Literary Criticism

Masquerade and Social Justice in Contemporary Latin American Fiction

By Helene Carol Weldt-Basson

Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines philosophy, history, psychology, literature, and social justice theory, this study delineates the synergistic connection between masquerade and social justice in Latin American fiction.

With a Book in Their Hands

Chicano/a Readers and Readerships across the Centuries
Edited by Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez

In this collection, Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez gathers diverse and passionate accounts of reading drawn from several research projects aimed at documenting Chicana and Chicano reading practices and experiences.

The Birth of the Imagination

William Carlos Williams on Form
By Bruce Holsapple

While focusing primarily on Williams’s experimental works, including the novellas, this innovative study charts how significant features in Williams’s poetry result from specific imaginative practices.

The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones

A Critical Companion
Edited by Billy J. Stratton

The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones offers the first collection of scholarship on Jones’s ever-expanding oeuvre.

America Unbound

Encyclopedic Literature and Hemispheric Studies
By Antonio Barrenechea

This original contribution to hemispheric American literary studies comprises readings of three important novels from Mexico, Canada, and the United States: Carlos Fuentes’s Terra Nostra, Quebecois writer Jacques Poulin’s Volkswagen Blues, and Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead.

Leslie Marmon Silko's Storyteller

New Perspectives
Edited by Catherine Rainwater

The essays collected in this book, addressing both the original edition of Storyteller and the 2012 revision, use the growth in understanding of Native American literature in general and of Silko’s work in particular to unpack this fascinating work and its critical reception over the years.

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.

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.”

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.

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