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  • American Hungersby Gavin Jones

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 31.95

    Social anxiety about poverty surfaces with startling frequency in American literature. Yet, as Gavin Jones argues, poverty has been denied its due as a critical and ideological framework in its own right, despite recent interest in representations of the lower classes and the marginalized. These insights lay the groundwork for American Hungers ,... more...

  • Bohemia in America, 1858?1920by Joanna Levin

    Stanford University Press 2009; US$ 67.50

    American Bohemias explores the construction and emergence of "Bohemia" in American literature and culture. more...

  • Chang and Eng Reconnectedby Cynthia Wu

    Temple University Press 2012; US$ 29.95

    Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker have fascinated the world since the nineteenth century. In her captivating book, Chang and Eng Reconnected , Cynthia Wu traces the ?Original Siamese Twins? through the terrain of American culture, showing how their inseparability underscored tensions between individuality and collectivity in the American popular... more...

  • Contesting the Past, Reconstructing the Nationby Ben Railton

    University of Alabama Press 2011; US$ 34.95

    Fables of American history embodied in Gilded Age literature In this study of Gilded Age literature and culture, Ben Railton proposes that in the years after Reconstruction, America?s identity was often contested through distinct and competing conceptions of the nation?s history. He argues that the United States moved toward unifying and univocal... more...

  • The Culture of Sentimentby Shirley Samuels

    Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 144.99

    This collection of critical essays endeavours to give fuller body and scope to the subject of 19th-century American sentimentality by examining it in light of the so-called "women's culture" and the issue of race. more...

  • E Pluribus Unumby W. C. Harris

    University of Iowa Press 2005; US$ 35.00

    "Out of many, one." But how do the many become one without sacrificing difference or autonomy? This problem was critical to both identity formation and state formation in late 18th- and 19th-century America. The premise of this book is that American writers of the time came to view the resolution of this central philosophical problem as no longer the... more...

  • The Fugitive's Propertiesby Stephen M. Best

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 34.00

    In this study of literature and law before and since the Civil War, Stephen M. Best shows how American conceptions of slavery, property, and the idea of the fugitive were profoundly interconnected. The Fugitive's Properties uncovers a poetics of intangible, personified property emerging out of antebellum laws, circulating through key nineteenth-century... more...

  • Henry James and the Language of Experienceby Collin Meissner

    Cambridge University Press 1999; US$ 36.00

    Explores Henry James's attitude to the everyday fact of experience, and its relevance for his aesthetic. more...

  • Immigration, Ethnicity, and Class in American Writing, 1830?1860by Leonardo Buonomo

    Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 2013; US$ 39.99

    This book examines fiction and nonfiction texts from the period 1830 to 1860 to demonstrate how major and minor American writers constructed their country?s identity by contrasting their own characteristics with those of innumerable immigrants. Confronted with newcomers whose cultural and social background made them appear more alien than their predecessors,... more...

  • James' The Ambassadorsby Harvey D. Bea

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background — all to help you gain greater insight into great works you're bound to study for school or pleasure. CliffsNotes on James' The Ambassadors offers a close look at perhaps the most widely admired of Henry... more...