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  • The Autonomy of Literatureby Dr Richard Lansdown

    Palgrave Macmillan 2001; US$ 139.00

    In the aftermath of the theory wars, the imaginative, formal, and moral features of literature have been substantially marginalized, downgraded, and neglected. Yet for many readers such elements will always be central to the experience of reading, just as for writers they are central to the experience of writing. This provocative study argues that... more...

  • Lamentation and Modernity in Literature, Philosophy, and Cultureby Rebecca Saunders

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 105.00

    Saunders analyzes the ideological uses of loss in literary, philosophical, and social texts from the late 19th and 20th centuries through the lens of women?s lament traditions and includes philosophical texts by Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida; as well as literary works by William Faulkner, Stéphane Mallarmé, Dimitris Hatzis, and Tahar Ben Jelloun. more...

  • Uses of Literatureby Rita Felski

    John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 2009; US$ 99.95

    Uses of Literature bridges the gap between literary theory and common-sense beliefs about why we read literature. Explores the diverse motives and mysteries of why we read Offers four different ways of thinking about why we read literature - for recognition, enchantment, knowledge, and shock Argues for a new “phenomenology” in literary... more...

  • Bordering on the Bodyby Laura Doyle

    Oxford University Press, USA 1994; US$ 72.99

    The figure of the mother in literature and the arts has been the subject of much recent critical attention. Whereas many studies have focused on women writers and the maternal, Laura Doyle significantly broadens the field by tracing the racial logic internal to Western representations of maternality at least since Romanticism. She formulates a theory... more...

  • Spatial Politics in the Postcolonial Novelby Dr Sara Upstone

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 149.95

    In her innovative study of spatial locations in postcolonial texts, Sara Upstone adopts a transnational and comparative approach that challenges the tendency to engage with authors in isolation or in relation to other writers from a single geographical setting. Suggesting that isolating authors in terms of geography reinforces the primacy of the nation,... more...

  • Autobiography and Natural Science in the Age of Romanticismby Dr Bernhard Kuhn

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 149.95

    Set against the backdrop of a rapidly fissuring disciplinary landscape where poetry and science are increasingly viewed as irreconcilable and unrelated, Bernhard Kuhn's study uncovers a previously ignored, fundamental connection between autobiography and the natural sciences. Examining the autobiographies and scientific writings of Rousseau, Goethe,... more...

  • The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodern Fictionby Bran Nicol

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 24.00

    A lucid exploration of the key features of postmodernism and the most important authors from Beckett to DeLillo. more...

  • Morning, Noon, and Nightby Arnold Weinstein

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 27.00

    From Homer and Shakespeare to Toni Morrison and Jonathan Safran Foer, major works of literature have a great deal to teach us about two of life?s most significant stages?growing up and growing old. Distinguised scholar Arnold Weinstein?s provocative and engaging new book, Morning, Noon, and Night, explores classic writing?s insights into coming-of-age... more...

  • The Use and Abuse of Literatureby Marjorie Garber

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    As defining as Christopher Lasch?s The Culture of Narcissism, Allan Bloom?s The Closing of the American Mind, and Dinesh D?Souza?s Illiberal Education were to the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, respectively, Marjorie Garber?s The Use and Abuse of Literature is to our times.   Even as the decline of the reading of literature, as argued by the National... more...

  • Visions of Marsby Howard V. Hendrix; George Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 40.00

    Seventeen wide-ranging essays explore the evolving scientific understanding of Mars, and the relationship between that understanding and the role of Mars in literature, the arts and popular culture. Essays in the first section examine different approaches to Mars by scientists and writers Jules Verne and J.H. Rosny. Section Two covers the uses of Mars... more...