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After the American CenturyThe Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East

After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East

Brian Edwards

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231174008
eISBN:
9780231540551
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231174008.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

When Henry Luce announced in 1941 that we were living in the “American century,” he believed that the international popularity of American culture made the world favorable to U.S. interests. Now, in ... More

Algerian ImprintsEthical Space in the Work of Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous

Algerian Imprints: Ethical Space in the Work of Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous

Brigitte Weltman-Aron

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231172561
eISBN:
9780231539876
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172561.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Born and raised in French Algeria, Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous represent in their literary works signs of conflict and enmity, drawing on discordant histories so as to reappraise the political on ... More

American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

Cindy Weinstein and Christopher Looby (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156172
eISBN:
9780231520775
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156172.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Rethinking the category of aesthetics in light of recent developments in literary theory and social criticism, this book showcases the interpretive possibilities available to those who bring ... More

The Autonomy of Pleasure"Libertines, License, and Sexual Revolution"

The Autonomy of Pleasure: "Libertines, License, and Sexual Revolution"

James A. Steintrager

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780231151580
eISBN:
9780231540872
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151580.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

What would happen if pleasure were made the organizing principle for social relations and sexual pleasure ruled over all? Radical French libertines experimented clandestinely with this idea during ... More

Beyond BolañoThe Global Latin American Novel

Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel

Héctor Hoyos

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168427
eISBN:
9780231538664
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168427.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book defines and explores new trends in how we read and write in a globalized era. It does this through a comparative analysis of the novels of Roberto Bolaño and the fictional work of César ... More

Beyond SinologyChinese Writing and the Scripts of Culture

Beyond Sinology: Chinese Writing and the Scripts of Culture

Andrea Bachner

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164528
eISBN:
9780231536301
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164528.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book looks at the history and usage of Chinese script to pinpoint the multiple connections that exist between languages, scripts, medial expressions, and cultural and national identities. It ... More

Commerce with the UniverseAfrica, India, and the Afrasian Imagination

Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India, and the Afrasian Imagination

Gaurav Desai

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164542
eISBN:
9780231535595
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164542.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book provides an alternative history of Africa's experience with slavery, migration, colonialism, nationalism, and globalization. It draws on the life narratives and literary texts of South ... More

Critical ChildrenThe Use of Childhood in Ten Great Novels

Critical Children: The Use of Childhood in Ten Great Novels

Richard Locke

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157834
eISBN:
9780231527996
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157834.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book analyzes ten books in which children feature as critical characters and assesses the ways the children in these novels have been used to explore and evade large social, psychological and ... More

The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics

The Critical Pulse: Thirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics

Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161152
eISBN:
9780231530736
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This anthology asks thirty-six leading literary and cultural critics to elaborate on the nature of their profession. These credos boldly defend the function of criticism in contemporary society and ... More

Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. FictionEnvironment and Affect

Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

Heather Houser

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165143
eISBN:
9780231537360
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165143.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book traces the development of “Ecosickness fiction” through an assessment of contemporary U.S. novels and memoirs. It describes how the 1970s brought about a new understanding of the biological ... More

The Ethnic Avant-GardeMinority Cultures and World Revolution

The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution

Steven Lee

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231173520
eISBN:
9780231540117
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231173520.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

During the 1920s and 1930s, American minority artists and writers collaborated extensively with the Soviet avant-garde, seeking to build a revolutionary society that would end racial discrimination ... More

The Extinct SceneLate Modernism and Everyday Life

The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life

Thomas Davis

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231169424
eISBN:
9780231537889
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169424.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In 1935, the English writer Stephen Spender wrote that the historical pressures of his era should “turn the reader’s and writer’s attention outwards from himself to the world.” Combining historical, ... More

The Fall of Language in the Age of English

The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Minae Mizumura

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163026
eISBN:
9780231538541
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163026.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book lays bare the struggle to retain the brilliance of the English language in a period of English-language dominance. The book acknowledges the value of a universal language in the pursuit of ... More

Fantasies of the New ClassIdeologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction

Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction

Stephen Schryer

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157575
eISBN:
9780231527477
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157575.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

America's post-World War II prosperity created a boom in higher education, expanding the number of university-educated readers and making a new literary politics possible. Writers began to direct ... More

The Frontier WithinEssays by Abe Kōbō

The Frontier Within: Essays by Abe Kōbō

Kōbō Abe

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163866
eISBN:
9780231535090
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163866.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Abe Kōbō (1924–1993) was one of Japan's greatest postwar writers, widely recognized for his imaginative science fiction and plays of the absurd. However, he also wrote theoretical criticism for which ... More

Guilty Knowledge, Guilty PleasureThe Dirty Art of Poetry

Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure: The Dirty Art of Poetry

William Logan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231166867
eISBN:
9780231537230
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231166867.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

William Logan has been a thorn in the side of American poetry for more than three decades. Though he has been called the “most hated man in American poetry,” his witty and articulate reviews have ... More

In StereotypeSouth Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

Mrinalini Chakravorty

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165969
eISBN:
9780231537766
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165969.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book confronts the importance of cultural stereotypes in shaping the ethics and reach of global literature. The text focuses on the seductive force and explanatory power of stereotypes in ... More

In the Company of StrangersFamily and Narrative in Dickens, Conan Doyle, Joyce, and Proust

In the Company of Strangers: Family and Narrative in Dickens, Conan Doyle, Joyce, and Proust

Barry McCrea

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157636
eISBN:
9780231527330
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157636.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book shows how a reconception of family and kinship underlies the revolutionary experiments of the modernist novel. While stories of marriage and long-lost relatives were a mainstay of classic ... More

The Lyrical in Epic TimeModern Chinese Intellectuals and Artists Through the 1949 Crisis

The Lyrical in Epic Time: Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Artists Through the 1949 Crisis

David Der-wei Wang

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170468
eISBN:
9780231538572
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170468.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book uses the lyrical to rethink the dynamics of Chinese modernity. Although the form may seem unusual for representing China's social and political crises in the mid-twentieth century, the book ... More

Masks of ConquestLiterary Study and British Rule in India

Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India

Gauri Viswanathan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171694
eISBN:
9780231539579
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171694.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

A work in postcolonial studies, this text describes the introduction of English studies in India under British rule and illuminates the discipline's transcontinental movements and derivations, ... More

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