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Shared Stages
Shared Stages (October 2007)
Ten American Dramas of Blacks and Jews
Sarah Blacher Cohen - Edited and with an introduction by
Joanne B. Koch - Edited and with an introduction by

Ten contemporary plays that dramatize the volatile relationships between Blacks and Jews in American society.

Shared Stages brings together ten of the best contemporary American plays that dramatize the explosive relationship of two tightly knit peoples—Blacks and Jews—in American society. Including works such as Driving Miss Daisy, I’m Not Rappaport, Fires in the Mirror, and Meda...(Read More)
The American Protest Essay and National Belonging
The American Protest Essay and National Belonging (October 2007)
Addressing Division
Brian Norman - Author

Explores the role of the literary protest essay in addressing social divisions in the United States.

The American Protest Essay and National Belonging uncovers a rich tradition of essays by writers who also serve as spokespersons for American social movements throughout the nation’s history. Brian Norman demonstrates that the American protest essay is a distinct form that draws from both the European-bo...(Read More)
Emerson and Eros
Emerson and Eros (May 2007)
The Making of a Cultural Hero
Len Gougeon - Author

Traces the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual evolution of one of America’s most important cultural figures.

Thiscritical biography traces the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual growth of one of America’s foremost oracles and prophets, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882). Beginning with his undergraduate career at Harvard and spanning the range of his adult life, the book examin...(Read More)
American Talmud
American Talmud (March 2007)
The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction
Ezra Cappell - Author

Looks at the role of Jewish American fiction in the larger context of American culture.

In American Talmud, Ezra Cappell redefines the genre of Jewish American fiction and places it squarely within the larger context of American literature. Cappell departs from the conventional approach of defining Jewish American authors solely in terms of their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and instead context...(Read More)
Multiethnic Literature and Canon Debates
Multiethnic Literature and Canon Debates (May 2006)
Mary Jo Bona - Editor
Irma Maini - Editor

Examines the making of multiethnic literature and its place both in the classroom and in popular culture.

This groundbreaking collection reinvigorates the debate over the inclusion of multiethnic literature in the American literary canon. While multiethnic literature has earned a place in the curriculum on many large campuses, it is still a controversial topic at many others, as recent campus and corporate revivals of...(Read More)
Mocking the Age
Mocking the Age (March 2006)
The Later Novels of Philip Roth
Elaine B. Safer - Author

Explores the comic devices Roth uses to satirize his times, the Jewish community, and himself.

The first comprehensive assessment of Philip Roth’s later novels, Mocking the Age offers rich and insightful readings that explore how these extraordinary works satirize our contemporary culture. From The Ghost Writer to The Plot Against America, Roth uses humor to address deadly serious matters, incl...(Read More)

Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade; or, How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism
Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade; or, How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism (February 2006)
Todd F. Davis - Author

Explores the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Vonnegut’s work.

“I’ve worried some about why write books when presidents and senators and generals do not read them, and the university experience taught me a very good reason: you catch people before they become generals and senators and presidents, and you poison their minds with humanity. Encourage them to make a bette...(Read More)
Musing the Mosaic
Musing the Mosaic (May 2003)
Approaches to Ronald Sukenick
Matthew Roberson - Editor

Examines Sukenick's role in reshaping the American literary tradition.

In Musing the Mosaic prominent critics of postmodern and contemporary fiction and culture discuss the fictional and theoretical works of Ronald Sukenick, one of the most important American writers to emerge from the late 1960s. Sukenick has been a prolific participant in reshaping the American literary tradition for two generations and playe...(Read More)
From Girl to Woman
From Girl to Woman (March 2003)
American Women's Coming-of-Age Narratives
Christy Rishoi - Author

Examines the crucial role that coming-of-age narratives have played in American feminism.

From Girl to Woman examines the coming-of-age narratives of a diverse group of American women writers, including Annie Dillard, Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Mary McCarthy, and explores the crucial role of such narratives in the development of American feminism. Women have long known that identity is comple...(Read More)
Shirley Jackson's American Gothic
Shirley Jackson's American Gothic (January 2003)
Darryl Hattenhauer - Author

Argues that Jackson's anticipation of postmodernism ranks her among the most significant writers of her time.

Best known for her short story “The Lottery” and her novel The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson produced a body of work that is more varied and complex than critics have realized. In fact, as Darryl Hattenhauer argues here, Jackson was one of the few writers to anticipate the trans...(Read More)
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