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New England Landscape History in American Poetry:

A Lacanian View
Roger Sedarat
ISBN: 9781604977424

This post-structural reading allows for arguably the closest consideration as to how voices take shape in the New England region based upon how the various speakers view the landscape they inhabit through a version of Emerson’s perspective via his paradoxically “transparent eyeball”–– an invisible presence that remains in the foreground because of rhetoric that describes it. Read More..

New Approaches to Lusophone Culture

Natália Pinazza
ISBN: 9781604979152

This book takes original and unique approaches to explore a selected body of Portuguese-language cultural production from four different continents. Such a broad geographical scope allows exploration of a variety of genres, and subject matter that reflects the cultural diversity of the Lusophone community while simultaneously situating Portuguese-language cultural production within a globalized and postcolonial context. Read More..

Ooku, The Secret World of the Shogun’s Women

Cecilia Segawa Seigle and Linda H. Chance
ISBN: 9781604978728

"A wonderfully detailed history of the shogunal harem ... and it does not shy away from discussion of the sex—or lack of it—at the heart of the Ooku’s raison d’être ... Many of the primary sources consulted by the authors are still in manuscript form and exceptionally difficult to decipher, let alone interpret. The authors thus deserve high praise for their dedication to locating, making sense of, selecting, and translating a vast range of material for a scholarly audience.” - Gaye Rowley, Waseda University Read More..

Pat Barker and the Mediation of Social Reality

David Waterman
ISBN: 9781604976496

In this critical study, David Waterman examines questions of social representation in all of Pat Barker’s novels, published over the last twenty-five years, from Union Street (1982) to the recent Life Class (2007). This is an important book for scholars interested in contemporary British fiction, women’s writing, and social-psychological approaches to literature. Read More..

Perennial Empires:

Postcolonial, Transnational, and Literary Perspectives
Chantal Zabus and Silvia Nagy-Zekmi
ISBN: 9781604977400

The word “empire” augurs new forms of sovereignty that have toppled the “nation-state” and “imperialism,” which was engendered by the European powers during the process of colonization. This book extends the application of postcolonial theories to reflect not only on the traditional relations between colonizer and colonized but also on those between metropolis and colonies in the Maghreb, France, Latin America, England, the United States, the Caribbean, and Australia. Read More..

Performance, Theatre, and Society in Contemporary Nicaragua:

Spectacles of Gender, Sexuality, and Marginality
Alberto Guevara
ISBN: 9781604978612

Although there has been some excellent academic research focusing on performance or/and theatre in Nicaragua, such scholarship seldom attends to the very important connections between daily staged public social acts and local, national/global politics that deal directly and indirectly with marginalized social/cultural landscapes in this country. This book fills the gap by examining the connections between Nicaragua’s marginalized landscapes and bodies, between social/political visibility and invisibility, and the relationship between social abandonment and social encompassment in the nation. Read More..

Philip Roth and the Zuckerman Books:

The Making of a Storyworld
Pia Masiero
ISBN: 9781604977547

“A well-researched and sophisticated study with an extensive bibliography… Particularly impressive is the international range of the scholarship, referring, in addition to criticism in English, to works in Italian, Spanish, and French, for which she provides her own translations … Pia Masiero’s study is impressive in its scholarship … This is a groundbreaking study of the Zuckerman books and an excellent addition to Roth studies.” – Philip Roth Studies Read More..

Philosophy, Art, and the Specters of Jacques Derrida

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
ISBN: 9781604977882

Although there is a significant literature on the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, there are few analyses that address the deconstructive critique of phenomenology as it simultaneously plays across range of cultural productions including literature, painting, cinema, new media, and the structure of the university. Using the critical figures of “ghost” and “shadow”—and initiating a vocabulary of phantomenology—this book traces the implications of Derridean “spectrality” on the understanding of contemporary thought, culture, and experience. Read More..

Philip Roth and World Literature:

Transatlantic Perspectives and Uneasy Passages
Velichka D. Ivanova
ISBN: 9781604978575

Far from insular, Roth’s work appears as deeply rooted in the American canon while at the same time showing a remarkable openness, a persistent need for contact with his European forebears, and true engagement with contemporary world literature. A book like this is long overdue because not many are aware of the numerous intersections between Philip Roth’s fiction and world literature. Read More..

The Pilgrim Soul:

Being Russian in Israel
Elana Gomel
ISBN: 9781604975987

Written by Elana Gomel, senior lecturer at Tel-Aviv University, this is an original and exciting investigation of the Russian community in Israel. It analyzes the narratives through which Russian Jewry defines itself and connects them to the legacy of Soviet history. Read More..


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