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The End of the World As We Know It

Author:  Daniel Wojcik
Daniel Wojcik’s book, The End of the World As We Know It (New York University Press) analyzes the enduring appeal of apocalyptic and millennialist traditions in American culture.


Epic and Other Higher Narratives

Author:  Steven Shankman

Steven Shankman’s edited volume explores Eric Auberbach’s Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature (1946) which is one of the most influential and foundational books in the field of comparative literature. Auerbach wrote Mimesis in Istanbul, just on the Asian side of the famous divide between the European and Asian continents, but his book is focused exclusively on the European side of the Bosphorus. He says nothing of Asia. Our volume asks if Auberbach’s approach to the history of literary style and representation is adaptable to — or suggestive for — a more global understanding of higher narrative, i.e. narrative that achieves the kind of elevation, comprehensiveness, and seriousness of purpose that was traditionally associated with the elevated style in Western antiquity.



The Experimental Impulse in George Meredith’s Fiction

Author:  Richard Stevenson

Richard Stevenson argues that George Meredith as a writer of Victorian fiction is most interesting for us today in the ways in which he wrote against convention–the experimental and transgressive impulse displayed in his treatment of controversial themes, his departures from conventions of genre, and his innovations with narrative technique and representations of consciousness. “The most significant critical book on this author in decades.” Benjamin F. Fisher, University of Mississippi



Editors:  Sharon Sherman & Mikel Koven

Folklore/Cinema, edited by Sharon Sherman and Mikel Koven, looks at how movies, a popular culture medium, can also be a medium and type of folklore playing cultural roles and conveying meanings customarily found in other folkloric forms.


Gender and the Poetics of Excess

Author:  Karen J. Ford
Karen Jackson Ford’s Gender and the Poetics of Excess explores the extravagant writing styles of American women poets who simultaneously parody the stereotype of the gabby female and demand a place for their words in a literary tradition that is inhospitable to women writers.


Global Bollywood

Author:  Sangita Gopal

Sangita Gopal’s Global Bollywood is an interdisciplinary collection describing the many roots and routs of the Bollywood song-and-dance spectacle. The essays offer a stimulating redefinition of globalization.

Globalization and the Humanities


41V9DNRMCCL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_Author:  David Li

A comprehensive collection on how economic globalization transforms contemporary humanistic inquiries on matters of fundamental cultural and political significance.

Imagining the Nation: Asian American Literature and Cultural Consent


Author:  David Li

This book seeks to identify the forces behind the emergence of Asian American literature and to explore both the unique place of Asian Americans in American culture and what that place says about the way Americanness is defined. David Li focuses on how the sense of the nation is disseminated through the practice of reading and writing, and he argues that Asian American literature is a productive discursive negotiation of the contemporary contradiction in American citizenship. By analyzing the textual strategies with which literary Asian America is represented, the book shows how the “fictive ethnicity” of the nation continues to exert its regulatory power and suggests how we can work toward a radical American democratic consent.

Imagining the Nation integrates a fine appreciation of the formal features of Asian American literature with the conflict and convergence among different reading communities and the dilemma of ethnic intellectuals caught in the process of their institutionalization. By articulating Asian American structures of feeling across the nexus of East and West, black and white, nation and diaspora, the book both sets out a new terrain for Asian American literary culture and significantly strengthens the multiculturalist challenge to the American canon.


Journal 6: 1853

Editor:  William Rossi

One of fourteen projected volumes of Henry Thoreau’s Journal in the Princeton Edition of his writings, Journal 6: 1853, edited by William Rossi, records how Thoreau divided his energies during this period between increasingly professional field studies as a naturalist in Concord and the revision of his Walden manuscript: two imaginative projects that fed one another.


Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde

Author:  Paul Peppis

In his book Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde, Paul Peppis argues that Vorticism, England’s foremost avant-garde movement used nationalism to advance literature and avant-garde literature to advance empire.

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