Subject Area: Literary Criticism

An Intratextural Analysis of the Mirroring Birth Stories of Samson and Samuel: Explaining the Narrative Logic of Literary Montage
2015 1-4955-0399-2
“In this fascinating and scholarly work by Mollo, there is an intellectual weaving of two similar yet different plots, including characters, motifs and wordings and with two distinctive logical conclusions that arguably apply to each other. The aim which is achieved is to reconstruct the literary causes and goals (narrative logic) governing form and content in both accounts, in order to explain how this mirroring effect works to convey meaning to both stories.”
-Dr. Glen Reynolds,
University of Sunderland, UK



Charles Hodge's Critique of Darwinism
1988 0-88946-671-8
A study that achieves special relevance because of the controversy lately reintroduced into public consciousness by the scientific creationists. Corrects the record regarding the actual nature of Hodge's response.

Close Reading of John Donne’s Epigrams
2016
This book is a study of both epigrams as a literary form and also a study of the poetic epigrams written by John Donne. Therefore, it is a contribution both to our understanding of literary genres themselves and, also of particular epigrams written by the great Seventeenth Century poet John Donne.

Close Reading of John Donne’s Epigrams
2016
Professor Hester is the world’s expert on the poetry of John Donne. In this book he delivers what he promises: an elucidation of the literary power of Donne’s epigrams as a genre.

Comparative Study of Reception, Lyric Genres, and Semiotic Tools: Essays in Literary Criticism
2014 0-7734-4307-X
A first ever work on comparative genre papers covering several genres on materials drawn from Chinese and Western literary traditions. The ultimate goal of the book is to describe a general, semiotics-based poetics of comparative genres and of the literary reception process.


Complete Poetry of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1884-1935: Together with Commentary and Notes
2014 0-7734-4259-6
This volume brings together for the first time nearly five hundred poems by Charlotte Perkins (Stetson) Gilman, one of the most influential thinkers of her time. It represents the significant poetry this writer, lecturer, feminist, and pioneer sociologist chose to publish during her lifetime.

Creole Psychology, Language, and Theatre of Derek Walcott: The Caribbean Roots of His Poetry
2015 1-4955-0402-6
This work examines the dramatic oeuvre of Derek Walcott in order to make the case that he is engaged as a playwright, in creating a “Creole” drama- a drama that bears the special marks of its Caribbean origin and setting and that embodies the hybrid nature of Caribbean history, culture and personality. This Creole reality is the result of the historical coming together of European and African values within the physical location of the Caribbean islands. The idea of “Creole” is being used to describe the result of the fusion of these three realities and this result is seen to contain a multi-cultural plentitude that is “Characteristic” of the cultural and intellectual reality of the Caribbean.


Current Debate About the Irish Literary Canon
2006 0-7734-5971-5
This collection of essays examines Ireland’s literary canon in light of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing and Irish identity at the turn of the century, contextualizing its readings within the understanding that The Field Day Anthology has crystallized discussions of literary value, canonicity, political agency and Irish identity because of its agenda and the ensuing controversy surrounding its publication. Yet, while The Field Day Anthology constitutes the occasion for writing, the collection also moves beyond it to suggest new models for reading and evaluating Irish literature and identity in the new century. The essays in the collection examine the canonical status of writers such as Joyce, Yeats and Beckett; how postcolonial theory and criticism have reshaped the boundaries of Irish studies; and how women’s writing has challenged canonicity as a concept.

Daniel Defoe's Political Writings and Literary Devices
1991 0-88946-590-8
Concentrates on Defoe's relations with Scotland and with various Scotsmen to focus on the political relationship with England when the representative bodies of both countries were moving toward a union that would transfer the parliament to London. Deals with his immersion in Scottish politics as the agent of Robert Harley, the English Home Secretary; his focus on the Jacobite movement; his connection with Irish affairs and his confrontation with Jonathon Swift over Wood's Halfpence; and his interest in military biography as evidenced in his accounts of two junior officers and of the Duke of Marlborough and Charles XII of Sweden.

Ecological Poetics of James Dickey: A Study in How Landscape Shapes the Being of Man
2013 0-7734-4499-8
An intelligent and provocative study exploring how the dynamic between nature and humanity animates many of Dickey’s major works. Its aim is to show the ways in which Dickey seeks to understand how it is possible for beings “to be” and what this means in terms of self-realization. This intelligent study makes a major contribution to our understanding of a major poet and helps us to see James Dickey’s poetic and fictional corpus in an entirely new light.

