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Items in Language and Literature that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.


  • Sculpting a middle class : history, masculinity, and the Amar chitra katha in India / Deepa Sreenivas
    PN 6790 I44A437 2010eb

  • Vineland / Thomas Pynchon
    PS 3566 Y55 V56 1991
    A group of Americans in Northern California in 1984 are struggling with the consequences of their lives in the sixties, still run by the passions of those times -- sexual and political -- which have refused to die. Among them is Zoyd Wheeler who is preparing for his annual act of televised insanity (for which he receives a government stipend) when an unwelcome face appears from out of his past.An old nemesis, federal prosecutor Brock Vond, storms into Vineland at the head of a heavily armed strike force. Soon Zoyd and his daughter, Prairie, go into hiding while Vond begins a relationship with Zoyd's ex-wife and uses Prairie as a pawn against the mother she never knew she had.Part daytime drama, part political thriller, Vineland is a strange evocation of a twentieth-century America headed for a less than harmonic future. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

  • Shadow and Substance : Eucharistic Controversy and English Drama across the Reformation Divide / Jay Zysk
    PR 658 R43 Z97 2017eb

  • Seeing Haloes : Christmas Poems to Open the Heart / John Shea ; illustrations by Mark and Franklin McMahon
    PS 3569 H39115 A6 2017eb

  • Spiritual Grammar : Genre and the Saintly Subject in Islam and Christianity / F. Dominic Longo
    P 53.76 L66 2017eb

  • Healing the Nation : Literature, Progress, and Christian Science / L. Ashley Squires
    PS 374 R47 S73 2017eb

    Exploring the surprising presence of Christian Science in American literature at the turn of the 20th century, L. Ashley Squires reveals the rich and complex connections between religion and literature in American culture. Mary Baker Eddy's Church of Christ, Scientist was one of the fastest growing and most controversial religious movements in the United States, and it is no accident that its influence touched the lives and work of many American writers, including Frances Hodgson Burnett, Willa Cather, Theodore Dreiser, Upton Sinclair, and Mark Twain. Squires focuses on personal stories of sickness and healing--whether supportive or deeply critical of Christian Science's recommendations --penned in a moment when the struggle between religion and science framed debates about how the United States was to become a modern nation. As outsized personalities and outlandish rhetoric took to the stage, Squires examines how the poorly understood Christian Science movement contributed to popular narratives about how to heal the nation and advance the cause of human progress.


  • Plutarch's Science of Natural Problems : A Study with Commentary on Quaestiones Naturales / by Michiel Meeusen
    PA 4383 M447 2017eb

  • Literary witches : a celebration of magical women writers / Taisia Kitaiskaia ; illustrated by Katy Horan ; foreword by Pam Grossman
    PN 471 K57 2017
    Celebrate the witchiest women writers with beautiful illustrations and imaginative vignettes.
    Literary Witches draws a connection between witches and visionary writers: both are figures of formidable creativity, empowerment, and general badassery. Through poetic portraits, Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan honor the witchy qualities of well-known and obscure authors alike, including Virginia Woolf, Mira Bai, Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Octavia E. Butler, Sandra Cisneros, and many more.
    Perfect for both book lovers and coven members, Literary Witches is a treasure and a source of inspiration. Kitaiskaia and Horan bring fresh insights on your most beloved authors, suggest enchanting new writers, and invite you to rediscover the magic of literature.

  • Flann O'Brien : Problems With Authority / edited by Ruben Borg, Paul Fagan and John McCourt
    PR 6029 N56 Z677 2017eb

  • Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces / edited by Nikos Papastergiadis
    PN 1992.6 A537 2016eb

  • The Hernandez Brothers : Love, Rockets, and Alternative Comics / Enrique Garcia
    PN 6727 H477 Z64 2017eb

  • Media Localism : The Policies of Place / Christopher Ali
    P 95.8 A445 2017eb

  • The Media Commons : Globalization and Environmental Discourses / Patrick D. Murphy
    P 96 E57 M88 2017eb

  • Herman Melville : Modernity and the Material Text / Katie McGettigan
    PS 2387 M355 2017eb
    In this imaginative book, Katie McGettigan argues that Melville's novels and poetry demonstrate a sustained engagement with the physical, social, and economic materiality of industrial and commercial forms of print. Further, she shows that this "aesthetics of the material text," central both to Melville's stylistic signature and to his innovations in form, allows Melville to explore the production of selfhood, test the limits of narrative authenticity, and question the nature of artistic originality.

    Combining archival research in print and publishing history with close reading, McGettigan situates Melville's works alongside advertising materials, magazine articles, trade manuals, and British and American commentary on the literary industry to demonstrate how Melville's literary practice relies on and aestheticizes the specific conditions of literary production in which he worked. For Melville, the book is a physical object produced by particular technological processes, as well as an entity that manifests social and economic values. His characters carry books, write on them, and even sleep on them; they also imagine, observe, and participate in the buying and selling of books. Melville employs the book's print, paper, and binding--and its market circulations--to construct literary figures, to shape textual form, and to create irony and ambiguity.

    Exploring the printed book in Melville's writings brings neglected sections of his poetry and prose to the fore and invites new readings of familiar passages and images. These readings encourage a reassessment of Melville's career as shaped by his creative engagements with print, rather than his failures in the literary marketplace. McGettigan demonstrates that a sustained and deliberate imaginative dialogue with the material text is at the core of Melville's expressive practice and that, for Melville, the printed book served as a site for imagining the problems and possibilities of modernity.

