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Emerson in Iran
Emerson in Iran (June 2019)
The American Appropriation of Persian Poetry


Examines the impact of Persian poetry in the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Emerson in Iran is the first full-length study of Persian influence in the work of the seminal American poet, philosopher, and translator, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Extending the current trend in transnational studies back to the figural origins of both the United States and Iran, Roger Sedarat’s insightful comparative readings of Platonism and Su...(Read More)
 
 
Animating Black and Brown Liberation
Animating Black and Brown Liberation (April 2019)
A Theory of American Literatures
Michael Datcher - Author

Offers a new framework for reading American literatures that critically links African American and Latinx traditions and struggles for liberation.

Animating Black and Brown Liberation introduces a vital new tool for reading American literatures. Rooted in both ancient Egyptian ideas about life and cutting-edge theories of animacy, or levels of aliveness, this tool—ankhing—enables Michael Datcher to examine th...(Read More)
 
 
Bootlegger of the Soul
Bootlegger of the Soul (October 2018)
The Literary Legacy of William Kennedy
Suzanne Lance - Editor
Paul Grondahl - Editor

A celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who put Albany on the world’s literary map.

Award-winning novelist William Kennedy is perhaps best known for his Albany Cycle, a series of novels that put Albany on the world’s literary map alongside James Joyce’s Dublin, Gabriel García Márquez’s Macondo, and William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County. Bootlegger of the Soul off...(Read More)
 
 
Multicultural Poetics
Multicultural Poetics (January 2018)
Re-visioning the American Canon
Nissa Parmar - Author

Argues that multiculturalism and hybridity are key components of the nation’s poetry and its culture.

Multicultural Poetics provides a new perspective on American poetry that will contribute to the evolution of contemporary critical practice. Nissa Parmar combines formalist analysis with cultural studies theory to trace a lineage of hybrid poetry from the American Renaissance to what Marilyn Chin deemed America&rsqu...(Read More)
 
 
College Bound
College Bound (November 2017)
The Pursuit of Education in Jewish American Literature, 1896-1944
Dan Shiffman - Author

Argues that first- and second-generation Jewish American writers had an ambivalent relationship with educational success.

Jewish American immigrants and their children have been stereotyped as exceptional educational achievers, with attendance at prestigious universities leading directly to professional success. In College Bound, Dan Shiffman uses literary accounts to show that American Jews’ relationship wi...(Read More)
 
 
Toward a Non-humanist Humanism
Toward a Non-humanist Humanism (September 2017)
Theory after 9/11
William V. Spanos - Author

Assesses the limits and possibilities of humanism for engaging with issues of pressing political and cultural concern.
In his book The End of Education: Toward Posthumanism, William V. Spanos critiqued the traditional Western concept of humanism, arguing that its origins are to be found not in ancient Greece’s love of truth and wisdom, but in the Roman imperial era, when those Greek values were adapted in the servi...(Read More)
 
 
Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka, and Scientific Imagination
Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka, and Scientific Imagination (March 2017)
David N. Stamos - Author

Silver Medalist – 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in the Philosophy category

Explores the science and creative process behind Poe’s cosmological treatise.

In 1848, almost a year and a half before Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of forty, his book Eureka was published. In it, he weaved together his scientific speculations about t...(Read More)
 
 
The Love of Ruins
The Love of Ruins (March 2017)
Letters on Lovecraft
Scott Cutler Shershow - Author
Scott Michaelsen - Author

Explores issues related to race and religion in Lovecraft criticism.

Today, H. P. Lovecraft is both more popular and controversial than ever: the influence of his “Cthulhu mythos” is everywhere in popular culture, his cosmic pessimism has reemerged as a major theme in contemporary philosophy, and his racism continues to spark controversy in the media. The Love of Ruins takes a fresh look at a figure widely ack...(Read More)
 
 
Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies
Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies (April 2015)
Female Desire in 1940s US Culture
Steven Dillon - Author

2015 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

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

Popular culture in the 1940s is organized as patriarchal theater. Men gaze upon, evaluate, and coerce women, who are obliged in their turn to put themselves on sexual display. In such a thoroughly patriarchal society, what happens to female sex...(Read More)
 
 
Sufism and American Literary Masters
Sufism and American Literary Masters (November 2014)
Mehdi Aminrazavi - Editor
Jacob Needleman - Foreword by

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

This book reveals the rich, but generally unknown, influence of Sufism on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature. The translation of Persian poets such as Hafiz and Sa’di into English and the ongoing popularity of Omar Khayyam offered intriguing new spiritual perspectives to some of the major American literary figur...(Read More)
 
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