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  • Turning the Pages of American Girlhoodby Emily Hamilton-Honey

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 45.00

    Alternating chapters of historical background and literary analysis, this study argues that postbellum series books inspired young women by illustrating the ways in which girls could participate in social change, whether through church societies, benevolent organizations, educational institutions or political groups. By 1900, however, the socialization... more...

  • Pioneers Passionate Ladies and Private Eyesby Larry E Sullivan; Lydia C Schurman

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 115.00

    Despite efforts of contemporary reformers to curb the availability of dime novels, series books, and paperbacks, Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes reveals how many readers used them as means of resistance and how fictional characters became models for self-empowerment. These literary genres, whose value has long been underestimated, provide... more...

  • The Art of Sympathy in Fictionby Howard Sklar

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2013; US$ 149.00

    By taking an interdisciplinary approach ? with methods drawn from narratology, aesthetics, social psychology, education, and the empirical study of literature ? The Art of Sympathy in Fiction will interest scholars in a variety of fields. Its focus is the sympathetic effects of stories, and the possible ways these feelings can contribute to what... more...

  • Violet Americaby Jason Arthur

    University of Iowa Press 2003; US$ 39.95

    Violet America takes on the long habit among literary historians and critics of thinking about large segments of American literary production in terms of regionalism. Jason Arthur argues that classifying broad swaths of American literature as regionalist or “local color” writing brings with it a set of assumptions, informed by longstanding... more...

  • Evangelicals and the Arts in Fictionby John Weaver

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 45.00

    This book is an exploration of how the relationship of evangelicals to the arts has been portrayed in fiction for the last century. The author argues that evangelicals are consistently seen as enemies of the arts by non-evangelical writers. The artist (typically represented by a literal artist, occasionally by a scientist or reluctant messiah) typically... more...

  • The Heart Has Its Reasonsby Michael Cart; Christine A. Jenkins

    Scarecrow Press 2006; US$ 54.99

    Society does not make it easy for young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, to find accurate, nonjudgmental information about homosexuality. It makes it even more difficult for young homosexuals to find positive role models in fiction either written or published expressly for them or - if published for adults - relevant to them and their... more...

  • Sounding Realby Cristina L. Ruotolo

    University of Alabama Press 2013; US$ 34.95

    Examining American realist fiction as it was informed and shaped by the music of the period, Sounding Real sheds new light on the profound musical and cultural change at the turn of the twentieth century.   Sounding Real by Cristina L. Ruotolo examines landmark changes in American musical standards and tastes in the late-nineteenth and... more...

  • Jazz in the Time of the Novelby Bruce Evan Barnhart

    University of Alabama Press 1753; US$ 49.95

    Jazz in the Time of the Novel argues that a culture’s understanding of the concept of time plays a central role in its economic, social, and aesthetic affairs and that a culture arrives at its conception of time through its artistic practices.   Bruce Barnhart, in Jazz in the Time of the Novel, shows that American culture of the... more...

  • The Undeclared War between Journalism and Fictionby Doug Underwood

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 90.00

    In this volume, Doug Underwood asks whether much of what is now called literary journalism is, in fact, 'literary,' and whether it should rank with the great novels by such journalist-literary figures as Twain, Cather, and Hemingway, who believed that fiction was the better place for a realistic writer to express the important truths of life. more...

  • Look Closerby David R. Coon

    Rutgers University Press 2013; US$ 26.95

    Look Closer examines contemporary media texts that use American suburbia not just as a setting, but as a central component of narrative and thematic development. It discusses the myth of suburban perfection popularized by postwar sitcoms and advertisements and explores how the directors and producers behind today?s films and television series use... more...