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James Ellroy and Voyeur Fiction

by Nathan Ashman Lexington Books (November 15, 2018)

James Ellroy is an acclaimed yet controversial popular novelist. Since the publication of his first novel Brown’s Requiem in 1981, Ellroy’s eccentric “Demon Dog” persona and his highly stylized, often...

Shakespeare and Realism

by Josy Miller, Peter Lichtenfels, Sam Kolodezh & Bryan Reynolds et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (November 15, 2018)

This collection of essays examines the works of the most famous writer of plays in the English language within the most culturally pervasive genre in which they are performed. Though Realist productions of Shakespeare...

The Man Who Would Be Sherlock

by Christopher Sandford St. Martin's Press (December 04, 2018)

A world-famous biographer reveals the strange relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's real life and that of Sherlock Holmes in the engrossing The Man Who Would Be Sherlock.

Though best known for the fictional...

Through the Magic Door

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Through the Magic Door (1907) is an essay by Arthur Conan Doyle: his subject is the charisma and charm of books. Doyle invites readers to enjoy the greatest minds of all times through what they have left behind...

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

by James Mustich Workman Publishing Company (October 02, 2018)

“The ultimate literary bucket list.” —The Washington Post

“If there’s a heaven just for readers, this is it.” —O, The Oprah Magazine


Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill...

The Genres of Thomson’s The Seasons

by Kwinten Van De Walle, Sandro Jung, Alfred Sjödin & John D. Morillo et al. Lehigh University Press (September 01, 2018)

Critics since the eighteenth century have puzzled over the form of James Thomson’s composite long poem, The Seasons (1730, 1744, 1746), its generically hybrid make-up, and its relationship to established genres...

The Soul of Statesmanship

by L. Joseph Hebert Jr., Khalil M. Habib, Carson Holloway & J David Alvis et al. Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

Shakespeare’s plays explore a staggering range of political topics, from the nature of tyranny, to the practical effects of Christianity on politics and the family, to the meaning and practice of statesmanship....

Voices of Ghana

by Victoria Ellen Smith James Currey (September 21, 2018)

Ghana's first radio programme of original literature, Singing Net, began in 1955 as part of the development of a national radio station in the years leading to independence in 1957. Its centralaim was to bring...

Stages of European Romanticism

by Theodore Ziolkowski Camden House (October 01, 2018)

Romanticism was a truly European phenomenon, extending roughly from the French Revolution to the 1848 revolutions and embracing not only literature and drama but also music and visual arts. Because ofRomanticism's...

A Gil Vicente Bibliography (2005–2015)

by Constantin C. Stathatos Lehigh University Press (September 01, 2018)

This is a compilation of contributions to the study of the Portuguese playwright Gil Vicente (1465–1536) which appeared between 2005 and 2015. Entries are grouped under three main headings: Editions and Adaptations,...

Mikhail Bakhtin’s Heritage in Literature, Arts, and Psychology

by Howard Mancing, Slav N. Gratchev, Victor Fet & Dick McCaw et al. Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

Art and Answerability, the work that would become Mikhail Bakhtin’s literary manifesto, was first published in Den Iskusstva (The Day of the Art) on September 13, 1919. Mikhail Bakhtin’s Heritage in Literature,...


by Joseph Epstein Lyons Press (October 01, 2018)

Joseph Epstein takes on that most enchanting (and, alas, increasingly rare) of human gifts, charm. “Almost everyone will recognize when he or she is in the presence of charm,” he writes. “Charm is magic...

Nancy, Blanchot

by Leslie Hill Rowman & Littlefield International (August 31, 2018)

The concept of community is one of the most frequently used and abused of recent philosophical or socio-political concepts. In the 1980s, faced with the imminent collapse of communism and the unchecked supremacy...

Religion and Technology into the Future

by Sam Gill Lexington Books (September 15, 2018)

Religion and Technology into the Future: From Adam to Tomorrow’s Eve examines the broad significance of the current trends and accomplishments in technology (AI/robots) against the long history of the human...

Frankenstein’s Brain

by John Sutherland Icon Books Ltd (October 04, 2018)

Where does Victor Frankenstein dig up his body parts? Is the monster a fan of Goethe?  How does the monster die? 

On the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s perennially popular and influential gothic tale,...

