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Folklore and Literature
Folklore and Literature (March 2000)
Studies in the Portuguese, Brazilian, Sephardic, and Hispanic Oral Traditions
Manuel da Costa Fontes - Author

Explores how modern folklore, through its preservation of ballads and folktales, supplements our understanding of the oral tradition and enhances our knowledge of early literature.

"Few scholars have the ability to present the complex topic of folklore dissemination with the thoroughness, accuracy, and amenity displayed throughout Fontes's work. This is a very solid contribution to the field of medieval and renaissance studies a...(Read More)
Historia de la donzella Teodor
Historia de la donzella Teodor (January 2000)
Edition and Study
Isidro J. Rivera - Author
Donna M. Rogers - Author

The first English edition and critical study of an anonymous thirteenth-century text about the disputations of a learned young woman with a series of wise men.

This is the first English edition and critical study of the Historia de la Donzella Teodor, an anonymous thirteenth-century text about the disputations of a learned young woman with a series of wise men. The text recounts the story of a young slav...(Read More)
Gambling, Game, and Psyche
Gambling, Game, and Psyche (December 1999)
Bettina L. Knapp - Author

The fate of the hero-gambler, as described by Dostoevsky, Balzac, Poe, and others, is the focus of this unprecedented exploration of gambling and the human psyche.

Bettina Knapp adds a new spin on the study of gambling as she explores both sides of the cointhe rush and thrill of risk taking versus the depression and defeat of losing. In a unique Jungian approach, Knapp probes the universal and eternal ...(Read More)
Keeping Literary Company
Keeping Literary Company (July 1998)
Working with Writers since the Sixties
Jerome Klinkowitz - Author

A witty, intelligent, first-person account of what Kurt Vonnegut, Jerzy Kosinski, Donald Barthelme, and other important writers of the last three decades wrote, how they wrote it, and what it means for the development of American fiction.


"Memoirs of an academic lucky enough to know the authors he teaches as contemporaries. A view of the passing literary parade from the porch of the ivory tower...(Read More)
Namedropping (July 1998)
Mostly Literary Memoirs
Richard Elman - Author

Candid snapshots in prose of literary and other figures--ranging from Aldous Huxley and Isaac Bashevis Singer to Faye Dunaway and Hunter S. Thompson--whom the author encountered during four decades as a working writer and journalist.

"Elman's impressions are sharp, strongly drawn, and quite revealing." -- Kirkus Reviews

"What sets this work apart from other recent memoirs is that Elman (Tar Beach)...(Read More)
The Poetics of Decadence
The Poetics of Decadence (April 1998)
Chinese Poetry of the Southern Dynasties and Late Tang Periods
Fusheng Wu - Author

A reconsideration of Chinese decadent (tuifei) poetry which argues that this poetry is not a marginal trend but rather a vital part of the Chinese literary tradition.

"Wu has made a major contribution to the field. The poetics of decadence is a neglected subject in the study of classical Chinese poetry. The author's erudition and thoroughness are admirable." -- Shuen-fu Lin, The University of Michigan

This intertextual st...(Read More)
Defying Gravity
Defying Gravity (April 1998)
Jean Paulhan's Interventions in Twentieth-Century French Intellectual History
Michael Syrotinski - Author

A major reassessment of the work of Jean Paulhan within the context of his own times as well as in the light of contemporary debates in literary theory.

Defying Gravity is a major reassessment of the work of Jean Paulhan within the context of his own times, as well as in the light of contemporary debates in literary theory. Best known for his long-serving editorship of the influential Parisian literary review, ...(Read More)
Women Writing Women
Women Writing Women (February 1997)
An Anthology of Spanish-American Theater of the 1980s
Teresa Cajiao Salas - Editor
Margarita Vargas - Editor

This first anthology in English dedicated exclusively to Spanish-American women playwrights includes eight plays by award-winning authors who have received national and international acclaim.

While these playwrights articulate concerns similar to those of their male counterparts--social injustice, the question of identity, the role of art, the power of writing--their feminist perspectives offer a fresh view of Spanish America by challenging t...(Read More)
The Biography of
The Biography of "the Idea of Literature" (December 1996)
From Antiquity to the Baroque
Adrian Marino - Author
Virgil Stanciu - Translator
Charles M. Carlton - Translator

A comprehensive examination of the meaning, history, and evolution of the basic notion of "literature" from antiquity to the seventeenth century.

The "idea of literature" is the very kernel of every literary study; however, this is the first survey of the historical development of this idea. Its purpose is to refute the belief, particularly prevalent in French criticism, that the "idea of literature" only appeared in the...(Read More)
James Joyce and Heraldry
James Joyce and Heraldry (June 1986)
Michael J. O'Shea - Author

James Joyce and Heraldry demonstrates that heraldry is an essential key to the symbols of Joyce's major works. It is a clear, witty introduction to heraldry and the use of heraldic imagery by Western writers, including Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Sterne.

Michael O'Shea shifts the focus from the aural imagery of Joyce to reveal the visual impact deriving from Joyce's use of the symbols and language of heraldry. He cites b...(Read More)
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