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Literature, Rhetoric, and the Arts

Our Literature, Rhetoric, and the Arts titles cover the breadth of our publishing catalog, from Architecture to Yeats. Click on a book title or picture for descriptions and purchasing information.

FORTHCOMING: Gastro-Modernism: Food, Literature, Culture, edited by Derek Gladwin
This volume of critical essays provides a long overdue survey of food culture and politics represented in global literary modernisms. The links among what we eat, the production and representation of food, and the resulting global impacts in culture and society are increasing contemporary issues largely dating back to the early twentieth century.


FORTHCOMING: Locating the Gothic in British Modernity, by Sam Wiseman
This book investigates the dynamic relationships between Gothic impulses/expressions and British literature between the 1880s and 1930s, with a particular focus upon how both modernity (as a set of technological, social, cultural and historical circumstances) and modernism (as a literary movement) stimulate and express relations to place in terms of Gothic ideas and aesthetics. The project draws new links between these areas, and examines the extent to which the period is characterized by a distinctive and coherent set of Gothic impulses and aesthetic manifestations; additionally, it interprets these in the context of the experience and representation of place. The dialectic of modern explorations of both metropolitan and rural place forms a central line of investigation, pursuing the hypothesis that the Gothic is a critically valuable lens for considering these relationships.


FORTHCOMING: Scholarly Milton, edited by Thomas Festa and Kevin J. Donovan
Scholarly Milton is a collection of original and previously unpublished essays concerned with the function of scholarship in both the invention and the reception of Milton’s writings in poetry and prose. Following the editors’ introduction to the collection, the eleven essays examine the nature of Milton’s own formidable scholarship and its implications for his prose and poetry. The collection examines “scholarly Milton” the writer as well as subsequent scholars’ historical and theoretical framing of Milton studies as an object of scholarly attention, or “scholarly Milton” as at first an emergent and later an established academic subject. Originally selected from the best essays presented at the 2015 Conference on John Milton in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the essays have been considerably revised and expanded for publication.


FORTHCOMING: Bram Stoker and the Late Victorian World, edited by Matthew Gibson and Sabine Lenore Müller
This volume aims to place Stoker’s fiction in the context of his life and of his work, and the period in which he lived. As well as being the author of Dracula, he was also Acting Manager of the Lyceum Theatre, a qualified barrister, a theatre reviewer, and for the earliest part of his career a civil servant in Dublin. His work and enthusiasms took him into contact with many other areas of life, including politics and the visual arts, and his voracious appetite for reading gave him an immense breadth of knowledge which informs his novels as well. Divided into three sets of three essays, the major subdivisions of this collection are Professions, Science and Technology, and Politics. In the first three essays, we have discussions of Stoker’s relationship with the legal system, the visual and scenic arts, and his role as Acting Manager at the Lyceum Theatre. The second section on Science has pieces on the use of Utopian and Dystopian technology in Dracula, the importance of the emerging profession of coroner to the same novel, and the importance of ecology to his fiction. The final Section, Politics, details Stoker’s attitudes towards the aristocracy, the frontiersman and global politics, as revealed through his novels.


FORTHCOMING: The Problem in the Middle: Liminal Space and the Court Masque, by Gregory A. Wilson (with a new preface by the author)
Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones enjoyed one of the most successful theatrical collaborations of Renaissance England with their spectacular court masques. But their relationship soured over a dispute as to what was most important in the masque: the poetry of the former or the set and costume design of the latter. This book attempts to resolve the debate using a theoretical term developed by Victor Turner: liminality, a condition or status between two conditions or statuses. Dr. Gregory Wilson argues that the masque is in a perpetual state of liminality, existing in the margin between performance and an observing audience. The masque is more than historically interesting; it negotiates the space between possibility and reality. This book searches for that intervening ground and the resolution of the "problem in the middle."


Facing South: Keyboard Instruments in the Early Carolinas, by Thomas Strange, Patrick Hawkins, and Kunio Hara
Facing South tells the story of the harpsichord and piano in early South and North Carolina (1700 to 1850) from the point of view of the owners and performers who used them.


FORTHCOMING: T. S. Eliot and Organicism, by Jeremy Diaper
T. S. Eliot and Organicism demonstrates that one of the twentieth century’s most eminent literary figures should be remembered for his important role in the emergence of the organic husbandry movement and for his contributions to environmental and organic debates.


Virginia Woolf and the World of Books, edited by Nicola Wilson and Claire Battershill
Just over hundred years ago, in 1917, Leonard and Virginia Woolf began a publishing house from their dining-room table. This volume marks the centenary of that auspicious beginning.


FORTHCOMING: A Reader’s Guide to Yeats’s “A Vision,” by Neil Mann
Neil Mann offers an authoritative, clear, and straightforward guide to the system of "A Vision," the framework within which W. B. Yeats created many of his most important works.


FORTHCOMING: The T. S. Eliot Studies Annual, vol. 2
"The T. S. Eliot Studies Annual" strives to be the leading venue for the critical reassessment of Eliot’s life and work in light of the ongoing publication of his letters, critical volumes of his complete prose, the new edition of his complete poems, and the forthcoming critical edition of his plays.


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