The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings

Published: August 24, 2016

The first anthology to address the relationship between the events of the Nazi genocide and the intellectual concerns of contemporary literary and cultural theory in one substantial and indispensable volume. This agenda-setting reader brings together both classic and new writings to demonstrate how concerns arising from the Nazi genocide shaped contemporary literary and cultural theory….

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Traumatic Realism

Published: August 24, 2016

Analyzes the impact of historical trauma on contemporary culture. Drawing on a wide range of texts, Michael Rothberg puts forth an overarching framework for understanding representations of the Holocaust. Through close readings of such writers and thinkers as Theodor Adorno, Maurice Blanchot, Ruth Klüger, Charlotte Delbo, Art Spiegelman, and Philip Roth and an examination of…

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Multidirectional Memory

Published: August 24, 2016

Multidirectional Memory brings together Holocaust studies and postcolonial studies for the first time. Employing a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, the book makes a twofold argument about Holocaust memory in a global age by situating it in the unexpected context of decolonization. On the one hand, it demonstrates how the Holocaust has enabled the articulation of…

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Camera Orientalis

Published: August 22, 2016

In the decades after its invention in 1839, photography was inextricably linked to the Middle East. Introduced as a crucial tool for Egyptologists and Orientalists who needed to document their archaeological findings, the photograph was easier and faster to produce in intense Middle Eastern light—making the region one of the original sites for the practice…

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The Encyclopedia of the Novel

Published: August 3, 2015

This advanced reference resource for the novel and novel theory offers authoritative accounts of the history, terminology, and genre of the novel, in over 140 articles of 500-7,000 words. Entries explore the history and tradition of the novel in different areas of the world; formal elements of the novel (story, plot, character, narrator); technical aspects…

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The Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel

Published: August 3, 2015

Novels from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Latin America are read in translation all over the world. This Companion offers a broad overview of the novel’s history and analyzes in depth several representative works by, for example, Gabriel García Márquez, Machado de Assis, Isabel Allende and Mario Vargas Llosa. Indispensable to students of Latin American studies, of…

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The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa

Published: August 3, 2015

One of the major novelists in world literature over the last five decades, Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936) is also one of Latin America’s most engaging public intellectuals, a critic of art and culture, and a playwright of distinction. This Companion’s chapters chart the development of Vargas Llosa’s writings from his rise to prominence in…

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Poems of the Night

Published: August 3, 2015

Revered for his magnificent works of fiction, Jorge Luis Borges thought of himself primarily as a poet. Poems of the Night is a moving collection of the great literary visionary’s poetic meditations on nighttime, darkness, and the crepuscular world of visions and dreams, themes that speak implicitly to the blindness that overtook Borges late in life-and yet…

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L’invention de la race

Published: July 22, 2015

Comment est né le concept de « race » ? Pourquoi est-il devenu si rapidement hiérarchique, distinguant les « races inférieures » des « races supérieures » ? Et comment ce concept a-t-il pu revêtir une telle importance, aussi bien au sein de la communauté scientifique qu’auprès du grand public, au cours du XIXe siècle et…

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