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The Lab'ring Muses: Work, Writing, and the Social Order in English Plebeian Poetry, 1730-1830
Author: William J. Christmas
The Lab'ring Muses is the first study to bring together a wide range of verse published by laboring-class authors between 1730 and 1830. The book examines a total of sixteen case studies that establish a specifically English tradition of laboring-class poetics.
ISBN: 978-1611492026 $90.00
The Languages of Difference: American Writers and Anthropologists Reconfigure the Primitive, 1878-1940
Laughter, Pain, and Wonder: Shakespeare's Comedies and the Audience in the Theater
Author: Ronald E. Martin
Exploring the contentions and revisions involving the idea of the primitive in intellectual America of 1878-1940 and the related notions of race, civilization, and culture, this book focuses on the work of several anthropologists and literary writers whose original insight and skill enabled new and more complex understandings of human difference.
ISBN: 978-0874139044 $80.00
Author: David Richman
This work explores the relations between Shakespeare's comedies and their theatrical audience and attempts to demonstrate that laughter, pain, and wonder are the primary responses invited by comedies. Also explored are numerous examples of ways that comedies may be most effectively staged.
ISBN: 978-0874133882 $70.00
Law and Authority in Early Modern England: Essays Presented to Thomas Garden Barnes
Editors: Buchanan Sharp and Mark Charles Fissel
This collection of essays honors Thomas G. Barnes, Professor of History and Law at the University of California, Berkeley. It addresses some major issues and themes in English history from the 1590s to the 1840s that have been central to Dr. Barnes's own work in law and authority in the same period. The essays, all written by specialists in the field, illuminate the complex, sometimes conflicted, relationship between royal authority and the law and the impact of both upon the governed.
ISBN: 978-1611493054 $75.00
Learning from Lying: Paradoxes of the Literary Mystification
Author: Julia Abramson
In Learning from Lying the lens of mystification reveals a singular literary history. Analyses of works by Diderot, Mérimée, and Hildesheimer follow out the cosmopolitan roots of the genre in the Republic of Letters and show how it theorizes literature through practical experiment.
ISBN: 978-1611492699 $70.00
Learning from Scant Beginnings: English Professor Expertise
Author: John V. Knapp
This study focuses on the moves the expert professor makes in a semester-long process of literary teachingof a literature far removed in time and space from most undergraduates' experience and discusses a day-to-day case study of an advanced undergraduate literature course in the writings of John Milton. By employing a "situated learning" model explaining the incremental growth of students' knowledge and critical skills, the author details how an expert professor teaches complex works to undergraduates with no previous exposure to an author's writings.
ISBN: 978-1611490916 $85.00
The Letters of Ruth Pitter: Silent Music
Author: Don W. King
Although Ruth Pitter (1897-1992) is not well known, her credentials as a poet are extensive, and in England from the mid 1930’s to the mid 1970’s she maintained a modest yet loyal readership. In total she produced eighteen volumes of new and collected verse. These letters offer an understanding of "the silent music, the dance in stillness, the hints and echoes and messages of which everything is full" reflected in her life and poetry. In total they provide an essential introduction to the work of this neglected twentieth-century poet.
ISBN: 978-1611494518 Forthcoming
Levinas and Nineteenth-Century Literature: Ethics and Otherness from Romanticism through Realism
Editors: Donald R. Wehrs and David P. Haney
These nine essays reread major British, American, and European nineteenth-century literary texts in light of the post-deconstruction ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas.
ISBN: 978-1611491166 $85.00
Levinas and Twentieth-Century Literature: Ethics and the Reconstitution of Subjectivity
Author: Donald R. Wehrs
In thirteen essays on writers ranging from Virginia Woolf and A. A. Milne to J. M. Coetzee and Cormac McCarthy, Levinas and Twentieth-Century Literature puts the thought of the twentieth-century's most innovative ethical philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas, in dialogue with established twentieth-century masterpieces, such as Six Characters in Search of an Author, As I Lay Dying, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Gravity's Rainbow, as well as with such innovative recent works as Tony Kushner's Angels in America and Gabrielle Ghermandi’s Regina di fiori e di perle, depicting Italian colonization of Ethiopia and African immigration to Italy.
ISBN: 978-1611494426 $90.00
Life After Death: Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen
The Life and Times of Goldsworthy: Gentleman Scientist and Inventor, 1793-1875
Author: Karen Bloom Gevirtz
Life After Death shows how representations of the widow in the eighteenth-century novel express attitudes toward emerging capitalism and women's participation in it. Authors responded to the century's instability by using widows, who had the right to act economically and self-interestedly, to teach women that virtue meant foregoing the opportunities that the changing economy offered. Novelists thus helped to create expectations for women that linger today, and established the novel as a cultural arbiter.
ISBN: 978-1611492774 $70.00
Author: Dale H. Porter
Goldsworthy Gurney trained as a surgeon in Cornwall but moved to London in 1820 to participate in the chemistry revolution led by Humphrey Davy and Michael Faraday. Successful as an inventor of laboratory equipment, lighting fixtures, and ventilating systems, he failed to convert his pioneering designs for steam locomotion into commercial success. His career illuminates the social and scientific communities that flourished alongside or under the shadow of Davy, Faraday, and Stephenson.
