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2012 Publications

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F. P. Lock

The Rhetoric of Numbers in Gibbon’s History, (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2012).

“Gibbon aspired to combine the critical analysis of the eighteenth-century philosophe with the older traditions of the humanist and scholarly historian. His different uses of numbers, to inform and to persuade, illustrate his remarkable fusion of these characters. This book, the first to be devoted to a historian’s use of numbers, shows how carefully Gibbon interrogated and deployed the numerical evidence in his sources: to create a more accurate historical narrative; to demonstrate his own reliability and candor as a historian; and to convince readers of the validity of his interpretations of characters and events.” (from the publisher’s web site)

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Leslie Ritchie and Scott-Morgan Straker

With Sondra Archimedes, Laura Runge, and Philip Schwyzer: Teaching with The Norton Anthology of English Literature: A Guide for Instructors

The Instructor’s Guide offers extensive help, from planning a course and developing a syllabus and course objectives to preparing exams. For authors and works in the Anthology, entries provide a “hook” to start class discussion; a Quick Read section to refresh instructors on essential information about a text or author; Teaching Suggestions that call out interesting textual or contextual features; Teaching Clusters of suggested groups or pairs of texts; and Discussion Questions. To help instructors integrate the Anthology’s new Supplemental Ebook, the Guide features new entries to online texts and clusters. The Guide devotes two completely revised chapters to using technology in the classroom, offering suggestions for teaching the Anthology’s multimedia with the texts and for incorporating the media into traditional or distance-learning courses. For the first time, the Guide will also be made available in a searchable online format.

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Yaël Schlick

Feminism and the Politics of Travel After the Enlightenment (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2012). <Publisher’s Site>

“Taking the Enlightenment and the feminist tradition to which it gave rise as its historical and philosophical coordinates, Feminism and the Politics of Travel After the Enlightenment explores travel as a “technology of gender.” It also investigates the way travel’s utopian dimension and feminism’s utopian ideals have intermittently fed off each other in productive ways. With broad historical and theoretical understanding, Yaël Schlick analyzes the intersections of travel and feminism in writings published during the late eighteenth century and nineteenth centuries, a period of intense feminist vindication during which women’s very presence in the public sphere, their access to education, and their political participation were contentious issues. Schlick examines the gendering of travel and its political implications in Rousseau’s Emile and in works by Mary Wollstonecraft, Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis, Frances Burney, Germaine de Staël, Suzanne Voilquin, Flora Tristan, Gustave Flaubert, and George Sand, arguing that travel is instrumental in furthering diverse feminist agendas. The epilogue alerts us to the continuation of the utopian strain of the voyage and its link to feminism in modern and contemporary travelogues by writers like Mary Kingsley, Robyn Davidson, and Sara Wheeler.” (from the publisher’s web site)

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Marta Straznicky

Editor, Shakespeare’s Stationers: Studies in Cultural Bibliography (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). <Publisher’s Site>

“Recent studies in early modern cultural bibliography have put forth a radically new Shakespeare—a man of keen literary ambition who wrote for page as well as stage. His work thus comes to be viewed as textual property and a material object not only seen theatrically but also bought, read, collected, annotated, copied, and otherwise passed through human hands. This Shakespeare was invented in large part by the stationers—publishers, printers, and booksellers—who produced and distributed his texts in the form of books. Yet Shakespeare’s stationers have not received sustained critical attention.

“Edited by Marta Straznicky, Shakespeare’s Stationers: Studies in Cultural Bibliography shifts Shakespearean textual scholarship toward a new focus on the earliest publishers and booksellers of Shakespeare’s texts. This seminal collection is the first to explore the multiple and intersecting forms of agency exercised by Shakespeare’s stationers in the design, production, marketing, and dissemination of his printed works. Nine critical studies examine the ways in which commerce intersected with culture and how individual stationers engaged in a range of cultural functions and political movements through their business practices. Two appendices, cataloguing the imprints of Shakespeare’s texts to 1640 and providing forty additional stationer profiles, extend the volume’s reach well beyond the case studies, offering a foundation for further research.” (University of Pennsylvania Press web site)

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Glenn Willmott

Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).

“From T. S. Eliot’s Sweeney to C. S. Lewis’s Aslan, modern writing has been filled with strange new hybrid human-animal creatures. Feeding on consumer society, these ‘modern primitive’ figures often challenge mainstream ideals by discovering wealth in habitats and resources rather than in economic exchange. What compels our post-human identification with these characters?

“Modern Animalism explores representations of the human-animal ‘problem creature’ in a broad assortment of literature and comics from the late nineteenth century to the present—including authors such as Woolf, Joyce, Lawrence, Moore, Murakami, Pullman, Coetzee, and Atwood, and comics creators such as McCay, Herriman, Miyazaki, and Morrison. Drawing on a wide range of scholarship, from environmental economics to psychology, Glenn Willmott examines modern and post-modern allegories of the environment, the animal, and economics, highlighting the enduring and seductive appeal of the modern primitive in an age when living with less remains a powerful cultural wish.” (from the publisher’s web site)

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2011 Publications

George M. Logan

The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

This Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to the life and work of a major figure of the modern world. Combining breadth of coverage with depth, the book opens with essays on More's family, early life and education, his literary humanism, virtuoso rhetoric, illustrious public career and ferocious opposition to emergent Protestantism, and his fall from power, incarceration, trial and execution. These chapters are followed by in-depth studies of five of More's major works - Utopia, The History of King Richard the Third, A Dialogue Concerning Heresies, A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation and De Tristitia Christi - and a final essay on the varied responses to the man and his writings in his own and subsequent centuries. The volume provides an accessible overview of this fascinating figure to students and other interested readers, whilst also presenting, and in many areas extending, the most important modern scholarship on him.

