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Literature, Education, and Society Bridging the Gap

Literature, Education, and Society: Bridging the Gap

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Charles F. Altieri
October 31, 2022

In today’s classrooms, humanities educators have found themselves part of an escalating crisis of budget cuts led by current student trends valuing disciplines that provide clear, practical knowledge and promise to relatively lucrative careers. While academia’s approach to this crisis has been to ...

Speech Acts in Blake’s 'Milton'

Speech Acts in Blake’s 'Milton'

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Brian Russell Graham
October 31, 2022

Using a framework based on J. L. Austin’s understanding of performative speech and Angela Esterhammer’s work on how things are done with words in Milton’s and Blake’s poetry, this study provides an extended close reading of the speech acts of characters in Blake’s epic poem Milton. With the ...

Shakespeare in the Present Political Lessons under Biden

Shakespeare in the Present: Political Lessons under Biden

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Philip Goldfarb Styrt
October 03, 2022

Shakespeare in the Present: Political Lessons under Biden is the first case study in applying the lessons of Shakespeare’s plays to post-Trump America. It looks at American politics through the lens of Shakespeare, not simply equating figures in the contemporary world to Shakespearean characters, ...

A Glimpse at the Travelogues of Baghdad

A Glimpse at the Travelogues of Baghdad

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Iman Al-Attar
July 27, 2022

The history of Baghdad in the 18th and 19th centuries had predominantly been written by two groups. The first group is Baghdadi scholars, and the second group is the travellers. These two resources complement each other; while the literature of Baghdadi scholars provides insights from inside, ...

Masculinities in Post-Millennial Popular Romance

Masculinities in Post-Millennial Popular Romance

1st Edition

By Eirini Arvanitaki
May 14, 2022

This book focuses on the projection of the hero’s masculinity in a selection of post-millennial popular romance narratives and attempts to discover if, and to what extent, this projection reinforces or challenges patriarchal ideas about gender. In the majority of these narratives the hero is often ...

Nineteenth-Century Italian Women Writers and the Woman Question The Case of Neera

Nineteenth-Century Italian Women Writers and the Woman Question: The Case of Neera

1st Edition

By Catherine Ramsey-Portolano
April 29, 2022

Nineteenth-Century Italian Women Writers and the Woman Question focuses on the literary, journalistic and epistolary production of Italian woman writer Neera, pseudonym for Anna Radius Zuccari, one of the most prolific and successful women writers of late nineteenth-century Italy. This study ...

The Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy Perspectives Across the Humanities

The Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy: Perspectives Across the Humanities

1st Edition

By John Burns, Matthew C. Flamm, William J. Gahan, Stephanie Quinn
April 29, 2022

The Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy: Perspectives Across the Humanities is an interdisciplinary study of the abiding quarrel to which poet-philosopher Plato referred centuries ago in the Republic. The book presents eight chapters by four humanities scholars that historically contextualize and...

Female Physicians in American Literature Abortion in 19th-Century Literature and Culture

Female Physicians in American Literature: Abortion in 19th-Century Literature and Culture

1st Edition

By Margaret Jay Jessee
January 07, 2022

Female Physicians in American Literature traces the woman physician character throughout her varying depictions in 19th-century literature, from her appearance in sensational fiction as an evil abortionist to her more well-known idyllic, feminine presence in novels of realism and regionalism. "...

Wanderers Literature, Culture and the Open Road

Wanderers: Literature, Culture and the Open Road

1st Edition

By David Brown Morris
December 24, 2021

This book introduces the idea and experience of wandering, as reflected in cultural texts from popular songs to philosophical analysis, providing both a fascinating informal history and a necessary vantage point for understanding - in our era - the emergence of new wanderers.   Wanderers offers a ...

Sham Ruins A User's Guide

Sham Ruins: A User's Guide

1st Edition

By Brian Willems
December 07, 2021

In the middle of the eigtheenth century, a new fad found its way into the gardens of England's well-to-do: building fake Gothic ruins. Newly constructed castle towers and walls looked like they were already falling apart, even on the first day of their creation. Made of stone, plaster, or even ...

The New Midlife Self-Writing

The New Midlife Self-Writing

1st Edition

By Emily O. Wittman
November 05, 2021

In The New Midlife Self-Writing, Wittman treats recent self-writing by Rachel Cusk, Roxane Gay, Sarah Manguso, and Maggie Nelson, carefully situating these vital midlife works within the history of self-writing. She argues that they renew and redirect the autobiographical trajectories ...

Metaphors of Mental Illness in Graphic Medicine

Metaphors of Mental Illness in Graphic Medicine

1st Edition

By Sweetha Saji, Sathyaraj Venkatesan
October 22, 2021

This book investigates how graphic medicine enables sufferers of mental illness to visualise the intricacies of their internal mindscape through visual metaphors and reclaim their voice amidst stereotyped and prejudiced assumptions of mental illness as a disease of deviance and violence. In this ...

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