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The Promise of Friendship
Argues that friendship is the gift of a world that is not one's own and that transforms one's world in unforseeable ways.
Struck by Apollo
Retraces Hölderlin's journeys to Bordeaux and back in 1801–02, explaining why they are turning points in the great poet's life.
Offers a new, Spinozist framework for understanding encounters with otherness in Romantic literature as experiences of immanence.
Spanish American Literature in the Age of Machines and Other Essays
Brings together and makes available in English for the first time some of Ángel Rama’s most important essays.
Explores the various ways in which poetic and philosophical writing meet in texts by, and on, Paul Celan.
Explores how popular novels, short stories, and television shows from the United States and Britain illustrate the positive effects of feminism and promote gender equity.
Poetics of the Local
Considers how Irish poets have drawn on discourses of locality to articulate new forms of place and belonging amid Ireland’s transforming global identity.
A wide-ranging overview of contemporary literary works by LGBTQ Appalachians with a focus on LGBTQ themes and characters.
The Other Synaesthesia
Reconsiders the figure of synaesthesia, understood as the combination of the senses and of the arts, in philosophy and literature.
A Bastard Kind of Reasoning
Ranges widely and deeply across William Blake's oeuvre to show how his post-Newtonian vision of space-time anticipates Einsteinian relativity.
Explores how Victorian women writers used the popular science of phrenology to challenge socially constructed forms of power.
Black in Print
Explores the role of print media in conversations about race and belonging across Central America.
A Latin American Existentialist Ethos
Examines twentieth-century Mexican literature and philosophy within the broad panorama of Latin American and European existentialisms.
The Chinese Love Story from the Tenth to the Fourteenth Century
Traces the development of the Chinese love story during the Song and Yuan dynasties.
Explores the writer's enduring literary and political legacy.
This Side of Philosophy
Assesses a distinct style of thinking in twentieth-century Spanish writing, one in which literature plays a central role in reaching behind philosophy to essential sources of life and meaning.
Dialogue on the Threshold
A reconstruction and critical interpretation of Heidegger's remarkable relationship to the poet Georg Trakl.
Examines the fascination with identity fraud in sensation fiction and Victorian culture more broadly.
Relocating the Sacred
Maps manifestations of the sacred and religious syncretism in Afro-Brazilian cultural forms.
Accumulation and Subjectivity
Reconsiders key concepts in Marxist thought by examining the relationship between accumulation and subjectivity in Latin American narrative, film, and social and political theory.
Between Camp and Cursi
Examines how contemporary Mexican literature uses humor to contest heteronormativity.
Playing Games in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America
Illuminates the ways games—from baseball cards to board games, charades to boxing, and croquet to strategies of war—were integral to nineteenth-century life and culture in the United States and Britain.
The Tyranny of Common Sense
Elucidates how neoliberalism rules all areas of life and operates as a form of common sense, taking Mexico as a case study.
Lives beyond Borders
Examines how contemporary US migrant women's life writing adapts autobiographical genres to call for social change benefiting minoritized communities.
Literature and Skepticism
Examines the skeptical foundations of literature in order to reassess the status of fiction.
Smooth Operating and Other Social Acts
An engaging homage to African American resilience and resourcefulness in US literature and culture.
Through the Periscope
Offers a wider approach to Italian American culture, one that stresses both its material, urban components and the creativity of its formal literary codes.
A Black Forest Walden
Compares life today in the German Black Forest with Thoreau's experiences at Walden Pond.
Holocaust Consciousness and Cold War Violence in Latin America
Examines how community leaders, writers, and political activists facing state repression in Latin America have drawn on and debated the validity of Holocaust terms to describe human rights atrocities in their own countries.
Traces literary and social connections among three American women navigating the changing political landscape of 1860s and '70s Italy.
Tales from Du Bois
Offers a new framework for understanding Du Bois's poetics and politics, including the concept of double consciousness, by tracing the trope of the cross-caste romance across his fiction.
