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Writing the American Classics

by James Barbour & Tom Quirk The University of North Carolina Press (November 15, 2018)

This collection of essays describes the genesis of ten classic works of American literature. Using biographical, cultural, and manuscript evidence, the contributors tell the "stories of stories," plotting the...


Knave, Fool, and Genius

by Susan Kuhlmann The University of North Carolina Press (October 25, 2018)

The confidence man held a fascination for Melville, Hawthorne, Howells, Johnson J. Hooper, Bret Harte, and Mark Twain. In this study the writers are grouped in such a way as to emphasize certain large-scale...


Left of Poetry

by Sarah Ehlers The University of North Carolina Press (April 11, 2019)

In this incisive study, Sarah Ehlers returns to the Depression-era United States in order to unsettle longstanding ideas about poetry and emerging approaches to poetics. By bringing to light a range of archival...


Time in Ezra Pound's Work

by William Harmon The University of North Carolina Press (August 25, 2018)

Throughout nearly sixty-five of writing, Pound specialized on the suffocating effects of time on poetry, aesthetic form, and history. Harmon examines Pound's strategies for dealing with time and arrives at a...


Dante Among the Moderns

by Stuart Y. McDougal The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

In this collection, eight distinguished critics of literature assess the nature and range of Dante's influence on the major British and American modernist writers. The indebtedness includes citation and allusion,...


Swan and Shadow

by Thomas Whitaker The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

History was central in a variety of ways to Yeats's poetic development and to the meaning of his work. In this study, Whitaker suggests that history was for the poet a mysterious interlocutor, which Yeats saw...


Virgil's Aeneid

by Michael C. J. Putnam The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In this collection of twelve of his essays, distinguished Virgil scholar Michael Putnam examines the Aeneid from several different interpretive angles. He identifies the themes that permeate the epic, provides...


Solitary Comrade

by Joan Hedrick The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Hedrick examines London's inner life, primarily as it is revealed in his art, to discover the man concealed beneath the public persona. Although London was wealthy, famous, and one of the last great self-made...


The American Idea

by Everett Carter The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

The American idea," a blend of the Idea of Progress and a belief in the essential goodness of man, has determined the form of much of our significant literature. Carter treats the response to this idea in most...


Hester Thrale Piozzi

by William McCarthy The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

Much has been written about Thrale, friend and hostess of Samuel Johnson, but this is the first study to focus on Piozzi as the writer. In his narrative of her life, McCarthy draws on a large body of published...


The Attack on Literature and Other Essays

by René Wellek The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

With the erudition that has distinguished his lifelong study of literary criticism, Wellek considers the trends, theories, and quarrels of recent years. He continues to insist that criticism--whether written...


Skialetheia, or A Shadowe of Truth, in Certaine Epigrams and Satyres

by Everard Guilpin The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Although well known to experts in English literature, Guilpin's Skialetheia has been available only in inadequate texts until now. This edition of the 1598 work presents an old-spelling critical text and provides...


The Autobiographical Myth of Robert Lowell

by Philip Cooper The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Lowell's continuing productivity and his ever-increasing stature as a poet demand a new evaluation of his work, and Cooper has provided it in this penetrating study. Though Cooper's primary purpose is to demonstrate...


From Tobacco Road to Route 66

by Sylvia Jenkins Cook The University of North Carolina Press (July 11, 2018)

In the early nineteenth century, the southern poor white had a reputation for comic vulgarity and absurd violence; postbellum writers saw him as a quaint peasant; the 1920s transformed him into a revolutionary...


The Search for Form

by J. A. Ward The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

This volume is a study of the structure of certain of James's works, as well as a search for the structural principles that inform James's fiction and lie behind the technical dicta of his essays and prefaces....


Shakespeare's Romantic Comedies

by Peter G. Phialas The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

Phialas provides commentaries on Shakespeare's romantic comedies, treats in detail individual scenes and characters, and makes illuminating comparisons and contrasts of character with character. The chief concern...


