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Performatively Speaking: Speech and Action in Antebellum American Literature

by Debra J. Rosenthal University of Virginia Press (May 12, 2015)

In Performatively Speaking, Debra Rosenthal draws on speech act theory to open up the current critical conversation about antebellum American fiction and culture and to explore what happens when writers use...


The Pan American Imagination: Contested Visions of the Hemisphere in Twentieth-Century Literature

by Stephen M. Park University of Virginia Press (December 15, 2014)

In the history of the early twentieth-century Americas, visions of hemispheric unity flourished, and the notion of a transnational American identity was embraced by artists, intellectuals, and government institutions....


Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas

by Nicole N. Aljoe & Ian Finseth University of Virginia Press (November 14, 2014)

Focusing on slave narratives from the Atlantic world of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this interdisciplinary collection of essays suggests the importance-even the necessity-of looking beyond...


Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature

by Ayesha K. Hardison University of Virginia Press (May 13, 2014)

In Writing through Jane Crow, Ayesha Hardison examines African American literature and its representation of black women during the pivotal but frequently overlooked decades of the 1940s and 1950s. At the height...


Between the Novel and the News: The Emergence of American Women's Writing

by Sari Edelstein University of Virginia Press (April 30, 2014)

While American literary history has long acknowledged the profound influence of journalism on canonical male writers, Sari Edelstein argues that American women writers were also influenced by a dynamic relationship...


The Life and Undeath of Autonomy in American Literature

by Geoff Hamilton University of Virginia Press (December 17, 2013)

In The Life and Undeath of Autonomy in American Literature, Geoff Hamilton charts the evolution of the fundamental concept of autonomy in the American imaginary across the span of the nation's literary history....


Sounding the Break: African American and Caribbean Routes of World Literature

by Jason Frydman University of Virginia Press (April 03, 2014)

The idea of "world literature" has served as a crucial though underappreciated interlocutor for African diasporic writers, informing their involvement in processes of circulation, translation, and revision that...


Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women's Literature

by Susana M. Morris University of Virginia Press (February 04, 2014)

The "black family" in the United States and the Caribbean often holds contradictory and competing meanings in public discourse: on the one hand, it is a site of love, strength, and support; on the other hand,...


The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination: Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints

by Philip Kaisary University of Virginia Press (February 21, 2014)

The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) reshaped the debates about slavery and freedom throughout the Atlantic world, accelerated the abolitionist movement, precipitated rebellions in neighboring territories, and...


Exodus Politics: Civil Rights and Leadership in African American Literature and Culture

by Robert J. Patterson University of Virginia Press (November 15, 2013)

Using the term "exodus politics" to theorize the valorization of black male leadership in the movement for civil rights, Robert J. Patterson explores the ways in which the political strategies and ideologies...


Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Madness in Anglophone Caribbean Literature

by Kelly Baker Josephs University of Virginia Press (October 11, 2013)

Exploring the prevalence of madness in Caribbean texts written in English in the mid-twentieth century, Kelly Baker Josephs focuses on celebrated writers such as Jean Rhys, V. S. Naipaul, and Derek Walcott as...


The Poetics of Ethnography in Martinican Narratives: Exploring the Self and the Environment

by Christina Kullberg University of Virginia Press (November 04, 2013)

Drawing on narratives from Martinique by Aimé Césaire, Édouard Glissant, Ina Césaire, and Patrick Chamoiseau, among others, Christina Kullberg shows how these writers turn to ethnography-even as they critique...


Race, Romance, and Rebellion: Literatures of the Americas in the Nineteenth Century

by Colleen C. O'Brien University of Virginia Press (September 16, 2013)

As in many literatures of the New World grappling with issues of slavery and freedom, stories of racial insurrection frequently coincided with stories of cross-racial romance in nineteenth-century U.S. print...


Pathologies of Paradise: Caribbean Detours

by Supriya M. Nair University of Virginia Press (September 20, 2013)

Pathologies of Paradise presents the rich complexity of anglophone Caribbean literature from pluralistic perspectives that contest the reduction of the region to Edenic or infernal stereotypes. But rather than...


Composing Cultures: Modernism, American Literary Studies, and the Problem of Culture

by Eric Aronoff & Robert D. Newman University of Virginia Press (October 18, 2013)

The term "culture" has become ubiquitous in both academic and popular conversations, but its usefulness is a point of dispute. Taking the current shift from cultural studies to aesthetics as the latest form...


Women's Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women's Novels

by Courtney Thorsson University of Virginia Press (June 10, 2013)

In Women's Work, Courtney Thorsson reconsiders the gender, genre, and geography of African American nationalism as she explores the aesthetic history of African American writing by women. Building on and departing...


