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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 poems...



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 a...



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...



Mazes of the Serpent
An Anatomy of Horror Narrative
Roger B. Salomon
In a compact, readable, and accessible book, Roger B. Salomon explores the nature of horror in literature and in life. Rather than minimizing horror by narrowly associating it with psychological drives, persecution, or extremism, he approaches horror...



Surface and Depth
Dialectics of Criticism and Culture
Richard Shusterman
A paradox of surface and depth pervades the field of aesthetics. How can art's surface meanings and qualities be properly appreciated without understanding the cultural context that shapes their creation and perception? But exploring such underlying...



Inconsequence
Lesbian Representation and the Logic of Sexual Sequence
Annamarie Jagose
The field of lesbian studies is often framed in terms of the relation between lesbianism and invisibility. Annamarie Jagose here takes a radical new approach, suggesting that the focus on invisibility and visibility is perhaps not the most productive...



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