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- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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. Desanis All about H. Hatterr , Anthony Burgesss A Clockwork Orange , Christine Brooke-Roses Between , Eva Hoffmans Lost in Translation... more...
- Editions Rodopi 2009; US$ 95.20
Reading Jack Kerouacs classic On the Road through Virginia Woolfs canonical A Room of Ones Own , the author of this book examines a genre in North American literature which, despite its popularity, has received little attention in literary and cultural criticism: womens road narratives. The study shows how womens literature... more...
- Infobase Publishing 2010; US$ 90.00
Ralph Waldo Emerson, the greatest of the Transcendentalists, is often considered to be the central thinker in American history. In essays such as "Self-Reliance" and poems such as "Concord Hymn," he gave voice to ideals that Americans have held dear ever since. more...