Utopia, Norton Critical Editions, Third Edition

Thomas More (Author), George M. Logan (Editor, Queen's University), Robert M. Adams (Translator, late of the University of California, Los Angeles)

Inspiring, provocative, prophetic, and enigmatic, Utopia is the literary masterpiece of a visionary statesman and one of the most influential books of the modern world. Based on Thomas More's penetrating analysis of the folly and tragedy of the politics of his time and all times, Utopia (1516) is a seedbed of alternative political institutions and a perennially challenging exploration of the possibilities and limitations of political action.

This Norton Critical Edition is built on the translation that Robert M. Adams created for it in 1975. For the Third Edition, George M. Logan has carefully revised the translation, improving its accuracy while preserving the grace and verve that have made it the most highly regarded modern rendering of More's Renaissance Latin work.

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Robert G. May

Editorial Advisory Board: A Canadian Writer’s Reference, Fifth Edition

A Canadian Writer’s Reference, Fifth Edition, is adapted from the most widely used college and university handbook ever published, so it has the comprehensive coverage, concrete examples, and trusted models students need for writing, grammar, and research in almost every postsecondary course and beyond. Grounded in Canadian texts, culture, and current events, examples throughout the book provide relevant context and advice for Canadian writers. A new tabbed section, "Writing about Literature," offers advice on interpreting and writing about works of literature and includes two annotated student essays.

Robert G. May sat on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Fifth Edition with five other Canadian professors and was primarily involved in refining the new "Writing about Literature" section, as well as the new "Teaching with A Canadian Writer's Reference" section in the Instructor's Edition.

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Sylvia Söderlind

American Exceptionalisms: From Winthrop to Winfrey

An incisive and wide-ranging look at a powerful force and myth in American culture and history, American Exceptionalisms reveals the centuries-old persistence of the notion that the United States is an exceptional nation, in being both an example to the world and exempt from the rules of international law. Scholars from North America and Europe trace versions of the rhetoric of exceptionalism through a multitude of historical, cultural, and political phenomena, from John Winthrop's vision of the "city upon a hill" and the Salem witch trials in the seventeenth century to The Blair Witch Project and Oprah Winfrey's "Child Predator Watch List" in the twenty-first century. The first set of essays focus on constitutive historical moments in the development of the myth, from early exploration narratives through political debates in the early republic to twentieth-century immigration debates. The latter essays address the role of exceptionalism in the "war on terror" and such cornerstones of modern popular culture as the horror stories of H. P. Lovecraft, the songs of Steve Earle, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Tracy Ware

Editor: Crowded Out! and Other Sketches

In 1886, Susan Frances Harrison published a collection of eleven stories with the Ottawa Evening Journal. Some of the stories are as topical as the North-West Rebellion of the year before, while others take an ironic perspective on the vogue for local colour, especially in French Canada. The book begins with a Canadian artist’s disappointment and breakdown in London, where he has been unable to market his work. It ends by anticipating Stephen Leacock's Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich with a mordant look at the lives of the wealthy in New York City. As the reviewer in the New York Critic observes, “One hardly knows which element predominates—the picturesque, the humorous, the imaginative, or the realistic.”

This edition features explanatory notes based on Harrison’s marginalia. It includes a bibliography, contemporary reviews from The Week and Critic, a selection of Harrison’s nonfiction, a biographical essay by Carrie MacMillan, and critical essays by Margaret Steffler, Jennifer Chambers, Wanda Campbell, and Shelley Hulan.

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2010 Publications

Elizabeth Greene

Moving, Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series (Toronto: Inanna Publications, 2010). <Publisher’s Site>

Moving is a life journey about the search for home: imaginative, spiritual, emotional and actual. Underlying the poems are two lost homes—the poet’s childhood home which she moved from when she was seven—and her mother’s—a home shattered by her own mother’s illness and her little brother’s death at seven.

“In the book’s first section, ‘Ghost Tree,’ the poet searches for the stories she was never told about her ancestry and tries to locate herself in her life with the few shreds of knowledge she has. In the second section, ‘Thresholds: On and Around,’ the search takes her to Greece and Egypt, where she finds spiritual renewal in ancient temples, landscapes and goddesses. She finds archetypes of home, good and bad, in her reading, and, traveling to Chile, delights in the blend of art and life, imagination and humour, in the homes of Pablo Neruda. In the third section, ‘Arrivals,’ she finds resolution in dailyness, in freedoms both small and soaring, and in herself, as she finally leaves ‘grey’ behind.” (Inanna Publications web site).

