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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...



"That the People Might Live"
Loss and Renewal in Native American Elegy
Arnold Krupat
Krupat surveys the traditions of Native American elegiac expression over several centuries, finding that despite differences of language and culture, death and loss are consistently felt by Native peoples both personally and socially.



Minor Photography
Connecting Deleuze and Guattari to Photography Theory



Formative Fictions
Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Bildungsroman
Tobias Boes
Boes argues that the dual status of the Bildungsroman renders this novelistic form an elegant way to negotiate the diverging critical discourses surrounding national and world literature.



Aggressive Fictions
Reading the Contemporary American Novel
Kathryn Hume
Looking beyond the theory-based justifications that critics often provide for such fiction, Hume offers a commonsense guide for the average reader who wants to better understand and appreciate books that might otherwise seem difficult to enjoy.



Impious Fidelity
Anna Freud, Psychoanalysis, Politics
Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg
Stewart-Steinberg investigates the legacy of Anna Freud at the intersection between psychoanalysis as a mode of thinking and theorizing and its existence as a political entity.



Taming Cannibals
Race and the Victorians
Patrick Brantlinger
In Taming Cannibals, Patrick Brantlinger unravels contradictions embedded in the racist and imperialist ideology of the British Empire. For many Victorians, the idea of taming cannibals or civilizing savages was oxymoronic: civilization was a goal that the nonwhite peoples of the world could not attain or, at best, could only approximate, yet...



Bureau of Missing Persons
Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers
Roger J. Porter
Analyzing contemporary narratives of the secret lives led by writers' fathers.



What Else Is Pastoral?
Renaissance Literature and the Environment
Ken Hiltner
A corrective to the prevailing interpretation of pastoral poetry that shows the value of reading literature ecologically.



The Social Life of Fluids
Blood, Milk, and Water in the Victorian Novel
Jules David Law, Jules Law
Analyzing the expression of scientific understanding and the technological manipulation of fluids—blood, breast milk, and water—in Victorian novels, Law traces the culture's growing anxiety about fluids from the 1830s through the...



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