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  • 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...

  • Court and Country Politics in the Plays of Beaumont and Fletcherby Philip J. Finkelpearl

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 34.00

    The seventeenth-century English collaborative authors Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher were not only the most popular playwrights of their day but also literary figures highly esteemed by the great critics of the age, Jonson and Dryden. Concentrating on the passions of the royalty and high nobility in a courtly atmosphere, their dramas are now usually... more...

  • Fabricating Historyby Barton R. Friedman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 32.00

    Barton Friedman demonstrates the ways in which English men of letters in the nineteenth century attempted to grasp the dynamics of history and to fashion order, however fragile, out of its apparent chaos. The authors he discusses--Blake, Scott, Hazlitt, Carlyle, Dickens, and Hardy--found in the French Revolution an event more compelling as a paradigm... more...

  • Language and Decadence in the Victorian Fin de Siecleby Linda C. Dowling

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 39.00

    As Dr. Dowling demonstrates, literary Decadence in this linguistic and cultural context was to reveal itself as a mode of Romanticism demoralized by philology. Decadent writers like Paler and Wilde and Beardslcy sought to preserve a few precious fragments from what they imagined--and paradoxically welcomed--as England's imminent decline and fall.... more...

  • Academy Dictionaries 1600?1800by John Considine

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    A comprehensive account of dictionaries during a key period in their development, when they were compiled in academies across Europe. more...

  • Popular Literature, Authorship and the Occult in Late Victorian Britainby Andrew McCann

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 76.00

    A study of the representation of the occult in late-Victorian popular fiction, exploring different perceptions of authorship and creativity. more...

  • Dante und die Templergnosisby Joseph P. Strelka

    Narr Francke Attempto 2012; US$ 64.92

    Dantes Göttliche Komödie, eines der größten Werke der Weltliteratur, ist erst nach siebenhundert Jahren der Auslegung und Forschung als dichterisches Zeugnis der untergegangenen geistigen Tradition der Templergnosis erkannt worden. Der erste und wichtigste Bahnbrecher dieser Entdeckung, Robert John, hat die Templergnosis eine Glückseligkeitslehre genannt.... 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...