Kafka’s Blues: Figurations of Racial Blackness in the Construction of an Aesthetic

Kafka’s Blues: Figurations of Racial Blackness in the Construction of an Aesthetic

Kafka’s Blues proves the startling thesis that many of Kafka’s major works engage in a coherent, sustained meditation on racial transformation from white European into what Kafka refers to as […]


South African Literature’s Russian Soul: Narrative Forms of Global Isolation

South African Literature’s Russian Soul: Narrative Forms of Global Isolation

How do great moments in literary traditions arise from times of intense social and political upheaval? South African Literature’s Russian Soul charts the interplay of narrative innovation and political isolation in two […]


Heteronomy

Heteronomy

Chris Nealon’s Heteronomy is built out of five long poems, including The Dial. Together they form an overlapping set of mediations on love and friendship and political life. Taking inspiration […]


Rhetorics of Literacy: The Cultivation of American Dialect Poetry

Rhetorics of Literacy: The Cultivation of American Dialect Poetry

Rhetorics of Literacy: The Cultivation of American Dialect Poetry explores the production and reception of dialect poetry in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America and investigates the genre’s rhetorical interest […]


The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance

The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance

This book considers melancholy as an “assemblage,” as a network of dynamic, interpretive relationships between persons, bodies, texts, spaces, structures, and things. In doing so, it parts ways with past […]


Abolitionist Places

Abolitionist Places

From David Brion Davis’s The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution to Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, some of the most influential conceptualizations of the Atlantic World have […]


The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Crisis in the American Century

The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Crisis in the American Century

In this highly original reexamination of North American poetry in English from Ezra Pound to the present day, Christopher Nealon demonstrates that the most vital writing of the period is […]


War at a Distance: Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime

War at a Distance: Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime

What does it mean to live during wartime away from the battle zone? What is it like for citizens to go about daily routines while their country sends soldiers to […]


Plummet

Plummet

Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America

Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America

In a culture deeply divided along ethnic lines, the idea that the relationship between blacks and Jews was once thought special–indeed, critical to the cause of civil rights–might seem strange. […]