Barcelona, City of Comics
Explores the close relationship between comics and urbanism in one of Europe's most notable global cities.
Examines emerging new materialist and posthuman conceptions of subjectivity and agency, and explores their increasing significance for contemporary climate change environmentalism.
Flesh of My Flesh
Examines representations of sexual violence in modern Hebrew literature, focusing on the ways in which sexual aggression relates to Zionism, gender, ethnicity, and disability.
Poetics of Breathing
A comparative study of breath and breathing as a core poetic and compositional principle in modern literature.
Hegel on Tragedy and Comedy
Explores the full extent of Hegel’s interest in tragedy and comedy throughout his works and extends from more literary and dramatic issues to questions about the role these genres play in the history of society and religion.
Avant-Gardes in Crisis
Charts underexamined genealogies of minoritarian aesthetic responses to the multiple crises of the long 1970s.
Explores Elie Wiesel’s portraits of the sages of Judaism and elaborates on the Hasidic legacy from his life and his teaching.
Premises and Problems
Discusses world literature and cinema from the perspective of literary languages and film traditions that do not hold a hegemonic position.
Examines how Indigenous figures used British Romantic poetry in their interactions with settler governments and publics.
Taxation in Utopia
An interdisciplinary exploration of utopian political philosophy from the neglected perspective of taxation.
The first volume in English to explore the cultural impact of Haiti on the surrounding Spanish-speaking nations of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
Explores the role of travel and translation in Brazilian literature and culture from the 1870s to the present.
Against the Despotism of Fact
First comprehensive account of the figure of the Irish Celt in modern British and Irish literature.
Explores how Didion's nonfiction prose style, often lauded for being beautiful and poetic, also works rhetorically.
Traces the controversial poet’s thinking about teaching and learning throughout his career.
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.
Teardrops of Time
Investigates how the Thai poet Angkarn Kallayanapong adapts Buddhist concepts of time to create a modern Asian aesthetic imaginary.
Charlotte Brontë at the Anthropocene
Forges a fresh interpretation of Charlotte Brontë’s oeuvre as a response to ecological instability.
The Blossom Which We Are
Charts the vicissitudes of a distinctly modern and peculiarly human vulnerability—our intimate dependence on the fragile, time-bound cultural framework that we inhabit—in the history of the realist novel.
The Awakening of Modern Japanese Fiction
Argues that the role of Buddhism in modern Japanese prose literature has been significantly overlooked.
A portrait of Israeli literature in its full transnational and multilingual complexity.
Beyond Gold and Diamonds
The first book to examine and establish characteristics of the British South African novel.
Analyzes how literary representations of suicide have reinforced antiblackness in the modern world.
The World of Agha Shahid Ali
Critical essays on the transnational Kashmiri-American poet.
An authoritative biography of the dean of American proletarian writers during the interwar years.
Changed Forever, Volume II
The second volume of the first in-depth study of a range of literature written by Native Americans who attended government-run boarding schools.
Examines literary expressions of allyship between Italian America and other diasporic communities in modern and contemporary US fiction.
The Play of Light
Juxtaposes five contemporary French poets, illuminating the philosophical elements of their work while making their sometimes difficult writing newly accessible.
Modernity as Exception and Miracle
Proposes "the extraordinary" as a defining characteristic of modernity.
A study of novelty through analyses of the language of announcement in revolutionary texts.
Image and Argument in Plato's Republic
Argues that images are at the heart of the dialogue’s philosophical argumentation.
Black Cultural Mythology
Offers a new conceptual framework rooted in mythological analysis to ground the field of Africana cultural memory studies.
A Permanent Beginning
Situates a Hasidic master in the context of his time, demonstrating his formative influence on Jewish literary modernity.
The Space of Disappearance
Examines the evolution of disappearance as a formal narrative and epistemological phenomenon in late twentieth-century Argentine fiction.
