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How do great moments in literary traditions arise from times of intense social and political upheaval? South African Literature's Russian Soul charts the interplay of narrative innovation and political isolation in two of the world's most renowned non-European literatures. In this book, Jeanne-Marie Jackson demonstrates how Russian writing's "Golden Age"...
By Richa Dwor
Jewish Feeling brings together affect theory and Jewish Studies to trace Jewish difference in literary works by nineteenth-century Anglo-Jewish authors. Dwor argues that midrash, a classical rabbinic interpretive form, is a site of Jewish feeling and that literary works underpinned by midrashic concepts engage affect in a distinctly Jewish way....
By Jane Austen
The young Jane Austen was a precocious reader, devouring pulp fiction and classic literature, both of which she soon began to imitate and parody. Three volumes of her vivacious teenage writing survive. Devices and themes which appear subtly in her later fiction run riot here: drunkenness, brawling, sexual misdemeanour, theft,...
Patrick R. O'Malley explores two competing modes of political historiography that emerge within Irish literature and culture: one that eludes the unresolved wounds of Ireland's violent history; and one that locates its roots in an account of colonial and specifically sectarian bloodshed and insists upon the moral necessity of naming...
"The Introspective Art of Mark Twain is a major new assessment of a towering American writer. Seeking to trace the development of Mark Twain''s imagination, Douglas Anderson begins near the end, with the long dialogue What Is Man? that Twain published anonymously in 1906. In Twain''s view, the little-read What...
Henry David Thoreau in Context provides original research on Thoreau's influences, the topics he explored, the intellectual currents he was inspired by, and how he has been received since his death, making it a valuable resource to students, teachers, scholars, and general readers.
Beginning with Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments 1759, this study positions feminine genres such as the Gothic romance and Bluestocking poetry, usually seen as outliers in a masculine Age of Reason, as essential to understanding emotion's role in Enlightenment narratives of progress.
A study of the occult in the popular fiction of the late Victorian period, exploring not only the immense appeal, at that time, of accounts of the paranormal, but also the ways in which ideas of the paranormal seeped into perceptions of authorship and creativity.
Concise and illuminating articles explore the context within which Wilde's life and art took shape, proposing not one but many Oscar Wildes. Contributors discuss the ongoing influence and reception of Wilde and his work, from performance history to film and operatic adaptations, providing an enriched understanding of this complex individualist.