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Gendered Pathologies The Female Body and Biomedical Discourse in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel

Gendered Pathologies: The Female Body and Biomedical Discourse in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel

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By Sondra Archimedes
July 27, 2012

Gendered Pathologies examines nineteenth-century literary representations of the pathologized female body in relation to biomedical discourses about gender and society in Victorian England. According to medical and scientific views of the period, the woman who did not conform to the dictates of ...

Victorian Narrative Technologies in the Middle East

Victorian Narrative Technologies in the Middle East

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By Cara Murray
March 13, 2012

Victorian Narrative Technologies tells the story of how the British, who wanted nothing to do with the Suez Canal during the decades in which it was being internationally planned and invested, came to own it. It stands to reason that the nation that prided itself on its engineering prowess and had ...

Spaces of the Sacred and Profane Dickens, Trollope, and the Victorian Cathedral Town

Spaces of the Sacred and Profane: Dickens, Trollope, and the Victorian Cathedral Town

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By Elizabeth A. Bridgham
February 24, 2012

This study examines the unique cultural space of Victorian cathedral towns as they appear in the literary work of Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, arguing that Dickens and Trollope use the cathedral town’s enclosure, and its overt connections between sacred and secular, present and past, as an...

Asian Diaspora Poetry in North America

Asian Diaspora Poetry in North America

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By Benzi Zhang
December 09, 2011

Presenting a new way of reading that helps us discern some previously unnoticed or unnoticeable features of Asian diaspora poetry, this volume highlights how poetry plays a significant role in mediating and defining cross-cultural and transnational positions. Asian diaspora poetry in North America...

Writing the City Urban Visions and Literary Modernism

Writing the City: Urban Visions and Literary Modernism

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By Desmond Harding
December 09, 2011

Writing the City examines and challenges the traditional transatlantic axis of urban modernism, London-Paris-New York, an axis that has often elided the historical importance of other centers that have shaped metropolitan identities and discourses. According to Desmond Harding, James Joyce's ...

The Politics of Identity in Irish Drama W.B. Yeats, Augusta Gregory and J.M. Synge

The Politics of Identity in Irish Drama: W.B. Yeats, Augusta Gregory and J.M. Synge

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By George Cusack
October 11, 2011

This study examines the early dramatic works of Yeats, Synge, and Gregory in the context of late colonial Ireland’s unique socio-political landscape. By contextualizing each author’s work within the artistic and political discourses of their time, Cusack demonstrates the complex negotiation of ...

Modern American Counter Writing Beats, Outriders, Ethnics

Modern American Counter Writing: Beats, Outriders, Ethnics

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By A. Robert Lee
May 16, 2011

The dissident voice in US culture might almost be said to have been born with the territory. Its span runs from Roger Williams to Thoreau, Anne Bradstreet to Gertrude Stein, Ambrose Bierce to the New Journalism, The Beats to the recent Bad Subjects cyber-crowd. In this new study, A. Robert Lee aims...

Haunting and Displacement in African American Literature and Culture

Haunting and Displacement in African American Literature and Culture

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By Marisa Parham
January 06, 2011

Looking at texts including Jean Toomer’s Cane, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, James Baldwin’s Another Country, and Beat poetry by Bob Kaufmann, in this original study, Parham describes the phenomena of haunting, displacement, and ghostliness as endemic to modern African American literature and ...

Race, Immigration, and American Identity in the Fiction of Salman Rushdie, Ralph Ellison, and William Faulkner

Race, Immigration, and American Identity in the Fiction of Salman Rushdie, Ralph Ellison, and William Faulkner

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By Randy Boyagoda
December 07, 2009

Salman Rushdie once observed that William Faulkner was the writer most frequently cited by third world authors as their major influence. Inspired by the unexpected lines of influence and sympathy that Rushdie’s statement implied, this book seeks to understand connections between American and global...

Satire and the Postcolonial Novel V.S. Naipaul, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie

Satire and the Postcolonial Novel: V.S. Naipaul, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie

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By John Clement Ball
July 09, 2009

Satire plays a prominent and often controversial role in postcolonial fiction. Satire and the Postcolonial Novel offers the first study of this topic, employing the insights of postcolonial comparative theories to revisit Western formulations of "satire" and the "satiric."...

Between the Angle and the Curve Mapping Gender, Race, Space, and Identity in Willa Cather and Toni Morrison

Between the Angle and the Curve: Mapping Gender, Race, Space, and Identity in Willa Cather and Toni Morrison

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By Danielle Russell
June 16, 2009

In this study, Russell explores the ways in which Willa Cather and Toni Morrison subvert the textual expectations of gendered geography and push against the boundaries of the official canon.  As Russell demonstrates, the unique depictions Cather and Morrison create of the American ...

Feminist Utopian Novels of the 1970s Joanna Russ and Dorothy Bryant

Feminist Utopian Novels of the 1970s: Joanna Russ and Dorothy Bryant

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By Tatiana Teslenko
June 16, 2009

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

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