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Dreams of the Burning Child
Sacrificial Sons and the Father's Witness
David Lee Miller
In Dreams of the Burning Child, David Lee Miller explores the uncanny persistence of filial sacrifice as a motif in English literature and its classical and biblical antecedents. He combines strikingly original reinterpretations of the Aeneid, Hamlet...



Reading Psychoanalysis
Freud, Rank, Ferenczi, Groddeck
Peter L. Rudnytsky
Rudnytsky explores the dialectical interplay between literature and psychoanalysis by reading key psychoanalytic texts in a variety of genres.



The Senses of Modernism
Technology, Perception, and Aesthetics
Sara Danius
In The Senses of Modernism, Sara Danius develops a radically new theoretical and historical understanding of high modernism. The author closely analyzes Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, and James Joyce's...



Ghostwriting Modernism
Helen Sword
Spiritualism is often dismissed by literary critics and historians as merely a Victorian fad. Helen Sword demonstrates that it continued to flourish well into the twentieth century and seeks to explain why. Literary modernism, she maintains...



Sex Drives
Fantasies of Fascism in Literary Modernism
Laura Frost
Salvador DalĂ­'s autobiography confesses that "Hitler turned me on in the highest," while Sylvia Plath maintains that "every woman adores a Fascist." Susan Sontag's famous observation that art reveals the seamier side of fascism in bondage, discipline...



The Eye's Mind
Literary Modernism and Visual Culture
Karen Jacobs
The Eye's Mind significantly alters our understanding of modernist literature by showing how changing visual discourses, techniques, and technologies affected the novels of that period. In readings that bring philosophies of vision into dialogue with...



The Difference Satire Makes
Rhetoric and Reading from Jonson to Byron
Fredric V. Bogel
Offering both the first major revision of satiric rhetoric in decades and a critical account of the modern history of satire criticism, Fredric V. Bogel maintains that the central structure of the satiric mode has been misunderstood. Devoting...



Singing the Past
Turkic and Medieval Heroic Poetry
Karl Reichl
Oral epic poetry is still performed by Turkic singers in Central Asia. On trips to the region, Karl Reichl collected heroic poems from the Uzbek, Kazakh, and Karakalpak oral traditions. Through a close analysis of these Turkic works, he shows that...



Renaissance Debates on Rhetoric
Throughout the European Renaissance, authors famous and obscure debated the nature, goals, and value of rhetoric. In a host of treatises, handbooks, letters, and orations, written in both Latin and the vernacular, they attempted to assess the central...



Manifestoes
Provocations of the Modern
Janet Lyon
For more than three hundred years, manifestoes have defined the aims of radical groups, individuals, and parties while galvanizing revolutionary movements. As Janet Lyon shows, the manifesto is both a signal genre of political modernity and one of the...



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