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Catalog: B Titles
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Bad Books: Rétif de la Bretonne, Sexuality, and Pornography
Author: Amy S. Wyngaard
Bad Books reconstructs how the eighteenth-century French author Nicolas-Edme Rétif de la Bretonne and his writings were at the forefront of the development of modern conceptions of sexuality and pornography. The book explores how Rétif, perceived as a bad author in both senses of the term, and his contributions were glossed over or condemned, such that the originality of his texts has still not been fully established.
ISBN: 978-1611494204 $70.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
The Baroque in English Neoclassical Literature: From Milton and the Wits to Dryden and the Scriblerians
Author: J. Douglas Canfield
From Milton and the Court Wits to Dryden and the Scriblerians, authors deploy baroque moments of disruption, grotesquerie, excrescence, extravagance, exuberance, encryption—even as they turn to more supposedly classical, restrained, and rational forms. Canfield tries to ferret out the meanings of these disruptions.
ISBN: 978-1611492354 $50.00
Baudelaire in China: A Study in Literary Reception
Author: Gloria Bien
Baudelaire's work entered China in the twentieth century amidst political and social upheavals accompanied by a "literary revolution" that called for the overthrow of classical models and modes of expression to be replaced by vernacular language and contemporary content. Chinese writers welcomed their meeting with the West and openly embraced Western literature as providing models in developing their "new" literature. Baudelaire's reception in China provides a representative study of this "meeting of East and west."
ISBN: 978-1611493894 $90.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Becoming American, Remaining Jewish: The Story of Wilmington,
First Jewish Community, 1879-1924
Author: Toni Young
Wilmington's first permanent Jewish community began as a collection of
less than 100 Jews in 1879 and grew to a community of over 4000 people
by the early 1920s when the immigration laws changed, and growth slowed
down. This in-depth study of one community's success in preserving
Jewish values and becoming American will provide insights for all
readers interested in exploring questions of identity and community
Series: Cultural Studies of Delaware and the Eastern Shore
ISBN: 978-1611491890 $95.00
Behind the Curtain: Selected Fiction of Fitz-James O'Brien, 1853-1860
Editor: Wayne R. Kime
The present volume re-introduces the fiction of Fitz-James O'Brien to modern readers by presenting fourteen of his works, five here reprinted for the first time, that together suggest the development and range of his accomplishment as a short story writer. Additionally, editorial commentary on individual stories reveals O'Brien's attunement to the fashions, fads, interests, and concerns that manifested themselves in his adopted city and country.
ISBN: 978-1611490466 $95.00
Bessie Head: The Road of Peace of Mind, A Critical Appreciation
Author: Joyce Johnson
This book shows how Bessie Head used her engagement with sociopolitical issues to convey her ideas about the art of fiction and the operations of the creative imagination. It relates Head's literary practice to goals that she set for herself as a "beginning" writer, and, in view of the importance that she attached to reading as a stimulant of the imagination, pays special attention to the influence of her reading on her writing.
ISBN: 978-1611490794 $70.00
Between Clan and Crown: The Struggle to Define Noble Property Rights in Imperial Russia
Author: Lee A. Farrow
This is the first study in English to comprehensively examine property law in Imperial Russia, focusing on the struggle to define the scope of individual noble property rights and what that process reveals about the limits of noble freedom within the Russian state.
ISBN: 978-1611492637 $80.00
Between Genders: Narrating Difference in Early French Modernism
Author: Nathaniel Wing
Between Genders studies representations of gender in a group of early and mid-nineteenth-century French texts. The five texts examined are diverse in both literary form and theme: two novels, Honoré de Balzac's La Fille aux yeux d'or, and Théophile Gautier's Mademoiselle de Maupin; a novella by Charles Baudelaire, "La Fanfarlo"; Claire de Duras's pseudo-confession narrative, Ourika; and an autobiography of an intersexual, currently known under the title Herculine Barbin.
ISBN: 978-0874138450 $70.00
Between the Real and the Ideal: The Accademia degli Arcadi and Its Garden in Eighteenth-Century Rome
Author: Susan M. Dixon
This book examines the Accademia degli Arcadi in its heyday, a little known phenomenon in Italian history in the first part of the eighteenth century. The Roman academy aimed for a peninsula-wide cultural renewal induced by literary reform. Operating within a papal court society, it eschewed extant patronage systems and social hierarchies and introduced enlightened ideas to its members. By attending to the institution's policies, Between
the Real and the Ideal provides a rich understanding of the Arcadi's goals.
ISBN: 978-1611492897 $65.00
Between Theater and Philosophy: Skepticism in the Major City Comedies of Ben Jonson and Thomas
Author: Mathew R. Martin
This book studies the major city comedies of Ben Jonson and Thomas
Middleton in the context of the quarrel between theater and philosophy.
