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  • Making a Matchby Ann Jennalie Cook

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.50

    Making a Match examines the various options posed at every stage of English wooing, together with the presentation of these protocols in the plays of Shakespeare. Across the canon, wooing may command either a casual reference or a central position in the action, but no play escapes a connection of some kind. Instead of taking a fixed position on... more...

  • Fabricating Historyby Barton R. Friedman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 32.00

    Barton Friedman demonstrates the ways in which English men of letters in the nineteenth century attempted to grasp the dynamics of history and to fashion order, however fragile, out of its apparent chaos. The authors he discusses--Blake, Scott, Hazlitt, Carlyle, Dickens, and Hardy--found in the French Revolution an event more compelling as a paradigm... more...

  • Popular Literature, Authorship and the Occult in Late Victorian Britainby Andrew McCann

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 76.00

    A study of the representation of the occult in late-Victorian popular fiction, exploring different perceptions of authorship and creativity. more...

  • Coleridge and the Philosophy of Poetic Formby Ewan James Jones

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 76.00

    Argues that Coleridge's most important philosophical ideas were expressed not through theoretical argument but through his poems. more...

  • Chaucerian Theatricalityby John M. Ganim

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Whereas modern criticism has emphasized the unity and sense of permanence in The Canterbury Tales, John Ganim alerts us to a dialectically opposing dimension that Chaucer's poetics shares with the popular culture of the late Middle Ages: his celebration of the ephemeral and his sense of performance. Ganim uses the concept of theatricality to illuminate... more...

  • Verbal Dueling in Heroic Narrativeby Wards Parks

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 31.00

    This work is a rare cross-cultural study of one of the most universal dialogic genres: heroic flyting, or the verbal duel in which the heroes, prior to physical combat, make boastful claims that must be backed up through action in the arena of public contesting. Long recognized as an elemental behavioral paradigm in human consciousness, the contest... more...

  • Court and Country Politics in the Plays of Beaumont and Fletcherby Philip J. Finkelpearl

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 34.00

    The seventeenth-century English collaborative authors Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher were not only the most popular playwrights of their day but also literary figures highly esteemed by the great critics of the age, Jonson and Dryden. Concentrating on the passions of the royalty and high nobility in a courtly atmosphere, their dramas are now usually... more...

  • Language and Decadence in the Victorian Fin de Siecleby Linda C. Dowling

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 39.00

    As Dr. Dowling demonstrates, literary Decadence in this linguistic and cultural context was to reveal itself as a mode of Romanticism demoralized by philology. Decadent writers like Paler and Wilde and Beardslcy sought to preserve a few precious fragments from what they imagined--and paradoxically welcomed--as England's imminent decline and fall.... more...

  • Close Readersby Alan Stewart

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 33.95

    Humanism, in both its rhetoric and practice, attempted to transform the relationships between men that constituted the fabric of early modern society. So argues Alan Stewart in this ground-breaking investigation into the impact of humanism in sixteenth-century England. Here the author shows that by valorizing textual skills over martial prowess, humanism... more...

  • B S Johnson and Post-War Literatureby Martin Ryle; Julia Jordan

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    A collection of essays on the 1960s experimental writer B.S. Johnson, this book draws together new research on all aspects of his work, and, in tracing his connections to a wider circle of continental, British and American avant-garde writers, offers exciting new approaches to reading 1960s experimental fiction. more...