English Literature

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Medicine Is War

Examines how literature mediated a convergence of militarism and medicine in Victorian culture that continues into the present via a widespread martial metaphor.

Kept from All Contagion

Highlights connections between authors rarely studied together by exposing their shared counternarratives to germ theory's implicit suggestion of protection in isolation.

Jane Austen's Women

An original critical introduction to women characters in the novels of Jane Austen.

Antipodal England

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

Victorian Fetishism

Examines the importance of fetishism in nineteenth-century cultural theory.

Literary Remains

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

Aging by the Book

Uncovers the origins of midlife anxiety in Victorian print culture.

Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture

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

Chaucerian Spaces

Examines affect and the significance of space and place in the first six Canterbury Tales.

Anxious Anatomy

Examines the body in literature and science in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe.

The Mighty Scot

Turns a spotlight on the Victorian love affair with Scotland.

Excavating Victorians

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

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.

Romantic Psychoanalysis

By Joel Faflak
Subjects: Literature

How the Romantics invented psychoanalysis in advance of Freud.

Cholera and Nation

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

Virginia Woolf and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Novel

Traces Woolf’s persistent yet vexed fascination with nineteenth-century descriptions of English domesticity and female creativity.

Buried Communities

By Kurt Fosso
Subjects: Literature

Offers an explanation for the poet's mysterious and longstanding preoccupation with death and grief.

The Language of the Eyes

Recovers a dynamic women’s tradition of vision and sexuality, challenging Darwinian and Freudian accounts of women as nonvisual sexual agents.

The Perversity of Poetry

Explains why poetry gave way to the realist novel as the dominant literary form in nineteenth-century England.

Nervous Reactions

Addresses how Victorian receptions of Romanticism and Romantic writers were shaped by notions of "nervousness. "

Romantic Science

Uncovers the vital role that new scientific discoveries played in Romantic literary culture.

Jane Austen and Co.

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.

Imagined Londons

Edited by Pamela K. Gilbert
Subjects: Literature

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

Shakespeare's Political Realism

By Tim Spiekerman
Subjects: Literature

Explores the continuing relevance of important political themes in five of Shakespeare's English History plays.

Engagement and Indifference

Explores the hidden political and ethical dimensions of the work of Samuel Beckett, an author who might otherwise be considered indifferent to such considerations.

Chronicles of Disorder

By David Weisberg
Subjects: Literature

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.

Creating Safe Space

Edited by Tomoko Kuribayashi & Julie Tharp
Subjects: 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.

Blake's Nostos

Establishes Blake’s controversial, unfinished epic, The Four Zoas, as the culmination of his mythos.

Yeats and Alchemy

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. ...

The Ludic Self in Seventeenth-Century English Literature

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 ...

Beyond Marginality

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 ...