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Bread and Circuses
Theories of Mass Culture As Social Decay
Patrick Brantlinger
Brantlinger shows how the belief in the historical inevitability of social decay—a belief today perpetuated by the mass media themselves—has become the dominant view of mass culture in our time.


"Bread and Circuses is a joy to read. Brantlinger is learned, witty, and, best of all, inviting of conversation."—Voice Literary Supplement



Raja Yudhisthira
Kingship in Epic Mahabharata
Kevin McGrath
In Raja Yudhisthira, Kevin McGrath brings his comprehensive literary, ethnographic, and analytical knowledge of the epic Mahabharata to bear on the representation of kingship in the poem.



After Lavinia
A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy
John Watkins
In medieval and early modern Europe, marriage treaties were a perennial feature of the diplomatic landscape. In After Lavinia, John Watkins traces the history of the practice, focusing on the unusually close relationship between diplomacy and literary production in Western Europe from antiquity through the seventeenth century.



Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader
Rebecca Krug
In Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader, Rebecca Krug shows how and why Kempe wrote her Book, arguing that in her engagement with written culture she discovered a desire to experience spiritual comfort and to interact with fellow believers who also sought to live lives of intense emotional engagement. 



Mixed Feelings
Tropes of Love in German Jewish Culture
Katja Garloff
In Mixed Feelings, Katja Garloff asks what it means for literature (and philosophy) to use love between individuals as a metaphor for group relations.



The Poetry of Everyday Life
Storytelling and the Art of Awareness
Steve Zeitlin
Part memoir, part essay, and partly a guide to maximizing your capacity for fulfillment and expression, The Poetry of Everyday Life taps into the artistic side of what we often take for granted.



Do Elephants Have Knees?
And Other Stories of Darwinian Origins
Charles R. Ault
Do Elephants Have Knees? invites readers into serious appreciation of Darwinian histories by deploying the playful thinking found in children's books. Charles R. Ault Jr. weds children's literature to recent research in paleontology and evolutionary biology.



Staging Harmony
Music and Religious Change in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Drama
Katherine Steele Brokaw
In Staging Harmony, Katherine Steele Brokaw reveals how the relationship between drama, music, and religious change across England's long sixteenth century moved religious discourse to more moderate positions.



Untold Futures
Time and Literary Culture in Renaissance England
J. K. Barret
In Untold Futures, J. K. Barret locates models for recovering the variety of futures imagined within some of our most foundational literature. These poems, plays, and prose fictions reveal how Renaissance writers embraced uncertain potential to think about their own present moment and their own place in time.



What Happens When Nothing Happens
Boredom and Everyday Life in Contemporary Comics
Greice Schneider
Contemporary graphic novels show an interesting shift from the extraordinary to the ordinary in slice-of-life stories in which nothing happens. This volume brings together close readings of work by Lewis Trondheim, Chris Ware, and Adrian Tomine.



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