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Fearless Femininity by Women in American Theatre (1910s to 2010s)

Lynne Greeley
ISBN: 9781604978834

This comprehensive tome, part of the Cambria Contemporary Global Performing Arts headed by John Clum (Duke University) is an essential addition for theater studies and women's studies. Read More..

Browningmania, America's Love for Robert Browning

Hédi Jaouad
ISBN: 9781604978872

The book, the fruit of thorough and patient archival digging, brings together various fragmentary local sources and quaint memorabilia, hitherto unknown to scholars. It vividly recovers the spirit of the fascination with Robert Browning, and more broadly Victoriana, that Rochesterians and Americans in general evinced in the last two decades of the nineteenth century and early part of the twentieth century. Read More..

The Works of Arthur Laurents:

Politics, Love, and Betrayal
John M. Clum
ISBN: 9781604978841

"This is the first substantial study of the work of Arthur Laurents, and it was worth waiting for. In this authoritative and engaging book, John Clum draws on an unparalleled fund of knowledge about the musical theatre and the history of LGBT theatre in America to chronicle Laurents's importance as a gay playwright writing about gay issues during the 20th century." - Brenda Murphy, University of Connecticut Read More..

Damnation in Matthew Lewis’s The Monk:

A Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Approach
Becky Meadows
ISBN: 9781604978865

While previous approaches have analyzed the reader’s experience through the lens of phenomenology, this study examines a character’s experience through the lens of hermeneutic-phenomenology, analyzing symbols present in the monk’s consciousness and how they affect his mental path to damnation, as opposed to analyzing the reader’s experience through that same lens. By moving a layer deeper than traditional approaches, this book opens new realms of possibility in literary criticism. Read More..

Genre in English Literature, 1650–1700:

Transitions in Drama and Fiction
Pilar Cuder-Domínguez
ISBN: 9781604978827

This book opens the field of English literature further through the framing of new questions or revising of old ones, as well as to beginning a dialogue, yet again, as to the meanings of these literary works and also to their circulation from their inception up to the present time. In addition, the rare attention given to works by women makes this all the more an important book for collections in English literature of the period. Read More..

Central American Avant-Garde Narrative:

Literary Innovation and Cultural Change (1926–1936)
Adrian Taylor Kane
ISBN: 9781604978858

"This book is s an exemplary work of literary criticism that re-envisions the canon of Central American literature and is destined to set a new standard for ethical, comprehensive research... it elucidates very effectively the aesthetic divergences of literary works of the Latin American and European avant-garde." — Steven White, St. Lawrence University Read More..

Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity:

The Birth of the Monster in Literature, Film, and Media
Andrea Wood and Brandy Schillace
ISBN: 9781604978803

Much has been written about gender and the monstrous, but sustained engagement with textual manifestations of cultural and unconscious fears and anxieties about “unnatural” reproduction has been limited. This book expands the current discourse and analyzes how fears about unnatural reproduction and monstrous offspring—and their frequent connections to the feminine—have proliferated and propagated across the very texts which are repetitively created and consumed. Read More..

International Medievalism and Popular Culture

Louise D'Arcens and Andrew Lynch
ISBN: 9781604978643

Traversing this transhistoric and crosscultural domain, International Medievalism and Popular Culture presents current considerations of multitemporality with new articulations of how medievalism participates in and expresses a range of international perspectives. In doing so, this study also traces the cultural dynamics of medievalism as it has appeared in various colonial environments, and it analyzes the hybrid forms even apparently nationalist medievalism has taken when transplanted into non-European soil. It engages with a medievalism that is “popular” not only in the sense of garnering a wide international audience, but as emerging within mass commodity culture and the contemporary global mediasphere. Read More..

Black Women as Custodians of History:

Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women's Writing
Paula Sanmartín
ISBN: 9781604978698

This book is an essential addition to the study of comparative black literature of the Americas; it will also fill the gap that exists on theoretical studies exploring black women’s writing from the Spanish Caribbean. This book examines literary representations of the historic roots of black women’s resistance in the United States and Cuba by studying the following texts by both African American and Afro-Cuban women from different literary genres. Read More..

Ian McEwan:

Sex, Death, and History
Eluned Summers-Bremner
ISBN: 9781604978704

This book casts light on how despite Ian McEwan's commitment, by and large, to naturalistic means of telling a story, his later novels also demonstrate a concern with opacity, as characters often pursue courses of action for reasons that are unclear to them. It is this focus on enigma in McEwan’s work, whether sexual, mortal, or historical, that lends it to a psychoanalytic reading such as the kind pursued in this book. Read More..

 

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