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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)
 
 
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)

 
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