Edward Said’s Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory: Deconstructive Readings of Canonical Literature
2015 1-4955-0290-2
This book analyzes how Edward Said’s critical and cultural theory, together with his practical criticism, dismantles the Myth of the Authenticity of canonical, Orientalist and imperialist discourse. Said’s interdisciplinary informs the multiple approaches of this present study. Therefore, the first chapter uses the theoretical and critical, while the second tends to use the textual, biographical and hermeneutical. The third chapter focuses on the historical, as related to phenomenological hermeneutics. Indeed the three chapters, like Said’s work, attempt to employ postcolonial notions and poststructuralist techniques, necessary for “deconstructing” the myth of authenticity of Western discourse and for offering a counter-narrative. The fourth and fifth chapters of this book lend themselves to cultural studies, exactly as Said did in the books discussed in these chapters.

To dismantle the Myth of Authenticity, Edward Said consecutively tackles five interrelated epistemological fields related to imperialism: literary theory and criticism, cultural studies, the media, and ideology and politics. The first two interrelated aspects, researched in the first and second chapters of this book, underline works like The Letters and Shorter Fiction of Joseph Conrad (1964) Beginnings (1975), The World, the Text and the Critic (1983), Culture and Imperialism (1993) and Representations of the Intellectual (1994). Cultural Studies is crystallized in his seminal work Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient (1978), a work accredited by various critics to have inaugurated the whole field of postcolonial studies. His achievement is highlighted in the third chapter of this book. Said extends his search afterwards from critical theory and literary texts and travelogues to the media, as in his Covering Islam (1981), discussed in Chapter Four of this study. This naturally leads Said to focusing on the ideological and political aspects in, for instance, The Question of Palestine (1979), The Politics of Dispossession (1994), The End of the Peace Process (2000) and Culture and Resistance (2003). This aspect is surveyed in Chapter Five, which also links ideology and politics to hybridity and harmony as the only alternative, as is clear in his Parallels and Paradoxes (2002) and Freud and the Non-European (2003).



El Amor Lesbiano Como Sustituto Del Amor Materno En Cuatro Novelas Espanolas: Julia, El Amor Es Un Juego Solitario, Efectos Secundarios Y Beatriz Y Los Cuerpos Celestes
2013 0-7734-4478-5
This provocative book examines the classic struggle between daughters seeking their mother’s affection and how these behavioral patterns in young girls lead them to seek maternal love in other women. Four Spanish novels, with lesbian characters, provide the backdrop for this psychoanalytic exploration of Spanish literature.

Empathetic Literary Analysis of Jack London's the Call of the Wild: Understanding Life From an Animal's Point of View
2012 0-7734-2934-4
Numerous tomes have been written about Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. This is the first one to talk about the dog Buck’s perspective in the novel. Beierl takes an empathetic approach to discussing the domestication of Buck in the story to use this novel as a platform for building empathetic relationships with animals. Very few scholarly works discuss literature from the perspective of an animal, and this one attempts to bring a fresh perspective at an old novel by theorizing empathetically with the characters, which plays a critical role in narrative-based responses to the novel. If characters can gain empathy from their audience there is a higher likelihood that the readers will have a positive response to the story. This book discusses how Jack London creates animal characters that form an empathetic bond with his readers. When readers can understand the inner, mental states of characters, they become motivated to form emotional attachments with them.

Experience of Exile Described by Italian Writers: From Cicero Through Dante and Machiavelli Down to Carlo Levi
2014 0-7734-4507-2
This book identifies the historical and social context of the experience of exile and the degree to which the condition of being exiled influenced literary production of those forced to undergo it.
A fascinating study examining how the legal governmental policy of “exile” can act as a catalyst in the transformation of the person ‘exiled’ from martyr to hero and how the exile process becomes the social –historical instrument that inspires the creative writing of great Italian masterpieces in poetry, rhetoric and philosophy.

Fiction and Fact in Mordecai Richler's Novels
1993 0-88946-018-3
This study analyzes Richler's use of biblical and literary sources as ironic subtexts for his tales. Identifying hitherto unnoticed sources, it also shows that Richler uses them to compare and judge both the world he imitates and the one he creates. Another important aspect of the study of Richler's nine novels shows that even the first novel (now out of print) is cast in the same mold as the more successful ones where he fashions his protagonist on a biblical or literary mode only to blast holes in both his hero and the model he represents. Thus he achieves his own peculiar moral density by pushing accepted conventions and beliefs to their logically absurd extremes, while keeping the realistic level intact.

