What meanys shall I use to lurne withoute betynge?", asks a pupil in a translation exercise compiled at Oxford in 1460s. One of the most conspicuous features of medieval education is its reliance onflogging....

ALT 36: African Literature Today

by Ernest N. Emenyonu & John C. Hawley James Currey (November 16, 2018)

Debates on the future of the African continent and the role of gender identities in these visions are increasingly present in literary criticism forums as African writers become bolder in exploring the challenges...

Narratives of Environmental Challenges in Brazil and India

by Murali Sivaramakrishnan, Zelia M. Bora, V. Arivudai Nambi & Carmen Escobedo de Tapia et al. Lexington Books (November 15, 2018)

Narratives of Environmental Challenges in Brazil and India: Losing Nature, edited by Zelia Bora and Murali Sivaramakrishnan, contextualizes the two subcontinents of India and Brazil and closely examines environmental...

The One, Other, and Only Dickens

by Garrett Stewart Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

In The One, Other, and Only Dickens, Garrett Stewart casts new light on those delirious wrinkles of wording that are one of the chief pleasures of Dickens’s novels but that go regularly unnoticed in Dickensian...

Persistence of Folly

by Joel B. Lande Cornell University Press and Cornell University Li (November 15, 2018)

Joel B. Lande’s Persistence of Folly challenges the accepted account of the origins of German theater by focusing on the misunderstood figure of the fool, whose spontaneous and impish jest captivated audiences,...

Allegories of Encounter
Colonial Literacy and Indian Captivities

by Andrew Newman Omohundro Institute and University of North Caroli (November 05, 2018)

Presenting an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to colonial America's best-known literary genre, Andrew Newman analyzes depictions of reading, writing, and recollecting texts in Indian captivity narratives....

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...

Clues to Acting Shakespeare (Third Edition)

by Wesley Van Tassel Allworth (October 23, 2018)

“A workhorse of a book! Beautifully conceived and executed. Clues to Acting Shakespeare is a no-brainer purchase for acting collections in all libraries.” —Library Journal

Clues to Acting Shakespeare has...


by Anindya Raychaudhuri Rowman & Littlefield International (October 19, 2018)

Is it possible to think of a counter-hegemonic, progressive nostalgia that celebrates and helps sustain the marginalised? What might such a nostalgia look like, and what political importance might it have?


Paris and the Marginalized Author

by Pamela A. Pears, Valérie K. Orlando, Karl Ashoka Britto & Norrell Edwards et al. Lexington Books (October 15, 2018)

This volume of essays explores what it is that has brought marginalized and often exiled writers, seen as treacherous, alienated, and/or queer by their societies and nations together by way of Paris. Spanning...

James Ellroy and Voyeur Fiction

by Nathan Ashman Lexington Books (October 15, 2018)

James Ellroy is an acclaimed yet controversial popular novelist. Since the publication of his first novel Brown’s Requiem in 1981, Ellroy’s eccentric “Demon Dog” persona and his highly stylized, often...

Shakespeare and Realism

by Josy Miller, Peter Lichtenfels, Sam Kolodezh & Bryan Reynolds et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (October 15, 2018)

This collection of essays examines the works of the most famous writer of plays in the English language within the most culturally pervasive genre in which they are performed. Though Realist productions of Shakespeare...

Moxie and a Good Sense of Balance

by Lynne Byall Benson Hamilton Books (October 15, 2018)

The literary character of Nancy Drew, created by the Stratemeyer publishing syndicate in the 1930s, has endured for more than eighty years. Successfully solving complicated mysteries, Nancy Drew offered girls...

Modernism à la Mode

by Elizabeth M. Sheehan Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Modernism à la Mode argues that fashion describes why and how literary modernism matters in its own historical moment and ours. Bringing together texts, textiles, and theories of dress, Elizabeth Sheehan shows...

Phantasmatic Shakespeare

by Suparna Roychoudhury Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Representations of the mind have a central place in Shakespeare’s artistic imagination, as we see in Bottom struggling to articulate his dream, Macbeth reaching for a dagger that is not there, and Prospero...

On the Threshold of Eurasia

by Leah Feldman Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

On the Threshold of Eurasia explores the idea of the Russian and Soviet "East" as a political, aesthetic, and scientific system of ideas that emerged through a series of intertextual encounters produced by Russians...

Frankenstein’s Brain

by John Sutherland Icon Books Ltd (October 04, 2018)

Where does Victor Frankenstein dig up his body parts? Is the monster a fan of Goethe?  How does the monster die? 

On the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s perennially popular and influential gothic tale,...

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

by James Mustich Workman Publishing Company (October 02, 2018)

“The ultimate literary bucket list.” —The Washington Post

“If there’s a heaven just for readers, this is it.” —O, The Oprah Magazine


Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill...

Stages of European Romanticism

by Theodore Ziolkowski Camden House (October 01, 2018)

Romanticism was a truly European phenomenon, extending roughly from the French Revolution to the 1848 revolutions and embracing not only literature and drama but also music and visual arts. Because ofRomanticism's...


by Joseph Epstein Lyons Press (October 01, 2018)

Joseph Epstein takes on that most enchanting (and, alas, increasingly rare) of human gifts, charm. “Almost everyone will recognize when he or she is in the presence of charm,” he writes. “Charm is magic...

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...

