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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..

American Drama and the Postmodern:

Fragmenting the Realistic Stage
David K. Sauer
ISBN: 9781604977578

This study seeks to reunite American drama with more of the mainstream of American literature using contemporary literary theories of feminism, Derrida, Lacan, as well as the nature of language. It also focuses on the theatrical ways that plays work through performance and staging. Read More..

Reading Landscape in American Literature:

The Outside in the Fiction of Don DeLillo
Tyler H. Kessel
ISBN: 9781604977554

This study argues for a new model of reading landscape in the twentieth- and twenty-first-century American novel. The author takes as exemplary the novels of Don DeLillo—and in particular the main focus of this study, The Body Artist—which have constructed landscapes that exceed the limits of geography, time, and perception. Read More..

The Lyrical Resonance Between Chinese Poets and Painters:

The Tradition and Poetics of Tihuashi
Daan Pan
ISBN: 9781604977417

"The depth of insight that this book provides into the increasingly complex interrelations between the “Three Absolutes” (sanjue: poetry, painting, and calligraphy), especially between the first two, far surpasses any previous English-language study of the subject." - Journal of Asian Studies Read More..

 

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