The book presents deconstructive and materialist readings of Jonson's Volpone,
Epicoene, The Alchemist
and Bartholomew Fair and Middleton's Michaelmas Term,
A Trick to Catch the Old One,
and A Chaste Maid in
ISBN: 978-1611491982 $70.00
Biblical References in Shakespeare’s Plays
Author: Naseeb Shaheen
This volume provides a comprehensive survey of the English Bibles of Shakespeare’s day, notes their similarities and differences, and indicates which version the playwright knew best. The biblical references in each of Shakespeare’s plays are then carefully analyzed, as are Shakespeare’s references to the Prayer Book and the homilies. The thorny question of what constitutes a valid biblical reference is also discussed.
ISBN: 978-1611493580 $125.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Black Liberation/Red Scare: Ben Davis and the Communist Party
Author: Gerald Horne
Ben Davis, Jr., was trained for the black elite. After graduating from
Harvard Law School, however, he joined the Communist party, where he
remained one of their top leaders for thirty years. In the 1960s his
controversial appearances at college campuses helped to set the stage for a new era
of activism at universities.
ISBN: 978-0874134728 $105.00
The Book of the Laurel
Author: John Skelton
Editor: F. W. Brownlow
This is the
first edition of Skelton's elaborate dream-allegory to be based on a
examination of extant texts. It represents a major revision of our
of Skelton's career and of the form and meaning of the poem. Extensive
introduction, notes, and glossary.
ISBN: 978-0874133721 $80.00
Boudica and Her Stories: Narrative Transformations of a Warrior Queen
Author: Carolyn D. Williams
This book begins with a study of the few ancient texts which provide the source material for all subsequent accounts of the seventh-century British queen Boudica and her ferocious yet ultimately unsuccessful rebellion against the Romans. It follows by discussing later writers' opinions on the atrocities she suffered and committed, their assessment of her fitness for command and chances of victory, and the spiritual, political, and national implications of her rebellion.
ISBN: 978-1611491340 $80.00
Bringing Travel Home to England: Tourism, Gender, and Imaginative Literature in the Eighteenth Century
Author: Susan Lamb
This book is the first to identify and examine the relations among literature, tourism, and the wider culture in the long eighteenth century. Gendering emerges as a key mechanism here both for those who brought travel home and for those who were influenced by it in other ways. The author brings Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, and William Wordsworth side-by-side with lesser known authors such as Thomas Amory, Sarah Scott, and the anonymous author of The Travels and Adventures of Mademoiselle de Richelieu; and nuns, iconic Lake District shepherdesses, country houses, gardens, and whores, with accounts of tourists, opinions about them, and commentary on the place of tourism in society.
ISBN: 978-1611492750 $95.00
Buccaneers and Privateers: The Story of the English Sea Rover, 1675–1725
The Business of a Woman: The Political Writings of Delarivier Manley
Author: Richard Frohock
Widely distributed and read, buccaneering and privateering narratives contributed significantly to England's imaginative, literary rendering of the Americas in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and they provided a venue for public dialogue about sea rovers and their position within empire. This book takes as its subject the literary and rhetorical construction of voyagers and their histories, and by extension, the representation of English imperialism in popular sea-voyage narratives of the period.
ISBN: 978-1611493870 $70.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Author: Ruth Herman
The Business of a Woman
is the first full-length study of Delarivier Manley, the increasingly important early modern scandal writer, journalist, and propagandist whose most famous work is The New Atlantis
(1709). The book focuses on her importance in the fields of political journalism and propaganda, and considers Manley's writing in terms of her importance to the Tory/Whig party conflict, and other contemporary writers and pamphleteers.
ISBN: 978-1611492163 $90.00
Byron and Newstead: The Aristocrat and the Abbey
Byron, the Bible, and Religion: Essays from the Twelfth International Byron Seminar
Authors: John Beckett and Sheila Aley
Byron and Newstead
is a study of England's greatest Romantic poet in the context of his
as an English aristocrat. The book examines the whole structure of
complex financial problems from his youth to his final days in Greece,
and it shows how important it is to see these in the context of his
heritage. For the first time Byron is examined as a landed aristocrat,
and his business affairs unraveled in this context.
ISBN: 978-087413514 $90.00
Editor: Wolf Z. Hirst
This work consists of eight essays selected from papers given at the Twelfth International Byron Symposium. Much of Byron's poetry is examined, but the focus is on the Mysteries and Don Juan
. The subjects include the Cain figure, Byron's skepticism, his attitude toward Christianity and religion in general, and his literary use of the Bible.
ISBN: 978-0874134018 $70.00
Byron: The Image of the Poet
Editor: Christine Kenyon Jones
Originating in a conference held at the National Portrait Gallery in London, this is the first collection of papers to be published on the visual aspects of Byron and Romanticism. Topics explored include Byron's relations with the artists who portrayed him and those who commissioned portraits of him (including his publisher); his self-image and its expression
in his work; the way in which his features were used in illustrations of the heroes of his poems; his role in early forms of modern celebrity visual culture such as prints, caricatures, medals, and other forms of memorabilia; the way he has been represented on screen; and his role as a political icon.
ISBN: 978-1611493337 $65.00