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Rosemary Jolly

Cultured Violence: Narrative, Social Suffering and Engendering Human Rights in Contemporary South Africa, Postcolonialism across the Disciplines (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2010). <Publisher’s Site>

Cultured Violence explores contemporary South African culture as a test case for the achievement of democracy by constitutional means in the wake of prolonged and violent cultural conflict. Drawing on and juxtaposing narratives of profoundly different kinds—the fiction of J. M. Coetzee, public testimony form the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, documents from former Deputy President Jacob Zuma’s rape trial, and personal interviews among them—in order to illuminate different cultural senses of the “state of the nation” and retrieve otherwise elusive descriptions of South African subjects taken from accounts of their individual lives.” (Chicago University Press web site).

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Robert G. May

Editor, Duncan Campbell Scott’s In the Village of Viger: A Critical Edition (Ottawa: Tecumseh, 2010). Print.

Originally published in 1896, In the Village of Viger was Duncan Campbell Scott’s inaugural collection of short stories. Focusing on the daily lives and vicissitudes of the people in a small Québec town at the turn of the century, In the Village of Viger has been hailed as a sensitive and realistic evocation of Canadian rural life. By deftly creating a system of themes, motifs, characters, and symbols that recur throughout the closely interlinked short stories, In the Village of Viger anticipates other Canadian short-story cycles such as Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.

Accompanying Scott’s In the Village of Viger is a wealth of documentary and critical material that will contextualize the work for students and readers of early Canadian literature. Early reviews of both the first edition (1896) and the Canadian edition (1945) provide readers with a glimpse into the book’s critical reception at the time of its publication. Correspondence both to and from Scott, most of which is published here for the first time, enables readers to see how both editions evolved and developed from conception to finished product. Essays by J. D. Logan and Donald G. French, Glenn Clever, Stan Dragland, Carole Gerson, W. H. New, Gerald Lynch, and Tracy Ware demonstrate to readers how the work has been treated critically throughout the twentieth century.

Editor, Gary Geddes: Essays on His Works (Toronto: Guernica, 2010). Print.

Gary Geddes has been called Canada’s best political poet. For almost forty years and in more than a dozen poetry collections, Geddes has written with power and insight about myriad political issues both domestic and foreign, from the Paul Chartier Affair and FLQ terrorism in War and Other Measures to the Canadian Airborne Regiment and the infamous Somalia Affair in Airborne Particles. However, Geddes is no mere armchair political scientist clad in the sheep’s clothing of poet, and his work is much more than an extended exercise in political punditry. Whether Geddes is writing about isolated political events such as the Kent State Massacre or about ongoing political crises such as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, he does so with sensitivity and compassion towards the individual human lives that are ineluctably bound up in political events, lives that can so easily be occluded by those events.

This volume of the Guernica Writers Series brings together a number of unique and important perspectives on Geddes’s extensive writing career. Six newly commissioned articles by Robert G. May, Shirley McDonald, W. H. New, Bruno Sibona, Lake Sagaris, and M. Wynn Thomas are accompanied by an excerpt from Winnifred Bogaards’s extensive 1997 study of Geddes’s work in Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, a far-ranging interview with the poet conducted by Robert G. May, as well as a detailed compilation of biographical and bibliographical materials.

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2009 Publications

Mary Wilson Carpenter

Health, Medicine, and Society in Victorian England (Praeger, 2009)

Health, Medicine, and Society in Victorian England is a human story of medicine in 19th-century England. It's a story of how a diverse and competitive assortment of apothecary apprentices, surgeons who learned their trade by doing, and physicians schooled in ancient Greek medicine but lacking in any actual experience with patients, was gradually formed into a medical profession with uniform standards of education and qualification. It's a story of how medical men struggled with "new" diseases such as cholera and "old" ones known for centuries, such as tuberculosis, syphilis, and smallpox, largely in the absence of effective drugs or treatments, and so were often reduced to standing helplessly by as their patients died. It's a story of how surgeons, empowered first by anesthesia and later by antiseptic technique, vastly expanded the field of surgery—sometimes with major benefits for patients, but sometimes with disastrous results.

"...a welcome addition to a field not abundantly stocked with short, relatively inexpensive texts and will be useful for undergraduates beginning their study of the subject. It is elegantly written, and Carpenter’s use of literary sources broadens the appeal of the subject to students in other disciplines approaching the history of medicine for the first time." - Social History of Medicine

"In a volume in a series designed to give a more accurate picture of life in the Victorian era, Carpenter (emeritus, English, Queen's U., Kingston, Ontario, Canada) presents a sociocultural history of evolving 19th century medicine in the UK interwoven with period medical and literary writing. Among the themes discussed are attitudes and practices toward: women as patients; tuberculosis, venereal, and other diseases; education of the handicapped (deaf and dumb, blind); and especially timely, vaccination. The book includes a public health chronology, glossary, and period medical illustrations." - SciTech Book News

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Shelley King and John Pierce

Editors, The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). <Publisher’s Site>

