By Kevin J. HayesThomas Jefferson was once an avid book-collector, a voracious reader, and a talented author, a guy who prided himself on his wisdom of classical and glossy languages and whose marginal annotations contain quotations from Euripides, Herodotus, and Milton. And but there hasn't ever been a literary lifetime of our such a lot literary president.
In The highway to Monticello, Kevin J. Hayes fills this significant hole through delivering a full of life account of Jefferson's highbrow improvement, concentrating on the books that exerted the main profound effect on his writing and pondering. relocating chronologically via Jefferson's lifestyles, Hayes finds the entire variety and intensity of Jefferson's literary passions, from the preferred "small books" bought through touring chapmen, equivalent to The background of Fortunatas and The heritage of Tom Thumb that enthralled him as a toddler, to his lifelong love of Aesop's Fables and Robinson Crusoe, his engagement with Horace, Ovid, Virgil and different writers of classical antiquity, and his deep affinity with the depression verse of Ossian, the mythical third-century Gaelic warrior-poet. Drawing on Jefferson's letters, journals, and normal books, Hayes deals a wealth of recent scholarship at the literary tradition of colonial the United States, identifies formerly unknown books held in Jefferson's libraries, reconstructs Jefferson's investigations of such diversified fields of data as legislation, heritage, philosophy, and usual technology and, most significantly, lays naked the guidelines which expert the contemplating America's first nice intellectual.
By Sau-ling Cynthia Wong
A fresh explosion of publishing task through a variety of gifted writers has positioned Asian American literature within the limelight. because the box of Asian American literary experiences profits expanding attractiveness, despite the fact that, questions of misreading and appropriation unavoidably come up. How is the becoming physique of Asian American works to be learn? What holds them jointly to represent a practice? What distinguishes this practice from the "mainstream" canon and different "minority" literatures? within the first entire publication on Asian American literature given that Elaine Kim's ground-breaking 1982 quantity, Sau-ling Wong addresses those concerns and explores their implications for the multiculturalist agenda.
Wong does so by way of constructing the "intertextuality" of Asian American literature during the examine of 4 motifs--food and consuming, the Doppelg,nger determine, mobility, and play--in their a number of sociohistorical contexts. taking place throughout ethnic subgroup, gender, classification, generational, and historic limitations, those motifs resonate with one another in noticeably Asian American styles that universalistic theories can't discover. rhetorical figures from Maxine Hong Kingston's The lady Warrior, "Necessity" and "Extravagance," extra unify this unique, wide-ranging research. Authors studied comprise Carlos Bulosan, Frank Chin, Ashley Sheun Dunn, David Henry Hwang, Lonny Kaneko, Maxine Hong Kingston, pleasure Kogawa, David Wong Louie, Darrell Lum, Wing Tek Lum, Toshio Mori, Bharati Mukherjee, Fae Myenne Ng, Bienvenido Santos, Monica Sone, Amy Tan, Yoshiko Uchida, Shawn Wong, Hisaye Yamamoto, and Wakako Yamauchi.
By Ronald SchuchardSchuchard's severe research attracts upon formerly unpublished and uncollected fabrics in exhibiting how Eliot's own voice works in the course of the sordid, the bawdy, the blasphemous, and the bad to create a different ethical international and the single conception of ethical feedback in English literature. The ebook additionally erodes traditional attitudes towards Eliot's highbrow and non secular improvement, exhibiting how early and regularly his classical and spiritual sensibility manifests itself in his poetry and feedback. The ebook examines his examining, his educating, his bawdy poems, and his life-long allure to tune halls and different modes of pop culture to teach the complicated relation among highbrow biography and art.
By Shelley Streeby
This obtainable, interdisciplinary ebook brilliantly analyzes the sensational literature of George Lippard, A.J.H Duganne, Ned Buntline, Metta Victor, Mary Denison, John Rollin Ridge, Louisa may possibly Alcott, and lots of different writers. Streeby additionally discusses antiwar articles within the exertions and land reform press; principles approximately Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua in pop culture; and lots more and plenty extra. even if the Civil battle has commonly been an incredible interval marker in U.S. heritage and literature, Streeby proposes a tremendous paradigm shift through the use of mass tradition to teach that the U.S.-Mexican struggle and different conflicts with Mexicans and local americans within the borderlands have been primary in forming the complicated nexus of race, gender, and sophistication within the United States.
By John HolmesThis can be a accomplished examine of Darwin's Legacy for faith, ecology and the humanities. In Darwin's Bards John Holmes argues that poetry may have a profound influence on how we expect and suppose concerning the human situation in a Darwinian global. together with over 50 entire poems and colossal extracts from a number of extra, Holmes exhibits how poets from Tennyson and Browning, via Hardy and Frost, to Ted Hughes, Pattiann Rogers and Edwin Morgan have answered to the invention of evolution. Written for scientists, philosophers and ecologists, in addition to poets, critics and scholars of literature, Darwin's Bards is a well timed intervention into the heated debates over Darwin's legacy for faith, ecology and the humanities. The booklet will entice readers for its dialogue of the existential implications of Darwinism, for its shut readings of poetry, and for the reprinted poems themselves.
- Situates the writing of this era in its quite a few old and cultural contexts, together with colonialism, imperialism, diaspora, and state formation.
- Highlights interactions among local, non-scribal teams and Europeans through the early centuries of exploration.
- Covers a variety of techniques to defining and analyzing early American writing.
- Looks on the improvement of neighborhood spheres of impact within the 17th and eighteenth centuries.
- Serves as a necessary adjunct to Castillo and Schweitzer’s ‘The Literatures of Colonial the USA: An Anthology’ (Blackwell Publishing, 2001).
By Leonard CassutoThis significant other presents clean views at the usually learn Dreiser classics, Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy, in addition to on themes of perennial curiosity, which come with Dreiser's illustration of the town and his prose kind. the amount investigates his illustration of masculinity and femininity, and his remedy of ethnicity, between different subject matters.
By Sharon A. Russell
One of the main prolific and renowned modern novelists, Stephen King has a loyal following of captivated readers. this is often the 1st serious paintings on King to check his latest novels, Dolores Claiborne, Insomnia, and Rose Madder, and to investigate the various threads of his fiction in a manner that's obtainable to teenagers and common readers. it really is designed to aid the reader comprehend the conscientiously equipped narrative constitution of his novels, the relation of his fiction to the horror and technology fiction genres and to one another, personality improvement, and stylistic and thematic issues that recur and evolve all through his paintings. Following a biographical bankruptcy that hyperlinks his existence to the advance of his fiction, Russell bargains an summary bankruptcy on all his novels. person chapters research 9 consultant novels: as well as the 3 pointed out above, Russell examines Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, The darkish Half, The darkish Tower III: The Waste Lands, and Needful Things. a whole bibliography of all Stephen King's paintings, severe resources, and an inventory of stories of the novels tested intensive whole the work.
Each bankruptcy offers with one novel and contains sections on plot and narrative constitution, personality improvement, and thematic issues. whereas targeting the weather of every novel, Russell additionally attracts comparisons to different novels in King's canon and issues out their developmental dating. She exhibits how King makes use of horror, technological know-how fiction, and suspense to discover human relationships, how he expands conventional ways to style by way of combining parts of some of the genres in his fiction, and the way he has persisted to develop as an artist all through his profession. each one novel is usually tested from another severe strategy, which deals the reader an extra point of view from which to learn it. since it is the single critique of King to house his fresh novels and has been designed for teenagers and basic readers, this serious spouse might be a key buy for college and public libraries.