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Boccaccian Renaissance

by Martin Eisner & David Lummus University of Notre Dame Press (June 25, 2019)

A Boccaccian Renaissance brings together essays written by internationally recognized scholars in diverse national traditions to respond to the largely unaddressed question of Boccaccio’s impact on early modern...


Chaucer and Religious Controversies in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras

by Nancy Bradley Warren University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2019)

Chaucer and Religious Controversies in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras adopts a comparative, boundary-crossing approach to consider one of the most canonical of literary figures, Geoffrey Chaucer. The idea...


Rivalrous Masculinities

by Ann Marie Rasmussen University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2019)

Bringing together the work of both leading and emerging scholars in the field of medieval gender studies, the essays in Rivalrous Masculinities advance our understanding of medieval masculinity as a pluralized...


Theater of the Word

by Julie Paulson University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2019)

In Theater of the Word:Selfhood in the English Morality Play, Julie Paulson sheds new light on medieval constructions of the self as they emerge from within a deeply sacramental culture. The book examines the...


Portrait of Beatrice

by Fabio Camilletti University of Notre Dame Press (March 30, 2019)

The Portrait of Beatrice examines both Dante's and D. G. Rossetti's intellectual experiences in the light of a common concern about visuality. Both render, in different times and contexts, something that resists...


Boccaccio’s Corpus

by James C. Kriesel University of Notre Dame Press (December 15, 2018)

In Boccaccio’s Corpus, James C. Kriesel explores how medieval ideas about the body and gender inspired Boccaccio’s vernacular and Latin writings. Scholars have observed that Boccaccio distinguished himself...


God’s Patients

by John Bugbee University of Notre Dame Press (December 15, 2018)

God’s Patients approaches some of Chaucer’s most challenging poems with two philosophical questions in mind: How does action relate to passion, to being-acted-on? And what does it mean to submit one’s...


Queen of Heaven

by Lilla Grindlay University of Notre Dame Press (September 30, 2018)

The belief that the Virgin Mary was bodily assumed to be crowned as heaven’s Queen has been celebrated in the liturgy and literature of England since the fifth century. The upheaval of the Reformation brought...


Down Along the Piney

by John Mort University of Notre Dame Press (September 30, 2018)

Down Along the Piney is John Mort’s fourth short-story collection and winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction. With settings in Florida, California, Mexico, Chicago, the Texas Panhandle, and,...


Intellectual Imagination

by Omedi Ochieng University of Notre Dame Press (June 25, 2018)

The Intellectual Imagination unfolds a sweeping vision of the form, meaning, and value of intellectual practice. The book breaks new ground in offering a comprehensive vision of the intellectual vocation. Omedi...


March 1917

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn & Marian Schwartz University of Notre Dame Press (November 30, 2017)

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the University of Notre Dame Press is proud to publish Nobel Prize–winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s epic work March 1917, Node III, Book 1,...


Other Roots, The

by Pedro Meira Monteiro & Flora Thomson-DeVeaux University of Notre Dame Press (October 30, 2017)

First published in 1936, the classic work Roots of Brazil by Sérgio Buarque de Holanda presented an analysis of why and how a European culture flourished in a large tropical environment that was totally foreign...


God, the Moon, and Other Megafauna

by Kellie Wells University of Notre Dame Press (August 15, 2017)

Kellie Wells is a writer of startling imagination whose "phantasmal stories," Booklist says, "shimmer with a dreamlike vibrancy." God, the Moon, and Other Megafauna, Wells's second collection of short stories...


Catholicism and American Borders in the Gothic Literary Imagination

by Farrell O'Gorman University of Notre Dame Press (November 15, 2017)

In Catholicism and American Borders in the Gothic Literary Imagination, Farrell O'Gorman presents the first study of the recurrent role of Catholicism in a Gothic tradition that is essential to the literature...


Shadow and Substance

by Jay Zysk University of Notre Dame Press (September 30, 2017)

Shadow and Substance is the first book to present a sustained examination of the relationship between Eucharistic controversy and English drama across the Reformation divide. In this compelling interdisciplinary...


Among Ruins

by Robert Gibb University of Notre Dame Press (September 30, 2017)

Among Ruins is the final volume of Homestead Works, a collection of four books of poetry that explore the industrial past and legacy of the old steel town of Homestead, Pennsylvania, and, by extension, Pittsburgh....


Milton and Catholicism

by Ronald Corthell & Thomas N. Corns University of Notre Dame Press (November 15, 2017)

This collection of original essays by literary critics and historians analyzes a wide range of Milton’s writing, from his early poetry, through his mid-century political prose, to De Doctrina Christiana, which...


