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Women, Epic, and Transition in British Romanticism

by Elisa Beshero-Bondar University of Delaware Press (May 31, 2011)

Women, Epic, and Transition in British Romanticism argues that early nineteenth-century women poets contributed some of the most daring work in modernizing the epic genre. The book examines several long poems...


Theology and Literature in the Age of Johnson: Resisting Secularism

by Melvyn New & S. J. Reedy University of Delaware Press (June 14, 2012)

Seventeen essays explore the complex relationships between literary intentions and theological concerns of authors writing in the second half of the eighteenth century. The diversity of literary forms and subjects,...


Carnal Reading

by Joseph Pappa University of Delaware Press (May 16, 2011)

The question of an erotic readership has always vexed scholars. With little evidence of anyone's actually reading erotic material, scholars have made due with variations of an "ideal reader" approach. Insofar...


Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances: Proceedings of the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress

by Martin Procházka, Andreas Höfele, Hanna Scolnicov & Michael Dobson University of Delaware Press (December 12, 2013)

Selected contributions to the most prestigious international event in Shakespeare studies, the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress (2011), represent major trends in the field in historical and present-day contexts....


The Correspondence of Sarah Helen Whitman and Julia Deane Freeman: Writer to Writer, Woman to Woman

by Catherine Kunce University of Delaware Press (November 21, 2013)

The letters, drafts, notes, and fragments comprising the correspondence between Sarah Helen Whitman (Poe’s onetime fiancée) and Julia Deane Freeman span a tumultuous period in American history, 1856–1863....


Mortality's Muse: The Fine Art of Dying

by D. T. Siebert University of Delaware Press (October 10, 2013)

D.T. Siebert’s Mortality’s Muse demonstrates how art, literature in particular, addresses that most fundamental of human fears—mortal anxiety. Various aspects of culture and thought come into play: from...


Arras Hanging: The Textile That Determined Early Modern Literature and Drama

by Rebecca Olson University of Delaware Press (September 26, 2013)

Arras Hanging: The Textile That Determined Early Modern Literature and Drama reveals that early modern writers aspired to produce narratives that replicated the structure and aesthetic of high-quality Renaissance...


Shifting Subjects: Plural Subjectivity in Contemporary Francophone Women's Autobiography

by Natalie Edwards University of Delaware Press (April 18, 2011)

There are many different ways to say 'I.' This book examines the ways in which four contemporary women writers (HZl_ne Cixous, Assia Djebar, Gis_le Halimi and Julia Kristeva) have written their autobiographical...


Behind the Curtain: Selected Fiction of Fitz-James O'Brien, 1853-1860

by Wayne R. Kime University of Delaware Press (May 31, 2011)

Behind the Curtain re-introduces the fiction of Fitz-James O'Brien to modern readers by presenting fourteen of his works, five here reprinted for the first time, that together suggest the development and range...


Technologies of Empire: Writing, Imagination, and the Making of Imperial Networks, 1750-1820

by Dermot Ryan University of Delaware Press (December 19, 2012)

Technologies of Empire reshapes post-colonial scholarship of the long eighteenth century by exploring the ways in which post-enlightenment authors employ writing and imagination to produce rather than simply...


New Testaments: Cognition, Closure, and the Figural Logic of the Sequel, 1660-1740

by Michael W. Austin University of Delaware Press (November 25, 2011)

New Testaments examines sequelization in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries from two perspectives: 1) the cognitive perspective, which explores the cognitive and evolutionary foundations of the contradictory...


Fiction of the New Statesman, 1913-1939

by Bashir Abu-Manneh University of Delaware Press (October 10, 2011)

Fiction of the New Statesman is the first study of the short stories published in the renowned British journal theNew Statesman. This book argues that New Statesman fiction advances a strong realist preoccupation...


Later Middle English Literature, Materiality, and Culture

by Erick Kelemen, Brian Gastle, Gabrielle Parkin & Scott Lightsey et al. University of Delaware Press (April 12, 2018)

The essays in this volume consider the ways in which material and intellectual culture both shaped and were shaped by the literature of late medieval England. The first section, “Textual Material,” reflects...