The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie offers the first collected, scholarly edition of poetical writings of one of the most celebrated women writers of the early nineteenth century. It brings together poems from a variety of sources, including three volumes of poetry assembled by the author, annual anthologies, periodicals, songs, manuscripts, fictional tales, broad sheets, separately published pamphlets, and unpublished private correspondence. The poems included cover the entire range of Opie’s long career, starting with her earliest surviving works from the 1790s and extending through her last poems in 1850. The arrangement proposed for this edition gives an overall sense of Opie’s development from her early experiments with short lyrics appearing in The Annual Anthology, The Cabinet, and The European Magazine to her first large-scale success with Poems and the publication of a number of song lyrics, to the longer narrative poems in The Warrior’s Return to the final phase of her publishing life after officially joining the Quakers in 1825—the appearance of Lays for the Dead, a sequence of elegies for both private and public figures. Until now, Opie has been known primarily through a few frequently anthologized poems focusing on her response to the war with France and her support of the abolition movement. The Collected Poems offers the opportunity to explore more fully the contribution made to literary culture in the period by a woman who throughout her life used poetry as the basis of affective connection with her world.” (Oxford UP web site)

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Leslie Ritchie

Editor, Instructor Image Disc for the Norton Anthology of English Literature, Eighth Edition (New York: Norton, 2009). CD-ROM. <Publisher’s site>

“Designed for classroom presentation, this disc (free to adopters) provides a wealth of visual materials for classroom use.

“Organized by period, it includes over 250 images with full explanatory captions that illuminate historical and cultural contexts of the literary works, an introduction for instructors, ‘Using Images in the Literature Classroom,’ by Leslie Ritchie, Queen’s University, select audio performances from the Archive, and a printable table of contents.” (W. W. Norton & Company web site)

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Carolyn Smart

Hooked: Seven Poems (London, ON: Brick Books, 2009). <Publisher’s Site>

Hooked is a collection of seven poems about seven famous or infamous women: Myra Hindley, Unity Mitford, Zelda Fitzgerald, Dora Carrington, Carson McCullers, Jane Bowles, and Elizabeth Smart. Each of these women was hooked on, and her life contorted by, an addiction or obsession. Here we have seven variations on the insoluble conundrum of sexuality—each in a remarkably distinct, authentic voice.

“Carolyn Smart brilliantly recreates seven lives of great colour. These women, all born before the end of World War II, struggle to find—or escape—their roles in a society hostile to female intelligence and ambition. Here are the agonies of the half-lived life; talents and voices that are lost or go astray in seven different ways, at a time before the greater freedoms that Feminism brought to the Western World. Whether these women have artistic success or not they are, in these astonishing poems, devastatingly articulate about their difficult lives.

“ ‘…Hooked expresses the heart of darkness with an astonishing concision and acuity…. [Smart] understands loneliness in all its forms, and writes with a clarity and compassion that is powerfully affecting. In [her], these women have found a deeply feeling and deeply attentive witness.’ —Anne Michaels” (Brick Books web site)

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2008 Publications

Chris Bongie

Friends and Enemies: The Scribal Politics of Post/Colonial Literature (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2008). <Publisher’s site>

Focused on France’s former and current colonies in the Caribbean (notably, Haiti and Martinique), this is a book in three parts, each of which addresses a major area of concern to the newly emerging field of francophone postcolonial studies: politics, memory, and literature, respectively. The first part of the book examines the “political turn” taken in recent postcolonial theory, away from the dominant emphasis on diversity and hybridity in the 1990s and toward a renewed engagement with universal principles. Through readings of early (1793–1833) journalistic and novelistic representations of the Haitian Revolution, Part One considers the dynamics of this political turn, distinguishing between the “new humanism” of liberal thinkers like Anthony Appiah and Paul Gilroy and the more decisively radical positions adopted by the likes of Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek. The second part of the book shifts the discussion from politics to memory, examining the entanglement of (“good”) memory and (“bad”) nostalgia in a postmodern, but also neo-colonial, world increasingly given over to the supposedly imperative project of commemorating the past. Part Two interrogates a number of recent (1998–2004) institutional and literary commemorative sites, including the bicentennial of the Haitian Revolution, the sesquicentenary of the abolition of slavery in Martinique, and Derek Walcott’s The Haitian Trilogy. The third part of the book examines the surprisingly under-explored question of why postcolonial studies has been so reluctant to make the cultural-studies move and situate literature in relation both to the empirical realities of the marketplace and to the strategies of distinction, in Pierre Bourdieu’s words, through which literary value is generated. Part Three addresses the issue of what cultural studies might have to offer postcolonial studies through a critical investigation of two of the most consecrated Franco-Caribbean authors, Maryse Condé and Edouard Glissant. That “great writers” such as these are always also (in Régis Debray’s terms) scribes, working not at a purifying distance from institutional power but in an intimate relation of complicity (and rivalry) with it, is the overarching argument that draws together the three parts of Friends and Enemies, informing its historically wide-ranging account of politics, memory, and literature in the post/colonial Caribbean.

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Gabrielle McIntire

Modernism, Memory, and Desire: T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008). <Publisher’s site>

“T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf were almost exact contemporaries, readers and critics of each others’ work, and friends for over twenty years. Their writings, though, have never been paired in a book-length study. Modernism, Memory, and Desire proposes that some striking correspondences exist in Eliot and Woolf’s poetic, fictional, critical, and autobiographical texts, particularly in their recurring turn to the language of desire, sensuality, and the body to render memory’s processes. The book includes extensive archival research on some mostly unknown bawdy poetry by T. S. Eliot while offering new readings of major work by both writers, including The Waste Land, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” Orlando, and To the Lighthouse. McIntire juxtaposes Eliot and Woolf with several major modernist thinkers of memory, including Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson, and Walter Benjamin, to offer compelling reconsiderations of the relation between textuality, remembrance, and the body in modernist literature.” (Cambridge University Press web site)

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Shelley King and Yaël Schlick

Shelley King and Yaël Schlick, eds., Refiguring the Coquette: Essays on Culture and Coquetry (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2008).