Methods Devour Themselves

by Benjanun Sriduangkaew & J. Moufawad-Paul Zero Books (August 31, 2018)

Methods Devour Themselves is a dialogue between fiction and non-fiction. Inspired by Quentin Meillassoux's Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction that was paired with an Isaac Asimov short story, this book...

The Latest Winter

by Maggie Nelson Zed Books (September 15, 2018)

• Maggie Nelson is the award-winning writer of modern classics The Argonauts and Bluets• Beautifully designed editions available for the first time in the UK• Published in time for National Poetry Day•...


by Maggie Nelson Zed Books (September 15, 2018)

• Maggie Nelson is the award-winning writer of modern classics The Argonauts and Bluets• Beautifully designed editions available for the first time in the UK• Published in time for National Poetry Day•...

He Held Radical Light

by Christian Wiman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 11, 2018)

A moving meditation on memory, oblivion, and eternity by one of our most celebrated poets

What is it we want when we can’t stop wanting? And how do we make that hunger productive and vital rather than corrosive...

Pinter’s World

by William Baker Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (September 15, 2018)

Pinter’s World: Pinter and Company is not a full-scale biography but a series of illuminating chapters about Pinter’s life, character, and thought, employing new information found in his “Appointment Diaries,”...

An Informal History of the Hugos

by Jo Walton Tom Doherty Associates (August 07, 2018)

Engaged, passionate, and consistently entertaining, An Informal History of the Hugos is a book about the renowned science fiction award for the many who enjoyed Jo Walton's previous collection of writing from...

Working Women in American Literature, 1865–1950

by Miriam S. Gogol, Nancy Von Rosk, Pedro Ponce & Jochem Riesthuis et al. Lexington Books (August 15, 2018)

Working Women in American Literature, 1865–1950 consists of eight original essays by literary, historical, and multicultural critics on the subject of working women in late-nineteenth- to mid-twentieth-century...

Solitary Comrade

by Joan Hedrick The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Hedrick examines London's inner life, primarily as it is revealed in his art, to discover the man concealed beneath the public persona. Although London was wealthy, famous, and one of the last great self-made...

The Attack on Literature and Other Essays

by René Wellek The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

With the erudition that has distinguished his lifelong study of literary criticism, Wellek considers the trends, theories, and quarrels of recent years. He continues to insist that criticism--whether written...

Skialetheia, or A Shadowe of Truth, in Certaine Epigrams and Satyres

by Everard Guilpin The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Although well known to experts in English literature, Guilpin's Skialetheia has been available only in inadequate texts until now. This edition of the 1598 work presents an old-spelling critical text and provides...

The Autobiographical Myth of Robert Lowell

by Philip Cooper The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Lowell's continuing productivity and his ever-increasing stature as a poet demand a new evaluation of his work, and Cooper has provided it in this penetrating study. Though Cooper's primary purpose is to demonstrate...

From Tobacco Road to Route 66

by Sylvia Jenkins Cook The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

In the early nineteenth century, the southern poor white had a reputation for comic vulgarity and absurd violence; postbellum writers saw him as a quaint peasant; the 1920s transformed him into a revolutionary...

Literature among the Ruins, 1945–1955

by Hirokazu Toeda, Richi Sakakibara, Michael K. Bourdaghs & Atsuko Ueda et al. Lexington Books (May 07, 2018)

In the wake of the disaster of 1945—as Japan was forced to remake itself from “empire” to “nation” in the face of an uncertain global situation—literature and literary criticism emerged as highly...


by Frank Burch Brown The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

Brown proposes a theory of poetic metaphor that attempts to account for literature's complex role in the discovery and creation of significant patterns within both language and life. He shows that while poetic...

The Gatsby Affair

by Kendall Taylor Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 08, 2018)

The romance between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre has been celebrated as one of the greatest of the 20th century. From the beginning, their relationship was a tumultuous one, in which the couple’s excesses...

The Desiring Modes of Being Black

by Jean-Paul Rocchi Rowman & Littlefield International (July 16, 2018)

A critique of theory through literature that celebrates the diversity of black being, The Desiring Modes of Being Black explores how literature unearths theoretical blind spots while reasserting the legitimacy...

Exploring Nonfiction Literacies

by Paul H. Ricks, Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Ruth McKoy Lowery & Laura Anne Hudock Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 06, 2018)

This book recognizes nonfiction text as a staple part of the literacy curriculum and advocates that educators include it in their daily practices. It offers innovative ideas on how these texts can be used to...