The Caught Image

by Robert L. Gale The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

Gale considers the imagery in all of the 135 novels and short stories of Henry James and presents what may well be the first extensive treatment of figurative language in the complete works of any novelist....


Transfiguration

by Frank Burch Brown The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

Brown proposes a theory of poetic metaphor that attempts to account for literature's complex role in the discovery and creation of significant patterns within both language and life. He shows that while poetic...


Sound States

by Adalaide Morris The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

By investigating the relationship between acoustical technologies and twentieth-century experimental poetics, this collection, with an accompanying compact disc, aims to 'turn up the volume' on printed works...


Nature's State

by Susan Kollin The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

An engaging blend of environmental theory and literary studies, Nature's State looks behind the myth of Alaska as America's "last frontier," a pristine and wild place on the fringes of our geographical imagination....


The Lesbian South

by Jaime Harker The University of North Carolina Press (September 25, 2018)

In this book, Jaime Harker uncovers a largely forgotten literary Renaissance in Southern letters. Anchored by a constellation of southern women, the Women in Print movement grew from the queer union of women's...


On Freedom and the Will to Adorn

by Cheryl A. Wall The University of North Carolina Press (October 26, 2018)

Although they have written in various genres, African American writers as notable and diverse as W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, and Alice Walker have done their most influential work in the essay form. The...


Literary Indians

by Angela Calcaterra The University of North Carolina Press (October 26, 2018)

Although cross-cultural encounter is often considered an economic or political matter, beauty, taste, and artistry were central to cultural exchange and political negotiation in early and nineteenth-century...


The End of Modernism

by William Collins Donahue The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

Nobel laureate Elias Canetti wrote his novel Auto-da-Fe (Die Blendung) when he and the twentieth century were still quite young. Rooted in the cultural crises of the Weimar period, Auto-da-Fe first received...


The Romantic Fragment Poem

by Marjorie Levinson The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

The fragment poem, long regarded as a peculiarly Romantic phenomenon, has never been examined outside the context of thematic and biographical criticism. By submitting the unfinished poems of the English Romantics...


Fiction in the Quantum Universe

by Susan Strehle The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In this outstanding book Susan Strehle argues that a new fiction has developed from the influence of modern physics. She calls this new fiction actualism, and within that framework she offers a critical analysis...


Picturing Identity

by Hertha D. Sweet Wong The University of North Carolina Press (May 02, 2018)

In this book, Hertha D. Sweet Wong examines the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of twentieth and -twenty-first century American writers and artists each of whom employ a mix...


The Sin of Sloth

by Siegfried Wenzel The University of North Carolina Press (October 01, 2017)

Wenzel presents the history of the concept of acedia, of spiritual sloth," from its origins among the Egyptian desert monks through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The investigation proceeds in chronological...


Hemingway's Nonfiction

by Robert O. Stephens The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

This study explores Hemingway's newspaper and magazine journalism, his introductions and prefaces to books by others, his program notes on painting and sculpture exhibitions, and his statements in self-edited...


Love's Argument

by Marianne Novy The University of North Carolina Press (December 01, 2017)

Novy demonstrates how the plays are theatrical transformations of tensions in both ideals and practices in Renaissance society. Analyzing the dramatic images of lover and beloved, of husband and wife, of parent...


Private Woman, Public Stage

by Mary Kelley The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

In the decades spanning the nineteenth century, thousands of women entered the literary marketplace. Twelve of the century's most successful women writers provide the focus for Mary Kelley's landmark study:...


Jean Rhys's Historical Imagination

by Veronica Marie Gregg The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

As the foremost white West Indian writer of this century and author of the widely acclaimed novel Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys (1890-1979) has attracted much critical attention, most often from the perspective...


Conflicting Readings

by Paul B. Armstrong The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

Armstrong argues that conflicting readings occur because readers with opposing suppositions about language, literature, and life can generate irreconcilable hypotheses about a text. Without endorsing a particular...


Fugitives, Smugglers, and Thieves

by Sharada Balachandran Orihuela The University of North Carolina Press (April 09, 2018)

In this book, Sharada Balachandran Orihuela examines property ownership and its connections to citizenship, race and slavery, and piracy as seen through the lens of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American...


