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  • Das Nichts und der Schmerzby Sarina Schnatwinkel

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 56.00

    Die Romane von Bret Easton Ellis erfordern einen starken Magen, lŲsen Gšnsehaut aus - und sind dennoch faszinierend. Nicht umsonst sind sie scharf kritisiert, aber auch umjubelt worden. Was also macht den Reiz der Romane des Skandalautors aus? Sarina Schnatwinkel beantwortet diese Frage, indem sie alle sechs bisher erschienenen Romane von Ellis kritisch... more...

  • The Myths That Made Americaby Heike Paul

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 29.00

    This essential introduction to American Studies examines the core foundational myths which the nation is based upon and which still determine discussions of US-American identities today. These myths include the myth of discovery, the Pocahontas myth, the myth of the Promised Land, the myth of the founding fathers, the frontier myth, the myth of the... more...

  • Performing Authorship in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Lecture Tourby Amanda Adams

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 104.95

    Expanding our understanding of what it meant to be a nineteenth-century author, Amanda Adams takes up the concept of performative, embodied authorship in relationship to the transatlantic lecture tour. Adams examines tours by British and American authors, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Martineau, Charles Dickens, and Oscar... more...

  • Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fictionby Judie Newman

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 125.00

    This book examines the quest for/failure of Utopia across a range of contemporary American/transnational fictions in relation to terror and globalization through authors such as Susan Choi, Andrť Dubus, Dalia Sofer, and John Updike. While recent critical thinkers have reengaged with Utopia, the possibility of terror ? whether state or non-state, external... more...

  • Dramatizing Time in Twentieth-Century Fictionby William Vesterman

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 125.00

    How have twentieth-century writers used techniques in fiction to communicate the human experience of time? Dramatizing Time in Twentieth-Century Fiction explores this question by analyzing major narratives of the last century that demonstrate how time becomes variously manifested to reflect and illuminate its operation in our lives. Offering... more...

  • Hypermasculinities in the Contemporary Novelby Josef Benson

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 64.99

    This book examines exaggerated masculinities in select novels by James Baldwin, Cormac McCarthy, and Toni Morrison. Through this analysis Josef Benson connects the masculinities of frontier figures with black male protagonists in postwar American novels, and how these novels present alternative ideal masculinities. more...

  • Tragedy in the Contemporary American Theatreby Robert J. Andreach

    University Press of America 2014; US$ 32.99

    This book examines plays by contemporary playwrights and compares them alongside the works of Eugene O?Neill, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams. Andreach argues that tragedy is not only present in contemporary American theatre, but issues from an expectation fundamental to American culture: the pressure on characters to create themselves. more...

  • Edmund Wilsonby 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 Writingby 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...