Conflicts of Devotion

by Daniel R. Gibbons University of Notre Dame Press (March 30, 2017)

Who will mourn with me? Who will break bread with me? Who is my neighbor? In the wake of the religious reformations of the sixteenth century, such questions called for a new approach to the communal religious...


Piers Plowman and the Poetics of Enigma

by Curtis A. Gruenler University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2017)

In this book, Curtis Gruenler proposes that the concept of the enigmatic, latent in a wide range of medieval thinking about literature, can help us better understand in medieval terms much of the era’s most...


Celtic Unconscious, The

by Richard Barlow University of Notre Dame Press (March 30, 2017)

The Celtic Unconscious offers a vital new interpretation of modernist literature through an examination of James Joyce’s employment of Scottish literature and philosophy, as well as a commentary on his portrayal...


Volition's Face

by Andrew Escobedo University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2017)

Modern readers and writers find it natural to contrast the agency of realistic fictional characters to the constrained range of action typical of literary personifications. Yet no commentator before the eighteenth...


Michael Psellos on Literature and Art

by Michael Psellos, Charles Barber & Stratis Papaioannou University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2017)

Michael Psellos has long been known as a key figure in the history of Byzantine literary and intellectual culture, but his theoretical and critical reflections on literature and art are little known outside...


Of Form & Gather

by Felicia Zamora University of Notre Dame Press (February 28, 2017)

Of Form & Gather marks the dazzling debut of Felicia Zamora, whose poems concern themselves with probing questions, not facile answers. Where does the self reside? What forms do we, as human beings, inhabit...


Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, An

by John Henry Cardinal Newman & Ian Ker University of Notre Dame Press (March 02, 1994)

An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, reprinted from the 1878 edition, “is rightly regarded as one of the most seminal theological works ever to be written,” states Ian Ker in his foreword to...


Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters, The: Arabic Knowledge Construction

by Muhsin J. al-Musawi University of Notre Dame Press (April 15, 2015)

In The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters: Arabic Knowledge Construction, Muhsin J. al-Musawi offers a groundbreaking study of literary heritage in the medieval and premodern Islamic period. Al-Musawi challenges...


Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular against the Sacred

by Barbara Newman University of Notre Dame Press (May 15, 2013)

In Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular against the Sacred, Barbara Newman offers a new approach to the many ways that sacred and secular interact in medieval literature, arguing that the sacred was the normative,...


Prophets of the Posthuman: American Fiction, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood

by Christina Bieber Lake University of Notre Dame Press (August 25, 2014)

Prophets of the Posthuman provides a fresh and original reading of fictional narratives that raise the question of what it means to be human in the face of rapidly developing bioenhancement technologies. Christina...


Scandal Work: James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars

by Margot Gayle Backus University of Notre Dame Press (October 21, 2013)

In Scandal Work: James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars, Margot Gayle Backus charts the rise of the newspaper sex scandal across the fin de siècle British archipelago and explores...


Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge

by Thomas Pfau University of Notre Dame Press (February 15, 2015)

In this brilliant study, Thomas Pfau argues that the loss of foundational concepts in classical and medieval Aristotelian philosophy caused a fateful separation between reason and will in European thought. Pfau...


Victorian Reformations: Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1904

by Miriam Elizabeth Burstein University of Notre Dame Press (December 30, 2013)

In Victorian Reformations: Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900, Miriam Elizabeth Burstein analyzes the ways in which Christian novelists across the denominational spectrum laid claim to popular...


Miserere Mei: The Penitential Psalms in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

by Clare Costley King'oo University of Notre Dame Press (May 10, 2012)

In Miserere Mei, Clare Costley King'oo examines the critical importance of the Penitential Psalms in England between the end of the fourteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth century. During this period,...


The Quest of the Absolute: Birth and Decline of European Romanticism

by Louis Dupré University of Notre Dame Press (September 30, 2013)

This eagerly awaited study brings to completion Louis Dupré's planned trilogy on European culture during the modern epoch. Demonstrating remarkable erudition and sweeping breadth, The Quest of the Absolute...


Because You Have To: A Writing Life

by Joan Frank University of Notre Dame Press (September 15, 2012)

Part memoir, part handbook, part survey of the contemporary literary scene, Joan Frank's Because You Have To: A Writing Life is a collection of essays that, taken together, provide a walking tour of the writing...


Tolkien among the Moderns

by Ralph C. Wood University of Notre Dame Press (August 28, 2015)

It has long been recognized that J. R. R. Tolkien's work is animated by a profound moral and religious vision. It is less clear that Tolkien's vision confronts the leading philosophical and literary concerns...


Secularization without End: Beckett, Mann, Coetzee

by Vincent P. Pecora University of Notre Dame Press (March 15, 2015)

In Secularization without End: Beckett, Mann, Coetzee, Vincent P. Pecora elaborates an alternative history of the twentieth-century Western novel that explains the resurgence of Christian theological ideas....


