Literary Criticism

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Freedom from the Free Will

Brings Kafka’s fiction into conversation with philosophy and political theory.

Radical Poetry

Engages in a critical reanalysis of historical Ibero-American experimental poetry in order to demonstrate how the contemporary digital vanguard owes much to this tradition.

Romantic Mediations

Investigates the ways in which new technologies and theories of photography, phonography, moving images, and digital media engage with a diverse set of texts by British Romantic writers.

Rhetorical Healing

Reveals the rhetorical strategies African American writers have used to promote Black women’s recovery and wellness through educational and entertainment genres and the conservative gender politics that are distributed when these efforts are sold for public consumption.

Malady and Genius

Analyzes the theme of self-sacrifice in Puerto Rican literature through psychoanalytic theory.

Libre Acceso

Analyzes the diverse roles and pervasive presence of disability in Latin American literature and film.

Two Confessions

First English translation of these important works by two of Spain’s most gifted writers and intellectuals.

Age Becomes Us

Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to further understandings of how aging and old age are created.

The Heart and the Island

Makes the case for a distinctly Sicilian American literature.

Explicit Utopias

Provides an incisive account of women’s porn and queer porn of the 1980s and 1990s.

New World Dharma

Interviews and profiles of spiritual and cultural figures influenced by Buddhism.

Writing Widowhood

By Jeffrey Berman
Subjects: Psychology

Explores how memoirs of widowhood can help us understand the reality of bereavement and the critical role of writing and reading in recovery.

Borges, the Jew

Explores Borges’ infatuation with Jewish history and culture.

Talking to the Gods

Explores occultism in the writings of four authors who were members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

From Comparison to World Literature

Reintroduces the concept of “world literature” in a truly global context, transcending past Eurocentrism.

Hartford's Ann Plato and the Native Borders of Identity

By Ron Welburn
Subjects: Literature

Upholds Ann Plato as a noteworthy nineteenth-century writer, while reexamining her life and writing from an American Indian perspective.

Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian

Discusses how contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern thinkers and artists are forging a new postmodern vision.

Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies

Provides encyclopedic coverage of female sexuality in 1940s popular culture.

Minima Cuba

Explores the ideological and emotional trauma created after the withering of the socialist utopia in Cuba.

Imagining the Postcolonial

By Jaime Hanneken
Subjects: Literature

A comparative study of Latin American and francophone postcoloniality.

Retrieving the Human

An interdisciplinary consideration of Paul Gilroy's contributions to cultural theory and understandings of modernity.

The Avowal of Difference

Discusses how theories of queer performativity, as articulated within the US Academy, are unable to capture the whole of Latino American queer subjectivity and experience.

In the Life and in the Spirit

Examines a range of fiction that challenges widespread assumptions about what it means to be a black person of faith.

Sufism and American Literary Masters

Explores the influence of Sufism on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century writers.

The Testimonial Uncanny

Examines how colonial and postcolonial violence is understood and conceptualized through Indigenous storytelling.

Passing Interest

Explores how the trope of racial passing continues to serve as a touchstone for gauging public beliefs and anxieties about race in this multiracial era.

The Aesthetics of the Ephemeral

Analyzes theatrical texts and performances while providing political and historical mappings.

Toni Morrison and the Queer Pleasure of Ghosts

By Juda Bennett
Subjects: Literature

Offers the first queer reading of all ten of Morrison's novels.

The Political Theory of Aristophanes

Examines the political dimensions of Aristophanes’ comic poetry.

Painting Modernism

Studies the influence of the plastic arts on the major writers of Latin American modernism.

Destiny Domesticated

Analyzes contemporary technological society through the lens of Greek tragedy.

Oshun's Daughters

Examines the ways in which the inclusion of African diasporic religious practices serves as a transgressive tool in narrative discourses in the Americas.

A Wizard of Their Age

Edited by Cecilia Konchar Farr
Subjects: Literature

A collection of student essays that captures the passionate engagement their generation brings to the Harry Potter phenomenon.

Language as Sin and Salvation: A Lectura of Inferno 18

Describes several key roles of Canto 18 in the structure of the Commedia.

A Human Necklace

By Moira Ferguson
Subjects: Literature

Argues that Paule Marshall’s work collectively constitutes a multigenerational saga of the African diaspora across centuries and continents.

Inhabiting La Patria

Examines the work of prolific Dominican American writer Julia Alvarez.

Fifties Ethnicities

Demonstrates how written and visual representations worked to construct definitions of ethnicity in midcentury America.

Redeeming Words

Probing study of how literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language.

Mutual Othering

Explores interactions between Europeans and Moroccans on both sides of the straits in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Kristeva's Fiction

Psychoanalytic perspectives on Kristeva's fiction.

Postmodernism, Traditional Cultural Forms, and African American Narratives

Examines how six writers reconfigure African American subjectivity in ways that recall postmodernist theory.

The Grasp That Reaches beyond the Grave

Explores Black women writers’ treatment of the ancestor figure.

The Better Story

Illuminates the emotional significance of stories in response to racial traumas related to the Middle East.

Black Harlem and the Jewish Lower East Side

Comprehensive analysis of how Harlem and the Lower East Side have been depicted over the course of the twentieth century in African American and Jewish American literature.

Derrida and Joyce

All of Derrida’s texts on Joyce together under one cover in fresh, new translations, along with key essays covering the range of Derrida’s engagement with Joyce’s works.

Songs Beyond Mankind: Poetry and the Lager from Dante to Primo Levi

Examines the preservation of the integrity of humanity through literature in the hells described by Dante in his Inferno and by Primo Levi in Survival in Auschwitz.