“The coquette is a familiar figure in eighteenth-century literature and culture: so familiar, in fact, that she has been largely overlooked as a subject for sustained analysis, a character so ‘stock’ that her attributes are usually taken as given in any discussion. Yet a closer examination reveals broad discrepancies in our understanding of this figure who stands at the centre of a gendered politics of social power, but is variously understood as either the epitome or the antithesis of femininity, or as a critique of its construction. Refiguring the Coquette: Essays on Culture and Coquetry is a collection of eight original essays selected and edited with a two-fold aim: to establish the parameters of coquetry as it was defined and represented in the long eighteenth century, and to reconsider this traditional figure in light of recent work in cultural and gender studies. The essays provide analyses of lesser-known works, examine the depiction of the coquette in popular culture, explore the importance of coquetry as a contemporary term applicable to men as well as women, and amplify current theorizations of the coquette. By bringing together the diverse contexts and genres in which the figure of the coquette is articulated—drama, fiction, life-writing—Refiguring the Coquette offers alternative perspectives on this central figure in eighteenth-century culture.

“The collection is divided into three sections. Part I, ‘Façades, Performances, and Self-Fashioning: Constructing the Coquette,’ addresses the malleable and shifting nature of the coquette, paying close attention to her reliance on façades and the accessories of a new consumer culture, and on the ability of the coquette to override various prevailing cultural antinomies of the period (male/female, reason and sentiment among them). Part II, ‘The Perils of Femininity: Embodying the Coquette,’ deals with what might be the more traditional domain of the figure, particularly the use of representations of the coquette as a means of disciplining the female body. Exploring the fate—or the mere possible fate—of the ‘fallen woman,’ and the uses made of the deployment of the figure of the coquette for the definition of a ‘proper’ femininity, this group of essays provides a close analysis of key sites for the coquette’s development. Part III, ‘Gentlemen and Macaroni: Coquetry and the Discourses of Masculinity,’ explores the importance of coquetry to the discourse of heterosexual masculinity in the long eighteenth century, providing a broad, historical discussion of the gentleman as a reformed coquette and exploring the performative and discursive construction of the male coquette in the mid-eighteenth century (both on and off the stage); the final essay in the collection extends figures coquetry as a narrative mode predicated upon flirtation and delay.” (dust jacket description)

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Leslie Ritchie

Women Writing Music in Late Eighteenth-Century England: Social Harmony in Literature and Performance Performance in the Long Eighteenth Century: Studies in Theatre, Music, Dance (Aldershot, Hants.: Ashgate, 2008). <Publisher’s site>

“Combining new musicology trends, formal musical analysis, and literary feminist recovery work, Leslie Ritchie examines rare poetic, didactic, fictional, and musical texts written by women in late eighteenth-century Britain. She finds instances of and resistance to contemporary perceptions of music as a form of social control in works by Maria Barthélemon, Harriett Abrams, Mary Worgan, Susanna Rowson, Hannah Cowley, and Amelia Opie, among others. Relating women’s musical compositions and writings about music to theories of music’s function in the formation of female subjectivities during the latter half of the eighteenth century, Ritchie draws on the work of cultural theorists and cultural historians, as well as feminist scholars who have explored the connection between femininity and performance. Whether crafting works consonant with societal ideals of charitable, natural, and national order, or re-imagining their participation in these musical aids to social harmony, women contributed significantly to the formation of British cultural identity. Ritchie’s interdisciplinary book will interest scholars working in a range of fields, including gender studies, musicology, eighteenth-century British literature, and cultural studies.” (Ashgate web site)

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Michael D. Snediker

Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008). <Publisher’s site>

“A new paradigm for queer theory.

“Michael Snediker offers a much-needed counterpoint to queer theoretical discourse, which has long privileged melancholy, self-shattering, incoherence, shame, and the death drive. Recovering the forms of positive affect that queer theory has jettisoned, Snediker insists that optimism must itself be taken beyond conventional tropes of hope and futurity and reimagined as necessary for critical engagement.

“Through fresh, perceptive, and sensitive readings of the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Hart Crane, Jack Spicer, and Elizabeth Bishop, Snediker reveals that each of these poets demonstrated an interest in the durability of positive affects. Dickinson, Snediker argues, expresses joy and grace as much as pain and loss, and the myriad cryptic smiles in Hart Crane’s White Buildings contradict prevailing narratives of Crane’s apocryphal literary failures and eventual suicide. Snediker’s ambitious and sophisticated study, informed by thinkers such as Winnicott, Deleuze, and de Man, both supplements and challenges the work of queer theory’s leading figures, including Judith Butler, Leo Bersani, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Lee Edelman.

Queer Optimism revises our understanding of queer love and affiliation, examining Spicer’s serial collusion with matinee idol Billy the Kid as well as the critically neglected force of Bishop’s epistolary and poetic reparations of the drowned figure of Hart Crane. In doing so, Snediker persuasively reconceives a theoretical field of optimism that was previously unavailable to scrupulous critical inquiry and provides a groundbreaking approach to modern American poetry and poetics.

