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W. H. Auden: Contexts for Poetry
Author: Peter Edgerly Firchow
This volume is an attempt to consolidate the critical findings of the last quarter century, and then take them a further step in the direction of seeing how some of Auden's most important poems can be better understood against the background of his own intellectual development and the often troubled history of his time. The book is at least as much an attempt to show how a certain type of critical methodology, which combines intellectual and social history, biography and textual analysis, helps to illuminate poems (or parts of poems) that have hitherto remained imperfectly understood.
ISBN: 978-1611492071 $80.00
Washed by the Gulf Stream: The Historic and Geographic Relation of Irish and Caribbean Literature
Author: Maria McGarrity
This is an historically comparative postcolonial study asserting the dialogic relation between Irish and Caribbean narrative form, relating Irish Big House and Caribbean Plantation novels, the "errantry" of Joyce's and Walcott's epic geographies, and the transition from traditional bildungsroman modes of exile to contemporary memoirs of "diseased" emigration. The book focuses on the demise of empire and the role of geography in creating an "island imaginary" for writers from James Joyce and Jean Rhys to Jamaica Kincaid and Frank McCourt.
ISBN: 978-1611490930 $70.00
The Whirligig of Time: Essays on Shakespeare and Czechoslovakia
Author: Zdenek Stríbrný
Editor: Lois Potter
Zdenek Stríbrný, an internationally respected Shakespeare scholar, was Professor of English and American Studies at Charles University, Prague, until the Russian occupation of 1968. He was reinstated after the "Velvet Revolution" of 1989. This volume, prefaced by a new autobiographical introduction, collects papers on Shakespeare, most of which were written originally in English, from various periods of his eventful career.
ISBN: 978-1611493023 $80.00
William T. Vollmann: A Critical Companion
Editors: Christopher K. Coffman and Daniel Lukes
The essays in this collection make a case for regarding William T. Vollmann as the most ambitious, productive, and important living author in the US. His oeuvre not only includes outstanding work in numerous literary genres, but also global reportage, ethical treatises, paintings, photographs, and many other productions.
ISBN: 978-1611495102 Forthcoming
William Wycherley and the Comedy of Fear
Author: John A. Vance
This is a study of four plays of William Wycherley. It argues that Wycherley was not so much an attacking playwright but rather a thinking one, fascinated by the workings and motivations of fallible and insecure men and women. This book's assessments of male relationships, of women's sexuality, of the numerous and various sexual entendres, and the reevaluations of some three dozen characters are all new or at the very least more substantial than heretofore.
ISBN: 978-1611491913 $80.00
Winter's Tales: Reflections on the Novelistic Stage
Author: Kathleen George
Winter's Tales tackles the question of whether narrative and drama are as different from each other as some scholars have assumed. The book discusses the ways the diegetic are evident in the very content of frame plays and divided plays; the kinds of memory plays by cataloguing the possible stances of the narrator, multiple narration, and accounts of the epic, dramatic, and lyric solutions to adapting novels.
ISBN: 978-0874139167 $75.00
With Shakespeare's Eyes: Pushkin's Creative Appropriation of Shakespeare
Author: Catherine O'Neil
With Shakespeare's Eyes is the first monograph to focus exclusively on the relationship between the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Shakespeare. Taking into account contemporary perceptions of Shakespeare in print and on the Russian stage, O'Neil examines all levels of poetic influence of Shakespeare on Pushkin.
ISBN: 978-1611492286 $70.00
Wit's Voices: Intonation in Seventeenth-Century English Poetry
Woman to Woman: Female Negotiations During the Long Eighteenth Century
Author: John R. Cooper
This work shows how seventeenth-century English lyric poets were able to control the way that their poetry sounds when read aloud, and thus to influence emotional force and meaning.
ISBN: 978-1611491180 $75.00
Editors: Louise Duckling, Angela Escott, and Carolyn D. Williams
Woman to Woman: Female Negotiations During the Long Eighteenth Century
is a cross-disciplinary collection of essays drawing on hitherto unexplored archival material, showing how collaboration enabled eighteenth-century women to intervene in military and political affairs, achieve literary success, experience religious fulfilment, and engage in philanthropic projects.
ISBN: 978-1611491432 $80.00
Women and Literary History: "For There She Was"
Editors: Katherine Binhammer and Jeanne Wood
These essays by internationally renowned feminist scholars rethink the methods and content of contemporary feminist history. The vibrant work of feminist literary historians in the last three decades has produced a new archive of knowledge on women's writing and new narratives of the cultural past. These essays ask, and answer, the question: where has this revisioning taken us?
ISBN: 978-0874138245 $75.00
Women and the Politics of Self-Representation in Seventeenth-Century France
Author: Patricia Francis Cholakian
This book is an exploration of six neglected and undervalued self-narratives composed in the period stretching from the reign of Henri IV through Louis XIV. Beginning with the autobiographical text of Henri IV's divorced queen, Marguerite de Valois, it goes on to study the life writings of Mademoiselle de Montpensier, of the Mancini sisters Hortense and Marie, of Madame Guyon, and of the transvestite Abbe de Choisy. This book is the first full-length study to concentrate exclusively on seventeenth-century women's autobiographical writings.
ISBN: 978-0874137354 $70.00
Women Art Critics in Nineteenth-Century France: Vanishing Acts
Editor: Wendelin Guentner
Many women in nineteenth-century France had their art criticism published both in journal reviews and in book form, often for decades, in a number of the most influential venues of their day. However, it is perplexing that they remain almost totally invisible in histories of French culture. Women Art Critics in Nineteenth-Century France: Vanishing Acts is the first sustained effort to bring these prolific and influential critics out from the shadows.
