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Albina and her Sisters:

The Foundation of Albion
Lisa Ruch
ISBN: 9781604978599

This book provides the first-ever overview of the entire Albina tradition, from its roots to its eventual demise as a popularly accepted narrative. Read More..

Alienglish:

Eastern Diasporas in Anglo-American Tongues
Sheng-mei Ma
ISBN: 9781604978681

English has long emerged as the lingua franca of globalization but has been somehow estranged in the hands or mouths of aliens, from Joseph Conrad to Chang-rae Lee. Haltingly, their alien characters come to speak in the Anglo-American tongue, yet what emerges is skewed by accents, syntax, body language, and nonstandard contextual references—an uncanny, off-kilter language best described as Alienglish. Alienglish arrays itself on a spectrum from English’s Alien to Alien’s English, from white representations of the Other to aliens’ self-representations. Read More..

Alternative Theater in Taiwan:

Feminist and Intercultural Approaches
Iris Hsin-chun Tuan
ISBN: 9781934043103

"This book is original and forward-looking in its approach." - Sue-Ellen Case, Professor and Chair, Critical Studies, Department of Theater, UCLA 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..

Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora:

Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrations
Karen An-hwei Lee
ISBN: 9781604978605

"The use of concepts such as translation and migration in a way that allows flexibility shows Lee’s depth of knowledge in such areas, and her confidence in applying it to literary criticism. The close textual analysis is also carefully developed, convincing and allows Lee to draw highly insightful and fascinating conclusions. Finally, she situates her work in a wider field that show just how relevant literary scholarship can be to current scholarly debates, as well as to the contemporary world ... What Lee’s monograph aims to do is ambitious, and it certainly succeeds at this goal." – International Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies Read More..

Antifeminism and the Victorian Novel:

Rereading Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
Tamara Wagner
ISBN: 9781604976076

This landmark book provides a critical reconsideration of nineteenth-century women’s writing by exploring the significance of antifeminist representations for literary developments in the century’s second half. It makes an important contribution to the study of Victorian literature and especially of recently rediscovered popular writers. Read More..

Aphra Behn Stages the Social Scene in the Restoration Theatre

Dawn Lewcock
ISBN: 9781604975499

Usually recognised as the first professional woman writer, Aphra Behn (1640–1689) has become a popular subject for academic study. The study considers how Behn has constructed her plays and used their staging to ensure the perceptions and apprehensions she wants from that audience. 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 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..

The Assassination of Shakespeare's Patron:

Investigating the Death of the Fifth Earl of Derby (2nd Edition)
Leo Daugherty
ISBN: 9781604978469

“This study of Lord Strange’s murder is cogent and marked by deep knowledge of the Age of Shakespeare. The peripheral illumination of Shakespeare’s stage career is very valuable.” – Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University Read More..

W. H. Auden's Poetry:

Mythos, Theory, and Practice
R. Victoria Arana
ISBN: 9781604975956

“This book succeeds in one of the most difficult tasks of literary criticism. It demonstrates how deeply Auden’s style and diction are essential bearers of complex meanings, and it does so in a lucid and exciting way. It marks a major advance in Auden studies and its insights will serve the needs of readers at all levels of experience.” — Professor Edward Mendelson, Columbia University Read More..

Autobiographical Writing in Latin America:

Folds of the Self
Sergio R. Franco
ISBN: 9781604979794

"Meticulous yet provocative; original yet firmly and scrupulously grounded in a wide and impressive array of carefully selected bibliographical sources; challenging on each and every page...Sergio R. Franco’s new book is all of this and more." —Gerald Martin, author of Gabriel García Márquez: A Life Read More..

The Avant-Garde Imperative:

The Visionary Quest for a New Language
Willard Bohn
ISBN: 9781604978353

As the twentieth century dawned, artists and writers became convinced that there was more to reality than physical appearance and turned their gaze inward and adopted a number of unconventional approaches. Paradoxically, considering that they strove to give a more faithful impression of reality, their experiments were overwhelmingly anti-realistic. This book illuminates this period of modern aesthetics. It will appeal not only to scholars of twentieth-century literature but also to those working in the field of modern art. Read More..

Behind Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet: A Life in Letters:

Volume I: The Early Years: 1940–1965
Janis Haswell
ISBN: 9781604977493

Praised by the Times Literary Supplement for being “an important addition to the growing body of scholarship about a writer who lived for his art,” this two-volume collection makes available to the reading public for the first time several hundred of Paul Scott's letters, illuminating his view of the themes and structure of his novels among other important insights. Read More..

Behind Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet: A Life in Letters:

Volume II: The Quartet and Beyond: 1966–1978
Janis Haswell
ISBN: 9781604977509

Praised by the Times Literary Supplement for being “an important addition to the growing body of scholarship about a writer who lived for his art,” this two-volume collection makes available to the reading public for the first time several hundred of Paul Scott's letters, illuminating his view of the themes and structure of his novels among other important insights. Read More..

Black Medea:

Adaptations for Modern Plays
Kevin J. Wetmore
ISBN: 9781604978650

The plays in this volume reflect recurring themes and approaches to adapting Medea to modern contexts. Numerous modern adaptations see the play as painting a picture of the struggle of the powerless under the powerful, of women against men, of foreigners versus natives. The play has been adapted into colonial and historical contexts to lend its powerful resonances to issues of current import. 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..

The Borderlands of Asia:

Culture, Place, Poetry
Mark Bender
ISBN: 9781604979763

"There is nothing close to this book in terms of quality or range of material. This is a unique and valuable addition to the field of literature and Asian studies.”—Jonathan Stalling, University of Oklahoma; and Editor, Chinese Literature Today Read More..

British Asian Fiction:

Framing the Contemporary
Neil Murphy and Wai-chew Sim
ISBN: 9781604975413

In this outstanding collection of essays, Neil Murphy and Wai-chew Sim seek not so much to demarcate the field of British Asian fiction, but to offer due acknowledgment of the artistic merit of the works of selected authors and simultaneously register their cultural significance. Read More..

Brian Castro's Fiction:

The Seductive Play of Language
Bernadette Brennan
ISBN: 9781604975642

Brian Castro’s fiction is becoming increasingly recognized for its brilliance around the world. In this first critical study of Brian Castro’s work, Bernadette Brennan offers original and creative readings of Castro’s eight published novels. 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..

