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Meaning and Interpretation
Wittgenstein, Henry James, and Literary Knowledge
Garry L. Hagberg, G. L. Hagberg
'What is the meaning of a word?' In this thought-provoking book, Hagberg demonstrates how this question—which initiated Wittgenstein's later work in the philosophy of language—is significant for our understanding not only of linguistic meaning but of the meaning of works of art and literature as...



Melting-Pot Modernism
Sarah Wilson
"An intelligent and beautifully written examination of the 'melting pot' as taken up in the work of four modernist writers: Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, Willa Cather, and Gertrude Stein."—Christopher Douglas, University of Victoria



Millennial Seduction
A Skeptic Confronts Apocalyptic Culture
Lee Quinby
Who among us still thinks the year 2000 is just an arbitrary turn of a calendar page? Why does its approach bring both fear of apocalyptic destruction and the promise of millennial salvation? Lee Quinby investigates how anxiety about the arrival...



Milton's Imperial Epic
Paradise Lost and the Discourse of Colonialism
Martin Evans



Minor Photography
Connecting Deleuze and Guattari to Photography Theory



Misrepresentations
Shakespeare and the Materialists
Graham Bradshaw
Just at the moment when conflicts between critical "isms" are threatening to turn the study of English literature into a game park for endangered texts, Bradshaw arrives with a work of liberating wit and insight. His subject is double: the...



Modernism à la Mode
Fashion and the Ends of Literature
Elizabeth M. Sheehan
Modernism à la Mode argues that fashion describes why and how literary modernism matters in its own historical moment and ours. Bringing together texts, textiles, and theories of dress, Elizabeth Sheehan shows that writers, including Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, W.E.B. Du Bois, Nella Larsen, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, turned to fashion to...



Modernist Alchemy
Poetry and the Occult
Timothy Materer
Modernist Alchemy takes a close look at the work of twentieth-century poets whose use of the occult constitutes a recovery of discarded beliefs and modes of thought: Yeats and Plath try to dismiss conventional religion, Hughes captures a sense...



My Father and I
The Marais and the Queerness of Community
David Caron
Beginning with the history of the Marais and his personal connection to the district, David Caron proposes a rethinking of community and looks at how Jews, Chinese immigrants, and gays have made the Marais...



Narrative Discourse
An Essay in Method
Gerard Genette



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