Foundations of English Literary Criticism: From Philip Sydney to Henry James
2013 0-7734-4508-0
The book showcases the history of British literary criticism dating back to the Classical and Renaissance Periods, all the way up through to the Victorian Age. It covers figures as diverse as Philip Sydney, John Dryden, William Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold, and even Henry James. Literary criticism is an event in the field of literature as much as literature provides an object upon which criticism can purvey its message. Yet, in recent years literary criticism has moved into the realm of a self-sustaining field detached from literature as its inspirational object. This book looks at literary criticism which was still responding to concrete poetry and literature.

Frederic Will’s Short Fiction: Literature as Social Critique
2009 0-7734-4766-0
This book is a collection of six short fictions by Frederic Will, interspersed with commentaries by the book’s author, Frank Shynnagh, who is the alter ego (pseudonym) of Frederic Will.

Hard-Boiled Female Detectice Novel
2014 0-7734-4296-0
This remarkable and unique study explores women heroines in detective fiction written by women authors. These heroines subvert pop culture’s traditional stereotypes for women. The book further examines how this sub-genre has changed over time as does the popular culture it embodies.


Heroine in Literature and Film as Expressive of the Twelve Natural Seasons
2014 0-7734-4257-X
Written as a companion piece to complement Professor Eriksson’s prior groundbreaking analysis, The Appearance of the Mythic Hero in the Twelve Seasons of Nature, this text, focusing on the heroine’s experience, does more than just provide the other half to the hero’s journey. Instead, The Heroine In Literature and Filam as Expressive of the Twelve Natural Seasons further develops Eriksson’s original insight in a thought-provoking analysis that comprehensively details the correspondences between the dramas of human relationships and the seasons of life that shape the feminine quest for fulfillment within a larger cosmological paradigm.

The heroine in literature and film is an expression of seasonal occurrence. Her behavior exhibits, symbolically, the response of the earth to the sun at a given time of the year, beginning at the March equinox and proceeding through twelve seasons. She assumes, then, twelve distinct characterizations. Her conflicts, successes, and failures reflect the natural conditions of Early Spring, Mid-Spring, Late Spring, and so on, in an aesthetic development that converts traditional mythic dynamics, based in agriculture, into story lines in ancient and modern configurations. Her character in a given season suggests the dynamism of that season as reinterpreted into the drama of human relationships.


Hestia - Goddess of the Hearth: The Archetypal, Architectural, and Spiritual Functions of the Hearth as Home of the Human Soul
2014 0-7734-0070-2
This book honors Hestia, the goddess of the hearth. It fills the gaping void in exclusive scholarship on Hestia and explores her as a pop culture icon in a quest to grasp her relevance for people today. Thinking about Hestia as an archetype of focus and centeredness may offer soulful refuge from the e-chatter overload that people face in their daily lives. It may help fulfill contemporary yearnings for authenticity and wholeness within human hearts and souls by offering us a path homeward, back to connections with people’s inner selves.


Historiography and Narrative Design in the American Romance - Study of Four Authors
2001 0-7734-7438-2
This analysis provides a detailed review of historiographic theory in Europe and America from the Enlightenment through the 19th century, and using M. M. Bakhtin’s theory of novelistic discourse, explores the manner in which historiographic models are incorporated dialogically in the works of James Fenimore Cooper , William Gilmore Simms, Lydia Maria Child, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

How Charles Baudelaire Interpreted the Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe: The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty
2016 1-4955-0518-9
This work examines the parallel lives, beliefs, and artistic principles of Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe, with an analysis of representative verse of Poe from the viewpoint of Baudelaire as he undertook the task of artistic comparison. There is no denying, however, that both men did indeed possess superior analytical minds, extensive knowledge, and an extraordinary vocabulary, and in describing Poe Baudelaire could have been describing himself.

How Habits of Culture Shape Our Rational Thinking: A Comparison of Classical Greece and Ancient China
2013 0-7734-4503-X
A succinct yet remarkable incisive study of the complex interplay between language, modes of reading it, and modes of thinking as observed in the surviving literature of classical Greece and the roughly contemporary corpus inherited from the age of Confucius in China.

