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  • Dislocating Race and Nationby Robert S. Levine

    The University of North Carolina Press 2008; US$ 26.00

    American literary nationalism is traditionally understood as a cohesive literary tradition developed in the newly independent United States that emphasized the unique features of America and consciously differentiated American literature from British literature. Robert S. Levine challenges this assessment by exploring the conflicted, multiracial,... more...

  • Ralph Waldo Emersonby Harold Bloom

    Infobase Publishing 2006; US$ 54.00

    Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of America's most influential thinkers. His essay, "Nature" is considered to be the founding document for the Transcendentalism movement, and his influence can be seen in the writings of Whitman, Thoreau, Melville, and countless others. This is a guide on the 19th-century essayist and philosopher. more...

  • Student's Encyclopedia of American Literary Characters Setby Matthew J. Bruccoli

    Infobase Publishing 2008; US$ 408.00

    The new Student's Encyclopedia of American Literary Characters is a comprehensive four-volume set designed to help students approach American literature in what is often the most appealing way--through the most memorable characters of the greatest works. Approximately 900 in-depth character entries, ranging from about 1,000 to 1,400 words each,... more...

  • Empire and Slavery in American Literature, 1820-1865by Eric J. Sundquist

    University Press of Mississippi 2006; US$ 25.00

    The flourishing of pre-Civil War literature known as the American Renaissance occurred in a volatile context of national expansion and sectional strife. Canonical writers such as Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Henry David Thoreau, as well as those more recently acclaimed, such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe, emerged... more...

  • Henry James and the Queerness of Styleby Kevin Ohi

    University of Minnesota Press 2011; US$ 75.00

    Kevin Ohi begins this energetic book with the proposition that to read Henry Jamesùparticularly the late textsùis to confront the queer potential of style and the traces it leaves on the literary life. In contrast to other recent critics, Ohi asserts that James's queerness is to be found neither in the homoerotic thematics of the texts, however... more...

  • American Literature in Context from 1865 to 1929by Philip R. Yannella

    Wiley 2010; US$ 101.95

    This book places major literary works within the context of the topics that engaged a great number of American writers in the period from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Great Depression Topics include Civil War memory, the virtual re-enslavement of African-Americans after Reconstruction, and radical social movements Draws on a range... more...

  • Henry James: The Young Masterby Sheldon M. Novick

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 19.95

    Washington Square (on which the play The Heiress i s based) and his masterpiece The Portrait of a Lady. The Washington Post Book World notes: ?It is no small ambition to write a biography of James that is commensurate with that master, and Sheldon Novick has done it.? ?Splendidly written . . . Novick has aimed to bring James back to life... more...

  • Uncertain Chancesby Maurice S. Lee

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 64.99

    The role of chance changed in the nineteenth century, and American literature changed with it. Long dismissed as a nominal concept, chance was increasingly treated as a natural force to be managed but never mastered. New theories of chance sparked religious and philosophical controversies while revolutionizing the sciences as probabilistic methods... more...

  • Dancing in Chainsby Rodney D. Olsen

    NYU Press 1991; US$ 89.00

    " Dancing in Chains is far more than a sensitive biography (though it is surely that); it is also a model of psychologically informed social and cultural history. Olsen recognizes that psychic conflicts often play themselves out on a higher plane, that psychic and intellectual history are intertwined. He presents a wonderful nuanced picture of... more...

  • Literary Partnerships and the Marketplaceby David Dowling

    LSU Press 2012; US$ 22.95

    In Literary Partnerships and the Marketplace, David Dowling examines an often overlooked aspect of the history of publishing?relationships, both of a business and a personal nature. The book focuses on a variety of intriguing duos of the nineteenth century, as it explores the economics of literary partnership in a typology of author/publisher, student/mentor,... more...