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Literary Studies Book List

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Soliloquy of a Farmer’s Wife
The Diary of Annie Elliott Perrin
Edited by Dale B. J. Randall

Diary of a Geneva, Ohio, farmer’s wife, Annie Perrin, who wrote during the final battles, climax, and close of World War I.

Diaries and Journals · History · American History · Literary Studies · Biography · Ohio and Regional

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Victorian Travelers and the Opening of China 1842-1907
By Susan Shoenbauer Thurin

Three men and three women: a plant collector, a merchant and his novelist wife, a military officer, and two famous women travelers went to China between the Opium War and the formal end of the opium trade, 1842-1907. Their range of perspectives, their acquaintance with one another and their similar scope of travel to Hong Kong, the treaty ports, and Sichuan lend intensity to their picture of China and the Western presence there.

Literary Studies · Victorian Studies · British Literature · China · Eastern Asia · Asia · 19th century · Victorian Era

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The Culture of Christina Rossetti
Female Poetics and Victorian Contexts
Edited by Mary Arseneau, Antony H. Harrison, and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra

The Culture of Christina Rossetti explores a “new” Christina Rossetti as she emerges from the scrutiny of the particular historical and cultural context in which she lived and wrote. The essays in this collection demonstrate how the recluse, saint, and renunciatory spinster of former studies was in fact an active participant in her society's attempt to grapple with new developments in aesthetics, theology, science, economics, and politics.

Literary Studies · Victorian Studies · British Literature · Literary Criticism · Christina Rossetti · Victorian Era · 19th century

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Virginia Woolf
Reading the Renaissance
Edited by Sally Greene

The story of “Shakespeare’s sister” that Virginia Woolf tells in A Room of One’s Own has sparked interest in the question of the place of the woman writer in the Renaissance. By now, the process of recovering lost voices of early modern women is well under way. But Woolf’s engagement with the Renaissance went deeper than that question indicates, as important as it was.

Gender Studies · Literary Studies · British Literature · Literary Criticism · Women’s Studies

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Blood of the Prodigal
An Ohio Amish Mystery
By P. L. Gaus

Faced with an apparent abduction, the bishop of an Old Order Amish community reluctantly turns for help to an outsider in the deceptively tranquil countryside of Ohio’s Holmes County.

Literary Studies · Fiction · American Literature · Ohio and Regional · Mystery · Amish

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All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing
An Explanation of Meter and Versification
By Timothy Steele

Perfect for the general reader of poetry, students and teachers of literature, and aspiring poets, All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing is a lively and comprehensive study of versification by one of our best contemporary practitioners of traditional poetic forms.

Poetry · Essays · Literary Studies

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Battle of Kosovo
By John Matthias and Vladeta Vučković
· Preface by Charles Simic
· Afterword by Christopher Merrill

The Battle of Kosovo cycle of heroic ballads is generally considered the finest work of Serbian folk poetry. Commemorating the Serbian Empire’s defeat at the hands of the Turks in the late fourteenth century, these poems and fragments have been known for centuries in Eastern Europe.

Poetry · European Literature · Literary Studies · 15th century · Kosovo · Serbia

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With Gissing in Italy
The Memoirs of Brian Ború Dunne
Edited by Paul F. Mattheisen, Arthur C. Young, and Pierre Coustillas

A candid portrait of one of England's most celebrated authors In 1897, at age nineteen, American Brian Ború Dunne was an aspiring journalist, who chanced to meet the Englishman George Gissing at the height of his career as a novelist. He was somewhat awed, but not unduly intimidated, by the renowned writer, and his vigorous personality drew Gissing into many frank and unguarded conversations.

Literary Studies · Victorian Studies · Biography · British Literature

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Es’kia Mphahlele
Themes of Alienation and African Humanism
By Ruth Obee

“If you really want to understand South Africa, read black African writers. Read Es'kia Mphahlele,” is the advice proffered to diplomats and scholars by professor and publisher Donald Herdeck. The irony is that in the past, many of Mphahlele's works were out of print or banned under censorship laws in South Africa from the early 1950s on.

African Studies · African Authors · Literary Studies · Literary Criticism

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The Complete Works of Robert Browning, Volume XVI
With Variant Readings and Annotations
By Robert Browning
· Edited by Susan Crowl and Roma A. King Jr.

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. Robert Browning wrote Parleyings with Certain People of Importance in Their Day in his seventy-third year.

Literary Studies · Poetry · Victorian Studies · British Literature

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Ruskin’s Mythic Queen
Gender Subversion in Victorian Culture
By Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

John Ruskin's prominence as the author of “Of Queen's Gardens,” his principal statement of Victorian gender opposition, makes him an ideal example for analyzing the power of mythic discourse to undermine gender division. Here, Ruskin creates a vision of feminine authority that draws simultaneously upon several sources (including the goddess Athena and Queen Victoria herself) to empower women in a worldwide arena redefined as a broader version of their domestic realm.

Gender Studies · Literary Studies · Victorian Studies · British Literature · Literary Criticism · Women’s Studies

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A Paris Year
Dorothy and James T. Farrell, 1931–1932
By Edgar Marquess Branch

The Depression that follows the 1929 stock market crash is emptying Paris of many American expatriates. Two exceptions are Dorothy and James T. Farrell, the naïve young couple who have fled their home in Chicago for the fabled liberation that Paris seems to offer. In this telling account drawn from interviews, diaries, and letters home, Edgar Marquess Branch presents a composite view of the life of a young author yet to complete his masterpiece, Studs Lonigan.

Literary Studies · Biography · Literary Criticism · History

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Shakespeare in Production
Whose History?
By H. R. Coursen

Shakespeare in Production examines a number of plays in context. Included are the 1936 Romeo and Juliet, unpopular with critics of filmed Shakespeare, but very much a “photoplay” if its time; the opening sequences of filmed Hamlets which span more than seventy years; The Comedy of Errors on television, where production of this script is almost impossible; and the Branagh Much Ado About Nothing, a “popular” film discussed in the context of comedy as a genre.

Film and Video - History and Criticism · Media Studies · Literary Studies · Shakespeare · British Literature · Literary Criticism · Theater - History and Criticism

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Voices from the Silence
Guatemalan Literature of Resistance
Edited by Marc Zimmerman and Raúl Rojas

The conquest, colonization, independence, the liberal reforms, the regimes, revolution, and dictatorships, the insurrections and ongoing peace dialogues all are combined in a narrative projecting the most important forces in Guatemalan history from the Mayan period to our own times.

Latin American Studies · Literary Studies · American Literature · International Studies

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Word Play Place
Essays on the Poetry of John Matthias
Edited by Robert Archambeau

The poetry of John Matthias has long been admired by other poets for the way it refuses to be categorized. Lyrical and experimental, cosmopolitan and rooted in place, it challenges our received notions of what poetry can be at the end of the twentieth century. This volume introduces the work of this significant American poet to readers previously unfamiliar with it and enriches the reading of those who have long admired it.

Literary Studies · American Literature · Literary Criticism