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Shirley Hazzard:

Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist
Brigitta Olubas
ISBN: 9781604978049

"As the first book on Hazzard, Olubas’s monograph makes an important contribution to contemporary literary scholarship. Yet the book’s achievement far exceeds its initiatory work ... out of bounds – in the best sense. This book extends far beyond any national, aesthetic, or ideological disciplinary categories. – Contemporary Women’s Writing Read More..

Cultures of Addiction

Jason Lee
ISBN: 9781604977998

While there has been a great deal of debate about addiction utilizing the discourse of individual and often competing disciplines such as biology and psychology, little attention has been paid to the cultural aspects of addiction. The innovative approach taken by this book is to offer insights into this complex area through a contemporary methodology that covers diverse interrelated areas. This comprehensive analysis traverses cultures across the globe, including Asia, Central America, as well as Europe and America, and opens up the debate in addiction studies and cultural studies. Read More..

The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail

Michael Ackland
ISBN: 9781604978100

"As Ackland leads us through Bail's formative experience and the fiction born out of those experiences, we witness the development of a major Australian talent ... Bail was long overdue for an extended study. The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail has addressed that need with a thorough overview of this major Australian artist ... in The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail, readers have a sound guide to the Bail oeuvre, one that should aid in reading or rereading. - JASAL Read More..

Are We What We Eat?

Food and Identity in Late Twentieth-Century American Ethnic Literature
William R. Dalessio
ISBN: 9781604978018

Over the last forty years, scenes that prominently feature acts of preparing and eating food have filled the pages of novels and memoirs written by American immigrants and their descendants because these writers understand that eating is more than a purely biological function but, instead, works to define who we are in the United States and abroad. This book critically analyzes eight of these pieces of ethnic American literature, which demonstrate the important role that cooking and eating play in the process of identity formation. Read More..

The Grotesque and the Unnatural

Markku Salmela and Jarkko Toikkanen
ISBN: 9781604977929

The book contributes to current discussions on the grotesque in contemporary literary and cultural theory from the perspective of one specific motif: the unnatural. Quite like the grotesque, observing the unnatural (and unnaturalness) reveals a resilient strain in critical thought, and the significance of this history gradually unfolds as the volume charts the progress of its main themes from the Renaissance to the present day. 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..

Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation

Abigail Burnham Bloom and Mary Sanders Pollock
ISBN: 9781604977868

"An impressive array of international scholars analyzes films extracted from works … The essays discuss 11 Victorian authors (those on Joseph Conrad, Jane Austen, and Bram Stoker are particularly interesting); topics range from queer theory to intertextuality and film praxis. Highly recommended.” – CHOICE Read More..

The Traumatic Imagination:

Histories of Violence in Magical Realist Fiction
Eugene Arva
ISBN: 9781604977776

"Arva’s knowledge is extensive and comprehensive … Arva introduces innovative concepts of his own while remaining faithful to their original literary, cultural and critical sources.” – Transnational Literature Read More..

Narrative Structures in Burmese Folk Tales

Soe Marlar Lwin
ISBN: 9781604977165

Folk tales of Burma (now known as Myanmar) have been preserved for centuries as part of a long folk tradition reflecting Burmese humor, romance, and wisdom. This book provides the first in-depth overview of the narrative structures in Burmese folk tales. This is an important and useful reference for anyone working in the fields of narrative studies, classification of tales, folklore, and oral storytelling. Read More..

Situational Poetics in Robert Henryson’s The Testament of Cresseid

Nickolas A. Haydock
ISBN: 9781604977660

“All in all, Haydock’s book takes its position alongside the very best studies of Robert Henryson and eclipses most if not all of them. Situation Poetics in Robert Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid is a sophisticated and nuanced study of one of Scotland’s greatest poets and should prove engaging and invaluable to anyone studying the literature of late-medieval Britain.” – Enarratio Read More..

 

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