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Meaning and Interpretation
Wittgenstein, Henry James, and Literary Knowledge
Garry L. Hagberg, Garry L. Hagberg
'What is the meaning of a word?' In this thought-provoking book, Hagberg demonstrates how this question—which initiated Wittgenstein's later work in the philosophy of language—is significant for our understanding not only of linguistic meaning but of the meaning of works of art and literature as...



Interpretive Conventions
The Reader in the Study of American Fiction
Steven Mailloux
In Interpretive Conventions, Steven Mailloux examines five influential theories of the reading process—those of Stanley Fish, Jonathan Culler, Wolfgang Iser, Norman Holland, and David...



Nabokov
The Mystery of Literary Structures
Leona Toker
Vladimir Nabokov described the literature course he taught at Cornell as "a kind of detective investigation of the mystery of literary structures." Leona Toker here pursues a similar investigation of the enigmatic structures of Nabokov's own fiction. According to Toker, most previous critics stressed either Nabokov’s concern with form or the...



Mapping the Americas
The Transnational Politics of Contemporary Native Culture
Shari M. Huhndorf
In Mapping the Americas, Shari M. Huhndorf tracks changing conceptions of Native culture as it increasingly transcends national boundaries and takes up vital concerns such as global imperialism, and the commodification of indigenous...



If God Meant to Interfere
American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right
Christopher Douglas
In If God Meant to Interfere, Christopher Douglas shows that American writers struggled to understand and respond to the new social and political force of the Christian...



The Familiar Made Strange
American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn
In this volume, twelve distinguished historians offer original readings of American icons and artifacts that model new interpretive, transnational approaches to studying American...



Unbuttoning America
A Biography of "Peyton Place"
Ardis Cameron
In this lively account of the writing, publication, and legacy of the 1956 bestselling novel, "Peyton Place," Ardis Cameron tells how the story of a patricide in a small New England village became a cultural...



All Good Books Are Catholic Books
Print Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century America
Una M. Cadegan
Una M. Cadegan shows how the Catholic Church’s official position on literary culture developed from World War I to Vatican II in 1965.



Nobody's Business
Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics
Brian M. Reed
The first book to treat the emergence of Flarf, Conceptual Poetry, and other genres of contemporary avant-garde poetry in a serious way.



Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity
Toward a Phenomenology of Value
Charles Altieri
Altieri focuses his attention on the poetry of Wallace Stevens, arguing that critics have failed to appreciate the degree to which modernist poetry, like modernist art, breaks from the epistemology that arose from cultures of empiricism.



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