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A Reading of Edward Taylor
Author: Thomas M. Davis
This work examines the subtle changes in Taylor's attitudes toward the nature and purpose of his poetry, particularly in Series 1 of the Preparatory Meditations. Davis argues that Gods Determinations is the poem in which Taylor becomes a poet. The early poems in Series 1 exhibit an exuberance and joy prompted by Taylor's attempts to praise God. However, the death of Taylor's wife and his sense of sin and partial estrangement from God make the Meditations more sombre.
ISBN: 978-1611491586 $75.00
Reading Texts, Reading Lives: Essays in the Tradition of Humanistic Cultural Criticism in Honor of Daniel R. Schwarz
Editors: Helen Maxon and Daniel Morris
Our culture attempts to separate competing ideological factions by denying relationships between multiple perspectives and influences outside of one's own narrow interpretive community. The distinguished essayists in this volume find Daniel R. Schwarz’s pluralistic, self-questioning approach to what he calls "reading texts and reading lives" quite relevant to the current historical moment and political situation. A legendary scholar of modernist literature, Schwarz's critical principles are a healthy corrective to cultural hubris.
ISBN: 978-1611493443 $75.00
Reading the Family Dance: Family Systems Therapy and Literary Study
Editors: John V. Knapp and Kenneth Womack
In addition to addressing the family dynamic through which a given literary character develops a fully realized sense of self, family systems therapy allows readers to examine the patterns by which characters function in their larger intimate systems, whether those systems be social, institutional, or even global.
ISBN: 978-1611492309 $90.00
Reading What's There: Essays on Shakespeare in Honor of Stephen Booth
Editor: Michael J. Collins
The twelve essays were written not simply to honor Stephen Booth, but to further the study of Shakespeare. Booth has, for over forty years, proposed a distinct understanding of how Shakespeare's plays and poems work upon us and a unique and rigorous way of reading them. The essays here reflect his insights and method and are meant both to recognize his monumental achievements as a critic and to suggest the enduring value of his work to Shakespeare scholarship.
ISBN: 978-1611495072 Forthcoming
The Realms of Apollo: Literature and Healing in Seventeenth-Century England
Author: Raymond A. Anselment
A number of seventeenth-century poets confronted the physical and psychological realities of disease. The Realms of Apollo suggests how the poems illuminate a new cultural consciousness of sickness and death. This study also reveals meanings of sickness and death in the daily life and culture of seventeenth-century England.
ISBN: 978-0874135534 $85.00
Rebecca West Today: Contemporary Critical Approaches
Editor: Bernard Schweizer
Rebecca West Today, the first-ever collection of essays on this prolific writer, employs cutting-edge as well as more traditional methodological approaches, ranging from historicism to gender studies, to textual analyses, to philosophical engagements. The book also contains a useful section on teaching the works of Rebecca
ISBN: 978-1611492965 $90.00
Rebel with a Conscience
Author: Russell W. Peterson
This is an account of Russell W. Peterson's life and the battles he has fought, despite tremendous opposition, to further social justice and environmental integrity. In addition to working in private industry, Peterson was governor of Delaware, chairman of the President's Council on Environmental Quality, director of the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, and president of the National Audubon Society.
Series: Cultural Studies of Delaware and the Eastern Shore
ISBN: 978-0874136814 $95.00
The Reemergence of World Literature: A Study of Asia and the West
Author: A. Owen Aldridge
Argues that the discipline of comparative literature should be expanded to include all of the world, not only a favored segment, and that translation represents a legitimate and indispensable tool for readers.
ISBN: 978-0874132779 $75.00
Reforming the "Bad" Quartos: Performance and Provenance of Six Shakespearean First Editions
Author: Kathleen O. Irace
This work explores both the performance features and the provenance of the six early Shakespearean playtexts known as "bad" quartos—the first printed editions of Hamlet, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the Second and Third Parts of Henry VI. First examining the performance features of these playtexts, the book goes on to explore the three main theories concerning the provenance of these texts: authorial revision, memorial reconstruction, and adaptation.
ISBN: 978-0874134711 $75.00
Regulating Readers: Gender and Literary Criticism in the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Author: Ellen Gardiner
An important contribution to the study of authorship and criticism, Regulating Readers adds to a growing body of scholarship by women that shows eighteenth-century women writers envisioning for themselves authoritative critical positions and roles in the public sphere.