Drawing the Line: The Father Reimagined in Faulkner, Wright, O'Connor, and Morrison

by Doreen Fowler University of Virginia Press (April 29, 2013)

In an original contribution to the psychoanalytic approach to literature, Doreen Fowler focuses on the fiction of four major American writers-William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Flannery O'Connor, and Toni Morrison-to...


Upon Provincialism: Southern Literature and National Periodical Culture, 1870-1900

by Bill Hardwig University of Virginia Press (April 08, 2013)

Drawing on tourist literature, travelogues, and local-color fiction about the South, Bill Hardwig tracks the ways in which the nation's leading interdisciplinary periodicals, especially the Atlantic Monthly,...


Migrant Modernism: Postwar London and the West Indian Novel

by J. Dillon Brown University of Virginia Press (April 22, 2013)

In Migrant Modernism, J. Dillon Brown examines the intersection between British literary modernism and the foundational West Indian novels that emerged in London after World War II. By emphasizing the location...


Scarecrows of Chivalry: English Masculinities after Empire

by Praseeda Gopinath University of Virginia Press (April 03, 2013)

Exploring the fate of the ideal of the English gentleman once the empire he was meant to embody declined, Praseeda Gopinath argues that the stylization of English masculinity became the central theme, focus,...


Be It Ever So Humble: Poverty, Fiction, and the Invention of the Middle-Class Home

by Scott R. MacKenzie University of Virginia Press (February 13, 2013)

Before the rise of private homes as we now understand them, the realm of personal, private, and local relations in England was the parish, which was also the sphere of poverty management. Between the 1740s and...


Artistic Ambassadors: Literary and International Representation of the New Negro Era

by Brian Russell Roberts University of Virginia Press (January 08, 2013)

During the first generation of black participation in U.S. diplomacy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a vibrant community of African American writers and cultural figures worked as U.S....


Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke: At the Roots of the Racial Divide

by Bryan Crable University of Virginia Press (November 29, 2011)

Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke focuses on the little-known but important friendship between two canonical American writers. The story of this fifty-year friendship, however, is more than literary biography;...


Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature

by Jennifer K. Ladino University of Virginia Press (December 17, 2012)

Often thought of as the quintessential home or the Eden from which humanity has fallen, the natural world has long been a popular object of nostalgic narratives. In Reclaiming Nostalgia, Jennifer Ladino assesses...


Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination

by Celeste-Marie Bernier University of Virginia Press (November 29, 2012)

Across the centuries, the acts and arts of black heroism have inspired a provocative, experimental, and self-reflexive intellectual, political, and aesthetic tradition. In Characters of Blood, Celeste-Marie...


The Bourgeois Interior

by Julia Prewitt Brown University of Virginia Press (September 28, 2012)

From Robinson Crusoe's cave to Henry Selwyn's hermitage, the domestic interior tells a story about "things" and their relation to character and identity. Beginning with a description of a typical middle-class...


Male Armor: The Soldier-Hero in Contemporary American Culture

by Jon Robert Adams University of Virginia Press (September 28, 2012)

There is no shortage of iconic masculine imagery of the soldier in American film and literature-one only has to think of George C. Scott as Patton in front of a giant American flag, Sylvester Stallone as Rambo,...


Supposing Bleak House

by John O. Jordan University of Virginia Press (February 16, 2011)

Supposing "Bleak House" is an extended meditation on what many consider to be Dickens's and nineteenth-century England's greatest work of narrative fiction. Focusing on the novel's retrospective narrator, whom...


Refiguring the Map of Sorrow: Nature Writing and Autobiography

by Mark Allister University of Virginia Press (October 22, 2001)

Recent decades have witnessed an explosion of interest in both autobiography and environmental literature. In Refiguring the Map of Sorrow, Mark Allister brings these two genres together by examining a distinct...


The Angel out of the House: Philanthropy and Gender in Nineteenth-Century England

by Dorice Williams Elliott University of Virginia Press (February 22, 2002)

Was nineteenth-century British philanthropy the "truest and noblest woman's work" and praiseworthy for having raised the nation's moral tone, or was it a dangerous mission likely to cause the defeminization...


Framing the World: Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film

by Paula Willoquet-Maricondi University of Virginia Press (August 27, 2010)

The essays in this collection make a contribution to the greening of film studies and expand the scope of ecocriticism as a discipline traditionally rooted in literary studies. In addition to highlighting particular...


Cotton's Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936-1968

by Michael P. Bibler University of Virginia Press (February 03, 2009)

Finally breaking through heterosexual clichés of flirtatious belles and cavaliers, sinister black rapists and lusty "Jezebels," Cotton's Queer Relations exposes the queer dynamics embedded in myths of the southern...


Neobaroque in the Americas: Alternative Modernities in Literature, Visual Art, and Film

by Monika Kaup University of Virginia Press (October 31, 2012)

In a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of modern and postmodern literature, film, art, and visual culture, Monika Kaup examines the twentieth century's recovery of the baroque within a hemispheric framework...


