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Voicing American Poetry
Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present
Lesley Wheeler
The most interesting tensions and ambitions of twentieth-century American poetry intersect in one resonant word: voice. The term "poetic voice" emphasizes poetry's reliance on sound, which is prominent in ethnic American writings, new formalism, and...



On Deconstruction
Theory and Criticism after Structuralism
Jonathan Culler



Paranoia and Modernity
Cervantes to Rousseau
John Farrell
"Don Quixote is the first great modern paranoid adventurer. . . . Grandiosity and persecution define the characters of Swift's Gulliver, Stendhal's Julien Sorel, Melville's Ahab, Dostoyevsky's Underground Man, Ibsen's Masterbuilder Solness...



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...



The Self in Moral Space
Life Narrative and the Good
David B. Parker
All of us take our moral bearings from a conception of the good, or a range of goods, that we consider most important. We are in this sense selves in moral space. Building on the work of the philosopher Charles Taylor, among others, David Parker...



The Occult Mind
Magic in Theory and Practice
Christopher I. Lehrich
Through analyses of ley lines, the Tarot, the Corpus Hermeticum, and early attempts to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics, Lehrich treats magic and its parts as an intellectual object that requires interpretive zeal.



The Iron Whim
A Fragmented History of Typewriting
Darren Wershler-Henry
The Iron Whim is an intelligent, irreverent, and humorous history of writing culture and technology. It covers the early history and evolution of the typewriter as well as the various attempts over the years to change the keyboard configuration, but...



Thinking in Time
An Introduction to Henri Bergson
Suzanne Guerlac
"In recent years, we have grown accustomed to philosophical language that is intensely self-conscious and rhetorically thick, often tragic in tone. It is enlivening to read Bergson, who exerts so little rhetorical pressure while exacting such a...



Orientalism and the Hebrew Imagination
Yaron Peleg
Calling into question prevailing notions about Orientalism, Yaron Peleg shows how the paradoxical mixture of exoticism and familiarity with which Jews related to Palestine at the beginning of the twentieth century shaped the legacy of Zionism. In...



Hiding from History
Politics and Public Imagination
Meili Steele
In Hiding from History, Meili Steele challenges an assumption at the heart of current debates in political, literary, historical, and cultural theory: that it is impossible to reason through history. Steele believes that two influential schools of...



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