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Literary reference works

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The New Negro: An Interpretation

The New Negro: An Interpretation

Author: Alain Locke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2021

Apocalypse in American Literature and Culture

Apocalypse in American Literature and Culture

Author: John (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) Hay Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

The idea of America has always encouraged apocalyptic visions. The 'American Dream' has not only imagined the prospect of material prosperity; it has also imagined the end of the world. 'Final forecasts' constitute one of America's oldest literary genres, extending from the eschatological theology of the New England Puritans to the revolutionary discourse of the early republic, the emancipatory rhetoric of the Civil War, the anxious fantasies of the atomic age, and the doomsday digital media of today. For those studying the history of America, renditions of the apocalypse are simply unavoidable. This book brings together two dozen essays by prominent scholars that explore the meanings of apocalypse across different periods, regions, genres, registers, modes, and traditions of American literature and culture. It locates the logic and rhetoric of apocalypse at the very core of American literary history.

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2020

Rachel Carson was a marine biologist credited with the founding of the ecology movement and the rise in ecofeminism. One of her most popular works was Silent Spring, which challenged the use of DDT (an insecticide infamous for its negative environmental effects) and questioned the claims of modern industry. Carson also wrote essays, reviews, articles, and more to educate the public about the impacts of chemical pollutants on both the environment and the human body. This literary companion provides readers with Carson's key messages via an A-to-Z index of topics discussed in her works including carcinogens, endangered species, and radioactivity.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Author: Vara S. (Southern Connecticut State University, USA) Neverow Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 26/11/2020

Bringing together over 70 influential critical articles, Virginia Woolf: Critical and Primary Sources is a collection of significant academic writing on the work of the great modernist writer, Virginia Woolf. Beginning with the academic rediscovery of Woolf in the mid-1970s, this collection charts the development of Woolf scholarship up to 2015. It comprises examinations of Woolf's fiction and non-fictional writing, important manuscript and archival discoveries and biographical analyses, as well as critical work on Woolf's feminism, aesthetics and cultural writing. Each volume includes a substantial contextualising introduction surveying Woolf studies in the decade covered. Virginia Woolf: Critical and Primary Sources is an essential academic resource for scholars and common readers alike.

The Woman Warrior

The Woman Warrior

Author: Linda Trinh Moser Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2020

Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it. Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts is, according to the Modern Language Association, the most taught text on U.S. campuses, featured in Literature, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Women's Studies, and Anthropology, as well as other departments. Coinciding with the fortieth anniversary of publication of The Woman Warrior, this volume features international scholars revisiting long-standing debates about authenticity, genre, and identity in the text, as well as pushing forward into little explored contexts, such as transnationalism, mythopoesis, diaspora, and relational self-hood. Additional essays compare Kingston's masterwork to other key ethnic American writings by authors such as Amy Tan, Maya Angelou, and Lan Cao.

For the Gay Stage

For the Gay Stage

Author: Drewey Wayne Gunn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2020

From the Gay Repertoire is the first guide to consider the total sweep of gay plays published in English, not just those that were produced on Broadway and in London's West End. Here one will find, in addition to Off- and Off-Off-Broadway and regional theater offerings, plays from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Puerto Rican, Indian, and Filipino plays written in English as well as translations from other languages are given their due place. As a result fully 70% of the plays included here are appearing for the first time in such a survey. Lovers of the theater will be happy to discover the rich gay repertoire that they have inherited.

The Frankfurt Book Fair and Bestseller Business

The Frankfurt Book Fair and Bestseller Business

Author: Beth (University of Melbourne) Driscoll, Claire (University of Stirling) Squires Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2020

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the leading global industry venue for rights sales, facilitating business-to-buzzness deals and international networks. In this Element, we pursue an Ullapoolist approach to excavate beneath the production of bestsellers at the Fair. Our investigation involved three consecutive years of fieldwork (2017-2019) including interviews and autoethnographic, arts-informed interventions. The Element argues that buzz at the Fair exists in two states: as market-ready media reports and partial, lived experiences linked to mood. The physical structures and absences of the Fair enact its power relations and direct the flow of books and buzz. Further, the Fair is not only a site for commercial exchange but a carnival of sorts, marked by disruptive historical events and problematic socio-political dynamics. Key themes emerging from the Element are the presence of excess, the pseudo(neo)liberal self-satisfaction of book culture, and the interplay of optimism and pessimism in contemporary publishing.

