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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...


Storytime

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


The American Short Story Cycle

by Jennifer J. Smith Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

The American Short Story Cycle shows the roots of modernism and postmodernism winds through the short story cycle. Reviewers ranging from the The New York Times to Amazon do not know what to call books like...


Silent Love

by Gerard de Vries Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is one of Vladimir Nabokov’s most autobiographical novels and it has often been observed that Sebastian’s passionate affair with the femme fatale Nina Rechnoy is a dramatized...


Interjections, Translation, and Translanguaging

by Rosanna Masiola Lexington Books (December 05, 2018)

This book is about interjections and their transcultural issues. Challenging the marginalization of the past, the ubiquity of interjections and translational practices are presented in their multilingual and...


Women Fight, Women Write

by Mildred Mortimer University of Virginia Press (November 29, 2018)

Today, the "fight to write"—the struggle to become the legitimate chronicler of one’s own story—is being waged and won by women across mediums and borders. But such battles of authorship extend well beyond...


The Politics of Richard Wright

by Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh, Jane Anna Gordon, Kevin Gaines & Marilyn Nissim-Sabat et al. The University Press of Kentucky (November 28, 2018)

A pillar of African American literature, Richard Wright is one of the most celebrated and controversial authors in American history. His work championed intellectual freedom amid social and political chaos....


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,...


The Science of Science Fiction

by Mark Brake Skyhorse (October 02, 2018)

We are the first generation to live in a science fiction world.

Media headlines declare this the age of automation. The TV talks about the coming revolution of the robot, tweets tell tales of jets that will...


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...


In the Shadow of King Saul

by Jerome Charyn Bellevue Literary Press (August 28, 2018)

MAJOR WRITER ON MAJOR WRITERS: In the New York Review of Books, Joyce Carol Oates expressed her admiration for her equally prolific contemporary: ?Among [Jerome] Charyn?s writerly gifts is a dazzling energy....


Holy Monsters, Sacred Grotesques

by Michael E. Heyes, Minji Lee, John Block Friedman & John W. Ellis-Etchison et al. Lexington Books (August 10, 2018)

Holy Monsters, Sacred Grotesques examines the intersection of religion and monstrosity in a variety of different time periods in the hopes of addressing two gaps in scholarship within the field of monster studies....


South African Gothic

by Rebecca Duncan University of Wales Press (June 15, 2018)

The term ‘Gothic’ has rarely been brought to bear on contemporary South African fictions, appearing too fanciful for the often overtly political writing of apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. As the...


Shelley: The Poet of Rebellion, Nature, and Love

by Sydney Waterlow Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Waterlow gives a brief, unpretentious account of the life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, who is regarded as one of the finest lyric poets of the English language. Not merely a biography of events, this is...


A Room of One's Own

by Virginia Woolf Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women's colleges...


On Ghosts

by Mary Shelley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

On Ghosts is an essay written by Mary Shelley, first published in London Magazine (March 1824). (From GoodReads)


Pirating Fictions

by Monica F. Cohen, Herbert F. Tucker & Jill Rappoport University of Virginia Press (January 02, 2018)

Two distinctly different meanings of piracy are ingeniously intertwined in Monica Cohen's lively new book, which shows how popular depictions of the pirate held sway on the page and the stage even as their...


The Science of Harry Potter

by Mark Brake & Jon Chase Racehorse (November 14, 2017)

How does magic in J. K. Rowling’s universe work? Finally, the scientific secrets are revealed!

The story of the boy who lived has brought the idea of magic and sorcery into mainstream fruition more than any...


Accepting My Place

by K. B. eBookIt.com (October 21, 2017)

These are my first set of journals, written mostly from 2011 to 2014. Experimental and overtly pensative in nature, these collections of thought experiments, fledgling essays, and prose poems reveal the workings...


The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of William Shakespeare

by Max Morris Skyhorse (September 05, 2017)

“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit,” said the world’s greatest and most preeminent English writer of all time, William Shakespeare.

Have you ever wanted to quote the most quoted writer in the English...


Rainbow in the Word: LGBTQ Christians' Biblical Memoirs

by Ellin Sterne Jimmerson & Viki Matson Wipf and Stock (August 24, 2017)

LGBTQ Christians read, love, scrutinize, become absorbed with, and find deep spiritual meaning in the Bible. As these testimonies show, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer Christians are inaugurating...