The Teller's Tale

Edited by Sophie Raynard
Subjects: Literature

Intriguing, updated portraits of classic fairy tale authors.

Rebellious Histories

Traces the emergence of creative texts focusing on the nineteenth-century slave trade to make sense of the radicalized effects of global capitalism.

Changing Women, Changing Nation

Analyzes the literary representations of women in Salvadoran and US-Salvadoran narratives since 1980.

Documents in Crisis

Examines the theory and practice of nonfiction narrative literature in twentieth-century Mexico.

Identity Papers

Argues that debates about Jewish identity and assimilation are signs of creative potential rather than crisis.

Friendship as a Way of Life

Develops Foucault’s late work on friendship into a novel critique of contemporary GLBT political strategy.

Federman's Fictions

Edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo
Introduction by Jeffrey R. Di Leo
Preface by Charles Bernstein
Afterword by Raymond Federman
Subjects: Literature

A comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most innovative writers and critics.

Antipodal England

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

Reading Human Nature

Showcases the latest developments in literary Darwinism, a powerful approach that integrates evolutionary social science with literary humanism.

Other Others

Looks at literary works from outside the Judeo-Christian tradition to test Levinas's notion of "the Other. "

Eros and the Intoxications of Enlightenment

Provocative reinterpretation of Plato's Symposium.

Terror and Irish Modernism

Presents a new genealogy and synoptic overview of modern Irish fiction.

Anachronism and Its Others

Traces the origins of contemporary analogies between queerness and blackness.

Policing Narratives and the State of Terror

Examines the recent “War on Terror” and the increasing privatization of international policing through the lens of detective fiction and security and espionage narratives.

Native Authenticity

A survey of current critical perspectives on how North American indigenous peoples are viewed and represented transnationally.

Representing Segregation

Examines racial segregation in literature and the cultural legacy of the Jim Crow era.

The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature

Looks at Buddhist influences in American literature and how literature has shaped the reception of Buddhism in North America.

Caribbean Genesis

Philosophical exploration of Jamaica Kincaid’s entire literary oeuvre.

Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture

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

Belonging Too Well

Shows how Ozick’s characters attempt to mediate a complex Jewish identity, one that bridges the differences between traditional Judaism and secular American culture.

Cuban-American Literature and Art

Explores how Cuban Americans negotiate bicultural identities through cultural production.

Vampire God

By Mary Y. Hallab
Subjects: Literature

Examines the enormous popular appeal of vampires from early Greek and Slavic folklore to present-day popular culture.

Womanist Forefathers

Traces a lineage of pro-feminist black men to two early radical proponents of female equality.

The Suffering Will Not Be Televised

Explores how the suffering of African American women has been minimized and obscured in U.S. culture.

Materializing Queer Desire

Uses iconic dandy and queer figures to explore relationships between homosexuality, modernism, and modernity.

Chaucerian Spaces

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

Otherwise Occupied

Questions whether current theories and pedagogies of alterity have allowed us truly to engage the Other.

Jacques Derrida's Ghost

A spirited reading of Derrida’s view of ethics as transcendental and performative.

Fairy Tales

Overturns traditional views of the origins of fairy tales and documents their actual origins and transmission.

Death in the Classroom

By Jeffrey Berman
Subjects: Psychology

Shows how death education can be brought from the healing professions to the literature classroom.

East-West Poetry

By Martin Bidney
Subjects: Literature

Poetry that responds to the Qur’an and to the tradition it created.

Religion without Belief

Shows there is a strong religious impulse in postmodern literature and film.

Three Kingdoms and Chinese Culture

A multi-disciplinary exploration of China’s first great classical novel, Three Kingdoms, and its influence on Chinese culture.

Memory of Touch, For Love of the Other

By Tahseen Bea
Subjects: Literature

Creates contexts for the body to interpret and reinterpret its experiences of touch.

Companion to Dante's Divine Comedy

An in-depth companion guide to Dante’s Divine Comedy.

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.

The African American Male, Writing, and Difference

Argues that African American literature must take into account the rich diversity of African American life and culture.

Disappearing Persons

Investigates the psychocultural crisis confronting our increasingly appearance-oriented, shame-driven society.

God's Voice from the Void

New and classic explorations of the work of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, a major Hasidic thinker, using a wide range of approaches.

Colonialism Past and Present

Critiques lingering manifestations of colonialism in contemporary Latin American scholarship.

Romancing the Cathedral

Through an analysis of political, art historical, and literary discourse, this book considers French fascination with the Gothic cathedral.

The Discourse of Enclosure

Examines representations of women and femininity in Old English poetry and prose.

Memory and Mastery

Interdisciplinary explorations into the work of one of the premier writer-survivors of the Holocaust.

Immemorial Silence

Treats time, eternity, language, and silence in an original way.

Zayas and Her Sisters, 2

A collection of essays on the novelist María de Zayas and other seventeenth century Spanish women writers.

Truth and the Comedic Art

By Michael Gelven
Subjects: Literature

A philosophical inquiry into the essence of comedy.

Facing Fascism and Confronting the Past

Examines German women's literary and cultural representations of the Nazi era.

The other Side of Desire

Explores Lacan's theory of the registers through readings of a wide variety of texts.

This Is No Place for a Woman

By Joya Uraizee
Subjects: Area Studies

Surveys the works of three important female writers of postcolonial societies.

Other Sexes

Explores alternatives to the gender binary in twentieth-century women's fiction.

D.H. Lawrence and the Paradoxes of Psychic Life

Explores the multiple, often contradictory identifications and fantasies that distinguish Lawrence's fiction, casting fresh light on his relationship with women.