Celebrity, Pedophilia, and Ideology in American Culture

Jason Lee
ISBN: 9781604975994

Reveals the connections between rapacious capitalism and the rape of children. The twenty chapters—which span the analysis of childhood, celebrity culture, important books and films on pedophilia and violence, post-9/11 theology and public rhetoric, and killing for fame, in an interrelated fashion—cover intrinsically important areas of ideology. 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..

Chinese in Australian Fiction, 1888–1988

Ouyang Yu
ISBN: 9781604975161

This is an important book that illustrates how the “Other” is represented and will be a valuable book for those in Australian studies, Asian studies, and literary studies. 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..

Chinese Avant-garde Fiction:

Quest for Historicity and Transcendent Truth
Zhansui Yu
ISBN: 9781604979688

"This thoughtful book offers fresh insights into avant-garde fiction in the early decades of China’s reform. Engaging Chinese and Western traditions, Yu Zhansui argues forcefully that the Chinese avant-garde carries on the probe into the darkness of history in a quest for transcendent truths about human conditions." —Ban Wang, William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies, Stanford University Read More..

Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture

Megan M. Ferry
ISBN: 9781604979381

This is the first study to analyze the gendered ideologies of Chinese print media and political culture in a single work. It employs media analysis to examine the way paratexts create and reproduce gendered norms, especially through persistent material and discursive mechanisms that framed women authors and their textual production. Read More..

Christian Romanticism:

T. S. Eliot's Response to Percy Shelley
Peter Lowe
ISBN: 9781934043349

A valuable contribution to the field of Eliot studies that sheds light on a case of poetic influence that has been largely overlooked in previous criticism of arguably the foremost poet of the Twentieth Century. Read More..

Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry

Toby Davidson
ISBN: 9781604978445

"A groundbreaking study ... A particularly pleasing feature is the attention given to women poets ... ... Davidson, in touching on some fifty Australian poets and a multitude of mystics, is discerning and generous ... His bibliography should prove invaluable to future researchers." - JASAL Read More..

Christina Stead and the Socialist Heritage

Michael Ackland
ISBN: 9781604979336

Christina Stead was acclaimed for her satirical wit and penetrating psychological characterizations. She enjoyed an international reputation in the 1930s and beyond, then went out of favor as a communist-affiliated writer, until she was rediscovered by feminist critics. In this book, Michael Ackland illuminates how the single most important influence on Stead’s life, socialism, has been seriously neglected in studies of her life and work. Read More..

Christos Tsiolkas:

The Utopian Vision
Jessica Gildersleeve
ISBN: 9781604979787

"an important touchstone for anyone interested in Tsiolkas and affect theory, or in Australia’s contemporary literary landscape more generally. Read More..

Cinematic Portraits of Evil:

Christian de Chalonge’s Docteur Petiot and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Delicatessen
Esther Rowlands
ISBN: 9781604976441

This book seeks to establish a new way of examining not only history but contemporary manners of historical representation on film, as well as their cultural and philosophical implications. It aims to advance new ways of investigating the past with films that are, on the surface, only tangentially related to traditional manners of historical representation. Read More..

Class in Late-Victorian Britain:

The Narrative Concern with Social Hierarchy and its Representation
Kevin Swafford
ISBN: 9781934043493

Groundbreaking in its close and historically rooted analysis of the paradigmatic ways of thinking about class and narrative, this book is a valuable resource for students and scholars of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature. Read More..

J.M. Coetzee and the Power of Narrative

Gillian Dooley
ISBN: 9781604976731

As a novelist born in and living most of his life in South Africa, J. M. Coetzee has been viewed by many readers and critics through an ideological lens, which he has always resisted to a greater or lesser extent. Most studies on J. M. Coetzee's works focus on the political or post-colonial aspects and resist allegorical readings. This unique study delves into his use of language and languages: the choice of tenses, the surprising flights of imagery to be found amidst the taut elegance of his narrative style; and also the multilingual sensibilities he shares with many of his characters, not excluding the non-verbal language of music. Read More..

Contemporary Arab American Women Writers:

Hyphenated Identities and Border Crossings
Amal Talaat Abdelrazek
ISBN: 9781934043714

A profound study of how contemporary Arab American women writers who have been marginalized and silenced, especially after 9/11 ... 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..

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..

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..

Contemporary Hispanic Poets:

Cultural Production in the Global, Digital Age
John Burns
ISBN: 9781604978940

"An excellent book on a very interesting topic. ... Good scholarly books on poetry are rare. Good books on Hispanic poetry, transatlantic in content, and with a superb combination of textual analysis and theoretical reflection are even rarer, and this one belongs to the latter category." – Juan Egea, Professor of Spanish , University of Wisconsin-Madison Read More..

The Crimsoned Hills of Onondaga:

Romantic Antiquarians and the Euro-American Invention of Native American Prehistory
De Villo Sloan
ISBN: 9781604975031

In this highly unique and beautifully written book, Professor De Villo Sloan applies literary analysis to antiquarian writing––a body of work most often associated with the history of archaeology. 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..

David Foster:

The Satirist of Australia
Susan Lever
ISBN: 9781934043981

In this first critical study of David Foster’s works that has been nominated for the McRae Russell Award, Australia's most prestigious Australian award for the best work of literary scholarship, Susan Lever steers us into penetrating the mysteries of Foster’s fiction, and provides guidance to readers willing to approach them. It examines the contradictory nature of his commitments and interests as expressed mainly in his novels. Read More..

David Malouf and the Poetic:

His Earlier Writings
Yvonne Smith
ISBN: 9781604979367

This study examines the earlier writings of celebrated Australian writer David Malouf, who was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award, and the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Read More..

Death in the Works of Galway Kinnell

Katarzyna Malecka
ISBN: 9781604975727

Hailed as one of the most powerful and moving poets of his generation, Galway Kinnell has been commended by critics who often pair his name with such famous predecessors as Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, Robert Frost, W. B. Yeats, Rainer Maria Rilke, T. S. Eliot, and Theodore Roethke. This innovative book makes a significant contribution to scholarship on Galway Kinnell. Read More..