How the Beowulf Poet Employs Biblical Typology
2014 0-7734-4241-3
This study is an attempt to consider Beowulf in its literary context. The work intends to show how the typological perspective manifests itself throughout Beowulf in its structure and its imagery and so aims to foster an increased awareness of the rich allusiveness of its metaphorical language.

Influence of India on Leo Tolstoy and Tolstoy's Influence on India: A Study of Reciprocal Receptions
2013 0-7734-4357-6
Tolstoy’s fictional works reflect a connection with Indian religious texts even before he had actually read them. His quest to read and assimilate ancient Hindu writing earned Tolstoy great respect- even reverence – from Gandhi and other Indian intellectuals such that Tolstoy took his place as a pre-eminent writer, thinker, and sage in India. Yet, much remained unexplored in regard to Tolstoy’s relationship with India and this book addresses the gaps in that research. (From the Preface)


Influence of Stoicism on William Shakespeare: His Background Reading and How It Shaped His Portrayal of Characters
2015 0-7734-4261-8
The first book of its kind to explore Shakespeare’s different plays to prove the relevance of stoic philosophy, in the themes, ideas, and images that play out in his body of work. Contemporary interpreters of Shakespeare have ignored these primary philosophical sources of Renaissance thought that influenced the fundamental moral principles and thinking of his time.

Innovations in Rhetoric in the Writing of Sydney Owenson (lady Morgan, 1781-1859): Creating a New Type of Anglo-Irish Narration to Describe the Events of a Revolutionary Time
2015 0-7734-3535-2
An illuminating study of Irish literature from a women’s perspective demonstrating the creative fervor of rebellion against imperialism that extended from the Enlightenment era into the Romantic nineteenth century. This insightful study of human rights and Owenson’s literary response to political changes in Ireland reveals how the author used pragmatic rhetorical devices to positively influence her readers.


Journey of Female Characters in the Work of Edith Nesbit, Enid Blyton, Joanne Kathleen Rowling, Joss Whedon, and Rockne S. O’ Bannon: A Study of the Interactions of Gender and Genre
2016 1-4955-0463-8
This work aims to take a chronological view of the changing limitations imposed on female characters, within various genres, using the work of writers/creators whose work has inspired a degree of public as well as critical interest. It provides the reader with a new and broader understanding of the evolution of gender representation within various genres in children’s literature.



Jungian Analysis of Balzac’s La Peau De Chagrin Alchemy and the Novel
2015 1-4955-0411-5
This study focuses on the relationship of Balzac to alchemy as it applies to the analysis of La Peau de chagrin. His interest stems from family influences, extensive reading in his early student days and research he did to document his fictional works. In La Peau de chagrin the protagonist cast as a youthful hero formulates a plan to achieve his goals according to the alchemical process of transformation, and the organization of the novel parallels its principal stages. Alchemy thus serves as a paradigm that highlights the hero’s missteps and suggests the moral reflection missed by contemporaneous critics according to Balzac.


La EvoluciÓn Del Exudo Castellano-Rural En La Narrative De Miguel Delibes
2014 0-7734-4462-9
“ The book adds new perspective and interpretation to Delibes’ realists novels. The author takes some of Delibes’ works which are otherwise classified as naturalist or as work of “tremendismo” and gives them a refreshing twist by analyzing them as realist works of fiction.”
-Dr. Ruben Rodriguez,
Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages,
Texas Woman’s University



Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet in Its Egyptian Contexts
2004 0-7734-6267-8
In Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet in its Egyptian Contexts, Dr. Diboll argues that Durrell’s tetralogy is the most important English novel of the mid-nineteen-fifties, an historically significant period which has been much overlooked by literary scholars. It convincingly demonstrates the importance of the Alexandria Quartet as a "Janus text" which looks back to the lost world of the British Empire, yet anticipates many important aspects of later post-colonial and postmodern writing. Thus, the book insists, the Alexandria Quartet should be recognised as a colossal work of literature, standing astride the nexus separating the colonial and post-colonial moments, a paradigmatic text for scholars of Empire studies, late Modernism, literary postmodernity, orientalism and post-colonial literature.

