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The Continuity of the Conquest

by Wendy Marie Hoofnagle Penn State University Press (August 29, 2016)

The Norman conquerors of Anglo-Saxon England have traditionally been seen both as rapacious colonizers and as the harbingers of a more civilized culture, replacing a tribal Germanic society and its customs with...

Without God

by Louis Betty Penn State University Press (June 07, 2016)

Michel Houellebecq is France’s most famous and controversial living novelist. Since his first novel in 1994, Houellebecq’s work has been called pornographic, racist, sexist, Islamophobic, and vulgar. His...

Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell

by Alice Sowaal & Penny A. Weiss Penn State University Press (May 02, 2016)

Often referred to as a proto-feminist, early modern English philosopher and rhetorician Mary Astell was a pious supporter of monarchy who wrote about gender equality at a time when society tightly constrained...

Elizabeth Bishop

by Susan McCabe Penn State University Press (September 12, 1994)

Elizabeth Bishop represents a full-scale examination of Bishop's work—poetry, prose, and selected unpublished material—to reveal how personal loss becomes implicated in her vision of self as fluid and unfixed...

The Challenge of Coleridge

by David Haney Penn State University Press (November 07, 2000)

Interweaving past and present texts, The Challenge of Coleridge engages the British Romantic poet, critic, and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge in a "conversation" (in Hans-Georg Gadamer’s sense) with philosophical...

American Trajectories

by Warner Berthoff Penn State University Press (February 18, 1994)

In American Trajectories Warner Berthoff argues that even in the broadest cultural and historical perspective, imaginative literature (like all the arts) is a matter of individual signatures and differences....

After Identity

by Robert Zacharias Penn State University Press (November 11, 2015)

For decades, the field of Mennonite literature has been dominated by the question of Mennonite identity. After Identity interrogates this prolonged preoccupation and explores the potential to move beyond it...

The Prose Literature of the Gaelic Revival, 1881–1921

by Philip O'Leary Penn State University Press (April 27, 1994)

The Gaelic Revival has long fascinated scholars of political history, nationalism, literature, and theater history, yet studies of the period have neglected a significant dimension of Ireland's evolution into...

The Crossroads of American History and Literature

by Philip F. Gura Penn State University Press (April 26, 1996)

The Crossroads of American History and Literature collects two decades' worth of the best-known essays of Philip F. Gura. Beginning with a definitive overview of studies of colonial literature, Gura ranges through...


by Arabella Lyon Penn State University Press (November 24, 1998)

The relationship between an author's and an audience's intentions is complex but need not preclude mutual engagement. This philosophical investigation challenges existing literary and rhetorical perspectives...

Performance in the Texts of Mallarmé

by Mary Lewis Shaw Penn State University Press (March 01, 1993)

Performance in the Texts of Mallarmé offers a new theory of performance in the poetic and critical texts of Stephane Mallarmé, a theory challenging the prevailing interpretation of his work as epitomizing...

The Image of Bar Kokhba in Traditional Jewish Literature

by Richard G. Marks Penn State University Press (December 06, 1993)

Bar Kokhba led the Jewish rebellion against Rome in 132–135 A.D., which resulted in massive destruction and dislocation of the Jewish populace of Judea. In early rabbinic literature, Bar Kokhba was remembered...

Bound to Differ

by Wesley A. Kort Penn State University Press (October 16, 1992)

In this analysis of theological conflict, Wesley Kort treats theologies as discourses that generate power and significance by their relations to and differences from one another. He identifies the traditional...

Pietas from Vergil to Dryden

by James Garrison Penn State University Press (March 02, 1992)

For centuries the most revered poem in the Western literary canon, Vergil's Aeneid celebrates the Roman virtue of pietas. In the preface to his English translation of the poem, John Dryden attempts to explain...

Terms of Response

by Robert Montgomery Penn State University Press (October 15, 1991)

This book takes a new look at the place occupied by medieval Spanish epic within European folk and literary tradition. Thomas Montgomery traces the origins of key parts of most known medieval Spanish epics to...

Emancipation and Illusion

by Marie Fleming Penn State University Press (July 08, 1997)

In this comprehensive analysis of Jürgen Habermas's philosophy and social theory, Marie Fleming takes strong issue with Habermas over his understanding of rationality and the lifeworld, emancipation, history,...

