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- Temple University Press 2008; US$ 32.95
Starting with the figure of the bold, boisterous girl in the mid-19th century and ending with the ?girl power? movement of the 1990?s, Tomboys is the first full-length critical study of this gender-bending code of female conduct. Michelle Abate uncovers the origins, charts the trajectory, and traces the literary and cultural transformations that... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2002; US$ 125.00
This book considers a recurrent figure in American literature: the solitary white man moving through urban space. The descendent of Nineteenth-century frontier and western heroes, the figure re-emerges in 1930-50s America as the 'tough guy'. The Street Was Mine looks to the tough guy in the works of hardboiled novelists Raymond Chandler ( The Big... more...
- University of Nebraska Press 2008; US$ 45.00
Countering previous studies of violent images based on representational and, consequently, moralistic assumptions, which, the author argues, inevitably reinforce the very violence they critique. He explains how violent images work upon the world. more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2009; US$ 105.00
Using the traditional genres of allegory, pastoral, and parable, this book develops alternative paradigms of literary realism with which to reexamine a group of crucial but marginalized 20th century writers who have been misread as conventional mimetic realists. more...
- 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...
- McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 40.00
Since the election of President Barack Obama, many pundits have declared that we are living in a "post-racial America," a culture where the legacy of slavery has been erased. The new essays in this collection, however, point to a resurgence of the theme of slavery in American cultural artifacts from the late twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.... more...
- Editions Rodopi 2008; US$ 70.00
Rethinking Postmodernism(s) revisits three historical sites of American literary postmodernism: the early postmodernism of Thomas Pynchons V. (1961), the emancipatory postmodernism of Toni Morrisons Beloved (1987), and the late or post-postmodernism of Jonathan Safran Foers Everything Is Illuminated (2002). For the first time, it... more...