  • Tyrants Writing Poetry : The Art of Language and Violence / edited by Albrecht Koschorke and Konstantin Kaminskij
    PN 51 D43713 2017eb

  • Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World / edited by Kevin Maier
    PS 3515 E37 Z6983 2018eb

  • Mastering the Marketplace : Popular Literature in Nineteenth-Century France / Anne O'Neil-Henry
    PQ 653 O54 2017eb
    Mastering the Marketplace examines the origins of modern mass-media culture through developments in the new literary marketplace of nineteenth-century France and how literature itself reveals the broader social and material conditions in which it is produced. Anne O'Neil-Henry examines how French authors of the nineteenth century navigated the growing publishing and marketing industry, as well as the dramatic rise in literacy rates, libraries, reading rooms, literary journals, political newspapers, and the advent of the serial novel.

    O'Neil-Henry places the work of canonical author Honor#65533; de Balzac alongside then-popular writers such as Paul de Kock and Eug#65533;ne Sue, acknowledging the importance of "low" authors in the wider literary tradition. By reading literary texts alongside associated advertisements, book reviews, publication histories, sales tactics, and promotional tools, O'Neil-Henry presents a nuanced picture of the relationship between "high" and "low" literature, one in which critics and authors alike grappled with the common problem of commercial versus cultural capital.

    Through new literary readings and original archival research from holdings in the United States and France, O'Neil-Henry revises existing understandings of a crucial moment in the development of industrialized culture. In the process, she discloses links between this formative period and our own, in which mobile electronic devices, internet-based bookstores, and massive publishing conglomerates alter--once again--the way literature is written, sold, and read.

  • Civilizing War : Imperial Politics and the Poetics of National Rupture / Nasser Mufti
    PR 830 W37 M84 2018eb

  • A Political Companion to James Baldwin / edited by Susan J. McWilliams
    PS 3552 A45 Z849 2017eb

    In seminal works such as Go Tell It on the Mountain , Notes of a Native Son , and The Fire Next Time , acclaimed author and social critic James Baldwin (1924--1987) expresses his profound belief that writers have the power to transform society, to engage the public, and to inspire and channel conversation to achieve lasting change. While Baldwin is best known for his writings on racial consciousness and injustice, he is also one of the country's most eloquent theorists of democratic life and the national psyche.

    In A Political Companion to James Baldwin , a group of prominent scholars assess the prolific author's relevance to present-day political challenges. Together, they address Baldwin as a democratic theorist, activist, and citizen, examining his writings on the civil rights movement, religion, homosexuality, and women's rights. They investigate the ways in which his work speaks to and galvanizes a collective American polity, and explore his views on the political implications of individual experience in relation to race and gender.

    This volume not only considers Baldwin's works within their own historical context, but also applies the author's insights to recent events such as the Obama presidency and the Black Lives Matter movement, emphasizing his faith in the connections between the past and present. These incisive essays will encourage a new reading of Baldwin that celebrates his significant contributions to political and democratic theory.


  • Genre Theory and Historical Change : Theoretical Essays of Ralph Cohen / edited by John L. Rowlett
    PN 511 C48 2017eb

    Ralph Cohen was highly regarded as the visionary founding editor of New Literary History , but his own theoretical essays appeared in such a scattering of publications that their conceptual originality, underlying coherence, and range of application have not been readily apparent. This new selection of twenty essays, many published here for the first time, offers a synthesis of Cohen's vital work.

    In these pages Cohen introduces change and continuity as essential modes of discourse in the study of literary behavior, an approach that can produce reliable narratives of literary, artistic, and cultural change. Here Cohen conceptualizes and develops a compelling, innovative theory of genre that promotes a systematic study of historical change, offering rewarding insights for twenty-first-century scholars.


  • Laying Out the Bones : Death and Dying in the Modern Irish Novel from James Joyce to Anne Enright / Bridget English
    PR 8803 E54 2017eb

  • Mihrî Hatun : Performance, Gender-Bending, and Subversion in Ottoman Intellectual History / Didem Havlioğlu
    PL 248 M48 Z69 2017eb

  • East-West Exchange and Late Modernism : Williams, Moore, Pound / Zhaoming Qian
    PN 56 M54 Q34 2017eb

    In East-West Exchange and Late Modernism , Zhaoming Qian examines the nature and extent of Asian influence on some of the literary masterpieces of Western late modernism. Focusing on the poets William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, and Ezra Pound, Qian relates captivating stories about their interactions with Chinese artists and scholars and shows how these cross-cultural encounters helped ignite a return to their early experimental modes. Qian's sinuous readings of the three modernists' last books of verse--Williams's Pictures from Brueghel (1962), Moore's Tell Me, Tell Me (1966), and Pound's Drafts and Fragments of Cantos CX-CXVII (1969)--expand our understanding of late modernism by bringing into focus its heightened attention to meaning in space, its obsession with imaginative sensibility, and its increased respect for harmony between humanity and nature.


  • Red Modernism : American Poetry and the Spirit of Communism / Mark Steven
    PS 310 M57 S745 2017eb

    In Red Modernism , Mark Steven asserts that modernism was highly attuned--and aesthetically responsive--to the overall spirit of communism. He considers the maturation of American poetry as a longitudinal arc, one that roughly followed the rise of the USSR through the Russian Revolution and its subsequent descent into Stalinism, opening up a hitherto underexplored domain in the political history of avant-garde literature. In doing so, Steven amplifies the resonance among the universal idea of communism, the revolutionary socialist state, and the American modernist poem.

    Focusing on three of the most significant figures in modernist poetry--Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky--Steven provides a theoretical and historical introduction to modernism's unique sense of communism while revealing how communist ideals and references were deeply embedded in modernist poetry. Moving between these poets and the work of T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, and many others, the book combines a detailed analysis of technical devices and poetic values with a rich political and economic context.