The Middle of Things: Essays

by Meghan Florian Cascade Books (July 18, 2017)

In the tradition of classic essayists from Virginia Woolf to Annie Dillard, Meghan Florian combines personal narrative with careful analysis, taking the ordinary material of undramatic daily life and distilling...


The Monkey Grammarian

by Octavio Paz, Helen R. Lane & Ilan Stavans Arcade (July 04, 2017)

Nobel Prize–winner Octavio Paz offers a dazzling mind journey to the sources of poetry. Poet, diplomat, writer, philosopher, hailed as an “intellectual literary one-man band” by the New York Times Book...


The Absolute, Relatively Inaccessible

by Walter Wangerin & Scott Cairns Cascade Books (May 31, 2017)

The Absolute, Relatively Inaccessible is a volume of poems divided into three parts. The three parts are bound together by a brace of persistent and developing themes, as well as by the repetition (and the development)...


The Invisible God: Poems for Devotions

by John J. Brugaletta Resource Publications (May 09, 2017)

In addition to being entertaining, these poems pose questions for Christians, whether new converts or seasoned believers. In many cases they can function as a checklist for the depth of one's faith.


A Given Life: The Encouragement of Grace

by Jean McAllister Resource Publications (March 28, 2017)

Pivoting upon her ten-year stay as a missionary in Rwanda, in this memoir McAllister reflects deeply on her experiences of redemption and transformation. A Given Life: The Encouragement of Grace is intensely...


Phases

by Mischa Willett Cascade Books (March 16, 2017)

The poems in Phases are as interested in the creeping penumbral edge of language as they are in the shadowy fact of faith. Playful experiments with form swing to the conceptual ring's apegee, while a colloquy...


Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky

by Jessica Hooten Wilson Cascade Books (February 28, 2017)

Flannery O'Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky shared a deep faith in Christ, which compelled them to tell stories that force readers to choose between eternal life and demonic possession. Their either-or extremism...


Altars of Tomorrow

by Ken R. Abell Resource Publications (February 22, 2017)

Set in and around the boomtown of Creede, Colorado, in 1892, Altars of Tomorrow is the final chapter of the Deacon Coburn narrative that began in Days of Purgatory. It is a poignant story that explores the triumph...


Aunt Ester's Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson's Ten Plays of Twentieth-Century Black America

by Riley Keene Temple Cascade Books (February 13, 2017)

August Wilson (1945-2005) wrote one play for every decade of the twentieth century that explored black life in America for the descendants of slaves. All of his characters seek wholeness, identity, and reconstituted...


Allegorical Spectrum of the Parables of Jesus

by Suk Kwan Wong Wipf and Stock (February 08, 2017)

Allegory in the parables of Jesus has never been addressed properly. By studying the allegorical features in parables and evaluating some former parable theories, current study hopes to bring insight to the...


Other Seasons

by Harold J. Recinos Resource Publications (January 24, 2017)

Recinos discovered a love for poetry living on the streets after being abandoned by immigrant Latino parents. At age sixteen, a White Presbyterian minister made him part of his family and guided him back to...


Benedict's Daughter: Poems

by Philip C. Kolin Resource Publications (January 17, 2017)

These poems offer a spiritual biography of a remarkable woman of faith, a Benedictine Oblate and spiritual adviser who lived her life according to St. Benedict's Holy Rule ("ora and labora"--pray and work). Juxtaposed...


Alphabet Year

by Devon Miller-Duggan Resource Publications (January 12, 2017)

These poems started with a bag of children's beach toys--primary-colored alphabet sand-molds--and a quiet afternoon. They ended up needing a spreadsheet to keep track of the first words. "Love" is the "L" word...


The Game in the Past

by John Zeugner Resource Publications (December 15, 2016)

An off-hand speculation by ex-pat and professor, David Moran, sends his celebrated historian colleague, Graham Guade, on an investigation that peels back American use of, and protection for, Japanese doctors...


Do We Not Bleed?: A Jon Mote Mystery

by Daniel Taylor Slant (December 09, 2016)

A young woman is dead. A man with diminished capacity is accused. His friends, also wounded, try to help him. In the process, they teach Jon Mote a thing or two he desperately needs to learn. Jon no longer hears...


The Collector of Bodies: Concern for Syria and the Middle East

by Diane Glancy Resource Publications (November 15, 2016)

A 1994 trip to Syria and Jordan as an Arts America Speaker for the United States Information Agency began the group of poems for The Collector of Bodies. The manuscript stayed in a file until the Civil War began...