British Studies

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Reading, Wanting, and Broken Economics

Uses a historical study of bookselling and readers as a way to question and rethink our understanding of the market for symbolic goods.

Funny How?

Uses comedy skits, from Monty Python to Key and Peele, to probe how humor works.

Rule, Britannia!

Assesses how cinematic biographies of key figures reflect and shape what it means to be British.

Ripping England!

Examines an all too often neglected period of postwar British cinema and popular culture.

Beasts of Burden

Uses literature, art, and cultural texts from the British Romantic period to explore the age in which biological life and its abilities first became regulated by the rising nation.

Arguing with Angels

An exploration of John Dee’s Enochian magic of angel contact, its reinterpretation over the years, and its endurance to the present day.

Antipodal England

Examines Victorian conceptions of home and identity by looking at portrayals and accounts of middle-class emigration to Australia.

Terror and Irish Modernism

Presents a new genealogy and synoptic overview of modern Irish fiction.

Species, Serpents, Spirits, and Skulls

Explores the distinctions between science and pseudoscience.

Literary Remains

Explores Victorian responses to death and burial in literature, journalism, and legal writing.

Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture

Argues that Byron’s popularity marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural identity.

The Legacy of Anne Conway (1631-1679)

Explores the work of Anne Conway, whose philosophy of the natural world incorporated a spiritual vision.

The Mighty Scot

Turns a spotlight on the Victorian love affair with Scotland.

White Horizon

From explorers’ accounts to boys’ adventure fiction, how Arctic exploration served as a metaphor for nation-building and empire in nineteenth-century Britain.

Excavating Victorians

How Victorians reacted to the new sciences of geology and archaeology.

Cholera and Nation

How cholera epidemics affected Victorian perceptions of the body and the nation.

Altered States

Considers the role of Spiritualism in Victorian culture.

Nervous Conditions

Examines nineteenth-century scientists’ obsession with nerves and the nervous system.

Margins of Disorder

By Gal Gerson
Subjects: Area Studies

Traces how progressive liberals in Edwardian Britain responded to contemporary intellectual trends.

Mapping the Victorian Social Body

Explores how medical and social maps helped shape modern perceptions of space.

Living Forms

Examines Romantic poets’ and essayists’ fascination with the human form.

Imagined Londons

Edited by Pamela K. Gilbert
Subjects: Area Studies

Explores the various representations and imaginations of London in literature and popular culture, from Victorian times to the present day.

On the Edge of Empire

Explores the social and political history of the Qu`ayti and Kathiri sultanates of Hadhramawt during their gradual incorporation into the British Empire.

Structures of Desire

Examines the cultural, historical, and ideological factors influencing British cinema during World War II and the postwar years, with attention to male-female relationships as well as to utopian desires for a better postwar world.

Being English

Drawing on recent developments concerning national identity in post-Marxist criticism and Derridean philosophy, Wolfreys looks at the ways in which literature is used to represent the English middle-classes ...

The Useful Cobbler

Neither a polemic nor a highly specialized study, this book is a comprehensive assessment of Burke's political thought. Using evidence from such neglected sources as Burke's essays on history and law ...

Re-Viewing British Cinema, 1900-1992

Edited by Wheeler Winston Dixon
Subjects: Area Studies

Re-Viewing British Cinema, 1900–1992 is a collection of essays on British cinema history and practice. It offers both the casual reader and the film scholar a different view of British filmmaking during ...

Victorian Childhood

This book presents a broad range of original data on childhood in Victorian Britain. It combines a social science approach to data with historical context, resulting in a highly readable account based ...

Ireland

The essence of the Emerald Isle is captured in this book, which introduces the reader to Irish literature as it reflects and illuminates the history and culture of the people of Ireland. William Dumbleton ...

Donne at Sermons

In Donne at Sermons, Gale Carrithers uncovers the theocentric existentialism that underlies the content and structure of the great poet-preacher's sermons. After considering Donne's grand strategies within ...