    Persuasively charting a history of the avant-garde modernist poem in relation to communism, beginning in the 1910s and reaching into the 1940s, Red Modernism is an audacious examination of the twinned history of politics and poetry.


  • Los espíritus de la ciencia ficción : Espiritismo, periodismo y cultura popular en las novelas de Eduardo Holmberg, Francisco Miralles y Pedro Castera / por Luis C. Cano
    PQ 7082 S34 C357 2018eb

  • The Afterlives of Specimens : Science, Mourning, and Whitman's Civil War / Lindsay Tuggle
    PS 3242 B58 T84 2017eb

  • Machaut's Legacy : The Judgment Poetry Tradition in the Later Middle Ages and Beyond / edited by R. Barton Palmer and Burt Kimmelman
    PQ 1483 G5 M25 2017eb
    " Machaut's Legacy deepens our appreciation of the poet's wide-ranging accomplishments and influences, which span from the Middle Ages to the postmodern era. It stakes out exciting new territories and provocative theses, all of which enhance our understanding of this genius of world literature."--Tison Pugh, author of Chaucer's (Anti-)Eroticisms and the Queer Middle Ages "This richly erudite volume contextualizes Machaut as a seminal medieval poet whose work extends its reach well into the modern era. Machaut's Legacy pulls the reader through almost 700 years of literary history, illustrating the extraordinary influence that this writer had on his contemporaries, as well as his lasting impact on the modern novel."--Lynn T. Ramey, author of Black Legacies: Race and the European Middle Ages "Truly brilliant. Makes a claim to a paradigm shift in how we envisage the history of literature. Palmer and Kimmelman make an excellent case for Machaut as the major innovator in narrative and that his genre, the dit , heralds modernism or even postmodernism."--William Calin, author of The Lily and the Thistle: The French Tradition and the Older Literature of Scotland "An ambitious work that seeks, with great acuity, the origin of the kind of 'novel' in the dit and not in the romaunt . It examines the development of the judgment poetry format through the study of three texts by Machaut, pondering on this intricate form."--Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, author of A New History of Medieval French Literature A daring rewrite of literary history, contributors to this volume argue that the medieval poet, composer, and musician Guillaume de Machaut was the major influence in narrative craft during the late Middle Ages and long after.Examining Machaut's series of debate poems, part of the French tradition of dit amoureux (love tales), contributors highlight the genre's authorial self-consciousness, polyvocality, and ambiguity of judgment. They contend that Machaut led the way in developing and spreading these radical techniques and that his innovations in form and content were forerunners of the modern novel.R. Barton Palmer, Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature and director of film studies at Clemson University, is coeditor of An Anthology of Medieval Love Debate Poetry . Burt Kimmelman, professor of English at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is the author of The Poetics of Authorship in the Later Middle Ages: The Emergence of the Modern Literary Persona.

  • Racial Worldmaking : The Power of Popular Fiction / Mark C. Jerng
    PS 374 R34 J46 2018eb

  • Understanding Marilynne Robinson / Alex Engebretson
    PS 3568 O3125 Z75 2017eb
    Alex Engebretson offers the first comprehensive study of Marilynne Robinson's fiction and essays to date, providing an overview of the author's life, themes, and literary and religious influences. Understanding Marilynne Robinson examines this author of three highly acclaimed novels and recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Orange Prize for fiction, and the National Humanities Medal. Through close readings of the novels and essay collections, Engebretson uncovers the unifying elements of Robinson's work: a dialogue with liberal Protestantism, an emphasis on regional settings, the marked influence of nineteenth-century American literature, and the theme of home.The study begins with Housekeeping, Robinson's haunting debut novel, which undertakes a feminist revision of the Western genre. Twenty-four years later Robinson began a literary project that would bring her national recognition, three novels set in a small, rural Iowa town. The first was Gilead, which took up the major American themes of race, the legacy of the Civil War, and the tensions between secular and religious lives. Two more Gilead novels followed, Home and Lila, both of which display Robinson's gift for capturing the mysterious dynamics of sin and grace.In Understanding Marilynne Robinson, Engebretson also reviews her substantial body of non-fiction, which demonstrates a dazzling intellectual range, from the contemporary science-religion debates, to Shakespeare, to the fate of liberal democracy. Throughout this study Engebretson makes the argument for Marilynne Robinson as an essential, deeply unfashionable, visionary presence within today's literary scene.

  • Novel Ventures : Fiction and Print Culture in England, 1690-1730 / Leah Orr
    PR 851 O77 2017eb

    The eighteenth century British book trade marks the beginning of the literary marketplace as we know it. The lapsing of the Licensing Act in 1695 brought an end to pre-publication censorship of printed texts and restrictions on the number of printers and presses in Britain. Resisting the standard "rise of the novel" paradigm, Novel Ventures incorporates new research about the fiction marketplace to illuminate early fiction as an eighteenth-century reader or writer might have seen it. Through a consideration of all 475 works of fiction printed over the four decades from 1690 to 1730, including new texts, translations of foreign works, and reprints of older fiction, Leah Orr shows that the genre was much more diverse and innovative in this period than is usually thought.

    Contextual chapters examine topics such as the portrayal of early fiction in literary history, the canonization of fiction, concepts of fiction genres, printers and booksellers, the prices and physical manufacture of books, and advertising strategies to give a more complex picture of the genre in the print culture world of the early eighteenth century. Ultimately, Novel Ventures concludes that publishers had far more influence over what was written, printed, and read than authors did, and that they shaped the development of English fiction at a crucial moment in its literary history.


