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  • The Other Orpheus

    A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality

    By Merrill Cole

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

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  • Figures of Finance Capitalism

    Writing, Class and Capital in Mid-Victorian Narratives

    By Borislav Knezevic

    Figures of Finance Capitalism brings into focus Victorian narratives by major middle-class writers in which the workings of finance capitalism are prominently featured, and reads this interest in finance capitalism in the context of middle-class misgivings about a class system still dominated by a…

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  • Plain and Ugly Janes

    The Rise of the Ugly Woman in Contemporary American Fiction

    By Charlotte M. Wright

    First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

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  • Divergent Visions, Contested Spaces

    The Early United States through Lens of Travel

    By Jeffrey Hotz

    This multicultural project examines fictional and non-fictional accounts of travel in the Early Republic and antebellum periods. Connecting literary representations of geographic spaces within and outside of U.S. borders to evolving definitions of national American identity, the book explores…

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  • Out of Touch

    Skin Tropes and Identities in Woolf, Ellison, Pynchon, and Acker

    By Maureen F. Curtin

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

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  • Depression Glass

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

    By Monique Vescia

    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…

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  • Urban Revelations

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

    By Donald J. McNutt

    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…

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  • The Real Negro

    The Question of Authenticity in Twentieth-Century African American Literature

    By Shelly Eversley

    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…

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  • Segregated Miscegenation

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

    By Carlos Hiraldo

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

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  • Negotiating Copyright

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

    By Martin T. Buinicki

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

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  • Dead Letters to the New World

    Melville, Emerson, and American Transcendentalism

    By Michael McLoughlin

    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…

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  • William Morris and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

    By Andrea Elizabeth Donovan

    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…

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  • The Slave in the Swamp

    Disrupting the Plantation Narrative

    By William Tynes Cowa

    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…

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  • Fighting the Flames

    The Spectacular Performance of Fire at Coney Island

    By Lynn Kathleen Sally

    In Fighting the Flames, Sally contextualizes, historicizes, and theorizes the spectacular performance of fire at turn-of-the-twentieth century Coney Island. The performance of fire included staged exhibits, such as Fire and Flames and Fighting the Flames, and the real fires that plagued its history…

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  • Postmodern Tales of Slavery in the Americas

    From Alejo Carpentier to Charles Johnson

    By Timothy J. Cox

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

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  • Like Parchment in the Fire

    Literature and Radicalism in the English Civil War

    By Prasanta Chakravarty

    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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  • Novel Notions

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

    By Katherine E. Kickel

    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…

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  • Strange Cases

    The Medical Case History and the British Novel

    By Jason Tougaw

    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…

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  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

    Family and Sectionalism in the Virginia Novels of Kennedy, Caruthers, and Tucker, 1830-1845

    By John L. Hare

    First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

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  • Museum Mediations

    Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry

    By Barbara K. Fischer

    This interdisciplinary study participates in the ongoing critical conversation about postwar American poetry and visual culture, while advancing that field into the arena of the museum. Turning to contemporary poems about the visual arts that foreground and interrogate a museum setting, the book…

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  • Through the Negative

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

    By Megan Williams

    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…

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  • Foreign Bodies

    Trauma, Corporeality, and Textuality in Contemporary American Culture

    By Laura Di Prete

    "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…

    Paperback – 2014-11-10
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  • Intimate and Authentic Economies

    The American Self-Made Man from Douglass to Chaplin

    By Tom Nissley

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

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  • Unsettled Narratives

    The Pacific Writings of Stevenson, Ellis, Melville and London

    By David Farrier

    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…

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  • Parsing the City

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

    By Heather Easterling

    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…

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  • The Romantic Sublime and Middle-Class Subjectivity in the Victorian Novel

    By Stephen Hancock

    First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

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  • The Fatal News

    Reading and Information Overload in Early Eighteenth-Century Literature

    By Katherine E. Ellison

    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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  • The Figure of Consciousness

    William James, Henry James and Edith Wharton

    By Jill M. Kress

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  • The Metanarrative of Suspicion in Late Twentieth-Century America

    By Sandra Baringer

    Narratives of suspicion and mistrust have escaped the boundaries of specific sites of discourse to constitue a metanarrative that pervades American culture. Sandra Baringer investigates this phenomenon.…

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  • The Rise of Corporate Publishing and Its Effects on Authorship in Early Twentieth Century America

    By Kim Becnel

    This study examines the way that the modernization and incorporation of the American publishing industry in the early twentieth century both helped to foment the emerging late industrial cultural hierarchy and capitalized on that same hierarchy to increase readership and profits. More importantly,…

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  • Overheard Voices

    Address and Subjectivity in Postmodern American Poetry

    By Ann Keniston

    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-…

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  • Different Dispatches

    Journalism in American Modernist Prose

    By David T. Humphries

    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…

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  • Female Embodiment and Subjectivity in the Modernist Novel

    The Corporeum of Virginia Woolf and Olive Moore

    By Renée Dickinson

    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…

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  • The Merchant of Modernism

