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  • Fictions of Form in American Poetryby Stephen Cushman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    In the 1830s Alexis de Tocqueville prophesied that American writers would slight, even despise, form--that they would favor the sensational over rational order. He suggested that this attitude was linked to a distinct concept of democracy in America. Exposing the inaccuracies of such claims when applied to poetry, Stephen Cushman maintains that American... more...

  • The Writer Writing: Philosophic Acts in Literatureby Francis-Noël Thomas

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    In an age of authorless, contextless, deconstructed texts, Francis-Noël Thomas argues that it is time to re-examine a fundamental but neglected concept of literature: writing is an action whose agent is an individual. Addressing both general readers and scholars, Thomas offers two cases, Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan and Marcel Proust's A la recherche... more...

  • Authorship and Audience: Literary Performance in the American Renaissanceby Stephen Railton

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 31.50

    Stephen Railton's study of the American Renaissance proposes a fresh way of conceiving the writer as a performing artist and the text as an enactment of the drama of its own performance. Railton focuses on how major prose works of the period are preoccupied with their readers--how they seek to negotiate the conflicted space between the authors, who... more...

  • The Illustrated "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers"by Henry David Thoreau; Carl F. Hovde

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 62.50

    This book offers a selection of superb photographs by the famous turn-of-the-century photographer Herbert Gleason. Retracing one of Thoreau's early journeys, Gleason produced moving and dramatic pictures of life along the rivers of New England. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology... more...

  • 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 1983. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand... more...

  • Edmund Wilson: Centennial Reflectionsby Lewis M. Dabney

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 38.00

    Edmund Wilson helped shape American letters from the early 1920's through the mid-'60s. He remains a presence in our literary culture, and his accounts of art and society have influenced a younger generation of readers and thinkers. This vibrant collection emerges from symposiums held at the Mercantile Library and at Princeton University in 1995,... more...

  • Ersatz Americaby Rebecca Mark

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 29.50

    From the popular legend of Pocahontas to the Civil War soap opera Gone with the Wind to countless sculpted heads of George Washington that adorn homes and museums, whole industries have emerged to feed America?s addiction to imaginary histories that cover up the often violent acts of building a homogeneous nation. In Ersatz America, Rebecca... more...

  • Prophetic Remembranceby Erica Still

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 24.50

    Using the term "prophetic remembrance" to articulate the expression of a constituent faith in the performative capacity of language, Erica Still shows how black subjectivity is born of and interprets cultural trauma. She brings together African American neo-slave narratives and Black South African postapartheid narratives to reveal the processes... more...

  • Faszination Paulo Coelhoby Andrea Herbst

    Tectum Verlag 2014; US$ 22.70

    Haben Sie schon einmal Werke von Paulo Coelho gelesen? Haben Sie sich dann schon einmal gefragt, was Sie zu diesen Büchern hinzog? Andrea Herbst ergründet die Faszinationskraft ausgewählter Werke des brasilianischen Erfolgsautors. Sie zeichnet dabei ein Bild vom Menschen in der postmodernen Gesellschaft, seinen Wünschen, Sehnsüchten und Nöten und seines... more...