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Ghostly Encounters Cultural and Imaginary Representations of the Spectral from the Nineteenth Century to the Present

Ghostly Encounters: Cultural and Imaginary Representations of the Spectral from the Nineteenth Century to the Present

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Mark Sandy, Stefano Cracolici
December 30, 2020

This volume reflects on the ghostly and its varied manifestations including the uncanny, the revenant, the echo, and other forms of artistic allusion. These unsettling presences of the spectral other occur in literature, history, film, and art. The ghostly (and its artistic, literary, filmic, ...

Trans(in)fusion Reflections for Critical Thinking

Trans(in)fusion: Reflections for Critical Thinking

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Ranjan Ghosh
October 09, 2020

Trans(in)fusion is a highly original book that tries to radicalize our ways of ‘critical thinking’ across disciplines. The book, refreshingly, brings into play critical philosophy, literary criticism, studies in mathematics, physics, chemistry and developmental biology, and various other ...

The Waste Fix Seizures of the Sacred from Upton Sinclair to the Sopranos

The Waste Fix: Seizures of the Sacred from Upton Sinclair to the Sopranos

1st Edition

William G. Little
June 30, 2020

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

(In)digestion in Literature and Film A Transcultural Approach

(In)digestion in Literature and Film: A Transcultural Approach

1st Edition

Serena J. Rivera, Niki Kiviat
May 05, 2020

(In)digestion in Literature and Film: A Transcultural Approach is a collection of essays spanning diverse geographic areas such as Brazil, Eastern Europe, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. Despite this geographic variance, they all question disordered...

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Family and Sectionalism in the Virginia Novels of Kennedy, Caruthers, and Tucker, 1830-1845

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Family and Sectionalism in the Virginia Novels of Kennedy, Caruthers, and Tucker, 1830-1845

1st Edition

John L. Hare
February 05, 2015

First published in 2002. This work examines eight Virginia novels against the background of the political and social concerns of the Jacksonian years in which they were written, arguing that the authors used familial processes as a metaphor to discuss issues that they regarded as critical. Each ...

Promiscuity in Western Literature

Promiscuity in Western Literature

1st Edition

Peter Stoneley
February 17, 2020

Poet and novelist Charles Bukowski described promiscuity as "feast and feast and feast." The promiscuous person is having fun, getting away with it, and showing no signs of stopping. More often, though, promiscuity has been seen as demonic, as the sign of an uncivilised race, or as a symptom of ...

Double Trouble The Doppelgänger from Romanticism to Postmodernism

Double Trouble: The Doppelgänger from Romanticism to Postmodernism

1st Edition

Eran Dorfman
January 22, 2020

The double, doppelgänger, is mostly understood as a peculiar figure that emerged in nineteenth-century Romantic and gothic literature. Far from being a merely esoteric entity, however, this book argues that the double, although it mostly goes unnoticed, is a widespread phenomenon that has ...

Literary Twinship from Shakespeare to the Age of Cloning

Literary Twinship from Shakespeare to the Age of Cloning

1st Edition

Wieland Schwanebeck
January 14, 2020

Unlike previous efforts that have only addressed literary twinship as a footnote to the doppelganger motif, this book makes a case for the complexity of literary twinship across the literary spectrum. It shows how twins have been instrumental to the formation of comedies of mistaken identity, the ...

Knots Post-Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Literature and Film

Knots: Post-Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Literature and Film

1st Edition

JEAN MICHEL RABATE
November 11, 2019

This collection of specially commissioned essays offers a wide array of new psychoanalytic approaches impacted by Lacanian theory, queer studies, post-colonial studies, feminism, and deconstruction in the domains of film and literature. We have witnessed a remarkable return to psychoanalysis in ...

Agamben’s Political Ontology of Nudity in Literature and Art

Agamben’s Political Ontology of Nudity in Literature and Art

1st Edition

Frances Restuccia
June 03, 2019

This volume develops the central (though neglected) Agambenian concept of nudity along with its crucial political implications. The book discovers within The Use of Bodies a philosophical path to Agamben’s "ontology of nudity," as it is subtended by his notion of the messianic—a dual temporality of...

Conceptualisation and Exposition A Theory of Character Construction

Conceptualisation and Exposition: A Theory of Character Construction

1st Edition

Lina Varotsi
May 02, 2019

While the concept of the fictional character has been widely discussed at interdisciplinary level, a foundational theory of character creation is yet to follow. As a result, creative writing students and beginner writers refer to post-construction analysis, as well as the step-by-step advice often ...

Narrative Reliability, Racial Conflicts and Ideology in the Modern Novel

Narrative Reliability, Racial Conflicts and Ideology in the Modern Novel

1st Edition

Marta Puxan-Oliva
March 12, 2019

How does racial ideology contribute to the exploration of narrative voice? How does narrative (un)reliability help in the production and critique of racial ideologies? Through a refreshing comparative analysis of well-established novels by Joseph Conrad, William Faulkner, James Weldon Johnson, ...

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