  • The Phantom Unmasked : America's First Superhero / Kevin Patrick
    PN 6728 P5 P38 2017eb

  • Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period / Anthony Domestico
    PR 605 M63 D66 2017eb

    Following the religious turn in other disciplines, literary critics have emphasized how modernists like Woolf and Joyce were haunted by Christianity's cultural traces despite their own lack of belief. In Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period , Anthony Domestico takes a different tack, arguing that modern poets such as T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, and David Jones were interested not just in the aesthetic or social implications of religious experience but also in the philosophically rigorous, dogmatic vision put forward by contemporary theology.

    These poets took seriously the truth claims of Christian theology: for them, religion involved intellectual and emotional assent, doctrinal articulation, and ritual practice. Domestico reveals how an important strand of modern poetry actually understood itself in and through the central theological questions of the modernist era: What is transcendence, and how can we think and write about it? What is the sacramental act, and how does its wedding of the immanent and the transcendent inform the poetic act? How can we relate kairos (holy time) to chronos (clock time)?

    Seeking answers to these complex questions, Domestico examines both modernist institutions (the Criterion ) and specific works of modern poetry (Eliot's Four Quartets and Jones's The Anathemata ). The book also traces the contours of what it dubs "theological modernism": a body of poetry that is both theological and modernist. In doing so, this book offers a new literary history of the modernist period, one that attends both to the material circulation of texts and to the broader intellectual currents of the time.


  • The other roots : wandering origins in roots of Brazil and the impasses of modernity in Ibero-America / Pedro Meira Monteiro ; translated by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux
    PQ 9697 B88 Z76 2017eb

  • Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System / John Rieder
    PN 3433.5 R54 2017eb
    In Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System, John Rieder asks literary scholars to consider what shape literary history takes when based on a historical, rather than formalist, genre theory. Rieder starts from the premise that science fiction and the other genres usually associated with so-called genre fiction comprise a system of genres entirely distinct from the pre-existing classical and academic genre system that includes the epic, tragedy, comedy, satire, romance, the lyric, and so on. He proposes that the field of literary production and the project of literary studies cannot be adequately conceptualized without taking into account the tensions between these two genre systems that arise from their different modes of production, distribution, and reception. Although the careful reading of individual texts forms an important part of this study, the systemic approach offered by Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System provides a fundamental challenge to literary methodologies that foreground individual innovation.

  • The Disperata, from Medieval Italy to Renaissance France / Gabriella Scarlatta
    PQ 4128 D47 S33 2017eb
    This study explores how the themes of the disperata genre - including hopelessness, death, suicide, doomed love, collective trauma, and damnations - are creatively adopted by several generations of poets in Italy and France, to establish a tradition that at times merges with, and at times subverts, Petrarchism.

  • The Illiberal Imagination : Class and the Rise of the U.S. Novel / Joe Shapiro
    PS 374 S68 S53 2017eb

    The Illiberal Imagination offers a synthetic, historical formalist account of how--and to what end--U.S. novels from the late eighteenth century to the mid-1850s represented economic inequality and radical forms of economic egalitarianism in the new nation. In conversation with intellectual, social, and labor history, this study tracks the representation of class inequality and conflict across five subgenres of the early U.S. novel: the Bildungsroman, the episodic travel narrative, the sentimental novel, the frontier romance, and the anti-slavery novel.

    Through close readings of the works of foundational U.S. novelists, including Charles Brockden Brown, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, James Fenimore Cooper, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Joe Shapiro demonstrates that while voices of economic egalitarianism and working-class protest find their ways into a variety of early U.S. novels, these novels are anything but radically dialogic; instead, he argues, they push back against emergent forms of class consciousness by working to naturalize class inequality among whites. The Illiberal Imagination thus enhances our understanding of both the early U.S. novel and the history of the way that class has been imagined in the United States.


  • The Little Death of Self : Nine Essays toward Poetry / Marianne Boruch
    PS 3552 O75645 A6 2017eb

  • Reading, Performing, and Imagining the Libro del Arcipreste / E. Michael Gerli
    PQ 6430 G47 2016eb

  • La madre muerta : El mito matricida en la literatura y el cine españoles / María Asunción Gómez
    PQ 6073 M68 G66 2016eb

  • Erotic Mysticism : Subversion and Transcendence in Latin American Modernista Prose / by Nancy LaGreca
    PQ 6073 M6 L34 2016eb

  • Measuring the Harlem Renaissance : The U.S. Census, African American Identity, and Literary Form / Michael Soto
    PS 153 N5 S6465 2016eb

  • When I Came to Die : Process and Prophecy in Thoreau's Vision of Dying / Audrey Raden
    PS 3054 R34 2017eb

  • Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur : A Biographical Study / Robert Bagg and Mary Bagg
    PS 3545 I32165 Z56 2017eb

  • Human in Death : Morality and Mortality in J. D. Robb's Novels / Kecia Ali
    PS 3568 O243 Z53 2017eb

