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Semiotics & Literary Theory

  • The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwinby Michele Elam

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 22.00

    This Companion offers fresh insight into the art and politics of James Baldwin, one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. more...

  • Kazuo Ishiguro in a Global Contextby Cynthia F. Wong; Hülya Yildiz

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 104.95

    Bringing together an international group of scholars, this collection offers a fresh assessment of Kazuo Ishiguro’s evolving significance as a contemporary world author. The contributors take on a range of the aesthetic and philosophical themes that characterize Ishiguro’s work, attending to Ishiguro’s own self-identification as an international... more...

  • Space and Place in Children’s Literature, 1789 to the Presentby Maria Sachiko Cecire; Hannah Field; Kavita Mudan Finn; Malini Roy

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 109.95

    Focusing on questions of space and locale in children’s literature, this collection explores how metaphorical and physical space can create landscapes of power, knowledge, and identity in texts from the early nineteenth century to the present. The contributors, who include Philip Pullman discussing his relationship to space and locale, analyze... more...

  • Politics and Lettersby Raymond Williams; Geoff Dyer

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 26.95

    Raymond Williams made a central contribution to the intellectual culture of the Left in the English-speaking world. He was also one of the key figures in the foundation of cultural studies in Britain, which turned critical skills honed on textual analysis to the examination of structures and forms of resistance apparent in everyday life. Politics... more...

  • Hans-Georg Gadamerby Karl Simms

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 27.95

    Hans-Georg Gadamer?s theory of hermeneutics is one of the most important modern theories of interpretation and understanding, and at its heart is the experience of reading literature. In this clear and comprehensive guide to Gadamer?s thought, Karl Simms: presents an overview of Gadamer?s life and works, outlining his importance to hermeneutic... more...

  • 1922by Jean-Michel Rabaté

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 88.00

    This book examines key aspects of culture and history in 1922, a year made famous by the publication of several modernist masterpieces. more...

  • Dancing with Disasterby Kate Rigby

    University of Virginia Press 2015; US$ 24.50

    The calamitous impacts of climate change that are beginning to be felt around the world today expose the inextricability of human and natural histories. Arguing for a more complex account of such calamities, Kate Rigby examines a variety of past disasters, from the Black Death of the Middle Ages to the mega-hurricanes of the twenty-first century,... more...

  • The Poetics of Othernessby Jonathan Hart

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 90.00

    Using the concept of otherness as an entry point into a discussion of poetry, Jonathan Hart's study explores the role of history and theory in relation to literature and culture. Chapters range from trauma in Shakespeare to Bartolomé de Las Casas' representation of the Americas to the trench poets to voices from the Holocaust. more...

  • An Ecology of World Literatureby Alexander Beecroft

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 29.95

    What constitutes a nation?s literature? How do literatures of different countries interact with one another? In this groundbreaking study, Alexander Beecroft develops a new way of thinking about world literature. Drawing on a series of examples and case studies, the book ranges from ancient epic to the contemporary fiction of Roberto Bolańo and Amitav... more...

  • Memorializing Animals during the Romantic Periodby Chase Pielak

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 104.95

    In his study of the presence of animals in early nineteenth-century works by Charles and Mary Lamb, John Clare, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Lord Byron, Chase Pielak observes that images of dead and deadly animals coincided with questions about what constitutes human life and its boundaries. He argues that each author uses language... more...