Literary Criticism

True and Living Prophet of Destruction

Cormac McCarthy and Modernity
By Nicholas Monk

Monk examines the experience of engaging with McCarthy’s fiction in order to reveal why so many people report that “reading Cormac McCarthy changed my life.”

A Bloody and Barbarous God

The Metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy
By Petra Mundik

A Bloody and Barbarous God investigates the relationship between gnosticism and the perennial philosophy and how these traditions have influenced the later novels of Cormac McCarthy, namely, Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain, No Country for Old Men, and The Road.

Autobiography in Black and Brown

Ethnic Identity in Richard Wright and Richard Rodriguez
By Michael Nieto Garcia

“An important contribution to the study of American life writing and an invaluable reassessment of the work of Richard Wright and Richard Rodriguez.”—Robert J. Butler, coeditor of The Richard Wright Encyclopedia

Native Women and Land

Narratives of Dispossession and Resurgence
By Stephanie J. Fitzgerald

“What roles do literary and community texts and social media play in the memory, politics, and lived experience of those dispossessed?” Fitzgerald asks this question in her introduction and sets out to answer it in her study of literature and social media by (primarily) Native women who are writing about and often actively protesting against displacement caused both by forced relocation and environmental disaster.

The Oppens Remembered

Poetry, Politics, and Friendship
Edited by Rachel Blau DuPlessis

In this book the poets, editors, writers, composers, and teachers who knew the couple consider their encounters and relationships with George and Mary Oppen.

Abbey in America

A Philosopher's Legacy in a New Century
Edited by John A. Murray

Abbey in America, published forty years after Abbey’s popular novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, features an all-star list of contributors, including journalists, authors, scholars, and two of Abbey’s best friends, as they explore Abbey’s ideas and legacy through their unique literary, personal, and scholarly perspectives.

The Wild That Attracts Us

New Critical Essays on Robinson Jeffers
Edited by ShaunAnne Tangney

The first collection in twenty years of essays on Robinson Jeffers, one of the great American poets of the twentieth century, this work signals the sea change in Jeffers scholarship, as well as the increasing breadth and depth of criticism of the literature of the American West.

Cormac McCarthy

New Directions
Edited by James D. Lilley

Critics have been quick to address Cormac McCarthy’s indebtedness to southern literature, Christianity, and existential thought, but the essays in this collection are among the first to tackle such issues as gender and race in McCarthy’s work.

Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn

The Collected Letters
Edited by Claudia Moreno Pisano

The letters of Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn offer a vivid picture of American lives connecting around poetry during a tumultuous time of change and immense creativity.

The Riddle of Cantinflas

Essays on Hispanic Popular Culture
Revised and Expanded Edition
By Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans’s collection of essays on kitsch and high art in the Americas makes a return with twenty-one colorful essays and conversations that deliver Stavans’s trademark wit and provocative analysis.

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