The Demimonde in Japanese Literature:

Sexuality and the Literary Karyûkai
Cynthia Gralla
ISBN: 9781604977288

"The most gracefully and forcefully written study of this most important of Japanese literary toponyms––the demimonde ... Gralla's analytical story of the demimonde in the Japanese imagination becomes, in her writerly hands, a poignant tale of loss and possible recoveries, writ large.” –Alan Tansman, University of California, Berkeley Read More..

Don DeLillo, Jean Baudrillard, and the Consumer Conundrum

Marc Schuster
ISBN: 9781604975048

Although many critics have glossed the affinities between DeLillo and Baudrillard, this is the first book-length study to explore the relationship between the American author and the French theorist. Read More..

Drama and the Postmodern:

Assessing the Limits of Metatheatre
Daniel K. Jernigan
ISBN: 9781604975420

This collection of essays is impressive in its breadth, ranging over English, Irish, American, and Continental dramatists. Many of the plays given extended treatment are frequently anthologized and/or taught. Read More..

Dramatic Theories of Voice in the Twentieth Century

Andrew Kimbrough
ISBN: 9781604977301

“An exceptional book, presenting philosophical and scientific theories of voice in an approach that is both accessible to young scholars and useful to those already familiar with its source texts. Kimbrough … reveals critical insights into the topic … a useful resource for theatre scholars and eminently suitable for assignments in graduate and undergraduate courses in performance theory.” – Theatre Journal Read More..

Edgar Allan Poe:

An Archetypal Reading
Rouhollah Zarei
ISBN: 9781604978476

This book takes the confident critical stance of resisting being limited by a singular--Jungian–-approach, even though this would have been a convenient, even expected, route to take. Instead, Poe is studied from an archetypal perspective. This approach is also used to deal with symbols in a framework, but the structure is more extensive because it attempts to address symbols not as symptoms in pathological cases but as normal phenomena in life. Read More..

Emerging African Voices:

A Study of Contemporary African Literature
Walter P. Collins
ISBN: 9781604976649

There exists an abundance of deft scholarship and critical analyses, even in the most recent publications by African and Western theorists, of the works of recognized African authors. This volume offers insightful general analysis and critical evaluation of new writers’ works in order to showcase their contributions to the body of African literature. It examines nine contemporary writers whose works (written almost entirely in the colonial languages of English and French) in some way update and refocus African literature for the new century. Read More..

English Journeys:

National and Cultural Identity in 1930s and 1940s England
Peter Lowe
ISBN: 9781604978131

This book is concerned with the period in which the discussion of English identity assumed such importance because it could not be assumed that the nation itself would survive. The debate over the country’s identity, structure, and future direction was very real, and many of the issues it stimulated are very much a part of the ongoing discussion of England’s identity today. As such, this book is a valuable addition to collections in literature and history. Read More..

Eroticism and Other Literary Conventions in Chinese Literature:

Intertextuality in The Story of the Stone
I-Hsien Wu
ISBN: 9781604979770

"This well-organized study offers a provocative and authoritative reading of The Story of the Stone with a focus on intertextuality ... Wu explicitly engages with some recent trends in Western literary criticism, while at the same time drawing extensively on textual scholarship on The Story of the Stone and the socio-literary environment out of which it emerged. This book will be welcomed by Chinese literature scholars interested in innovative approaches to familiar texts.” —Carlos Rojas, Duke University Read More..

Existentialism, Film Noir, and Hard-Boiled Fiction

Stephen Faison
ISBN: 9781604975734

Faison effectively challenges the frequent assertion that the intellectual and creative sources of film noir are to be found in European thinkers and movements, and establishes film noir, like hard-boiled fiction, as a uniquely American phenomenon. 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..

Fantasy and Science Fiction Medievalisms:

From Isaac Asimov to A Game of Thrones
Helen Young
ISBN: 9781604978964

Science fiction and fantasy, with their necessarily impossible worlds, are perhaps the ultimate in neomedievalism. The focused approach of this book provides a directed pathway into the myriad medievalisms of modern popular culture. By engaging directly with genre(s), this book shows how medievalist creative texts and practices are shaped by multiple cultural forces and concerns; medievalism is never just about the Middle Ages. Read More..

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..

Feminism and Global Chineseness:

The Cultural Production of Controversial Women Authors
Aijun Zhu
ISBN: 9781934043127

"This well-crafted book is a feminist production of contemporary controversial women writers in different geopolitical locations...The book demonstrates the author’s solid training in literary criticism and women’s studies, the depth of her critical thinking, and her sophisticated writing skills." - Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review Read More..

The Femme Fatale in Victorian Literature:

The Danger and the Sexual Threat
Jennifer Hedgecock
ISBN: 9781604975185

In this well-argued study that is a CHOICE recommended book, the author rejects the stereotypical mid-Victorian femme fatale portrayed by conservative ideologues critiquing popular fiction by Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Honoré de Balzac, and William Makepeace Thackeray. Read More..

The Femme Fatale in American Literature

Ghada Sasa
ISBN: 9781604975352

This interesting book examines the representation of female characters in American naturalism and argues that women in American naturalism are often represented as femmes fatales. Read More..

The Fiction of Thea Astley

Susan Sheridan
ISBN: 9781604979329

Thea Astley (1925-2004) was one of the outstanding Australian fiction writers of the twentieth century. Despite the deeply Australian objects of her satire, Astley’s innovative fictions have attracted critical attention beyond national boundaries, and her later work, especially, struck a chord with readers in North America. This book examines her works and reveals the reasons why Astley's works resonated with not only Australian readers but also an international audience. Read More..

The Films of Ousmane Sembène:

Discourse, Politics, and Culture
Amadou Fofana
ISBN: 9781604978315

Ousmane Sembène was a Senegalese film director, producer, and writer whom the Los Angeles Times considered one of the greatest authors of Africa. Often called the "father of African film," Sembène strongly believed that African films should be geared primarily toward educating the masses. This study examines the artistry of Sembène’s films and interprets the meaning conveyed by images through their placement and function within the films. It also contributes new insights into Sembène’s interpretations of cultural practices and the meanings he ascribes to social behaviors. Read More..