Voices of Ghana

by Victoria Ellen Smith James Currey (September 21, 2018)

Ghana's first radio programme of original literature, Singing Net, began in 1955 as part of the development of a national radio station in the years leading to independence in 1957. Its centralaim was to bring...

The Prose Works of Gha’ib Tu’ma Farman

by Hilla Peled-Shapira Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

Peled-Shapira explores the connections between politics, society and literary expression in the works of the Iraqi writer Gha'ib Tu'ma Farman (1927-1990). As the first Iraqi to have composed a modern novel,...

Mythos and Voice

by Charles Underwood Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

This book focuses on mythos and voice in the Odyssey, to illuminate its characters’ journeys from social displacement through discovery and recovery. Mythos and Voice approaches the Odyssey as a narrative...

European Writers in Exile

by Jeff Birkenstein, Robert C. Hauhart, Kelly C. MacPhail & Johannes Evelein et al. Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

European Writers in Exile collects a series of original essays that address the writers’ universal existential dilemma, when viewed through the lens of exile: who am I, where am I from, and what do I write,...

The Soul of Statesmanship

by L. Joseph Hebert Jr., Khalil M. Habib, Carson Holloway & J David Alvis et al. Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

Shakespeare’s plays explore a staggering range of political topics, from the nature of tyranny, to the practical effects of Christianity on politics and the family, to the meaning and practice of statesmanship....

Mikhail Bakhtin’s Heritage in Literature, Arts, and Psychology

by Howard Mancing, Slav N. Gratchev, Victor Fet & Dick McCaw et al. Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

Art and Answerability, the work that would become Mikhail Bakhtin’s literary manifesto, was first published in Den Iskusstva (The Day of the Art) on September 13, 1919. Mikhail Bakhtin’s Heritage in Literature,...

The Latest Winter

by Maggie Nelson Zed Books (September 15, 2018)

• Maggie Nelson is the award-winning writer of modern classics The Argonauts and Bluets• Beautifully designed editions available for the first time in the UK• Published in time for National Poetry Day•...


by Maggie Nelson Zed Books (September 15, 2018)

• Maggie Nelson is the award-winning writer of modern classics The Argonauts and Bluets• Beautifully designed editions available for the first time in the UK• Published in time for National Poetry Day•...

Pinter’s World

by William Baker Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (September 15, 2018)

Pinter’s World: Pinter and Company is not a full-scale biography but a series of illuminating chapters about Pinter’s life, character, and thought, employing new information found in his “Appointment Diaries,”...

He Held Radical Light

by Christian Wiman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 11, 2018)

A moving meditation on memory, oblivion, and eternity by one of our most celebrated poets

What is it we want when we can’t stop wanting? And how do we make that hunger productive and vital rather than corrosive...

Literary Libations

by Amira K. Makansi Skyhorse (September 04, 2018)

The definitive guide to pairing two of the world's most beloved pastimes: reading and drinking.

A bubbly, boozy French 75 with The Great Gatsby. Trappist beer with Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. Old vine...

The Genres of Thomson’s The Seasons

by Kwinten Van De Walle, Sandro Jung, Alfred Sjödin & John D. Morillo et al. Lehigh University Press (September 01, 2018)

Critics since the eighteenth century have puzzled over the form of James Thomson’s composite long poem, The Seasons (1730, 1744, 1746), its generically hybrid make-up, and its relationship to established genres...

A Gil Vicente Bibliography (2005–2015)

by Constantin C. Stathatos Lehigh University Press (September 01, 2018)

This is a compilation of contributions to the study of the Portuguese playwright Gil Vicente (1465–1536) which appeared between 2005 and 2015. Entries are grouped under three main headings: Editions and Adaptations,...

Nancy, Blanchot

by Leslie Hill Rowman & Littlefield International (August 31, 2018)

The concept of community is one of the most frequently used and abused of recent philosophical or socio-political concepts. In the 1980s, faced with the imminent collapse of communism and the unchecked supremacy...

Methods Devour Themselves

by Benjanun Sriduangkaew & J. Moufawad-Paul Zero Books (August 31, 2018)

Methods Devour Themselves is a dialogue between fiction and non-fiction. Inspired by Quentin Meillassoux's Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction that was paired with an Isaac Asimov short story, this book...

Religion and Technology into the Future

by Sam Gill Lexington Books (August 15, 2018)

Religion and Technology into the Future: From Adam to Tomorrow’s Eve examines the broad significance of the current trends and accomplishments in technology (AI/robots) against the long history of the human...

Working Women in American Literature, 1865–1950

by Miriam S. Gogol, Jessica McCarthy, Lara Hubel & Irene Gammel et al. Lexington Books (August 15, 2018)

Working Women in American Literature, 1865–1950 consists of eight original essays by literary, historical, and multicultural critics on the subject of working women in late-nineteenth- to mid-twentieth-century...

The Gatsby Affair

by Kendall Taylor Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 08, 2018)

The romance between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre has been celebrated as one of the greatest of the 20th century. From the beginning, their relationship was a tumultuous one, in which the couple’s excesses...

An Informal History of the Hugos

by Jo Walton Tom Doherty Associates (August 07, 2018)

Engaged, passionate, and consistently entertaining, An Informal History of the Hugos is a book about the renowned science fiction award for the many who enjoyed Jo Walton's previous collection of writing from...

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...