Studies in Major Literary Authors features outstanding scholarship on celebrated and neglected authors of both canonical and lesser-known texts.
Henry James as a Biographer A Self Among Others
William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism
James Merrill Knowing Innocence
By Maria Cristina Paganoni
June 08, 2015
The book provides an original investigation of the double trope as a central area of Dicken’s writings in their relation to Victorian culture, using this examination of the double to shed light on such issues as urban space and imperialism in the Victorian era....
By Mark A. Bauer
June 30, 2020
Readers of James Merrill's poetry have long noted affinities and contrasts between Merrill and Yeats. This Composite Voice is the first in depth examination of the extensive history and particularly vexed nature of this lifelong poetic relationship. It draws on little-known biographical ...
By Thomas Burkdall
August 14, 2015
Employing concepts from film theory, this much-needed study explores in-depth the "cinematic" quality of James Joyce's fiction from Dubliners to Finnegan's Wake....
By Michael Vicario
August 12, 2014
Scholars do not agree on how best to describe Shelley’s philosophical stance. His work has been variously taken to be that of a skeptic or a skeptical and subjective idealist. The study presents a new interpretation of Shelley’s thinking – an interpretation that places ‘intellectual system’ ...
By Willie Tolliver
August 01, 2016
This study of Henry James's biographies of Nathaniel Hawthorne and William Wetmore Story offers an argument that he deserves greater recognition for his contributions to the development of biography, based on his implicit theory of biography, found in his critical commentary and on these two ...
By Paul Abeln
July 22, 2016
Despite efforts at revival by John Updike and others, William Dean Howells still remains in the shadows of his close friends Mark Twain and Henry James. This book works against decades of unfavorable comparisons with these literary giants. William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism helps us to ...
By Reena Sastri
April 27, 2016
James Merrill: Knowing Innocence reevaluates the achievement of this important poet by showing how he takes up an old paradigm – innocence – and reinvents it in response to new historical, scientific, and cultural developments including the bomb, contemporary cosmology, and the question of agency. ...
By Steven Milowitz
January 20, 2016
First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....
By Anthony Stewart
December 18, 2015
In its analysis of Animal Farm , Burmese Days , Keep the Aspidistra Flying and Nineteen Eighty-Four , this book argues that George Orwell's fiction and non-fiction weigh the benefits and costs of adopting a doubled perspective - in other words, seeing one's own interests in relation to those of ...
By Thomas Nesbit
October 29, 2015
This study argues that this previously banned author devoted his entire life to articulating a religion of self-liberation in his autobiographical books, examining his life and work within the context of fringe religious movements that were linked with the avant-garde in New York City and Paris at ...
By Suzanne Stein
August 25, 2015
Explores the nature of Melville's relations to his reader in Moby Dick, arguing that Melville and his narrator Ishmael are so dazzled, so completely seduced by the Ahab's charismatic charm that they, along with most readers and critics, are unable to see Ahab's character clearly confusing his ...
By Andrew Loman
June 08, 2015
Hawthorne wrote much of his major fiction in the decade that the theories of Charles Marie François Fourier crossed the Atlantic and contributed to a wave of communitarian experimentation in the American North. Famously, Hawthorne briefly lived and worked at Brook Farm, a Transcendentalist ...