Literary Criticism



Silas House

Sylvia Shurbutt
Silas House is a beloved and celebrated Kentucky author, music journalist, and activist who has focused nearly all his work on Appalachia and its culture. His groundbreaking writings across genres have captured and catalogued Appalachian life while defying the harmful stereotypes which have labeled the region throughout American history. House's characters are diverse and complex in their racial and social backgrounds, their financial status, their religiosity, their sexuality, and...

Remainders of the American Century

Brent Ryan Bellamy
Understanding US culture through the post-apocalyptic novel This book explores the post-apocalyptic novel in American literature from the 1940s to the present as reflections of a growing anxiety about the decline of US hegemony. Post-apocalyptic novels imagine human responses to the aftermath of catastrophe. The shape of the future they imagine is defined by "the remainder," when what is left behind expresses itself in storytelling...

This Train is Not Bound for Glory

Paola Ravasio
This book explores how spatial displacement correlates to social immobility narratologically by carrying out a hermeneutic of literary trainscapes. Understood as the arrangement of the social and the mobile in the literary representation of movement of people and goods by the railway system across inter-American economies, the book focuses on narratives based at the Panama Canal Zone, across the Central American banana republics, and on the human caravan...

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Cormac McCarthy

edited by Stacey Peebles, Benjamin West
In the decades since his 1992 breakout novel, All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy has gained a reputation as one of the greatest contemporary American authors. Experimenting with genres such as the crime thriller, the post-apocalyptic novel, and the western, his work also engages with the aesthetics of cinema, and several of his novels have been adapted for the screen. While timely and relevant, his works' idiosyncratic language and intense,...

The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Volume 7

edited by Nora Crook
Neil Fraistat and Nora Crook, General Editors
"The world will surely one day feel what it has lost," wrote Mary Shelley after Percy Bysshe Shelley's premature death in July 1822. Determined to hasten that day, she recovered his unpublished and uncollected poems and sifted through his surviving notebooks and papers. In Genoa during the winter of 1822–23, she painstakingly transcribed poetry "interlined and broken into fragments, so that the sense could only be deciphered and...

Teaching Modernist Women's Writing in English

edited by Janine Utell
As authors and publishers, individuals and collectives, women significantly shaped the modernist movement. While figures such as Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein have received acclaim, authors from marginalized communities and those who wrote for mass, middlebrow audiences also created experimental and groundbreaking work. The essays in this volume explore formal aspects and thematic concerns of modernism while also challenging rigid notions of what constitutes literary...

Before the Raj

James Mulholland
During the later decades of the eighteenth century, a rapid influx of English-speaking Europeans arrived in India with an interest in expanding the creation and distribution of anglophone literature. At the same time, a series of military, political, and economic successes for the British in Asia created the first global crisis to shepherd in an international system of national ideologies. In this study of colonial literary production, James Mulholland proposes that the East India...

Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Volume 50

edited by David A. Brewer and Crystal B. Lake
In a section commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Howard D. Weinbrot, Felicity A. Nussbaum, and Heather McPherson trace the history of the Society. Logan J. Connors, Jason H. Pearl, Jessica Zimble, Adam Schoene, Rebecca Messbarger, and Morgan Vanek then assess the disciplinary divides that still stymie the field. Melissa Hyde's Presidential Address recovers the lives and careers of two female artists in...

Festschrift in Honor of Josef Raab

Wilfried Raussert
This collection of scholarly essays presents recent lines of research and results in the field of hemispheric InterAmerican Studies. The book also opens new perspectives for future research. The collection of essays is interdisciplinary and brings together historical, film, literary and cultural studies approaches to the Americas. Renowned scholars and young researchers make this book a cross-disciplinary anthology highly suitable for...

Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women Writers

edited by Deepika Bahri, Filippo Menozzi
Global and cosmopolitan since the late nineteenth century, anglophone South Asian women's writing has flourished in many genres and locations, encompassing diverse works linked by issues of language, geography, history, culture, gender, and literary tradition. Whether writing in the homeland or in the diaspora, authors offer representations of social struggle and inequality while articulating possibilities for resistance. In this volume experienced...

