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  • Ecosublimeby Lee Rozelle

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Lee Rozelle probes the metaphor of environmental catastrophe in American literature of the last 150 years. In each instance, Rozelle finds evidence that the ecosublime--nature experienced as an instance of wonder and fear--profoundly reflects spiritual and political responses to the natural world, America’s increasingly anti-ecological trajectory,... more...

  • Spirituality in Young Adult Literatureby Patty Campbell; Chris Crowe

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 60.99

    This book examines the presentation of spiritual issues in young adult fiction. It looks at how religious ideas, and those matters that are defined more broadly as spiritual, are represented. YA novels are selected by the authors, who then explain how these pieces of literature can appear as metaphors or as more direct theological references. more...

  • American Terrorby Paul Hurh

    Stanford University Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Contrary to accounts that interpret terror in opposition to reason, this book shows how three authors famous for their works and theories of terror—Jonathan Edwards, Edgar Allan Poe, and Herman Melville—developed a terror that incorporates, theorizes, and extends the Enlightenment claims of reason as feeling. more...

  • Transnational Na(rra)tionby John Dolis

    Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 2015; US$ 39.99

    This book examines American literary texts whose portrayal of "American" identity involves the incorporation of a "foreign body"—specifically, a foreign culture or nation—as the precondition for a comprehensive understanding of itself. more...

  • The National Uncannyby Renée L. Bergland

    Dartmouth College Press 2015; US$ 7.99

    A unique look at Native American ghosts and US literature. more...

  • Loving God's Wildnessby Jeffrey Bilbro

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 54.95

    When the Puritans arrived in the New World to carry out the colonization they saw as divinely mandated, they were confronted by the American wilderness. Part of their theology led them to view the natural environment as “ a temple of God” in which they should glorify and serve its creator. The larger prevailing theological view, however, saw this... more...

  • Emersonby Jr. Robert D. Richardson

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 33.95

    Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most important figures in the history of American thought, religion, and literature. The vitality of his writings and the unsettling power of his example continue to influence us more than a hundred years after his death. Now Robert D. Richardson Jr. brings to life an Emerson very different from the old stereotype... more...

  • Settlers of the American Westby Mary Ellen Snodgrass

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 45.00

    Depictions of the American west in literature, art and film perpetuate romantic stereotypes of the pioneers--the gold-crazed '49er, the intrepid sodbuster. While ennobling the woodsman, the farmwife and the lawman, this tunnel vision of American history has shortchanged the whaler, the assayer, the innkeeper and the inventor. The westward advance... more...

  • American Literature and Scienceby Robert Scholnick

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Literature and science are two disciplines are two disciplines often thought to be unrelated, if not actually antagonistic. But Robert J. Scholnick points out that these areas of learning, up through the beginning of the nineteenth century, "were understood as parts of a unitary endeavor." By mid-century they had diverged, but literature and science... more...

  • Writers and Minersby David C. Duke

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Coal miners evoke admiration and sympathy from the public, and writers -- some seeking a muse, others a cause -- traditionally champion them. David C. Duke explores more than one hundred years of this tradition in literature, poetry, drama, and film. Duke argues that as most writers spoke about rather than to the mining community, miners became stock... more...