“ ‘What's…good about Snediker’s Queer Optimism is that it is not only the homosexual community that can profit from it, but all of us, who possess different colors and sexual orientations, because pain, love, and happiness are universal.’ —Feminist Review” (University of Minnesota Press web site)

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Glenn Willmott

Modernist Goods: Primitivism, the Market, and the Gift (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008). <Publisher’s site>

“The politicised interpretation of literature has relied on models of economic and social structures that oscillate between idealized subversion and market fatalism. Current anthropological discussions of mixed gift and commodity economies and the segmented politics of house societies offer solutions to this problem and suggest invaluable new directions for literary studies. Modernist Goods uses recent discussions of gift and house practices to counter an influential revisionist trend in modernist studies, a trend that sees the capitalist marketplace and its public sphere as the uniquely determining institutional structures in modern arts and culture.

“Glenn Willmott argues that a political unconscious forged by the widespread marginalisation of pre-capitalist institutions comes to the fore in modernist primitivism. Such primitivism, he insists, is not superficially exoticist or simply appropriative of the cultural heritage of others. Rather, it is at once parodic and authentic, and often, in the language of Julia Kristeva, abject. Modernist Goods examines such writers as Yeats, Conrad, Eliot, Woolf, Beckett, H. D., and Joyce to uncover what the author views as their displaced aboriginality and to investigate the relationship between literary modernism and aboriginal modernity. By bringing current anthropological developments to literary studies, it aims to rethink the economic commitments of modernist literature and their political significance.” (University of Toronto Press web site)

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2007 Publications

Laura Murray

Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide, Laura J. Murray and Samuel E. Trosow

In the age of easily downloadable culture, messages about copyright are ubiquitous. If you're an artist, consumer, or teacher, copyright is likely a part of your everyday life. Yet no resource exists to explain Canadian copyright law to ordinary Canadians. In accessible language, using examples and case studies, this book parses the Copyright Act and explains issues pertinent to a range of particular groups of Canadians; it also makes a case for grassroots engagement in balanced legal reform.

Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide is not an alarmist call to stop the pirating of culture, but an articulate assertion that artists and consumers need not see each other as enemies. It should be essential reading for all Canadians concerned by how Canadian copyright law and policy affects them.

A second edition is forthcoming.

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Sam McKegney

Sam McKegney (with a Preface by Basil Johnston), Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community after Residential School (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2007). <Publisher’s site>

“The legacy of the residential school system ripples throughout Native Canada, its fingerprints on the domestic violence, poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide rates that continue in many Native communities. Magic Weapons is the first major survey of Indigenous writings in response to the residential school system, and provides groundbreaking readings of life writings by Rita Joe (Mi’kmaq) and Anthony Apakark Thrasher (Inuit) as well as in-depth critical studies of better known life writings by Basil Johnston (Ojibway) and Tomson Highway (Cree).

Magic Weapons examines the ways in which Indigenous survivors of residential school mobilize narrative in their struggles for personal and communal empowerment in the shadow of attempted cultural genocide. By treating Indigenous life writings as carefully crafted aesthetic creations and interrogating their relationship to more overtly politicized historical discourses, Sam McKegney argues that Indigenous life writings are culturally generative in ways that go beyond disclosure and recompense, re-envisioning what it means to live and write as Indigenous individuals in post-residential-school Canada.” (University of Manitoba Press web site)

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Patricia Rae

Editor, Modernism and Mourning (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2007). <Publisher’s site>

“The essays in Modernism and Mourning examine modernist literature’s propensity for resisting the ‘work of mourning.’ Drawing from recent critical and theoretical work on mourning, they explore how much modernist writing repudiates Freud’s famous injunction to mourners to ‘work through’ their grief, endorsing instead a ‘resistant mourning’ related to, though not always identical with, Freudian ‘melancholia.’

“Bringing together studies of a range of genres and different national literatures, and framed by analytical essays by Patricia Rae and Jahan Ramazani, the collection sets out the ways in which a number of modernist writers, including Woolf, H.D., Sassoon, Ford, Lawrence, Orwell, Bowen, Sayers, Lorca, von Freytag-Loringhoven, Loy, Faulkner, Johnson, and Fitzgerald challenged the consolatory discourse arising out of the First World War, disrupting the transference of personal love to nationalist and militarist ideals. The emerging picture sheds new light on a number of critical debates about literary modernism: about its apparently oppositional relationship to popular culture; about the gendered nature of its expressive strategies; about its deployment of African-American cultural forms such as jazz; and, most of all, about the political messages generated by its radical formal experiments.

