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The Self in the Cell Narrating the Victorian Prisoner

The Self in the Cell: Narrating the Victorian Prisoner

1st Edition

By Sean C. Grass
November 27, 2015

Michel Foucault's writing about the Panopticon in Discipline and Punish has dominated discussions of the prison and the novel, and recent literary criticism draws heavily from Foucauldian ideas about surveillance to analyze metaphorical forms of confinement: policing, detection, and public scrutiny...

Female Embodiment and Subjectivity in the Modernist Novel The Corporeum of Virginia Woolf and Olive Moore

Female Embodiment and Subjectivity in the Modernist Novel: The Corporeum of Virginia Woolf and Olive Moore

1st Edition

By Renée Dickinson
November 03, 2015

This study considers the work of two experimental British women modernists writing in the tumultuous interwar period--Virginia Woolf and Olive Moore--by examining four crucial incarnations of female embodiment and subjectivity: female bodies, geographical imagery, national ideology and textual...

Out of Touch Skin Tropes and Identities in Woolf, Ellison, Pynchon, and Acker

Out of Touch: Skin Tropes and Identities in Woolf, Ellison, Pynchon, and Acker

1st Edition

By Maureen F. Curtin
July 20, 2015

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

Depression Glass Documentary Photography and the Medium of the Camera-Eye in Charles Reznikoff, George Oppen, and William Carlos Williams

Depression Glass: Documentary Photography and the Medium of the Camera-Eye in Charles Reznikoff, George Oppen, and William Carlos Williams

1st Edition

By Monique Vescia
June 08, 2015

This interdisciplinary study examines the interrelations between the documentary poetics of "Objectivism" in the United States during the 1930s. Focusing on three volumes published by the Objectivist Press in 1934--Charles Reznikoff's Testimony, George Oppen's Discrete Series, and William Carlos ...

Urban Revelations Cities, Homes, and Other Ruins in American Literature, 1790-1860

Urban Revelations: Cities, Homes, and Other Ruins in American Literature, 1790-1860

1st Edition

By Donald J. McNutt
June 08, 2015

This study reexamines the ethos of national progress by analyzing how American writers import images of ruins from European aesthetics to cast the city as a site of instability and cultural impermanence. While highlighting the transatlantic currency of ruin imagery, the study demonstrates through ...

The Real Negro The Question of Authenticity in Twentieth-Century African American Literature

The Real Negro: The Question of Authenticity in Twentieth-Century African American Literature

1st Edition

By Shelly Eversley
May 21, 2015

In this book, Shelly Eversley historicizes the demand for racial authenticity - what Zora Neale Hurston called 'the real Negro' - in twentieth-century American literature. Eversley argues that the modern emergence of the interest in 'the real Negro' transforms the question of what race an author ...

Dead Letters to the New World Melville, Emerson, and American Transcendentalism

Dead Letters to the New World: Melville, Emerson, and American Transcendentalism

1st Edition

By Michael McLoughlin
April 23, 2015

This book contextualises and details Herman Melville's artistic career and outlines the relationship between Melville and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Michael McLoughlin divides Melville's professional career as a novelist into two major phases corresponding to the growth and shift in his art. In the ...

Negotiating Copyright Authorship and the Discourse of Literary Property Rights in Nineteenth-Century America

Negotiating Copyright: Authorship and the Discourse of Literary Property Rights in Nineteenth-Century America

1st Edition

By Martin T. Buinicki
April 23, 2015

First Published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Segregated Miscegenation On the Treatment of Racial Hybridity in the North American and Latin American Literary Traditions

Segregated Miscegenation: On the Treatment of Racial Hybridity in the North American and Latin American Literary Traditions

1st Edition

By Carlos Hiraldo
April 23, 2015

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

The Slave in the Swamp Disrupting the Plantation Narrative

The Slave in the Swamp: Disrupting the Plantation Narrative

1st Edition

By William Tynes Cowa
April 23, 2015

In 19th century plantation literature, the runaway slave in the swamp was a recurring "bogey-man" whose presence challenged myths of the plantation system. By escaping to the swamps with its wild and threatening connotations, the runaway gained an invisibility that was more threatening to the ...

William Morris and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

William Morris and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

1st Edition

By Andrea Elizabeth Donovan
April 23, 2015

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, founded by artist and craftsman William Morris in 1877, sought to preserve the integrity of historic buildings by preventing unnecessary repairs and additions. William Morris's intention and that of the SPAB, as outlined by the original manifesto...

Like Parchment in the Fire Literature and Radicalism in the English Civil War

Like Parchment in the Fire: Literature and Radicalism in the English Civil War

1st Edition

By Prasanta Chakravarty
February 27, 2015

This book examines the literary, religious, and political aspects of the radical movements and various sects of the English Civil War. Featuring a chapter on John Milton, this book also addresses the legal problems that engaged the early modern radical reformers, the issue of radical religion as a ...

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