The Rise of Animals and Descent of Man, 1660–1800

by John Morillo University of Delaware Press (November 22, 2017)

The Rise of Animals and the Descent of Man illuminates compelling historical connections between a current fascination with animal life and the promotion of the moral status of non-human animals as ethical subjects...


Narrative Faith

by David Stromberg University of Delaware Press (October 18, 2017)

Narrative Faith engages with the dynamics of doubt and faith to consider how literary works with complex structures explore different moral visions. The study describes a literary petite histoire that problematizes...


The Leslie A. Marchand Memorial Lectures, 2000–2015

by Katherine Kernberger, Romulus Linney, Hermione de Almeida & Peter W. Graham et al. University of Delaware Press (September 22, 2017)

This unique collection of lectures honors the pioneering work in Byron studies of Leslie Alexis Marchand, who has had an enduring influence on the appreciation and study of Lord Byron for sixty years. Generations...


Jonathan Swift’s Word-Book

by A. C. Elias Jr., John Irwin Fischer & Panthea Reid University of Delaware Press (August 31, 2017)

This Word-Book is presumably the only work of Jonathan Swift’s not in print, until now. Since the 1690s, Swift had been formulating a list of words and definitions for his protégé Esther Johnson, beginning...


Edgar Allan Poe

by James M. Hutchisson, Leon Jackson, Dennis Eddings & Benjamin F. Fisher et al. University of Delaware Press (June 16, 2011)

Most frequently regarded as a writer of the supernatural, Poe was actually among the most versatile of American authors, writing social satire, comic hoaxes, mystery stories, science fiction, prose poems, literary...


A Richard Selzer Reader

by Kevin Kerrane & Marie Borroff University of Delaware Press (July 31, 2017)

A Richard Selzer Reader: Blood and Ink is a career-spanning collection, including major short stories and essays by the renowned doctor-author. In the 1960s, while practicing as a general surgeon and teaching...


The Romance of the Lyric in Nineteenth-Century Women's Poetry: Experiments in Form

by Lee Christine O'Brien University of Delaware Press (October 05, 2012)

This feminist recuperation of the work of numerous women across the Romantic and Victorian periods presented in this monograph puts not only the canon of poetry under interrogation but also periodisation. Using...


Rough Draft: The Modernist Diaries of Emily Holmes Coleman, 1929-1937

by Elizabeth Podnieks University of Delaware Press (March 21, 2012)

This edited selection, culled from the diary Coleman kept for over four decades, documents Coleman’s experiences as an American expatriate poet, novelist, and diarist in France and England during the heyday...


Resentment and the Right

by Sarah Shurts University of Delaware Press (June 05, 2017)

Resentment and the Right: French Intellectual Identity Reimagined, 1898-2000 examines a century-long struggle between cultural spokesmen on the extreme right and left to dominate and define the concept of “the...


French Cultural Studies for the Twenty-First Century

by Anne O’Neil-Henry, Kathryn Kleppinger, Masha Belenky & Rachel Mesch et al. University of Delaware Press (March 30, 2017)

French Cultural Studies for the Twenty-First Century brings together current scholarship on a diverse range of topics—from French postcards and Third Republic menus to Haitian literary magazines and representation...


Essays in Memory of Richard Helgerson: Laureations

by Roze Hentschell, Kathy Lavezzo, Andrew Hadfield & Edwin M. Duval et al. University of Delaware Press (December 29, 2011)

Essays in Memory of Richard Helgerson: Laureations brings together new essays by leading literary scholars of the British and European middle ages and early modern period who have been influenced by the groundbreaking...


Shakespeare without Boundaries: Essays in Honor of Dieter Mehl

by Stanley Wells, Lena Cowen Orlin, Christa Jansohn & Martin Orkin et al. University of Delaware Press (December 09, 2010)

Shakespeare without Boundaries offers a wide-ranging collection of essays written by an international team of distinguished scholars who attempt to define, to challenge, and to erode boundaries that currently...


