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  • Johnson, Rasselas, and the Choice of Criticismby Edward Tomarken

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Although Rasselas has received more critical commentary than almost any other work by Samuel Johnson, Edward Tomarken's book is the first full length study to focus on his tale of the Prince of Abyssinia . This anomaly arises, as Tomarken shows, because Rasselas has remained resistant to the customary critical approaches of the eighteenth, nineteenth,... more...

  • Samuel Richardson and the Dramatic Novelby Ira Konigsberg

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Samuel Richardson, the founder of the modern English novel, gave shape to a previously unformed literary genre. Instrumental in the development of this new art form, Ira Konigsberg contends, is the influence of the drama. Although scholars have long suspected the influence of drama on Richardson's writing, this is the first study to examine it in... more...

  • The Unfolding God of Jung and Miltonby James P. Driscoll

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In this first extensive Jungian treatment of Milton's major poems, James P. Driscoll uses archetypal psychology to explore Milton's great themes of God, man, woman, and evil and offers readers deepened understanding of Jung's profound thoughts on Godhead. The Father, the Son, Satan, Messiah, Samson, Adam, and Eve gain new dimensions of meaning as... more...

  • Quests of Differenceby G. Douglas Atkins

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In this eminently readable book, G. Douglas Atkins continues the efforts undertaken in Reading Deconstruction/Deconstructive Reading to open eighteenth-century texts to the insights of recent critical theory. Through close readings of most of Pope's major poems, Atkins demonstrates how the powerful theoretical movement known as deconstruction enriches,... more...

  • Toward an Augustan Poeticby Alexander Ward Allison

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The almost universal adulation given Edmund Waller in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries -- an adulation which, often as not, attached to his reform of poetry -- has been commonly accepted with little question of the grounds on which it is based. In this essay Alexander Ward Allison presents for the first time a specific analysis... more...

  • Milton's Ontology, Cosmogony, and Physicsby Walter Clyde Curry

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Walter Clyde Curry, a well-known student of Milton, analyzes the origins and unique construction of the grand stage upon which Milton presents the drama of human destiny in Paradise Lost . Through close examination of four entities -- Heaven of Heavens, Hell, chaos, and the World -- a greatly expanded view is provided of the poet's concept of space... more...

  • Utmost Artby Mary Ellen Rickey

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    George Herbert has always been regarded as a man of singular piety and a poet of uncommon technical ability. Until recent times, however, he was usually thought to have written prosodically ingenious but conceptually thin verse. Mary Ellen Rickey, through a close examination of Herbert's poetry, reveals the high concentration of ideas in his verse... more...

  • Rhyme and Meaning in Richard Crashawby Mary Ellen Rickey

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Richard Crashaw's use of rhyme is one of the distinctive aspects of his poetic technique, and in the first systematic analysis of his rhyme craft, Mary Ellen Rickey concludes that he was keenly interested in rhyme as a technical device. She traces Crashaw's development of rhyme repetitions from the simple designs of his early epigrams and secular... more...

  • With Mortal Voiceby John T. Shawcross

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    More often than not, critics have looked upon Milton's great epic not as a literary work but rather as a theological tract or a display of Renaissance learning. In this book John Shawcross seeks to redress that critical imbalance by examining the poem for its literary values. In doing so he reveals the scope and depth of Milton's poetic craftsmanship... more...

  • Divided Fictionsby Kristina Straub

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    Today Fanny Burney's venture into authorship would not be questionable. She was, after all, a daughter of a celebrated musician, and the Burney family was know to the circle of Samuel Johnson and Hester Thrale. Yet as Kristina Straub ably shows, the public recognition which followed the publication of her first novel placed Fanny Burney in a situation... more...