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“All Will Be Swept Away” Dimensions of Elegy in the Poetry of Paul Muldoon

“All Will Be Swept Away”: Dimensions of Elegy in the Poetry of Paul Muldoon

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By Wit Pietrzak
November 04, 2022

The book offers the first comprehensive study of Paul Muldoon’s mourning verse. Considering not only the celebrated elegies like "Yarrow," "Incantata" or "Sillyhow Stride" but also the elegiac impulse as it develops throughout Muldoon’s entire work, All Will Be Swept Away charts a large swathe of ...

Connie Willis’s Science Fiction Doomsday Every Day

Connie Willis’s Science Fiction: Doomsday Every Day

1st Edition

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Edited By Carissa Turner Smith
October 31, 2022

In spite of Connie Willis’s numerous science fiction awards and her groundbreaking history as a woman in the field, there is a surprising dearth of critical publication surrounding her work. Taking Doomsday Book as its cue, this collection argues that Connie Willis’s most famous novel, along with ...

Real Recognition What Literary Texts Reveal about Social Validation and the Politics of Identity

Real Recognition: What Literary Texts Reveal about Social Validation and the Politics of Identity

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By Marie-Elisabeth Lei Pihl
October 04, 2022

Real Recognition investigates the complexities of literary and social recognition with the aim of putting a fresh, cross-disciplinary spin on reader identification and social acknowledgment. Engaging with contemporary Danish and Anglophone works on racialization, disability and gender, ...

Of Love and Loss Hardy Yeats Larkin

Of Love and Loss: Hardy Yeats Larkin

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By Tom McAlindon
February 25, 2022

A study of the poetry of Hardy, Yeats, and Larkin in relation to their shared preoccupation with time, change, and loss, the most ancient and fertile theme in lyric and reflective verse, known to earlier English poets as mutability. Though the importance of the socio-political and ideological ...

Memory and Nation-Building World War II in Malaysian Literature

Memory and Nation-Building: World War II in Malaysian Literature

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By Vandana Saxena
September 01, 2021

Nations are built by narrating their past. Threads of common memories weave the fabric of the national culture, integrating the heterogenous communities into the idea of a single nation. In multicultural societies, the process is a messy one. Different communities remember the past from ...

Zadie Smith and Postcolonial Trauma Decolonising Trauma, Decolonising Selves

Zadie Smith and Postcolonial Trauma: Decolonising Trauma, Decolonising Selves

1st Edition

By Beatriz Pérez Zapata
July 14, 2021

This monograph analyses Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, On Beauty, NW, The Embassy of Cambodia, and Swing Time as trauma fictions that reveal the social, cultural, historical, and political facets of trauma. Starting with Smith’s humorous critique of psychoanalysis and her definition of original trauma,...

The London Object Writing London at the End of Capitalism

The London Object: Writing London at the End of Capitalism

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By Grant Hamilton
May 27, 2021

Étienne Balibar writes that today we are at the end of capitalism. This is not because capitalism has run its course or has met an irresistible force, but because there can be no purer form of capitalism than the one we have today. Taking seriously the idea that this strain of capitalism has not ...

The Fact of the Cage Reading and Redemption In David Foster Wallace’s

The Fact of the Cage: Reading and Redemption In David Foster Wallace’s "Infinite Jest"

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By Karl A. Plank
February 19, 2021

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest raised expectations of what a novel might do. As he understood fiction to aim at what it means to be human, so he hoped his work might relieve the loneliness of human suffering. In that light, The Fact of the Cage shows how Wallace’s masterpiece dramatizes the ...

All Along Bob Dylan America and the World

All Along Bob Dylan: America and the World

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Edited By Tymon Adamczewski
September 10, 2020

All Along Bob Dylan: America and the World offers an important contribution to thinking about the artist and his work. Adding European and non-English speaking contexts to the vibrant field of Dylan studies, the volume covers a wide range of topics and methodologies while dealing with the ...

Transcending the Postmodern The Singular Response of Literature to the Transmodern Paradigm

Transcending the Postmodern: The Singular Response of Literature to the Transmodern Paradigm

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Edited By Susana Onega, Jean-Michel Ganteau
March 18, 2020

Transcending the Postmodern: The Singular Response of Literature to the Transmodern Paradigm gathers an introduction and ten chapters concerned with the issue of Transmodernity as addressed by and presented in contemporary novels hailing from various parts of the English-speaking world. Building on...

Masculinities in Austrian Contemporary Literature Strategic Evasion

Masculinities in Austrian Contemporary Literature: Strategic Evasion

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By Matthias Eck
March 11, 2020

Masculinities in Austrian Contemporary Literature: Strategic Evasion shows the important contribution that literature can make to the understanding of masculinities, by offering insights into the mental structures of hegemonic masculinity. It argues that while there is evidence of frustrating ...

Apocalyptic Territories Setting and Revelation in Contemporary American Fiction

Apocalyptic Territories: Setting and Revelation in Contemporary American Fiction

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By Anna Hellén
February 13, 2020

Research on the relationship between the apocalyptic tradition and the literary imagination has typically espoused a temporal approach which in one way or another revolves around the order of events that precedes the end of history and the ensuing establishment of a new world. This study, by ...

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