Pynchon's Against the Day: A Corrupted Pilgrim's Guide

by Jeffrey Severs, Christopher Leise, Martin Kevorkian & Christopher K. Coffman et al. University of Delaware Press (February 24, 2011)

The first book of criticism devoted to Pynschon's massive 2006 novel, Pynchon's Against the Day: A Corrupted Pilgrim's Guide gathers new work by more than a dozen scholars, offering readings informed by the...


Shakespeare and Contemporary Fiction: Theorizing Foundling and Lyric Plots

by Barbara L. Estrin University of Delaware Press (January 01, 2012)

As the first book to use fiction as theory, Shakespeare and Contemporary Fiction reads backward to demonstrate how recent novelists redeploy foundling and lyric plots to uncover a Shakespeare who similarly challenges...


Hey Presto!: Swift and the Quacks

by Hugh Ormsby-Lennon University of Delaware Press (January 16, 2011)

In Hey Presto! Swift and the Quacks, Hugh Ormsby-Lennon reveals how medicine shows, both ancient and modern, galvanized Jonathan Swift's imagination and inspired his wittiest satiric voices. Swift dubbed these...


Science, Politics, and Friendship in the Works of Thomas Lovell Beddoes

by Ute Berns University of Delaware Press (November 25, 2011)

This study revaluates the work of the scientist and radical, poet and dramatist and English exile in Germany Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849). While his writing has elicited high praise from poets ranging from...


Reading Apollinaire's Alcools

by Willard Bohn University of Delaware Press (October 27, 2016)

Apollinaire is generally considered to be one of the very best modern poets writing in any language. Published in 1913, Alcools is his most important book of poetry and continues to be highly influential. This...


The Theatre of Death: Rituals of Justice from the English Civil Wars to the Restoration

by P. J. Klemp University of Delaware Press (October 19, 2016)

This book discusses rituals of justice—such as public executions, printed responses to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s execution speech, and King Charles I’s treason trial—in early modern England. Focusing...


The Deep End: A Memoir of Growing Up

by Mary Rose Callaghan University of Delaware Press (September 21, 2016)

The Deep End is the coming-of-age memoir of Irish author Mary Rose Callaghan. Here Callaghan closely examines her relationship with her mother—which endured through economic hardship, and her mother’s descent...


Involuntary Confessions of the Flesh in Early Modern France

by Nora Martin Peterson University of Delaware Press (September 14, 2016)

Involuntary Confessions of the Flesh in Early Modern France is an interdisciplinary study of moments in which the early modern body loses control of its surface. Rather than read these moments as forerunners...


Mandeville's Travails: Merging Travel, Theory, and Commentary

by Francis Tobienne Jr. University of Delaware Press (June 20, 2016)

Mandeville’s Travails challenges the less than serious stereotyping of travel as both genre and theoretical framework. Instead, and by examining the position of travel, a deeper sense of the human species...


Jonathan Swift: Our Dean

by Eugene Hammond University of Delaware Press (April 04, 2016)

Jonathan Swift: Our Dean (along with its companion, Jonathan Swift: Irish Blow-in) aspires to be the most accurate and engaging critical biography of Jonathan Swift ever. It builds on the thorough research of...


The Representation of the Struggling Artist in America, 1800-1865

by Erika Schneider University of Delaware Press (April 23, 2015)

This book analyzes how American painters, sculptors, and writers, active between 1800 and 1865, depicted their response to a democratic society that failed to adequately support them financially and intellectually....


Dr. John Moore, 1729-1802: A Life in Medicine, Travel, and Revolution

by Henry L. Fulton University of Delaware Press (December 24, 2014)

This biography brings to life a figure, Dr. John Moore, who was famous in his day but has since been forgotten. It covers five main areas of his life: his early years in Scotland, his medical practice, his years...


Representation, Heterodoxy, and Aesthetics: Essays in Honor of Ronald Paulson

by Ashley Marshall, J. Hillis Miller, Robert Folkenflik & Robert D. Hume et al. University of Delaware Press (December 23, 2014)

This book is a wide-ranging study of British literature and art from the late seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries, one that stresses the connections between visual and verbal representation.


