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Writers and Social Thought in Africa by Wale Adebanwi Writers and Social Thought in Africa

Social theory and social theorizing about Africa has largely ignored African literature. However, because writers are some of the continent's finest social thinkers, they have produced - and continue to produce - works which constitute potential sources for the analysis...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/09/2017

Women Writing Across Cultures Present, past, future by Pelagia Goulimari Women Writing Across Cultures Present, past, future

This collection brings together an international, multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary community of scholars and practitioners in different media seeking to question and re-theorize the contested terms of our title: woman, writing, women's writing and across. Culture is translated into an...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2017

Barbarian: Explorations of a Western Concept in Theory, Literature and the Arts Vol. I: From the Enlightenment to the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Markus Winkler Barbarian: Explorations of a Western Concept in Theory, Literature and the Arts Vol. I: From the Enlightenment to the Turn of the Twentieth Century


Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Traumatic Tales British Nationhood and National Trauma in Nineteenth-Century Literature by Lisa Kasmer Traumatic Tales British Nationhood and National Trauma in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Traumatic Tales: British Nationhood and National Trauma in Nineteenth-Century Literature explores intersections of nationalism and trauma in Romantic and Victorian literature from the emergence of British nationalism through the height of the British Empire. From the national tales of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Genius Envy Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900 by Adrianna M. Paliyenko Genius Envy Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801-1900


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

The English Paradigm in India Essays in Language, Literature and Culture by Deepti Gupta The English Paradigm in India Essays in Language, Literature and Culture

This collection pulls together a wide range of perspectives to explore the possibilities and the boundaries of the paradigm of English studies in India. It examines national identity and the legacy of colonialism through a study of comparative and multi...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/09/2017

Neglected Powers (1971) Essays on Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literature by G. Wilson Knight Neglected Powers (1971) Essays on Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literature

First published in 1971, Professor Knight's book draws analytic attention to poets including Tennyson, Masefield, and Brooke, who are shown to hold a dimension of meaning previously ignored or misunderstood. Homage is paid to John Cowper Powys as one of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2017

Global Comedy and Humour Studies by Jordan Smith Global Comedy and Humour Studies


Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2017

Global Comedy and Humour Studies by Jordan Smith Global Comedy and Humour Studies


Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2017

A Persian Sufi Poem Vocabulary and Terminology: Concordance, Frequency Word-List, Statistical Survey, Arabic Loan-Words and Sufi-Religious Terminology in Tariq-Ut-Tahqiq (A.H. 744) by Bo Utas A Persian Sufi Poem Vocabulary and Terminology: Concordance, Frequency Word-List, Statistical Survey, Arabic Loan-Words and Sufi-Religious Terminology in Tariq-Ut-Tahqiq (A.H. 744)

This book, first published in 1978, treats methods of describing the total and special vocabularies of a given text and demonstrates a procedure of description of the vocabulary of the Sufi Mathnavi poem Tariq-ut-tahqiq, composed in the middle of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

'Omar Khayyam The Persian Text with Paraphrase, and the First and Fourth Editions of Fitzgerald's Translation by E. H. Rodwell 'Omar Khayyam The Persian Text with Paraphrase, and the First and Fourth Editions of Fitzgerald's Translation

This book, first published in 1931, shows in a simple, sound and lucid manner how the genius of two poets (Omar Khayyam and FitzGerald) brought together by the genius of an Orientalist (Professor Cowell) culminated in a very strange, very...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 by Laura Furman O. Henry Prize Stories 2017


Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2017

Ecological Literature and the Critique of Anthropocentrism by Bryan L. Moore Ecological Literature and the Critique of Anthropocentrism

This book is an analysis of literary texts that question, critique, or subvert anthropocentrism, the notion that the universe and everything in it exists for humans. Bryan Moore examines ancient Greek and Roman texts; medieval to twentieth-century European texts; eighteenth-century...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2017

The Assimilation Experience of Five American White Ethnic Novelists of the Twentieth Century by Betty Ann Burch The Assimilation Experience of Five American White Ethnic Novelists of the Twentieth Century

This title, originally published in 1990, is a contribution to the social and literary history of ethnic groups in America. Its sources are the writings - chiefly novels - of five authors of Eastern and Southern European descent, chosen because...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

The American Dream and the Popular Novel by The American Dream and the Popular Novel

This title, originally published in 1985, examines conceptions of success and the good life expressed in bestselling novels - ranging from historical sagas and spy thrillers to more serious works by Updike, Bellows, Steinbeck and Mailer - published from 1945...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

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Writing the Mind Representing Consciousness from Proust to Present by Simon Kemp Writing the Mind Representing Consciousness from Proust to Present

My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop. I exist because I think... and I can't stop myself from thinking. - Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea Writing the Mind: Representing Consciousness from Proust to Darrieussecq explores the works of seven...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/09/2017

