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Feminist Theory, Women's Writing
Laurie A. Finke
In this rewarding book, Laurie A. Finke challenges assumptions about gender, the self, and the text which underlie fundamental constructs of contemporary feminist theory. She maintains that some of the key concepts structuring feminist literary criticism need to be reexamined within both their historical context and the larger framework of...



History Is a Contemporary Literature
Manifesto for the Social Sciences
Ivan Jablonka
Ivan Jablonka’s History Is a Contemporary Literature offers highly innovative perspectives on the writing of history, the relationship between literature and the social sciences, and the way that both social-scientific inquiry and literary explorations contribute to our understanding of the world. Jablonka argues that the act and art of...



Populating the Novel
Literary Form and the Politics of Surplus Life
Emily Steinlight
From the teeming streets of Dickens’s London to the households of domestic fiction, nineteenth-century British writers constructed worlds crammed beyond capacity with human life. In Populating the Novel, Emily Steinlight contends that rather than simply reflecting demographic growth, such pervasive literary crowding contributed to a seismic...



Spaces of Feeling
Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature
Marta Figlerowicz
Can other people notice our affects more easily than we do? In Spaces of Feeling, Marta Figlerowicz examines modernist novels and poems that treat this possibility as electrifying, but also deeply disturbing. Their characters and lyric speakers are undone, Figlerowicz posits, by the realization that they depend on others to solve their inward...



Haunting Encounters
The Ethics of Reading across Boundaries of Difference
Joanne Lipson Freed
Acts of cross-cultural reading have ethical consequences. In Haunting Encounters, Joanne Lipson Freed traces the narrative strategies through which certain works of fiction forge connections with their readers across boundaries of difference. Freed uses the idea of haunting—an intense, temporary, and transformative encounter that defies...



Doing Double Dutch
The International Circulation of Literature from the Low Countries
Dutch literature is increasingly understood as a network of texts and poetics connected to other languages and literatures through translations and adaptations. In this book, a team of international researchers explores how Dutch literary texts cross linguistic, historical, geophysical, political, religious, and disciplinary borders, and...



Fictions of Dignity
Embodying Human Rights in World Literature
Elizabeth S. Anker
Elizabeth S. Anker examines human rights in the narrative imagination and, in the process, makes a compelling case for literature as a uniquely valuable point of entry into theoretical discussions of human...



My Father and I
The Marais and the Queerness of Community
David Caron
Beginning with the history of the Marais and his personal connection to the district, David Caron proposes a rethinking of community and looks at how Jews, Chinese immigrants, and gays have made the Marais...



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.



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...



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