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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: 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."


FORTHCOMING: 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.


FORTHCOMING: 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”
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.


FORTHCOMING: Samuel Johnson Among the Modernists, edited by Anthony W. Lee
"Samuel Johnson Among the Modernists" casts Johnson as a figure of modernity, one who possesses an appeal that many Modernist writers found irresistible.


FORTHCOMING: A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost, by Virginia F. Smith
"A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost" is the first systematic attempt to catalogue and explain all of the references to science and natural history in Frost’s published poetry.


Rupert Brooke in the First World War, by Alisa Miller
Miller cover chosen copyGoing beyond Brooke's own life and famously romantic death, this book retraces the evolution of his reputation in cultural imagination as forged by a network of major political and literary figures of the period including Winston Churchill, Edward Marsh, Virginia Woolf, Theodore Roosevelt, T. S. Eliot, Siegfried Sassoon, and Henry James.


An Annotated Guide to the Writings and Papers of Leonard Woolf, by Janet M. Manson and Wayne K. Chapman
The Annotated Guide is an ongoing effort to provide the kind of bibliographic information on Leonard Woolf sometimes found in the pages of Woolf Studies Annual on Virginia Woolf.


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