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  • Reading Africa into American Literatureby Keith Cartwright

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    The literature often considered the most American is rooted not only in European and Western culture but also in African and American Creole cultures. Keith Cartwright places the literary texts of such noted authors as George Washington Cable, W.E.B. DuBois, Alex Haley, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Joel Chandler Harris, Herman... more...

  • Black on Blackby John Cullen Gruesser

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    Black on Black provides the first comprehensive analysis of the modern African American literary response to Africa, from W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk to Alice Walker's The Color Purple . Combining cutting-edge theory, extensive historical and archival research, and close readings of individual texts, Gruesser reveals the diversity... more...

  • The World Is Our Homeby Jeffrey J. Folks; Nancy Summers Folks

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Since the early 1970s southern fiction has been increasingly attentive to social issues, including the continuing struggles for racial justice and gender equality, the loss of a sense of social community, and the decline of a coherent regional identity. The essays in The World Is Our Home focus on writers who have explicitly addressed social and... more...

  • Mark Twain and the Communityby Thomas Blues

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Throughout his career Mark Twain viewed the relations between the individual and his community with mixed feelings, and this book explores both the ambiguities of Twain's attitude and their effect upon his fiction. In the earlier novels -- most notably The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn -- the protagonist enjoys a dual position... more...

  • The Voice of the Child in American Literatureby Mary Jane Hurst

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The first comprehensive examination of the language of children in literature. Makes a significant and innovative contribution to literary research. more...

  • The Mystery of Iniquityby William H. Shurr

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    This book is the first to consider the work of Herman Melville's later years as a whole, in the light of his life and reading during those years and of the intellectual and artistic ambience of the later nineteenth century. With the exception of Billy Budd , almost all of the writing Melville produced between 1857 and 1891 is poetry. Until now little... more...

  • Inter/Viewby Mickey Pearlman; Katherine Usher Henderson

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Twenty-eight powerful and individual voices are heard as Pearlman and Henderson offer a forum for a generous cross-section of the women writing fiction in America today -- writers whose vital statistics cross the borders of race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual preference, marital status, age, geography, and lifestyle. Each writer is presented in... more...

  • The American Vision of Robert Penn Warrenby William Bedford Clark

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    In 1976 -- the bicentennial year -- Robert Penn Warren told Bill Moyers that he was "in love with America" but his love for the nation was more often than not troubled and angry. Warren once remarked that "any intelligent person is inclined to criticize his country more strongly than he will criticize anything else. And he should It's a way of criticizing... more...

  • Writers and Minersby David C. Duke

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Coal miners evoke admiration and sympathy from the public, and writers -- some seeking a muse, others a cause -- traditionally champion them. David C. Duke explores more than one hundred years of this tradition in literature, poetry, drama, and film. Duke argues that as most writers spoke about rather than to the mining community, miners became stock... more...

  • Black Male Fiction and the Legacy of Calibanby James W. Coleman

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    With The Tempest 's Caliban, Shakespeare created an archetype in the modern era depicting black men as slaves and savages who threaten civilization. As contemporary black male fiction writers have tried to free their subjects and themselves from this legacy to tell a story of liberation, they often unconsciously retell the story, making their heroes... more...