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  • Leo Tolstoyby Richard F. Gustafson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 63.00

    Much of what was central to Tolstoy seems embarrassing to Western and Soviet critics, points out Richard Gustafson in his absorbing argument for the predominance of Tolstoy's religious viewpoint in all his writings. Received opinion says that there are two Tolstoys, the pre-conversion artist and the post-conversion religious thinker and prophet, but... more...

  • Authority, Autonomy, and Representation in American Literature, 1776-1865by Mark R. Patterson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, a familiar scene appears and reappears in American literature: a speaker stands before a crowd of men and women, attempting to mitigate their natural suspicions in order to form a body of federated wills. In this important study of the relationship of literature and politics, Mark Patterson argues that... more...

  • Literature as National Institutionby Vassilis Lambropoulos

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 33.95

    This book examines how the practices of criticism establish a particular domain of knowledge, the truth of literature. As a discussion of the ideology and politics of literary knowledge, it concentrates on constitutive elements of its production: the intertextuality of writing, the mediatedness of understanding, the formative role of reading expectations,... more...

  • The Semantics of Desireby Philip M. Weinstein

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 40.95

    This work examines the dialectic of desire and value, as it affects the protagonist's identity, in fiction from Dickens and George Eliot through Hardy and Conrad to Lawrence and Joyce. Philip Weinstein describes the growing sexualization of the imagined body--the transformation of the protagonistic self from a figure defined by semantics, signification,... more...

  • The Skeptic Dispositionby Eugene Goodheart

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Eugene Goodheart examines the skeptic disposition that has informed advanced literary discourse over the past generation, arguing that the targets of deconstructive suspicion are fundamental humanistic values. "[This book] is a fair-minded, generous critique of the deconstructionist theories of Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, and their followers. These... more...

  • Modernist Poetics of Historyby James Longenbach

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 37.00

    By thoroughly examining T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound collected and uncollected writings, James Longenbach presents their understandings of the philosophical idea of history and analyzes the strategies of historical interpretation they discussed in their critical prose and embodied in their poems including history." Originally published in 1987. The... more...

  • Ghosts of the Gothicby Judith Wilt

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 40.50

    In a fascinating study of what, during the last decade, rekindled an avid readership, Judith Wilt proposes a new theory of Gothic fiction that challenges its reputation as merely a formula to be outgrown or a stock of images for the creation of terror. Emphasizing instead its status as an enduring component of the imagination, she establishes the... more...

  • Keatsby Dorothy Bendon Van Ghent; Jeffrey Cane Robinson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 36.00

    Focusing in a new and thoroughgoing way on Keats's widely discussed interest in Greek myth, Professor Van Ghent finds the underlying coherence in both his poetry and his letters to be archetypes of the hero and his double"--pervasive myths of creation and generation reflected in his poetics of desire. Originally published in 1983. The Princeton... more...

  • Wallace Stevens and the Actual Worldby Alan Filreis

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 48.95

    The work of Wallace Stevens has been read most widely as poetry concerned with poetry, and not with the world in which it was created; deemed utterly singular, it seems to resist being read as the record of a life and times. In this critical biography Alan Filreis presents a detailed challenge to this exceptionalist view as he traces two major periods... more...

  • River Writingby James Applewhite

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    "These poems are the waves emanating from the gravitational fall of my runs by the Eno river," writes James Applewhite, "and other travels, into a self I could not otherwise know. They are my repetitive song of belief in the possibility of presence in language.". From "Observing the Sun": On a bank overlooking the Eno, I feel us as lightly aligned... more...