This wide-ranging work explores the influence of all of the many strata of Egyptian history on the Quartet and in doing so offers a sustained meditation of the interaction of time, place and exile on the literary imagination. Its focus on exile is especially poignant, taking in the cultural and psychological alienation of this "third generation Anglo-Irish-Indian", an "English pied-noir" from a most unheimlich English "homeland", the effects of Durell's voluntary exile in Greece during the inter-war years on his literary sensibility, and psychological and existential impact of Durrell's flight from the Nazi occupation of Greece and his four years as a refugee in war-time Alexandria, which he experienced as an "Oriental" Other starkly juxtaposed to his "free Hellenic world". This work does not neglect to examine Egyptian responses to the Alexandria Quartet, and it examines with a forensic thoroughness the way in which the "public life realities" of emergent Egyptian nationalism are subtly embedded in what for too long has been considered to be a work of fantasy. Seeking to go beyond the Saidian Orientalist paradigm, the book proposes that aspects of Bhabhaian hybridity theory, combined with a rigourous socio-historical analysis, offer the most effective theoretical insights into Durrell's seething Alexandrian cosmopolis.

Letters of William Ernest Henley to Charles Whibley, 1888 - 1903: Volume 1: March 9, 1888 - June 10, 1892 and Volume 2: July 4, 1892 - June 23, 1903
2013 0-7734-4365-7
This edition of the extant four hundred and sixty-four surviving letters from the editor and man of letters W.E. Henley (1849-1903) to the classical scholar Charles Whibley (1859-1930) cover the period late 1888 to June 1903 and give an insight into the workings of an editor and his major contributor and also their firm friendship, with Whibley replacing Robert Louis Stevenson in Henley’s life.


Men’s Yearning Anger Toward Women in the Writings of D.h. Lawrence, Dion Fortune, and Ted Hughes: The Battle Between Jehovah and the Great Goddess
2015 1-4955-0286-4
A new narrative on the writers who paved the way for the modern goddess movements. Utilizing themes of both the occult and magic as well exposing previously undiscovered parallels between the three writers, this book identifies how the advent of the feminine divine enabled men to confront their woman centered rage through embracing a modern form of goddess worship in order to soothe their psychological wounds.

This book locates a literary study of the goddess in Lawrence, Fortune and Hughes within a narrative in which some modern men try to confront their yearning anger toward women by embracing goddess religion. The author argues that his chosen writers each helped this narrative to emerge, The book (a) offers Lawrence readers a new angle on his preoccupation with the goddess; (b) introduces Dion Fortune (virtually unknown outside her cult following) as an important twentieth century writer on marginality and sexuality; and (c) shows how Ted Hughes’ narratives of the suffering goddess (in Gaudete and Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being especially) relate forwards to his own Birthday Letters and backwards to Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The author also takes magic and the occult as a theme linking the three writers. In doing so he aspires to place his book in the company of other texts which have also taken the occult in modern literature for their subject.



Multiplicities of Memories in Contemporary German Literature: How Photographs are Used to Reconstruct Narratives of History
2013 0-7734-4292-8
The incorporation of photography into German literary texts dealing with the years between 1933 and 1945 is an important innovative technique that offers insights relating to questions of truth, authenticity, and opportunities for personal engagement in the visual and textual representations of the catastrophe that still haunts us today.

This book fills a void in contemporary scholarship by providing an in-depth analyses of three major German-language writers and their literary reflections of the Holocaust. It examines important insights into the limits of memory on the effects of this historical catastrophe on those born afterwards and the blending of text and image in the search for truth and authenticity.



Narrative Feminine Identity and the Appearance of Woman in Some of the Shorter Fiction of Goethe, Kleist, Hawthorne, and Henry James
2000 0-7734-7809-4
This study shows how the works in question (Goethe’s “Die pilgernde Törin”; Kleist’s “Die Marquise von O. . .”, Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and James’s Daisy Miller) can appeal to the reader who identifies a message friendly towards woman and her plight, whether this ‘message’ can be considered a part of the author’s intention or not. These works, through mere description of the impossibility of women characters’ situations without any prescription for change, can often be found to carry meanings more critical of the status quo than at first may seem the case. Such an interpretation often goes against the tradition of criticism that has built up around the works, but it is based on concrete evidence in the text.

