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The Sonnets
The Sonnets (April 2001)
A Novel
Lennard J. Davis - Author

In this darkly satirical novel, a Columbia University English professor's life is turned upside down when it starts to follow the plot of Shakespeare's sonnets.

What if Shakespeare found himself living in modern-day Manhattan? The Sonnets follows Will Marlowe, a Columbia University English professor, who, while teaching a class on Shakespeare, realizes that his life is beginning to parallel the Bard&#...(Read More)
 
 
At Millennium's End
At Millennium's End (March 2001)
New Essays on the Work of Kurt Vonnegut
Kevin Alexander Boon - Editor
Kurt Vonnegut - Foreword by

Collected essays by noted scholars covering the breadth and influence of Kurt Vonnegut's literature.

"When I look back at my incredibly lucky career as a writer, it seems that there was never time to think. It was as though I were skiing down a steep and hazardous mountain slope. When I look back at the marks my skis made in the snow on the way down, I only now realize that I wrote again and again about people who b...(Read More)
 
 
Holding Patterns
Holding Patterns (March 2001)
Temporary Poetics in Contemporary Poetry
Daniel McGuiness - Author

Argues that if poems are to matter in American culture, they must be read rather than theorized over.

Holding Patterns provides a sympathetic criticism of poems, one that avoids the appliance of criticism and that self-consciously persists in close readings of texts as the directing force of its argument. Presently, contemporary literary criticism and contemporary poetry in America seem at cross-purposes. Indeed...(Read More)
 
 
Emerson, Thoreau, and the Role of the Cultural Critic
Emerson, Thoreau, and the Role of the Cultural Critic (December 2000)
Sam McGuire Worley - Author

Reinterprets important works of the social criticism of Emerson and Thoreau as being based in defense of community.

Emerson, Thoreau, and the Role of the Cultural Critic
offers an important reinterpretation of the central works of two key figures in American letters. Drawing upon the work of several important contemporary thinkers--including Michael Walzer, Alisdair MacIntrye, Charles Taylor, and Stanley Cavell--Sam McGuire Worley argu...(Read More)
 
 
Beautiful Chaos
Beautiful Chaos (November 2000)
Chaos Theory and Metachaotics in Recent American Fiction
Gordon E. Slethaug - Author

Explores the way chaos theory is incorporated in the work of such writers as Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Don DeLillo, and Michael Crichton.

Beautiful Chaos is the first book to examine contemporary American fiction through the lens of chaos theory. The book focuses on recent works of fiction by John Barth, Michael Crichton, Don DeLillo, Michael Dorris, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, Carol Shields...(Read More)
 
 
The Feminine
The Feminine "No!" (November 2000)
Psychoanalysis and the New Canon
Todd McGowan - Author

Attempts to understand recent changes in the canon of American literature through the aid of psychoanalytic theory.

The Feminine "No!" sheds new light on the recent culture wars and debates about changes to the literary canon. Todd McGowan argues that the dynamics of canon change, rather than being the isolated concern of literary critics, actually offer concrete insights into the source of social change. Through...(Read More)
 
 
Living Root
Living Root (August 2000)
A Memoir
Michael Heller - Author

In this literary memoir, poet and essayist Michael Heller interweaves family and personal history with reflections on language, poetry, religion, and memory itself.

Living Root is the story of an education, a writer's wandering through personal and family history, through texts and traditions. Recalling his family's origins in Bialystok as well as his own childhood in Brooklyn and Miami Beach, poet an...(Read More)
 
 
Imagining Each Other
Imagining Each Other (August 2000)
Blacks and Jews in Contemporary American Literature
Ethan Goffman - Author

Explores the complex ways in which Blacks and Jews have portrayed each other in recent American literature.

Imagining Each Other explores Black-Jewish relations by examining the complex ways they have portrayed each other in recent American literature. It illuminates their dramatic alliances and conflicts and their dilemmas of identity and assimilation, and addresses the persistent questions of ethnic division and economic inequ...(Read More)
 
 
Eleven Stories High
Eleven Stories High (July 2000)
Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948-1968
Corinne Demas - Author

This memoir evokes a girl’s coming of age in a postwar New York City planned, “utopian” community.

Eleven Stories High is a memoir of a middle-class New York childhood, the perceptions of a girl growing up in a housing project that she deemed a “utopia of the fifties.” The story follows the process of memory, rather than the conventions of chronology, and explores the concept of “ho...(Read More)
 
 
Listening to Reading
Listening to Reading (March 2000)
Stephen Ratcliffe - Author

Contends that "experimental" writing--from Mallarme, Stein, and Cage to contemporary poets of the eighties and nineties--can teach us much about how we write and read both poetry and criticism.

Listening to Reading presents two different kinds of writing about poetry--"critical analysis" and "performance"--both of which pay particular attention to sound, shape, and the relation of sound/shape to meaning. It offers a critical and...(Read More)
 
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