French War Films and National Identity

Noah McLaughlin
ISBN: 9781604976830

The relationship of French national identity to its cinema is a well-established field. Yet so far, most studies have either taken a broad historical approach or focused on a particular director or period. Using various theoretical approaches, this book investigates an area that is––as of today––either ill or untreated by scholars: what is the relationship of film form to the historical and social reflections of a given work, whether they be overt or hidden? Read More..

Gao Xingjian:

Aesthetics and Creation
Gao Xingjian
ISBN: 9781604978360

Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian is amongst the most challenging writers of the present era. He has probed the dynamics of Chinese and European literature and developed unique strategies for the writing of seventeen plays, two novels, a collection of short stories and a collection of poems. He has also written two collections of criticism. The present collection takes the title "Aesthetics and Creation" from the name of the Chinese collection from which most of these essays are drawn, but it also includes some of Gao’s most recent unpublished essays. Read More..

Gay Drama Now:

An Anthology
John M. Clum
ISBN: 9781604978421

“This timely collection reminds us that gay drama is as vital, vibrant and urgent today as it has ever been. Offering a refreshingly diverse range of voices and styles, these works transform traditions of gay male theatricality and fabulousness into resources for social change in the twenty-first century, Gay Drama Now deserves a standing ovation.” – Shane Vogel, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Cultural Studies Program, Indiana University Read More..

Genus Envy:

Nationalities, Identities, and the Performing Body of Work
Thomas F. Connolly
ISBN: 9781604976823

“Erudite, provocative, and witty, Thomas F. Connolly’s new book explores various questions about culture, nation, and identity that arise when performance takes center stage … I[the book reviewer] have not done service to Connolly’s impressive range of critical reference, nor his feeling for the postmodern project … Connolly’s book is also rich in close reading, literary history, and original insight. And it is great fun to read.” – Eugene O'Neill Review 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..

Giving this Country a Memory:

Contemporary Aboriginal Voices of Australia
Anne Brewster
ISBN: 9781604979114

"Strikes a fine balance between the distancing effect of a scholarly approach and the respect and engagement owed to the Indigenous community ... Brewster’s well-pitched, necessary and timely initiative stands as an indispensable piece of engaged scholarship." — Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia 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..

I Am You (Ana Hiya Anti):

A Novel on Lesbian Desire in the Middle East by Elham Mansour. Translated and Edited with an Introduction by Samar Habib
Elham Mansour / Edited and Translated by Samar Habib
ISBN: 9781604975024

This long-awaited critical translation provides the English reader access to a novel which deals candidly and positively with one of the most important and taboo issues of contemporary Arab society––(homo)sexuality. 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..

Identity in Doris Lessing’s Space Fiction

David Waterman
ISBN: 9781934043226

"Waterman contributes to an understanding of Lessing's worldview by appropriately exploring global identities, shared cultural traditions, and morphing colonial experiments." - Doris Lessing Studies Read More..

Identity and Society in American Poetry:

The Romantic Tradition
Robin Mookerjee
ISBN: 9781604975086

This book is a valuable source for scholars with an interest in Emerson and Pound Studies, the intellectual traditions leading to Modernism, and the Objectivist and Black Mountain schools of American poetry. Read More..

Imaginary Homelands of Writers in Exile:

Salman Rushdie, Bharati Mukherjee, and V.S. Naipaul
Cristina Emanuela Dascalu
ISBN: 9781934043738

An eloquently argued book with meticulous theoretical groundwork, Imaginary Homelands of Writers in Exile presents a most lucid and concise examination of exile. Read More..

The Immortal Maiden Equal to Heaven and Other Precious Scrolls from Western Gansu

Wilt L. Idema
ISBN: 9781604979077

"This comprehensive book brings together a wide range of scholarship on the baojuan genre with an insightful use of sources. The translated texts offer readers a well-rounded look at the themes and content of this prosimetric genre which are creatively presented on the printed page." —Mark Bender, The Ohio State University 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..

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..

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..

Juliet of the Tropics:

A Bilingual Edition of Alejandro Tapia y Rivera’s La Cuarterona (1867)
John Maddox
ISBN: 9781604979671

Widely considered the father of Puerto Rican literature, Alejandro Tapia y Rivera was also an abolitionist and a women's rights advocate. One of Tapia's most important works was his play, La Cuarterona, the tragic love story between the son of a white land-owning family and the daughter of a slave. This first-ever bilingual edition, with a critical introduction, provides a new window into Puerto Rico's rich cultural heritage. Read More..

Krausism and the Spanish Avant-Garde:

The Impact of Philosophy on National Culture
Christian Rubio
ISBN: 9781604979749

"In Krausism and the Spanish Avant-Garde, Christian Rubio argues convincingly that Krausism had a practical effect on everyday life and in literature...This book is a must read for those interested in the influence of Krausism and Kantian philosophy in Spanish culture during the early twentieth century." —Salvador Oropesa, Professor of Spanish, Clemson University Read More..

The Latin American Identity and the African Diaspora:

Ethnogenesis in Context
Antonio Olliz Boyd
ISBN: 9781604977042

"The author's analysis offers a new way to approach critical race theory.... Affords readers a view of the diaspora that is broader and more inclusive than previous studies.While it is a necessary text for all institutional libraries, it would also make a valuable addition to the personal library of any scholar in History, Latin American or African Diaspora, or New World, Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Studies. It could appropriately be a required text for students in any of these fields." - New West Indian Guide Read More..

Literature and Ethics:

Questions of Responsibility in Literary Studies
Daniel Jernigan, Neil Murphy, Brendan Quigley, and Tamara Wagner
ISBN: 9781604976052

This unique book covers a wide gamut of literary periods and genres, including essays on Victorian literature and modernism, as well as several studies on narrative, but the central ethos emerges from considerations of issues of responsibility and irresponsibility as they find expression in literary study, and in ethics. It is an important book for all literature and literary theory collections. Read More..

Literature by the Working Class:

English Autobiographies, 1820–1848
Cassandra Falke
ISBN: 9781604978452

"The close and insightful readings of these texts are a worthy contribution. ... Literature by the Working Class balances formal analysis of individual texts with larger questions about social and literary history, moving deftly from one to the other and intertwining them into a compelling argument. ... This treatment of working-class autobiography as intrinsically valuable as literature in its own right is welcome and long overdue." - Victorian Studies 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..

