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Why Does Literature Matter?
Frank B. Farrell
"Literature matters because . . . it allows for experiences important to the living out of a sophisticated and satisfying human life; because other arenas of culture cannot provide them to the same degree; and because a relatively small number of...



Lethe
The Art and Critique of Forgetting
Harold Weinrich
"Our daily encounters with forgetting have not taught us enough about how much power it exercises over our lives, what reflections and feelings it evokes in different individuals, how even art and science presuppose—with sympathy or...



The Particulars of Rapture
An Aesthetics of the Affects
Charles Altieri
This brilliant, penetrating, and ambitious book by a well-known literary theorist studies the complex relationship between the emotions on the one side and literary works and paintings on the other. A central aim of Charles Altieri's is to rescue our...



The Book of Skin
Steven Connor
Skin, Steven Connor argues, has never been more visible. The Book of Skin explores the multiple functions of the skin in the cultures of the West. In this vividly illustrated book, Connor draws on evidence from a variety of sources including literary...



Colonial Odysseys
Empire and Epic in the Modernist Novel
David Adams
This elegantly written and powerfully argued book focuses on narratives published in English between 1890 and 1940 in which protagonists journey from the familiar world of Europe to alien colonial worlds.



Vulnerable Subjects
Ethics and Life Writing
G. Thomas Couser
"My primary concern is with the ethics of representing vulnerable subjects—persons who are liable to exposure by someone with whom they are involved in an intimate or trust-based relationship, unable to represent themselves in writing, or unable to...



Poetry's Touch
On Lyric Address
William Waters
To whom does a poem speak? Do poems really communicate with those they address? Is reading poems like overhearing? Like intimate conversation? Like performing a script? William Waters pursues these questions by closely reading a selection of...



Sexual Encounters
Pacific Texts, Modern Sexualities
Lee Wallace
European literary, artistic, and anthropological representation has long viewed the Pacific as the site of heterosexual pleasures. The received wisdom of these accounts is based on the idea of female bodies unrestrained by civilization. In...



The Copywrights
Intellectual Property and the Literary Imagination
Paul K. Saint-Amour
They borrow from published works without attribution. They remake literary creation in the image of consumption. They celebrate the art of scissors and paste. Who are these outlaws? Postmodern culture-jammers or file-sharing teens? No, they are the...



Close Reading New Media
Analyzing Electronic Literature
Jan Van Looy, Jan Baetens
Close Reading New Media is the first publication to apply the method of close analysis to new media. Since the early nineteen-nineties, electronic art and literature have continually gained importance in artistic and academic circles. Significant...



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