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George Bowering: Bright Circles of Colour

by Eva-Marie Kroller Talonbooks (October 31, 2014)

The first book-length, critical study of George Bowering explores the relationship between his work and the arts.


The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays: The Earliest Known Versions

by Stephen H. West & Wilt L. Idema Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

This is the first anthology of Yuan-dynasty zaju (miscellaneous comedies) to introduce the genre to English-speaking readers exclusively through translations of the plays’ fourteenth-century editions. Almost...


The Hobbit and History: Companion to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Nancy R. Reagin & Janice Liedl Wiley (November 04, 2014)

What do Gandalf and Merlin have in common, besides robes and magical staffs? Where do hobbits get their recipes, riddles, and love of rambling? What other Rings of Power were circulating in medieval Europe?...


When the Future Disappears: The Modernist Imagination in Late Colonial Korea

by Janet Poole Columbia University Press (November 04, 2014)

Taking a panoramic view of Korea’s dynamic literary production in the final decade of Japanese rule, When the Future Disappears locates the imprint of a new temporal sense in Korean modernism: the impression...


Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

by Jeffrey C. Kinkley Columbia University Press (November 04, 2014)

The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and most Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua,...


Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice

by Jennifer Scappettone Columbia University Press (August 19, 2014)

As a city that seems to float between Europe and Asia, removed by a lagoon from the tempos of terra firma, Venice has long seduced the Western imagination. Since the 1797 fall of the Venetian Republic, fantasies...


The Poetry of William Carlos Williams of Rutherford

by Wendell Berry Counterpoint (February 10, 2011)

Acclaimed essayist and poet Wendell Berry was born and has always lived in a “provincial” part of the country without an established literary culture. In an effort to adapt his poetry to his place of Henry...


The Voyageur Canadian Essays & Criticism 2-Book Bundle: Selected Writings, A.J.M. Smith / The Kindred of the Wild

by Charles G. D. Roberts, A.J.M. Smith, James Polk & Michael Gnarowski Dundurn (March 14, 2014)

This special bundle contains two classic works of Canadian essays, by renowned nature writer Charles G.D. Roberts and noted literary theorist A.J.M. Smith.


Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature

by Laura T. Murphy Ohio University Press (April 02, 2012)

Metaphor and the Slave Trade provides compelling evidence of the hidden but unmistakable traces of the transatlantic slave trade that persist in West African discourse. Through an examination of metaphors that...


Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century

by Jason David Hall Ohio University Press (November 23, 2011)

Across the nineteenth century, meter mattered-in more ways and to more people than we might well appreciate today. For the period's poets, metrical matters were a source of inspiration and often vehement debate....


Lit from Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing

by Kevin Haworth & Dinty W. Moore Ohio University Press (February 01, 2011)

Lit from Within offers creative writers a window into the minds of some of America's most celebrated contemporary authors. Witty, direct, and thought-provoking, these essays offer something to creative writers...


The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters

by no Yasumaro Ō & Gustav Heldt Columbia University Press (September 09, 2014)

Written in the early eighth century, the Kojiki is considered Japan’s first literary and historical work. A compilation of myths, legends, songs, and genealogies, it recounts the birth of Japan’s islands,...


Death of a Discipline

by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Columbia University Press (April 30, 2003)

For almost three decades, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has been ignoring the standardized "rules" of the academy and trespassing across disciplinary boundaries. Today she remains one of the foremost figures in...


Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance

by Anne Geddes Bailey Talonbooks (September 25, 2014)

Investigates the troubling relationship between narrative meaning and representations of violence within Timothy Findley’s novels.


A Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Legend

by Ralph Maud Talonbooks (August 01, 2014)

The luminaries of field research in British Columbia – Boas, Teit, Hill-Tout, Barbeau, and others – are discussed, their work evaluated.


The Columbia Sourcebook of Literary Taiwan

by Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang, Michelle Yeh & Ming-ju Fan Columbia University Press (August 26, 2014)

This sourcebook contains more than 160 documents and writings that reflect the development of Taiwanese literature from the early modern period to the twenty-first century. Selections include seminal essays...