Mahadevi Varma:

Political Essays on Women, Culture, and Nation
Anita Anantharam
ISBN: 9781604976717

This volume of translations of Mahadevi Varma’s feminist political essays is the first of its kind. While there is ample work on Varma in Hindi, scholars of feminism (and students of Hindi who are in the nascent stages of language acquisition) have nowhere to turn for a comprehensive sampling of her work. This book now helps fill the void with contributions from some of the highly regarded experts in the world of Hindi today. Read More..

The Male Empire Under the Female Gaze:

The British Raj and the Memsahib
Susmita Roye and Rajeshwar Mittapalli
ISBN: 9781604978438

This book argues that although the memsahib’s female gaze has been spoken of, it has not been adequately emphasized and examined. Aiming at filling that gap by uncovering the world of British India as seen and shown by white women in colonial as well as postcolonial literatures, this compilation brings together scholarly essays on memsahibs’ literature and Raj writings, including men’s writings about memsahibs, spanning from before India’s independence to the post-Independence period. Read More..

Maria Graham:

A Literary Biography
Regina Akel
ISBN: 9781604975970

Praised by the Times Higher Education , this first literary biography of the well-known travel writer, Maria Graham, reconstructs her literary image employing significant passages from all her work. It illuminates a groundbreaking female intellectual who captured for her readers the ancient culture of India as deftly as she represented bandits in Italy and South America. Read More..

The Markurells of Wadköping by Hjalmar Bergman

Translated by Johanna Sandberg and Eric Sandberg
Hjalmar Bergman
ISBN: 9781604979169

This new translation of The Markurells of Wadköping — the first in almost a century — illuminates The Markurells of Wadköping as a superb example of European literary modernism at its most accessible and dazzling. Read More..

The Middle Ages in Popular Culture:

Medievalism and Genre
Helen Young
ISBN: 9781604978971

This book puts multiple genres in dialogue and considers both medievalism and genre to be frameworks from which meaning can be produced. Chapters in it explore works from a wide range of genres—children’s and young adult, historical, cyberpunk, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and crime—and across multiple media—fiction, film, television, video games, and music. Read More..

Minorities and the State in Africa

Michael U. Mbanaso and Chima J. Korieh
ISBN: 9781604976694

This book explores the various facets of the relationship between minorities and the state across Africa. The motivation for this collection lies in the growing need to understand the often tenuous relationship between minorities and the state. Through this collection, the editors and contributors present thoughtful ways for understanding forms of hegemony imposed by dominant groups in relational, national, and regional experiences. Read More..

Modern Poetry in China:

A Visual-Verbal Dynamic
Paul Manfredi
ISBN: 9781604978629

"Manfredi’s book contains a wealth of contextualizing detail and focused reading/argument ... Modern Poetry in China is a very well-written, researched, illustrated and convincingly argued book that will no doubt be read widely among those with a specialist interest in Chinese literature and traditional culture. It is a text that challenges rigid distinctions between the verbal and the visual, not simply through theoretical appeals but also thoroughly grounded historical analysis." – Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art Read More..

The Monster as War Machine

Mabel Moraña
ISBN: 9781604979862

"A far-ranging, audacious, erudite, and exquisitely written examination of monsters and the monstrous. It spans the broad sweep of history, from the Classical and Medieval Periods to the present. Moraña achieves this immense feat through lucid yet vivid prose that thoughtfully weaves a series of what at first glance might appear to be divergent and scattered theories, into a set of intense and thought-provoking constellations of ideas and experiences.—Joanne Rappaport, Georgetown University; and President of LASA, 2016–2017 Read More..

Naguib Mahfouz:

A Western and Eastern Cage of Female Entrapment
Pamela Allegretto-Diiulio
ISBN: 9781934043615

" ... a monumental publication: it represents one of the first important critical studies of Mahfouz’s art—in itself a noteworthy achievement" Read More..

Nanyo-Orientalism:

Japanese Representations of the Pacific
Naoto Sudo
ISBN: 9781604977318

This book deals mainly with 20th-century discourses on postcolonial relationships between Japanese and Pacific Islanders, as have been produced and transformed through the world powers’ colonial dynamics over the islands and sea. It examines Japanese images or representations of the area, especially Micronesia on which the term Nanyo centered. Read More..

Narrating the Prison:

Role and Representation in Charles Dickens' Novels, Twentieth-Century Fiction, and Film
Jan Alber
ISBN: 9781934043608

"Almost formalistic in its exhaustive analysis...Alber carefully examines the experience of imprisonment as these narratives present it to those who have not been incarcerated. Recommended." - CHOICE 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..

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..

Nature and Nostalgia in the Poetry of Nader Naderpour

Rouhollah Zarei and Roger Sedarat
ISBN: 9781621963783

In their study of a seminal twentieth-century Persian poet, Rouhollah Zarei and Roger Sedarat offer the first sustained examination of nature throughout the trajectory of Nader Naderpour’s oeuvre. Read More..

New England Landscape History in American Poetry:

A Lacanian View
Roger Sedarat
ISBN: 9781604977424

This post-structural reading allows for arguably the closest consideration as to how voices take shape in the New England region based upon how the various speakers view the landscape they inhabit through a version of Emerson’s perspective via his paradoxically “transparent eyeball”–– an invisible presence that remains in the foreground because of rhetoric that describes it. Read More..

New Approaches to Lusophone Culture

Natália Pinazza
ISBN: 9781604979152

This book takes original and unique approaches to explore a selected body of Portuguese-language cultural production from four different continents. Such a broad geographical scope allows exploration of a variety of genres, and subject matter that reflects the cultural diversity of the Lusophone community while simultaneously situating Portuguese-language cultural production within a globalized and postcolonial context. 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..

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..

Perennial Empires:

Postcolonial, Transnational, and Literary Perspectives
Chantal Zabus and Silvia Nagy-Zekmi
ISBN: 9781604977400

The word “empire” augurs new forms of sovereignty that have toppled the “nation-state” and “imperialism,” which was engendered by the European powers during the process of colonization. This book extends the application of postcolonial theories to reflect not only on the traditional relations between colonizer and colonized but also on those between metropolis and colonies in the Maghreb, France, Latin America, England, the United States, the Caribbean, and Australia. Read More..

