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  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revisedby Thomas C. Foster

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide?a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts?that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are... more...

  • Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Readby Henry Hitchings

    John Murray 2012; Not Available

    Ever wondered how some people seem to have an opinion on every book ever published? Nowadays, there are so many books: how can anyone be well read anymore? Well, help is at hand. Let Henry Hitchings educate you in the invaluable skill of literary bluffing in this survivor's guide to talking about books you haven't read. With tips on how to bluff... more...

  • On Difficultyby George Steiner

    Open Road Media 2013; US$ 14.99

    A distinguished collection of essays on language, literature, and philosophy from acclaimed scholar and critic George Steiner On Difficulty is as provocative and relevant today as when its essays were first published. Ranging from critical topics such as the understanding of language to the meaning of meaning, inward speech to the relationship... more...

  • What to Read (and Not)by Tom LeClair

    Dzanc Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    These essays and reviews are mostly about literary fiction published in the last ten years and are written from the perspective of a fan of the McElroy/Coover/DeLillo axis or, more recently, the Powers/Vollmann/Wallace axis. The review-essays include pieces on all of the National Book Award fiction finalists of the last five years. Reviews selected... more...

  • Karl Marx and World Literatureby S.S. Prawer

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 29.95

    ?Very few men,? said Bakunin, ?have read as much, and, it may be added, have read as intelligently, as M. Marx.? S. S. Prawer?s highly influential work explores how the world of imaginative literature?poems, novels, plays?infused and shaped Marx?s writings, from his unpublished correspondence, to his pamphlets and major works. In exploring Marx?s use... more...

  • Beneath the American Renaissanceby David S. Reynolds

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 17.99

    The award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period, as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind... more...

  • The Republic of Imaginationby Azar Nafisi

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 14.99

    A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to change people?s lives, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran , which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught... more...

  • By the Bookby Pamela Paul; Scott Turow

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 28.99

    Sixty-five of the world?s leading writers open up about the books and authors that have meant the most to them Every Sunday, readers of The New York Times Book Review turn with anticipation to see which novelist, historian, short story writer, or artist will be the subject of the popular By the Book feature. These wide-ranging interviews are... more...

  • Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert 38/1by Carsten Zelle

    Wallstein Verlag 2014; US$ 14.60

    »Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert« wurde 1977 als Mitteilungsblatt der »Deutschen Gesellschaft für die Erforschung des achtzehnten Jahrhunderts« gegründet und seit 1987 zur wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift der deutschen Dixhuitièmisten ausgebaut.   Biographische Informationen Carsten Zelle ist Professor für Neugermanistik an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum.... more...

  • Abbrücheby Jörg Albrecht

    Wallstein Verlag 2014; US$ 41.74

    Spätestens seit Tristram Shandy nutzen viele Autoren den Abbruch als Stilmittel. Er macht blitzartig die Grenzen des Textes, seine Mittel und Entstehungsbedingungen sichtbar und hinterfragt sie: Könnten die Geschichten auch anders erzählt werden, die Subjekte anders handeln? Man will seine Geschichte erzählen und scheitert daran, aber in diesem Scheitern... more...