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  • The Fiction of Junot Díazby Heather Ostman

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 74.99

    This book looks at the work of acclaimed author Junot Díaz, closely examining the linguistic, popular culture, and literary references that are woven throughout his work. Ostman also considers Diaz?s work as it relates to issues of identity, citizenship, culture, language, class, gender, and race. more...

  • The Way of the Writerby Charles Johnson

    Scribner 2016; US$ 24.00 US$ 17.99

    From Charles Johnson?a National Book Award winner, Professor Emeritus at University of Washington, and one of America?s preeminent scholars on literature and race?comes an instructive, inspiring guide to the craft and art of writing. An award-winning novelist, philosopher, essayist, screenwriter, professor, and cartoonist, Charles Johnson has devoted... more...

  • Canon Constitution and Canon Change in Children?s Literatureby Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer; Anja Müller

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    This volume focuses on the (de)canonization processes in children?s literature, considering the construction and cultural-historical changes of canons in different children?s literatures. Chapters by international experts in the field explore a wide range of different children?s literatures from Great Britain, Germany, Scandinavia, the Low Countries,... more...

  • Little Magazine, World Formby Eric Bulson

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 59.99

    Little magazines made modernism. These unconventional, noncommercial publications may have brought writers such as James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, and Wallace Stevens to the world but, as Eric Bulson shows in Little Magazine, World Form , their reach and importance extended far beyond Europe and the United States.... more...

  • Summary and Analysis of The Great Gatsbyby Worth Books

    Worth Books 2016; US$ 2.99

    So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Great Gatsby tells you what you need to know?before or after you read F. Scott Fitzgerald?s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader.   This short summary and analysis The Great Gatsby... more...

  • Good Formby Jesse Rosenthal

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 45.00 US$ 40.95

    What do we mean when we say that a novel?s conclusion ?feels right?? How did feeling, form, and the sense of right and wrong get mixed up, during the nineteenth century, in the experience of reading a novel? Good Form argues that Victorian readers associated the feeling of narrative form?of being pulled forward to a satisfying conclusion?with inner... more...

  • Reaping Something Newby Daniel Hack

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 35.00 US$ 31.85

    Tackling fraught but fascinating issues of cultural borrowing and appropriation, this groundbreaking book reveals that Victorian literature was put to use in African American literature and print culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in much more intricate, sustained, and imaginative ways than previously suspected. From reprinting... more...

  • The Clothing of Booksby Jhumpa Lahiri

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2016; US$ 7.95

    How do you clothe a book? In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize?winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what... more...

  • Prizing Children?s Literatureby Kenneth B. Kidd; Joseph T. Thomas Jr.

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Children's book awards have mushroomed since the early twentieth-century and especially since the 1960s, when literary prizing became a favored strategy for both commercial promotion and canon-making. There are over 300 awards for English-language titles alone, but despite the profound impact of children?s book awards, scholars have paid relatively... more...

  • The Elephants in My Backyardby Rajiv Surendra

    Regan Arts. 2016; US$ 26.95 US$ 19.99

    Rajiv Surendra was filming  Mean Girls , playing the beloved rapping mathlete Kevin Gnapoor, when a cameraman insisted he read Yann Martel's  Life of Pi . So begins his "lovely and human" (Jenny Lawson, author of  Furiously Happy ) tale of obsessively pursuing a dream, overcoming failure, and finding meaning in life. ?This was a once-in-a-lifetime... more...