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  • Inventing the Enemyby Umberto Eco

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012; US$ 15.95

    A  collection of timely essays written over the last ten years by Umberto Eco, internationally acclaimed and best-selling author. more...

  • CliffsNotes on Conrad's Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharerby Daniel Moran

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2000; US$ 5.99

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on The Heart of Darkness & The Secret Sharer, you... more...

  • Close Readersby Alan Stewart

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 33.95

    Humanism, in both its rhetoric and practice, attempted to transform the relationships between men that constituted the fabric of early modern society. So argues Alan Stewart in this ground-breaking investigation into the impact of humanism in sixteenth-century England. Here the author shows that by valorizing textual skills over martial prowess, humanism... more...

  • Framing Authorityby Mary Thomas Crane

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 37.50

    Writers in sixteenth-century England often kept commonplace books in which to jot down notable fragments encountered during reading or conversation, but few critics have fully appreciated the formative influence this activity had on humanism. Focusing on the discursive practices of "gathering" textual fragments and "framing" or forming, arranging,... more...

  • Proclaiming a Classicby Daniel Javitch

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Despite its immediate popularity and its acclaim as a modern equal of the ancient epics, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso (published in its final version in 1532) was for learned readers a perplexing work: it mixed romance, epic, and lyric poetry, poked fun at its marvelous and outmoded chivalric matter, contained many interrupted narrative threads, and... more...

  • Allegories of Loveby Diana de Armas Wilson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    In the work he considered his masterpiece, Persiles and Sigismunda, Cervantes finally explores the reality of woman--an abstraction largely idealized in his earlier writing. Traditional critics have perpetuated this disembodied ideal woman: "Every Man," claimed the translators of the 1706 Don Quixote, has "some darling Dulcinea of his Thoughts." As... more...

  • Making a Matchby Ann Jennalie Cook

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.50

    Making a Match examines the various options posed at every stage of English wooing, together with the presentation of these protocols in the plays of Shakespeare. Across the canon, wooing may command either a casual reference or a central position in the action, but no play escapes a connection of some kind. Instead of taking a fixed position on... more...

  • Divine and Poetic Freedom in the Renaissanceby Ullrich Langer

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    The closely related problems of creativity and freedom have long been seen as emblematic of the Renaissance. Ullrich Langer, however, argues that French and Italian Renaissance literature can be profitably reconceived in terms of the way these problems are treated in late medieval scholasticism in general and nominalist theology in particular. Looking... more...

  • Chaucerian Theatricalityby John M. Ganim

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Whereas modern criticism has emphasized the unity and sense of permanence in The Canterbury Tales, John Ganim alerts us to a dialectically opposing dimension that Chaucer's poetics shares with the popular culture of the late Middle Ages: his celebration of the ephemeral and his sense of performance. Ganim uses the concept of theatricality to illuminate... more...

  • Verbal Dueling in Heroic Narrativeby Wards Parks

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 31.00

    This work is a rare cross-cultural study of one of the most universal dialogic genres: heroic flyting, or the verbal duel in which the heroes, prior to physical combat, make boastful claims that must be backed up through action in the arena of public contesting. Long recognized as an elemental behavioral paradigm in human consciousness, the contest... more...