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The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature
The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature (June 2009)
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor
Gary Storhoff - Editor

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

The encounter between Buddhism and American literature has been a powerful one for both parties. While Buddhism fueled the Beat movement’s resounding critique of the United States as a spiritually dead society, Beat writers and others have shaped how Buddhism has been presented to ...(Read More)
 
 
The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita (March 2009)
Twenty-fifth–Anniversary Edition
Winthrop Sargeant - Translator
Huston Smith - Foreword by
Christopher Key Chapple - Edited and with a preface by

An interlinear edition of the spiritual classic that provides devanagari, transliterated Sanskrit, and English versions of the Gītā.

For years, this edition of the Bhagavad Gītā has allowed all those with a lively interest in this spiritual classic to come into direct contact with the richness and resonance of the original text. Winthrop Sargeant’s interlinear edition provides a word-for-w...(Read More)
 
 
Belonging Too Well
Belonging Too Well (March 2009)
Portraits of Identity in Cynthia Ozick's Fiction
Miriam Sivan - Author

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

In Belonging Too Well, Miriam Sivan draws on contemporary literary theory as well as traditional Jewish texts and culture to explore the question of identity in Cynthia Ozick’s fiction. Many critics have pointed to a split in Ozick&rs...(Read More)
 
 
Locating Race
Locating Race (January 2009)
Global Sites of Post-Colonial Citizenship
Malini Johar Schueller - Author

Pinpoints the limits of many current globalization theories in challenging racial oppression, and argues instead for local and situated strategies for resisting racism and imperialism.

Locating Race provides a powerful critique of theories and fictions of globalization that privilege migration, transnationalism, and flows. Malini Johar Schueller argues that in order to resist racism and imperialism in the Un...(Read More)
 
 
The Gita within Walden
The Gita within Walden (November 2008)
Paul Friedrich - Author

Looks at the connections between Thoreau’s Walden and the work that influenced it, the Bhagavad-Gita.

This book explores and interprets the myriad connections between two spiritual classics, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and the Bhagavad-Gita. Evidence shows that Thoreau took the Gita with him when he moved to Walden Pond, and the books have much in common, touching on ultimate ethical and met...(Read More)
 
 
Herman Melville and the American Calling
Herman Melville and the American Calling (August 2008)
The Fiction after Moby-Dick, 1851-1857
William V. Spanos - Author

Argues that Herman Melville’s later work anticipates the resurgence of an American exceptionalist ethos underpinning the U.S.-led global “war on terror.”

Oriented by the new Americanist perspective, this book constitutes a rereading of Herman Melville’s most prominent fiction after Moby-Dick. In contrast to prior readings of this fiction, William V. Spanos’s interpretation takes ...(Read More)
 
 
New Morning
New Morning (August 2008)
Emerson in the Twenty-first Century
Arthur S. Lothstein - Editor
Michael Brodrick - Editor

Essays and poems explore the contemporary relevance of Emerson’s work and thought.

New Morning brings together philosophers, poets, and literary critics to celebrate and engage the ideas of the great American writer and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson’s legacy influences many areas; he was a champion of democracy and civil rights, a naturalist, an idealist, an artist, a writer, and a...(Read More)

 
 
William Cullen Bryant
William Cullen Bryant (May 2008)
Author of America
Gilbert H. Muller - Author

2008 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

A biography of one of nineteenth-century America’s foremost poets and public intellectuals.

Proclaimed by James Fenimore Cooper to be “the author of America,” William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878) was one of nineteenth-century America’s foremost poets and public intellectuals. In this, the first major biography of Bryant...(Read More)
 
 
American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization
American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization (January 2008)
The Specter of Vietnam
William V. Spanos - Author

Connects the American exceptionalist ethos to the violence in Vietnam and the Middle East.

In American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization, William V. Spanos explores three writers—Graham Greene, Philip Caputo, and Tim O’Brien—whose work devastatingly critiques the U.S. intervention in Vietnam and exposes the brutality of the Vietnam War. Utilizing poststructuralist theory, particular...(Read More)
 
 
Religion without Belief
Religion without Belief (November 2007)
Contemporary Allegory and the Search for Postmodern Faith
Jeanne Ellen Petrolle - Author

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

In our present cultural moment, when God is supposed to be dead and metaphysical speculation unfashionable, why does postmodern fiction—in a variety of genres—make such frequent use of the ancient rhetorical form of allegory? In Religion without Belief, Jean Ellen Petrolle argues that contrary to popular understandings o...(Read More)
 
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