ISBN: 978-0934223508 $80.00
The Life of Robert Loraine: The Stage, the Sky, and George Bernard Shaw
Author: Lanayre D. Liggera
Robert Loraine was born in a niche of time when technology exploded into a world whose keyword was Progress. Both he and his life-long friend Bernard Shaw believed they were in an evolutionary period of humanity. Born into a theatrical family, he understood its clashes of temperament and competition for the attention of the audience.
ISBN: 978-1611494587 $80.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
The Limits of Orientalism: Seventeenth-Century Representations of India
Author: Rahul Sapra
The Limits of Orientalism: Seventeenth-Century Representations of India
challenges recent postcolonial readings of European, and particularly English, representations of India in the seventeenth century. The book critiques Edward Said's discourse of "Orientalism" by destabilizing the notion of a homogeneous "West."
ISBN: 978-1611490145 $75.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Literary Celebrity, Gender, and Victorian Authorship, 1850-1914
Author: Alexis Easley
This study examines literary celebrity in Britain from 1850 to 1914. Through lively analysis of rare cultural materials, Easley demonstrates the crucial role of the celebrity author in the formation of British national identity.
ISBN: 978-1611490169 $80.00 (hardback)/$39.99 (paperback)/E-Book Available
Literary Milieux: Essays in Text and Context Presented to Howard Erskine-Hill
Literature and the Touch of the Real
Editors: David Womersley and Richard McCabe
These essays range over the fields of Erskine-Hill's own scholarship, from Shakespeare and early modern literature to Wordsworth, evincing in their own procedures and discriminations the influence of his own example: scrupulous care over the handling of evidence, an interdisciplinary impulse yoked always to a prizing of the literary (particularly of the poetic), a willingness to embrace an ambitious argument where it can be supported, a humaneness of temper, particularly in polemic.
ISBN: 978-1611493276 $90.00
Author: David Schalkwyk
Literature and The Touch of the Real
offers a critique of neo-Saussurean theories of the constitution of the world through language, or the essential divorce of language from the real. It offers a critical account of the contradictions and omissions of Saussure's Course in General Linguistics
; a revisionist reading of Jacques Derrida; and an account of Ludwig Wittgenstein's concepts of "grammar," "criteria," "aspect perception," and language-games."
ISBN: 978-1611492156 $80.00
Literature, Religion, and East/West Comparison: Essays in Honor of Anthony C. Yu
Editor: Eric Ziolkowski
This book pays homage to the comparatist of Chinese and Western literature and religion, Anthony C. Yu, of The University of Chicago. The volume includes thirteen essays on topics such as literary texts and traditions of varying provenance and periods.
ISBN: 978-0874138696 $85.00
Living Art: The Life of Paul R. Jones, African American Art Collector
Authors: Margaret L. Andersen and Neil F. Thomas
Living Art chronicles the life of a man who grew up during the height of Jim Crow segregation in Alabama, the son of parents who embraced the dual ideals of racial pride and racial integration and who became one of the nation’s leading collectors of African American art.
ISBN: 978-1611491296 $65.00
Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age with a Passion for India
Author: Roberta A. Mayer
This is the first scholarly book on de Forest. It explores his career in the decorative arts by examining cultural context, material culture, biography, and patronage. Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) is best known as an artistic decorator with a flair for designs based on the arts and crafts of the Middle East and India. Complemented by sixty color plates and 132 black-and-white illustrations.
Best Decorative Arts Monograph, Metropolitan Chapter, Victorian Society in America, 2009
ISBN: 978-1611493139 $75.00
Looking Westward: Poetry, Landscape, and Politics in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Lord Byron and the History of Desire
Author: Ordelle G. Hill
Thia book argues that a close study of the poetry, landscape, and politics of late thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Wales and the Welsh March is important to a fuller understanding of the Gawain-poet and his poem.
ISBN: 978-1611491111 $70.00
Author: Ian Dennis
This book interprets a number of Lord Byron's major literary works—Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
(1813, 1816, 1818), the Eastern Tales (1812-16), "Prometheus" (1816), "The Prisoner of Chillon" (1816), Manfred
(1821), Heaven and Earth
(1823), and Don Juan
(1819-24)—from a perspective informed by the Generative Anthropology of Eric Gans and the mimetic theory of René Girard.
ISBN: 978-1611491234 $80.00
Love's Pilgrimage: The Holy Journey in English Renaissance Literature
Author: Grace Tiffany
explores literary adaptations of the Catholic pilgrimage in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Protestant English literature generally, and pays specific regard to Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, and Bunyan. Its thesis is that while in the sixteenth century, during the early-to-middle stages of the English Reformation, conventional pilgrimages to saints' shrines disappeared from English life (as did the shrines themselves), the imaginative importance of the pilgrimage persisted, and manifested itself in various ways in life and literature.
ISBN: 978-1611492941 $70.00