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Deep Skin
Elizabeth Bishop and Visual Art
Peggy Samuels
Elizabeth Bishop, who constructed poems of crystalline visual accuracy, is often regarded as the most painterly of twentieth-century American poets. In Deep Skin, Peggy Samuels explores Bishop's attraction to painters who experimented with dynamic...



Glamour in Six Dimensions
Modernism and the Radiance of Form
Judith Brown
Glamour is an alluring but elusive concept. We most readily associate it with fashion, industrial design, and Hollywood of the Golden Age, and yet it also shaped the language and interests of high modernism. In Glamour in Six Dimensions Judith Brown...



History and Its Limits
Human, Animal, Violence
Dominick LaCapra
Dominick LaCapra's History and Its Limits articulates the relations among intellectual history, cultural history, and critical theory, examining the recent rise of "Practice Theory" and probing the limitations of prevalent forms of humanism.



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 theirs.



A Genealogy of Literary Multiculturalism
Christopher Douglas
Uncovering the unacknowledged role of sociology and anthropology in nourishing the politics and forms of minority writers in America.



Living Autobiographically
How We Create Identity in Narrative
Paul John Eakin
Eakin explores the intimate, dynamic connection between our selves and our stories, between narrative and identity in everyday life.



Surrealism and the Art of Crime
Jonathan P. Eburne
Corpses mark surrealism's path through the twentieth century, providing material evidence of the violence in modern life. Though the shifting group of poets, artists, and critics who made up the surrealist movement were witness to total war...



Telling Stories
The Use of Personal Narratives in the Social Sciences and History
Mary Jo Maynes, Jennifer L. Pierce, Barbara Laslett
Explores why and how personal narratives should be used as evidence, and the methods and pitfalls of their use.



The Burdens of Perfection
On Ethics and Reading in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Andrew H. Miller
A study of moral perfectionism in nineteenth-century British culture, this book reads a wide range of essayists, poets, and novelists through the lens of ethics and philosophy of mind.



Worldly Acts and Sentient Things
The Persistence of Agency from Stein to DeLillo
Robert Chodat
Chodat exposes a major shortcoming in recent accounts of twentieth-century discourse, arguing that what is often seen as the "death" of agency is better described as the displacement of agency onto new and varied entities.



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