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Literary history and criticism

  • Words Like Daggersby Kirilka Stavreva

    UNP - Nebraska 2015; US$ 55.00

    Dramatic and documentary narratives about aggressive and garrulous women often cast such women as reckless and ultimately unsuccessful usurpers of cultural authority. Contending narratives, however, sometimes within the same texts, point to the effective subversion and undoing of the normative restrictions of social and gender hierarchies. Words... more...

  • Piers Plowmanby William Langland; Peter Sutton

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

    William Langland's 14th-century poem Piers Plowman is a disturbing and often humorous commentary on corruption and greed that remains meaningful today. The allegorical and satirical work revolves around the narrator's quest to live a good life, and takes the form of a series of dreams in which Piers, the honest plowman, appears in various guises.... more...

  • Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissanceby Michele Marrapodi

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 129.95

    This book investigates the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the European Renaissance, in the context of Italian cultural, dramatic and literary traditions. Contributors perceive the Italian presence in early modern England not as a traditional treasure trove of influence and imitation, but as a potential cultural force, consonant with... more...

  • Reading and Mapping Hardy's Roadsby Scott Rode

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    This book examines Thomas Hardy's representations of the road and the ways the archaeological and historical record of roads inform his work. Through an analysis of the uneven and often competing road signs found within three of his major novels - The Return of the Native, Tess of the D'Urbervilles , and Jude the Obscure - and by mapping the road... more...

  • The Story of Life in 25 Fossilsby Donald R. Prothero

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Every fossil tells a story. Best-selling paleontology author Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils in a gripping, scientific history of life on Earth. Recounting the adventures behind the discovery of these objects and fully interpreting their significance within the larger fossil record, Prothero creates a... more...

  • Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Bodyby Sujata Iyengar

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 140.00

    This book considers early modern and postmodern ideals of health, vigor, ability, beauty, well-being, and happiness, uncovering and historicizing the complex negotiations among physical embodiment, emotional response, and communally-sanctioned behavior in Shakespeare's literary and material world. The volume visits a series of questions about the... more...

  • All the Best Linesby George Tiffin

    Head of Zeus 2014; US$ 15.99

    An informal history of the movies told through some of cinema's best-loved scenes, from the early days of Hollywood to the present day Pithy put-downs, hard-boiled snarlings, words of love and regret?they're all here in this collection of 500 memorable movie quotes, embracing both one-liners ("My name is Pussy Galore") and slices of snappy dialogue... more...

  • As Others See Usby Tricia Malley

    Luath Press Ltd 2014; US$ 14.95

    As Others See Us is based on a photographic exhibition from Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie, who together form the renowned partnership broad daylight. Created as part of Homecoming 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth, the exhibition has returned with additional subjects for Homecoming 2014, kicking off with a major... more...

  • Immortal Memoriesby John Cairney

    Luath Press Ltd 2014; US$ 14.95

    The Immortal Memory remains the centrepiece of the traditional Burns Supper and although that rite might be seen by some to have had its day, the Immortal Memory itself still retains its importance and prestige to Burns lovers all over the world. It is an honour to be invited to present this toast and it is to honour this status and to further respect... more...

  • The Merry Muses of Caledoniaby Robert Burns; James Barke

    Luath Press Ltd 2014; US$ 9.95

    The Merry Muses of Caledonia is among Burns' best known, but least read, work. This collection of bawdy poems, some written by and some collected by Burns, ranges from celebrations of spirited women in Ellibanks, to misogyny in There was twa wives and male fantasy in Nine Inch will please a lady. These engaging poems are not lewd or distasteful... more...