Literature and Literary Criticism

The Postmodernists: An Introduction

Author: 

Young, Julian

Credentials: 

Julian Young, a New Zealand philosopher, is W. R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Wake Forest University and Honorary Research Associate at the University of Auckland. His sixteen books have been translated into many languages. His Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography won the Association of American Publishers 2010 PROSE award for philosophy. Apart from postmodernism, his main interests are nineteenth- and twentieth-century German philosophy, the philosophy of art, religion, opera and tragedy, and the meaning of life.

What is postmodern—postmodernism as philosophy—and what should we think of it? The first eight chapters of Julian Young’s new book examine the thought of key postmodernist philosophers: Lyotard, Deleuze, Foucault, Baudrillard, Derrida, Vattimo, Richard Rorty, and Judith Butler.

Market: 
Philosophy, Literature, Humanities, European Studies, Cultural Studies, Twentieth Century Literature, Postmodernism, Lyotard, Deleuze, Foucault, Baudrillard, Derida, Vattimo, Rorty, Judith Butler, Nietzsche
Release Date: 
June 25, 2024
ISBN: 
9781680533002 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
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6x9
Pages: 
150
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Imagination on Fire: The Literary Career of Alice Muriel Williamson

Author: 

Rex, Richard

Credentials: 

Richard Rex retired from the University of Utah. He is the author of a collection of Chaucer essays titled The Sins of Madame Eglentyne, as well as Alice Muriel Williamson: The Secret History of an American-English Author and The Literary Career of W. B. Trites (Academica Press). He lives with his wife, Ines, on the Olympic Peninsula, in Port Angeles, Washington.

Among the most popular novels in the early decades of the twentieth century were those published by Alice Muriel Williamson, whose novels were frequently attributed on their title pages to “C. N. and A. M. Williamson.” Although it is now known that “A. M.” never wrote any fiction by “C. N.” – her husband, Charles Norris Williamson, – the view erroneously persists that the married couple were joint authors. Preceding her fame as a novelist, Alice wrote a series of sensational stories that appeared serially in journals in the 1890s.

Market: 
Literature, Social Science, History, American Literature, Twentieth-Century Literatures, American Studies, Alice Muriel Williamson
Release Date: 
March 15, 2024
ISBN: 
9781680533118 Hardcover
Price: 
$139.95
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6x9
Pages: 
250
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None
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John Millington Synge, the Aran Islands, and His Influences: A Short Study (Maunsel Irish Studies)

Author: 

MacGuire, James

Credentials: 

James MacGuire lives in New York City with the sublime Michelle Coppedge. He is the U.S. managing editor of the Catholic Herald and a contributing editor to Quest. He has worked at major media companies, including Time Inc., Macmillan, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; been a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the Center for Social Thought; and taught at Johns Hopkins University, Cambridge University, and The Sheen Center. MacGuire’s work has been published in dozens of national magazines. He is the author or co-author of fifteen books.

John Millington Synge, who along with William Butler Yeats and Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory spearheaded the Irish Literary Revival of the early twentieth century, was chiefly inspired by the four trips he took to the Aran Islands in the late 1880s and early 1890s. Synge was born into a prominent, if fading, landholding family of the Irish Protestant Ascendancy. After taking his degree at Trinity College, Dublin, he used his modest income to live in Europe in hopes of becoming a writer.

Market: 
Literature, Humanities, Ireland, Irish Literature, European Studies, Cultural Studies, Twentieth Century Literature, Irish Literary Revival, John Millington Synge
Release Date: 
May 15, 2024
ISBN: 
9781680532982 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
150
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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From Natura to Nature: How Love, Imagination, and Integrity Formed the Modern World

Author: 

Hipolito, T. A.

Credentials: 

T. A. (Terry) Hipolito has a background in medieval literature, having received his Ph.D. in that subject from the University of California Los Angeles, and a career in software development and artificial intelligence. His amateur endeavors have included history and philosophy. He has attempted to unify all of these disciplines in a study of Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy, which he believes endeavors to do much the same.

From Natura to Nature traces the career of the medieval goddess Natura – Mother Nature – as she influenced the literature of the High Middle Ages up to the time of William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser. After that, Natura’s medieval aspect morphed into the mathematics of the early modern era. The book’s subtitle includes the terms Love, Integrity, and Imagination, subjects that complement Natura’s well-known sponsorship of the phenomenon of romantic love.

Market: 
Philosophy, Literature, Science, Social Science, Mathematics, Psychology, European Studies, Metaphysics, Logic, Calculus, Romance
Release Date: 
March 15, 2024
ISBN: 
9781680533477 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
150
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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Wagner’s Mature Music-Dramas (Tristan and Isolde, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, and Parsifal) in Light of Their Allegorical Relationship to The Ring of the Nibelung

Author: 

Heise, Paul Brian

Credentials: 

Paul Brian Heise has studied the works of Richard Wagner since 1971. While pursuing graduate studies in anthropology at Southern Illinois University, he developed an argument that Wagner’s works could be understood as an allegory and withdrew from formal studies to devote his life to discovering and sharing his wholesale reassessment of the meaning of Wagner’s dramas and their music. Heise has published extensively on Wagner, including The Wound That Will Never Heal: An Allegorical Interpretation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung (Academica Press, 2021), and, with the support of the late British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton, the website www.wagnerheim.com, an online compendium of Heise’s thoughts about Wagner.

