First comprehensive account of the figure of the Irish Celt in modern British and Irish literature.
Forges a fresh interpretation of Charlotte Brontë’s oeuvre as a response to ecological instability.
Examines how literature mediated a convergence of militarism and medicine in Victorian culture that continues into the present via a widespread martial metaphor.
Highlights connections between authors rarely studied together by exposing their shared counternarratives to germ theory's implicit suggestion of protection in isolation.
An original critical introduction to women characters in the novels of Jane Austen.
Examines Victorian conceptions of home and identity by looking at portrayals and accounts of middle-class emigration to Australia.
Examines the importance of fetishism in nineteenth-century cultural theory.
Explores Victorian responses to death and burial in literature, journalism, and legal writing.
Uncovers the origins of midlife anxiety in Victorian print culture.
Argues that Byron’s popularity marked the beginning of celebrity as a cultural identity.
Examines affect and the significance of space and place in the first six Canterbury Tales.
Examines the body in literature and science in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe.
Turns a spotlight on the Victorian love affair with Scotland.
How Victorians reacted to the new sciences of geology and archaeology.
From explorers’ accounts to boys’ adventure fiction, how Arctic exploration served as a metaphor for nation-building and empire in nineteenth-century Britain.
How the Romantics invented psychoanalysis in advance of Freud.
How cholera epidemics affected Victorian perceptions of the body and the nation.
Traces Woolf’s persistent yet vexed fascination with nineteenth-century descriptions of English domesticity and female creativity.
Offers an explanation for the poet's mysterious and longstanding preoccupation with death and grief.
Recovers a dynamic women’s tradition of vision and sexuality, challenging Darwinian and Freudian accounts of women as nonvisual sexual agents.
Explains why poetry gave way to the realist novel as the dominant literary form in nineteenth-century England.
Addresses how Victorian receptions of Romanticism and Romantic writers were shaped by notions of "nervousness. "
Uncovers the vital role that new scientific discoveries played in Romantic literary culture.
Examines recent Austen remakes as well as other “post-heritage” films and television shows to show how the past is reshaped for a contemporary market.
Explores the various representations and imaginations of London in literature and popular culture, from Victorian times to the present day.
Explores the continuing relevance of important political themes in five of Shakespeare's English History plays.
Explores the hidden political and ethical dimensions of the work of Samuel Beckett, an author who might otherwise be considered indifferent to such considerations.
Offers a striking new interpretation of Beckett's major fiction, demonstrating how his development as a writer was shaped by shifting twentieth-century ideas about the social function of literature.
An anthology of literary essays focusing on the ways in which sexual, emotional, physical, racial, and other forms of violence have affected women artists' imaginations.
Establishes Blake’s controversial, unfinished epic, The Four Zoas, as the culmination of his mythos.
This book traces the development of alchemical discourse in the work of W. B. Yeats. His early essays and Golden Dawn transcripts demonstrate that for the poet, the alchemist was both artist and initiate. ...
This book argues that play offered Hamlet, John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, Robert Burton, and Sir Thomas Browne a way to live within the contradictions and conflicts of late Renaissance life ...
In a unique study of Anglo-Jewish writers in the post-war period, Dr. Sicher traces through their works the story of the rise of the Jewish community from slum poverty to suburban affluence. This period ...