  • Anatomía del desencanto : humor, ficción y melancolía en España, 1976-1998 / Santiago Morales Rivera
    PQ 6144 M665 2017eb
    After the failure of the soixante-huitards, the collapse of European communism, and the fall around 1989 of various dictatorships and revolutions in Latin America, the sentimental approach to history is again reaping successes among the humanities and the social and political sciences. In the Hispanic world, this "affective turn" is on its way to repeating another fin de si#65533;cle like the one led by the intellectuals of 1898. A century later, in both Spanish and Anglo-Saxon universities, notions such as disenchantment, trauma, memory, and empathy inform virtually all the analyses of modern Spanish culture, from the bloody Civil War and the nearly forty years of fascism that followed it to the disappointing transition to democracy. Santiago Morales intervenes in this sentimental approach to history and to the novelistic production of the transition by recovering the links and tensions that the notion of melancholy maintains with the aesthetics of black humor in a corpus of fictional works written between 1976 and 1998. Through a methodology that alternates between the careful analysis of novels by Javier Mar#65533;as, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Cristina Fern#65533;ndez Cubas, and Juan Jos#65533; Mill#65533;s, and the distant reading or framing that places these texts in a broader history, Anatom#65533;a del desencanto constructs a critique of the equivocal place held in our modern age by feelings that were, in another time, so noble and persistent, such as grief, fear, guilt, and compassion. While other specialists who study the transition today agree in denouncing the ominous persistence of Francoism and the postwar ethos, Santiago Morales sees a deeply ironic formula in the black humor of melancholy: a catalyst in the creative and moral growth of Spanish narrative and a fundamental critical tool to change contemporary sentimental education. Written entirely in Spanish. Tras la derrota de los soixante-huitards, el colapso del comunismo europeo y la ca#65533;da tambi#65533;n en torno a 1989 de varias dictaduras y revoluciones en Am#65533;rica Latina, el acercamiento sentimental a la historia vuelve a cosechar #65533;xitos entre las humanidades y las ciencias sociales y pol#65533;ticas. En el #65533;mbito hisp#65533;nico, este "giro afectivo" lleva camino de reproducir otro fin de si#65533;cle como el que ya protagonizaron los intelectuales de 1898. Un siglo despu#65533;s, tanto en las universidades espa#65533;olas como en las anglosajonas nociones como desencanto, trauma, memoria, y empat#65533;a informan pr#65533;cticamente todos los an#65533;lisis de la cultura espa#65533;ola moderna, desde la sanguinaria guerra civil y los casi cuarenta a#65533;os de fascismo hasta la decepcionante transici#65533;n a la democracia. Santiago Morales interviene en este acercamiento sentimental a la historia y a la novel#65533;stica de la transici#65533;n, recuperando los v#65533;nculos y tensiones que mantiene la noci#65533;n de melancol#65533;a con la est#65533;tica del humor negro en un corpus de obras de ficci#65533;n escritas entre 1976 y 1998. Mediante una metodolog#65533;a que alterna entre el an#65533;lisis cuidadoso de novelas de Javier Mar#65533;as, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Cristina Fern#65533;ndez Cubas y Juan Jos#65533; Mill#65533;s, y el distant reading o el encuadre que coloca estos textos en una historia m#65533;s amplia, Anatom#65533;a del desencanto hace una cr#65533;tica del lugar equ#65533;voco que ocupan en nuestra modernidad sentimientos en otro tiempo tan nobles y obstinados como el duelo, el miedo, la culpa, y la compasi#65533;n. Mientras que otros estudiosos de la transici#65533;n abundan en denunciar la persistencia ominosa del franquismo y la posguerra, Santiago Morales ve en el humor negro de la melancol#65533;a una f#65533;rmula profundamente ir#65533;nica: un catalizador en el crecimiento creativo y moral de la narrativa espa#65533;ola y una herramienta cr#65533;tica fundamental para cambiar la educaci#65533;n sentimental contempor#65533;nea. Escrito en espan#65533;l.

  • The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1880-1883 : Volume 2 / Henry James ; edited by Michael Anesko and Greg W. Zacharias ; associate editor, Katie Sommer ; with an introduction by Susan M. Griffin
    PS 2123 A4 2016eb
    Recipient of the Approved Edition seal from the Modern Language Association's committee on scholarly editions

    This volume of The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1880-1883 includes 178 letters, 98 of which are published for the first time, written from November 1, 1881, to January 1, 1883. The letters record Henry James's establishment as one of the preeminent professional writers in Britain and the United States and follow James's return journeys to the United States following the deaths of his parents. This volume concludes with James's assumption of his role as the executor of his father's will and thus the de facto head of the family.



  • Alternative Kinships : Economy and Family in Russian Modernism / Jacob Emery
    PG 3020.5 F34 E64 2017eb

  • Editing Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy : Mikhail Katkov and the Great Russian Novel / Susanne Fusso
    PN 5276 K38 F87 2017eb

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky : In the Beginning (1821-845): A Life in Letters, Memoirs, and Criticism / Thomas Gaiton Marullo
    PG 3328 M38 2016eb

  • J. M. Synge and Travel Writing of the Irish Revival / Giulia Bruna
    PR 5534 B78 2017eb

  • Mujeres en tránsito : viaje, identidad y escritura en Sudamérica (1830-1910) / Vanesa Miseres
    PQ 7551.5 M57 2017eb

  • Searching for Sycorax : Black Women's Hauntings of Contemporary Horror / Kinitra D. Brooks
    PN 3435 B767 2018eb
    Searching for Sycorax highlights the unique position of Black women in horror as both characters and creators. Kinitra D. Brooks creates a racially gendered critical analysis of African diasporic women, challenging the horror genre's historic themes and interrogating forms of literature that have often been ignored by Black feminist theory. Brooks examines the works of women across the African diaspora, from Haiti, Trinidad, and Jamaica, to England and the United States, looking at new and canonized horror texts by Nalo Hopkinson, NK Jemisin, Gloria Naylor, and Chesya Burke. These Black women fiction writers take advantage of horror's ability to highlight U.S. white dominant cultural anxieties by using Africana folklore to revise horror's semiotics within their own imaginary. Ultimately, Brooks compares the legacy of Shakespeare's Sycorax (of The Tempest ) to Black women writers themselves, who, deprived of mainstream access to self-articulation, nevertheless influence the trajectory of horror criticism by forcing the genre to de-centralize whiteness and maleness.