Scholars devoted to analysis of Richard Wagner’s operas and music-dramas have long noted his numerous comparisons between their characters and plots in his letters, essays, and recorded remarks. Yet no one has previously attempted to assess their implications for our systematic understanding of his art.

Market: 
History, Music, Philosophy, Richard Wagner, Performing Arts, Opera, Mythology, Allegory, Comparative Literature, Germany
Release Date: 
January 15, 2025
ISBN: 
9781680532920 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
300
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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COLLISIONS: violences by Jack Foley

Author: 

Foley, Jack

Credentials: 

San Francisco Bay-area poet Jack Foley has published eighteen books of poetry, five books of criticism, a book of stories, and a 1300-page “chronoencyclopedia,” Visions & Affiliations: California Poetry 1940-2005. With his late wife, Adelle, he became known for his multi-voiced “choruses,” a practice he has continued with his new life partner, Sangye Land. He has presented poetry on Berkeley, California radio station KPFA regularly since 1988 and is a host of KPFA’s literary program, “Cover to Cover.” He has received two Lifetime Achievement Awards, one from Marquis Who’s Who and one from the Berkeley Poetry Festival. The city of Berkeley declared June 5, 2010 “Jack Foley Day” in Berkeley. In addition, he is the first recipient of the K.M. Anthru International Literary Prize from the Kerala, India-based magazine, LITTERATEUR RW. His most recent books are Grief Songs, a book dealing with his sorrow at his wife’s death; When Sleep Comes: Shillelagh Songs, poems ranging from traditional to experimental verse; Duet of Polygon, a collaboration with Japanese poet Maki Starfield; and the companion volumes, The Light of Evening, a brief autobiography, and A Backward Glance O’er Travel’d Roads, a psychobiography dealing with “the growth of a poet’s mind,” and Creative Death, a book of poems. In 2019, poets/scholars Dana Gioia and Peter Whitfield published Jack Foley’s Unmanageable Masterpiece—a book of essays discussing Visions & Affiliations. Poet Olchar E. Lindsann writes, “Jack Foley’s constantly evolving and exploratory writing has been a mainstay of the American avant-garde for many decades, and his detailed histories of California poetic communities demonstrate an engaged poetic historiography.” In 1994 Lawrence Ferlinghetti remarked at the conclusion of Jack’s radio interview with him, “Jack Foley is doing great things in articulating the poetic consciousness of San Francisco.”

Octogenarian Jack Foley’s COLLISIONS is a book at play in the forests of the mind. The opening quotation from Dana Gioia defines the book’s understanding of consciousness: “Human consciousness is an unstable republic of conflicting impulses, instincts, and appetites in perpetual flux.” COLLISIONS is an attempt to honor that notion of the chaos of consciousness while at the same time giving the reader an experience of thought and feeling that is not so chaotic that it is overwhelming.

Market: 
Literature, Humanities, American Literature, Poetry, California, California Poets, Jack Foley, American Studies
Release Date: 
May 20, 2024
ISBN: 
9781680533354 Hardcover, 9781680533361 Paperback
Price: 
$45 Hardcover, $38 Paperback
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
135
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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Imposing Fictions: Subversive Literature and the Imperative of Authenticity

Author: 

Phillips, Thomas & Cate Rivers

Credentials: 

Thomas Phillips is a composer, novelist, and teacher known for the minimalist aesthetic that informs his work. In addition to numerous music releases, installations, and collaborations in dance and theater, he is the author of novels, short story collections, and scholarly monographs, recent examples of which focus on horror and cultural theory. Having completed graduate work in Helsinki and Montreal, he currently teaches literature at North Carolina State University.

Cate Rivers is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at North Carolina State University, where she received her B.A. in English and minors in History and Japanese Studies. Her main areas of focus are the Southern United States and Japan. Her interests span trauma studies, nationalism, memory, gender and critical race theories, modernism, cultural representations of mental illness, mysticism, and Buddhist literature. Her ongoing research project frames 20th century Japanese novels and novels from the Southern Renaissance as social histories, with particular attention to war memory, family history, culpability, the construction of “family,” and the relation between national identity and self-conception.

Imposing Fictions aims to ameliorate the growing problem of what Martin Heidegger refers to as psychological and cultural “homelessness” by diagnosing the nature of the latter’s current manifestations and offering readings of literature that seek to inspire the genuine, and genuinely subversive, alterity required by an authentic mode of being.

Market: 
Literature, Social Science, Psychology, Literary Theory, American Literature, French Literaturee, Ontology, Heidegger, Badiou
Release Date: 
November 29, 2023
ISBN: 
9781680535358 Hardcover
Price: 
$139.95
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6x9
Pages: 
150
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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South Carolina Onstage

Author: 

Tuttle, Jon W.

