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Black, white, and in color
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Spillers, Hortense J.

Black, white, and in color : essays on American literature and culture / Hortense J. Spillers.

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2003.

Abstract: "Black, White and in Colour" offers a long-awaited collection of major essays by Hortense Spillers, one of the most influential and inspiring black critics of the past 20 years. Spanning her work from the early 1980s, in which she pioneered a broadly poststructuralist approach to African American literature, and extending through her turn to cultural studies in the 1990s, these essays display her passionate commitment to reading as a fundamentally political act - one pivotal to rewriting the humanist project. Spillers is probably best known for her race-centred revision of psychoanalytic theory and for her subtle account of the relationships between race and gender. She has also given literary criticism some of its most powerful readings of individual authors, represented here in seminal essays on Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, and William Faulkner. Other essays such as "Who Cuts the Border?" consider the effect of migration on the black cultural experience. "Moving on Down the Line" opens a fascinating window onto the African American sermon. "A Hateful Passion, a Lost Love" contrasts fiction by Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurtston and Margaret Walker. A new preface and introduction that appear here for the first time trace the trajectory of the author's career and point the way toward new lines of inquiry. Ultimately, the essays collected in "Black, White and in Colour" all share Spillers's signature style: heady, eclectic, and astonishingly productive of new ideas. Anyone interested in African American culture and literature should want to read them.

Bold words
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Bold words : a century of Asian American writing / edited by Rajini Srikanth and Esther Y. Iwanaga.

New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2001.

Abstract: A century of Asian American writing has generated a forceful cascade of hold words. This anthology covers Asian American writing of all genres, sixty authors from the early years of the twentieth century to the present. Chinese, Fllipinoa, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Southeast Asian American writers are all well represented, with an equal split between male and female writers. The collection is divided into four genre sections, memoir, fiction, poetry, and drama. Each section opens with an introductory essay from an expert in that genre: Meena Alexander on memoir. Gary Pak on fiction, Eilcen Tablos on poetry, and Roberta Uno on drama. The selections depict the complex realities and wide range of experiences of Asians in the United States. They illuminate the writers' creative responses to such diverse issues as resistance, aesthetic craft, blculturalism, sexuality, gender relations, racism, war, diaspora, and family.

Modernism and democracy
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Potter, Rachel.

Modernism and democracy : literary culture, 1900-1930 / Rachel Potter.

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.

Abstract: Anglo-American modernist writing and modern mass democratic states emerged at the same time, during the period of 1900-1930. Yet writers such as T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, and Ford Madox Ford were notoriously hostile to modern democracies. They often defended, in contrast, anti-democratic forms of cultural authority. Since the late 1970s, however, our understanding of modernist culture has altered as previously marginalised writers, in particular women such as Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Mina Loy, have been reassessed. Not only has the picture of Anglo-American modernist culture changed significantly, but the understanding of the relationship between modernist writing and politics has also shifted. Rachel Potter here reassess the relationship between modernism and democracy by analysing the wide range of different reactions by modernist writers to the new democracies. She charts the changes in the ideas of democracy as a result of the shift from liberal to mass democracies after the First World War and of women's entrance into the political and cultural spheres.By uncovering hitherto-unanalysed essays by a number of feminist writers she argues that in fact there was a widespread scepticism about the consequences of mass democracy for women's liberation, and that this scepticism was central to the work of women modernist writers.

Italy in mind
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Italy in mind : an anthology / edited and with an introduction by Alice Leccese Powers.

1st ed.

New York : Vintage Books, 1997.

New worlds of literature
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New worlds of literature : writings from America's many cultures / [edited by] Jerome Beaty, J. Paul Hunter.

2nd ed.

New York : Norton, c1994.

Jewish in America
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Jewish in America / edited by Sara Blair, Jonathan Freedman.

Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2004.

Abstract: "Jewish culture in America is creating a genuinely new archive---a powerful admixture of texts old and new, Jewish and gentile, sacred and secular, on which our writers and critics offer creative commentary and to which they make compelling response. Shaped in the American crucible of race and ethnicity, pushed and pulled by the American traditions of ahistorical and individualist thinking, empowered by a powerful sacramental and hermeneutic tradition yet challenged by that tradition's stunning variety of inflections, impelled to furious response by world crisis, these writers testify not only to the anguishing and joyous complexity of being Jewish in America, but the creative energies such multiplicity generates."-From the Introduction This rare and original work of cultural studies offers uncommon and engaging perspectives-as well as provocative and humorous insights-on what it means to be Jewish in America. "Jewish in America" features poetry, art, essays, and stories from an impressive and respected list of contributors, including among others Stephen Greenblatt, Richard Kostelanetz, Jacqueline Osherow, Robert Pinsky, Sharon Pomerantz, Nancy Reisman, Grace Schulman, Louis Simpson, Alisa Solomon, and Stephen J. Whitfield. In addition to pieces by some of the country's leading writers, the book features a stunning gallery of original photographs that transport the viewer from the crowded Coney Island beaches of the 1940s to the landscapes of Oaxaca, Mexico in the 1990s.