Quirks of the Quantum: Postmodernism and Contemporary American Fiction

by Samuel Chase Coale University of Virginia Press (October 31, 2012)

Episodic and disconnected, much of postmodern fiction mirrors the world as quantum theorists describe it, according to Samuel Chase Coale. In Quirks of the Quantum, Coale shows how the doubts, misgivings, and...


The Flirt's Tragedy: Desire without End in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction

by Richard A. Kaye University of Virginia Press (May 22, 2002)

In the flirtation plots of novels by Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and W. M. Thackeray, heroines learn sociability through competition with naughty coquette-doubles. In the writing of George Eliot and Thomas...


Sites of Southern Memory: The Autobiographies of Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin, Lillian Smith, and Pauli Murray

by Darlene O'Dell University of Virginia Press (November 22, 2001)

In southern graveyards through the first decades of the twentieth century, the Confederate South was commemorated by tombstones and memorials, in Confederate flags, and in Memorial Day speeches and burial rituals....


Radicals on the Road: The Politics of English Travel Writing in the 1930s

by Bernard Schweizer University of Virginia Press (November 22, 2001)

In the 1930s, the discourse of travel furthered widely divergent and conflicting ideologies-socialist, conservative, male chauvinist, and feminist-and the major travel writers of the time revealed as much in...


Plotting Terror: Novelists and Terrorists in Contemporary Fiction

by Margaret Scanlan University of Virginia Press (May 22, 2001)

Is literature dangerous? In the romantic view, writers were rebels--Shelley's "unacknowledged legislators of mankind"--poised to change the world. In relation to twentieth-century literature, however, such a...


How Borges Wrote

by Daniel Balderston University of Virginia Press (April 26, 2018)

A distinguished poet and essayist and one of the finest writers of short stories in world letters, Jorge Luis Borges deliberately and regularly altered his work by extensive revision. In this volume, renowned...


The Pragmatist Turn

by Giles Gunn University of Virginia Press (December 08, 2017)

A sweeping assessment of the impact of the Enlightenment and Religion on the history of American literature.


The Word on the Streets

by Brooks E. Hefner University of Virginia Press (October 27, 2017)

Upending conventional literary theory, Hefner argues American Modernism did not begin with the political left in the 1930s, but that writers were already experimenting with American language using cross-racial,...


East-West Exchange and Late Modernism

by Zhaoming Qian University of Virginia Press (November 07, 2017)

In East-West Exchange and Late Modernism, Zhaoming Qian examines the nature and extent of Asian influence on some of the literary masterpieces of Western late modernism. Focusing on the poets William Carlos...


Sucking Up

by Deborah Parker & Mark L. Parker University of Virginia Press (October 03, 2017)

Suck-up. Ass-kisser. Brownnoser. Bootlicker. Lickspittle. Toadeater... Found in every walk of life, both real and imagined, sycophants surround us. But whether we grumble about sycophancy or grudgingly tolerate...


Novel Ventures

by Leah Orr University of Virginia Press (October 16, 2017)

The eighteenth century British book trade marks the beginning of the literary marketplace as we know it. The lapsing of the Licensing Act in 1695 brought an end to pre-publication censorship of printed texts...


Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible

by Charles Laporte University of Virginia Press (November 17, 2011)

Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible charts the impact of post-Enlightenment biblical criticism on English literary culture. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw a widespread reevaluation of biblical...


Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century

by Angus Cleghorn, Bethany Hicok & Thomas Travisano University of Virginia Press (May 22, 2012)

In recent years, a series of major collections of posthumous writings by Elizabeth Bishop--one of the most widely read and discussed poets of the twentieth century--have been published, profoundly affecting...


Ecocritical Theory

by Axel Goodbody & Kate Rigby University of Virginia Press (September 13, 2011)

One of the more frequently lodged, serious, and justifiable complaints about ecocritical work is that it is insufficiently theorized. Ecocritical Theory puts such claims decisively to rest by offering readers...


Consuming Visions

by Maite Conde University of Virginia Press (December 06, 2011)

In an original and ambitious exploration of the relationship between cinema and writing in early 20th-c. Brazil, Maite Conde shows how the broader global culture and consumer market opened up by film not only...


On Endings

by Daniel Grausam University of Virginia Press (August 03, 2011)

What does narrative look like when the possibility of an expansive future has been called into question? This query is the driving force behind Daniel Grausam’s On Endings, which seeks to show how the core...


Liberal Epic

by Edward Adams University of Virginia Press (August 30, 2011)

In Liberal Epic, Edward Adams examines the liberal imagination’s centuries-long dependence on contradictory, and mutually constitutive, attitudes toward violent domination. Adams centers his ambitious analysis...