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The Witness and the Other World
Exotic European Travel Writing, 400–1600
Mary Baine Campbell
Surveying exotic travel writing in Europe from late antiquity to the age of discover, The Witness and the Other World illustrates the fundamental human desire to change places, if only in the imagination. Mary B. Campbell looks at works by...

The Unspeakable Mother
Forbidden Discourse in Jean Rhys and H.D.
Deborah Kelly Kloepfer
Moving back and forth between experience and language, The Unspeakable Mother operates out of the intersection of two perspectives: women's immersion in the mother/daughter dyad and the paradoxical absence of the mother in the daughter's discourse. Deborah Kelly Kloepfer calls attention to the repeated allusions to dead mothers, dying mothers...

Symbolism and Interpretation
Tzvetan Todorov
In Symbolism and Interpretation, Tzvetan Todorov examines two aspects of discourse: its production, which has traditionally been the domain of rhetoric, and its reception, which has always been the object of hermeneutics.

Theories of the Symbol
Tzvetan Todorov
Focusing on theories of verbal symbolism, Tzvetan Todorov here presents a history of semiotics.

The Discourse of Modernism
Timothy J. Reiss
Timothy J. Reiss perceives a new mode of discourse emerging in early seventeenth-century Europe; he believes that this form of thought, still our own, may itself soon be giving way. In The Discourse of Modernism, Reiss sets up a theoretical model to describe the process by which one dominant class of discourse is replaced by another. He seeks...

The Fantastic
A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre
Tzvetan Todorov
In The Fantastic, Tzvetan Todorov seeks to examine both generic theory and a particular genre, moving back and forth between a poetics of the fantastic itself and a metapoetics or theory of theorizing.

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