Argues that the descriptions of buildings frequently encountered in Victorian novels offer more than evocative settings for characters and plot; instead, such descriptions signal these novels' self-reflexive consideration of the structure itself.
Capital in the Mirror
Analyzes contemporary capitalism through the products of culture and art for fresh insight into emancipatory possibilities concealed within capitalism’s darkest dynamics.
Examines representations of surplus enjoyment in postcolonial literature and film to focus on self-other relations rather than difference.
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.
DIY on the Lower East Side
Engaging look at Lower East Side writers and artists in the wake of the 1975 New York fiscal crisis.
Off the Derech
Combines powerful first-person accounts with incisive scholarly analysis to understand the phenomenon of ultra-Orthodox Jews who leave their insular communities and venture into the wider world.
Revisits a foundational moment in Argentine history to demonstrate how the crisis of modernity opened up new possibilities for imagining kinship otherwise.
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.
Examines the relation between Indian diplomacy and nineteenth-century Native American literature.
Examines the concept of a poetics of vacancy in Romantic-era literature.
Argues that the photographic negative gives a new way of understanding Victorian debates surrounding origins and copies as well as reality and representation.
Forms of Disappointment
Analyzes parallel developments in post–Cold War literature and film from Cuba and Angola to trace a shared history of revolutionary enthusiasm, disappointment, and solidarity.
An Ethic of Innocence
Offers a feminist theory of ignorance that sheds light on the misunderstood or overlooked epistemic practices of women in literature.
The Autobiography of a Language
Explores the links between language, cultural identity, and creativity through the works of Emanuel Carnevali, one of the first Italian American authors to attain literary recognition.
Investigates how depictions of young people in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America use artifice to destabilize pre-existing narratives of truth, news, and fact.
The Struggle for Understanding
An in-depth look at Elie Wiesel’s writings, from his earliest works to his final novels.
An engaging and insightful guide to Argentine crime fiction since 2000.
Analyzes audio recordings of interwar Hebrew plays, providing a new model for the use of sound in theater studies.
Legacies of the Sublime
Pairs literary works with philosophical and theoretical texts to examine how the Kantian sublime influenced authors in their treatments of freedom and subjectivity through the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Emerson in Iran
Examines the impact of Persian poetry in the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage
Explores the wide-ranging impact of the Mexican Revolution on global cinema and Western intellectual thought.
New Directions in Jewish American and Holocaust Literatures
Surveys the current state of Jewish American and Holocaust literatures as well as approaches to teaching them.
Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality in France
An interdisciplinary examination of French fashion, modernity, and materiality from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.
Recovering Lost Footprints, Volume 2
Analyzes contemporary Yucatecan and Chiapanecan Maya narratives.
Analyzes literary and cultural representations of iconic Mexican women to explore how these reimaginings can undermine or perpetuate gender norms in contemporary Mexico.
Examines how Jewish women have used poetry to challenge their historical limitations while rewriting their potential futures.
Signatures of Struggle
A Marxist history of Israeli literature, tracing the relations between economic, social, and aesthetic transformations.
Argues that Jewish writers used depictions of Jews as animals to question prevalent notions of Jewish identity.
Writing the Talking Cure
Explores Yalom’s profound contributions to psychotherapy and literature.
Animating Black and Brown Liberation
Offers a new framework for reading American literatures that critically links African American and Latinx traditions and struggles for liberation.
States of Grace
Provides in-depth analyses of key moments in Brazilian utopianism, including theologico-political, matriarchal, environmental, and work-free utopias.
Echoes of a Queer Messianic
Reconsiders mostly German narratives from around 1800 to recover echoes of a queer messianic that still resonate today.
Argues that multiculturalism and hybridity are key components of the nation’s poetry and its culture.
Reading for the Moral
Reassesses didacticism in seventeenth-century Chinese vernacular fiction and challenges the view that the late Ming was a notoriously immoral time.
Demonstrates how film adaptations intersect with feminist discourse in neoliberal Mexico.