  • Texas Literary Outlaws : Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond / Steven L. Davis
    PS 266 T4 D38 2004eb

  • The Practices of Hope : Literary Criticism in Disenchanted Times / Christopher Castiglia
    PN 81 C393 2017eb
    Offers a positive approach to literary criticism At a moment when the "hermeneutics of suspicion" is under fire in literary studies, The Practices of Hope encourages an alternative approach that, rather than abandoning critique altogether, relinquishes its commitment to disenchantment. As an alternative, Castiglia offers hopeful reading, a combination of idealism and imagination that retains its analytic edge yet moves beyond nay-saying to articulate the values that shape our scholarship and creates the possible worlds that animate genuine social critique. Drawing on a variety of critics from the Great Depression to the Vietnam War, from Granville Hicks and Constance Rourke to Lewis Mumford, C.L.R. James, Charles Feidelson, and Richard Poirier, Castiglia demonstrates that their criticism simultaneously denounced the social conditions of the Cold War United States and proposed ideal worlds as more democratic alternatives. Organized around a series of terms that have become anathema to critics--nation, liberalism, humanism, symbolism--The Practices of Hope shows how they were employed in criticism's "usable past" to generate an alternative critique, a practice of hope.

  • Joyce and the Law / edited by Jonathan Goldman
    PR 6019 O9 Z64734 2017eb
    "A capacious, generative, and important collection with far-ranging implications for Joyce studies and for our understanding of literature's relationship to law."--Ravit Reichman, author of The Affective Life of Law: Legal Modernism and the Literary Imagination "Gives us a new map of the busy intersection of Joyce and law. This volume's contributors rise to the challenge, taking on everything from laws of marriage, immigration, and finance to regimes of intellectual property, libel, and obscenity."--Paul K. Saint-Amour, author of Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form "Draws together an international cohort of Joyce scholars with specialist knowledge in legal considerations shaping events and characters' motivations in Joyce's writing."--Margot Gayle Backus, author of Scandal Work: James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars

    Making the case that legal issues are central to James Joyce's life and work, international experts in law and literature offer new insights into Joyce's most important texts. They analyze Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Giacomo Joyce, Ulysses , and Finnegans Wake in light of the legal contexts of Joyce's day.

    Topics include marriage laws, the Aliens Act of 1905, laws governing display and use of language, minority rights debates, municipal self-government, and regulations on alcohol consumption and licensing. This volume also highlights Joyce's own fascination with law and legal inquiry, his use of a "trademark" visual and linguistic style, the obscenity cases brought against Ulysses, and how copyright has affected publication of Joyce's work. These discussions show how reading Joyce alongside the law enriches both legal studies and literary scholarship.


  • Ragged Revolutionaries : The Lumpenproletariat and African American Marxism in Depression-Era Literature / Nathaniel Mills
    PS 153 N5 M557 2017eb

  • Reading America : Citizenship, Democracy, and Cold War Literature / Kristin L. Matthews
    PS 3613 A8488 R43 2016eb

  • From Page to Place : American Literary Tourism and the Afterlives of Authors / edited by Jennifer Harris and Hilary Iris Lowe
    PS 141 F76 2017eb

  • How to Read African American Literature : Post-Civil Rights Fiction and the Task of Interpretation / Aida Levy-Hussen
    PS 374 N4 L49 2016eb

  • Writing Human Rights : The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color / Crystal Parikh
    PS 153 M56 P375 2017eb

    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 American writers of color--Toni Morrison, Chang-rae Lee, Ana Castillo, Aimee Phan, and others--to explore the conditions under which new norms, more capacious formulations of rights, and alternative kinds of political communities emerge.

    Parikh contends that unlike humanitarianism, which views its objects as victims, human rights provide avenues for the creation of political subjects. Pairing the ethical deliberations in such works as Beloved and A Gesture Life with human rights texts like the United Nations Convention Against Torture, she considers why principles articulated as rights in international conventions and treaties--such as the right to self-determination or the right to family--are too often disregarded at home. Human rights concepts instead provide writers of color with a deeply meaningful method for political and moral imagining in their literature.

    Affiliating transnational works of American literature with decolonization, socialist, and other political struggles in the global south, this book illuminates a human rights critique of idealized American rights and freedoms that have been globalized in the twenty-first century. In the absence of domestic human rights enforcement, these literatures provide a considerable repository for those ways of life and subjects of rights made otherwise impossible in the present antidemocratic moment.


  • Philanthropic Discourse in Anglo-American Literature, 1850-1920 / edited by Frank Q. Christianson and Leslee Thorne-Murphy
    PR 778 S62 P48 2017eb

    From the mid-19th century until the rise of the modern welfare state in the early 20th century, Anglo-American philanthropic giving gained an unprecedented measure of cultural authority as it changed in kind and degree. Civil society took on the responsibility for confronting the adverse effects of industrialism, and transnational discussions of poverty, urbanization, women's work, and sympathy provided a means of understanding and debating social reform. While philanthropic institutions left a transactional record of money and materials, philanthropic discourse yielded a rich corpus of writing that represented, rationalized, and shaped these rapidly industrializing societies, drawing on and informing other modernizing discourses including religion, economics, and social science. Showing the fundamentally transatlantic nature of this discourse from 1850 to 1920, the authors gather a wide variety of literary sources that crossed national and colonial borders within the Anglo-American range of influence. Through manifestos, fundraising tracts, novels, letters, and pamphlets, they piece together the intellectual world where philanthropists reasoned through their efforts and redefined the public sector.