ISBN: 978-1611494464 $90.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Women as Translators in Early Modern England
Author: Deborah Uman
Women as Translators in Early Modern England offers a feminist theory of translation that considers both the practice and representation of translation in works penned by early modern women. It argues for the importance of such a theory in changing how we value women's work.
ISBN: 978-1611493856 $70.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Women, Epic, and Transition in British Romanticism
Author: Elisa Beshero-Bondar
Women, Epic, and Transition in British Romanticism argues that early nineteenth-century women poets contributed some of the most daring work in modernizing the epic genre. The book examines several long poems to provide perspective on women poets working with and against men in related efforts, contributing together to a Romantic movement of large-scale genre revision.
ISBN: 978-1611490701 $80.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
Women Teachers and Popular Education in Nineteenth-Century France: Social Values and Corporate Identity at the Normal School Institution
Author: Anne T. Quartararo
This work is a social and political study of the network of women's teacher training schools that were gradually established in France during the nineteenth century. The study investigates the academic and social environment found at the women's normal schools and concludes with an assessment of how the secular women teachers adjusted to their professional duties after graduation from the normal schools.
ISBN: 978-0874135459 $75.00
Women Warriors in Romantic Drama
Author: Wendy C. Nielsen
Women Warriors in Romantic Drama examines a recurring figure that appears in French, British, and German drama between 1789 and 1830: the woman warrior. This analysis shows that the difficult project of getting audiences to take women warriors seriously resembles women writers' struggles to enter the ostensibly male domains of tragedy and the public sphere.
ISBN: 978-1611494303 $80.00 (hardback)/E-Book Available
The Women Writers in Schiller's Horen : Patrons, Petticoats, and the Promotion of Weimar Classicism
Author: Janet Besserer Holmgren
Beyond a critical discussion of women's publications in Schiller's journal, this work addresses the range of problems associated with women's writing and publishing during the late eighteenth century, the aesthetics of Weimar Classicism, Schiller, and to a lesser degree, Goethe as patrons, the interpretation of literary history, and the reception of the most important organ of German Classicism.
ISBN: 978-0874139624 $75.00
Wonders, Marvels, and Monsters in Early Modern Culture
Editor: Peter G. Platt
The essays in this collection reveal a variety of discursive practices of the marvelous and establish the variety of uses to which the marvelous could be summoned.
ISBN: 978-1611491852 $90.00
Words That Count: Early Modern Authorship: Essays in Honor of MacDonald P. Jackson
Editor: Brian Boyd
These essays by leading scholars of early modern attribution, editing, theater, and versification (including Andrew Gurr, Gary Taylor, and Brian Vickers) focus on questions of authorship, authority, and ownership in Marlowe, Peele, Shakespeare, Middleton, Webster and others.
ISBN: 978-0874138689 $85.00
Wordsworth's Counterrevolutionary Turn: Community, Virtue, and Vision in the 1790s
Author: John Rieder
This book engages a controversy over the relationship between Wordsworth's poetry and his politics, dating back to the early reviews of the Lyrical Ballads. Rieder argues that Wordsworth's poetry achieves its power by projecting a fantasy of community that finds its material counterpart far more in the literature itself than in the rural occupations or natural scenes Wordsworth depicts. Also argued throughout is that Wordsworth's originality springs from his invention and elaboration of a peculiarly literary form of community.
ISBN: 978-0874136104 $80.00
Writers Reading Writers: Intertextual Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature in Honor of Robert Hollander
A Writer's Voice: Collected Work of the Twentieth-Century Biologist and Conservationist, Joseph P. Linduska
Editor: Janet Levarie Smarr
This volume is a collection of intertextual studies on medieval and early modern literature in honor of Robert Hollander by some of his former students. As Hollander's work has focused especially on Dante and Boccaccio, many of the essays treat one of these writers, either as reading or as read by others. Some essays trace intertextual influences in Langland, Shakespeare, or post-Enlightenment writers faced with the loss of Dante's meaningful cosmos. All the essays demonstrate the importance of such readings to the later writer's conception and formulation of his own work.
ISBN: 978-1611493153 $80.00
Editor: Louise E. Dove
A Writer's Voice
is a collection of more than one hundred of the popular essays on environmental conservation that Joseph P. Linduska wrote from 1986 to 1993 for the Kent County News
of Chestertown, Maryland. He applies his fifty years of experience and reflection as a wildlife scientist to interpret the effects of human activities on the Delmarva region's rich natural resources in the second half of the twentieth century.
Series: Cultural Studies of Delaware and the Eastern Shore
ISBN: 978-0874139433 $80.00
Writing British Infanticide: Child-Murder, Gender, and Print, 1722-1859
Editor: Jennifer Thorn
The essays brought together in Writing British Infanticide track the ways that the circulation of narratives of child-murder in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain shaped perceptions and punishments of the crime and, more elusively, hierarchies of class and gender.
ISBN: 978-1611492279 $85.00
Writing Places: Sixteenth-Century City Culture and the Des Roches Salon
Author: Kendall B. Tarte
In Writing Places, Kendall B. Tarte examines the literary and cultural production of the provincial capital of Poitiers from the late 1560s through the early 1580s. The book focuses on the circle of writers and jurists who gathered around the mother and daughter pair Madeleine and Catherine Des Roches. It also considers influences on the salon and the city such as contemporary codes of conduct, the court sessions, and the religious wars.
ISBN: 978-0874139655 $80.00