The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality, by Tracy Fessenden, Nicholas F. Radel, Magdalena J. Zaborowska
By Tracy Fessenden, Nicholas F. Radel, Magdalena J. Zaborowska
From witch trials to pickaxe murderers, from brothels to convents, and from slavery to Toni Morrison’s Paradise, those essays offer interesting and provocative insights into our sexual and spiritual conventions and ideology.
By Harold Bloom
Determinism and self-reliance have been the various features American authors sought to painting within the novels of this literary interval, reflecting a extra sensible view of the rustic with the increase of industrialism within the overdue nineteenth century. This identify, American Naturalism, a part of Chelsea condominium Publishers' Bloom's interval reviews sequence, incorporates a number of severe essays examining the writers and works that outlined this era. as well as a chronology of vital cultural, literary, and politcal occasions, this article contains an advent and editor's notice written by way of Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college.
By A. Mikkelsen
Pastoral, Pragmatism, and Twentieth-Century American Poetry argues that pastoral has remained an important mode in glossy American poetry, frequently as a method of conversing approximately who the suitable self or poet can be and the way the poet suits into the bigger nationwide neighborhood. motivated by way of the paintings of William James and John Dewey, Ann Mikkelsen deftly argues that the “pragmatic pastoral” mode depicts a transitory, evolving, experimental country of being instead of a static, ironic, or nostalgic worldview. through re-evaluating relationships among the poet and the folk, the poem and existence adventure, this ebook demonstrates that those pastorals replicate the moral dilemmas of a society in flux.
By Jack London
Jack London's novels and ruggedly person existence appeared to include American hopes, frustrations, and romantic longings within the turbulent first years of the 20 th century, years infused with the beauty and pleasure of serious technological and ancient switch. The author's stressed spirit, flavor for a lifetime of pleasure, and probing brain led him on a chain of hard-edged adventures from the Klondike to the South Seas. Out of those occasionally harrowing studies — and his fascination with the theories of such thinkers as Darwin, Spencer, and Marx — got here the foundation for novels of event that may make him one in all America’s most well liked writers.
The name of the Wild, thought of by way of many London's maximum novel, is a gripping story of a heroic puppy that, thrust into the brutal lifetime of the Alaska Gold Rush, finally faces a decision among dwelling in man’s international and returning to nature. experience and dog-story fanatics in addition to scholars and devotees of yank literature will locate this vintage paintings an exhilarating, memorable examining event.
By Donald E. Pease
The increase of Silas Lapham (1885) tested William Dean Howells's recognition within the annals of yank literature. This choice of essays argues the renewed significance of Howells's novel for an realizing of literature as social strength in addition to a literary shape. In his creation Donald Pease recounts the autumn and upward push of the novel's price in literary heritage, outlines a number of the serious responses to Silas Lapham, after which restores Silas Lapham to its social context. The essays that keep on with extend in this topic, hard the approved perspectives of literary critics via explicating narrative equipment and the style of literary realism. Focusing a lot of its recognition on economics of morality, manners, and discomfort, in addition to undefined, the quantity as an entire argues courting exists among Howells's realism and its socioeconomic context.
By Laura Kasischke
"She has, like every sturdy poets, created a song of her personal, one suited for her issues. whilst denizens of the twenty second century, if we get there, glance again on our period and ask how we lived, they'll take an curiosity either within the strangest personalities who gave their matters verbal shape, and within the such a lot consultant. the long run will not—should not—see us via one poet by myself. but when there's any justice in that destiny, Kasischke is without doubt one of the poets it's going to choose.” —Boston Review
“Kasichke’s poems are powered by way of a skillful use of images and the sophisticated, inventive approach she turns a phrase.” —Austin American-Statesman
Laura Kasischke in her personal phrases: "I discovered whereas ordering and choosing the poems for this assortment that a lot of my newer paintings matters physique elements, attire, and wonder queens. those weren't wakeful judgements, simply the issues that came upon their manner into my poems at this actual aspect in my lifestyles, and which appear to have hooked up to them a type of prophetic capability. the sweetness queens in particular appeared to crowd in on me, in all their female loveliness and misery, donning their actual and mental finery, bearing what physique components were disbursed to them. For your time, I have been considering good looks queens like pass over Michigan, but additionally the Rhubarb Queen, and the sweetness Queens of abstraction—congeniality. And then—Brevity, comfort for Emotional Damages, Estrogen—all those female chances to which i assumed a voice had to be given."
