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Urban Captivity Narratives: Women’s Writing After 9/11

Urban Captivity Narratives: Women’s Writing After 9/11

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Heather Hillsburg
August 19, 2019

Evolving from a rigorous study of post-9/11 women's writing, Dr. Heather Hillsburg's new monograph identifies an emerging genre, which she names Urban Captivity Narratives. Using examples ranging from memoir to young adult fiction, each of the texts examined in the study follows a female...

The Humanist (Re)Turn: Reclaiming the Self in Literature

The Humanist (Re)Turn: Reclaiming the Self in Literature

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Michael Bryson
August 19, 2019

The exciting new book argues for a renewed emphasis on humanism--contrary to the trend of post-humanism, or what Neema Parvini calls "the anti-humanism" of the last several decades of literary and theoretical scholarship. In this trail-blazing study, Michael Bryson argues for this renewal of...

David Foster Wallace and the Body

David Foster Wallace and the Body

1st Edition

Peter Sloane
May 22, 2019

David Foster Wallace and the Body is the first full-length study to focus on Wallace’s career-long fascination with the human body and the textual representation of the body. The book provides engaging, accessible close readings that highlight the importance of the overlooked, and yet central theme...

Haruki Murakami: Storytelling and Productive Distance

Haruki Murakami: Storytelling and Productive Distance

1st Edition

Chikako Nihei
May 14, 2019

Haruki Murakami: Storytelling and Productive Distance studies the evolution of the monogatari, or narrative and storytelling in the works of Haruki Murakami. Author Chikako Nihei argues that Murakami’s power of monogatari lies in his use of distancing effects; storytelling allows individuals to "...

Origin and Ellipsis in the Writing of Hilary Mantel: An Elliptical Dialogue with the Thinking of Jacques Derrida

Origin and Ellipsis in the Writing of Hilary Mantel: An Elliptical Dialogue with the Thinking of Jacques Derrida

1st Edition

Eileen Pollard
April 16, 2019

Origin and Ellipsis in the Writing of Hilary Mantel provokes a re-engagement with Derrida’s thinking in contemporary literature, with particular emphasis on the philosopher’s preoccupation with the process of writing. This is the first book-length study of Mantel’s writing, not just in terms of...

Transmodern Perspectives on Contemporary Literatures in English

Transmodern Perspectives on Contemporary Literatures in English

1st Edition

Jessica Aliaga-Lavrijsen, José María Yebra-Pertusa
March 27, 2019

Transmodern Perspectives on Contemporary Literatures in English offers a constructive dialogue on the concept of the transmodern, focusing on the works by very different contemporary authors from all over the world, such as: Chimanda Ngozi Adichie, Margaret Atwood, Sebastian Barry, A. S. Byatt,...

George R.R. Martin and the Fantasy Form

George R.R. Martin and the Fantasy Form

1st Edition

Joseph Rex Young
March 18, 2019

Using the frameworks of literary theory relevant to modern fantasy, Dr. Joseph Young undertakes a compelling examination of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and his employment of the structural demands and thematic aptitudes of his chosen genre. Examining Martin’s approaches to his...

Extreme States: The Evolution of American Transgressive Fiction 1960-2000

Extreme States: The Evolution of American Transgressive Fiction 1960-2000

1st Edition

Coco d'Hont
November 26, 2018

Transgressive fiction explores the crossing of boundaries. Because of its extreme content and style, it is often considered controversial. However, transgressive fiction is not just shocking or disruptive. It is a continuation of an American tradition of creating culture through the crossing of...

Theorizing Ethnicity and Nationality in the Chick Lit Genre

Theorizing Ethnicity and Nationality in the Chick Lit Genre

1st Edition

Erin Hurt
November 05, 2018

Scholars and readers alike need little help identifying the infamous Bridget Jones or Carrie Bradshaw. While it is no stretch to say that these fictional characters are the most recognizable within the chic lit genre, there are certainly many others that have helped define this body of work. While...

From the Delivered to the Dispatched: Masculinity in Modern American Fiction (1969-1977)

From the Delivered to the Dispatched: Masculinity in Modern American Fiction (1969-1977)

1st Edition

Harriet Stilley
October 25, 2018

From the Delivered to the Dispatched: Masculinity in Modern American Fiction (1969-1977) focuses on masculinity in late twentieth-century American fiction. This rigorous study shows the ways post-war American authors engage with the tension between capitalist consumer culture and traditional...

Poetry Against the World: Philip Larkin and Charles Tomlinson in Contemporary Britain

Poetry Against the World: Philip Larkin and Charles Tomlinson in Contemporary Britain

1st Edition

Magdalena Kay
October 18, 2018

Poetry Against the World: Philip Larkin and Charles Tomlinson in Contemporary Britain brings together two major poets, who espouse opposite aesthetic ambitions, yet are both taken as paragons of Englishness, in order to ask how they pitch their poetry against an inhospitable world. This book...

Prequels, Coquels and Sequels in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction

Prequels, Coquels and Sequels in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction

1st Edition

Armelle Parey
August 22, 2018

This book offers to delineate a key phenomenon in contemporary Anglophone fiction: novel expansion, when the plot and characters from a finished novel are retrieved to be developed in new adventures set before, after or during the narrative time of the source-text. If autographic and allographic...

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