ISBN: 978-1611491906 $70.00
Renaissance Historicisms: Essays in Honor of Arthur F. Kinney
Renaissance Shakespeare/Shakespeare Renaissances: Proceedings of the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress
Editors: James M. Dutcher and Anne Lake Prescott
This collection of various approaches to early modern England offers readers such pleasures as the most complete bibliography to date of King James's poetry, a unique edition of a memoir by the son of Sir Martin Barnham, as well as new arguments about Skelton, More, Elyot, Marguerite de Navarre, Sidney, Spenser, Daniel, Shakespeare (The Comedy of Errors), the Henriad, Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, Mary Wroth, Isabella Whitney, and Marvell. Here too are new approaches to such topics as the royal succession, Shakespeare's "bad" quartos, romance, witches, politics, humanism, English and Irish identity, and "conversations about women," finishing with an essay about. . ."nothing."
ISBN: 978-1611490732 $90.00
Editors: Martin Procházka, Andreas Hoefele, Hanna Scolnicov and Michael Dobson
Selected contributions to the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress, which took place in July 2011 in Prague, represent the contemporary state of Shakespeare studies in 38 countries worldwide. Apart from readings of Shakespeare's plays and poems, more than 40 chapters map Renaissance contexts of his art in politics, theater, law or material culture, and discuss numerous cases of the impact of his works in global culture from the Americas to the Far East, including stage productions, book culture, translations, film and television adaptations, festivals and national heritage.
Series: The World Shakespeare Congress Proceedings
ISBN: 978-1611494600 $110.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Representations of Swift
Editor: Brian A. Connery
These thirteen essay offer not only the "representations of Swift" to which its title refers but also a representation of Swift scholarship at the close of the twentieth century and a return to fundamental questions about the life, writing, and views of Swift, issues raised in part by literary scholarship's return to historicism but also powerfully suggestive of a return to biography.
ISBN: 978-0874137972 $85.00
Representing France and the French in Early Modern English Drama
Editor: Jean-Christophe Mayer
This wide-ranging collection of essays, written by leading specialists, furnishes previously unpublished evidence of France's role and importance in the early modern English literary and dramatic fields. Its chapter-length introduction offers an up-to-date critical presentation of the issues involved: representation, cultural identity, the construction of otherness, Frenchness, and the social and cultural dynamics of theater. The essays in the five sections of the book continue the debate with a series of in-depth studies touching on important critical themes.
ISBN: 978-1611490725 $75.00
Representing the Professions: Administration, Law, and Theater in Early Modern England
Author: Edward Gieskes
Representing the Professions unites literary criticism, social and legal history, and Pierre Bourdieu's sociology of culture. It offers a detailed exploration of the professionalism of selected early modern disciplines in an effort to characterize those disciplines in their social, economic, and historical contexts.
ISBN: 978-1611492828 $90.00
The Restoration Mind
Editor: W. Gerald Marshall
This book offers a culture-based, interdisciplinary study that formulates a general theory as to the essence of the Restoration mentality, that is, ways in which the period viewed itself, its artistic creations, and the world. Contributors include Restoration scholars from around the world.
ISBN: 978-0874135718 $80.00
Reversing Babel: Translation among the English during an Age of Conquests, c. 800 to c. 1200
Author: Bruce R. O'Brien
Reversing Babel starts with a small puzzle—why did Normans translate English law, the law of the people they had conquered, from Old English into Latin? Solving this puzzle meant asking questions about what medieval writers thought about language and translation, what created the need and desire to translate, and how translators went about the work. These are the questions Reversing Babel attempts to answer.
ISBN: 978-1611490534 $90.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Re-Visions of Shakespeare: Essays in Honor of Robert Ornstein
Editor: Evelyn Gajowski
The essays in this collection use a variety of theoretical perspectives to address issues of contemporary import in Shakespeare's dramatic texts: alterity, sexuality, gender, performance, intertextuality, and genre. Janus-like, the collection suggests the directions of Shakespeare studies at the outset of the new millennium, while considering their roots in the last.
ISBN: 978-1611492453 $85.00
A Revolution Almost beyond Expression: Jane Austen's Persuasion
The Rhetoric of Numbers in Gibbon's History
Author: Jocelyn Harris
To praise Jane Austen's novels only as stylistic masterpieces is to strip them of the contexts and intertexts that would otherwise illuminate them. By focusing primarily on the political, historical, satiric, actively intertextual, and deeply sexualized text Persuasion, Jocelyn Harris seeks to reconcile the apparent insignificance of her content with her high canonical status. This book calls on new discoveries to answer assertions that Austen is "limited."
ISBN: 978-0874139662 $80.00
Author: F. P. Lock
This book, the first to be devoted to a historian's use of numbers, argues that Edward Gibbon, though a humanist historian, placed great value on numerical evidence. He uses numbers as part of his rhetorical strategy to persuade through rational, emotional, and ethical proofs. Gibbon's use of numbers to measure chronology, geography, and population is examined alongside his application of numbers to war, religion, finance, and even literature.
