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Literary Criticism and Theory




Cycles of Influence

Fiction, Folktale, Theory

Stephen Benson

Analyzes how the folktale has influenced the development of narrative theory and how postmodern fiction has drawn on the folktale to experiment with diverse narrative concepts.

Published: March 2003
ISBN: 9780814329498
Published: March 2003
ISBN: 9780814339091

Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography

Gerhard Richter

Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography is not merely the most extensive and insightful treatment of Benjamin 's autobiographical writings.

Published: April 2002
ISBN: 9780814330838

Other Things Being Equal

By Emma Wolf
Edited with an Introduction by Barbara Cantalupo

A timely reissue of Emma Wolf’s 1892 novel, which boldly interrogates the implications of Jewish-Christian marriage and examines the role of the "new woman" within the traditions of the Jewish home.

Published: March 2002
ISBN: 9780814330227
Published: March 2002
ISBN: 9780814337752

Royal Subjects

Essays on the Writings of James VI and I

Edited by Daniel Fischlin and Mark Fortier
With a Foreword by Kevin Sharpe

Sixteen leading scholars explore the richness of King James’s work from a variety of perspectives, and in so doing seek to establish monarchic writing as an important genre in its own right.

Published: February 2002
ISBN: 9780814328774

The Myth of Power and the Self

Essays on Franz Kafka

Walter H. Sokel

The Myth of Power and the Self brings together Walter Sokel's most significant essays on Kafka written over a period of thirty-one years, 1966-1997.

Published: February 2002
ISBN: 9780814326084

Laughing Feminism

Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen

Audrey Bilger

An examination of comedy and feminism in the works of early women British novelists.

Published: February 2002
ISBN: 9780814330548

Lies Like Truth

Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Cultural Moment

Arthur F. Kinney

By demonstrating fundamental connections between audience reaction then and the use of computers today, Renaissance scholar Arthur Kinney explores the cultural moment of one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies.

Published: July 2001
ISBN: 9780814329658

Monsters in the Italian Literary Imagination

Edited by Keala Jewell

An examination of "the monster" in Italian culture and its evolution from the medieval period to the twentieth century.

Published: February 2001
ISBN: 9780814339879

Humor in Borges

René de Costa

Humor in Borges studies the humor embedded in the fiction of the serious and metaphysical literary figure, Jorge Luis Borges.

Published: April 2000
ISBN: 9780814328880

Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Edited by Stephanie Merrim

Called the "Quintessence of the Baroque" and "Bridge to the Enlightenment," Mexican writer and nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz has also been celebrated as the "First Feminist of the New World." Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz fills a gap

Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780814322161

Cultural Memory and the Construction of Identity

Edited by Dan Ben-Amos and Liliane Weissberg

This volume explores the dynamics of cultural memory in a variety of contexts.

Published: January 1999
ISBN: 9780814327531

"Winds Can Wake Up the Dead"

An Eric Walrond Reader

Edited by Louis J. Parascandola

A new anthology of works by a major writer from the New Negro Movement.

Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814327098

Children of the Ghetto

A Study of a Peculiar People

Israel Zangwill
Edited with an Introduction by Meri-Jane Rochelson

This volume brings back to print the 1895 edition of Children of the Ghetto, the latest American version known to have been corrected by the author.

Published: May 1998
ISBN: 9780814325933
Published: May 1998
ISBN: 9780814340028

Does David Still Play Before You?

Israeli Poetry and the Bible

David C. Jacobson

Does David Still Play Before You? explores the ways that contemporary Israeli poets have made use of images from the Bible in their poetry.

Published: June 1997
ISBN: 9780814326237

José Donoso's House of Fiction

A Dramatic Construction of Time and Place

Flora González Mandri

This text examines the multiple narrative perspectives Donoso presents and traces a transformation in Donoso's works from complex stage performance to political forum.

Published: April 1995
ISBN: 9780814325261

Women of the Word

Jewish Women and Jewish Writing

Edited by Judith R. Baskin

Women of the Word is part of an emerging effort to listen to the voices of Jewish women both past and present.

Published: October 1994
ISBN: 9780814324233

Discarded Legacy

Politics and Poetics in the Life of Frances E. W. Harper, 1825-1911

By Melba Joyce Boyd

In this important study, poet Melba Joyce Boyd analyzes Harper not simply as a feminist and an activist, but as a writer.

Published: June 1994
ISBN: 9780814324899

Jewish Wry

Essays on Jewish Humor

Edited with an Introduction by Sarah Blacher Cohen

Jewish Wry examines the development of Jewish humor in a series of essays on topics that range from Sholom Aleichem's humor to Jewish comediennes through to the humor of Philip Roth.

Published: December 1990
ISBN: 9780814323663


A Study in the Fantastic

Maurice Lévy
Translated by S. T. Joshi

Broader than a thematic study, however, Lévy's analysis is unique in his use of Lovecraft's work as a model for fantastic writing in general and in his provocative theory as to why Lovecraft wrote the sort of works he did.

Published: March 1988
ISBN: 9780814319567

A Middle English Anthology

Edited by Ann S. Haskell

A reissue of the popular 1969 volume, this anthology includes a wide variety of selections from Middle English literature.

Published: August 1985
ISBN: 9780814317983