The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition

T. S. Eliot
Ronald Schuchard, General Editor
This monumental eight-volume edition of modern literature brings together, for the first time in print, all of the vastly influential prose writings of Nobel laureate T. S. Eliot, the poet and dramatist whose theories and criticism shaped twentieth-century thought and literature around the world. This complete collection provides access to over 6,000 pages of Eliot's nonfiction prose writings on literature, philosophy, religion,...

Underground Modernity

Alfrun Kliems
The literary scholar Alfrum Kliems explores the aesthetic strategies of Eastern European underground literature, art, film and music in the decades before and after the fall of communism, ranging from the 'father' of Prague Underground, Egon Bondy, to the neo-dada Club of Polish Losers in Berlin. The works she considers are "underground" in the sense that they were produced illegally, or were received as subversive after the regimes had fallen. Her...

Asked What Has Changed

Ed Roberson
Black ecopoet observes the changing world from a high-rise window Award-winning poet Ed Roberson confronts the realities of an era in which the fate of humanity and the very survival of our planet are uncertain. Departing from the traditional nature poem, Roberson's work reclaims a much older tradition, drawing into poetry's orbit what the physical and human sciences reveal about the state of a changing world. These poems entail the evolution of the traditional "nature poem,' each realizing its failure at an...

Magnified

Minnie Bruce Pratt
Once a blue moon, a love like this comes along This collection of love poems draws us into the sacred liminal space that surrounds death. With her beloved gravely ill, poet and activist Minnie Bruce Pratt turns to daily walks and writing to find a way to go on in a world where injustice brings so much loss and death. Each poem is a pocket lens "to swivel out and magnify" the beauty in "the little glints, insignificant" that catch her eye: "The first flowers, smaller than this s." She also chronicles the quiet rooms of...

Occasional Views Volume 1

Samuel R. Delany
Essays and occasional writings from one of literature's iconic voices Samuel R. Delany is an acclaimed writer of literary theory, queer literature, and fiction. His "prismatic output is among the most significant, immense and innovative in American letters," wrote the New York Times in 2019; "Delany's books interweave science fiction with histories of race, sexuality, and control. In so doing, he gives readers fiction that reflects and explores the social truths...

Approaches to Teaching Austen's Persuasion

edited by Marcia M. Folsom, John Wiltshire
Jane Austen is a favorite with many students, whether they've read her novels or viewed popular film adaptations. But Persuasion (1817), completed at the end of her life, can be challenging for students to approach. They are surprised to meet a heroine so subdued and self-sacrificing, and the novel's setting during the Napoleonic Wars may be unfamiliar. This volume provides teachers with avenues to explore the depths and richness of the novel with both...

Approaches to Teaching Pound's Poetry and Prose

edited by Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos, Ira B. Nadel
Known for his maxim "make it new," Ezra Pound played a principal role in shaping the modernist movement as a poet, translator, and literary critic. Yet readers grapple with his poetry's complex structures and layered allusions and his known fascism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny. This volume offers strategies for guiding students toward the rewards of Pound's works while embracing the challenges they pose. The first section, "Materials,"...

Life and Deeds of the Famous Gentleman Don Catrín de la Fachenda

José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi, edited by John Ochoa, translated by Bonnie Loder
Don Catrín de la Fachenda, here translated into English for the first time, is a picaresque novel by the Mexican writer José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi (1776-1827), best known as the author of El periquillo sarniento (The Itching Parrot), often called the first Latin American novel. Don Catrín is three things at once: a rakish pícaro in the tradition of the picaresque; a catrín, a dandy...

Vida y Hechos del Famoso Caballero Don Catrín de la Fachenda

José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi, edited by John Ochoa
Don Catrín de la Fachenda is a picaresque novel by the Mexican writer José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi (1776-1827), best known as the author of El periquillo sarniento (The Itching Parrot), often called the first Latin American novel. Don Catrín is three things at once: a rakish pícaro in the tradition of the picaresque; a catrín, a dandy or fop; and a criollo, a person born in the New World and belonging to the same...