Performance, Theatre, and Society in Contemporary Nicaragua:

Spectacles of Gender, Sexuality, and Marginality
Alberto Guevara
ISBN: 9781604978612

Although there has been some excellent academic research focusing on performance or/and theatre in Nicaragua, such scholarship seldom attends to the very important connections between daily staged public social acts and local, national/global politics that deal directly and indirectly with marginalized social/cultural landscapes in this country. This book fills the gap by examining the connections between Nicaragua’s marginalized landscapes and bodies, between social/political visibility and invisibility, and the relationship between social abandonment and social encompassment in the nation. Read More..

Philip Roth and the Zuckerman Books:

The Making of a Storyworld
Pia Masiero
ISBN: 9781604977547

“A well-researched and sophisticated study with an extensive bibliography… Particularly impressive is the international range of the scholarship, referring, in addition to criticism in English, to works in Italian, Spanish, and French, for which she provides her own translations … Pia Masiero’s study is impressive in its scholarship … This is a groundbreaking study of the Zuckerman books and an excellent addition to Roth studies.” – Philip Roth Studies 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..

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..

The Pilgrim Soul:

Being Russian in Israel
Elana Gomel
ISBN: 9781604975987

Written by Elana Gomel, senior lecturer at Tel-Aviv University, this is an original and exciting investigation of the Russian community in Israel. It analyzes the narratives through which Russian Jewry defines itself and connects them to the legacy of Soviet history. Read More..

Strangers at Home:

Place, Belonging, and Australian Life Writing
Jack Bowers
ISBN: 9781604979343

"A very accessible and readable volume, as well as intriguing and original in its approach. Bowers has achieved something here that is unique, and that should appeal to anyone who has given any thought to the character of their life, to the stories through which their life is shaped, to the places with which their life is inextricably entangled." —Jeff Malpas, Distinguished Professor, University of Tasmania Read More..

Postcolonial Literary History and Indian English Fiction

Paul Sharrad
ISBN: 9781604975604

This innovative book is the successful outcome of a difficult feat––it represents an interesting new approach to a well-trodden field of study. This book will contribute significantly to postcolonial studies and advances the ever more richly complicated discourse that has emerged in the field. Read More..

Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature

Nathanael O'Reilly
ISBN: 9781604977110

"Provides a highly representative and high-quality sample of current thinking about the issues in Australian culture … just the sort of thing hard-pressed libraries might acquire … an up-to-date and high-quality assessment of Australian literature in terms of the post-colonial priorities of the present." – Journal of the European Association of Studies on Australia Read More..

The Proscenium Cage:

Critical Case Studies in U.S. Prison Theatre Programs
Laurence Tocci
ISBN: 9781934043752

Alongside the empirical study of sample theatre companies that produced theatre by and for inmates, this book, a first study of its kind, is a groundbreaking and important contribution to theatre studies. Read More..

Reading Literature After Deconstruction

Robert Lumsden
ISBN: 9781604975260

"This book is a valuable resource, particularly for students and teachers of poetry, but also for those with an interest in the place of theory in literary studies. Rarely ever is theory illustrated so clearly in practice. The author’s passion for poetry, and its place on university curricula, is laudable, and a voice currently much needed among professional academics." - Transnational Literature 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..

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..

Reading Lu Xun Through Carl Jung

Carolyn Brown
ISBN: 9781604979374

“This is truly a great contribution not only to Lu Xun studies but also to modern Chinese intellectual history. The approach is seminal and convincing. The arguments based on close reading of the texts are careful, coherent, and revealing. What Carolyn T. Brown has accomplished in this book is akin to a highly skilled doctor who makes an accurate etiological diagnosis." —Guoxiang Peng, Zhejiang 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..

Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber

Liu Zaifu
ISBN: 9781604975246

This book is the much-awaited English translation of Liu Zaifu’s book, Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber. With its highly original approach to its subject, this book will be an essential resource for English-speaking readers interested in the classical novel as well as those interested in contemporary literary criticism in China. Read More..

The Rimbaud of Leeds:

The Political Character of Tony Harrison’s Poetry
Christine Regan
ISBN: 9781604979275

"Meticulously researched ... an unusually astute and impressively well informed guide to the poetry. ... In the age of Trump and Brexit, there is a certain pathos to seeing this one time member of the ‘white working class’ prove so inclined to side with postcolonial peoples in their struggles with the architects of the post-war order. ... Regan’s work offers many new and valuable insights." —English - Journal of the English Association Read More..

Reinaldo Arenas, Caliban, and Postcolonial Discourse

Enrique Morales-Díaz
ISBN: 9781604976175

This is the first critical study of Reinaldo Arenas from a postcolonial venue. It is an important book for all those in Latin American studies and postcolonial studies. Read More..

Re-Presentations of Dante Gabriel Rossetti:

Portrayals in Fiction, Drama, Music, and Film
Lisa Dallape Matson
ISBN: 9781604976762

This book examines the treatment of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his work in twentieth and twenty-first century fiction, drama, music, and film, specifically since 1950. The author strives to clarify the many Dante Gabriel Rossettis, using thirteen of the thirty easily identifiable roles in this system of representation which the author has identified herself—roles by which Rossetti is described and portrayed. This book is an important book for all British literature and art collections. Read More..

Rethinking Chineseness:

Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World
E. K. Tan
ISBN: 9781604978407

This is the first book devoted to Sinophone Southeast Asian literature in the English-speaking world. Conceptually innovative and flawlessly written, this book makes an important contribution ... Anyone interested in questions of identity calibrated through such vectors as language, culture, history, geography, and nationality will find this book to be extremely valuable. This is an impressive accomplishment.” – Professor Shu-mei Shih, University of California at Los Angeles Read More..

Revisiting Robert Tressell's Mugsborough:

New Perspectives on The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Julie Cairnie and Marion Walls
ISBN: 9781604975512

The book comprises work by academics, a librarian, and the widow of Tressell’s biographer, Fred Ball. The focus is on continuity and change in terms of how Tressell’s text is read. Read More..

