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  • Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasureby Tessa Hadley

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 30.00

    An examination of James's representation of the privileges and pains of turn-of-the-century society. more...

  • Henry James and the Father Questionby Andrew Taylor

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 34.00

    Andrew Taylor explores the intellectual relationship between Henry James and his father. more...

  • Henry James and the Abuse of the Pastby Dr Peter Rawlings

    Palgrave Macmillan 2005; US$ 110.00

    Henry James and the Abuse of the Past explores the complex uses to which James puts his oblique experience of the American Civil War. Why does James use and abuse the past by fabricating and distorting people and events in his autobiographical work? The study integrates four elements: history, the past and problems of narration and representation;... more...

  • American Madonnaby John Gatta

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 33.99

    This book explores a notable if unlikely undercurrent of interest in Mary as mythical Madonna that has persisted in American life and letters from fairly early in the nineteenth century into the later twentieth. This imaginative involvement with the Divine Woman -- verging at times on devotional homage -- is especially intriguing as manifested in... more...

  • Correspondence and American Literature, 1770?1865by Elizabeth Hewitt

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 34.00

    Elizabeth Hewitt uncovers the centrality of letter-writing to antebellum American literature. more...

  • Machine and Metaphorby Jennifer Carol Cook

    CRC Press 2006; US$ 65.00

    American literary realism burgeoned during a period of tremendous technological innovation. Because the realists evinced not only a fascination with this new technology but also an ethos that seems to align itself with science, many have paired the two fields rather unproblematically. But this book demonstrates that many realist writers, from Mark... more...

  • Collaborators in Literary America, 1870-1920by Susanna Ashton

    Palgrave Macmillan 2003; US$ 128.00

    Much has been written recently about the important changes in understandings of authorship and literary labour in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. Collaborators in Literary America, 1870-1920 argues that the collaborative novels of this period were instrumental to that reconstruction. More than just a gimmick, these novels (there... more...

  • The Spiritual History of Iceby Eric G. Wilson

    Palgrave Macmillan 2003; US$ 34.00

    At the end of the eighteenth century, scientists for the first time demonstrated what medieval and renaissance alchemists had long suspected; ice is not lifeless but vital, a crystalline revelation of vigorous powers. Studied in esoteric and exoterical representations of frozen phenomena, several Romantic figures - including Coleridge and Poe, Percy... more...

  • Men Beyond Desireby David Greven

    Palgrave Macmillan 2005; US$ 29.00

    This book makes the case that American men want neither marriage nor male friendship but only to be left alone, emotionally and sexually inviolate. more...

  • Intimacy in Americaby Peter Coviello

    University of Minnesota Press 2005; US$ 60.00

    Reading seminal works by Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Walt Whitman, Peter Coviello traces these writers' ambivalences about the idea of an intimate nationality, revealing how race and sexuality were used as vehicles for an assumed coherence. Intimacy in America gives us a new perspective on the... more...