Laura Kasischke is the writer of six books of poetry, together with Gardening within the Dark (Ausable Press, 2004) and Dance and Disappear (winner of the 2002 Juniper Prize), and 4 novels. Her paintings has acquired many honors, together with the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of the US, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for rising Writers. She teaches on the collage of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
By Jeffrey Schultz, Luchen Li
"Critical better half to John Steinbeck" celebrates this preeminent American author who in his works faced and explored the social textile of the USA within the early twentieth century. greater than 500 entries contain synopses of his novels, brief tales, and nonfiction; descriptions of his characters, from the Joad kinfolk in "The Grapes of Wrath" to Lennie Small in "Of Mice and Men"; information about relatives, pals, and co-workers; information regarding movie and tv diversifications of Steinbeck's works; and discussions of locations that motivated Steinbeck - from Salinas, California, to Paris, France.
By William S. Burroughs
Counterculture novels in a single quantity. shattering autobiographical novels provide a imaginative and prescient of alienated adolescence at its such a lot uncooked and uncensored. "A compelling narrative that balances the methedrine horrors with the outcast’s romantic look for identity."—Rolling Stone.
By Nelson Algren, Brooke Horvath
Nelson Algren sought humanity within the city wasteland of postwar the USA, the place his robust voice rose from in the back of the billboards and down tin-can alleys, from one of the marginalized and overlooked, the outcasts and scapegoats, the punks and junkies, the whores and down-on-their good fortune gamblers, the punch-drunk boxers and skid-row drunkies and youngsters who knew they'd by no means achieve the age of twenty-one: them all admirable in Algren's eyes for his or her energy and no-bullshit forthrightness, their insistence on dwelling and their skill to discover amusing and a dream within the unlikeliest places.
In Entrapment and different Writings--containing his unfinished novel and formerly unpublished or uncollected tales, poems, and essays--Algren speaks to our time as few of his fellow nice American writers of the Forties and '50s do, partially simply because he hasn't but been permitted and assimilated into the yank literary canon regardless of that he's held up as a talismanic determine. "You are usually not learn [Algren] when you can't take a punch," Ernest Hemingway declared. "Mr. Algren can hit with either palms and circulate round and he'll kill you while you are now not enormously careful."
By Joyce Carol Oates
À l. a. fin du XIXe siècle, au manoir de Glen Mawr situé dans l. a. ville de Winterthurn à l’est des États-Unis, vit l’étrange famille Kilgarvan, composée de trois filles : Georgina, l’aînée, appelée los angeles « nonne bleue », et ses deux demi-sœurs qu’elle élève seule, los angeles sage et studieuse Thérèse et los angeles jolie et fantasque Perdita. À l’aube d’une journée de mai, Georgina s’en va en ville acheter cinquante livres de chaux vive. Peu après, on retrouvera le bébé de sa cousine Abigaïl, venue quelques jours en visite, égorgé près du lit de l. a. mère.
Douze ans plus tard, cinq jeunes filles sont retrouvées mortes, atrocement mutilées, près de Winterthurn. Et, douze ans plus tard encore, c’est le pasteur, sa mère et une de ses paroissiennes qui sont sauvagement assassinés à coups de hache. Chaque fois, los angeles clé de ces mystères épouvantables va être los angeles même : jusqu’où ose aller une femme amoureuse ?
Xavier Kilgarvan mène les trois enquêtes avec verve et ardour et met toute sa vie dans l. a. résolution de ces crimes. Et l’on go well with avec délice les façons de l. a. société du tournant du siècle avec tout ce qu’elle a de suranné et d’hypocrite à strength de bienséance.