The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities

by Eric Hayot Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Eric Hayot teaches graduate students and faculty in literary and cultural studies how to think and write like a professional scholar. From granular concerns, such as sentence structure and grammar, to big-picture...


Walking Light: Memoirs and Essays on Poetry

by Stephen Dunn BOA Editions Ltd. (July 01, 2014)

"Stephen Dunn's essays are grounded and funny and accessible without ceding intelligence or audacity." --amazon.com


Adios Muchachos

by Daniel Chavarría & Carlos Lopez Akashic Books (May 01, 2001)

More Cuban noir from Akashic, following the success of Outcast by José Latour.


Andean Express

by Juan de Recacoechea & Adrian Althoff Akashic Books (April 01, 2009)

Bolivia's preeminent fiction writer eclipses the successful English translation of American Visa with a riveting murder mystery.


Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet's Life

by Scott Donaldson Columbia University Press (January 09, 2007)

At the time of his death in 1935, Edwin Arlington Robinson was regarded as the leading American poet-the equal of Frost and Stevens. In this biography, Scott Donaldson tells the intriguing story of this poet's...


Chinese Fiction of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: Essays by Patrick Hanan

by Patrick Hanan Columbia University Press (November 03, 2004)

It has often been said that the nineteenth century was a relatively stagnant period for Chinese fiction, but preeminent scholar Patrick Hanan shows that the opposite is true: the finest novels of the nineteenth...


Burnin' Down the House: Home in African American Literature

C. T. Hsia on Chinese Literature

by C. T. Hsia Columbia University Press (March 10, 2004)

Best known for the groundbreaking works A History of Modern Chinese Fiction (1961) and The Classic Chinese Novel (1968), C. T. Hsia has gathered sixteen essays and studies written during his Columbia years as...


Classic Writings on Poetry

by William Harmon Columbia University Press (November 05, 2003)

The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. He is a sovereign, and stands on the centre.—Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "The Poet"

"[The poet] is a seer . . . . he is individual . . . he is complete...


Just Living: Poems and Prose of the Japanese Monk Tonna

by Tonna & Steven D. Carter Columbia University Press (November 21, 2002)

One of the best scholar-translators in the field presents a selection of writings by Tonna (1289--1372), an outstanding medieval Buddhist poet-monk, very little of whose work has been translated until now. Tonna...


The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun

by Wilt L. Idema Columbia University Press (February 25, 2014)

The Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi (369–286 B.C.E.) encountered a skull that later in a dream praises the pleasures of death over the toil of living. This anecdote became popular with poets in the second and...


The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

by Sugawara no Takasue no Musume, Sonja Arntzen & Moriyuki Ito Columbia University Press (July 22, 2014)

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile later in life,...


Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

by Heather Houser Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

The 1970s brought a new understanding of the biological and intellectual impact of environmental crises on human beings. As efforts to prevent ecological and bodily injury aligned, a new literature of sickness...


Ed vs. Yummy Fur: Or, What Happens When A Serial Comic Becomes a Graphic Novel

by Brian Evenson & Tom Kaczynski Uncivilized Books (May 12, 2014)

A smart and passionate exegesis of Chester Brown's seminal comic book, Yummy Fur.


Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery

by Nabil Matar Columbia University Press (October 25, 2000)

During the early modern period, hundreds of Turks and Moors traded in English and Welsh ports, dazzled English society with exotic cuisine and Arabian horses, and worked small jobs in London, while the "Barbary...


Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire

by Saikat Majumdar Columbia University Press (January 08, 2013)

Everyday life in the far outposts of empire can be static, empty of the excitement of progress. A pervading sense of banality and boredom are, therefore, common elements of the daily experience for people living...


The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman's Memoirs

by Urmila Pawar, Maya Pandit & Wandana Sonalkar Columbia University Press (July 15, 2009)

"My mother used to weave aaydans, the Marathi generic term for all things made from bamboo. I find that her act of weaving and my act of writing are organically linked. The weave is similar. It is the weave...


Tales of Moonlight and Rain

by Akinari Ueda & Anthony Chambers Columbia University Press (December 22, 2006)

First published in 1776, the nine gothic tales in this collection are Japan's finest and most celebrated examples of the literature of the occult. They subtly merge the world of reason with the realm of the...