Studies in Strindberg

by Michael Robinson Ubiquity Press (January 30, 2018)

In this volume August Strindberg's accomplishments as a dramatist are set against his achievements in other fields, as an autobiographer, painter, letter writer and theatre director.There are studies of individual...

Critical expressivism: theory and practice in the composition classroom

by Tara Roeder & Roseanne Gatto The WAC Clearinghouse (March 22, 2018)

"Critical Expressivism is an ambitious attempt to re-appropriate intellectual territory that has more often been charted by its detractors than by its proponents. Indeed, as Peter Elbow observes in his contribution...

Thomas Carlyle and the Idea of Influence

by Megan Dent, Albert D. Pionke, Paul E. Kerry & Tim Sommer et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (June 20, 2018)

That Thomas Carlyle was influential in his own lifetime and continues to be so over 130 years after his death is a proposition with which few will disagree. His role as his generation’s foremost interpreter...

Paul Auster's Ghosts

by María Laura Arce Álvarez Lexington Books (June 13, 2018)

The following book explores the intertextual relationship between Paul Auster’s first and most remarkable work, The New York Trilogy (1987), and the works of certain American and European writers who shaped...

Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters

by Tom Santopietro St. Martin's Press (June 19, 2018)

Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why To Kill a Mockingbird matters more today than ever before....

Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men

by Jonathan S. Cullick The University Press of Kentucky (June 08, 2018)

Robert Penn Warren is one of the best-known and most consequential Kentucky writers of the twentieth century and the only American writer to have won three Pulitzers in two different genres. All the King's Men...

Secularism and the Crisis of Minority Identity in Postcolonial Literature

by Roger McNamara Lexington Books (June 06, 2018)

Secularism and the Crisis of Minority Identity in Postcolonial Literature examines how writers from religious and ethnic minority communities (Anglo-Indians, Burghers, Dalits, Muslims, and Parsis) in India and...

John Banville

by Neil Murphy Bucknell University Press (May 18, 2018)

John Banville offers a close analysis of most of Banville’s major novels, as well as the ‘Quirke’ crime novels he has written under the pseudonym, Benjamin Black and his dramatic adaptations of Heinrich...

The Heroes of Tolkien

by David Day Thunder Bay Press (June 05, 2018)

J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional world of Middle-earth is filled with great heroes who rose in the face of crisis to shape the course of that world's history. This volume examines the complexities surrounding Tolkien's...

Washington Irving and Islam

by Zubeda Jalalzai, Ray Lacina, Tracy Hoffman & Jeffrey Einboden et al. Lexington Books (May 25, 2018)

Washington Irving and Islam contributes to understanding the relationship between the United States and the Islamic world, valuable not only for studies of Washington Irving, American Literature, or Islam, but...

Writing for Engagement

by Drew Holladay, Megan Faver Hartline, Megan J. Bardolph & Mary P. Sheridan et al. Lexington Books (May 07, 2018)

Engagement is trendy. Although paired most often with community, diverse invocations of engagement have gained cache, capturing longstanding shifts toward new practices of knowledge making that both reflect...

Andrey Platonov

by Tora Lane Lexington Books (May 25, 2018)

This book traces the originality of Andrey Platonov’s vision of the Revolution in readings of his works. It has been common in Platonov scholarship to measure him within the parameters of a political pro et...

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...

Using Nonfiction for Civic Engagement in Classrooms

by Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Ruth McKoy Lowery & Paul H. Ricks Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 22, 2018)

This book acknowledges the existence of high quality nonfiction children’s literature that may serve as a basis for conversation about civic engagements and our roles as global citizens. It touches on our...

J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

by Josef Benson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 12, 2018)

Since its publication in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye has been a cultural phenomenon, not only as an assigned text for English courses, but as a touchstone for generations of alienated youth. As the focus of...

From Enlightenment to Rebellion

by James G. Buickerood, Kurt Edward Milberger, Carole Fabricant & Declan Kiberd et al. Bucknell University Press (May 04, 2018)

This book is a collection of essays and a short story written to honor Christopher Fox of Notre Dame, arguably the most influential figure in Irish Studies for the past quarter century. The essays address topics...

Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary

by John Timberlake Intellect (April 01, 2018)

Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary is an original and ambitious exploration of science fiction as a visual cultural discourse. This book argues that a serious account has yet to be given of the key...

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...