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Learning to Die in London, 1380-1540

by Amy Appleford

Learning to Die in London, 1380-1540 argues that the educated awareness of death and mortality was a vital aspect of the city's civic culture, critical not only to the shaping of single lives and the management...

Unquiet Things: Secularism in the Romantic Age

by Colin Jager

Reading works by Austen, Coleridge, Byron, and Shelley among others, Unquiet Things investigates the social and political disorders that arise within modern secular cultures. Jager demonstrates the distinctive...

"Hamlet" After Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text

by Zachary Lesser

In 1823 Sir Henry Bunbury discovered an early edition of Hamlet that radically differs from the known and celebrated version of the play. Zachary Lesser examines how this improbable discovery forced readers...

Barbarous Antiquity: Reorienting the Past in the Poetry of Early Modern England

by Miriam Jacobson

Barbarous Antiquity reorients early modern English poetry around England's mercantile and cultural exchanges with the Ottoman Empire, revealing how English poetry renegotiated its relationship to the classical...

Jesus Christ Superstar

by Robert Price

Though the Rock Opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" has become a religious and musical phenomenon, beloved around the world among Christians and non-believers alike, no one has ever delved into the lyrics with the...

The Altar at Home: Sentimental Literature and Nineteenth-Century American Religion

by Claudia Stokes

The Altar at Home explores the many religious contexts and contents of the sentimental literature of the American nineteenth century, arguing that this genre played a dynamic role in the development of revivalism,...

Sea of Silk: A Textile Geography of Women's Work in Medieval French Literature

by E. Jane Burns

E. Jane Burns argues that literary portraits of medieval heroines who produce and decorate silk cloth or otherwise manipulate items of silk outline a metaphorical geography that includes northern France as an...

Why are Animals Funny?: Everyday Analysis

by EDA Collective

Analyzing the signs of everyday life.

Made Flesh: Sacrament and Poetics in Post-Reformation England

by Kimberly Johnson

Made Flesh explores the ways in which the works of John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Edward Taylor, and other devotional poets negotiated the strange triangulation of body, word, and meaning in the...

Goethe's Allegories of Identity

by Jane K. Brown

Goethe's Allegories of Identity shows how Goethe's literary works, as the essential middle steps between Rousseau and Freud, lay the basis for modern depth psychology. Its illuminating scholarly yet accessible...

Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England

by Brooke Conti

In speeches, political pamphlets, and other works of religious controversy, writers from the reign of James I to that of James II unexpectedly erupt into autobiography. Brooke Conti positions these texts as...

In Light of Another's Word: European Ethnography in the Middle Ages

by Shirin A. Khanmohamadi

Challenging the traditional conception of medieval Europe as insular and xenophobic, Shirin A. Khanmohamadi's In Light of Another's Word looks to early ethnographic writers who were surprisingly aware of their...

Uncommon Tongues: Eloquence and Eccentricity in the English Renaissance

by Catherine Nicholson

Uncommon Tongues explores the tension between the political value of eloquence and its classical definition in sixteenth-century English literature, locating eccentricity and unfamiliarity at the heart of pedagogical,...

Mary Magdalene and the Drama of Saints: Theater, Gender, and Religion in Late Medieval England

by Theresa Coletti

"A broad and deep analysis of Mary Magdalene's prominence through overlapping discourses of late medieval English culture. . . . An elegantly written and valuable resource on theater, gender, and religion."—...

After Augustine: The Meditative Reader and the Text

by Brian Stock

The essays in this volume discuss the changing purpose of reading from late antiquity to the Renaissance. "A most unusual, fascinating, and rich book, very well written, with copious scholarly notes."—Choice...

A Bit of This and a Bit of That About Poetry

by John Fraser

A reviewer of JOHN FRASER'S widely praised Violence in the Arts (1973) spoke of encountering in it "an extremely agile and incessantly active mind that illuminates almost every subject that he touches." As a...

The Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History: A Forgotten Heritage

by Maria Rosa Menocal

María Rosa Menocal argues that Arabic culture was a central and shaping phenomenon in medieval Europe.

Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture

by Karen Raber

Animal Bodies, Renaissance Culture reconsiders interactions between environment, body, and consciousness found in early modern works, from More's Utopia and Shakespeare's Hamlet to husbandry manuals, anatomy...

From Paris to Pompeii: French Romanticism and the Cultural Politics of Archaeology

by Goran Blix

Through the iconic example of Pompeii, and the spell this city cast on the early nineteen-century French Romantic imagination, From Paris to Pompeii shows how an archaeological gaze arose in response to a secular...

Exposes and Excess: Muckraking in America, 1900 / 2000

by Cecelia Tichi

From robber barons to titanic CEOs, from the labor unrest of the 1880s to the mass layoffs of the 1990s, two American Gilded Ages—one in the early 1900s, another in the final years of the twentieth century—mirror...