Remembering Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Matsuko Diary Entries, Interview Notes, and Letters, 1954-1989 by Anthony Chambers Remembering Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Matsuko Diary Entries, Interview Notes, and Letters, 1954-1989

Provides previously unpublished memories, anecdotes, and insights into the lives, opinions, personalities, and writings of the great novelist Tanizaki Jun'ichiro (1886-1965) and his wife Matsuko (1903-1991), gleaned from the diaries of Edward Seidensticker and two decades of Anthony Chambers s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/09/2017

Remembering Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Matsuko Diary Entries, Interview Notes, and Letters, 1954-1989 by Anthony Chambers Remembering Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and Matsuko Diary Entries, Interview Notes, and Letters, 1954-1989

Provides previously unpublished memories, anecdotes, and insights into the lives, opinions, personalities, and writings of the great novelist Tanizaki Jun'ichiro (1886-1965) and his wife Matsuko (1903-1991), gleaned from the diaries of Edward Seidensticker and two decades of Anthony Chambers s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

Jane Austen and Sciences of the Mind by Beth Lau Jane Austen and Sciences of the Mind

The essays in this volume interpret Jane Austen's fiction through the lens of various sciences of the mind and brain, especially the cluster of disciplines implicated in the term cognitive science, including neuroscience, evolutionary biology, evolutionary and developmental psychology, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/09/2017

Sherwood Anderson's Pan-American Vision Letters in Pursuit of a Cross-Cultural Bond by Celia Catalina Esplugas Sherwood Anderson's Pan-American Vision Letters in Pursuit of a Cross-Cultural Bond

Based on an analysis of Sherwood Anderson's letters, this study explores the novelist's principal inspiration during his final years (1939-1941): his exposure to Latin America. Thematically arranged correspondence traces his positive reception in South America, his desire to promote cultural...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2017

Writing and Victorianism by J. B. Bullen Writing and Victorianism

Writing and Victorianism asks the fundamental question 'what is Victorianism?' and offers a number of answers taken from methods and approaches which have been developed over the last ten years. This collection of essays, written by both new and established...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

English Novel, Vol I, The 1700 to Fielding by Richard W.F. Kroll English Novel, Vol I, The 1700 to Fielding

The English Novel, Volume I:1700 to Fielding collects a series of previously-published essays on the early eighteenth-century novel in a single volume, reflecting the proliferation of theoretical approaches since the 1970s. The novel has been the object of some of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Semi-Detached The Aesthetics of Virtual Experience since Dickens by John Plotz Semi-Detached The Aesthetics of Virtual Experience since Dickens

When you are half lost in a work of art, what happens to the half left behind? Semi-Detached delves into this state of being: what it means to be within and without our social and physical milieu, at once interacting...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Extending Ecocriticism Crisis, Collaboration and Challenges in the Environmental Humanities by Peter Barry Extending Ecocriticism Crisis, Collaboration and Challenges in the Environmental Humanities

This book takes ecocriticism into new areas that include collaboration across the environmental humanities and into the cultural studies of the human response to the environment. The essays, by both early career and established researchers, are accessible enough to appeal...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

: Chaucer, Langland, and the Creative Imagination (1980) by David Aers : Chaucer, Langland, and the Creative Imagination (1980)

First published in 1980, this study of two renowned later fourteenth century English poets, Chaucer and Langland, concentrates on some major and representative aspects of their work. Aers shows that, in contrast to the mass conventional writing of the period,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

The Dancing Poet - Rabindranath Tagore and Modernity in Performance by Rimli Bhattacharya The Dancing Poet - Rabindranath Tagore and Modernity in Performance


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Precarious Labour and the Contemporary Novel by Liam Connell Precarious Labour and the Contemporary Novel

This book is a major study of the presentation of work and workers in contemporary novels from India, North America and the UK. Drawing on lively recent theories about work, it shows how the novel is a crucial form for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2017

The Ecopoetics of Entanglement in Contemporary Turkish and American Literatures by Meliz Ergin The Ecopoetics of Entanglement in Contemporary Turkish and American Literatures

This book foregrounds entanglement as a guiding concept in Derrida's work and considers its implications and benefits for ecocritical thought. Ergin introduces the notion of ecological text to emphasize textuality as a form of entanglement that proves useful in thinking...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2017

Cleopatra I Am Fire and Air by Prof. Harold Bloom Cleopatra I Am Fire and Air

The second in a series of five short books about Shakespeare's most significant characters: Falstaff, Cleopatra, Lear, Iago and Macbeth.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2017

Feminist Periodicals and Daily Life Women and Modernity in British Culture by Barbara Green Feminist Periodicals and Daily Life Women and Modernity in British Culture

This volume uncovers the ideas concerning everyday life circulating in the burgeoning feminist periodical culture of Britain in the early twentieth century. Barbara Green explores the ways in which the feminist press used its correspondence columns, women's pages, fashion columns...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/10/2017

