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Zionism and Revolution in European-Jewish Literature

Zionism and Revolution in European-Jewish Literature

1st Edition

By Laurel Plapp
May 14, 2013

Zionism and Revolution in European-Jewish Literature examines twentieth-century Jewish writing that challenges imperialist ventures and calls for solidarity with the colonized, most notably the Arabs of Palestine and Africans in the Americas. Since Edward Said defined orientalism in 1978 as a ...

Voice of the Oppressed in the Language of the Oppressor A Discussion of Selected Postcolonial Literature from Ireland, Africa and America

Voice of the Oppressed in the Language of the Oppressor: A Discussion of Selected Postcolonial Literature from Ireland, Africa and America

1st Edition

By Patsy J. Daniels
May 03, 2013

This book examines works from twelve authors from colonized cultures who write in English: William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, Chinua Achebe, Maxine Hong Kinston, Amy Tan, Toni Morrison, Alic Walker, Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, Louise Erdrich, and Leslie Marmon Silko. The book fins...

Labor Pains Emerson, Hawthorne, & Alcott on Work, Women, & the Development of the Self

Labor Pains: Emerson, Hawthorne, & Alcott on Work, Women, & the Development of the Self

1st Edition

By Carolyn Maibor
June 16, 2009

This book explores the importance of work and its role in defining and developing the self. Maibor reveals how the writings of Emerson, Hawthorne, and Alcott delve into notions of equality through this emphasis on labor. In doing so she challenges the traditional view of Emerson as unconcerned with...

Conspiracy, Revolution, and Terrorism from Victorian Fiction to the Modern Novel

Conspiracy, Revolution, and Terrorism from Victorian Fiction to the Modern Novel

1st Edition

By Adrian Wisnicki
December 07, 2009

Drawing on critical and theoretical work by Miller, Boone, Foucault, Jameson, and others, as well as cultural history, affect theory, and contemporary psychiatric literature, the author defines and explores what he calls the Victorian "conspiracy narrative tradition"--a tradition which embraces ...

Modernism and the Marketplace Literary Culture and Consumer Capitalism in Rhys, Woolf, Stein, and Nella Larsen

Modernism and the Marketplace: Literary Culture and Consumer Capitalism in Rhys, Woolf, Stein, and Nella Larsen

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By Alissa G. Karl
May 09, 2012

Though the relationship of modernist writers and artists to mass-marketplaces and popular cultural forms is often understood as one of ambivalence if not antagonism, Modernism and the Marketplace redirects this established line of inquiry, considering the practical and conceptual interfaces between...

Ruined by Design Shaping Novels and Gardens in the Culture of Sensibility

Ruined by Design: Shaping Novels and Gardens in the Culture of Sensibility

1st Edition

By Inger Sigrun Brodey
February 23, 2012

By examining the motif of ruination in a variety of late-eighteenth-century domains, this book portrays the moral aesthetic of the culture of sensibility in Europe, particularly its negotiation of the demands of tradition and pragmatism alongside utopian longings for authenticity, natural goodness,...

The Space and Place of Modernism The Little Magazine in New York

The Space and Place of Modernism: The Little Magazine in New York

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By Adam McKible
June 07, 2002

This book examines reactions to the Russian Revolution by four little magazines of the teens and twenties (The Liberator, The Messenger, The Little Review, and The Dial) in order to analyze some of the ways modernist writers negotiate the competing demands of aesthetics, political commitment and ...

The Life Writing of Otherness Woolf, Baldwin, Kingston, and Winterson

The Life Writing of Otherness: Woolf, Baldwin, Kingston, and Winterson

1st Edition

By Lauren Rusk
June 16, 2009

Focusing on innovative works by Woolf, Baldwin, Kingston and Winterson, the author analyzes how they each represent the self as unique, collectively "other," and inclusively human, and how these conflicting aspects of selfhood interact....

The Rise of Corporate Publishing and Its Effects on Authorship in Early Twentieth Century America

The Rise of Corporate Publishing and Its Effects on Authorship in Early Twentieth Century America

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By Kim Becnel
July 13, 2007

This study examines the way that the modernization and incorporation of the American publishing industry in the early twentieth century both helped to foment the emerging late industrial cultural hierarchy and capitalized on that same hierarchy to increase readership and profits. More importantly, ...

Literature and Development in North Africa The Modernizing Mission

Literature and Development in North Africa: The Modernizing Mission

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By Perri Giovannucci
November 14, 2012

The book examines how modern global development largely privileges Western multinational interests at the expense of local or indigenous concerns in the "developing" nations of the East. The practices of development have mostly led not to economic, social, and political progressivism in local ...

Between Profits and Primitivism Shaping White Middle-Class Masculinity in the U.S., 1880-1917

Between Profits and Primitivism: Shaping White Middle-Class Masculinity in the U.S., 1880-1917

1st Edition

By Athena Devlin
June 21, 2012

Between 1800 and the First World War, white middle-class men were depicted various forms of literature as weak and nervous. This book explores cultural writings dedicated to the physical and mental health of the male subject, showing that men have mobilized gender constructions repeatedly and ...

The Contemporary Anglophone Travel Novel The Aesthetics of Self-Fashioning in the Era of Globalization

The Contemporary Anglophone Travel Novel: The Aesthetics of Self-Fashioning in the Era of Globalization

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By Stephen M. Levin
August 30, 2012

The Contemporary Anglophone Travel Novel explores the themes of alienation and displacement in a genre of post-World War II novels that portrays the pursuit of an authentic travel experience in a culturally unfamiliar place. Levin explores two questions: why does travel to an "undiscovered" ...

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