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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..

Infected Korean Language, Purity versus Hybridity:

From the Sinographic Cosmopolis to Japanese Colonialism to Global English
Koh Jongsok and Ross King
ISBN: 9781604978711

“This is wonderful work in an overlooked area. The scholarship is brilliant, innovative, and highly specialized––one must be well prepared in modern Korean, premodern Korean, and Chinese to undertake such a work. This is a real masterpiece!” - Mark Arlen Peterson, Brigham Young University 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..

Rebecca Brown:

Literary Subversions of Homonormalization
Lies Xhonneux
ISBN: 9781604978735

Rebecca Brown has been dubbed “the great secret of American letters.” This Seattle-based lesbian author is especially known for being a writers’ writer, although her award-winning and widely translated book The Gifts of the Body is popular with an international reading audience. Her writings form a fascinating countervoice to the current trend of homonormalization. This book is the first study to examine the entire oeuvre of Rebecca Brown. Read More..

Contemporary Chicana Literature:

(Re)Writing the Maternal Script
Cristina Herrera
ISBN: 9781604978759

Despite the growing literary scholarship on Chicana writers, few, if any, studies have exhaustively explored themes of motherhood, maternity, and mother-daughter relationships in their novels.Mother-daughter relationships have been ignored in much literary criticism, but this book reveals that maternal relationships are crucial to the study of Chicana literature; more precisely, examining maternal relationships provides insight to Chicana writers’ rejection of intersecting power structures that otherwise silence Chicanas and women of color. 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..

Contemporary Literature of Africa:

Tijan M. Sallah and Literary Works of The Gambia
Wumi Raji
ISBN: 9781604978674

"Remarkably thorough, sophisticated, and precise. This collection will be useful to readers starting with those who have a general interest in the subject to serious scholars ... this book will serve as a defining text for many years to come given its pivotal position in the history of Gambian writing and to the quality of these essays that bring into bold relied the excellence of Sallah's writing."- Re-Markings Read More..

The Chinese Prose Poem:

A Study of Lu Xun's Wild Grass (Yecao)
Nicholas A. Kaldis
ISBN: 9781604978636

"A comprehensive, well-balanced study ... Kaldis's analyses of many of the pieces are brilliant and insightful. His own prose style and argumentation are impeccable. ... As scholars, we have to be more than recorders of facts or appliers of methodologies. Kaldis's book is an example of how much can be achieved by combining careful scholarship with creative reading and inspired writing. Students, scholars, and anyone who is curious to learn more about Lu Xun should turn to this superlative work for many years to come."– CLEAR Read More..

 

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