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  • Playing in the Darkby Toni Morrison

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.95

    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...

  • Whiteness, Otherness, and the Individualism Paradox from Huck to Punkby Daniel S. Traber

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 95.00

    Traber reexamines the practice of self-marginalization in Euro-American literature and popular culture that depict whites adopting varied markers of otherness to disengage from the dominant culture. more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Roads of Her Ownby Alexandra Ganser

    Editions Rodopi 2009; US$ 95.20

    Reading Jack Kerouac’s classic On the Road through Virginia Woolf’s canonical A Room of One’s 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: women’s road narratives. The study shows how women’s literature... more...

  • Critical Companion to Ralph Waldo Emersonby Tiffany K Wayne

    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...