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19th century

  • Poisonous Museby Sara L. Crosby

    University of Iowa Press 2016; US$ 65.00

    The nineteenth century was, we have been told, the ?century of the poisoner,? when Britain and the United States trembled under an onslaught of unruly women who poisoned husbands with gleeful abandon. That story, however, is only half true. While British authorities did indeed round up and execute a number of impoverished women with minimal evidence... more...

  • Continuing Bonds with the Deadby Harold K. Bush

    University of Alabama Press 2016; US$ 49.95

    Harold K. Bush's Continuing Bonds with the Dead examines the profound transfiguration that the death of a child wrought on the literary work of nineteenth-century American writers. Taking as his subjects Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, William Dean Howells, Mark Twain, and W. E. B. Du Bois, Bush demonstrates how the death of a child became... more...

  • The Unwritten Warby Daniel Aaron

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 44.95

    In The Unwritten War , Daniel Aaron examines the literary output of American writers?major and minor?who treated the Civil War in their works. He seeks to understand why this devastating and defining military conflict has failed to produce more literature of a notably high and lasting order, why there is still no "masterpiece" of Civil War fiction.... more...

  • Bound to Respectby Keith Michael Green

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 49.95

    Winner of the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Literature   In Bound to Respect: Antebellum Narratives of Black Imprisonment, Servitude, and Bondage, 1816?1861 , Keith Michael Green examines key texts that illuminate forms of black bondage and captivity that existed within and alongside slavery. In doing so, he restores to antebellum African... more...

  • Ghostly Communionby John J. Kucich

    Dartmouth College Press 2015; US$ 7.99

    A cross-cultural approach to spiritual currents in nineteenth-century American life, letters, and culture. more...

  • Apocalyptic Sentimentalismby Kevin Pelletier

    University of Georgia Press 2015; US$ 49.95

    In contrast to the prevailing scholarly con-sensus that understands sentimentality to be grounded on a logic of love and sympathy, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism demonstrates that in order for sentimentality to work as an antislavery engine, it needed to be linked to its seeming opposite—fear, especially the fear of God’s wrath. Most antislavery... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Romantic Education in Nineteenth-Century American Literatureby Monika M Elbert; Lesley Ginsberg

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    American publishing in the long nineteenth century was flooded with readers, primers, teaching-training manuals, children?s literature, and popular periodicals aimed at families. These publications attest to an abiding faith in the power of pedagogy that has its roots in transatlantic Romantic conceptions of pedagogy and literacy. The essays in... more...