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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..

The Trouble with Dreiser:

Harper and the Editing of Jennie Gerhardt
Annemarie Koning Whaley
ISBN: 9781604976434

This book is the first extensive study of the damaging effects of the editorial process on a significant work of American literature. This study carefully compares the restored edition to the 1911 edition, revealing clear and precise patterns to the Harper editing. It is an important work for collections of American literature, Theodore Dreiser, textual studies, early twentieth-century cultural studies (especially those interested in ethnicity), and early twentieth-century historical studies. Read More..

Tolstoy’s Pacifism

Colm McKeogh
ISBN: 9781604976342

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) was the most influential, challenging, and provocative pacifist of his generation. In this first study of Tolstoy’s pacifism, Colm McKeogh unravels the complexities of Tolstoy’s writings on Christianity and political violence. This work serves scholars of political science by bringing together relevant extracts from Tolstoy’s writings and providing a succinct treatment of the core political issues. Read More..

Reading Blindly:

Literature, Otherness, and the Possibility of an Ethical Reading
Jeremy Fernando
ISBN: 9781604976335

This book attempts to conceive of the possibility of an ethics of reading––“reading” being understood as the relation to an other that occurs prior to any semantic or formal identification, and therefore prior to any attempt at assimilating what is being read to the one who reads. Read More..

Travel Narratives from New Mexico:

Reconstructing Identity and Truth
John Dean
ISBN: 9781604976311

Through a postcolonial lens, this study negotiates travel and encounter narratives that imagine and re-imagine New Mexico during one of its most dynamic shifts in identity: from the mid-19th century (when the United States conquered Mexico and made New Mexico a U.S. territory) to the mid-20th century when the Native American literary renaissance began). Issues of identity (transformed by the New Mexico landscape) and race, religion and culture (through the lens of colonialism) are illuminated and clearly explained . Read More..

William Dean Howells and the American Memory Crisis

Lance Rubin
ISBN: 9781604975444

"Lance Rubin‘s William Dean Howells and the American Memory Crisis is a valuable addition to the field. Rubin not only addresses Howells‘s late short fiction, he does so in a novel way, simultaneously introducing the work to a new group of readers—memory is a popular field of inquiry in the humanities and social sciences—and putting it in a fresh interpretive light for Howellsians and others interested in the period." — The Howellsian Read More..

The Art of Literary Thieving:

The Catcher in the Rye, Moby-Dick, and Hamlet
William Glasser
ISBN: 9781604976229

The close––yet undiscovered––relationship that exists between these three works offers readers a more revealing light that shines forth from each of them upon the other two, bringing a greater clarity to these always-challenging literary creations. This book offers, in detail, clarifying studies of the writer's craft as pursued by three master craftsmen in the act of achieving their literary masterpieces. Read More..

Welsh Mythology:

A Neo-Structuralist Analysis
Jonathan Miles-Watson
ISBN: 9781604976205

This work uses Claude Lévi-Strauss’ inspirational lecture as a launchpad for an exploration of a group of related medieval Welsh myths. This book is the first sustained attempt to follow his intuitive suggestions about several Mabinogion myths with a detailed Structuralist analysis of the Mabinogion. This most unique anthropological examination of the Mabinogion leads to a rethinking of some important aspects of Structuralism. Read More..

Narrating the American West:

New Forms of Historical Memory
Jordana Finnegan
ISBN: 9781604975192

"This insightful study offers a literary and historical critique of various western narratives ... Finnegan's discussion of Janet Campbell Hale is especially strong, providing compelling insights into work by a Native author without deep tribal or reservation ties in her background ... Finnegan's discussion of all of these western texts in a postmodern context and her insights about regionalism, narrative structure, and autobiography make this volume an important contribution to the study of western American literature." - Western American Literature Read More..

The Jin Yong Phenomenon:

Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and Modern Chinese Literary History
Ann Huss and Jianmei Liu
ISBN: 9781934043080

“A successful study of Jin Yong’s literature with valuable and insightful opinions … a pleasure to read.” – CLEAR Read More..

 

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