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  • The New Deathby Pearl James

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 59.50

    Adopting the term "new death," which was used to describe the unprecedented and horrific scale of death caused by the First World War, Pearl James uncovers several touchstones of American modernism that refer to and narrate traumatic death. The sense of paradox was pervasive: death was both sanctified and denied; notions of heroism were both essential... more...

  • Artistic Ambassadorsby Brian Russell Roberts

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 55.00

    During the first generation of black participation in U.S. diplomacy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a vibrant community of African American writers and cultural figures worked as U.S. representatives abroad. Through the literary and diplomatic dossiers of figures such as Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Archibald and... more...

  • Drawing the Lineby Doreen Fowler

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 35.00

    In an original contribution to the psychoanalytic approach to literature, Doreen Fowler focuses on the fiction of four major American writers?William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Flannery O'Connor, and Toni Morrison?to examine the father's function as a "border figure." Although the father has most commonly been interpreted as the figure who introduces opposition... more...

  • Characters of Bloodby Celeste-Marie Bernier

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 39.50

    Across the centuries, the acts and arts of black heroism have inspired a provocative, experimental, and self-reflexive intellectual, political, and aesthetic tradition. In Characters of Blood, Celeste-Marie Bernier illuminates the ways in which six iconic men and women?Toussaint Louverture, Nathaniel Turner, Sengbe Pieh, Sojourner Truth, Frederick... more...

  • Activism and the American Novelby Channette Romero

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 22.50

    Since the 1980s, many activists and writers have turned from identity politics toward ethnic religious traditions to rediscover and reinvigorate their historic role in resistance to colonialism and oppression. In her examination of contemporary fiction by women of color?including Toni Morrison, Ana Castillo, Toni Cade Bambara, Louise Erdrich, and... more...

  • Quirks of the Quantumby Samuel Chase Coale

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 24.50

    Episodic and disconnected, much of postmodern fiction mirrors the world as quantum theorists describe it, according to Samuel Chase Coale. In Quirks of the Quantum, Coale shows how the doubts, misgivings, and ambiguities reflected in the postmodern American novel have been influenced by the metaphors and models of quantum theory. Coale explains... more...

  • Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Centuryby Angus Cleghorn; Bethany Hicok; Thomas Travisano

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 35.00

    In recent years, a series of major collections of posthumous writings by Elizabeth Bishop--one of the most widely read and discussed poets of the twentieth century--have been published, profoundly affecting how we look at her life and work. The hundreds of letters, poems, and other writings in these volumes have expanded Bishop?s published work by... more...

  • Neobaroque in the Americasby Monika Kaup

    University of Virginia Press 2012; US$ 29.50

    In a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of modern and postmodern literature, film, art, and visual culture, Monika Kaup examines the twentieth century's recovery of the baroque within a hemispheric framework embracing North America, Latin America, and U.S. Latino/a culture. As "neobaroque" comes to the forefront of New World studies, attention... more...

  • Upon Provincialismby Bill Hardwig

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 49.50

    Drawing on tourist literature, travelogues, and local-color fiction about the South, Bill Hardwig tracks the ways in which the nation's leading interdisciplinary periodicals, especially the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, and the Century , translated and broadcast the predominant narratives about the late-nineteenth-century South. In many ways, he... more...

  • Between the Novel and the Newsby Sari Edelstein

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 55.00

    While American literary history has long acknowledged the profound influence of journalism on canonical male writers, Sari Edelstein argues that American women writers were also influenced by a dynamic relationship with the mainstream press. From the early republic through the turn of the twentieth century, she offers a comprehensive reassessment... more...