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  • Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North Americaby David Atkinson; Steve Roud

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 124.95

    In recent years, the assumption that traditional songs originated from a primarily oral tradition has been challenged by research into ‘street literature’. Not only are some traditional singers known to have learned songs from printed sources, but most of the songs were composed by professional writers. This volume engages with the long-running... more...

  • Sehrengiz, Urban Rituals and Deviant Sufi Mysticism in Ottoman Istanbulby B. Deniz Çalis-Kural

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Examining the urban culture and landscapes of Istanbul through Sehrengiz, a genre of Ottoman poetry written in honor of various cities and provincial towns, this book questions the space culture of the Ottoman world in relation to practices of orthodox and heterodox Islam and imperial politics. The author traces how a sixteenth-century marginal protest... more...

  • Literature and the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation Englandby Michael Martin

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Each of the figures examined in this study -John Dee, John Donne, Sir Kenelm Digby, Henry and Thomas Vaughan, and Jane Lead -is concerned with the ways in which God can be approached or experienced. Michael Martin analyses the ways in which the encounter with God is figured among these early modern writers who inhabit the shared cultural space of poets... more...

  • Free Verseby Charles O. Hartman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    To make sense of free verse" in theory or in practice, the whole study of prosody--the function of rhythm in poetry--must be revised and rethought. Stating this as the issue that poets and critics have faced in the past century, Charles Hartman takes up the challenge and develops a theory of prosody that includes the most characteristic forms of twentieth-century... more...

  • Lucretius on Death and Anxietyby Charles Segal

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 36.50

    In a fresh interpretation of Lucretius's On the Nature of Things , Charles Segal reveals this great poetical account of Epicurean philosophy as an important and profound document for the history of Western attitudes toward death. He shows that this poem, aimed at promoting spiritual tranquillity, confronts two anxieties about death not addressed... more...

  • Ovid's Toyshop of the Heartby Florence Verducci

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 40.00

    Florence Verducci challenges the presuppositions and expectations that have led to embarrassed censure of the wit and comic irreverence that Ovid wove into these dramatic monologues, addressed by his heroines to absent lovers. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available... more...

  • The Linguistic Momentby Joseph Hillis Miller

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 58.50

    This series of readings, explores the functioning of moments in poems when the medium--language--becomes an issue. Originally published in 1987. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback... more...

  • The Fiction of the Poetby Anna Elizabeth Balakian

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Addressing all readers who value the beauty of language, Anna Balakian examines the work of five twentieth-century poets--Yeats, Valry, Rilke, Stevens, and Guilln--to show how the linguistic richness of the symbolist tradition continued well into the modern period. These writers, all of whom learned the poetry of language from Mallarm, compensated... more...

  • English Poetry and Old Norse Mythby Heather O'Donoghue

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 84.99

    English Poetry and Old Norse Myth: A History traces the influence of Old Norse myth -- stories and poems about the familiar gods and goddesses of the pagan North, such as Odin, Thor, Baldr and Freyja -- on poetry in English from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. Especial care is taken to determine the precise form in which these poets encountered... more...