New Interpretation of Four of William Blake's Minor Prophecies
2014 0-7734-4269-3
This book examines four of Blake's works that use a consistent fourfold imagery and structure based on the four "zoas", or aspects of Albion. Luvah as the zoa of "god" is the state of imgaination in England. Urthona as the zoa of "body" is the physical state of England. Urizen as the zoa of "soul" is the intellectual state of the people of England, and Tharmas as the zoa of "world" is the state of England's relationship to other countries.

New Interpretation of Sophocles' oedipus Tyrannus: in the Light and Darkness of Apollo
2014 0-7734-0057-5
This unique and fresh interpretation of an enigmatic classic provides a better understanding of the play’s religious and political undertones with an innovative and focused examination which proposes an earlier recognition than previously assumed of the whole truth by Jocasta. This will become an indispensable reference book for Classical scholars in this first ever English translation.

New Theory of Tragedy: Storm and Stress Drama
2016 1-4955-0440-6
As the book title indicates, It is first of all a new theory of tragedy. In particular, it is an investigation of fate and guilt concepts as rationalisations of irrational tragic reality, reflected generally in Geistegeschichte, then in literary tragedies of the Western world and eventually in Storm and Stress dramas. Remarkably, they summarize, contradict, and to some extent predict all major “solutions” to tragic insolubility, as illustrated in the main sections: Greek, Christian, and Enlightenment world views.

New Voices in Irish Literary Criticism
2007 0-7734-5363-6
This book combines twelve essays derived from the proceedings of the New Voices in Irish Criticism Conference of 2005, which took place at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, all of which concentrate on the intersection between text and theory in the field of Irish Studies. All of the contributors to this volume have an interest in developing novel ways of reading both traditional and conventional Irish texts through various theoretical contexts, which include postcolonialism, feminism, psychoanalysis and deconstruction. The development and subversion of traditional critical approaches to Irish texts evidenced by these essays emphasizes the necessity for a theoretical thrust in Irish Studies, in order for conceptions of Irishness to avoid stagnation through constant critique, expansion and re-invention.

Nine Writers of Postmodernist Metafiction: Explaining the Literary Tricks that Undo Realistic Discourse
2014 0-7734-4297-9
A fascinating analysis of postmodernist metafictional writers offering a unique juxtapositioning of authors from distinct cultural worlds with their varied fictional narrative techniques. A must read for comparative literature, postmodernist fiction and cultural studies interests.


Nineteenth-Century French Novel: A Reader's Path to Classic Fiction
2013 0-7734-4498-X
The purpose of the book is to provide in-depth evaluations of forty-five French novels chosen as the most representative of nineteenth-century classic fiction. Selected titles are given succinct plot overviews followed by a thorough textural analysis. The evaluations provide a social, historical and literary context in order to capture both the readers’ interest and their curiosity in order to entice them to discover these classic novels in their entirety.

On the Sublime
1985 0-88946-554-1
A translation which refers the reader to related usages, additional readings of interest, and parallel examples of the various rhetorical constructions in the works of such authors as Shakespeare, Bacon, Sterne, and T. S. Eliot.

Problem of Translating "jabberwocky"
2007 0-7734-5358-X
Lewis Carroll’s Alice books and Edward Lear’s limericks and nonsense writings have never been out of print since they first appeared and have gone through numerous editions and translations in all major languages. The reality of this universal appeal is perplexing due to the fact that the nonsense literatures of both of these men are filled with historical allusions to and parodies of Victorian England. Without an understanding of their historical background, one would assume that these works lose a considerable amount of their original appeal. Full of Victorian whimsy, these books have nevertheless found an international readership both in English and in translations into many, even non-European, languages. The purpose of this enquiry then is to explore the many different ways in which nonsense has been translated. Once this is done, differences among translations of the same source text have to be observed and noted. At this stage it may be appropriate to bring in external considerations of history, culture and publishers’ intentions, which can suggest motivations for existing differences in approaches and techniques of translation.

Psychology of Social Class in the Fiction of Russell Banks, Denis Johnson and Harry Crews: Neo-Realism, Naturalism, and Humanism in Contemporary Fiction
2014 0-7734-0060-5
A new look at presenting the psycho-social complexes that drive the fictional characters’ sense of selfhood in the works of Banks, Johnson and Crews. These contemporary American writers seek to restore a humanistic viewpoint to such figures in an age of “post-human” devolution of identity.


Reception of Francophone Literature in the Modernista Review Helios 1903-1904: A Preliminary Study and Source Book
2013 0-7734-4318-5
A significant forensic literary history of the highest quality which examines cultural transfer, cultural exchange and influence in a growing field of academic importance. Meticulously researched with insightful well contexualised critical analysis.

