This series takes an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, visiting topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, and ecocriticism.
Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media
William Blake’s work demonstrates two tendencies that are central to social media: collaboration and participation. Not only does Blake cite and adapt the work of earlier authors and visual artists, but contemporary authors, musicians, and filmmakers feel compelled to use Blake in their own...
Published December 18th 2012 by Routledge
Metaphysics and the Play of Violence
This book studies Wallace Stevens and pre-Socratic philosophy, showing how concepts that animate Stevens’ poetry parallel concepts and techniques found in the poetic works of Parmenides, Empedocles, and Xenophanes, and in the fragments of Heraclitus. Tompsett traces the transition of...
Published June 18th 2012 by Routledge
What can literary theory reveal about discourses and practices of human rights, and how can human rights frameworks help to make sense of literature? How have human rights concerns shaped the literary marketplace, and how can literature impact human rights concerns? Essays in this volume theorize...
Published September 25th 2011 by Routledge
This book visits the ‘Thing’ in its various manifestations as an unnameable monster in literature and film, reinforcing the idea that the very essence of the monster is its excess and its unrepresentable nature. Tied primarily to the artistic modes of the fantastic, science-fiction, gothic, and...
To Be Published September 30th 2013 by Routledge
This interdisciplinary collection brings together world leaders in Gothic Studies, offering dynamic new readings on popular Gothic cultural productions from the last decade. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: contemporary High Street Goth/ic fashion, Gothic performance and art...
Published May 8th 2012 by Routledge
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Witnessing
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Testimony, this collection brings together the leading academics from a range of scholarly fields to explore the meaning, use, and value of testimony in law and politics, its relationship to other forms of writing like literature and...
To Be Published February 28th 2014 by Routledge
Modernist writing has always been linked with cinema. The recent renaissance in early British film studies has allowed cinema to emerge as a major historical context for literary practice. Treating cinema as a historical rather than an aesthetic influence, this book analyzes the role of early...
Published February 26th 2012 by Routledge
This book examines how African-American writers and visual artists interweave icon and inscription in order to re-present the black female body, traditionally rendered alien and inarticulate within Western discursive and visual systems. Brown considers how the writings of Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones,...
Published December 20th 2011 by Routledge
The Idea of America
This is the first book to offer a thorough examination of the relationship that Stanley Cavell’s celebrated philosophical work has to the ways in which the United States has been imagined and articulated in its literature. Establishing the contours of Cavell’s most significant readings of American...
Published December 17th 2012 by Routledge
Images and Interpretations from Antiquity to the Present Day
Tales of shipwreck have always fascinated audiences, and as result there is a rich literature of suffering at sea, and an equally rich tradition of visual art depicting this theme. Exploring the shifting semiotics and symbolism of shipwreck, the interdisciplinary essays in this volume provide a...
To Be Published July 31st 2013 by Routledge
This book examines types of resistance in contemporary poetry to the authority of scientific knowledge, tracing the source of these resistances to both their literary precedents and the scientific zeitgeists that helped to produce them. Walpert argues that contemporary poetry offers a palimpsest of...
Published September 25th 2011 by Routledge
Between Pleasure and Pain in Female Sexuality
This book considers the importance of female heterosexual masochism as a site for critical and cultural innovation in the contemporary understanding of women’s sexuality. Visiting the dominant historical approaches to conceptualizing female masochism in literature, sexology, and psychoanalysis, it...
To Be Published May 14th 2014 by Routledge
This book reads representations of Western music in literary texts to reveal the ways in which artifacts of imperial culture function within contemporary world literature. Bushnell argues that Western music’s conventions for performance, composition, and listening, established during the colonial...
Published November 12th 2012 by Routledge
Establishing an interdisciplinary connection between Migration Studies, Post-Colonial Studies and Affect Theory, Méndez analyzes the symbolic interplay between emotions, cognitions, and displacement in the narratives written by and about Dominican and Dominican-Americans in the United States and...
Published February 1st 2012 by Routledge
Judaic Imaginative Journeys of the Twentieth Century
This study introduces a genuine, provocative religious vocabulary into the discourse on Modernist art and literature. Mulman looks at key texts and figures of the Modern period, including Henry Roth, Amedeo Modigliani, James Joyce, and Art Spiegelman, revealing a significant engagement with the...
Published May 15th 2012 by Routledge
Travel, Migration, and Transculturation
Emphasizing the role of travel and migration in the performance and transformation of identity, this volume addresses representations of travel, mobility, and migration in 19th–21st-century travel writing, literature, and media texts. In so doing, the book analyses the role of the various cultural,...
To Be Published June 13th 2013 by Routledge
The Alchemical Literary Imagination
This book examines the ways in which contemporary British and British postcolonial writers in the after-empire era draw connections between magic (defined here as Renaissance Hermetic philosophy) and science. Writers such as Tom Stoppard, Zadie Smith, and Margaret Atwood critique both imperial...
Published October 16th 2011 by Routledge
Examining representations of speech disorders in works of literature, this first collection of its kind founds a new multidisciplinary subfield related but not limited to the emerging fields of disability studies and medical humanities. The scope is wide-ranging both in terms of national...
To Be Published September 25th 2013 by Routledge
Exploring environmental literature from a feminist perspective, this volume presents a diversity of feminist ecocritical approaches to affirm the continuing contributions, relevance, and necessity of a feminist perspective in environmental literature, culture, and science. Feminist ecocriticism has...
To Be Published May 24th 2013 by Routledge
Feminist Community and American Women's Poetry
Defying traditional definitions of public and private as gendered terms, and broadening discussion of women’s writing in relation to feminist work done in other fields, this study addresses American women’s poetry from the seventeenth to late-twentieth century. Engaging the fields of literary...
Published April 4th 2013 by Routledge
This book explores eugenics in its wider social context and in literary representations in post-war Britain. Drawing on a wide range of sources in medicine, social and educational policy, genetics, popular science, science fiction, and literary texts, Hanson tracks the dynamic interactions between...
Published August 9th 2012 by Routledge
Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century showcases the recent explosive expansion of environmental criticism, which is actively transforming three areas of broad interest in contemporary literary and cultural studies: history, scale, and science. With contributors engaging texts from...
Published May 5th 2011 by Routledge
This book refocuses current understandings of American Literature from the revolutionary period to the present-day through an analytical accounting of class, reestablishing a foundation for discussions of class in American culture. American Studies scholars have explored the ways in which American...
To Be Published December 14th 2013 by Routledge
Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons
This collection reclaims public intellectuals and scholars important to the foundational work in American Studies that contributed to emerging conceptions of an "ecological citizenship" advocating something other than nationalism or an "exclusionary ethics of place." Co-editors Adamson and Ruffin...
Published December 17th 2012 by Routledge