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  • Balzac, James, and the Realistic Novelby William W. Stowe

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    This book has a double purpose: to compare the literary projects, theories, and careers of Balzac and Henry James, and to develop a theory of realism that can account for their unabashed mimetic intentions and for their novels' sophisticated textuality. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand... more...

  • Stevens and the Interpersonalby Mark Halliday

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    With Wallace Stevens emerging as a father figure for American poetry of the late twentieth century, Mark Halliday argues that it is time for this "poet of ideas" to undergo an ethical critique. In this bold, accessible reconsideration of Stevens' work, he insists on the importance of interpersonal relations in any account of human life in the modern... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Reconstructing Womanhoodby Hazel V. Carby

    Oxford University Press 1990; US$ 18.99

    Covering the period between the 1850s and the turn of the century, this study of 19th century narratives depicts an era of intense cultural and political activity when Afro-American women first began to emerge as novelists. more...

  • A Republic of Riversby John A. Murray

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 29.99

    "The spell of Alaska," Ella Higginson wrote in 1908, "falls upon every lover of beauty who has voyaged along those far northern snow-pearled shores...or who has drifted down the mighty rivers of the interior which flow, bell-toned and lonely, to the sea....No writer has ever described Alaska; no one writer ever will; but each must do his share, according... more...

  • American Renaissanceby F. O. Matthiessen

    Oxford University Press, USA 1968; US$ 54.99

    Book 1 From Emerson to Thoreau. Book 2 Hawthorne. Book 3 Melville. Book 4 Whitman more...

  • Reading Melville's Pierre; or, The Ambiguitiesby Brian Higgins

    LSU Press 2007; US$ 24.95

    Herman Melville's Pierre; or. The Ambiguities has a storied place in the history of American publishing. Melville began writing this follow-up to Moby-Dick in October 1851, thinking that it might prove even more significant than its predecessor. The 1852 publication of Pierre was catastrophic, however. Melville lost his English publisher, and American... more...

  • Tears of Rageby Shelly Brivic

    LSU Press 2008; US$ 24.95

    In this provocative study, Shelly Brivic presents the history of the twentieth-century American novel as a continuous narrative dialogue between white and black voices. Exploring four of the most renowned and challenging works written between 1930 and 1990 -- William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Richard Wright's Native Son, Thomas Pynchon's V., and... more...