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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...


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...


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...


Macbeth

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...