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Parables from the Past

Parables from the Past

The Prose Fiction of Chingiz Aitmatov

Mozur traces the development of Chingiz Aitmatov’s fiction from the early 1950s through the mid-1970s, and discusses his work against the Soviet political and cultural background in which it was created.

The Empty Garden

The Empty Garden

The Subject of Late Milton

By analyzing Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, Ashraf H. A. Rushdy redefines Milton’s creative spirit in a way that encompasses his poetic, political, and religious careers.

Emily Dickinson’s Reception in the 1890s

Emily Dickinson’s Reception in the 1890s

A Documentary History

This work reprint, annotates, and indexes virtually all mention of Emily Dickinson in the first decade of her publication, tripling the known references to the poet during the nineties. Much of this material, drawn from scrapbboks of clippings, rare journals, and crumbling newspapers, was on teh verge of extinction.

Mind of Winter

Mind of Winter

Wallace Stevens, Meditation, and Literature

Bevis examines the most puzzling and least studied aspect of Wallace Stevens’ poetry: detachment.

Voices, Visions, and a New Reality

Voices, Visions, and a New Reality

Mexican Fiction Since 1970

This book introduces to a larger audience the work of a group of Mexican writers whose work reflects the stimulus of the “boom” of the 1960s, especially in the experimental nueva novella.Duncan views the work of six writers in the context of more well known writers of the period (Ruflo, Fuentes, and Del Paso), and concludes with a chapter on other recent innovators in Mexican literature.

The Utopian Novel in America, 1886–1896

The Utopian Novel in America, 1886–1896

The Politics of Form

Jean Pfaelzer’s study traces the impact of the utopian novel in the late nineteenth century, and the narrative structures of these sentimental romances. She discusses progressive, pastoral, feminist, and apocalyptic utopias, as well as the genre’s parodic counterpart, the dystopia.

The Poet-Physician

The Poet-Physician

Keats and Medical Science

A challenging reappraisal of Keats’ work, showing the distinct influence of six years of medical training in his writings.

War of Titans

War of Titans

Blake’s Critique of Milton and the Politics of Religion

In a dramatically original analysis, Jackie DiSalvo explores Blake’s reworking of Genesis and Paradise Lost in his prophetic poem The Four Zoas, creating a compelling new reading of both Milton and Blake. With informed argument and provocative insights, DiSalvo shows how Blake’s view of history prefigures the revaluation of our own myths of origin prompted by new political, psychological, and feminist perspectives.

The Grand Continuum

The Grand Continuum

Reflections on Joyce and Metaphysics

White examines key passages in James Joyce’s novels both as a philosopher and as literary critic. He develops a thesis that Joyce’s attempt to capture the mysterious process whereby perception and consciousness are translated into language entails a fundamental challenge to everyday notions of reality.

The Metafictional Muse

The Metafictional Muse

The Works of Robert Coover, Donald Barthelme, and William H. Gass

McCaffery interprets the works of three major writers of radically experimental fiction: Robert Coover; Donald Barthelme; and Willam H. Gass.

After Innocence

After Innocence

Visions of the Fall in Modern Literature

Otten discusses the continuing viability of the myth of the Fall in literature. He relates a wide variety of romantic and modern works to fundamental issues in modern Christianity.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The English Experience, 1853-1864

A study of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing and life during his time as United States consul in Liverpool, England (1853-1864), his final years.

The Great Succession

The Great Succession

Henry James and the Legacy of Hawthorne

The first book devoted to the literary relationship between Henry James and his American predecessor, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Ruins and Empire

Ruins and Empire

The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature

One of the most common scenes in Augustan and Romantic literature is that of a writer confronting some emblem of change and loss, most often the remains of a vanished civilization or a desolate natural landscape. Ruins and Empire traces the ruin sentiment from its earliest classical and Renaissance expressions through English literature to its establishment as a dominant theme of early American art.

The Hole in the Fabric

The Hole in the Fabric

Science, Contemporary Literature, and Henry James

Purdy draws on the work of Kurt Vonnegut, Vladimir Nabokov, Alain Robbe-Grillet, GŸnter Grass, Samuel Becket, and Eugene Ionesco to examine ways in which novelists explore the unknown. He considers Henry James in conjunction with these novelists, and with scientific discoveries and advances—black holes, hydrogen bombs, space travel—to offer new insights into James’s work and into the twentieth-century view of humanity’s place in the world.

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