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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...


Epic and the Russian Novel

by Frederick T. Griffiths Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Epic and the Russian Novel From Gogol to Pasternak examines the origin of the nineteen - century Russian novel and challenges the Lukács-Bakhtin theory of epic. By removing the Russian novel from its European...


Keys to the Gift

by I︠U︡riĭ Leving Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Yuri Leving’s Keys to The Gift: A Guide to Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel is a new systematization of the main available data on Nabokov’s most complex Russian novel, The Gift (1934–1939). From notes in Nabokov’s...


The Marsh of Gold

by Angela Livingstone Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Major statements by the celebrated Russian poet Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) about poetry, inspiration, the creative process, and the significance of artistic/literary creativity in his own life as well as in...


Hope Lies in the Proles

by John Newsinger Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

George Orwell was one of the most significant literary figures on the left in the twentieth century. While titles such as 1984, Animal Farm, and Homage to Catalonia are still rightly regarded as modern classics,...


Genius Envy

by Adrianna M. Paliyenko Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

In Genius Envy Adrianna M. Paliyenko uncovers a forgotten past: the multiplicity and diversity of nineteenth-century French women’s poetic voices. Conservative critics of the time attributed genius to masculinity...


Russians Abroad

by Dan Slobin Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

This book presents an array of perspectives on the vivid cultural and literary politics that marked the period immediately after the October Revolution of 1917, when Russian writers had to relocate to Berlin...


The Translator's Doubts

by Julia Trubikhina Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Using Vladimir Nabokov as its “case study,” this volume approaches translation as a crucial avenue into literary history and theory, philosophy and interpretation. It attempts to bring together issues in...


By Fables Alone

by Andrei Zorin Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

Academic Studies Press is proud to present this translation of Professor Andrei Zorin’s seminal Kormya Dvuglavogo Orla. This collection of essays includes several that have never before appeared in English,...


A Reader's Guide to Nabokov's "Lolita"

by Julian W. Connolly Open BookShelf (December 10, 2018)

One of the most fascinating and controversial novels of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is renowned for its innovative style and notorious for its subject matter and influence on popular culture....


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...


Nicomachean Ethics

by Aristotle, 384-322 BCE Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Nicomachean Ethics / Aristotle; translated by W. D. Ross


On Sophistical Refutations

by Aristotle, 384-322 BCE Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

On Sophistical Refutations / Aristotle; translated by W. A. Pickard-Cambridge


Supernatural Horror in Literature

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Great modern American supernaturalist brilliantly surveys history of genre to 1930s, summarizing, evaluating scores of books, including works by Poe, Bierce, M.R. James, "Monk" Lewis, many others. Praised by...


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)


Essays in the Art of Writing

by Robert Louis Stevenson Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A collection of essays about writing: "On some technical elements of style in literature", "The morality of the profession of letters", "Books which have influenced me", "A note on realism", "My first book:...


Through the Magic Door

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Through the Magic Door (1907) is an essay by Arthur Conan Doyle: his subject is the charisma and charm of books. Doyle invites readers to enjoy the greatest minds of all times through what they have left behind...


The Epistle to Can Grande

by Dante Alighieri Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Dante's letter to Lord Can Grande della Scala, concerning the Divine Comedy in general, the Paradiso in particular, and the method to be used for interpretation.


Critical expressivism: theory and practice in the composition classroom

by Tara Roeder & Roseanne Gatto The WAC Clearinghouse (March 22, 2018)

"Critical Expressivism is an ambitious attempt to re-appropriate intellectual territory that has more often been charted by its detractors than by its proponents. Indeed, as Peter Elbow observes in his contribution...


Helsinki in Early Twentieth-Century Literature

by Lieven Ameel Finnish Literature Society (January 30, 2018)

Helsinki in Early Twentieth-Century Literature analyses experiences of the Finnish capital in prose fiction published in Finnish in the period 1890–1940. It examines the relationships that are formed between...


Studies in Strindberg

by Michael Robinson Ubiquity Press (January 30, 2018)

In this volume August Strindberg's accomplishments as a dramatist are set against his achievements in other fields, as an autobiographer, painter, letter writer and theatre director.There are studies of individual...