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Melville, Shame, and the Evil Eye
Melville, Shame, and the Evil Eye (November 1996)
A Psychoanalytic Reading
Joseph Adamson - Author

Offers a complex analysis of the psychodynamic role of shame in Melville's work, with detailed readings of Moby-Dick, Pierre, and "Billy Budd."

This study offers a complex analysis of the psychodynamic role of shame in Melville's work, with detailed readings of Moby-Dick, Pierre, and "Billy Budd." Its concrete application of the rich analytic framework supplied by the work of such...(Read More)
The Magic Mirror
The Magic Mirror (October 1996)
Myth's Abiding Power
Elizabeth M. Baeten - Author

Analyzes the theories of myth of Cassirer, Barthes, Eliade, and Hillman and offers an alternative original account of myth-making as an essential strand of cultural production.
"This is first-rate scholarship. What I like most about the book is its philosophical thesis and argument. The thesis is that myth is to be understood by a patchwork of theories about myth, like a quilt. The argument is an extensive analysis of Ernst Cassirer's the...(Read More)
Holy Men and Holy Women
Holy Men and Holy Women (October 1996)
Old English Prose Saints' Lives and Their Contexts
Paul E. Szarmach - Editor

This is a collection of essays on the literature of "saints' lives" in Anglo-Saxon literature.

"This book will fill a major gap in the field of Anglo-Saxon studies. The prose saints' lives represent a major body of surviving Old English literature, and have much to tell us about the culture, intellectual history, and literary traditions of the Anglo-Saxon period, but they have been generally neglected in favor of poeti...(Read More)
Race, Modernity, Postmodernity
Race, Modernity, Postmodernity (October 1996)
A Look at the History and the Literatures of People of Color Since the 1960s
W. Lawrence Hogue - Author

Reads and interprets eight works of literature by people of color, foregrounding the philosophical debate about modernity vs. postmodernity rather than solely issues of race.

"Hogue provides readings of eight novels which probably would not have been interpreted together in any other kind of study. In other words, the value of Professor Hogue's study is that he takes seriously the term 'people of color' and makes an impl...(Read More)
Contemporary British Poetry
Contemporary British Poetry (September 1996)
Essays in Theory and Criticism
James Acheson - Editor
Romana Huk - Editor

This collection of original essays focuses on new and continuing movements in British Poetry. It offers a wide ranging look at feminist, working class, and other poets of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Devoted to close readings of poets and their contexts from various postmodern perspectives, this book offers a wide-ranging look at the work of feminists and "post feminist" poets, working class poets, and poets of diverse ...(Read More)
The Poetics of Death
The Poetics of Death (July 1996)
The Short Prose of Kleist and Balzac
Beatrice Martina Guenther - Author

Discusses literary representations of death to explore the relation between writing and death--death understood as both the death of the individual and the death of meaning.
Traditionally, the act of writing constitutes a challenge to the finality of death. Yet "writing" as a subject for literary texts has its own tradition of imagery whose rhetoric is associated with loss rather than immortality. The limit of death seems to force a more ...(Read More)
Allegories of Transgression and Transformation
Allegories of Transgression and Transformation (July 1996)
Experimental Fiction by Women Writing Under Dictatorship
Mary Beth Tierney-Tello - Author

Examines the dynamic relationship between authority and gender in contemporary, experimental narrative works by four Latin American women writers: Diamela Eltit of Chile, Nelida Pinon of Brazil, Reina Roffe of Argentina, and Cristina Peri Rossi of Uruguay.

At the nexus of politics and sexuality, Allegories of Transgression and Transformation examines how women's writing produced in the wake of authoritarian regim...(Read More)
Cross-Addressing (July 1996)
Resistance Literature and Cultural Borders
John C. Hawley - Editor

Using a "cultural studies" approach to the question of what constitutes literary study at the end of the twentieth century, the contributors address identity politics in specific cultural instances.

The sixteen original essays by scholars from around the world examine concerns common to writers who experience marginalization based upon their inescapable identification with two or more cultures. From Australian aboriginal and Maori, to ...(Read More)
Desert Songs
Desert Songs (July 1996)
Western Images of Morocco and Moroccan Images of the West
John Maier - Author

Examines American and Middle Eastern texts in studies of Orientalism and Occidentalism, and argues for a new approach to cultural studies that incorporates a wider variety of materials.

In an unusual approach to cultural studies, John Maier examines a wide variety of modern Western and Eastern texts. He brings together very different forms of cultural production: modern and postmodern fiction and folktales, advertisin...(Read More)
Exile from Exile
Exile from Exile (July 1996)
Israeli Writers from Iraq
Nancy E. Berg - Author

"The topic of this book is significant as both a study of the psychological and literary problems faced by the 'exiled' of emigrewriters and their roles within the context of Israeli literature. It is by far the most comprehensive and profound treatment of this subject." --Spicehandler, Hebrew Union College

The standard histories of Israeli literature limit the canon, virtually ignoring those who came to Israel from Jewish comm...(Read More)
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