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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Other Emersonby Branka Arsic; Cary Wolfe; Stanley Cavell

    University of Minnesota Press 2010; US$ 83.00

    Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most significant figures in nineteenth-century American literature and culture-indeed, this collection argues, in the history of philosophy. The Other Emerson is a thorough reassessment of the philosophical underpinnings, theoretical innovations, and ethical and political implications of the prose writings of one of... more...

  • The Global Remapping of American Literatureby Paul Giles

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 49.95

    This book charts how the cartographies of American literature as an institutional category have varied radically across different times and places. Arguing that American literature was consolidated as a distinctively nationalist entity only in the wake of the U.S. Civil War, Paul Giles identifies this formation as extending until the beginning of... more...

  • Cultural Orphans in Americaby Diana Loercher Pazicky

    University Press of Mississippi 2008; US$ 25.00

    Images of orphanhood have pervaded American fiction since the colonial period. Common in British literature, the orphan figure in American texts serves a unique cultural purpose, representing marginalized racial, ethnic, and religious groups that have been scapegoated by the dominant culture. Among these groups are the Native Americans, the African... more...

  • A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emersonby Alan M. Levine; Daniel S. Malachuk

    The University Press of Kentucky 2011; US$ 40.00

    From before the Civil War until his death in 1882, Ralph Waldo Emerson was renowned -- and renounced -- as one of the United States' most prominent abolitionists and as a leading visionary of the nation's liberal democratic future. Following his death, however, both Emerson's political activism and his political thought faded from public memory, replaced... more...