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  • Edmund Wilsonby Lewis M. Dabney

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 42.95 US$ 34.36

    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...

  • Fictions of Form in American Poetryby Stephen Cushman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 31.95 US$ 25.56

    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 Writingby Francis-NoŽl Thomas

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    In an age of authorless, contextless, deconstructed texts, Francis-NoŽl 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 Audienceby Stephen Railton

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00 US$ 28.00

    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...

  • 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,... 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...

  • Zones of Focused Ambiguity in Siri Hustvedt?s Worksby Johanna Hartmann; Christine Marks; Hubert Zapf

    De Gruyter 2016; US$ 140.00

    This collection comprises essays from various interdisciplinary perspectives ? e.g. literary scholarship, intermediality, art history, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and narrative medicine ? to analyze and interpret the fictional and non-fictional works by Siri Hustvedt, an author whose reputation and public presence have been growing steadily... more...

  • Performatively Speakingby Debra J. Rosenthal

    University of Virginia Press 2015; US$ 24.50

    In Performatively Speaking, Debra Rosenthal draws on speech act theory to open up the current critical conversation about antebellum American fiction and culture and to explore what happens when writers use words not just to represent action but to constitute action itself. Examining moments of discursive action in a range of canonical... more...

  • Failed Frontiersmenby James J. Donahue

    University of Virginia Press 2015; US$ 27.50

    In Failed Frontiersmen, James Donahue writes that one of the founding and most persistent mythologies of the United States is that of the American frontier. Looking at a selection of twentieth-century American male fiction writers?E. L. Doctorow, John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, Gerald Vizenor, and Cormac McCarthy?he shows ... more...

  • Handbook of Transatlantic North American Studiesby Julia Straub

    De Gruyter 2016; US$ 280.00

    Transatlantic literary studies has established itself as a major scholarly approach, investigating the close links, refractions and interferences between North American, British and Irish cultural production. This handbook brings together succinct articles on the central concepts and topics, such as literary movements, periods, genres, authors, media,... more...