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  • Cotton's Queer Relationsby Michael P. Bibler

    University of Virginia Press 2009; US$ 22.50

    Finally breaking through heterosexual clichés of flirtatious belles and cavaliers, sinister black rapists and lusty "Jezebels," Cotton's Queer Relations exposes the queer dynamics embedded in myths of the southern plantation. Focusing on works by Ernest J. Gaines, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, Katherine Anne Porter, Margaret... more...

  • Talking Shopby Peter Betjemann

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 35.00

    Describing everything from bread and cappuccinos to mass-market furnishings, a language of the "artisanal" saturates our culture today. That language, Peter Betjemann proposes, has a rich and specifiable history. Between 1840 and 1920, the cultural appetite for handmade chairs, tables, cabinets, and other material odds and ends flowed through narrative... more...

  • On Endingsby Daniel Grausam

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 22.50

    What does narrative look like when the possibility of an expansive future has been called into question? This query is the driving force behind Daniel Grausam?s On Endings, which seeks to show how the core texts of American postmodernism are a response to the geopolitical dynamics of the Cold War and especially to the new potential for total nuclear... more...

  • Women's Workby Courtney Thorsson

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 27.50

    In Women?s Work, Courtney Thorsson reconsiders the gender, genre, and geography of African American nationalism as she explores the aesthetic history of African American writing by women. Building on and departing from the Black Arts Movement, the literary fiction of such writers as Toni Cade Bambara, Paule Marshall, Gloria Naylor, Ntozake Shange,... more...

  • The Haverford Discussionsby Michael Lackey

    University of Virginia Press 2013; US$ 35.00

    In the late sixties and early seventies, black separatist movements were sweeping across the United States. This was the era of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael's and Charles Hamilton's Black Power, and Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice. In 1969 a group of distinguished African American intellectuals met at Haverford College... more...

  • Close Kin and Distant Relativesby Susana M. Morris

    University of Virginia Press 2014; US$ 27.50

    The "black family" in the United States and the Caribbean often holds contradictory and competing meanings in public discourse: on the one hand, it is a site of love, strength, and support; on the other hand, it is a site of pathology, brokenness, and dysfunction that has frequently called forth an emphasis on conventional respectability if stability... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...