  • In the Air : Essays on the Poetry of Peter Gizzi / edited by Anthony Caleshu
    PS 3557 I94 Z67 2017eb
    This first critical book of essays on the poetry of Peter Gizzi shows how his work extends the traditions of nineteenth- and twentieth-century modernism while also reclaiming the living presence of the "lyric" in its capacity to sing of the human predicament. Gizzi is author of seven critically acclaimed books of poetry, including most recently Threshold Songs and Archeophonics, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2016. Lauded contributors, including Ben Lerner, Michael Snediker, Marjorie Perloff, and Charles Altieri, explore Gizzi's poetry for its embodiment of an American tradition--extending the poetics of Whitman, Dickinson, and Stevens, amongst others--while also exhibiting a twenty-first-century sensibility, perpetuating a new grammar and syntax to capture our place in the world today. Each essayist, in turn, works through close-readings of some of the most important poems of our times, enriching our understanding of a poetry of the mind which never loses track of what it means to feel.

  • Boats on the Marne : Jean Renoir's Critique of Modernity / Prakash Younger
    PN 1998.3 R46 Y68 2017eb

    Boats on the Marne offers an original interpretation of Jean Renoir's celebrated films of the 1930s, treating them as a coherent narrative of philosophical response to the social and political crises of the times. Grounded in a reinterpretation of the foundational film-philosopher André Bazin, and drawing on work from a range of disciplines (film studies, art history, comparative literature, political and cultural history), the book's coordinated consideration of Renoir's films, writings, and interviews demonstrates his obsession with the concept of romanticism. Renoir saw romanticism to be a defining feature of modernity, a hydra-headed malady which intimately shapes our personal lives, culture, and politics, blinding us and locking us into agonistic relationships and conflict. While mapping the popular manifestations of romanticism that Renoir engaged with at the time, this study restores the philosophic weight of his critique by tracing the phenomenon back to its roots in the work and influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who first articulated conceptions of human desire, identity, community, and history that remain pervasive today. Prakash Younger argues that Renoir's films of the 1930s articulate a multi-stranded narrative through which the director thinks about various aspects of romanticism and explores the liberating possibilities of an alternative paradigm illuminated by the thought of Plato, Montaigne, and the early Enlightenment. When placed in the context of the long and complex dialogue Renoir had with his audience over the course of the decade, masterpieces such as La Grande Illusion and La Règle du Jeu reveal his profound engagement with issues of political philosophy that are still very much with us today.


  • Haunting Encounters : The Ethics of Reading across Boundaries of Difference / Joanne Lipson Freed
    PS 374 G45 F74 2017eb

    Acts of cross-cultural reading have ethical consequences. In Haunting Encounters, Joanne Lipson Freed traces the narrative strategies through which certain works of fiction forge connections with their readers across boundaries of difference. Freed uses the idea of haunting--an intense, temporary, and transformative encounter that defies rational understanding--as a metaphor for the kinds of ethical relationships that such works cultivate with their readers across boundaries of difference.

    Freed points out how such works as Toni Morrison's Beloved, Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, and Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things strike a delicate balance between empathy and alterity. Their engaging narratives, Freed argues, bring unfamiliar characters and distant settings to life for readers who encounter them as "other," but they also highlight the limits of fiction, holding in check the impulse to colonize another's experience with one's own. Haunting Encounters is a sensitive and perceptive application of theory to real-world concerns. It draws together the fields of postcolonial fiction and narrative ethics and suggests original modes of engagement between readers and books that promise new ways of looking at the world.


  • Victorian Pain / Rachel Ablow
    PR 468 P15 A26 2017eb

    The nineteenth century introduced developments in science and medicine that made the eradication of pain conceivable for the first time. This new understanding of pain brought with it a complex set of moral and philosophical dilemmas. If pain serves no obvious purpose, how do we reconcile its existence with a well-ordered universe? Examining how writers of the day engaged with such questions, Victorian Pain offers a compelling new literary and philosophical history of modern pain.

    Rachel Ablow provides close readings of novelists Charlotte Brontë and Thomas Hardy and political and natural philosophers John Stuart Mill, Harriet Martineau, and Charles Darwin, as well as a variety of medical, scientific, and popular writers of the Victorian age. She explores how discussions of pain served as investigations into the status of persons and the nature and parameters of social life. No longer conceivable as divine trial or punishment, pain in the nineteenth century came to seem instead like a historical accident suggesting little or nothing about the individual who suffers.

    A landmark study of Victorian literature and the history of pain, Victorian Pain shows how these writers came to see pain as a social as well as a personal problem. Rather than simply self-evident to the sufferer and unknowable to anyone else, pain was also understood to be produced between persons--and even, perhaps, by the fictions they read.


  • Understanding Norman Mailer / Maggie McKinley
    PS 3525 A4152 Z7655 2017eb
    As a renowned novelist, journalist, biographer, playwright, speaker, aspiring politician, filmmaker, and public intellectual, Norman Mailer was one of the most prominent American literary and cultural figures of the second half of the twentieth century. Over the course of his expansive sixty-year career, Mailer published nearly forty original works of fiction and nonfiction, served as a counterculture activist, and was cofounder of the Village Voice. Twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Mailer also received the National Book Award and the Medal of Distinguished Contribution to Arts and Letters, a lifetime achievement award granted by the National Book Foundation.Understanding Norman Mailer is the first book of literary criticism to address Mailer's impressive body of work in its entirety, from his first publication to his last. Situating these volumes in their historical and cultural context, Maggie McKinley traces the major themes and philosophies that pervade Mailer's canon, analyzing his representations of gender, sexuality, violence, technology, politics, faith, celebrity, existentialism, and national identity. McKinley moves chronologically through Mailer's career, illuminating the many genres, styles, and perspectives with which Mailer experimented over time, demonstrating his remarkable artistic reach. McKinley also addresses Mailer's reputation as a combative public figure who, amid controversy surrounding his personal life and public persona, remained committed to lively intellectual debate.Through Understanding Norman Mailer, an accessible introduction to Mailer's life and work, McKinley offers a unique retrospective, articulating the development and changes within Mailer's ideas over time while highlighting concerns that remained at the center of his work for decades.