“…Although their chief purpose is to contribute to modernist literary scholarship, the readings here also hint at the pertinence of modernist mourning to the present day, in which the catastrophic losses of 9/11, of retaliatory war, of racially motivated genocide, and of the AIDS epidemic have made the question of how to mourn responsibly a subject of widespread interest. In this vein, several contributors view modernist treatments of mourning as models for ethical mourning, in offering alternatives to the familiar tragic plot of loss and vengeance, or forms of commemoration that do not efface the dead. Others examine the intersection between the language of resistant mourning in poetry and fiction and the discourse on public policy between the two World Wars, demonstrating how the failure of consolation can sometimes provide an opportunity for social reform.” (Bucknell UP web site)

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Janice McAlpine

Margery Fee and Janice McAlpine, eds., Guide to Canadian English Usage, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Oxford UP, 2007). <Publisher’s site>

The committee invited Dr Chen and I to attend the next meeting, or should that be Dr Chen and me? See the entries on pronouns between linked verbs and case in the newly released second edition of the Guide to Canadian English Usage, where you will also discover that Canadians use the acronym ERT to refer to both SWAT teams and estrogen replacement therapy; that fiddlers in Newfoundland may play the accordion; that Quebecers often use the word coordinates to mean “contact info”; that enrol may be spelled with one l or two; that those who want to legalize marijuana do not have the same goal as those who want it decriminalized; and that, for some writers, the expression “nip it in the bud” has become “nip it in the butt.” The Guide to Canadian English Usage covers all the issues of punctuation, style, spelling, pronunciation, semantic drift and grammatical debate covered by any major English usage guide as well as many topics peculiar to the Canadian English context. The illustrative quotations, drawn from a database of Canadian books and periodicals, make browsing through this book a pleasure.

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2006 Publications

George M. Logan

Editor: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th Ed.

Read by millions of students over seven editions, The Norton Anthology of English Literature remains the most trusted undergraduate survey of English literature available and one of the most successful college texts ever published.

Firmly grounded by the hallmark strengths of all Norton Anthologies-thorough and helpful introductory matter, judicious annotation, complete texts wherever possible - The Norton Anthology of English Literature has been revitalized in this Eighth Edition through the collaboration between six new editors and six seasoned ones. Under the direction of Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor, the editors have reconsidered all aspects of the anthology to make it an even better teaching tool.

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F. P. Lock

Edmund Burke, Volume II: 1784–1797 (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006). <Publisher’s site>

“This is the second and concluding volume of a biography of Edmund Burke (1730–97), a key figure in eighteenth-century British and Irish politics and intellectual life. Covering the most interesting years of his life (1784–97), its leading themes are India and the French Revolution. Burke was largely responsible for the impeachment of Warren Hastings, former Governor-General of Bengal. The lengthy (145-day) trial of Hastings (which lasted from 1788 to 1795) is recognized as a landmark episode in the history of Britain’s relationship with India. Lock provides the first day-by-day account of the entire trial, highlighting some of the many disputes about evidence as well as the great set speeches by Burke and others.

“In 1790, Burke published Reflections on the Revolution in France, the earliest sustained attack on the principles of the Revolution. Continuously in print ever since, the Reflections remains the most widely read and quoted book about the Revolution. The Reflections was followed by a series of anti-revolutionary writings, as Burke maintained his crusade against the Revolution to the end of his life.

“In addition to these leading themes, the biography examines many other topics in its coverage of Burke’s busy and varied life: his parliamentary career; his family, friendships, and philanthropy; and his often difficult and obsessive personality. There are more than thirty illustrations, including many contemporary caricatures that convey how Burke was perceived by an often hostile and uncomprehending public. Controversial in his time, Burke is now regarded as one of the greatest of orators in the English language, as well as one of the most influential political philosophers in the Western tradition.” (Oxford UP web site)

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Marta Straznicky

Editor, The Book of the Play: Playwrights, Stationers, and Readers in Early Modern England (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006). <Publisher’s site>

The Book of the Play is a collection of essays that examines early modern drama in the context of book history. Focusing on the publication, marketing, and readership of plays opens fresh perspectives on the relationship between the cultures of print and performance and more broadly between drama and the public sphere. Marta Straznicky’s introduction offers a survey of approaches to the history of play reading in this period, and the collection as a whole consolidates recent work in textual, bibliographic, and cultural studies of printed drama.” (U of Massachusetts P web site)

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2005 Publications

George M. Logan

Thomas More, The History of King Richard the Third: A Reading Edition, ed. George M. Logan (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2005). <Publisher’s site>

The History of King Richard the Third is Thomas More’s English masterpiece. With the help of Shakespeare, whose Richard the Third took More’s work as its principal model, the History determined the historical reputation of an English king and spawned a seemingly endless controversy about the justness of that reputation.

“George M. Logan has produced a scholarly yet accessible edition of the History, designed to make More’s exhilarating work fully accessible to 21st-century readers. More’s text is presented here with modern English spelling and punctuation, and with full annotation of linguistic difficulties and the historical background. The text is preceded by a general introduction, a chronology, and suggestions for further reading. An appendix reprints passages from key sources and analogues, enabling the reader to see how More worked with his English sources and classical models, and finally how Shakespeare worked with More.” (Indiana UP web site)

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2004 Publications

Chris Bongie

Victor Hugo, Bug-Jargal, ed. and trans. Chris Bongie (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2004). <Publisher’s site>

Victor Hugo’s Bug-Jargal (1826) is one of the most important works of nineteenth-century colonial fiction, and quite possibly the most sustained novelistic treatment of the Haitian Revolution by a major European author. This Broadview edition makes Hugo’s novel available in a completely new English translation, the first in over one hundred years. Set in 1791, during the first months of a slave revolt that would eventually lead to the creation of the black republic of Haiti in 1804, Bug-Jargal is a stirring tale of interracial friendship and rivalry, a provocative account of the ties that bind a young Frenchman to one of the rebel leaders and the tragic misunderstandings that threaten to sever those ties completely.

