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  • Rappaccini's Childrenby William H. Shurr

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Rappaccini's Daughter" tells of a beautiful girl who has, from birth, absorbed the poison from the flowers of her father's garden. In this allegorical tale of the fallen Garden of Eden, William H. Shurr finds a metaphor for the fate of many American writers, for whom the heritage of calvinism has been the poisoned... more...

  • Thoreau, Emerson, and Transcendentalismby Leslie Perrin Wilson

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2001; US$ 12.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. CliffsNotes on Thoreau, Emerson, and Transcendentalism explores in depth,... more...

  • Emerson's Essaysby Charles W. Mignon; H. Rose

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1975; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature. CliffsNotes on Emerson’s Essays explores the influential writings of a gifted scholar and humanitarian. Covering six of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s major works, this study guide provides critical commentaries on the content of... more...

  • Intimate & Authentic Economies of the American Self-Made Manby Tom Nissley

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 150.00

    First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • The Aesthetics and Politics of the Crowd in American Literatureby Mary Esteve

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 52.00

    Esteve examines crowd representations in American literature from the antebellum era to the early twentieth century. more...

  • Race, Rape, and Lynchingby Sandra Gunning

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 98.99

    In the late nineteenth century, the stereotype of the black male as sexual beast functioned for white supremacists as an externalized symbol of social chaos against which all whites would unite for the purpose of national renewal. The emergence of this stereotype in American culture and literature during and after Reconstruction was related to the... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Mark Twainby Forrest G. Robinson

    Cambridge University Press 1995; US$ 32.00

    These essays examine Twain from a wide variety of critical perspectives, and include timely reflections by major critics on the hotly debated dynamics of race and slavery perceptible throughout his writing. more...

  • The Interpretation of Othernessby Giles Gunn

    Oxford University Press 1979; US$ 119.99

    Studies the ways in which imaginative literature expresses religious meaning and considers the contribution of literary criticism to religious scholarship, maintaining that a reciprocity exists between literature and religion. more...

  • Incest and the Literary Imaginationby Elizabeth L. Barnes

    UPF 2002; US$ 59.95

    ''Its range--both chronological and methodological--as well as the consistently high quality of its essays makes this collection stand out. A timely and important collection . . . on literary representations of incest [that will] become the touchstone for further work in the field. more...

  • Playing in the Darkby Toni Morrison

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 11.99

    Beloved and Jazz now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race. Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway... more...