Sacred Display:

Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia
Miriam Robbins Dexter and Victor H. Mair
ISBN: 9781604976748

Winner of Sarasvati Award for the Best Nonfiction Book in Women and Mythology! "This book illustrates well the powerful synergies that are so often generated within world history scholarship by collaboration between specialists in different regions and different scholarly disciplines ... learned a lot from this book’s extensive catalogue." – Journal of World History Read More..

Seductions in Narrative:

Subjectivity and Desire in the Works of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson
Gemma López
ISBN: 9781934043851

"Persuasive and nicely organized ... an accessible read that adds to scholarship on Carter and Winterson and successfully demonstrates how subjectivity, desire, and narrative are indeed interconnected." - Marvels & Tales Read More..

The Sex Goddess in American Film, 1930–1965:

Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield
Jessica Hope Jordan
ISBN: 9781604976632

"Lavishly illustrated ... Jordan's lively discussion of the commodification of the female body in the service of the classic Hollywood star system will offer less experienced readers genuine insights into the way the system worked and how these women manipulated it to their advantage... Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers." - CHOICE Read More..

Sexuality and Contemporary Literature

Joel Gwynne and Angelia Poon
ISBN: 9781604978247

As the first critical collection of essays to consider the representation of sexuality across such a wide variety of contemporary writing, Sexuality and Contemporary Literature analytically foregrounds insights into the historical and current arrangements of sexuality that contemporary literature provides, while also inviting the reader to imagine other possibilities for the future that literary texts open up. Read More..

Shakespeare and the Dawn of Modern Science

Peter Usher
ISBN: 9781604977332

In this book, renowned astronomy expert Peter Usher analyzes five plays, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Cymbeline, The Merchant of Venice, and The Winter’s Tale. With painstaking thoroughness, he dissects the plays and reveals that, contrary to current belief, Shakespeare was well aware of the scientific revolutions of his time. Read More..

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..

Sinophone Malaysian Literature:

Not Made in China
Alison M. Groppe
ISBN: 9781604978551

"Well-researched. With its comprehensive coverage, focused treatment, and lucid exposition, Sinophone Malaysian Literature marks a key reference volume in the English language on the topic. This laudable book-length study has laid a solid foundation upon which scholars can investigate further to yield fresher insights about the uneasy making of modern Sinophone Southeast Asian subjects and their hybrid cultural identities." - Southeast Asian Studies Read More..

Sir William Davenant, the Court Masque, and the English Seventeenth Century Scenic Stage, c1605 –c1700

Dawn Lewcock
ISBN: 9781604975789

This is new work which uses dramaturgical and scenographical analysis of selected plays and masques, against known theatrical history, to discover how the staging of painted settings was organised from c1605 to c1700. This kind of investigation into the links between masque staging and the staging of plays has not been done in quite this manner before. 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..

The Story of Traditional Korean Literature

Peter H. Lee
ISBN: 9781604978537

In this book, renowned Korean studies scholar Peter H. Lee casts light on important works previously undervalued or suppressed in Korean literary history. He illuminates oral-derived texts as Koryo love songs, p’ansori, and shamanist narrative songs which were composed in the mind, retained in the memory, sung to audiences, and heard but not read, as well as other texts which were written in literary Chinese, the language of the learned ruling class, a challenge even to the reader who has been raised on the Confucian and literary canons of China and Korea. Read More..

A Study of Two Classics:

A Cultural Critique of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and The Water Margin
Liu Zaifu
ISBN: 9781604978278

This is the first book that focuses exclusively on the cultural values of the two classics in Chinese literature. Liu Zaifu, the renowned Chinese critic, also examines how traditional commentators like Jin Shengtan and Li Zhi promoted the cultural values embedded in the two classics and how these harmful values are received and reinforced in contemporary China. He draws inspiration from May Fourth intellectuals, particularly Lu Xun, and from a wide range of works by Western scholars. Read More..

Styling Texts:

Dress and Fashion in Literature
Cynthia Kuhn and Cindy Carlson
ISBN: 9781934043837

The first academic volume to address such an extensive range of texts. An essential resource for anyone interested in the history of dress and its artistic representations and significations. Read More..

A Subversive Voice in China:

The Fictional World of Mo Yan
Shelley W. Chan
ISBN: 9781604977196

"I recommend this first full-length study in English to anyone who wants the perfect complement to their reading of Mo Yan’s novels." — Howard Goldblatt, University of Notre Dame Read More..

Supernatural Sinophone Taiwan and Beyond

Chia-rong Wu
ISBN: 9781604979213

“This book examines some interesting, significant types and aspects of Sinophone Taiwan fiction, as well as a number of prominent writers and representative works. Focusing on the narratives of the strange, it connects the trope of ghost haunting with Taiwan’s complex ethnoscapes and historical, colonial trauma. ... An excellent, timely study on the important but understudied Sinophone Taiwan literature.” – Yenna Wu, University of California, Riverside Read More..

Symptoms of Disorder:

Reading Madness in British Literature 1744-1845
Ilaria Natali and Annalisa Volpone
ISBN: 9781604979251

Few studies have offered a comprehensive picture by looking at the alleged insanity of the writer, and at those linguistic, stylistic and semantic elements which at some stage were commonly believed to be an expression of insanity. This book is one of the first to address the representation of madness from both these intertwined perspectives. Read More..

Technologies of Power in the Victorian Period

Print Culture, Human Labor, and New Modes of Critique in Charles Dickens's Hard Times, Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley, and George Eliot's Felix Holt
John C. Murray
ISBN: 9781604976687

This book employs Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley (1849), Charles Dickens’s Hard Times (1854), and George Eliot’s Felix Holt (1866) to evidence how the growth of capitalist production and the development of new technologies of industry within the early- to mid-Victorian periods inspired the prioritization of the printed word over oratory and speech as a means for fulfilling the linguistic power exchanges found common in spoken discourse. This book serves to fill this gap in Victorian studies. Read More..

Theatre and the Good:

The Value of Collaborative Play
Mark Fearnow
ISBN: 9781934043431

Surprisingly little has been published on the questions of what theatre actually is and what participants in theatre derive from the experience. This book investigates theatre as a means of social connection. Read More..

