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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.

This poignant memoir of life in Stuyvesant Town, a New York City housing project, describes growing up in what the author deems a "utopia of the fifties." Corinne Demas evokes in convincing detail the friendships, foibles, and fantasies of a girl's coming of age in a "vertical" neighborhood ...(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)
 
 
Poetic Epistemologies
Poetic Epistemologies (February 2000)
Gender and Knowing in Women's Language-Oriented Writing
Megan Simpson - Author

Through detailed readings and interviews, this book provides a valuable introduction to feminist language-poets and to some of the most compelling issues in contemporary poetry.

Poetic Epistemologies explores the political and epistemological implications of women's language-oriented writing in the United States, arguing that, in its investigation of knowledge, language, and gender, this writing (re)unites art with philosophy, a...(Read More)
 
 
Quiet As It's Kept
Quiet As It's Kept (December 1999)
Shame, Trauma, and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison
J. Brooks Bouson - Author

Focuses on the role of shame and trauma as it looks at issues of race, class, color, and caste in the novels of Toni Morrison.

Quiet As It's Kept
draws on and extends recent psychoanalytic and psychiatric work of shame and trauma theorists to offer an in-depth analysis of Toni Morrison's representation of painful and shameful race matters in her fiction. Providing a frank and sustained look at the troubling, if not distressing, ...(Read More)
 
 
Coming into Communion
Coming into Communion (September 1999)
Pastoral Dialogues in Colonial New England
Laura Henigman - Author

Explores the lives and religious imaginations of colonial women and the contributions they made to colonial religious discourse.

By exploring the interrelationship between elite and popular religious culture in colonial New England, Coming Into Communion shows that laywomen made active significant contributions, through the process of dialogue, to religious language and theology in the early eighteenth century. Ca...(Read More)
 
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