Books in category Literary Criticism – American

  • Foucault A Very Short Introduction

    Foucault: A Very Short Introduction
    Gary Gutting

    Beginning with a brief biography to set the social and political stage, Gary Gutting then tackles Foucault's thoughts on literature, in particular the avant-garde scene; his philosophical and historical work; and his treatment of knowledge …

  • Dos Passos s Early Fiction 1912 1938

    Dos Passos’s Early Fiction, 1912-1938
    Michael Clark

    Focuses on unpublished manuscripts and closely examines Dos Passos's first novels. This book reveals how his practical aesthetics and use of myth come together in a triumph of form that presents an important vision of America.

  • Reconnecting with John Muir

    Reconnecting with John Muir
    Terry Gifford

    Advancing for the first time the concept of "post-pastoral practice," Reconnecting with John Muir springs from Terry Gifford's understanding of the great naturalist as an exemplar of integrated, environmentally conscious knowing and writing …

  • Our Savage Art

    Our Savage Art
    William Logan

    Opening with a defense of the critical eye, this collection features essays on Robert Lowell's correspondence, Elizabeth Bishop's unfinished poems, the inflated reputation of Hart Crane, the loss of the New Critics, and a damning-and …

  • Reading in

    Reading in
    JoAnn McCaig

    While on one level telling the story of one author’s career — the progress of Alice Munro, so to speak — the book also illustrates how cultural studies analysis suggests ways of opening up the rich but underutilized literary resource …

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Joan D. Hedrick

    " In this landmark book, the first full-scale biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe in over fifty years, Joan D. Hedrick tells the absorbing story of this gifted, complex, and contradictory woman.

  • Shelby Foote

    Shelby Foote
    Robert L. Phillips Jr.

    After he appeared as a sage commentator in the PBS series The Civil War, the popular acclaim that catapulted Shelby Foote the historian to even greater eminence as an American oracle renewed much deserved interest in his novels and in …

  • Raising Your Kids Right

    Raising Your Kids Right
    Michelle Ann Abate

    Highlighting the works of William Bennett, Lynne Cheney, Bill O'Reilly, and others, Michelle Ann Abate brings together such diverse fields as cultural studies, literary criticism, political science, childhood studies, brand marketing, and …

  • Bodies of Tomorrow

    Bodies of Tomorrow
    Sherryl Vint

    Bodies of Tomorrow argues for the importance of challenging visions of humanity in the future that overlook our responsibility as embodied beings connected to a material world.

  • American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam

    American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam
    Philip D. Beidler

    A discussion of the literature of the war and a study of literary consciousness relative to the larger process of cultural myth-making.

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