Rereading F. Scott Fitzgerald
2007 0-7734-5459-4
It has long been assumed that F. Scott Fitzgerald was inspired by American and British sources, however, this study takes the first look at continental literature as a possible source of Fitzgerald’s writing and finds that there was massive borrowing. Most saliently, the vast the influence of Alain-Fornier’s Le grand Meaulnes on Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is demonstrated in detail for the first time, while other chapters consider the influence of Tolstoy, Ibsen and Strindberg on Fitzgerald’s fiction. Though largely focused on The Great Gatsby, this study does cover the full life and work of this important American author who continues to draw in new readers every year with his Roaring Twenties version of the American Dream.

Robinsonade Tradition in Robert Michael Ballantyne's the Coral Island and William Golding's the Lord of the Flies
1996 0-7734-4210-3
Examines Defoe's Robin Crusoe as prototype, then compares the Ballantyne and Golding novels. Includes short examinations of the lives of the authors.

Romantic Regional Poetry of Peter Rosegger (1843-1918): Heimatdichtung and Dorfgeschichte
2015 0-7734-0077-X
The often ignored literary treasures of Austrian Poet, Peter Rosegger, have been rediscovered for the resurgent reader’s interest in this inspiring book. Once relegated as a poet of ‘mere’ rural literature we discover now a poet who transcends the genre of rural literature with considerable prophetic insight into the socio-political infrastructure of his day with a profound understanding of the challenges facing a futuristic directed society.

Scholarly Analysis of Andrew Zimmerman’s alabama in Africa, a Major Work in Transnational History: How Ideological Commitments Corrupt Understanding
2015 1-4955-0403-4
This multi-sited, transnational dissent from the widely acclaimed book, Alabama in Africa by Andrew Zimmerman challenges Zimmerman’s argument, evidence, and conclusions about the details and import of the Tuskegee Institute’s impact on the history of West Africa.

No study of transnational work has gained more attention than Andrew Zimmerman’s Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South. It instantly rose to broad influence in 2011, but Robert J. Norrell contends that Zimmerman is wrong on virtually all his major claims. Norrell insists that Alabama in Africa often relies on shallow or tendentious argument. An American black man, Zimmerman claims, is in large part responsible for the maltreatment of Africans in a German colony and therefore bears guilt for the brutality that Germans showed throughout Africa and that carried over to all their international relations afterward. The leading social scientists brought into Zimmerman’s story – Gustav von Schmoller, Max Weber, and Robert Park – are also extracted from their real circumstances and cast into contexts more of Zimmerman’s making than reflections of reality.

Shakespeare's First Tetralogy, Epic Poetry, and Historiography: How a Dramatist Creates a Fictional World
2014 0-7734-4309-6
This monograph is a fresh investigation of both the sources for and adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Dr. Chopoidalo notes that Shakespeare adapted many of his works from existing historical or literary sources, in this case, Saxo Grammaticus’legendary Amleth in Historiae Danicae, Bellforest’s Histoires Tragiques, and Seneca with the subsequent Elizabethan and Jocabean revenge dramas, the first of these being Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy.


Spatial Discourse in Shakespeare’s and Other English Early Modern Pastoral Drama
2015 1-4955-0418-2
This ground breaking work is a comprehensive study that applies art, dramatic, and literary theory to examine the shaping effects of negative/positive space in English Renaissance pastoral drama from 1590-1640. This innovative approach to a genre long overlooked includes both major and minor plays which are examined to show how dramatists used the theory of negative/ positive space to write and dramatize their plays.

Spiritual Meaning of Material Things in the Novels of Adalbert Stifter (1805-1868): A Study in Poetic Realism
2015 1-4955-0358-5
“Pamela Saur’s study makes an important contribution to the ongoing wide-ranging treatment of Stifter’s works. Though emphasizing Stifter’s Biedermeier roots, she goes beyond the well-worn Biedermeier etiquette through her exploration of the meaning behind the material objects in Stifter’s fiction. Her analysis validates Stifter’s inclusion as a German Realist author.”
-Dr. Thomas L. Buckley.
Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages,
Saint Joseph’s University




Survey of the Novels of Ana Castillo, a Contemporary Mexican American Writer: the Mixquiahuala Letters, Sapogonia, So Far From God, Give It to Me, Peel My Love Like an Onion, and the Guardians
2016 1-4955-0466-2
This study critically examines the idea of culture from a perspective that extends beyond ethnicity. The contrast of metropolitan area and small town parallel experiences serves to underline the universality of Castillo’s characters as well as her topical relevance to our contemporary world.

