Category Archives: European Literature

Post-Yugoslav Literature and Film

By | February 15, 2012

"…a major contribution to our understanding of southeastern Europe and, more broadly, to the debates over the politics of aesthetics today." So says Russell A. Berman (Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University) about Gordana Crnković’s new book Post-Yugoslav Literature and Film. The 1990s violence in the Former Yugoslavia, the worst in… Read More »

Benjamin, Barthes and the Singularity of Photography

By | February 10, 2012

Earlier this month we published an exciting new comparative study of Walter Benjamin and Roland Barthes. Kathrin Yacavone (Department of French and Francophone Studies, the University of Nottingham, UK) looks at the importance of photography to these two thinkers and argues that, despite the different historical, philosophical and cultural contexts of their work, Benjamin and… Read More »

Open Letters Monthly on Robert Musil and the NonModern

By | November 3, 2011

Open Letters Monthly has published a wonderful and thoughtful review of Mark M. Freed's Robert Musil and the NonModern, praising the book as "the most exciting reading to date of Musil’s experimental method, his essayism, and his uncompromising openness to the hope of a lived utopia." As reviewer David Winters describes Freed's project: "Modern life… Read More »

Samuel Beckett

By | April 14, 2011

Shakespeare isn't the only one celebrating this month, it is also Samuel Beckett's birthday. We publish lots of books on Beckett – below are some extracts that you can read for free. Get to grips with Samuel Beckett with our book Beckett: A Guide for the Perplexed - tackling all the daunting questions that emerge from… Read More »

European Romanticism wins 2010 International Romanticism prize

By | February 28, 2011

Congratulations to Stephen Prickett. The International Conference on Romanticism has just awarded European Romanticism the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for the best book in Romanticism Studies in 2010. The first anthology to place British Romanticism within a comprehensive and multi-lingual European context, European Romanticism offers a new intellectual map of Romanticism. Everything is reprinted in the… Read More »

Stephen Burn praises The Novel: An Alternative History in The New York Times Book Review

By | January 14, 2011

In an essay for the series “Why Criticism Matters,” Stephen Burn heralded Steven Moore’s The Novel: An Alternative History as a potential starting point for literary criticism in the age of digital media.  Burn argues that the Amazon.com review has ended the time of the critic as a 'cultural arbiter,' passing down informed opinions to… Read More »

European Local-Color Literature

By | August 31, 2010

Always searching for new areas to explore and advance, Josephine Donovan has written and edited influential works in areas as varied as Feminist Theory, Animal Rights, and what she calls local-color American literature. It is the development of her work in this last area that is the impetus for her soon to be published European… Read More »