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Social Reform in Gothic Writing, by Ellen Malenas Ledoux

Breaking with traditional analyses of Gothic literature that limit its influence to a reactive critique of current events, Social Reform in Gothic Writing argues for a new political reading of Gothic writing from England, America, and colonial Jamaica – one that recognizes the transformative power of this popular literature. Social Reform in Gothic Writing provides a transatlantic view of Gothic literature’s intervention into the public discourse surrounding seminal issues of the Revolutionary era such as women’s property rights, population pressure, public health, and abolition.

Informed by genre and reader-response theories, the unique contribution of Social Reform is its insistence that Gothic fantasy can have real-world political impact through documenting ideological shifts wrought by author/audience interaction and identifying the social policies that Gothic texts helped to shape. Authors examined include Horace Walpole, Charlotte Smith, Ann Radcliffe and William Godwin.

Sweet Spot, by J.T. Barbarese

Northwestern University Press published Sweet Spot, Dr. Barbarese’s fifth book of poems, in the spring of 2012. His earlier books include the poetry collections The Black Beach (UNT Press, 2005) and A Very Small World (2004) and a translation of Euripides Children of Herakles (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999).



Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, edited by Carol J. Singley

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Carol Singley’s most recent book is an amply annotated edition of Wharton’s 1911 classic novella. The volume includes textual notes and documents such as Wharton’s preface, letters, reviews, and early short story, “Mrs. Manstey’s View.” It is accompanied by the editor’s comprehensive introduction and a wide array of readings on topics central to the novella: tragedy, health and fitness, sex and marriage, and turn-of-the-century New England poverty and isolation. Of her twenty-five novels and novellas, Ethan Frome is the one of which Edith Wharton was most proud. Historically viewed as a high society writer or novelist of manners, Wharton is now receiving her due as an astute chronicler and critic of American life who brought literary realism to new levels and helped to usher in a period of modernist innovation. This Broadview Edition demonstrates that Ethan Frome, a nightmarish saga of thwarted romance, is not an anomaly in Wharton’s career, but a natural outgrowth of her interest in the interplay of individual and society.

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction, by M.A.R. Habibliterary criticism an introduction

M. A. Rafey Habib’s most recent book, Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction, was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2011. This work presents a concise overview of the development of Western literary criticism and theory, with introductions to the various periods of literary history, from classical times through the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods to post-Modernism.

Professor Habib is author of seven books, including Shades of Islam: Poems for a New Century (2010), A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (2005), An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry in Translation (2003), and The Early T. S. Eliot and Western Philosophy (1999). He is currently editing volumes on literary theory and criticism for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Wiley-Blackwell. At Rutgers he teaches modern and post-colonial literature, literary criticism and theory, and Islamic literature.

A Friend of the Family, by Lauren Grodsteina friend of the family

Lauren Grodstein’s most recent novel is A Friend of the Family, published by Algonquin in November 2009. Advance reviews describe this story of a father who tries to force his son to live the life that he wants for him as “wise and enormously compelling,” a “Jewish family saga” that is also a “page-turner.”

Professor Grodstein’s previous works include Reproduction is the Flaw of Love (Dial, 2004), an Breakout Book and Borders Original Voices pick; the story collection, The Best of Animals (Persea, 2002); and the pseudonymous Girls Dinner Club (Harper Collins, 2005), which was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. She is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers-Camden, where she teaches creative writing and American literature.

The Centennial Study of “Anne of Green Gables,” edited by Holly Blackford

In summer of 2009 the University of Calgary Press published 100 Years of Anne with an “e”: The Centennial Study of “Anne of Green Gables,” edited by Holly Blackford. This volume brings together an internal community of scholars who situate L. M. Montgomery’s novel in its original historical and literary context, discuss its timeless themes, and explore its aesthetic and cultural legacy across time and place.

Dr. Blackford has published extensively on novels of youth and development by such authors as Louisa May Alcott, J. M. Barrie, Margaret Atwood, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Henry James, and Harper Lee. Her first book, Out of this World: Why Literature Matters to Girls (Teachers College Press, 2004), is an ethnographic study of girls who find a meaningful aesthetic experience in literature. She is an associate professor of English at Rutgers-Camden, teaching children’s and young adult literature and American literature.