Literary Criticism / American / General

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Illness as Narrative

Illness as Narrative

While the illness narrative is now a staple of the publishing industry, the genre itself has posed a problem for literary studies. What is the role of criticism in relation to personal accounts of suffering? Can these narratives be judged on aesthetic grounds? Are they a collective expression of the lost intimacy of the patient-doctor relationship? Is their function thus instrumental—to elicit the reader’s empathy?

To answer these questions, Ann Jurecic turns to major works on pain and suffering by Susan Sontag, Elaine Scarry, and Eve Sedgwick and reads these alongside illness narratives by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Reynolds Price, and Anne Fadiman, among others. In the process, she defines the subgenres of risk and pain narratives and explores a range of critical responses guided, alternately, by narrative empathy, the hermeneutics of suspicion, and the practice of reparative reading.

Mind of Winter

Mind of Winter

Wallace Stevens, Meditation, and Literature

Bevis examines the most puzzling and least studied aspect of Wallace Stevens’ poetry: detachment.

The Utopian Novel in America, 1886–1896

The Utopian Novel in America, 1886–1896

The Politics of Form

Jean Pfaelzer’s study traces the impact of the utopian novel in the late nineteenth century, and the narrative structures of these sentimental romances. She discusses progressive, pastoral, feminist, and apocalyptic utopias, as well as the genre’s parodic counterpart, the dystopia.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The English Experience, 1853-1864

A study of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing and life during his time as United States consul in Liverpool, England (1853-1864), his final years.

The Great Succession

The Great Succession

Henry James and the Legacy of Hawthorne

The first book devoted to the literary relationship between Henry James and his American predecessor, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The Shapeless God

The Shapeless God

Essays on Modern Fiction

Nine noted literary critics examine the spiritual and religious elements in the fiction of such diverse writers as James Baldwin, J. F. Powers, Graham Greene, Par Lagerkvist, and Flannery O’Connor.

The Composition of Tender is the Night

The Composition of Tender is the Night

Bruccoli reconstructs seventeen drafts and three versions of the novel to answer questions about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s major work that have long puzzled critics of modern literature.

James Gould Cozzens

James Gould Cozzens

Novelist of Intellect

Mooney closely examines each of Cozzens’ novels, isolating and defining his main themes and addressing the critical acclaim and condemnation of his works.

Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers

A Study in Inhumanism

In addition to discussing Robinson Jeffers’ life and philosophy, Monjian analyzes the form and style of his poetry and philosophy of inhumanism.

The Fiction and Criticism of Katherine Anne Porter

The Fiction and Criticism of Katherine Anne Porter

One of the earliest, and still one of the most perceptive analyses of Katherine Anne Porter, it gives careful interpretation of the style and intent of Porter’s work from 1935 through the publication and critical reception of Ship of Fools.

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