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- 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...
- Cambridge University Press 2008; US$ 32.00
An exploration of the theme of equality in Stowe, Douglass, Hawthorne, Alcott and others. more...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- University of Iowa Press 1753; US$ 29.95
In the 1840s and 1850s, as the market revolution swept the United States, the world of literature confronted for the first time the gaudy glare of commercial culture. Amid growing technological sophistication and growing artistic rejection of the soullessness of materialism, authorship passed from an era of patronage and entered the clamoring free... more...
- 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...
- 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...
- Stanford University Press 2009; US$ 60.00
Aesthetic Materialism: Electricity and American Romanticism provides a fresh understanding of American romanticism by examining the use of electrical imagery, science, and technology by writers such as Emerson, Fuller, Whitman, and Melville to re-describe literary aesthetics as a transcendent and material practice mediating among socio-economic structures,... more...