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American Crime Fiction: A Cultural History of Nobrow Literature as Art
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American Crime Fiction: A Cultural History of Nobrow Literature as Art

Peter Swirski looks at American crime fiction as an artform that expresses and reflects the social and aesthetic values of its authors and readers. As such he documents the manifold ways in which such authorship and readership are a matter of informed literary choice and not of cultural brainwashing or declining literary standards.
 
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Hemingway's Geographies: Intimacy, Materiality, and Memory (Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies)
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Hemingway's Geographies: Intimacy, Materiality, and Memory (Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies)

This book draws on the tools of literary analysis and cultural geography to investigate Ernest Hemingway's sophisticated construction of physical environments. In doing so, Laura Gruber Godfrey revises conventional approaches to Hemingway’s literary landscapes and provides insight about his fictional characters and his readers alike.
 
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Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination
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Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination

Collected in this chilling volume are some of the famous Japanese mystery writer Edogawa Rampo's best stories—bizarre and blood-curdling expeditions into the fantastic, the perverse, and the strange, in a marvelous homage to Rampo's literary 'mentor', Edgar Allan Poe.
 
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Greek and Latin Letters: An Anthology with Translation
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Greek and Latin Letters: An Anthology with Translation

The seventy-eight letters in this Anthology are selected both for their intrinsic interest and to illustrate the range of functions letters performed in the ancient world. Dating from between c.500 BC and c.400 AD, they include naive and high-style, "real" and "fictitious", and classical and patristic items. Numerous letters survive from the ancient world. Their range is similarly wide: official and private, literary and non-literary, philosophical and mundane. Some were written by well-known literary figures, such as Ovid and Pliny, others were written by kings and emperors, while many survive from the pens of otherwise anonymous figures from the provinces.
 
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Tags: letters, world, ancient, literary, written
Creatural Fictions: Human-Animal Relationships in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature
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Creatural Fictions: Human-Animal Relationships in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature

Examining how ideas about species, sexuality, and gender link to 20th- and 21st-century literary texts, this wide-ranging collection of essays explores the complicated yet evocative relationship between animals and humans within a literary context. Contributors discuss writers like Franz Kafka, J. R. Ackerley, and Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi .
 
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Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays
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Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays

In a collection that includes new essays written explicitly for this volume, one of our sharpest and most influential critics confronts the past, present, and future of literary culture.
 
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The Anthology of Rap
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The Anthology of Rap

From the school yards of the South Bronx to the tops of the Billboard charts, rap has emerged as one of the most influential musical and cultural forces of our time. In The Anthology of Rap, editors Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois explore rap as a literary form, demonstrating that rap is also a wide-reaching and vital poetic tradition born of beats and rhymes.
 
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