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Studies in Major Literary Authors

Studies in Major Literary Authors features outstanding scholarship on celebrated and neglected authors of both canonical and lesser-known texts.

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  1. Modernist Aesthetics and Consumer Culture in the Writings of Oscar Wilde

    By Paul Fortunato

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Oscar Wilde was a consumer modernist. His modernist aesthetics drove him into the heart of the mass culture industries of 1890s London, particularly the journalism and popular theatre industries. Wilde was extremely active in these industries: as a journalist at the Pall Mall Gazette; as magazine...

    Published June 15th 2009 by Routledge

  2. Sports, Narrative, and Nation in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    By Jarom McDonald

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    This study examines the ways that F. Scott Fitzgerald portrayed organized spectator sports as working to help structure ideologies of class, community, and nationhood. Situating the study in the landscape of late nineteenth/early twentieth-century American sport culture, Chapter One shows how...

    Published June 15th 2009 by Routledge

  3. The Environmental Unconscious in the Fiction of Don DeLillo

    By Elise Martucci

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    This book presents an ecocritical reading of DeLillo’s novels in an attempt to mediate between the seemingly incompatible influences of postmodernism and environmentalism. Martucci argues that although DeLillo is responding to and engaging with a postmodern culture of simulacra and simulation,...

    Published June 15th 2009 by Routledge

  4. No Place for Home

    Spatial Constraint and Character Flight in the Novels of Cormac McCarthy

    By Jay Ellis

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    This book was written to venture beyond interpretations of Cormac McCarthy's characters as simple, antinomian, and non-psychological; and of his landscapes as unrelated to the violent arcs of often orphaned and always emotionally isolated and socially detached characters. As McCarthy usually...

    Published June 15th 2009 by Routledge

  5. The Historical Imagination of G.K. Chesterton

    Locality, Patriotism, and Nationalism

    By Joseph R. McCleary

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    This study examines a selection of Chesterton’s novels, poetry, and literary criticism and outlines the distinctive philosophy of history that emerges from these writings. Looking at Chesteron's relationship with and influence upon authors including William Cobbett, Sir Walter Scott, Belloc, Shaw,...

    Published February 16th 2009 by Routledge

  6. Milton and the Spiritual Reader

    Reading and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England

    By David Ainsworth

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Milton and the Spiritual Reader considers how John Milton’s later works demonstrate the intensive struggle of spiritual reading. Milton presents his own rigorous process of reading in order to instruct his readers how to advance their spiritual knowledge. Recent studies of Milton’s readers neglect...

    Published March 23rd 2008 by Routledge

  7. The Magic Lantern

    Representations of the Double in Dickens

    By Maria Cristina Paganoni

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    The book provides an original investigation of the double trope as a central area of Dicken’s writings in their relation to Victorian culture, using this examination of the double to shed light on such issues as urban space and imperialism in the Victorian era....

    Published July 12th 2007 by Routledge

  8. James Merrill

    Knowing Innocence

    By Reena Sastri

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    James Merrill: Knowing Innocence reevaluates the achievement of this important poet by showing how he takes up an old paradigm – innocence – and reinvents it in response to new historical, scientific, and cultural developments including the bomb, contemporary cosmology, and the question of agency....

    Published July 12th 2007 by Routledge

  9. Henry Miller and Religion

    By Thomas Nesbit

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    This study argues that this previously banned author devoted his entire life to articulating a religion of self-liberation in his autobiographical books, examining his life and work within the context of fringe religious movements that were linked with the avant-garde in New York City and Paris at...

    Published June 6th 2007 by Routledge

  10. Unnoticed in the Casual Light of Day

    Phillip Larkin and the Plain Style

    By Tijana Stojkovic

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Larkin's poems are often regarded as falling somewhere between the traditional 'plain' and the more contemporary 'postmodern' categories. This study undertakes a comprehensive linguistic and historical study of the plain style tradition in poetry, its relationship with so-called 'difficult' poetry,...

    Published April 13th 2006 by Routledge