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  • 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...

  • 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-NoŽl Thomas

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    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 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...