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The Self and It

Julie Park.

October 2009; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary studies (1500 to 1800). 312 pages.

Objects we traditionally regard as “mere” imitations of the human—dolls, automata, puppets—proliferated in eighteenth-century England's rapidly expanding market culture. During the same...

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The Scenic Imagination

Eric Gans.

October 2007; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary theory and cultural studies. 232 pages.

This book argues that the uniquely human phenomenon of representation, as manifested in language, art, and ritual, is a scenic event focused on a central object designated by a sign. The...

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An Age of Melodrama

Ken K. Ito.

September 2008; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: literature. 328 pages.

At the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth, Japanese fiction pulsed with an urge to render good and evil in ways that evoked dramatic emotions. This book examines...

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Trauma and Transformation

Edited by Vera J. Camden.

December 2007; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary studies (1500 to 1800). 200 pages.

In 1649, the English people suffered a tremendous wound, a psychic lesion, as they both instigated and endured the killing of their king, Charles I. John Bunyan came of age in the shadow of...

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Counterfeit Capital

Jennifer Bajorek.

October 2008; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary theory and cultural studies. 160 pages.

This is a comparative and interdisciplinary study exploring the unexpected yet essential relationship between irony and capital in the texts of Baudelaire and Marx. It argues for the...

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Poetic Affairs

Michael Eskin.

February 2008; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary theory and cultural studies. 252 pages.

This book deals with the complex interface between literature and life through the prism of the lives and works of three poets: the German-Jewish poet and Holocaust survivor, Paul Celan...

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Barcelona's Vocation of Modernity

Joan Ramon Resina.

July 2008; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: literature. 288 pages.

Since the closing decades of the nineteenth century, Barcelona has striven to sustain an image of modernity that distinguishes itself within Spain. This book traces the development of that...

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Anonymous Life

Jacques Khalip.

October 2008; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary studies (19th century). 248 pages.

Romanticism is often synonymous with models of identity and action that privilege individual empowerment and emotional autonomy, models that, in the last two decades, have been the focus of...

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Exemplarity and Mediocrity

Paul Fleming.

December 2008; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: literature. 240 pages.

Following Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's analysis of art's increasing difficulty to both engage and extricate itself from prosaic reality, this book investigates the strategies employed by...

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The Enigma of Isaac Babel

Edited by Gregory Freidin.

October 2009; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: literature. 288 pages.

A literary cult figure on a par with Franz Kafka, Isaac Babel has remained an enigma ever since he disappeared, along with his archive, inside Stalin's secret police headquarters in May of...

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