Madness and Blake's Myth

by Paul Youngquist Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

This book offers the first systematic study of madness and its significance for the poetry of William Blake. Blake's reputation as an artist was long clouded by suspicions of madness. Although the great victory...

Missing Socrates

by Jay Farness Penn State University Press (July 11, 1991)

Plato's conversations of Socrates are among the most accessible philosophical texts most of us have ever read, yet the more one pursues the art or intelligibility of this writing, the more mysterious and paradoxical...

Masquerade and Gender

by Catherine A. Craft-Fairchild Penn State University Press (September 29, 1993)

Terry Castle's recent study of masquerade follows Bakhtin's analysis of the carnivalesque to conclude that, for women, masquerade offered exciting possibilities for social and sexual freedom. Castle's interpretation...

The Pragmatics and Semiotics of Standard Languages

by Albert Sweet Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

Sweet describes the pragmatic foundations of standard logic and applies these foundations to the task of developing a theory of intended models as an extension of standard model theory in which the relevant...

The Duplicating Imagination

by Maria Marotti Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

Maria Marotti applies a unique mixture of strains of contemporary literary theory to the body of posthumously published works so far published in the Mark Twain Papers series, examining these late, frequently...

Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double

by Kent Cartwright Penn State University Press (August 12, 1991)

Why does Shakespearean tragedy continue to move spectators even though Elizabethan philosophical assumptions have faded from belief? Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double seeks answers in the moment-by-moment...

Clarissa on the Continent

by Thomas O. Beebee Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

"Clarissa" on the Continent defines and explores two strategies of literary translation—creative vs. preservative and strong vs. weak—as they transform one of the most influential English novels. Thomas...

The Medievalism of Lawrence of Arabia

by Malcolm D. Allen Penn State University Press (June 25, 1991)

M. D. Allen's study deals with T. E. Lawrence's lifelong interest in the medieval world, especially medieval literature, and its considerable influence on his view of himself and of the Arabs with whom he fought...

Walt Whitman's Language Experiment

by James Perrin Warren Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

Combining intellectual history with literary analysis, this study of Whitman's language experiment from 1855 to 1892 offers a refreshing new look at his theory of language especially the English language in...

Eugene O'Neill's Creative Struggle

by Doris Alexander Penn State University Press (April 22, 1992)

In Eugene O'Neill's Creative Struggle, Doris Alexander gives us a new kind of inside biography that begins where the others leave off. It follows O'Neill through the door into his writing room to give a blow-by-blow...

Vision, the Gaze, and the Function of the Senses in “Celestina”

by James F. Burke Penn State University Press (December 02, 2000)

The plot of the late-medieval Spanish work Celestina (1499) centers on the ill-fated love of Calisto and Melibea and the fascinating character of their intermediary, Celestina. In this ground-breaking rereading...

Georg Trakl's Poetry

by Richard Detsch Penn State University Press (January 18, 1991)

The chaotic mixture of elements in Trakl's poems is more apparent than real, this book argues, thus challenging the "Orphic" view of Walther Killy and his followers. A dream of unity—one of the most ancient...

Figures of Identity

by Clark S. Muenzer Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

The question of coherence in Goethe's novels, which, like Faust, compelled his attention throughout his creative life, has only recently occupied a few critics. Professor Muenzer's study offers the most comprehensive...

Kafka's Narrative Theater

by James Rolleston Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

Can one speak of Kafka's heroes as "characters"? If so, why is it so hard to define their characteristics? If not, how is the reader persuaded to accompany them on their existential journeys, accepting their...

The Art of Translating Poetry

by Burton Raffel Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

This book by a well-known translator and critic is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the linguistic and other more technical aspects of translating poetry, the second involved with more practice-oriented...

Literary Translation in Russia

by Maurice Friedberg Penn State University Press (January 07, 1997)

In this rich historical study, Maurice Friedberg recounts the impact of translation on the Russian literary process. In tracing the explosion of literary translation in nineteenth-century Russia, Friedberg determines...

After the Fall

by Josephine Donovan Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

A continuation of Josephine Donovan's exploration of American women's literary traditions, begun with New England Local Color Literature: A Women's Tradition, which treats the nineteenth-century realists, this...

Gothic Feminism

by Diane Long Hoeveler Penn State University Press (October 09, 1998)

As British women writers in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries sought to define how they experienced their era's social and economic upheaval, they helped popularize a new style of bourgeois...