Credentials: 

Jon W. Tuttle is Distinguished Professor of English at Francis Marion University, specializing in Modern and American Drama. He is also Director of University Honors, the Nellie Cooke Sparrow Writer-in-Residence, and an FMU Trustees Research Scholar. He has received the South Carolina Governor’s Award in the Humanities and both the Founders Award and Lifetime Service Award from South Carolina Theater Association. He has served on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, and the Jasper Project. For over a decade, he was Playwright-in-Residence and Literary Manager at Trustus Theater in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the editor of David Kranes: Selected Plays.

The only book of its kind, South Carolina Onstage offers a collection of plays spanning two hundred years, all by South Carolina authors. It begins with a concise history of the theater in the Palmetto State, from the first dramatic production in Charleston in 1735 and the golden age of the Dock Street and Charleston Theaters, through the rise of opera houses and community theatres across the state, to the dynamic dramatic culture South Carolina today enjoys. Each of the seven plays in Jon W.

Market: 
Literature, American Studies, Fine Arts, Drama, American Literature, American South, South Carolina, 20th Century Literature, Modernism
Release Date: 
August 15, 2023
ISBN: 
9781680536294 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
298
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

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The Practical Critic: André Bazin on Film, 1945-1958

Author: 

Russo, James R.

Credentials: 

James R. Russo is an independent researcher who holds graduate degrees from Louisiana State University and the University of Richmond. He has taught at those schools and at Tulane University. Russo’s primary scholarly interests are the cinema and comparative literature. He has recently published Film Nation: William Troy on the Cinema, 1933–1935; The Bookman: William Troy on Literature and Criticism, 1927–1950; Drama According to Alexander Bakshy, 1916-1946; Analyzing Film: A Student Casebook; Pillars of Society: Ibsen, Shaw, Brecht; and Open Hatch: The Theater Criticism of Robert Hatch, 1950-1970.

André Bazin (1918-58) was renowned for almost single-handedly establishing the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit, as well as for being the spiritual father of the French New Wave. In 1951, Bazin co-founded and became editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinéma, the most influential critical periodical in the history of cinema. Five of the film critics whom he mentored at that magazine later became the most acclaimed directors of the postwar French cinema: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Éric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette, and Claude Chabrol.

Market: 
Film, Fine Arts, Social Science, Criticism, Critical Studies, History, Journalism, France, French Culture, New Wave Film, Godard, Truffaut, Romer, Rivette, Chabrol, Bazin
Release Date: 
March 15, 2023
ISBN: 
9781680534627 Hatdcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
300
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
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Washington, DC 20036
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Finding Arcadia: Wisdom, Truth, and Love in the Classics

Author: 

Krause, Paul

Credentials: 

Paul Krause is the editor-in-chief of VoegelinView. He was educated at Baldwin Wallace University, Yale Divinity School, and the University of Buckingham, where he studied with Sir Roger Scruton. His writings on the arts, classics, literature, politics, philosophy, and religion have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and journals. He is the author of The Odyssey of Love and contributed to The College Lecture Today and Making Sense of Diseases and Disasters.

“Paul Krause has written a beautiful and accessible commentary on the Greeks, Romans, and Saint Augustine, illuminating the wisdom of the ancients for a contemporary audience. Rather than engaging in an anachronistic reading of these works, Krause uncover the enduring truths that these authors offer us today.”
– Lee Trepanier, Samford University

“Paul Krause is a wonderful communicator who encourages readers to lovingly appreciate the classics of Western literature regardless of the modern criticism leveled at such an endeavor. As Augustine told us to take up and read, Krause does the same by making this process an exercise in timelessness. This book is highly recommended to anyone seeking a deeper grasp of the enduring wisdom and rich texture of these seminal works of Western civilization.”
– Scott Meyer, George W. Truett Theological Seminary

“Paul Krause rightly notes that his book is intended to defend the classics against their increasingly ungrateful critics, but its real joy is in revisiting so many timeless works through his lens of love, which speaks to all of us.”
– Erich Prince, Editor of Merion West

“Paul Krause is a trustworthy guide to the enduring wisdom of the classics. His book orients readers to an ancient conversation about what it means to be human, the nature of the good life, and the shape of healthy human society. This is the ballast that can steady us as we engage in contemporary debates about these same questions”
– Jeffrey Bilbro, Grove City College

The classics used to be the seminal texts of Western civilization and education. From Homer down through the Greek poets and philosophers, including the Roman poets and early Christian writers, the classics were indispensable in shaping the hearts, minds, and souls of Westerners toward the Good, True, and Beautiful. Today, however, the classics are under attack as nothing but a relic of racism, misogyny, and sexism that have no place in the modern world.

Market: 
Literature, Classics, Philosophy, Education, Social Science, Critical Studies
Release Date: 
January 15, 2023
ISBN: 
9781680537147 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
160
Illustrations: 
None
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
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Washington, DC 20036
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