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The Visible Text: Textual Production and Reproduction from Beowulf to Maus (Oxford Textual Perspectives)
The Visible Text: Textual Production and Reproduction from Beowulf to Maus (Oxford Textual Perspectives)
by Thomas A. T. Bredehoft
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Oxford Textual Perspectives is a new series of informative and provocative studies focused upon literary texts (conceived of in the broadest sense of that term) and the technologies, cultures and communities that produce, inform, and receive them. It... (read more)

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Battle Royale Slam Book: Essays on the Cult Classic by Koushun Takami (Battle Royale Slam Book)
Battle Royale Slam Book: Essays on the Cult Classic by Koushun Takami (Battle Royale Slam Book)
by Nick (edt) Mamatas
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The cult phenomenon Battle Royale has been lauded as a masterpiece and decried as exploitative gore, but it’s always remained in the public consciousness. This collection of essays by some of the best science fiction, horror, and thriller writers... (read more)

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How to Be Gay
How to Be Gay
by David M. Halperin
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David M. Halperin is W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. University of Michigan, Ann... (read more)

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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer
The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer
by James Dempsey
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“For nearly a century, Scofield Thayer has remained a somewhat shadowy figure in the history of modernism. But James Dempsey has at last illuminated Thayer’s passionate, intense, and agonizing story.”—Barry Ahearn, editor of The... (read more)

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Spellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians
Spellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians
by Molly Clark Hillard
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In examining the relationship between fairy tales and Victorian culture, Molly Clark Hillard concludes that the Victorians were “spellbound”: novelists, poets, and playwrights were self-avowedly enchanted by these tales. At the same time... (read more)

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1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die: The Ultimate Guide to Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Manga
1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die: The Ultimate Guide to Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Manga
by Paul (edt) Gravett
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Visually amazing, this critical history of comic books, manga, and graphic novels is a must-have for any comic buff or collector.  Over the centuries, comic books and their offshoots, such as graphic novels, manga, and bandes dessinées, have... (read more)

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John Nichols's the Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources (Five-Volume Set)
John Nichols's the Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources (Five-Volume Set)
by Elizabeth (edt) Goldring
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John Nichols's The Progresses of Queen Elizabeth (1788-1823) has long been an indispensable reference tool for scholars working on Elizabethan court and culture - despite the serious limitations of an antiquarian edition now two centuries old. This old... (read more)

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Stuff Theory: Everyday Objects, Radical Materialism
Stuff Theory: Everyday Objects, Radical Materialism
by Maurizia Boscagli
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Stuff, the hoard of minor objects which have shed their commodity glamor but which we refuse to recycle, flashes up in fiction, films and photographs as alluring, unruly reminder of how people and matter are intertwined. Stuff is modern materiality out... (read more)

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Spellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians
Spellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians
by Molly Clark Hillard
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In examining the relationship between fairy tales and Victorian culture, Molly Clark Hillard concludes that the Victorians were “spellbound”: novelists, poets, and playwrights were self-avowedly enchanted by these tales. At the same time... (read more)

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The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature
The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature
by Ben Tarnoff
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The unforgettable story of the birth of modern America and the western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity The Bohemians begins in 1860s San Francisco. The Gold Rush has ended; the Civil War threatens to tear apart the country. Far from the... (read more)

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The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth
The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth
by Terry Pratchett
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OFFERING INSIGHTS INTO ALL 40 DISCWORLD NOVELS Find out - Why cheeses roll down hills - The hazards of treacle mining - What’s so uncanny about the humble hare -The origins of orcs (which are not the same as goblins!) - Why witches come in threes &#... (read more)

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New Directions in the History of the Novel
New Directions in the History of the Novel
by Patrick (edt) Parrinder
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What exactly, and when, was the 'rise' of the novel? Is its dominance now over? How have material conditions, habits of reading, and authors' reactions to the changing international marketplace helped to shape the novel as a form? In a series of studies... (read more)

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You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body
You Feel So Mortal: Essays on the Body
by Peggy Shinner
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Feet, bras, autopsies, hair—Peggy Shinner takes an honest, unflinching look at all of them in You Feel So Mortal, a collection of searing and witty essays about the body: her own body, female and Jewish; those of her parents, the bodies she... (read more)

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Career-Limiting Moves
Career-Limiting Moves
by Zachariah Wells
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By turns celebratory and sceptical, Career Limiting Moves is a selection of essays and reviews drawn from a decade of immersion in Canadian poetry. Inhabiting a milieu in which unfriendly remarks are typically spoken sotto voce—if at all—Wells... (read more)

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Alcman and the Cosmos of Sparta
Alcman and the Cosmos of Sparta
by Gloria Ferrari
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The Partheneion, or “maiden song,” composed in the seventh century BCE by the Spartan poet Alcman, is the earliest substantial example of a choral lyric. A provocative reinterpretation of the Partheneion and its broader context, Alcman and... (read more)

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Short Story Criticism #195: Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers
Short Story Criticism #195: Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers
by Lawrence J. (edt) Trudeau
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Short Story Criticism assembles critical responses to the writings of the world's most renowned short fiction writers and provides supplementary biographical context and bibliographic material to guide the reader to a greater understanding of the genre... (read more)

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Revisiting the Tempest: The Capacity to Signify (Palgrave Shakespeare Studies)
Revisiting the Tempest: The Capacity to Signify (Palgrave Shakespeare Studies)
by Silvia (edt) Bigliazzi
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In critical history, Shakespeare's The Tempest has been interpreted as a reticent play, a fascinating and yet mysterious blend of magic and verisimilitude, narrative and drama, spectacle and meditation on death. The Tempest seems to raise fundamental... (read more)

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Reading Constellations: Urban Modernity in Victorian Fiction
Reading Constellations: Urban Modernity in Victorian Fiction
by Patricia Mckee
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The changes wrought by industrialization in the nineteenth century were heralded by many as the inevitable march of progress. Yet a fair share of critics opposed the encroachment of modernity into everyday life. Wedding Walter Benjamin's critique of... (read more)

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor LP: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
How to Read Literature Like a Professor LP: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
by Thomas C. Foster
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Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable... (read more)

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War After Death: On Violence and Its Limits
War After Death: On Violence and Its Limits
by Steven Miller
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War after Death considers forms of violence that regularly occur in actual wars but do not often factor into the stories we tell about war, which revolve invariably around killing and death. Recent history demonstrates that body counts are more necessary... (read more)

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