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  • Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahsby David Ikard; T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 24.00

    In this incredibly timely book, David Ikard dismantles popular white supremacist tropes, which effectively devalue black life and trivialize black oppression. Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs investigates the tenacity and cultural capital of white redemption narratives in literature and popular media from Uncle Tom’s Cabin ... more...

  • On Sympathetic Groundsby Naomi Greyser

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 64.99

    On Sympathetic Grounds lays out sympathy's vital place in shaping North America. Naomi Greyser intersperses theoretical reflection on the affective production of space with analysis of vales of tears, heart-rending oratory, and emplotment of narrative and land in work by Sojourner Truth, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others. more...

  • Echoes of Emersonby Diana Hope Polley

    University of Alabama Press 2017; US$ 54.95

    Probes the ways in which two major periods in nineteenth-century American literature—Romanticism and Realism—have come to be understood and defined. Echoes of Emerson: Rethinking Realism in Twain, James, Wharton, and Cather traces the complex and unexplored relationship between American realism and the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Critics... more...

  • Writing Human Rightsby Crystal Parikh

    University of Minnesota Press 2017; Not Available

    The legal texts and aspirational ideals of human rights are usually understood and applied in a global context with little bearing on the legal discourse, domestic political struggles, or social justice concerns within the United States. In Writing Human Rights , Crystal Parikh uses the international human rights regime to read works by contemporary... more...

  • Masculine Identity in Modernist Literatureby Allan Johnson

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 94.48

    This book is about the modernist narrative voice and its correlation to medical, mythological, and psychoanalytic images of emasculation between 1919 and 1945. It shows how special-effects of rhetoric and form inspired by outré modernist developments in psychoanalysis, occultism, and negative philosophy reshaped both narrative structure and the literary... more...

  • Telling Lies in Modern American Autobiographyby Timothy Dow Adams

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 29.99

    All autobiographers are unreliable narrators. Yet what a writer chooses to misrepresent is as telling -- perhaps even more so -- as what really happened. Timothy Adams believes that autobiography is an attempt to reconcile one's life with one's self, and he argues in this book that autobiography should not be taken as historically accurate but as... more...

  • Emerson, Whitman, and the American Museby Jerome Loving

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 29.99

    Loving finds in the lives and works of the two writers a symbiosis of spirit that transcends the question of literary influence. Tracing the parallel careers of Emerson and Whitman, the author shows how each served his literary apprenticeship, moved beyond his vocation, prospered, and, finally, declined in his literary achievements. In both cases,... more...

  • Bergson and American Cultureby Tom Quirk

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 29.99

    Bergsonian "vitalism" challenged the dominance of Spencerian determinism in the early twentieth century and seemed to offer a new foundation for belief in human freedom and individual possibility. Quirk traces the impact of Bergsonism upon the American sensibility and shows how individual writers -- particularly two such different artists as Willa... more...

  • The New York Intellectuals, Thirtieth Anniversary Editionby Alan M. Wald

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 24.99

    For a generation, Alan M. Wald's The New York Intellectuals has stood as the authoritative account of an often misunderstood chapter in the history of a celebrated tradition among literary radicals in the United States. His passionate investigation of over half a century of dissident Marxist thought, Jewish internationalism, fervent political activism,... more...

  • Epilepsy Metaphorsby Eleana Vaja

    transcript-Verlag 2017; US$ 42.99

    Between 1990 and 2015, American literature saw the emergence of a new corpus of epilepsy metaphors which tackle the stigma of epilepsy within three areas: society, body, and language. Eleana Vaja introduces concepts such as protometaphors, relational metaphors, epileptic texts, and metastability to categorize and examine these foci further. Applying... more...