Translating Mount Fuji: Modern Japanese Fiction and the Ethics of Identity

by Dennis Washburn Columbia University Press (November 07, 2006)

Dennis Washburn traces the changing character of Japanese national identity in the works of six major authors: Ueda Akinari, Natsume S?seki, Mori ?gai, Yokomitsu Riichi, ?oka Shohei, and Mishima Yukio. By focusing...


Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity

by Christine Froula Columbia University Press (February 05, 2005)

Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde traces the dynamic emergence of Woolf's art and thought against Bloomsbury's public thinking about Europe's future in a period marked by two world wars and rising...


Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press

by Melba Joyce Boyd Columbia University Press (January 13, 2004)

And as I groped in darkness

and felt the pain of millions,

gradually, like day driving night across the continent,

I saw dawn upon them like the sun a vision.

—Dudley Randall, from "Roses and Revolutions"

In 1963,...


Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure: The Dirty Art of Poetry

by William Logan Columbia University Press (April 01, 2014)

William Logan has been a thorn in the side of American poetry for more than three decades. Though he has been called the “most hated man in American poetry,” his witty and articulate reviews have reminded...


Writing Resistance: The Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature

by Laura R. Brueck Columbia University Press (May 27, 2014)

Writing Resistance is the first close study of the growing body of contemporary Hindi-language Dalit (low caste) literature in India. The Dalit literary movement has had an immense sociopolitical and literary...


Operation Eichmann: The Truth about the Pursuit, Capture and Trial

by Zvi Aharoni, Wilhelm Dietl & Helmut Bogler Wiley (April 21, 2008)

On May 24, 1960, David Ben-Gurion, prime minister and founder of Israel, stood before the Knesset and made a startling announcement: "I have to inform the Knesset that, some time ago, Israeli security forces...


bpNichol: What History Teaches

by Stephen Scobie Talonbooks (March 31, 2014)

In this New Canadian Criticism Series book, Scobie argues strongly for Nichol’s poetics and importance as a writer of fiction.


Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the  Yi Jing ( I Ching) and Related Texts

by Edward L. Shaughnessy Columbia University Press (February 25, 2014)

In recent years, three ancient manuscripts relating to the Yi jing (I Ching), or Classic of Changes, have been discovered. The earliest—the Shanghai Museum Zhou Yi—dates to about 300 B.C.E. and shows evidence...


Career-Limiting Moves

by Zachariah Wells Biblioasis (February 03, 2014)


The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s

by Mary Helen Washington Columbia University Press (April 08, 2014)

Mary Helen Washington recovers the vital role of 1950s leftist politics in the works and lives of modern African American writers and artists. While most histories of McCarthyism focus on the devastation of...


SCUM Manifesto

by Valerie Solanas AK Press (September 16, 2013)

Time to dust off the switchblade - the SCUM Manifesto is back!


No Country: Working-Class Writing in the Age of Globalization

by Sonali Perera Columbia University Press (January 28, 2014)

Sonali Perera expands the discourse on working-class fiction by considering a range of international, noncanonical texts, identifying textual, political, and historical linkages overlooked by Eurocentric scholarship....


Loyalist Literature: An Annotated Bibliographic Guide to the Writings on the Loyalists of the American Revolution

by Robert S. Allen Dundurn (January 01, 1982)

This highly readable guide is more than a bibliography. Written in a narrative style, it is as well a short history of the Loyalists: who they were, why they left, where they settled, and what their legacy is....


Bram Stoker's Dracula: Sucking Through the Century, 1897-1997

by Carol Margaret Davison & Paul Simpson-Housley Dundurn (November 01, 1997)

A collection of essays by some of the world's leading scholars analyzing and celebrating the novel's legacy in popular culture.


Selected Writings

by A.J.M. Smith & Michael Gnarowski Dundurn (September 23, 2006)

Based on Smiths last book of poetry, this edition includes original material in which Smith defined and advanced modernism in Canadian writing.


A Few Acres of Snow: Literary and Artistic Images of Canada

by Paul Simpson-Housley & Glen Norcliffe Dundurn (September 01, 1992)

These 22 essays explore how poets, artists, and writers have addressed the physical essence of Canada.