Syntagmatic Analysis of the Wondertale: A Methodological Alternative to Vladimir Propp’s Morphology of the Folktale ( Morfologiia Skazki )
2016 1-4955-0458-1
The folklore theorist Vladimir Propp (1895-1970) laid the foundation of a syntagmatic (sequential structural) model for complex oral narratives known as wondertales. His central work, Morphology of the Folktale, was published in 1928 and translated into English in 1958, thereafter becoming a cornerstone of structural folktale theory. The ideas in this study constitute a point-by-point review of central aspects of Proppian analysis of his ground-breaking work .


T. S. Eliot in Baghdad: A Study in Eliot's Influence on the Iraqi and Arab Free Verse Movement
2014 0-7734-0074-5
The book sheds new light on the revolutionary influence of Eliot’s poetry on the free verse movement in Iraq and Lebanon, especially on the mythical poets: Al-Sayyab, Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, Yusuf Al-Khal, Khalil Hawi and Adonis known as the Tammuzi Poets. The writer is one of Eliot’s best translators and who personally knew all five of the modern mythical poets.

Texts Analyzing Literature as Argument: From Philip Sidney to Henry James
2013 0-7734-4510-2
Golban offers an interdisciplinary perspective involving literary theory, criticism, and literary history which will be useful to scholars and students. The main concern of the book is the British critical discourse which originates in the Renaissance and continues its developmental process until the rise of the formal approach to literature in the twentieth century. Some of these author critics, like Sidney and Dryden, develop critical ideas based on a respectable classical tradition; others, like Coleridge and Ruskin, were more original and innovative in their critical theories. Among them, there were those who used or materialized their own artistic or literary theories in their literary texts, such as Wordsworth reifying his theory of the origin of poetry, or Pater exemplifying the principles of aestheticism. For some, criticism was a means of defending the aesthetic value of literature; for others, criticism represented the instrument to be used in an attempt to found a new genre, or even introduce into the contemporary culture and to validate a whole new literary movement, such as for Wordsworth and Coleridge.

Trauma Theory as a Method for Understanding Literary Texts: The Psychological Basis of Postmodern Hermeneutics
2016 978-1-4955-0485-3
This study examines the cultural factors that have caused writers to create narratives bearing the marks of postmodernism sometimes centuries before the postmodern era demarcation of WWII that demonstrate the characteristics which have becomes associated with postmodernism – namely, intertextuality, repetition, fragmentation, and language experimentation.

Two Women Writers and Their Italian Tours: Mary Shelley's Rambles in Germany and Italy 1840, 1842 and 1843 and Lucja Rautenstrauchowa's in and Beyond the Alps
2014 0-7734-4325-8
A critical analysis of the form of the Romantic travelogue, making use of material that comes from two women writers from two different parts of Europe, but refers to the same subject matter- i.e. mid-19th century travels in Italy.
A gem to attract a wide readership. This book will interest researchers in nineteenth-century literature as well as comparative literary scholars and appeal to the non-specialist readers and enthusiasts of Romantic travel writing and women’s literature.



Une Nouvelle Pratique LittÉraire En France: Histoire Du Groupe Oulipo De 1960 À Nos Jours Creating a New French Literary Style: A History of the Oulipo Circle
2014 1-4955-0270-8
The Oulipo’s evolution towards the status of a literary group was gradual. Constraints were key to defining specific collaborative practices. They put language and literature into play. They are based on intertextuality and therefore on erudition. Oulipian literature is open to all forms of written expression, whether literary or not.


Walsh Colville: Or A Young Man’s First Entrance Into Life a Novella by Anna Maria Porter
2015 1-4955-0382-8
This critical edition coincides with the broader critical movement towards promoting a better understanding of the development of British literary fiction through women’s writing, an understanding that breaks free of the old story of ‘canonical writers and grand texts’. It contains an introductory study (biographical, wider historical and literary contexts), a short re-assessment of Porter’s writing and a more fully engaged re-assessment of the literary value of Walsh Colville.