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Rewriting Joyce's Europe: The Politics of Language and Visual Design

This book sheds light on how the text and physical design of James Joyce’s two most challenging works, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, reflect changes that transformed Europe between World War I and II.

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The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing

Reaching from Texas to Florida and featuring a diverse array of voices from the past 100 years, this collection of environmental writing about the Gulf South region enriches how we understand the relationship between people and the rapidly changing ecology of the Gulf.

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Ordinary Masochisms: Agency and Desire in Victorian and Modernist Fiction

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An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders

Combining an accessible approach with innovative scholarship, Carl Phelpstead draws on historical context, contemporary theory, and close reading to deepen our understanding of Icelandic saga narratives about the island’s early history.

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An Old French Trilogy: Texts from the William of Orange Cycle

This volume offers a broad and rich view of the tradition of Old French epic poetry, or chansons de geste, by providing an updated English translation of three central poems from the twelfth-century Guillaume d’Orange cycle.

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Language as Prayer in Finnegans Wake

This innovative analysis shows how James Joyce uses the language of prayer to grapple with intangible things in his dreamlike masterpiece Finnegans Wake. Colleen Jaurretche moves beyond what scholars know about how Joyce wrote this work to suggest exactly why it follows the order it does in its finished form.

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Joyce and Geometry

Joyce and Geometry reveals the full extent to which the modernist writer James Joyce was influenced by the radical theories of non-Euclidean geometry. Tracing Joyce’s obsession with measuring and mapping space throughout his works, Ciaran McMorran delves into a major theme in Joyce’s work that has not been thoroughly explored until now.

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Panepiphanal World: James Joyce's Epiphanies

This book is the first in-depth study of the forty short texts James Joyce called “epiphanies.” Sangam MacDuff argues that the epiphanies are an important point of origin for Joyce’s entire body of work, showing how they shaped the structure, style, and language of his later writings.

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Edith Wharton and the Modern Privileges of Age

Focusing on the works of Edith Wharton and her contemporaries, Melanie Dawson discusses representations of modern American identities past early youth in twentieth-century literature. Dawson sets Wharton’s work at the center of a vital debate about the contested privileges associated with age in contemporary culture.  

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Gertrude Stein and the Making of Jewish Modernism

Challenging the assumption that modernist writer Gertrude Stein seldom integrated her Jewish identity and heritage into her work, this book uncovers Stein’s constant and varied writing about Jewish topics throughout her career. Amy Feinstein argues that Judaism was central to Stein’s ideas about modernity, showing how Stein connects the modernist era to the Jewish experience.