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Light without Heat
The Observational Mood from Bacon to Milton
David Carroll Simon
In Light without Heat, David Carroll Simon argues for the importance of carelessness to the literary and scientific experiments of the seventeenth century. While scholars have often looked to this period in order to narrate the triumph of methodical rigor as a quintessentially modern intellectual value, Simon describes the appeal of open-ended...



The Limits of Autobiography
Trauma and Testimony
Leigh Gilmore
Memoirs in which trauma takes a major—or the major—role challenge the limits of autobiography. Leigh Gilmore presents a series of "limit-cases"—texts that combine elements of autobiography, fiction, biography, history, and theory while representing...



Literary Culture in a World Transformed
A Future for the Humanities
William Paulson
Literary studies are in danger of being left behind in the twenty-first century. Print culture risks becoming a thing of the past in the multimedia age; meanwhile, human life and society are undergoing rapid changes as a result of new technologies...



Literary Theory and the Claims of History
Postmodernism, Objectivity, Multicultural Politics
Satya Mohanty
At the core of postmodern thought, especially in literary theory, is the belief that such ideals as truth, reason, and objectivity are social constructs that have no universal or trans-historical validity. In exploring this constructivist view, Satya...



Literature and Its Theorists
A Personal View of Twentieth-Century Criticism
Tzvetan Todorov
Part history, part confession, part manifesto, Literature and Its Theorists is Tzvetan Todorov's bold statement of what literature is and what criticism should be.



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.



Living to Tell about It
A Rhetoric and Ethics of Character Narration
James Phelan
Phelan's compelling readings cover important theoretical ground by introducing a valuable distinction between disclosure functions and narrator functions.



Magritte and Literature
Elective Affinities
Ben Stoltzfus
This book examines some of the artist's major paintings whose titles were influenced by and related to works of literature.



Manifestoes
Provocations of the Modern
Janet Lyon
For more than three hundred years, manifestoes have defined the aims of radical groups, individuals, and parties while galvanizing revolutionary movements. As Janet Lyon shows, the manifesto is both a signal genre of political modernity and one of the...



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...



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