A Philosophy of the Unsayable

by William P. Franke University of Notre Dame Press (March 30, 2014)

In A Philosophy of the Unsayable, William Franke argues that the encounter with what exceeds speech has become the crucial philosophical issue of our time. He proposes an original philosophy pivoting on analysis...


The Gospel according to Shakespeare

by Piero Boitani, Vittorio Montemaggi & Rachel Jacoff University of Notre Dame Press (January 09, 2014)

In this slim, poetically powerful volume, Piero Boitani develops his earlier work in The Bible and Its Rewritings, focusing on Shakespeare's "rescripturing" of the Gospels. Boitani persuasively urges that Shakespeare...


Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge: A Companion to Early Irish Saga

by Tomas O. Cathasaigh & Matthieu Boyd University of Notre Dame Press (January 30, 2014)

Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge: A Companion to Early Irish Saga offers thirty-one previously published essays by Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, which together constitute a magisterial survey of early Irish narrative...


Uses and Abuses of Moses: Literary Representations since the Enlightenment

by Theodore Ziolkowski University of Notre Dame Press (March 15, 2016)

In Uses and Abuses of Moses, Theodore Ziolkowski surveys the major literary treatments of the biblical figure of Moses since the Enlightenment. Beginning with the influential treatments by Schiller and Goethe,...


Arabic Literary Salons in the Islamic Middle Ages: Poetry, Public Performance, and the Presentation of the Past

by Samer M. Ali University of Notre Dame Press (November 15, 2010)

Arabic literary salons emerged in ninth-century Iraq and, by the tenth, were flourishing in Baghdad and other urban centers. In an age before broadcast media and classroom education, salons were the primary...


Godly Letters: The Literature of the American Puritans

by Michael J. Colacurcio University of Notre Dame Press (August 16, 2006)

In Godly Letters, Michael J. Colacurcio analyzes a treasury of works written by the first generation of seventeenth-century American Puritans. Arguing that insufficient scrutiny has been given this important...


Dante's Commedia: Theology as Poetry

by Vittorio Montemaggi & Matthew Treherne University of Notre Dame Press (March 02, 2010)

In Dante's Commedia: Theology as Poetry, an international group of theologians and Dante scholars provide a uniquely rich set of perspectives focused on the relationship between theology and poetry in the Commedia....


"The Soul Exceeds Its Circumstances": The Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney

by Eugene O'Brien University of Notre Dame Press (November 15, 2016)

"The Soul Exceeds its Circumstances" brings together sixteen of the most prominent scholars who have written on Seamus Heaney to examine the Nobel Prize winner's later poetry from a variety of critical and theoretical...


Outsiders: The Humanity and Inhumanity of Giants in Medieval French Prose Romance

by Sylvia Huot University of Notre Dame Press (July 15, 2016)

Giants are a ubiquitous feature of medieval romance. As remnants of a British prehistory prior to the civilization established, according to the Historium regum Britannie, by Brutus and his Trojan followers,...


Affections of the Mind: The Politics of Sacramental Marriage in Late Medieval English Literature

by Emma Lipton University of Notre Dame Press (August 15, 2011)

Affections of the Mind argues that a politicized negotiation of issues of authority in the institution of marriage can be found in late medieval England, where an emergent middle class of society used a sacramental...


Tropologies: Ethics and Invention in England, c.1350-1600

by Ryan McDermott University of Notre Dame Press (April 15, 2016)

Tropologies is the first book-length study to elaborate the medieval and early modern theory of the tropological, or moral, sense of scripture. Ryan McDermott argues that tropology is not only a way to interpret...


Seamus Heaney's Regions

by Richard Rankin Russell University of Notre Dame Press (June 13, 2014)

Regional voices from England, Ireland, and Scotland inspired Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel prize-winner, to become a poet, and his home region of Northern Ireland provided the subject matter for much of his...


The Long and the Short of It: A Practical Guide to European Versification Systems

by Joseph A. Dane University of Notre Dame Press (March 15, 2010)

Students of English literature now rarely receive instruction in versification (theory or practice) at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. The Long and the Short of It is a clear, straightforward...


The Sword and the Pen: Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Siena

by Konrad Eisenbichler University of Notre Dame Press (November 15, 2012)

In The Sword and the Pen: Women, Politics, and Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Siena, Konrad Eisenbichler analyzes the work of Sienese women poets, in particular, Aurelia Petrucci, Laudomia Forteguerri, and Virginia...


Medieval Autographies: The "I" of the Text

by A. C. Spearing University of Notre Dame Press (November 16, 2012)

In Medieval Autographies, A. C. Spearing develops a new engagement of narrative theory with medieval English first-person writing, focusing on the roles and functions of the "I" as a shifting textual phenomenon,...