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.

Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture

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

Aging by the Book

Uncovers the origins of midlife anxiety in Victorian print culture.

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.

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.

Romantic Psychoanalysis

By Joel Faflak
Subjects: Literature

How the Romantics invented psychoanalysis in advance of Freud.

Eternal Bonds, True Contracts

By A. G. Harmon
Subjects: Literature

Uses legal and literary resources to explore Shakespeare's use of the law and its instruments in the problem plays.

Anglo-Saxon Styles

Considers the definitions and implications of style in Anglo-Saxon art and literature.

Rereading George Eliot

A noted Eliot scholar explores how we become different interpreters of literature as we undergo psychological change.

The Christian Wordsworth, 1798-1805

Traces the evolution of Wordsworth's religious attitudes from his revisions of The Ruined Cottage to the completion of The Prelude.

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.

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 ...