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Dancing out of Line
Ballrooms, Ballets, and Mobility in Victorian Fiction and Culture
By Molly Engelhardt

Dancing out of Line transports readers back to the 1840s, when the craze for social and stage dancing forced Victorians into a complex relationship with the moving body in its most voluble, volatile form.

Victorian Studies · Literary Criticism, UK · Literary Criticism · Literary Studies

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Making Words Matter
The Agency of Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
By Ambreen Hai

Why should Salman Rushdie describe his truth telling as an act of swallowing impure “haram” flesh from which the blood has not been drained? Why should Rudyard Kipling cast Kim, the imperial child–agent, as a body/text written upon and damaged by empire? Why should E. M. Forster evoke through the Indian landscape the otherwise unspeakable racial or homosexual body in his writing?

Literary Studies · Literary Criticism

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Making a Man
Gentlemanly Appetites in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel
By Gwen Hyman

Gruel and truffles, wine and gin, opium and cocaine. Making a Man: Gentlemanly Appetites in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel addresses the role of food, drink, and drugs in the conspicuously consuming nineteenth century in order to explore the question of what makes a man of a certain class in novels of the period.

Victorian Studies · Literary Studies · Literary Criticism

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Electric Meters
Victorian Physiological Poetics
By Jason R. Rudy

Victorian poetry shocks with the physicality of its formal effects, linking the rhythms of the human body to the natural pulsation of the universe.

Poetry · Literary Studies · Victorian Studies

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Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture
The Making of a Legend
Edited by Joseph Bristow

Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend explores the meteoric rise, sudden fall, and legendary resurgence of an immensely influential writer’s reputation from his hectic 1881 American lecture tour to recent Hollywood adaptations of his dramas. Always renowned—if not notorious—for his fashionable persona, Wilde courted celebrity at an early age. Later, he came to prominence as one of the most talented essayists and fiction writers of his time.

Literary Criticism · Victorian Studies · Literary Studies · Literary Criticism, UK

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The Complete Works of Robert Browning, Volume XI
With Variant Readings and Annotations
By Robert Browning
· Edited by Michael Bright

In seventeen volumes, copublished with Baylor University, this acclaimed series features annotated texts of all of Robert Browning’s known writing. The series encompasses autobiography as well as influences bearing on Browning’s life and career and aspects of Victorian thought and culture. Volume XI of The Complete Works of Robert Browning contains two strikingly disparate long poems from the 1870s, Fifine at the Fair and Red Cotton Night-Cap Country.

British Literature · Poetry · Victorian Studies · Literary Studies

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Heretical Hellenism
Women Writers, Ancient Greece, and the Victorian Popular Imagination
By Shanyn Fiske

Heretical Hellenism examines sources such as theater history and popular journals to uncover the ways women acquired knowledge of Greek literature, history, and philosophy and challenged traditional humanist assumptions about the uniformity of classical knowledge and about women’s place in literary history.

Literary Criticism, UK · Women’s Studies · 19th century · United Kingdom · Victorian Studies · Victorian Era · Literary Studies

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The Carnivalesque Defunto
Death and the Dead in Modern Brazilian Literature
By Robert H. Moser

The Carnivalesque Defunto explores the representations of death and the dead in Brazil’s collective and literary imagination. The recurring stereotype of Brazil as the land of samba, soccer, and sandy beaches overlooks a more complex cultural heritage in which, since colonial times, a relationship of proximity and reciprocity has been cultivated between the living and the dead.

Literary Studies · Latin American Studies · Latin American Literature · Brazil · South America · Americas

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Praising It New
The Best of the New Criticism
Edited by Garrick Davis
· Foreword by William Logan

Marked by a rigorously close textual reading, detached from biographical or other extratextual material, New Criticism was the dominant literary theory of the mid-twentieth century. Since that time, schools of literary criticism have arisen in support of or in opposition to the approach advocated by the New Critics. Nonetheless, the theory remains one of the most important sources for groundbreaking criticism and continues to be a controversial approach to reading literature.

Literary Criticism · Literary Studies · Essays

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The Victorians in the Rearview Mirror
By Simon Joyce

When Margaret Thatcher called in 1979 for a return to Victorian values such as hard work, self-reliance, thrift, and national pride, Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock responded that “Victorian values” also included “cruelty, misery, drudgery, squalor, and ignorance.” The Victorians in the Rearview Mirror is an in-depth look at the ways that the twentieth century reacted to and reimagined its predecessor.

Victorian Studies · Literary Criticism, UK · Literary Studies · Media Studies

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The Memoir and the Memoirist
Reading and Writing Personal Narrative
By Thomas Larson

The memoir is the most popular and expressive literary form of our time. Writers embrace the memoir and readers devour it, propelling many memoirs by relative unknowns to the top of the best-seller list. Writing programs challenge authors to disclose themselves in personal narrative. Memoir and personal narrative urge writers to face the intimacies of the self and ask what is true.

Essays · Creative Writing · Guide · Literary Studies

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The Complete Works of Robert Browning, Volume XV
With Variant Readings and Annotations
By Robert Browning
· Edited by Allan C. Dooley, David Ewbank, Jack W. Herring, and Paul D. L. Turner

In seventeen volumes, copublished with Baylor University, this acclaimed series features annotated texts of all of Robert Browning’s known writing. The series encompasses autobiography as well as influences bearing on Browning’s life and career and aspects of Victorian thought and culture. In the 1880s, the aging Browning showed once again the remarkable versatility of his lyric and narrative talents.

Literary Studies · Poetry · Victorian Studies · British Literature

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Updike in Cincinnati
A Literary Performance
Edited by James Schiff
· Photography by Jon Hughes

For two spring days in 2001, John Updike visited Cincinnati, Ohio, engaging and charming his audiences, reading from his fiction, fielding questions, sitting for an interview, participating in a panel discussion, and touring the Queen City. Successful writers typically spend a portion of their lives traveling the country to give readings and lectures.

American Literature · Literary Studies

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Holy Week
A Novel of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
By Jerzy Andrzejewski
· Introduction by Oscar E. Swan
· Foreword by Jan T. Gross

At the height of the Nazi extermination campaign in the Warsaw Ghetto, a young Jewish woman, Irena, seeks the protection of her former lover, a young architect, Jan Malecki. By taking her in, he puts his own life and the safety of his family at risk.

Fiction · European Literature · Polish and Polish-American Studies · Literary Studies · Race and Ethnicity · Genocide · Eastern Europe · Poland

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The Armillary Sphere
Poems
By Ann Hudson

Taking the warp of dream, sometimes nightmare, and weaving it with the ordinary world, the poems of The Armillary Sphere, Ann Hudson's award-winning debut collection, do not simplify the mystery but deepen it.

Poetry · Women Poets · Literary Studies