American literature, American Studies

Poe: The Trauma of an Era published

«I consider [Altamirano] superlatively well qualified. He has studied Poe’s works closely, and in my opinion knows them as intimately as do the leading American scholars and critics of Poe. His ‹historia intelectual› promises to open a whole new era …» — Kenneth Silverman, Professor Emeritus in English, New York University, author of the biography… Continue reading Poe: The Trauma of an Era published

African literature, American literature, English literature, Literature, Postcolonial Studies, World literature

Photos from the book launch: Fighting Words @TORCHOxford

Fighting Words: Fifteen Books that Shaped the Postcolonial World, edited by Dominic Davies, Erica Lombard and Benjamin Mountford, was launched today at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) in the Radcliffe Humanities Building at the University of Oxford. The launch included an introduction by the volume editors and a fascinating discussion with an… Continue reading Photos from the book launch: Fighting Words @TORCHOxford

African literature, American literature, English literature, Literature, Postcolonial Studies, World literature

Fighting Words published

Can a book change the world? If books were integral to the creation of the imperial global order, what role have they played in resisting that order throughout the twentieth century? To what extent have theories and movements of anti-imperial and anticolonial resistance across the planet been shaped by books as they are read across… Continue reading Fighting Words published

American literature, American Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, English literature

Contemporary Writing and the Politics of Space published

This collective volume explores questions of space in contemporary literary texts from a range of theoretical perspectives. In addition to mapping the «spatial turn» in literary and cultural studies, this volume also brings together studies that apply spatial theory to the analysis of literary texts. Contributors tackle a broad range of themes, including how prose… Continue reading Contemporary Writing and the Politics of Space published

American literature, American Studies, Poetry

John Berryman: Centenary Essays published #WorldPoetryDay

Drawing on the proceedings of two conferences organized to celebrate the centenary of John Berryman’s birth in 2014, John Berryman: Centenary Essays provides new perspectives on a major US American poet’s work by critics from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. In addition to new readings of important aspects of Berryman’s development… Continue reading John Berryman: Centenary Essays published #WorldPoetryDay

American literature, Comparative Literature, English literature, Gender Studies

Shame, Masculinity and Desire of Belonging published

This study considers male shame in contemporary writing by men, examining why shame is often considered a female emotion and therefore denied in men. The author’s comparative approach to the private experience of shame in novels by Hanif Kureishi, Philip Roth and Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki demonstrates the extent to which shame conditions male behaviour, protecting the… Continue reading Shame, Masculinity and Desire of Belonging published

American literature, Utopian Studies

The Racial Horizon of Utopia published

«Edward Chan reclaims the human desire to imagine something better than our unequal, multi-racial present. His analysis stages encounters between racism and the hope for racial equality, and turns to the subjective to explore how race shapes personal, public and sexual possibilities. The ‘racialized horizon’ of utopia impacts the present and shatters our racialized subjectivities… Continue reading The Racial Horizon of Utopia published

American literature, French, Translation Studies

Transatlantic Poe published

Was Edgar Allan Poe's work vulgar or a «new specimen of beauty»? Did he represent a critical puzzle for his influential readers or a basis for redefining American literature? This book offers a new understanding of Poe's literary significance by considering the transatlantic reception of the author in French translation. The translation of Poe into… Continue reading Transatlantic Poe published