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  • Promised Landby Jay Parini

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.95

    In this lively exploration of America?s intellectual heritage, acclaimed poet, novelist, and critic Jay Parini celebrates the life and times of thirteen books that helped shape the American psyche.   Moving nimbly between the great watersheds in American letters?including Walden , Huckleberry Finn , The Souls of Black Folk , and On the Road ?Parini... more...

  • Cannibal Democracyby Zita Nunes

    University of Minnesota Press 2008; US$ 68.00

    Zita Nunes argues that the prevailing narratives of identity formation throughout the Americas share a dependence on metaphors of incorporation and, often, of cannibalism. From the position of the incorporating body, the construction of a national and racial identity through a process of assimilation presupposes a remainder, a residue. Nunes addresses... more...

  • The Anti-Hero in the American Novelby David Simmons

    Palgrave Macmillan 2008; US$ 95.00

    The Anti-Hero in the American Novel rereads major texts of the 1960s to offer an innovative re-evaluation of a set of canonical novels that moves beyond entrenched post-modern and post-structural interpretations towards an appraisal which emphasizes the specifically humanist and idealist elements of these works. more...

  • Thousands of Broadwaysby Robert Pinsky

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 16.00

    Broadway, the main street that runs through Robert Pinsky’s home town of Long Branch, New Jersey, was once like thousands of other main streets in small towns across the country. But for Pinsky, one of America’s most admired poets and its former Poet Laureate, this Broadway is the point of departure for a lively journey through the small... more...

  • Handing One Another Alongby Robert Coles; Trevor Hall; Vicki Kennedy

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 27.00

    In this book on shaping a meaningful and ethical life, the renowned, Pulitzer Prize?winning author explores how character, courage, and human and moral understanding can be fostered by reflecting on the lives of others, through stories. Based on Robert Coles? legendary course at Harvard, this provocative book addresses such questions as, ?Who are we?... more...

  • Mixed Heritage in Young Adult Literatureby Nancy Thalia Reynolds

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 49.99

    This book is a critical exploration of how mixed-heritage characters (those of mixed race, ethnicity, religion, and/or adoption) and real-life people have been portrayed in young adult fiction and nonfiction. It opens up the discussion of young-adult racial and ethnic identity in literature to recognize, and focus on, those whose heritage straddles... more...

  • Pen of Ironby Robert Alter

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 19.95

    The simple yet grand language of the King James Bible has pervaded American culture from the beginning--and its powerful eloquence continues to be felt even today. In this book, acclaimed biblical translator and literary critic Robert Alter traces some of the fascinating ways that American novelists--from Melville, Hemingway, and Faulkner to Bellow,... more...

  • Literature and the Environmentby GEORGE HART; SCOTT SLOVIC

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 77.00

    The phrase literature and environment only achieved popularity in recent decades, yet writers dating back to the explorers of the 1500s?and later such 19th-century Romanticists as Thoreau?have long been addressing environmental issues through literary expression. This volume introduces students and educators to the field by tracing the evolution of... more...

  • African American Writers and Classical Traditionby William W. Cook; James Tatum

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 25.00

    Constraints on freedom, education, and individual dignity have always been fundamental in determining who is able to write, when, and where. Considering the singular experience of the African American writer, William W. Cook and James Tatum here argue that African American literature did not develop apart from canonical Western literary traditions... more...

  • In Babel's Shadowby Brian Lennon

    University of Minnesota Press 2010; US$ 75.00

    Multilingual literature defies simple translation. Beginning with this insight, Brian Lennon examines the resistance multilingual literature offers to book publication itself. In readings of G. V. Desani’s All about H. Hatterr , Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange , Christine Brooke-Rose’s Between , Eva Hoffman’s Lost in Translation... more...