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Kept from All Contagion
Kept from All Contagion (May 2020)
Germ Theory, Disease, and the Dilemma of Human Contact in Late Nineteenth-Century Literature
Kari Nixon - Author

 
 
Funny How?
Funny How? (April 2020)
Sketch Comedy and the Art of Humor
Alex Clayton - Author

Uses comedy skits, from Monty Python to Key and Peele, to probe how humor works.

What makes something funny? This book shows how humor can be analyzed without killing the joke. Alex Clayton argues that the brevity of a sketch or skit and its typical rejection of narrative development make it comedy-concentrate, providing a rich field for exploring how humor works. Focusing on a dozen or so skits and scenes, Clayto...(Read More)
 
 
Rule, Britannia!
Rule, Britannia! (October 2018)
The Biopic and British National Identity
Homer B. Pettey - Editor
R. Barton Palmer - Editor

Assesses how cinematic biographies of key figures reflect and shape what it means to be British.

Rule, Britannia! surveys the British biopic, a genre crucial to understanding how national cinema engages with the collective experience and values of its intended audience. Offering a provocative take on an aspect of filmmaking with profound cultural significance, the volume focuses on how screen biographies of prominent figu...(Read More)
 
 
Ripping England!
Ripping England! (December 2017)
Postwar British Satire from Ealing to the Goons
Roger Rawlings - Author

Examines an all too often neglected period of postwar British cinema and popular culture.

Ripping England! investigates a fertile moment for British satire—the period between 1947 and 1953, which produced the films Passport to Pimlico, Kind Hearts and Coronets, and The Lavender Hill Mob, as well as the seminal radio program The Goon Show. Against the postwar background of fading empire,...(Read More)
 
 
Beasts of Burden
Beasts of Burden (April 2017)
Biopolitics, Labor, and Animal Life in British Romanticism
Ron Broglio - Author

Uses literature, art, and cultural texts from the British Romantic period to explore the age in which biological life and its abilities first became regulated by the rising nation.

In Beasts of Burden, Ron Broglio examines how lives—human and animal—were counted in rural England and Scotland during the Romantic period. During this time, Britain experienced unprecedented data collection from censuses, ordinance...(Read More)
 
 
Envisioning Sociology
Envisioning Sociology (June 2013)
Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction
John Scott - Author
Ray Bromley - Author

Examines the continuing relevance of early British sociologists Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and their associates.

Envisioning Sociology is a landmark work, the first major study of the founding of sociology in Britain and the enormous contributions made by the intellectual circle led by Victor Branford and Patrick Geddes. Authors John Scott and Ray Bromley chronicle the biographical connections and personal partn...(Read More)
 
 
Arguing with Angels
Arguing with Angels (May 2012)
Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture
Egil Asprem - Author

An exploration of John Dee’s Enochian magic of angel contact, its reinterpretation over the years, and its endurance to the present day.

This fascinating work explores John Dee’s Enochian magic and the history of its reception. Dee (1527–1608/9), an accomplished natural philosopher and member of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, was also an esoteric researcher whose diaries detail years of convers...(Read More)
 
 
Species, Serpents, Spirits, and Skulls
Species, Serpents, Spirits, and Skulls (October 2009)
Science at the Margins in the Victorian Age
Sherrie Lynne Lyons - Author

Explores the distinctions between science and pseudoscience.

Science permeates nearly every aspect of our lives, and yet, as current debates over intelligent design, the causes of global warming, and alternative health practices indicate, the question of how to distinguish science from pseudoscience remains a difficult one. To address this question, Sherrie Lynne Lyons draws on four examples from the nineteenth ce...(Read More)

 
 
Terror and Irish Modernism
Terror and Irish Modernism (October 2009)
The Gothic Tradition from Burke to Beckett
Jim Hansen - Author

Presents a new genealogy and synoptic overview of modern Irish fiction.

Terror and Irish Modernism offers a synoptic overview of modern Irish fiction. Covering more than two centuries of literary production, Jim Hansen locates the root structure of modern Irish fiction in the masculine gender anxiety of one of the nineteenth century’s most popular literary genres: the Gothic. Addressing both the decolon...(Read More)
 
 
Antipodal England
Antipodal England (September 2009)
Emigration and Portable Domesticity in the Victorian Imagination
Janet C. Myers - Author

Examines Victorian conceptions of home and identity by looking at portrayals and accounts of middle-class emigration to Australia.

A common subplot in the Victorian novel involves fictional emigrants who disappear into or arrive from the colonies in ways that facilitate plot development but do little to represent the condition of colonial life. Yet the proliferation of emigrant guides and the enthusiastic debates...(Read More)
 
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