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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. Dickens, Journalism, and Nationhood

    Mapping the World in Household Words

    By Sabine Clemm

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Dickens, Journalism, and Nationhood examines Charles Dickens’ weekly family magazine Household Words in order to develop a detailed picture of how the journal negotiated, asserted and simultaneously deconstructed Englishness as a unified (and sometimes unifying) mode of expression. It offers...

    Published January 5th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Paul Auster's Postmodernity

    By Brendan Martin

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    This book focuses upon the literary and autobiographical writings of American novelist Paul Auster, investigating his literary postmodernity in relation to a full range of his writings. Martin addresses Auster’s evocation of a range of postmodern notions, such as the duplicitous art of...

    Published December 12th 2010 by Routledge

  3. Philip K. Dick

    Canonical Writer of the Digital Age

    By Lejla Kucukalic

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Kucukalic looks beyond the received criticism and stereotypes attached to Philip K. Dick and his work and shows, using a wealth of primary documents including previously unpublished letters and interviews, that Philip K. Dick is a serious and relevant philosophical and cultural...

    Published November 9th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Everybody's America

    Thomas Pynchon, Race, and the Cultures of Postmodernism

    By David Witzling

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Everybody’s America reassesses Pynchon’s literary career in order to explain the central role played by the racialization of American culture in the postmodernist deconstruction of subjectivity and literary authority and in the crisis in white liberal culture. It charts the evolution of both these...

    Published July 20th 2010 by Routledge

  5. Colonialism and the Modernist Moment in the Early Novels of Jean Rhys

    By Carol Dell'Amico

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Colonialism and the Modernist Moment in the Early Novels of Jean Rhys explores the postcolonial significance of Rhys’s modernist period work, which depicts an urban scene more varied than that found in other canonical representations of the period. Arguing against the view that Rhys comes into her...

    Published February 1st 2010 by Routledge

  6. Edith Wharton's Evolutionary Conception

    Darwinian Allegory in the Major Novels

    By Paul J. Ohler

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Edith Wharton's "Evolutionary Conception" investigates Edith Wharton's engagement with evolutionary theory in The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, and The Age of Innocence. The book also examines The Descent of Man, The Fruit of the Tree, Twilight Sleep, and The Children to show that...

    Published January 25th 2010 by Routledge

  7. The Carver Chronotope

    Contextualizing Raymond Carver

    By G.P. Lainsbury

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Raymond Carver's fiction is widely known for its careful documentation of lower-middle-class North America in the 1970s and 80s. Building upon the realist understanding of Carver's work, Raymond Carver's Chronotope uses a central concept of Bakhtin's novelistics to formulate a new context for...

    Published December 23rd 2009 by Routledge

  8. Cognitive Style and Perceptual Difference in Browning’s Poetry

    By Suzanne Bailey

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Current work on speech pragmatics and visual thinking calls for a radical reassessment of the problem of obscurity or difficulty in Robert Browning’s work. In this innovative study, Bailey reinterprets Browning's life and work in the context of contemporary theories of language and attention,...

    Published December 22nd 2009 by Routledge

  9. Homosexuality in the Life and Work of Joseph Conrad

    Love Between the Lines

    By Richard J. Ruppel

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    This book analyzes the representations of homosexuality in Conrad’s fiction, beginning with Conrad’s life and letters to show that Conrad himself was, at least imaginatively, bisexual. Conrad’s recurrent bouts of neurasthenia, his difficult courtships, late marriage, and frequent expressions of...

    Published November 22nd 2009 by Routledge

  10. Wallace Stevens and the Realities of Poetic Language

    By Stefan Holander

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    This study examines Wallace Stevens' ideas and practice of poetic language with a focus on the 1930s, an era in which Stevens persistently thematized a keenly felt pressure for the possible social involvement and political utility of poetic language. The argument suggests how mutually implicated...

    Published November 15th 2009 by Routledge