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Novel Notions Medical Discourse and the Mapping of the Imagination in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction

Novel Notions: Medical Discourse and the Mapping of the Imagination in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction

1st Edition

By Katherine E. Kickel
February 27, 2015

Medical, popular, and literary understanding about the imagination converged when Thomas Willis asserted that he had discovered the area of the brain that facilitated imagining. Taking this 'discovery' as paradigmatic, Novel Notions examines the reverberations of the medical investigation of the ...

Postmodern Tales of Slavery in the Americas From Alejo Carpentier to Charles Johnson

Postmodern Tales of Slavery in the Americas: From Alejo Carpentier to Charles Johnson

1st Edition

By Timothy J. Cox
February 27, 2015

First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Strange Cases The Medical Case History and the British Novel

Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel

1st Edition

By Jason Tougaw
February 27, 2015

Strange Cases is the story of the mutual influence of the case history and the British novel during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Fictions from Defoe's Roxana to James's The Turn of the Screw and case histories from George Cheyne's to Sigmund Freud's have found narrative impetus in ...

Museum Mediations Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry

Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry

1st Edition

By Barbara K. Fischer
December 22, 2014

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

Through the Negative The Photographic Image and the Written Word in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Through the Negative: The Photographic Image and the Written Word in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

1st Edition

By Megan Williams
December 01, 2014

The Civil War was the first 'image war', as photographs of the battlefields became the dominant means for capturing an epochal historical moment. At the same time, writers used the Civil War to present both their notions of nation and their ideas about the new intersections between photography and ...

Foreign Bodies Trauma, Corporeality, and Textuality in Contemporary American Culture

Foreign Bodies: Trauma, Corporeality, and Textuality in Contemporary American Culture

1st Edition

By Laura Di Prete
November 10, 2014

"Foreign Bodies" investigates the relation between the notion of trauma and possible forms of representation within the necessary constraints that traumatic experience itself imposes. While many influential trauma theorists have focused on the notion of textual "voice" in their search for ...

Intimate and Authentic Economies The American Self-Made Man from Douglass to Chaplin

Intimate and Authentic Economies: The American Self-Made Man from Douglass to Chaplin

1st Edition

By Tom Nissley
November 10, 2014

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Unsettled Narratives The Pacific Writings of Stevenson, Ellis, Melville and London

Unsettled Narratives: The Pacific Writings of Stevenson, Ellis, Melville and London

1st Edition

By David Farrier
November 10, 2014

In the nineteenth-century Pacific, the production of a text of encounter occurred in tandem with the production of a settled space; asserting settler presence through the control of the space and the context of the encounter. Indigenous resistance therefore took place through modes of ...

Different Dispatches Journalism in American Modernist Prose

Different Dispatches: Journalism in American Modernist Prose

1st Edition

By David T. Humphries
September 11, 2014

In "Different Dispatches", David Humphries brings together in a new way a diverse group of well-known American writers of the inter-war period including: Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemmingway, Zora Neale Hurston, James Agee and Robert Penn Warren. He demonstrates how these writers ...

Overheard Voices Address and Subjectivity in Postmodern American Poetry

Overheard Voices: Address and Subjectivity in Postmodern American Poetry

1st Edition

By Ann Keniston
September 11, 2014

Overheard Voices examines poetic address and in particular apostrophe (the address of absent or inanimate others) in the work of four post-World War II American poets, with a focus on loss, desire, figuration, audience, and subjectivity. By approaching these crucial issues from an unexpected angle-...

Parsing the City Jonson, Middleton, Dekker, and City Comedy's London as Language

Parsing the City: Jonson, Middleton, Dekker, and City Comedy's London as Language

1st Edition

By Heather Easterling
September 11, 2014

Parsing the City updates our understanding of Jacobean city comedy’s discursive role in its London society. Working with three major plays by Ben Jonson and Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, this book develops an updated reading of Jacobean city comedy as a dramatic subgenre whose ...

The Fatal News Reading and Information Overload in Early Eighteenth-Century Literature

The Fatal News: Reading and Information Overload in Early Eighteenth-Century Literature

1st Edition

By Katherine E. Ellison
September 11, 2014

What was "information" in the early eighteenth century, and what influence did the emergence of information, as potential physical and psychological threat, have on readers of the period? Recent scholarship in eighteenth-century print culture and in twenty-first-century media studies and theory ...

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