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  • Henry Jamesby Henry James; Frederick Wilcox Dupee

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 79.50

    Originally written as three complete books, this one-volume edition includes A Small Boy and Others , Notes of a Son and Brother , and The Middle Years . Begun when James was sixty-eight years old, it was written at a time when his great critical mind was actively devoted to the understanding of his existence in its complicated wholeness. The reader... more...

  • Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010by Paula T. Connolly

    University of Iowa Press 2013; US$ 42.50

    Long seen by writers as a vital political force of the nation, children’s literature has been an important means not only of mythologizing a certain racialized past but also, because of its intended audience, of promoting a specific racialized future. Stories about slavery for children have served as primers for racial socialization. This first... more...

  • Capital Lettersby David Dowling

    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...

  • Language, Race, and Social Class in Howells's Americaby Elsa Nettels

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    No other American novelist has written so fully about language -- grammar, diction, the place of colloquialism and dialect in literary English, the relation between speech and writing -- as William Dean Howells. The power of language to create social, political, and racial identity was of central concern to Americans in the nineteenth century, and... more...

  • Henry James Goes to the Moviesby Susan M. Griffin

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    Why has a nineteenth-century author with an elitist reputation proved so popular with directors as varied as William Wyler, François Truffaut, and James Ivory? A partial answer lies in the way many of Henry James's recurring themes still haunt us: the workings of power, the position of women in society, the complexities of sexuality and desire. Susan... more...

  • The Pictorial Modeby Donald A. Ringe

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Focusing on style as a means of thematic expression, Donald A. Ringe in this study examines in detail the affinities that exist between the paintings of the Hudson River school and the works of William Cullen Bryant, Washington Irving, and James Fenimore Cooper. The emphasis on physical description of nature that characterizes the work of these writers,... more...

  • Imagining Equality in Nineteenth-Century American Literatureby Kerry Larson

    Cambridge University Press 2008; US$ 32.00

    An exploration of the theme of equality in Stowe, Douglass, Hawthorne, Alcott and others. more...

  • Misery's Mathematicsby Peter Balaam

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 150.00

    This book reveals the strain of a moment in American cultural history that led several remarkable writers -- including Emerson, Warner, and Melville -- to render the stark rupture of loss in innovative ways. Pushing Protestant culture's sense of loss into secular terrain, these three key writers rejected Calvinist and sentimental models of bereavement,... more...

  • William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realismby Paul Abeln

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 147.00

    Despite efforts at revival by John Updike and others, William Dean Howells still remains in the shadows of his close friends Mark Twain and Henry James. This book works against decades of unfavorable comparisons with these literary giants. William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism helps us to see him as a writer very much aware of his limitations... more...

  • The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literatureby John D. Kerkering

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 40.00

    John D. Kerkering's study examines the literary history of racial and national identity in nineteenth-century America. more...