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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • B S Johnson and Post-War Literatureby Martin Ryle; Julia Jordan

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    A collection of essays on the 1960s experimental writer B.S. Johnson, this book draws together new research on all aspects of his work, and, in tracing his connections to a wider circle of continental, British and American avant-garde writers, offers exciting new approaches to reading 1960s experimental fiction. more...

  • Shakespeare, Dissent and the Cold Warby Alfred Thomas

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    Shakespeare, Dissent and the Cold War is the first book to read Shakespeare's drama through the lens of Cold War politics. The book uses the Cold War experience of dissenting artists in theatre and film to highlight the coded religio-political subtexts in Hamlet , King Lear , Macbeth and The Winter's Tale . more...

  • Thomas Hardy, Time and Narrativeby Ken Ireland

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    How is Hardy's development of thematics and characters matched by that of narrative techniques and his handling of time? This book uses narratological methods to stress the interdependence of content and expression in a key transitional writer between the Victorian and Modernist eras. more...

  • Liturgie und Literaturby Norbert Kössinger; Cornelia Herberichs; Stephanie Seidl

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 140.00

    Liturgie und Literatur stehen in einem wechselvollen Spannungsverhältnis zueinander. Dies gilt sowohl für die christlich geprägte Kultur des Mittelalters wie für die Moderne. Der vorliegende Band zeichnet in exemplarischen Fallstudien verschiedener Fachdisziplinen (Sprach-, Literatur- und Geschichtswissenschaft, Philosophie und Theologie) Prozesse... more...