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James Ellroy and Voyeur Fiction

by Nathan Ashman Lexington Books (November 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 (November 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...

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...

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 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....

Religion and Technology into the Future

by Sam Gill Lexington Books (September 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Desiring Modes of Being Black

by Jean-Paul Rocchi Rowman & Littlefield International (July 16, 2018)

A critique of theory through literature that celebrates the diversity of black being, The Desiring Modes of Being Black explores how literature unearths theoretical blind spots while reasserting the legitimacy...

The Arts of Cinema

by Martin Seel & Kizer S. Walker Cornell University Press (July 15, 2018)

In The Arts of Cinema, Martin Seel explores film’s connections to the other arts and the qualities that distinguishe it from them. In nine concise and elegantly written chapters, he explores the cinema’s...

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...

Exploring Nonfiction Literacies

by Paul H. Ricks, Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Ruth McKoy Lowery & Laura Anne Hudock Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 06, 2018)

This book recognizes nonfiction text as a staple part of the literacy curriculum and advocates that educators include it in their daily practices. It offers innovative ideas on how these texts can be used to...

Shakespeare and the Resistance

by Clare Asquith PublicAffairs (June 26, 2018)

A brilliant and provocative reinterpretation of Shakespeare's largely forgotten epic poems, and the political controversy they incited.

As the year 1600 approached, unrest was stirring in post-Reformation England....

Thomas Carlyle and the Idea of Influence

by Megan Dent, Albert D. Pionke, Paul E. Kerry & Tim Sommer et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (June 20, 2018)

That Thomas Carlyle was influential in his own lifetime and continues to be so over 130 years after his death is a proposition with which few will disagree. His role as his generation’s foremost interpreter...

Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters

by Tom Santopietro St. Martin's Press (June 19, 2018)

Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why To Kill a Mockingbird matters more today than ever before....


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...

Light without Heat

by David Carroll Simon Cornell University Press (June 15, 2018)

In Light without Heat, David Carroll Simon argues for the importance of carelessness to the literary and scientific experiments of the seventeenth century. While scholars have often looked to this period in...

Paul Auster's Ghosts

by María Laura Arce Álvarez Lexington Books (June 13, 2018)

The following book explores the intertextual relationship between Paul Auster’s first and most remarkable work, The New York Trilogy (1987), and the works of certain American and European writers who shaped...

Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men

by Jonathan S. Cullick The University Press of Kentucky (June 08, 2018)

Robert Penn Warren is one of the best-known and most consequential Kentucky writers of the twentieth century and the only American writer to have won three Pulitzers in two different genres. All the King's Men...

Secularism and the Crisis of Minority Identity in Postcolonial Literature

by Roger McNamara Lexington Books (June 06, 2018)

Secularism and the Crisis of Minority Identity in Postcolonial Literature examines how writers from religious and ethnic minority communities (Anglo-Indians, Burghers, Dalits, Muslims, and Parsis) in India and...

The Heroes of Tolkien

by David Day Thunder Bay Press (June 05, 2018)

J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional world of Middle-earth is filled with great heroes who rose in the face of crisis to shape the course of that world's history. This volume examines the complexities surrounding Tolkien's...

Eating My Heroes

by Rick Bass Little, Brown and Company (June 05, 2018)

On the Road meets Tuesdays with Morrie in this pilgrimage by "an American classic" (Newsweek) to thank his most important mentors through memorable meals and conversations

"Some years later, George Plimpton offered...

Mark Twain among the Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples

by Kerry Driscoll University of California Press (June 01, 2018)

Mark Twain among the Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples is the first book-length study of the writer’s evolving views regarding the aboriginal inhabitants of North America and the Southern Hemisphere and...

Washington Irving and Islam

by Zubeda Jalalzai, Tracy Hoffman, Michael Stevens & Jeffrey Einboden et al. Lexington Books (May 25, 2018)

Washington Irving and Islam contributes to understanding the relationship between the United States and the Islamic world, valuable not only for studies of Washington Irving, American Literature, or Islam, but...

Andrey Platonov

by Tora Lane Lexington Books (May 25, 2018)

This book traces the originality of Andrey Platonov’s vision of the Revolution in readings of his works. It has been common in Platonov scholarship to measure him within the parameters of a political pro et...


by Harold Bloom Scribner (May 22, 2018)

From one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time, Harold Bloom presents Othello’s Iago, perhaps the Bard’s most compelling villain—the fourth in a series of five short books about the great playwright’s...

John Banville

by Neil Murphy Bucknell University Press (May 18, 2018)

John Banville offers a close analysis of most of Banville’s major novels, as well as the ‘Quirke’ crime novels he has written under the pseudonym, Benjamin Black and his dramatic adaptations of Heinrich...

Art of the Ordinary

by Richard Deming Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Cutting across literature, film, art, and philosophy, Art of the Ordinary is a trailblazing, cross-disciplinary engagement with the ordinary and the everyday. Because, writes Richard Deming, the ordinary is...

The Shorter Writings

by Xenophon & Gregory A. McBrayer Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

This book contains new, annotated, and literal yet accessible translations of Xenophon’s eight shorter writings, accompanied by interpretive essays that reveal these works to be masterful achievements by a...