ISBN: 978-1611494167 $75.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Rhetorics of Order/Ordering Rhetorics in English Neoclassical Literature
Editors: J. Douglas Canfield and J. Paul Hunter
This collection of essays on the rhetorics of order in English neoclassical literature includes Rose A. Zimbardo's investigation of generic slippage between drama and novel in works by Dryden and Behn; Maynard Mack's analysis of Pope's enduring rhetorics of presentation; and Patricia Meyer Spack's examination of the heroines of Clarissa
and The Italian
ISBN: 978-0874133745 $70.00
Ritual Unbound: Reading Sacrifice in Modernist Fiction
Author: Thomas Cousineau
This study explores the vestiges of primitive sacrificial rituals that emerge in a group of canonical modernist novels, including The Turn of the Screw, Heart of Darkness, The Good Soldier, The Great Gatsby, and To the Lighthouse. It argues that modernist reenactments of this pattern present narrators who, although vigorously protesting the victimization of certain characters, unfailingly seize upon others as their surrogates.
ISBN: 978-1611492422 $70.00
Robin Hood: The Early Poems, 1465-1560: Texts, Contexts, and Ideology
Author: Thomas H. Ohlgren
Previous scholarship on the early Robin Hood poems has tended to treat the three major worksRobin
Hood and the Monk, Robin
Hood and the Potter, and A
Lytell Geste of Robyn Hodeas a homogeneous group with a common audience and ideology. In this new study, Thomas H. Ohlgren demonstrates that each work must be evaluated according to its own history, production, ownership, transmission, and reception.
ISBN: 978-1611493092 $80.00
Roman Invasions: The British History, Protestant Anti-Romanism, and the Historical Imagination in England, 1530-1660
Author: John E. Curran, Jr.
This book describes how the Renaissance understanding of ancient Britain remained affected by medieval conceptions. The reason for this remaining medievalism was that the tradition based on Geoffrey of Monmouth became so relevant to Protestant patriotism that a great many Protestant English writers clung to it or were influenced by it despite its evident historical inaccuracies. Drayton, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton figure prominently, but a wide range of authors is considered.
ISBN: 978-1611492088 $90.00
Romance and Reformation: The Erasmian Spirit of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure
Author: Robert B. Bennett
This book argues that Measure for Measure is not a cynical problem play but a comic romance through which Shakespeare examines Tudor humanism's desire to reform social ills through art.
ISBN: 978-1611491838 $70.00
The Romance of the Lyric in Nineteenth-Century Women's Poetry: Experiments in Form
Author: Lee Christine O'Brien
The Romance of the Lyric in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Poetry: Experiments in Form offers a new account of the nature of the lyric as nineteenth-century women poets developed the form. It offers fresh assessments of the imaginative and aesthetic complexity of women's poetry. The monograph seeks to redefine the range and cultural significance of women's writing using the work of poets who have not, heretofore, been part of critical accounts of nineteenth-century lyric poetry.
ISBN: 978-1611493917 $80.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Romeo and Juliet: Parallel Texts of Quarto I (1597) and Quarto 2 (1599)
Editor: Jay L. Halio
Using this edition, the reader may see at once how Shakespeare's manuscript of the play, upon which the second quarto (Q2) is based, was adapted for the Elizabethan stage by the author and/or his colleagues. Q1 is considerably shorter than Q2. While many long speeches are cut, abbreviated, or revised, the structure of the play remains essentially as Shakespeare originally conceived it.
ISBN: 978-1611491029 $70.00
Rough Draft: The Modernist Diaries of Emily Holmes Coleman, 1929-1937
Editor: Elizabeth Podnieks
Rough Draft: The Modernist Diaries of Emily Holmes Coleman, 1929-1937 is an edited selection, published here for the first time, of the diaries kept by American poet and novelist Coleman during her years as an expatriate in the modernist hubs of France and England. This portion of the diary is set against the cultural, social, and political milieu of the early twentieth century in the throes of industrialization, commercialization, and modernization.
ISBN: 978-1611493764 $95.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
The Royal Financial Administration and the Prosecution of Crime in France, 1670-1789
Author: Albert N. Hamscher
The Royal Financial Administration and the Prosecution of Crime in France, 1670–1789 explores the French monarchy’s role in financing criminal prosecutions in the royal courts of the realm—the payment of criminal frais de justice in the vocabulary of the ancien régime—between 1670 and 1789 (that is, from the codification of criminal judicial procedure in the early period of Louis XIV’s personal rule to the outbreak of the French Revolution).
ISBN: 978-1611493740 $115.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available