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Style Is Matter
The Moral Art of Vladimir Nabokov
Leland de la Durantaye
"How should we read Lolita? The beginning of an answer is that we should read it the way all great works deserve to be read: with attention and intelligence. But what sort of attention should we pay and what sort of intelligence should we apply to a...



A Gift of the Spirit
Reading "The Souls of Black Folk"
Eugene Victor Wolfenstein
In A Gift of the Spirit, Eugene Victor Wolfenstein offers a reading of W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk aimed at demonstrating its organic unity and coherence. He takes as his interpretive key the experience of the color line with which Du...



The Novel of Purpose
Literature and Social Reform in the Anglo-American World
Amanda Claybaugh
In the nineteenth century, Great Britain and the United States shared a single literary marketplace that linked the reform movements, as well as the literatures, of the two nations. The writings of transatlantic reformers—antislavery, temperance...



To Set This World Right
The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord
Sandra Harbert Petrulionis
In the decade before the Civil War, Concord, Massachusetts, was a center of abolitionist sentiment and activism. To Set this World Right is the first book to recover and examine the voices, events, and influence of the antebellum antislavery...



Front-Page Girls
Women Journalists in American Culture and Fiction, 1880–1930
Jean Marie Lutes
The first study of the role of the newspaperwoman in American literary culture at the turn of the twentieth century, this book recaptures the imaginative exchange between real-life reporters like Nellie Bly and Ida B. Wells and fictional...



Trailing Clouds
Immigrant Fiction in Contemporary America
David Cowart
"We stand to learn much about the durability of or changes in the American way of life from writers such as Bharati Mukherjee (born in India), Ursula Hegi (born in Germany), Jerzy Kosinski (born in Poland), Jamaica Kincaid (born in Antigua)...



Lost Bodies
Inhabiting the Borders of Life and Death
Laura E. Tanner
"If the dying body makes us flinch and look away, struggling not to see what we have seen, the lost body disappears from cultural view, buried along with the sensory traces of its corporeal presence."—from the...



Color Monitors
The Black Face of Technology in America
Martin Kevorkian
"Color Monitors looks at a particular subset of imagined computer use, focusing on scenarios that demand from the person at the keyboard an intimate technical knowledge. My research has uncovered a peculiar pattern: race comes into sharp relief...



The Grammar of Good Intentions
Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence
Susan M. Ryan
Susan M. Ryan explores antebellum Americans' preoccupation with the language and practice of benevolence. Drawing on a variety of cultural and literary texts, she traces how people working and writing within social reform movements—and their...



Natural Life
Thoreau's Worldly Transcendentalism
David Robinson
"An essential step in Thoreau's recovery of a 'natural life' is to reawaken and expand his awareness of the present moment, not only in the sense of knowing more of the world around him, but of entering into it fully. Admitting in Walden that 'I did...



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