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  • Quest Westby Richard Lehan

    LSU Press 2014; US$ 39.95

    Few spaces remain as central to American consciousness as the western frontier. The vast territory, which for generations fueled the desires and conquests of artists, philosophers, and politicians alike, now offers new discoveries in Richard Lehan's Quest West. Through an intellectual and cultural history of the frontier experience, Lehan details... more...

  • The ?Journey of Life? in American Life and Literatureby Peter Freese

    Universitätsverlag Winter 2015; US$ 30.54

    The papers collected in this volume were presented at a conference on ?The Journey of Life? which took place at Paderborn University in October 2013. They focus on a perennially recurring archetype of the human imagination which, for obvious reasons, is especially influential in the U.S. The articles offer exemplary insights into the manifestations... more...

  • Abortion in the American Imaginationby Karen Weingarten

    Rutgers University Press 2014; US$ 25.95

    Abortion in the American Imagination takes us back to the early twentieth century, when American writers first dared to broach the controversial subject of abortion. Putting authors like Wharton and Faulkner into conversation with the era?s films and non-fiction, Karen Weingarten uncovers a vigorous public debate decades before Roe v. Wade. Along... more...

  • American Literature and Scienceby Robert Scholnick

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Literature and science are two disciplines are two disciplines often thought to be unrelated, if not actually antagonistic. But Robert J. Scholnick points out that these areas of learning, up through the beginning of the nineteenth century, "were understood as parts of a unitary endeavor." By mid-century they had diverged, but literature and science... more...

  • American Secretsby José Liste-Noya; Eduardo Barros-Grela

    Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 2011; US$ 79.99

    Predicated upon the principles of political freedom, cultural openness, religious tolerance, individual self-reliance and ethnic diversity, the United States of America has been tempted recurrently by the lures of the secret. This political, historical and cultural phenomenon is explored here from many, often surprisingly overlapping angles in these... more...

  • Boys Don't Cry?by Milette Shamir; Jennifer Travis

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    We take for granted the idea that white, middle-class, straight masculinity connotes total control of emotions, emotional inexpressivity, and emotional isolation. That men repress their feelings as they seek their fortunes in the competitive worlds of business and politics seems to be a given. This collection of essays by prominent literary and cultural... more...

  • Ecosublimeby Lee Rozelle

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Lee Rozelle probes the metaphor of environmental catastrophe in American literature of the last 150 years. In each instance, Rozelle finds evidence that the ecosublime--nature experienced as an instance of wonder and fear--profoundly reflects spiritual and political responses to the natural world, America?s increasingly anti-ecological trajectory,... more...

  • The Emerson Brothersby Ronald A. Bosco

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 49.99

    Features a narrative and epistolary biography, based upon the correspondence exchanged among the four Emerson brothers and the women who were most important to them. The Emerson brothers' correspondence is the last body of personal writings remaining in manuscript from Ralph Waldo Emerson and his extended family. more...

  • Emerson and Self-Relianceby George Kateb

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2002; US$ 35.99

    Ralph Waldo Emerson was a great moral philosopher. One of his principle contributions is the theory of self-reliance, a view of democratic individuality. 'Nietzsche was Emerson's best reader,' and George Kateb provides an accessible reading of Emerson that is friendly to the interests of Nietzsche and to later Nietzscheans such as Weber, Heidegger,... more...

  • Fictions of Adolescent Carnalityby Lydia Kokkola

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2013; US$ 143.00

    Fictions of Adolescent Carnality considers one of the most controversial topics related to adolescents: their experience of desire. In fiction for adolescents, carnal desire is variously presented as a source of angst, an overwhelming experience over which one has no control, bestial, disgusting and, just occasionally, a source of pleasure. The on-set... more...