Shifting Gears

by Cecelia Tichi The University of North Carolina Press (October 01, 2017)

Shifting Gears is a richly illustrated exploration of the American era of gear-and-girder technology. From the 1890s to the 1920s machines and structures shaped by this technology emerged in many forms, from...


Virginia Woolf and London

by Susan Merrill Squier The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

To Virginia Woolf, London was a source of creative inspiration, a setting for many of her works, and a symbol of the culture in which she lived and wrote. In a 1928 diary entry, she observed, "London itself...


Aristophanes' Old-and-New Comedy

by Kenneth J. Reckford The University of North Carolina Press (October 06, 2017)

This startling and original study emerged from Kenneth Rockford's wish to vindicate Aristophanes' Clouds against detractors. As a result of years of rereading and teaching Aristophanes, he realized that the...


Bergson and American Culture

by Tom Quirk The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

Bergsonian "vitalism" challenged the dominance of Spencerian determinism in the early twentieth century and seemed to offer a new foundation for belief in human freedom and individual possibility. Quirk traces...


Seneca's Drama

by Norman T. Pratt The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

With insight and clarity, Norman Pratt makes available to the general reader an understanding of the major elements that shaped Seneca's plays. These he defines as Neo-Stoicism, declamatory rhetoric, and the...


Cosmos and Tragedy

by Brooks Otis The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

Otis clarifies the moral and theological issues raised in the Ortesia and relates them to certain stylistic and structural qualities of the three plays. He tackles the central questions of guilt, retribution,...


Mirror and Veil

by Michael O'Connell The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

Spenser not only dedicated The FAerie Queene to Queen Elizabeth but asserted that his romantic epic was in some sense about her rule and her realm. The informed attention that O'Connell gives to the relationship...


Emerson, Whitman, and the American Muse

by Jerome Loving The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

Loving finds in the lives and works of the two writers a symbiosis of spirit that transcends the question of literary influence. Tracing the parallel careers of Emerson and Whitman, the author shows how each...


Poetics of the Holy

by Michael Lieb The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

With full attention to the classical, medievel, and Renaissance traditions that constituted the milieu in which Milton wrote, Lieb explores the sacral basis of Milton's thought. He argues that Milton's responsiveness...


Jean Rhys and the Novel As Women's Text

by Nancy R. Harrison The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

Is a woman's writing different from a man's? Many scholars -- and readers -- think so, even thought here has been little examination of the way women's novels enact the theories that women theorists have posited....


George Eliot and the Landscape of Time

by Mary Wilson Carpenter The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

Carpenter discusses apocalytptic narrative schemes in Romola, Adam Bede, Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, and The Legend of Jubal. In the context of nineteenth-century British interpretation of the prophesies, this...


Lost in Space

by Marleen S. Barr The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

Archaeologists and anthropologists discover other civilizations; science fiction writers invent them. In this collection of her major essays, Marleen Barr argues that feminist science fiction writers contribute...


Telling Lies in Modern American Autobiography

by Timothy Dow Adams The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

All autobiographers are unreliable narrators. Yet what a writer chooses to misrepresent is as telling -- perhaps even more so -- as what really happened. Timothy Adams believes that autobiography is an attempt...


Chiasmus in the New Testament

by Nils Wilhelm Lund The University of North Carolina Press (December 01, 2017)

This study is devoted to the tracing of the Hebrew literary influence of the Greek text of the New Testament. It discusses specifically one form, the extensive use of the inverted order called chiasmus, a form...


The Lay of the Land

by Annette Kolodny The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

An original and highly unusual psycholinguistic study of American literature and culture from 1584 to 1860, this volume focuses on the metaphor of 'land-as-woman.' It is the first systematic documentation of...


Form and History in American Literary Naturalism

by June Howard The University of North Carolina Press (March 01, 2017)

Examining the novels of Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, and other writers, June Howard presents a study of American literary naturalism as a genre. Naturalism, she states, is a way of imagining...