Cyclopedia of Literary Places

Cyclopedia of Literary Places

Author: Salem Press Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/2020

This brand-new edition analyzes the use of place in over 1,300 literary works. Joining the Masterplots family of literary reference, it completes the foundation of sources for the three primary approaches to literary criticism: story (Masterplots, Masterplots II), character (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters), and setting. This set contains articles on over 1,300 literary works selected titles covered in Masterplots. The selected titles are those that best lend themselves to meaningful discussion of place as a literary device. The articles contain more than 6,000 separate place entries. Each article provides a full title, author's name and vital dates, type of work, type of plot, time of plot, and date of original publication. A brief introductory paragraph explains where the work is set and comments on themes and patterns in the work's use of place. Discussions within the entries focus on how places are used as literary devices within the novels, plays, or poems in which they appear. Articles are arranged alphabetically by book title and begin with ready-reference top matter information about the author and the book, including each book's title, foreign title if originally published in a language other than English, author's name with birth and death years, date of first publication, genre, locale, time of action, and plot type. The characters are arranged by order of importance within each article. The central or key characters receive lengthy descriptions; supporting and minor figures receive less extensive treatment. Books by a given author that commonly are studied together are treated in a single article, allowing the user to study character development across the books. Heavily cross-referenced indexes allow easy access to all title covered. Pronunciation guides are provided for character names that are most likely to be mispronounced. This second edition of Cyclopedia of Literary Places focuses on such memorable works as: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne; Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien; No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy; M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang; Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood; and many, many more. With so many descriptions of thousands of literary settings all in one easy-to-use reference guide, this updated edition of Cyclopedia of Literary Places is a must-have for academic libraries and literature programs around the country.

Magill's Literary Annual, 2004

Magill's Literary Annual, 2004

Author: Steven G. Kellman Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/2020

Published since 1954, this 2004 annual reviews the editor's pick of noteworthy books published in the USA during the year 2003. The works represented in this annual are drawn from the widest range of categories available.

Political Fiction

Political Fiction

Author: Mark Levene Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/2020

Combining richness of interpretation and the intellectual challenge to readers, this volume surveys the vast theme of political fiction. Four contextual essays discuss prevailing themes within the genre, including the Cold War period and the aftermath of 9/11. Ten additional essays go on to discuss individual authors, including Joseph Conrad, George Orwell, Doris Lessing, Russell Banks, Don DeLillo, and Robert Stone. Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of Works Cited, along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Author: Barbara Heavilin Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/2020

In-depth critical discussions of John Steinbeck's novel - Plus complimentary, unlimited online access to the full content of this great literary reference. With an array of contributions by leading Steinbeck scholars, Critical Insights: Of Mice and Men provides a rich array of fresh perspectives and valuable information on this short but beloved text. Essay topics include: the masculine psyche, alienation, and the plight of migrants, and consideration of why this novel is still in high school curriculum's today. Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of Works Cited, along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources: About This Volume Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays Further Readings Detailed Bibliography Detailed Bio of the Editor General Subject Index

Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance

Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance

Author: Lois Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2020

This is a comprehensive, A-to-Z guide to the literature of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance, a broad artistic movement of the 1920s and early '30s that involved literature, the visual arts, and music, was one of the most productive eras in American literary history. Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance provides authoritative coverage and unique insight into the literature of the Harlem Renaissance. More than 800 concise, A-to-Z entries detail the historical relevance of the subject and explain how the writer, work, or idea helped shape American literature. The author draws on historical studies, biographies, literary criticism, and primary materials, including letters and diaries of such Harlem Renaissance figures as Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, W. E. B. DuBois, and Zora Neale Hurston. This book also includes a chronology, a map, a list of works by Harlem Renaissance writers, crossreferences, a bibliography, and an index. Coverage includes: writers, poets, important critics, and others linked to the Harlem Literary Renaissance; important places, historical figures and events, and ideas related to the literature of the Harlem Literary Renaissance; and, many other significant terms and topics that are important to understanding the movement.