  • Kate O'Brien and Spanish Literary Culture / Jane Davison
    PR 6029 B65 Z66 2017eb

  • Echoes of Emerson : Rethinking Realism in Twain, James, Wharton, and Cather / Diana Hope Polley
    PS 374 R37 P55 2017eb

  • Jacob Isaac Segal : A Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu / Pierre Anctil
    PJ 5129 S37 Z53 2012eb
    Born in the Ukraine in 1896, and settling in Montreal in 1910, Segal became one of the first Yiddish writers in Canada. His poetry, infused with lyricism and mysticism, along with the numerous essays and articles he penned, embodied both a rich literary tradition and the modernism of his day.
    Pierre Anctil has written so much more than a biography. For the first time, Segal's poetic production is referenced, translated and rigorously analyzed, and includes over 100 pages of appendices, shedding light on the artistic, spiritual, cultural and historical importance of his oeuvre. By introducing the reader to the poet's work through previously unpublished translations, Anctil demonstrates that in many respects it reflects the history of the Jewish immigrants who arrived in North America from Russia, the Ukraine and Poland at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the tragic experiences of Jewish intellectual refugees of the interwar period.
    This admirably written, sweeping yet subtle, work will appeal both to scholars and to a broader audience.
    The original French version was awarded the prestigious 2014 Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature / edited by Heike Scharm and Natalia Matta Jara
    PQ 7081 P677 2017eb
    "Offers an array of disciplinary views on how theories of globalization and an emerging postnational critical imagination have impacted traditional ways of thinking about literature."--Samuel Amago, author of Spanish Cinema in the Global Context: Film on Film

    Moving beyond the traditional study of Hispanic literature on a nation-by-nation basis, this volume explores how globalization is currently affecting Spanish and Latin American fiction, poetry, and literary theory.

    Taking a postnational approach, contributors examine works by Jos#65533; Mart#65533;, Carlos Ruiz Zaf#65533;n, Junot D#65533;az, Mario Vargas Llosa, Cecilia Vicu#65533;a, Jorge Luis Borges, and other writers. They discuss how expanding worldviews have impacted the way these authors write and how they are read today. Whether analyzing the increasingly popular character of the voluntary exile, the theme of masculinity in This Is How You Lose Her , or the multilingual nature of the Spanish language itself, they show how contemporary Hispanic writers and critics are engaging in cross-cultural literary conversations.

    Drawing from a range of fields including postcolonial, Latino, gender, exile, and transatlantic studies, these essays help characterize a new "world" literature that reflects changing understandings of memory, belonging, and identity.


  • Hope Isn't Stupid : Utopian Affects in Contemporary American Literature / Sean Austin Grattan
    PS 374 U8 G73 2017eb

  • Language, Thought, Art and Existence : Creative Nonfictions / Tendai R. Mwanaka
    PR 9390.9 M86 L368 2017eb

  • Sissy! : The Effeminate Paradox in Postwar US Literature and Culture / Harry Thomas Jr
    PS 228 E44 T56 2017eb

  • Dostoevsky and the Riddle of the Self / Yuri Corrigan
    PG 3328 Z7 S4536 2017eb

  • There would always be a fairy-tale : More Essays on Tolkien / Verlyn Flieger
    PR 6039 O32 Z6466 2017eb

  • Kafka's Indictment of Modern Law / Douglas E. Litowitz
    PT 2621 A26 Z769174 2017eb
    The legal system is often denounced as "Kafkaesque"--but what does this really mean? This is the question Douglas E. Litowitz tackles in his critical reading of Franz Kafka's writings about the law.

    Going far beyond Kafka's most familiar works--such as The Trial --Litowitz assembles a broad array of works that he refers to as "Kafka's legal fiction"--consisting of published and unpublished works that deal squarely with the law, as well as those that touch upon it indirectly, as in political, administrative, and quasi-judicial procedures. Cataloguing, explaining, and critiquing this body of work, Litowitz brings to bear all those aspects of Kafka's life that were connected to law--his legal education, his career as a lawyer, his drawings, and his personal interactions with the legal system. A close study of Kafka's legal writings reveals that Kafka held a consistent position about modern legal systems, characterized by a crippling nihilism. Modern legal systems, in Kafka's view, consistently fail to make good on their stated pretensions--in fact often accomplish the opposite of what they promise. This indictment, as Litowitz demonstrates, is not confined to the legal system of Kafka's day, but applies just as surely to our own.

    A short, clear, comprehensive introduction to Kafka's legal writings and thought, Kafka's Indictment of Modern Law is not uncritical. Even as he clarifies Kafka's experience of and ideas about the law, Litowitz offers an informed perspective on the limitations of these views. His book affords rare insight into a key aspect of Kafka's work, and into the connection between the writing, the writer, and the legal world.

  • Expectation : Philosophy, Literature / Jean-Luc Nancy ; translated by Robert Bononno ; texts compiled with the assistance of Ginette Michaud
    PN 37 N36413 2018eb

  • Written in Blood : Revolutionary Terrorism and Russian Literary Culture, 1861-1881 / Lynn Ellen Patyk
    PG 2975 P38 2017eb

  • Silenced Voices : The Poetics of Speech in Ovid / Bartolo Natoli
    PA 6537 N38 2017eb

  • The Institutions of Russian Modernism : Conceptualizing, Publishing, and Reading Symbolism / Jonathan Stone
    PG 3015.5 S9 S76 2017eb
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