The Theater of Carlo Terron:

Two Plays: The Trial of the Innocents and Arsenic, Tonight!
Robert Cardullo
ISBN: 9781604975949

This innovative book will for the first time introduce this compelling dramatist to the English-speaking world. Included are not only chronologies of Terron’s life and work, but, most importantly, two of his best and most representative works: The Trial of the Innocents (1950) and Arsenic, Tonight! (1967). Read More..

Thomas Traherne and the Felicities of the Mind

James Balakier
ISBN: 9781604977233

The discovery of Thomas Traherne's lost manuscripts at the beginning of the twentieth century aroused an intense interest among poetry lovers and scholars of seventeenth-century literature, which has continued to this day. Praised by CHOICE for being "an accessible study," this is the first book-length study to concentrate on the multiple roles played by Felicity in Traherne's canon, including his far-reaching repudiation of the materialist ideas of Thomas Hobbes. 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..

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..

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..

Transforming the Enemy in Spanish Culture:

The Conquest through the Lens of Textual and Visual Multiplicity
Lauren Beck
ISBN: 9781604978544

"An exhaustive study. An examination both broad and deep. This work has been extensively researched. The appeal of this book should be broad and it should easily find a home on the bookshelf of the specialist, the student or just the interested reader in Latin American history, European history, comparative cultural studies, religious studies, or art. - Hispania Read More..

Transatlantic Memories of Slavery:

Reimagining the Past, Changing the Future
Elisa Bordin and Anna Scacchi
ISBN: 9781604979039

"With great courage, sharp intuition and professional dedication they have tackled some of the most controversial issues of historical revision and imaginative projection linked to the slave trade all over the world."—European Journal of American Studies 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..

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..

The Victorian Freak Show:

The Significance of Disability and Physical Differences in 19th-Century Fiction
Lillian Craton
ISBN: 9781604976533

"An important contribution ...the most significant innovation of the project is the way in which Craton uncovers the often positively valence of such differences as they are depicted in literary texts ... scholars in disability studies and Victorian studies will find this book useful and compelling, … yet it is readable for undergraduates as well." – Victorian Studies 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..

Viking Women:

The Narrative Voice in Woven Tapestries
Lena Norrman
ISBN: 9781604975321

In this groundbreaking book, the author discusses women’s weaving and embroidering and how this craft is contextualized in narratives in circulation, which are passed on from one generation to the next through oral tradition. Read More..

Virginia Woolf:

Experiments in Character
Eric Sandberg
ISBN: 9781604978667

"Boldly takes up the problem of character and characterization in Woolf’s novels. Rightly insists that a deep-seated concern with character and character creation runs throughout Woolf’s work, from her earliest book reviews to her latest fiction, providing a focus for understanding Woolf’s development as a writer. ...An unusual, but oddly satisfying book. The individual readings are thorough, nuanced, and closely detailed. Sandberg is to be commended ... Sandberg has written a thoughtful, meticulous, and convincing study of Woolf’s novels." – Woolf Studies Annual Read More..

Water from the Moon:

Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch
Jean-François Vernay
ISBN: 9781934043356

A valuable reference for scholars in Australian Studies, as well as those researching postcolonial, psychoanalytic and literary theories. 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..

What Is Eating Latin American Women Writers:

Food, Weight, and Eating Disorders
Renée S. Scott
ISBN: 9781604976403

This book fills a theoretical void because it speaks to an ever-growing interest in Latin American literature about women, food, and the body. This study not only traces for the first time the historical development of the topics of food, eating consumption, and body image but also features well-known authors and others who are yet to be discovered in United States. Read More..

White Apology and Apologia:

Australian Novels of Reconciliation
Liliana Zavaglia
ISBN: 9781604979350

This book takes as its subject a body of recent fiction by white liberal writers in Australia produced in the wake of the profound cultural, political and legal transformations that have taken place in the field of Indigenous rights since the 1990s. engages in close readings of the Mabo ruling, the national Apology and this body of fiction as a form of cultural history, which reflects important aspects of black/white relations in the past twenty-five years. 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..

William Shakespeare, Richard Barnfield, and the Sixth Earl of Derby

Leo Daugherty
ISBN: 9781604977127

Many other books and articles have taken the position that real historical persons are represented in Shakespeare’s Sonnets and have attempted to identify them. But no previous study has considered the large amount of new evidence presented here (some of it historical and some of it textual), and none has made a logical case as powerful and persuasive regarding these identifications as the one constructed here. Read More..

Women’s War Drama in England in the Seventeenth Century

Brenda Liddy
ISBN: 9781604975239

"Liddy’s study of women’s war drama in seventeenth-century England throws light on other female-authored war literature. This is a rewarding work, written in a clear and understandable style, which makes an original contribution to the subject." - Modern Language Review 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..

The Works of Tomas Transtromer:

The Universality of Poetry
Lee Ching Lim
ISBN: 9781604979695

"This study offers compelling and insightful close readings of Tomas Transtromer’s poetry. It covers the poet’s entire body of work, and in that regard, it is also an important contribution to the field. The writing is clear, elegant, and a pleasure to read. The quality of the prose (along with the close reading of the poetry) is one of the strongest aspects of this book." —Angela A. Frattarola, New York University Read More..

Writing Contemporary Nigeria:

How Sefi Atta Illuminates African Culture and Tradition
Walter Collins
ISBN: 9781604979091

Award-winning writer Sefi Atta’s insights into the roles and treatment of women, neocolonial government structures, patriarchy, 21st-century phenomena such as Nigerian e-mail phishing and the role of geography and place in characters’ lives make her works some of the most indelible offerings across contemporary African fiction. This pioneering premier collection examines Atta’s treatment of various themes. Read More..

Zhang Yimou:

Globalization and the Subject of Culture
Wendy Larson
ISBN: 9781604979756

“This is a splendid study of Zhang Yimou. One of the pioneers of Chinese cultural studies, Wendy Larson reveals to us here in a series of theoretically sophisticated and cogently argued readings the entanglement of culture, power, and history in the director’s major works—from Red Sorghum to the 2008 Olympic opening ceremony . By focusing on Zhang’s visual representation, the book offers in effect a deeply engaging reflection of the ambivalent role of post-Mao Chinese culture in a rapidly globalizing world. This exquisite book is a must-read for anyone interested in Chinese cinema and culture.” —Fu Poshek, University of Illinois Read More..

 

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