    The Economic Jew in Anglo-American Literature, 1864-1939

    By Gary Levine

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

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  • Revisiting Vietnam

    By Julia Bleakney

    This book explores the memorializing practices of American veterans of the Vietnam War at several of the most significant contemporary sites of memory in the United States and Vietnam. These sites include veterans' memoirs, museum exhibits, replicas of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and…

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  • You Factory Folks Who Sing This Song Will Surely Understand

    Culture, Ideology, and Action in the Gastonia Novels of Myra Page, Grace Lumpkin, and Olive Dargin

    By Wes Mantooth

    First published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

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  • Machine and Metaphor

    The Ethics of Language in American Realism

    By Jennifer C. Cook

    American literary realism burgeoned during a period of tremendous technological innovation. Because the realists evinced not only a fascination with this new technology but also an ethos that seems to align itself with science, many have paired the two fields rather unproblematically. But this book…

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  • Surviving the Crossing

    (Im)migration, Ethnicity, and Gender in Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, and Nella Larsen

    By Jessica Rabin

    By examining the fiction of three women modernists--Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, and Nella Larsen--this book complicates binary paradigms of national, gender, and ethnic identities in the interwar period. In place of essentializing categories of identity, Jessica Rabin explores the liberating and…

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  • Reading the Text That Isn't There

    Paranoia in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

    By Mike Davis

    Through a careful examination of the work of the canonical nineteenth-century novelists, Mike Davis traces conspiracies and conspiratorial fantasy from one narrative site to another.…

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  • Poetry and Repetition

    Walt Whitman, Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery

    By Krystyna Mazur

    This book examines the function of repetition in the work of Walt Whitman, Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery. All three poets extensively employ and comment upon the effects of repetition, yet represent three distinct poetics, considerably removed from one another in stylistic and historical terms.…

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  • The Economy of the Short Story in British Periodicals of the 1890s

    By Winnie Chan

    This materialist study of the short story’s development in three diverse magazines reveals how, at the dawn of modernism, commercial pressures prompted modernist formal innovation in popular magazines, whilst anti-commercial opacity paradoxically formed the basis of an effective marketing strategy…

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  • Narrative in the Professional Age

    Transatlantic Readings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, and George Eliot

    By Jennifer Cognard-Black

    Challenging previous studies that claim anxiety and antagonism between transatlantic Victorian authors, Jennifer Cognard-Black uncovers a model of reciprocal influence among three of the most popular women writers of the era. Combining analyses of personal correspondence and print culture with…

    Paperback – 2014-07-03
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  • Visionary Dreariness

    Readings in Romanticism's Quotidian Sublime

    By Markus Poetzsch

    Visionary Dreariness: Readings in Romanticism’s Quotidian Sublime undertakes a reconceptualization of the theoretical and experiential framework of the Romantic sublime by shifting the focus from Burke’s and Kant’s prescriptions of natural vastness and grandeur to the narrower but no less wondrous…

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  • Rhizosphere

    Gilles Deleuze and the 'Minor' American Writing of William James, W.E.B. Du Bois, Gertrude Stein, Jean Toomer, and William Falkner

    By Mary Zamberlin

    This book explores the significant intellectual impact the philosopher Jean Wahl had on the directions Gilles Deleuze took as a philosopher and writer of a philosophy of experimentation. The study of this influence also brings to light the significance of Deleuze's emphasis on la pragmatique,…

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  • Keeping up Her Geography

    Women's Writing and Geocultural Space in Early Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture

    By Tanya Ann Kennedy

    Recently, literary critics and some historians have argued that to use the language of separate spheres is to "mistake fiction for reality." However, the tendency in this criticism is to ignore the work of feminist political theorists who argue that a range of ideologies of the public and private…

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  • The Tower of London in English Renaissance Drama

    Icon of Opposition

    By Kristen Deiter

    The Tower of London in English Renaissance Drama historicizes the Tower of London's evolving meanings in English culture alongside its representations in twenty-four English history plays, 1579-c.1634, by William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and others. While Elizabeth I, James I, and…

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  • Equity in English Renaissance Literature

    Thomas More and Edmund Spenser

    By Andrew Majeske

    This book accounts for the previously inadequately explained transformation in the meaning of equity in sixteenth century England, a transformation which, intriguingly, first comes to light in literary texts rather than political or legal treatises. The book address the two principal literary works…

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  • The Architecture of Address

    The Monument and Public Speech in American Poetry

    By Jake Adam York

    The Architecture of Address traces the evolution of an American species of lyric capable of public pronouncement without polemic. Beginning with Whitman, Jake Adam York seeks to describe a kind of poem wherein the most ambitious poets--including Hart Crane and Robert Lowell--occupy and reconstruct…

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  • The Other Empire

    British Romantic Writings about the Ottoman Empire

    By Filiz Turhan Swenson

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

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  • Authoring the Self

    Self-Representation, Authorship, and the Print Market in British Poetry from Pope through Wordsworth

    By Scott Hess

    Drawing upon historicist and cultural studies approaches to literature, this book argues that the Romantic construction of the self emerged out of the growth of commercial print culture and the expansion and fragmentation of the reading public beginning in eighteenth-century Britain. Arguing for…

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