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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...



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...



Shakespeare Remains
Theater to Film, Early Modern to Postmodern
Courtney Lehmann
No literary figure has proved so elusive as Shakespeare. How, Courtney Lehmann asks, can the controversies surrounding the Bard's authorship be resolved when his works precede the historical birth of that modern concept? And how is it that Shakespeare...



The Pursuit of Signs
Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction
Jonathan Culler
The primary task of literary theory, Jonathan Culler asserts in the new edition of his classic in this field, is not to illuminate individual literary works but to explain the system of literary signification—the rules and conventions that determine a...



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...



Law's Interior
Legal and Literary Constructions of the Self
Kevin M. Crotty
In Law's Interior, Kevin M. Crotty draws on several important literary works to offer a new model of the relationship between citizens and their laws, one that emphasizes the power of law to shape citizens and to foster—or discourage—their autonomy...



Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair
Hilde Lindemann Nelson
Hilde Lindemann Nelson focuses on the stories of groups of people—including Gypsies, mothers, nurses, and transsexuals—whose identities have been defined by those with the power to speak for them and to constrain the scope of their actions. By placing...



Retrieving Experience
Subjectivity and Recognition in Feminist Politics
Sonia Kruks
In Retrieving Experience, Sonia Kruks engages critically with the postmodern turn in feminist and social theory. She contends that, although postmodern analyses yield important insights about the place of discourse in constituting subjectivity, they...



The Domain of Images
James Elkins
In the domain of visual images, those of fine art form a tiny minority. This original and brilliant book calls upon art historians to look beyond their traditional subjects—painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking—to the vast array of "nonart"...



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