An exciting adventure tale of sealers caught in the Antarctic ice in the early nineteenth century and forced to winter over in extreme conditions.
Compares life today in the German Black Forest with Thoreau's experiences at Walden Pond.
Explores the role of travel and translation in Brazilian literature and culture from the 1870s to the present.
A celebration of Anishinaabe intellectual tradition.
Lively analysis of how Henry James's fiction anticipates later filmmakers' concerns with what we can see and what we can know.
Reveals how classic American novels embodied the tensions embedded in American views of the natural world from the Centennial until the end of the Second World War.
An innovative comparative study of the role of racial stereotypes in expressing state power under globalization.
Examines the impact of Persian poetry in the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Offers a new framework for reading American literatures that critically links African American and Latinx traditions and struggles for liberation.
Argues that multiculturalism and hybridity are key components of the nation’s poetry and its culture.
A celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who put Albany on the world’s literary map.
Explores the science and creative process behind Poe’s cosmological treatise.
Assesses the limits and possibilities of humanism for engaging with issues of pressing political and cultural concern.
A lively and intimate selection of letters on life, literature, and art from one of America’s finest prose stylists.
A biography of one of nineteenth-century America’s foremost poets and public intellectuals.
Uncovers a new chapter in the story of American modernist poetry.
Demonstrates how written and visual representations worked to construct definitions of ethnicity in midcentury America.
Examines the work of prolific Dominican American writer Julia Alvarez.
Examines the metaphors of the “primitive” and the “industrial” in the rhetoric and imagery of anticapitalist American radical and revolutionary movements.
Brings ecocriticism into conversation with critical American studies approaches to literary canon formation.
Examines the relationship of lynching to black and white citizenship in the 19th and 20th century U. S. through a focus on historical, visual, cultural, and literary texts.
Examines the increasingly prevalent assumption that postmodernism is over and that literature and film are once again engaging sincerely with issues of ethics and politics.
Examines why African American women would choose conditions of bondage over individual freedom.
Contemporary poets offer behind-the-scenes perspectives on the poetic process.
Looks at Buddhist influences in American literature and how literature has shaped the reception of Buddhism in North America.
Shows how Ozick’s characters attempt to mediate a complex Jewish identity, one that bridges the differences between traditional Judaism and secular American culture.
A has-been American filmmaker encounters love, cruelty, and death in Italy.
Thirteen short plays by women that were originally produced by the Provincetown Players.
Looks at the connections between Thoreau’s Walden and the work that influenced it, the Bhagavad-Gita.
Argues that Herman Melville’s later work anticipates the resurgence of an American exceptionalist ethos underpinning the U. S.-led global “war on terror. ”
Pinpoints the limits of many current globalization theories in challenging racial oppression, and argues instead for local and situated strategies for resisting racism and imperialism.
Essays and poems explore the contemporary relevance of Emerson’s work and thought.
Ten contemporary plays that dramatize the volatile relationships between Blacks and Jews in American society.
Explores the role of the literary protest essay in addressing social divisions in the United States.
Examines Sukenick's role in reshaping the American literary tradition.
Argues that Jackson's anticipation of postmodernism ranks her among the most significant writers of her time.
A history professor experiences disturbing parallels between the furor over hiring decisions and an alleged case of sexual harassment on his own campus, and the harassment of an anarchist commune on south Puget Sound in 1902.
Explores and critiques the metaphysics and ideology of the visionary moment as a convention in twentieth-century American fiction, from the standpoint of postmodernism.
In this darkly satirical novel, a Columbia University English professor's life is turned upside down when it starts to follow the plot of Shakespeare's sonnets.
Examines the tendency of post-World War II writers to rewrite earlier narratives by Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, and others.
Collected essays by noted scholars covering the breadth and influence of Kurt Vonnegut's literature.
Attempts to understand recent changes in the canon of American literature through the aid of psychoanalytic theory.
Explores the way chaos theory is incorporated in the work of such writers as Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Don DeLillo, and Michael Crichton.
An unusual, deft, often piercing meditation on storytelling, ethnicity, and the Italian/American experience.
Explores the complex ways in which Blacks and Jews have portrayed each other in recent American literature.
Through detailed readings and interviews, this book provides a valuable introduction to feminist language-poets and to some of the most compelling issues in contemporary poetry.
Focuses on the role of shame and trauma as it looks at issues of race, class, color, and caste in the novels of Toni Morrison.
Challenging the neglected aspects of American poetry.
Examines Philip Roth's use of Jewish ideas and materials in his novels, considering also the responses to Roth's work and his relations with the Jewish community and contemporary Jewish writers.
Explores the many faces of power as revealed in twentieth-century Spanish-American fiction.
In this detective novel set in a small, intense seminar, eight students study what their professor regards as the central mystery of human nature: the uniqueness of the individual. One morning a woman ...
These autobiographies illustrate the emergence of American women from their traditional position of dependence and legal and social inequality. Here are five women of the nineteenth and early twentieth ...
Examines the works of seven Adirondack writers.