Homer’s Traditional Art

by John Miles Foley Penn State University Press (June 18, 1999)

In recent decades, the evidence for an oral epic tradition in ancient Greece has grown enormously along with our ever-increasing awareness of worldwide oral traditions. John Foley here examines the artistic...

The Complete Plays of Jean Racine

by Jean Racine & Geoffrey Alan Argent Penn State University Press (April 11, 2012)

As Voltaire famously opined, Athaliah, Racine’s last play, is “perhaps the greatest masterwork of the human spirit.” Its formidable antagonists, Athaliah, queen of Judah, and Jehoiada, high priest of the...

The Complete Plays of Jean Racine

by Jean Racine & Geoffrey Alan Argent Penn State University Press (October 25, 2011)

This is the third volume of a projected translation into English of all twelve of Jean Racine’s plays—only the third time such a project has been undertaken. For this new translation, Geoffrey Alan Argent...

Adventures in Paradox

by Charles D. Presberg Penn State University Press (January 04, 2001)

Cervantes’s Don Quixote confronts us with a series of enigmas that, over the centuries, have divided even its most expert readers: Does the text pursue a serious or comic purpose? Does it promote the truth...

An Inch or Two of Time

by Jordan D. Finkin Penn State University Press (June 22, 2015)

In literary modernism, time and space are sometimes transformed from organizational categories into aesthetic objects, a transformation that can open dramatic metaphorical and creative possibilities. In An Inch...

Structure in Milton's Poetry

by Ralph W. Condee Penn State University Press (February 07, 1991)

Milton's skill in constructing poems whose structure is determined, not by rule or precedent, but by the thought to be expressed, is one of his chief accomplishments as a creative artist. Professor Condee analyzes...

Pound's Cantos Declassified

by Philip Furia Penn State University Press (December 13, 1990)

By using his Cantos for storing, "making new," and transmitting historical documents, Pound was returning the epic to its ancient function as a tribal archive for the "luminous details" of history that define...

The Authority of Experience

by John C. O'Neal Penn State University Press (May 23, 1996)

Sensationism, a philosophy that gained momentum in the French Enlightenment as a response to Lockean empiricism, was acclaimed by Hippolyte Taine as "the doctrine of the most lucid, methodical, and French minds...

Text and Supertext in Ibsen’s Drama

by Brian Johnston Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

Brian Johnston's approach to Ibsen, now well known, is unlike any other. Johnston sees Ibsen's twelve realist plays as a single cyclical work, the "realist" method of which hides a much larger poetic intention...

Divided Empire

by Robert Thomas Fallon Penn State University Press (November 08, 1995)

In Divided Empire, Robert T. Fallon examines the influence of John Milton's political experience on his great poems: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes. This study is a natural sequel to...

Reading the Written Image

by Christopher Collins Penn State University Press (October 22, 1991)

Reading the Written Image is a study of the imagination as it is prompted by the verbal cues of literature. Since every literary image is also a mental image, a representation of an absent entity, Collins contends...

Poetic Remaking

by George Bornstein Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

This volume offers a coherent view of post-romantic poetic development through selective examples both of individual poems and of poetic influence. Bornstein focuses most centrally on Browning in the Victorian...

Paradoxes of Emotion and Fiction

by Robert J. Yanal Penn State University Press (August 31, 1999)

How can we experience real emotions when viewing a movie or reading a novel or watching a play when we know the characters whose actions have this effect on us do not exist? This is a conundrum that has puzzled...

Intimations of Mortality

by David Farrell Krell Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

Heidegger’s thinking has an underlying unity, this book argues, and has cogency for seemingly diverse domains of modern culture: philosophy and religion, aesthetics and literary criticism, intellectual history...

Cultural Imperialism and the Indo-English Novel

by Fawzia Afzal-Khan Penn State University Press (September 03, 1993)

Cultural Imperialism and the Indo-English Novel focuses on the novels of R. K. Narayan, Anita Desai, Kamala Markandaya, and Salman Rushdie and explores the tension in these novels between ideology and the generic...

The Impossible Craft

by Scott Donaldson Penn State University Press (March 03, 2015)

In The Impossible Craft, Scott Donaldson explores the rocky territory of literary biography, the most difficult that biographers try to navigate. Writers are accustomed to controlling the narrative, and notoriously...