This Broadview edition contains a critical introduction and a broad selection of appendices, including Hugo’s never-before-translated 1820 short story “Bug-Jargal,” contemporary reviews of the novel, documents pertaining to the young Hugo’s poetics and politics, and selections from his source materials about the Haitian Revolution.

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Marta Straznicky

Privacy, Playreading, and Women’s Closet Drama, 1550–1700 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004). <Publisher’s site>

“Marta Straznicky offers a detailed historical analysis of early modern women’s closet plays: plays explicitly written for reading, rather than public performance. She reveals that such works were part of an alternative dramatic tradition, an elite and private literary culture, which was understood as intellectually superior to and politically more radical than commercial drama. Elizabeth Cary, Jane Lumley, Anne Finch and Margaret Cavendish wrote their plays in this conjunction of the public and the private at a time when male playwrights dominated the theatres. In her astute readings of the texts, their contexts and their physical appearance in print or manuscript, Straznicky has produced many new insights into the place of women’s closet plays both in the history of women’s writing and in the history of English drama.” (Cambridge UP web site)

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Mel Wiebe

M. G. Wiebe, Mary S. Millar, Ann P. Robson, and Ellen L. Hawman, eds., Benjamin Disraeli Letters, Volume Seven: 1857–1859 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004). <Publisher’s site>

With an introduction, illustrations, chronology, appendices and full name-and-subject index, Volume VII contains 670 letters, of which 457 have never before been published, in part or in whole. 555 letters, to 110 recipients, make up the main body covering 1857–9, and 219 more (letters not found but identified by other means such as replies to them) are described in the Chronological List. Appendix I contains 115 letters, to 59 recipients, newly discovered from earlier years.

“Benjamin Disraeli was perhaps the most colourful Prime Minister in British history. This seventh volume of the highly acclaimed Benjamin Disraeli Letters edition shows also that he was a dedicated, resourceful, and farsighted statesman. It contains 670 letters written between 1857 and 1859. They address friends, family, political colleagues, and, not least, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

“During this period, Disraeli shepherded a fragile Conservative government through the Indian Mutiny, the Second Opium War with China, the Orsini bomb plot, and the Franco-Austrian-Piedmontese War, only to fail at home over parliamentary reform. Day-by-day politics and behind-the-scenes strategy dominate, while lighter-hearted letters to friends and family reveal the private Disraeli’s charm and wit.

“…[T]his volume will be a vital resource for new understanding of this enigmatic statesman.” (University of Toronto Press web site)

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2003 Publications

Mary Wilson Carpenter

Imperial Bibles, Domestic Bodies: Women, Sexuality and Religion in the Victorian Market (Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 2003). <Publisher’s site>

Imperial Bibles, Domestic Bodies reveals in its study of the production and consumption of British commercial Family Bibles startling changes in ‘family values.’ Advertised in the eighteenth century as providing the family with access to ‘universal knowledge,’ these Bibles suddenly shifted in the early nineteenth century to Bibles with bracketed sections marked ‘to be omitted from family reading’ and reserved for reading ‘in the closet’ by the ‘Master of the family.’ These disciplinary Bibles were paralleled by Family Bibles designed to appeal to the newly important female consumer. Illustrations featured saintly women and charming children, and ‘family registers’ with vignettes of family life emphasized the prominent role of the ‘angel in the house.’

“As Mary Wilson Carpenter documents in Imperial Bibles, Domestic Bodies, the elaborate notes and ‘elegant engravings’ in these Bibles bring to light a wealth of detail about the English commonsense view of such taboo subjects as same-sex relations, masturbation, menstruation, and circumcision. Her reading of literary texts by Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the context of these commercial representations of the ‘Authorized Version’ or King James translation of the Bible indicates that when the Victorians spoke about religion, they were also frequently speaking about sex.” (Ohio UP web site)

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Shelley King and John Pierce

Shelley King and John Pierce, eds., The Father and Daughter & Dangers of Coquetry, by Amelia Opie (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2003). <Publisher’s site>

The Father and Daughter was one of the most widely read novels of the early nineteenth century, captivating readers with its pathos and melodrama. It tells the story of Agnes Fitzhenry, whose seduction by the libertine Clifford causes her father to descend into madness. Rooted in the social conditions of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain, the novel is both an affecting narrative and a compelling social commentary.

“Opie’s first novel, Dangers of Coquetry (1790), also addresses issues of female sexuality and the social construction of gender. It is the story of a young woman who, while possessing many virtues, is given to coquetry. She attracts the attention of a sternly moral gentleman who dislikes coquettes, and mutual love ensues.

“This Broadview edition includes a careful selection of contextual documents, such as Opie’s letters, dramatic adaptations, and texts on coquetry, chastity, and the treatment of insanity.” (Broadview Press web site)

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Tracy Ware

Editor, A northern romanticism: Poets of the confederation

My two main interests are in Canadian literature and Romanticism, and sometimes they come together, as in my anthology and some of my other publications. Precisely because he is such a contentious figure, Wordsworth is especially revealing in the way that he appeals to some later writers (including Alice Munro and Peter Dale Scott as well as the Confederation poets) while not appealing at all to others (including Margaret Laurence as well as the Canadian Modernists).

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