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Literary history and criticism

  • Literature and the Growth of British Nationalismby Francesco Crocco

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 40.00

    This book explores how British Romantic poetry--the writing, reading, and critical reception of it--reinforced British nationalism in the 19th century, ripening the political processes of nationhood that began with the first Act of Union in 1707. Using archival research on literary collections, criticism and reviews, this study documents the rise of... more...

  • The Arthur of the Italiansby Regina Psaki; Gloria Allaire

    University of Wales Press 2014; US$ 130.00

    The Arthurian legend in medieval and Renaissance Italy is the focus of this new collaborative history. more...

  • Literature and the Creative Economyby Sarah Brouillette

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 45.00

    For nearly twenty years, social scientists and policy makers have been highly interested in the idea of the creative economy. This book contends that mainstream considerations of the economic and social force of culture, including theories of the creative class and of cognitive and immaterial labor, are indebted to historic conceptions of the art... more...

  • Shakespeare and Feminist Performanceby Sarah Werner

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 42.95

    How do performances of Shakespeare change the meanings of the plays? In this controversial new book, Sarah Werner argues that the text of a Shakespeare play is only one of the many factors that give a performance its meaning. By focusing on The Royal Shakespeare Company, Werner demonstrates how actor training, company management and gender politics... more...

  • Reading Green in Early Modern Englandby Leah Knight

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 104.95

    Ranging across contexts from early modern optics and olfaction to horticultural grafting and herbal health care, this book offers a cultural history of a color. It mines many pages from the period-not literally but tropically, metaphorically green-that cultivate a variety of unexpected meanings of green and the atmosphere and powers it exuded in the... more...

  • Outlaw Fathers in Victorian and Modern British Literatureby Helena Gurfinkel

    Fairleigh Dickinson 2014; US$ 79.99

    Outlaw Fathers provides an innovative reading of fatherhood and father-son relationships in a number of Victorian and modern literary texts. In addition to using an inventive psychoanalytic paradigm for redefining, or queering, the concept of patriarchy in literary studies and theory, it joins a larger contemporary conversation about changing masculinities... more...

  • Chaucer and Arrayby Laura F. Hodges

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 99.00

    The use Chaucer made of costume rhetoric, and its function within his works, are examined here for the first time. The study explores Chaucer's knowledge of the conventional imagery of medieval literary genres, especially medieval romances and fabliaux , and his manipulation of rhetorical conventions through variations and omissions. In particular,... more...

  • Inspiration in the Age of Enlightenmentby Sarah Eron

    University of Delaware 2014; US$ 84.99

    Inspiration in the Age of Enlightenment reconsiders theories of apostrophe and poetic authority to argue that the Augustan age created a new form of inspiration, one that not only changed the relationship of literary production to authority in the modern period but that also crucially contributes to defining the movement of secularization in literature... more...

  • Sexual Sameness (Routledge Revivals)by Joseph Bristow

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    First published in 1992, Sexual Sameness examines the differing textual strategies male and female writers have developed to celebrate homosexuality. Examining such writers as E.M. Forster, James Baldwin, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Audre Lourde, this wide-ranging book demonstrates how literature has been one of the few cultural spaces in which sexual... more...

  • Shakespeare's America, America's Shakespeare (Routledge Revivals)by Michael D. Bristol

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    First published in 1990, this title explores the nature of the interaction between Shakespeare and American culture. Shakespeare stands at the center of an elaborate institutional reality, closely tied to both cultural and ideological production. His plays, Michael Bristol asserts, help to constitute a primary affirmative theme of much American culture... more...