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Surreal Beckett Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and Surrealism by Alan (University of Texas at Austin, USA) Friedman Surreal Beckett Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and Surrealism
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Surreal Beckett situates Beckett`s writings within the context of James Joyce and Surrealism, distinguishing ways in which Beckett forged his own unique path, sometimes in accord with, sometimes at odds with, these two powerful predecessors. Beckett was so deeply enmeshed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2017

Literature and Sustainability Concept, Text and Culture by Adeline Johns-Putra Literature and Sustainability Concept, Text and Culture

This edited collection brings together twelve essays by leading and upcoming scholars, the aim of which is to contribute critically to conceptions of sustainability from the standpoint of environmental literary scholarship. The book will be of interest to scholars and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2017

The Year's Work in the Punk Bookshelf, Or, Lusty Scripts by Brian James Schill The Year's Work in the Punk Bookshelf, Or, Lusty Scripts

This is the story of the books punks read and why they read them. The Year's Work in the Punk Bookshelf challenges the stereotype that punk rock is a bastion of violent, drug-addicted, uneducated drop outs. Brian James Schill explores...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/08/2017

The Year's Work in the Punk Bookshelf, Or, Lusty Scripts by Brian James Schill The Year's Work in the Punk Bookshelf, Or, Lusty Scripts

This is the story of the books punks read and why they read them. The Year's Work in the Punk Bookshelf challenges the stereotype that punk rock is a bastion of violent, drug-addicted, uneducated drop outs. Brian James Schill explores...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2017

Textual Practice 10.3 by Alan Sinfield Textual Practice 10.3

Papers include: Tragedy and the nationalist condition of criticism Thomas Doucherty --Descartes, Baudrillard, Dryden and a consideration of cultural relations between England and France in the late seventeenth century.ILaodamia and the moaning of Mary John Barrell --changing critical responses to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Narratives of Inequality Postcolonial Literary Economics by Melissa Kennedy Narratives of Inequality Postcolonial Literary Economics

This book reveals the economic motivations underpinning colonial, neocolonial and neoliberal eras of global capitalism that are represented in critiques of inequality in postcolonial fiction. Today's economic inequality, suffered disproportionately by indigenous and minority groups of postcolonial societies in both...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2017

Imperialism and the Wider Atlantic Essays on the Aesthetics, Literature, and Politics of Transatlantic Cultures by Tania Gentic Imperialism and the Wider Atlantic Essays on the Aesthetics, Literature, and Politics of Transatlantic Cultures

The essays in this volume broaden previous approaches to Atlantic literature and culture by comparatively studying the politics and textualities of Southern Europe, North America, and Latin America across languages, cultures, and periods. Historically grounded while offering new theoretical approaches,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2017

Visions of the Future in Comics International Perspectives by Francesco-Alessio Ursini Visions of the Future in Comics International Perspectives

Across generations and genres, comics have imagined different views of the future, from unattainable utopias to worrisome dystopias. These presaging narratives can be read as reflections of their authors' (and readers') hopes, fears and beliefs about the present. This collection...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2017

Indigenous Creatures, Native Knowledges, and the Arts Animal Studies in Modern Worlds by Wendy Woodward Indigenous Creatures, Native Knowledges, and the Arts Animal Studies in Modern Worlds

This volume illuminates how creative representations remain sites of ongoing struggles to engage with animals in indigenous epistemologies. Traditionally imagined in relation to spiritual realms and the occult, animals have always been more than primitive symbols of human relations. Whether...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/08/2017

Michel Tournier by Michael Worton Michel Tournier

This volume of essays brings together critical analysis and commentary on the literary work of Michel Tournier.
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/08/2017

Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

Mark Twain Roughing it by Mark Twain Mark Twain Roughing it


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

What the Doctor Overheard Dr. Leopold Muller's Account of Music in Early Meiji Japan by Elizabeth Markham What the Doctor Overheard Dr. Leopold Muller's Account of Music in Early Meiji Japan

Despite their significance, the writings on Japanese music by Prussian medical scientist and physician Leopold Muller, published in Yokohama in a series from 1874 to 1876, have been nearly forgotten. This study with full translation into both English and Japanese...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/07/2017

Writing and Race by Tim Youngs Writing and Race

Writing and Race brings together specially commissioned essays by new and established authors from a range of disciplines. Texts are drawn from subjects and genres that include philosophy, politics, anthropology, sexuality, travel, fiction and autobiography. Through a time-span from Ancient...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2017

The Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher by Sandra Clark The Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher

This is an analysis of sexual themes in the plays of Beaumont and Fletcher, both in the context of the Jacobean theatre and in the light of modern readings of sexuality and gender during the English Renaissance. Sandra Clark challenges...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2017

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