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The Waste Fix: Seizures of the Sacred from Upton Sinclair to the Sopranos

The Waste Fix: Seizures of the Sacred from Upton Sinclair to the Sopranos

1st Edition

Forthcoming

William G. Little
June 30, 2020

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Promiscuity in Western Literature

Promiscuity in Western Literature

1st Edition

Peter Stoneley
February 17, 2020

Poet and novelist Charles Bukowski described promiscuity as "feast and feast and feast." The promiscuous person is having fun, getting away with it, and showing no signs of stopping. More often, though, promiscuity has been seen as demonic, as the sign of an uncivilised race, or as a symptom of...

Double Trouble: The Doppelgänger from Romanticism to Postmodernism

Double Trouble: The Doppelgänger from Romanticism to Postmodernism

1st Edition

Eran Dorfman
January 22, 2020

The double, doppelgänger, is mostly understood as a peculiar figure that emerged in nineteenth-century Romantic and gothic literature. Far from being a merely esoteric entity, however, this book argues that the double, although it mostly goes unnoticed, is a widespread phenomenon that has...

Literary Twinship from Shakespeare to the Age of Cloning

Literary Twinship from Shakespeare to the Age of Cloning

1st Edition

Wieland Schwanebeck
January 07, 2020

Unlike previous efforts that have only addressed literary twinship as a footnote to the doppelganger motif, this book makes a case for the complexity of literary twinship across the literary spectrum. It shows how twins have been instrumental to the formation of comedies of mistaken identity, the...

Knots: Post-Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Literature and Film

Knots: Post-Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Literature and Film

1st Edition

JEAN MICHEL RABATE
November 11, 2019

This collection of specially commissioned essays offers a wide array of new psychoanalytic approaches impacted by Lacanian theory, queer studies, post-colonial studies, feminism, and deconstruction in the domains of film and literature. We have witnessed a remarkable return to psychoanalysis in...

The Other Orpheus: A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality

The Other Orpheus: A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality

1st Edition

Merrill Cole
September 18, 2019

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Agamben’s Political Ontology of Nudity in Literature and Art

Agamben’s Political Ontology of Nudity in Literature and Art

1st Edition

Frances Restuccia
June 03, 2019

This volume develops the central (though neglected) Agambenian concept of nudity along with its crucial political implications. The book discovers within The Use of Bodies a philosophical path to Agamben’s "ontology of nudity," as it is subtended by his notion of the messianic—a dual temporality of...

Conceptualisation and Exposition: A Theory of Character Construction

Conceptualisation and Exposition: A Theory of Character Construction

1st Edition

Lina Varotsi
May 02, 2019

While the concept of the fictional character has been widely discussed at interdisciplinary level, a foundational theory of character creation is yet to follow. As a result, creative writing students and beginner writers refer to post-construction analysis, as well as the step-by-step advice often...

Narrative Reliability, Racial Conflicts and Ideology in the Modern Novel

Narrative Reliability, Racial Conflicts and Ideology in the Modern Novel

1st Edition

Marta Puxan-Oliva
March 12, 2019

How does racial ideology contribute to the exploration of narrative voice? How does narrative (un)reliability help in the production and critique of racial ideologies? Through a refreshing comparative analysis of well-established novels by Joseph Conrad, William Faulkner, James Weldon Johnson,...

Figures of Finance Capitalism: Writing, Class and Capital in Mid-Victorian Narratives

Figures of Finance Capitalism: Writing, Class and Capital in Mid-Victorian Narratives

1st Edition

Borislav Knezevic
January 17, 2019

Figures of Finance Capitalism brings into focus Victorian narratives by major middle-class writers in which the workings of finance capitalism are prominently featured, and reads this interest in finance capitalism in the context of middle-class misgivings about a class system still dominated by a...

California and the Melancholic American Identity in Joan Didion’s Novels: Exiled from Eden

California and the Melancholic American Identity in Joan Didion’s Novels: Exiled from Eden

1st Edition

Katarzyna Nowak McNeice
December 11, 2018

California and the Melancholic American Identity in Joan Didion’s Novels: Exiled from Eden focuses on the concept of Californian identity in the fiction of Joan Didion. This identity is understood as melancholic, in the sense that the critics following the tradition of both Sigmund Freud and...

Cultural Evolution and its Discontents: Cognitive Overload, Parasitic Cultures, and the Humanistic Cure

Cultural Evolution and its Discontents: Cognitive Overload, Parasitic Cultures, and the Humanistic Cure

1st Edition

Robert N. Watson
November 26, 2018

People worry that computers, robots, interstellar aliens, or Satan himself – brilliant, stealthy, ruthless creatures – may seize control of our world and destroy what’s uniquely valuable about the human race. Cultural Evolution and its Discontents shows that our cultural systems – especially those...

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