Category Archives: American Literature

Johnny Depp and The Rum Diary

By | June 28, 2012

I came across a fantastic interview with Johnny Depp in November 2011 edition of Vanity Fair and I had to share it with you. Johnny Depp and Hunter S Thompson's friendship has been documented in great detail, but I didn't realise that Johnny Depp had discovered the long-forgotten (by Thompson) The Rum Diary in the… Read More »

Updates galore in the new 4th edition of Feminist Theory

By | May 23, 2012

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Feminist Theory, 4th Edition by Josephine Donovan which includes new material from Rebecca Traister and Reihan Salem, among others.  A bit about the book: This first major study of feminist theory, revised and updated here in its fourth edition, now takes the reader into the twenty-first century.… Read More »

Cavell and Improvisation in The Wallace Stevens Journal

By | May 16, 2012

Two very nice reviews in the Spring 2012 issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal" “Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism marks a fruition of the available criticism on Cavell’s relation to literary studies. It conveys the sense of a thorough assimilation of Cavell’s project that reflects a deep—and sometimes long—acquaintance with it on… Read More »

Comic Books and American Cultural History: An Anthology

By | April 26, 2012

Comic Books and American Cultural History: An Anthology has just published in the UK and I am delighted to say that it is available on inspection for all lecturers cosidering course adoption of at least 12 copies or more! Further details of how to order can be found here. In the meantime, read an exclusive… Read More »

“To dismantle the old dilemma of Borges studies…”

By | April 3, 2012

A fiery endorsement from the novelist and critic Alan Pauls for Hernán Díaz’s forthcoming Borges, Between and Eternity (due out in August): “Just when all seemed lost, Borges, Between History and Eternity proves there’s still life in the Borges studies galaxy. Life of the best kind, which in the world of literary criticism means precision,… Read More »

Mad Men, the most literary show on television?

By | March 27, 2012

As mentioned previously on this blog, we are big fans of all things Americana and in particular, the television phenomenon that is Mad Men. So much so, that we put together our own literary guide to Mad Men on this blog last week. But we are not the only ones, the Daily Telegraph have also… Read More »

The Modernist God State by Michael Lackey

By | March 26, 2012

The Modernist God State, a new book by Michael Lackey (University of Minnesota), is now available in paperback in North America (it will publish everywhere else in June). This is Michael’s second book; his first, African American Atheists and Political Liberation, won the Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title in 2007. The Modernist God State… Read More »

Early endorsement for major new work on Nabokov and the short story

By | March 22, 2012

This Spring we will publish what I believe will be an important new book in Nabokov studies: Anatomy of a Short Story: Nabokov's Puzzles, Codes, "Signs and Symbols". Edited by Yuri Leving, it will be a 300-page book on a single short story, “Signs and Symbols” (1948), one of Nabokov's most perfect and elusive. More… Read More »

States of Exception in the Contemporary Novel

By | March 19, 2012

A brief note about States of Exception in the Contemporary Novel, an exciting new work by Arne De Boever (School of Critical Studies, California Institute of the Arts). In the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks, the political situation in both the United States and abroad has often been described as a 'state of… Read More »

Mad Men: Our Literary Guide

By | March 16, 2012

We’re mad keen on Americana and Mad Men! Now that Series Five is about to hit the airwaves with a double episode in the US on March 25th & in the UK on March 27th, we’ve decided to compile a reading list for the show – books that we think say something about the characters, the show… Read More »