Using an outmoded term in an entirely new way, Preromanticism seeks the common ground of British literature from 1740 to 1798 not in foreshadowings of Romanticism but in incomplete discoveries and in impediments to expression that Romanticism was to lift. Featuring readings of masterpieces in all genres that draw widely on recent innovations in literary theory, it highlights the variety of experimentation in a transitional epoch.
Combining a new genealogy for the gothic novel with original research into gothic contexts in German idealist thought and romantic psychology, The Gothic Text offers lively readings of British and Continental novels pointing back toward the Enlightenment and ahead toward Freud.
Turning Points demonstrates the role of style and form in promoting and shaping cultural development by studying important critics, and analyzing cultural change in literature, music, art, and philosophy.
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Set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War II, this 1953 coming-of-age novel centers on the daughter of Barbadian immigrants. "Passionate, compelling." — Saturday Review. "Remarkable for its courage." — The New Yorker.
In this collection, Marshall Brown has gathered essays by twenty leading literary critics to appraise the current state of literary history. In provocative, sometimes combative essays, they discuss the writing of literary history, the nature of our interest in tradition, and the ways that literary works act in history. The Uses of Literary History addresses the uses of evidence, anachronism, the dialectic of texts and contexts, particularism and the resistance to reductive understanding, the construction of identities, memory, and the endurance of the past. New Historicism, nationalism, and gender studies appear in relation to more traditional issues, such as textual editing, taste, and literary pedagogy. From a range of disciplinary perspectives, old and new, The Uses of Literary History surveys the theoretical and practical issues that confront scholars at work on the literary past and its relation to the present.
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Why do we need to divide time into periods, and how do these divisions of time contribute to or impede our understanding? Unlike other studies of periodization that limit discussions to whether particular period definitions are true and accurate, Periodization delves into our wariness of such categorizing and the impulse to categorize historical time in the first place. This special issue of MLQ covers examples of periodization from the early modern to the present, including a range from the individual year to the longue durée and incorporates a variety of methods from close empirical study to global concern. In the lead essay, Russell A. Berman argues that periodization saves us from the d...