Early Modern Drama in Performance: Essays in Honor of Lois Potter

by Darlene Farabee, Bradley D. Ryner, Mark Netzloff & Alan C. Dessen et al. University of Delaware Press (November 25, 2014)

This collection brings together essays on the topics of Shakespeare, theater history, and early English drama in performance by scholars influenced by the pioneering work of Lois Potter.


Monstrous Kinships: Realism and Attachment Theory in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Novel

by Jillmarie Murphy University of Delaware Press (September 22, 2011)

Monstrous Kinships: Realism and Attachment Theory in the Novels of Mary Shelley, Herman Melville, Thomas Hardy, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, and Vladimir Nabokov is a study investigating the connection between...


Of Memory and Literary Form: Making the Early Modern English Nation

by Kyle Pivetti University of Delaware Press (October 08, 2015)

Across readings of late sixteenth to mid-seventeenth century works, Kyle Pivetti argues that the writers of early modern England found in literary forms—including dumb shows, allegory, and rhyme—the means...


The Other Rise of the Novel in Eighteenth-Century French Fiction

by Olivier Delers University of Delaware Press (September 01, 2015)

The Other Rise of the Novel relies on new research concerning the relevance of bourgeois values and ideals in the early modern period in France to question the extent to which characters in works of fiction...


Octave Mirbeau's Fictions of the Transcendental

by Robert Ziegler University of Delaware Press (April 21, 2015)

Showing how Octave Mirbeau controverts the existence of a Christian god, this study argues that Mirbeau never abandons his exploration of life’s mysteries, apprehensions of the infinite that come from a refinement...


Marguerite, Countess of Blessington: The Turbulent Life of a Salonnière and Author

by Susan Matoff University of Delaware Press (December 30, 2015)

This biography of Lady Blessington (1788–1849) illuminates the literary, social, and political history of the post-Romantic, early Victorian period and examines her salon, which was attended by statesmen,...


The Latest Early American Literature

by R. C. De Prospo University of Delaware Press (January 21, 2016)

The Latest Early American Literature both negatively critiques how the latest scholarly receptions of early American literature differ insignificantly from the earliest ones and positively proposes how a transnationalist...


Nature, Politics, and the Arts: Essays on Romantic Culture for Carl Woodring

by Hermione de Almeida, Martin Meisel, Carl Dawson & William Theodore De Bary et al. University of Delaware Press (March 18, 2015)

This interdisciplinary book honors Columbia professor and New York intellectual Carl Woodring. The depth of these original perspectives on the literature, art, politics, science, and philosophy of transatlantic...


French Renaissance and Baroque Drama: Text, Performance, Theory

by Michael Meere, John D. Lyons, Alison Calhoun & Fabien Cavaillé et al. University of Delaware Press (February 26, 2015)

French Renaissance and Baroque Drama helps us rethink pressing issues of the day, such as war, possession, sacrifice, religious conversion, law, and gender. This volume includes essays that employ a range of...


Jonathan Swift: Irish Blow-In

by Eugene Hammond University of Delaware Press (March 22, 2016)

Jonathan Swift: Irish Blow-in (along with its companion, Jonathan Swift: Our Dean) aspires to be the most accurate and engaging critical biography of Jonathan Swift ever published. It builds on the thorough...


Defoe's Major Fiction: Accounting for the Self

by Elizabeth R. Napier University of Delaware Press (January 28, 2016)

This book examines the concern with narrativity and self-construction in Defoe’s first-person fictional narratives. Arguing that recent materialist approaches to Defoe are insufficiently attentive to the dominant...


Familial Forms: Politics and Genealogy in Seventeenth-Century English Literature

by Erin Murphy University of Delaware Press (December 09, 2010)

Beginning with the ascent of James I and ending with the 1701 Act of Settlement, Familial Forms: Politics and Genealogy of Seventeenth-Century English Literature is the first study to offer a comprehensive reading...