Ecocriticism
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Garrard, Greg.

Ecocriticism / Greg Garrard.

2nd ed.

Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge 2012

The new critical idiom.

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Abstract: Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from Wordsworth and Thoreau through to Google Earth, J.M. Coetzee and Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man. Greg Garrard's animated and accessible volume traces the development of the movement and explores its key concepts, including: pollution, wilderness, apocalypse, dwelling, animals, and earth. Featuring a newly rewritten chapter on animal studies, and considering queer and postcolonial ecocriticisms and the impact of globalisation, this fully updated second edition also presents a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading in print and online. Concise, clear, and authoritative. Ecocriticism offers the ideal introduction to this crucial subject for students of literary and cultural studies.

The future of environmental criticism
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Buell, Lawrence.

The future of environmental criticism : environmental crisis and literary imagination / Lawrence Buell.

Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005.

Blackwell manifestos

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Abstract: One of the leading theorists in ecocriticism offers a critical summary of the ecocritical movement, tracing origins of the movement in the 1970s & following developments through to the present time. Written by one of the world's leading theorists in ecocriticism, this manifesto provides a critical summary of the ecocritical movement.

The green studies reader
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The green studies reader : from Romanticism to ecocriticism / edited by Laurence Coupe ; with a foreword by Jonathan Bate.

London : Routledge 2000.

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Abstract: The Green Studies Reader is a fantastically comprehensive selection of critical texts which address the connection between ecology, culture and literature. It offers a complete guide to the growing area of 'ecocriticism' and a wealth of material on green issues from the romantic period to the present. Some important aspects that are covered in depth are romantic ecology and its legacy, Nature/Culture/Gender, and environmental literary history. Included in this collection are extracts from today's leading ecocritics and figures from the past who pioneered a green approach to literature and culture. As a whole the Reader encourages a reassessment of the whole development of criticism and will offer readers a radical prospect for its future.

Writing for an endangered world
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Buell, Lawrence.

Writing for an endangered world : literature, culture, and environment in the U.S. and beyond / Lawrence Buell.

Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2001.

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Abstract: This work offers a conception of the physical environment-whether built or natural-as simultaneously found and constructed, and treats imaginative representations of it as acts of both discovery and invention. A number of the chapters develop this idea through parallel studies of figures identified with either "natural" or urban settings: John Muir and Jane Addams; Aldo Leopold and William Faulkner; Robinson Jeffers and Theodore Dreiser; Wendell Berry and Gwendolyn Brooks. Focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers, but ranging freely across national borders, this book reimagines city and country as a single complex landscape. The environmental imagination does not stop short at the edge of the woods. Nor should our understanding of it, as Lawrence Buell makes clear in this book that aims to reshape the field of literature and environmental studies. Emphasizing the influence of the physical environment on individual and collective perception, his book thus provides the theoretical underpinnings for ecocriticism.

The Norton anthology of African American literature
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The Norton anthology of African American literature / general editors Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Nellie Y. McKay.

2nd ed.

New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2004.

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Abstract: The second edition of this landmark anthology brings together the work of 120 writers in the most comprehensive collection of African American writing available. Representing over 250 years of writing in all genres, the second edition offers eleven major works in their entirety. Nine writers are newly included, among them Jupiter Hammon, Martin Delany, Caryl Phillips, Colson Whitehead, and Harryette Mullen. The anthology opens with a generous section of blues, spirituals, jazz, hip-hop, sermons, and speeches, many of which are brought to life on the expanded two-CD set which includes vocal and instrumental pieces from ragtime to Motown, and twenty-four speeches, readings, and performances by powerful voices from Booker T. Washington to Rita Dove. With a general introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr., updated period introductions, head-notes, and bibliographies, "The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, Second Edition," reflects the latest scholarship in this vibrant and varied literary tradition.

The Cambridge companion to American modernism
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The Cambridge companion to American modernism / edited by Walter Kalaidjian.

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Cambridge companions to literature.

Abstract: This volume provides an authoritative overview of the achievements of American literary modernism in its social and cultural contexts. A chronology of key events is offered, and an up-to-date bibliography of further readering organised by chapter topics.

The Venice myth
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Barnes, David,

The Venice myth : culture, literature, politics, 1800 to the present / David Barnes.

London : Pickering & Chatto