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  • 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...

  • The Social Selfby Joseph Alkana

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    American literary history of the nineteenth-century as a conflict between individualistic writers and a conformist society. In The Social Self, Joseph Alkana argues that such a dichotomy misrepresents the views of many authors. Sudden changes caused by the industrial revolution, urban development, increased immigration, and regional conflicts... more...

  • Naturalism in American Fictionby John J. Conder

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In this closely reasoned study, John J. Conder has created a new and more vital understanding of naturalism in American literature. Moving from the Hobbesian dilemma between causation and free will down through Bergson's concept of dual selves, Conder defines a view of determinism so rich in possibilities that it can serve as the inspiration of literary... more...

  • The Confidence Game in American Literatureby Warwick Wadlington

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 48.95 US$ 39.16

    Drawing on modern studies of rhetoric and the concept of the Trickster, the author examines Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Nathanael West as creators of a fictive experience centered in deceptive or problematic transactions of confidence. The model of a confidence game , suggested by the writers' own thematic preoccupations, permits an analysis... more...

  • Thomas Mann und Ivan Olbracht [German-language Edition]by Olga Zitová

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 22.99

    Zitovás literary analysis starts at the interface of Czech and German literature in the first half of the twentieth century. Thomas Mann?s novel Joseph and His Brothers is set in comparative relation to Ivan Olbracht?s prose texts Nikola ?uhaj loupe?ník and Golet v údolí. Olbracht translated three volumes of Mann?s Joseph?s tetralogy parallel to the... more...

  • The Gospel of Wealth in the American Novel (Routledge Revivals)by Arun Mukherjee

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 48.95

    Business and the businessman have had a fundamental place in American society since the inception of the nation. This tenet, the ?gospel of wealth?, is a central concern in the novels of Theodore Dreiser and his contemporaries. First published in 1987, this study sets this group of writers in their historical context and shows how they elaborated... more...

  • Opening Actsby Catherine Romagnolo

    UNP - Nebraska 2015; US$ 55.00

    In the beginning there was . . . the beginning. And with the beginning came the power to tell a story. Few book-length studies of narrative beginnings exist, and not one takes a feminist perspective. Opening Acts reveals the important role of beginnings as moments of discursive authority with power and agency that have been appropriated by writers... more...

  • Protest and the Body in Melville, Dos Passos, and Hurstonby Thomas McGlamery

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    This book analyzes the work of Herman Melville, John Dos Passos, and Zora Neale Hurston alongside biographical materials and discourses on the body. Thomas McGlamery views each of these authors' literary output as an effort to "work through" the political meanings associated with the body, examining how they negotiate identities of class, gender, race,... more...

  • The Coupling Conventionby Ann duCille

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 59.99 US$ 51.59

    What does the tradition of marriage mean for people who have historically been deprived of its legal status? Generally thought of as a convention of the white middle class, the marriage plot has received little attention from critics of African-American literature. In this study, Ann duCille uses texts such as Nella Larsen's Quicksand (1928) and... more...

  • Family, Kinship, and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century American Literatureby Cindy Weinstein

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 36.00 US$ 29.52

    A radical new interpretation of nineteenth-century sentimental literature in the United States. more...