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  • Cultural Orphans in Americaby Diana Loercher Pazicky

    University Press of Mississippi 2008; US$ 25.00

    Images of orphanhood have pervaded American fiction since the colonial period. Common in British literature, the orphan figure in American texts serves a unique cultural purpose, representing marginalized racial, ethnic, and religious groups that have been scapegoated by the dominant culture. Among these groups are the Native Americans, the African... more...

  • A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emersonby Alan M. Levine; Daniel S. Malachuk

    The University Press of Kentucky 2011; US$ 28.00

    From before the Civil War until his death in 1882, Ralph Waldo Emerson was renowned -- and renounced -- as one of the United States' most prominent abolitionists and as a leading visionary of the nation's liberal democratic future. Following his death, however, both Emerson's political activism and his political thought faded from public memory, replaced... more...

  • The Turn Around Religion in Americaby Professor Nan Goodman; Professor Michael P Kramer

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 139.95

    Playing on the frequently used metaphors of the 'turn toward' or 'turn back' in scholarship on religion, The Turn Around Religion in America offers a reading of religion that moves reciprocally between these poles. With essays on a variety of genres from fiction to film and that range from the Puritans to contemporary ethnic writers,... more...

  • Louisiana Voyagesby Martha R. Field; Joan B. McLaughlin; Jack McLaughlin

    University Press of Mississippi 2006; US$ 50.00

    When nature exudes in a swamp in Louisiana it is rich, tropical, juicy, dark, verminy, repellant and lovely all in one," wrote Catharine Cole in 1889. "It is like a coffin crowned with flowers; a death trap baited with roses." Writing under the pseudonym Catharine Cole, Martha R. Field (1855-1898) became the first full-time newswoman for the New Orleans... more...

  • Brave New Wordsby Elizabeth Ammons

    University of Iowa Press 2010; US$ 20.00

    Brave New Words challenges present and future literary scholars and teachers to look beyond mere literary critique toward the concrete issue of social change and how to achieve it. Calling for a profound realignment of thought and spirit in the service of positive social change, Ammons argues for the continued importance of multiculturalism in the... more...

  • Queer Environmentalityby Dr Robert Azzarello

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 114.95

    Offering a model for meaningful dialogue between queer and environmental studies, Azzarello's book traces a queer-environmental lineage in American Romantic and post-Romantic literature. Azzarello's study treats four American authors-Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, Willa Cather and Djuna Barnes-all of whom problematize conventional notions... more...

  • Animalia Americanaby Colleen Glenney Boggs

    Columbia University Press 2013; US$ 28.99

    Consulting a diverse archive of literary texts, Colleen Glenney Boggs places animal representation at the center of the making of the liberal American subject. From the bestiality trials of the seventeenth-century Plymouth Plantation to the emergence of sentimental pet culture in the nineteenth, Boggs traces a history of human-animal sexuality in... more...

  • Allegory in Americaby Deborah L. Madsen

    Palgrave Macmillan 1995; US$ 176.00

    Allegory in America surveys the history of American allegorical writing from the Puritans through the period of American romanticism to postmodernism. In a series of theoretical chapters the cultural function of allegory is discussed in relation to the mythology of American exceptionalism. Each theoretical chapter is followed by a chapter that analyzes... more...

  • The Imaginary and Its Worldsby Laura Bieger; Ramón Saldívar; Johannes Voelz

    Dartmouth College Press 2013; US$ 33.99

    A study of the American imaginary in transnational America more...

  • Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literatureby Geoff Hamilton; Brian Jones

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 75.00

    This encyclopedia introduces readers to American poetry, fiction and nonfiction with a focus on the environment (broadly defined as humanity's natural surroundings), from the discovery of America through the present. The work includes biographical and literary entries on material from early explorers and colonists such as Columbus, Bartolome de... more...