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  • Hicks, Tribes, and Dirty Realistsby Robert Rebein

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Robert Rebein argues that much literary fiction of the 1980s and 90s represents a triumphant, if tortured, return to questions about place and the individual that inspired the works of Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and other giants of American literature. Concentrating on the realist bent and regional orientation in contemporary fiction, he... more...

  • New Strangers in Paradiseby Gilbert H. Muller

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    New Strangers in Paradise offers the first in-depth account of the ways in which contemporary American fiction has been shaped by the successive generations of immigrants to reach U.S. shores. Gilbert Muller reveals how the intersections of peoples, regions, and competing cultural histories have remade the American cultural landscape in the aftermath... more...

  • The Half-Bloodby William J. Scheick

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    The half-blood -- half Indian, half white -- is a frequent figure in the popular fiction of nineteenth-century America, for he (or sometimes she) served to symbolize many of the conflicting cultural values with which American society was then wrestling. In literature, as in real life the half-blood was a product of the frontier, embodying the conflict... more...

  • Contemporary American Women Writersby Catherine Rainwater; Willliam J. Scheick

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    Ann Beattie, Annie Dillard, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Marge Piercy, Anne Redmon, Anne Tyler, and Alice Walker all seem to be especially concerned with narrative management. The ten essays in this book raise new and intriguing questions about the ways these leading women writers appropriate and transform generic... more...

  • Black Male Fiction and the Legacy of Calibanby James W. Coleman

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    With The Tempest 's Caliban, Shakespeare created an archetype in the modern era depicting black men as slaves and savages who threaten civilization. As contemporary black male fiction writers have tried to free their subjects and themselves from this legacy to tell a story of liberation, they often unconsciously retell the story, making their heroes... more...

  • The Social Selfby Joseph Alkana

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    American literary history of the nineteenth-century as a conflict between individualistic writers and a conformist society. In The Social Self, Joseph Alkana argues that such a dichotomy misrepresents the views of many authors. Sudden changes caused by the industrial revolution, urban development, increased immigration, and regional conflicts... more...

  • The Confidence Game in American Literatureby Warwick Wadlington

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 48.95 US$ 39.16

    Drawing on modern studies of rhetoric and the concept of the Trickster, the author examines Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Nathanael West as creators of a fictive experience centered in deceptive or problematic transactions of confidence. The model of a confidence game , suggested by the writers' own thematic preoccupations, permits an analysis... more...

  • Thomas Mann und Ivan Olbracht [German-language Edition]by Olga Zitová

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 22.99

    Zitovás literary analysis starts at the interface of Czech and German literature in the first half of the twentieth century. Thomas Mann?s novel Joseph and His Brothers is set in comparative relation to Ivan Olbracht?s prose texts Nikola ?uhaj loupe?ník and Golet v údolí. Olbracht translated three volumes of Mann?s Joseph?s tetralogy parallel to the... more...

  • Attacked from Beneath by Carp and from Above by Seagullsby The Believer magazine

    McSweeney's 2015; US$ 9.99

    For the past twelve years, out of a tiny but well-lit corner of the McSweeney?s offices in San Francisco, The Believer has published essays and interviews that are great for all seasons. But this collection is not interested in 75 percent of those seasons. Included in this eminently beach-tote-able digital edition are interviews, essays, poetry,... more...

  • The Gospel of Wealth in the American Novel (Routledge Revivals)by Arun Mukherjee

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 48.95

    Business and the businessman have had a fundamental place in American society since the inception of the nation. This tenet, the ?gospel of wealth?, is a central concern in the novels of Theodore Dreiser and his contemporaries. First published in 1987, this study sets this group of writers in their historical context and shows how they elaborated... more...