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  • American Literature and Scienceby Robert Scholnick

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Literature and science are two disciplines are two disciplines often thought to be unrelated, if not actually antagonistic. But Robert J. Scholnick points out that these areas of learning, up through the beginning of the nineteenth century, "were understood as parts of a unitary endeavor." By mid-century they had diverged, but literature and science... more...

  • Gwendolyn Brooksby D.H. Melhem

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the major American poets of this century and the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry (1950). Yet far less critical attention has focused on her work than on that of her peers. In this comprehensive biocritical study, Melhem -- herself a poet and critic -- traces the development of Brooks's poetry over... more...

  • Hicks, Tribes, and Dirty Realistsby Robert Rebein

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Robert Rebein argues that much literary fiction of the 1980s and 90s represents a triumphant, if tortured, return to questions about place and the individual that inspired the works of Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and other giants of American literature. Concentrating on the realist bent and regional orientation in contemporary fiction, he... more...

  • New Strangers in Paradiseby Gilbert H. Muller

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    New Strangers in Paradise offers the first in-depth account of the ways in which contemporary American fiction has been shaped by the successive generations of immigrants to reach U.S. shores. Gilbert Muller reveals how the intersections of peoples, regions, and competing cultural histories have remade the American cultural landscape in the aftermath... more...

  • The Half-Bloodby William J. Scheick

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    The half-blood -- half Indian, half white -- is a frequent figure in the popular fiction of nineteenth-century America, for he (or sometimes she) served to symbolize many of the conflicting cultural values with which American society was then wrestling. In literature, as in real life the half-blood was a product of the frontier, embodying the conflict... more...

  • Conversations with Kentucky Writers IIby Linda Elisabeth Beattie

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In this sequel to Conversations with Kentucky Writers , L. Elisabeth Beattie brings together in-depth interviews with sixteen of the state's premiere wordsmiths. This new volume offers the perspectives of poets, journalists, and scholars as they discuss their views on creativity, the teaching of writing, and the importance of Kentucky in their... more...

  • The Presence of Camõesby George Monteiro

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    Of the great epic poets in the Western tradition, Luis Vaz de Camões (c. 1524- 1580) remains perhaps the least known outside his native Portugal, and his influence on literature in English has not been fully recognized. In this major work of comparative scholarship, George Monteiro thus breaks new ground, focusing on English-language writers whose... more...

  • Laurel and Thornby Robert J. Higgs

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    To examine the social and cultural significance of the athlete hero in American literature, Robert J. Higgs turns to the works of Ring Lardner, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams. Higgs views the athlete in literature not as an artistic creation but as one... more...

  • Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hopeby Lucas E. Morel

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    An important new collection of original essays that examine how Ellison's landmark novel, Invisible Man (1952), addresses the social, cultural, political, economic, and racial contradictions of America. Commenting on the significance of Mark Twain's writings, Ralph Ellison wrote that "a novel could be fashioned as a raft of hope, perception and entertainment... more...

  • Reading Africa into American Literatureby Keith Cartwright

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    The literature often considered the most American is rooted not only in European and Western culture but also in African and American Creole cultures. Keith Cartwright places the literary texts of such noted authors as George Washington Cable, W.E.B. DuBois, Alex Haley, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Joel Chandler Harris, Herman... more...