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  • Traces of Another Timeby Margaret Scanlan

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Is the historical novel the outmoded genre that some people imagine--form inseparable from romanticism, nationalism, and the nineteenth century? In this stimulating volume, Margaret Scanlan answers a convincing "no," as she demonstrates the relevance of historical novels by well-known figures such as Anthony Burgess, John le Carr, Graham Greene, Doris... more...

  • Gender and Romance in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"by Susan Crane

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 30.00

    In this fresh look at Chaucer's relation to English and French romances of the late Middle Ages, Crane shows that Chaucer's depictions of masculinity and femininity constitute an extensive and sympathetic response to the genre. For Chaucer, she proposes, gender is the defining concern of romance. As the foundational narratives of courtship, romances... more...

  • Henry James and the Culture of Consumptionby Miranda El-Rayess

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 72.00

    This book focuses on Henry James's engagement with the fast-developing consumer culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. more...

  • Aestheticism and Deconstructionby Jonathan Loesberg

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 30.95

    Considered an exemplar of "Art-for-Art's Sake" in Victorian art and literature, Walter Pater (1839-1894) was co-opted as a standard bearer for the cult of hedonism by Oscar Wilde, and this version of aestheticism has since been used to attack deconstruction. Here Jonathan Loesberg boldly uses Pater's important work on society and culture, Studies... more...

  • The Vital Science (Routledge Revivals)by Peter Morton

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    In this title, first published in 1984, Peter Morton argues that in late Victorian Britain a group of novelists and essayists quite consciously sought and found ideas in post-Darwinian biology that were susceptible to imaginative transformation. The period between 1860 and 1900 was a time of great confusion in biology; the natural selection hypothesis... more...

  • Spectrum of Decadence (Routledge Revivals)by Murray Pittock

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    The 1890s, the Naughty Nineties, was an exciting and flamboyant time in British life and literature. First published in 1993, this title traces the genesis of the literary culture of the 1890s through some of the popular novels and literary texts of the period. By examining works by such writers as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, W. B. Yeats, and Walter... more...

  • Post-War Spanish Women Novelists and the Recuperation of Historical Memoryby Patricia O'Byrne

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 95.00

    Reconstructs through testimonial literature the repression of women during the Franco years and recovers the writings of some of the forgotten post-war women novelists. more...

  • Thinking Out Loudby Christopher Gauker

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 42.00

    Most contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and linguists think of language as basically a means by which speakers reveal their thoughts to others. Christopher Gauker calls this "the Lockean theory of language," since Locke was one of its early exponents, and he contends that it is fundamentally mistaken. The Lockean theory, he argues, cannot adequately... more...

  • Milton and the Revolutionary Readerby Sharon Achinstein

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 36.00

    The English Revolution was a revolution in reading, with over 22,000 pamphlets exploding from the presses between 1640 and 1661. What this phenomenon meant to the political life of the nation is the subject of Sharon Achinsteins book. Considering a wide range of writers, from John Milton, Thomas Hobbes, John Lilburne, John Cleveland, and William Prynne... more...

  • Literature as National Institutionby Vassilis Lambropoulos

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 33.95

    This book examines how the practices of criticism establish a particular domain of knowledge, the truth of literature. As a discussion of the ideology and politics of literary knowledge, it concentrates on constitutive elements of its production: the intertextuality of writing, the mediatedness of understanding, the formative role of reading expectations,... more...