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Jun.08.2012
Co-authored with Michaela Paasche Grudin Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance is a path-breaking study of a timeless masterpiece. Based on new readings of Cicero's late works, De legibus, De re publica, and De officiis, Michaela Paasche Grudin and Robert Grudin show that Ciceronian...
Reel V. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction
May.05.2012
All too often, highly fictionalized cinematic depictions of the past are accepted as the unassailable truth by those unfamiliar with the "real" account. This book profiles sixty movies that portray actual moments in history, and compares the mythologized account of each event to what really...
Renegade Poetics, by Evie Shockley
Feb.04.2012
Beginning with a deceptively simple question—What do we mean when we designate behaviors, values, or forms of expression as “black”?—Evie Shockley’s Renegade Poetics separates what we think we know about black aesthetics from the more complex and nuanced possibilities the concept has long...
Rock Music in American Culture: The Sounds of Revolution
Jan.26.2012
From its roots in the black and white "under classes" through its clash with the broader culture to its multifaceted incarnation today, rock and roll has fostered and reflected a genuine cultural revolution that has gone on to influence the world. This critical work investigates rock music from...
American Monsters by Sezin Koehler, illustrated by Rose Deniz
Sep.15.2011
"An important work of post-modern feminist horror, American Monsters is a poignant, angry volume about predation, the corruption of the rave scene, and empowerment through trauma-related super-abilities. The first section of American Monsters is The Succubi Sideshow. This is a series of darkly...
Chaucer's Pilgrims: the Allegory
Aug.22.2011
Have you ever wondered why Chaucer's pilgrims all arrive at dusk? Dolores Cullen has the answer to that riddle. Learn why there are no married couples among the pilgrims, and no children either. Learn why most of the pilgrims are men (there are only three women). Learn about the two brothers, the...
 Chaucer's Host: Up-so-doun
Aug.22.2011
Innkeeper Herry Bailly is the host of the company who tell and hear Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. For those who simply enjoy the entertainment of storytellilng, that's all he is. But read between the lines, and find the central figure of an allegory--the form that challenged and...
Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction
Dec.13.2010
This book illuminates how technique serves “story logic,” the particular way fiction makes meaning.  Writers raid the cupboard of theory looking for what works, and generic rules don’t account for the rich variety of strategies they employ. For writers who are past the beginner stage, Brady offers...
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Jun.04.2010
Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama is a re‑evaluation of British drama criticism of the nineteenth century.  I demonstrate that the British Romantics' bias against the staging of Shakespearean tragedy is rooted in an established and intellectually justifiable tradition in Western...