Books

Archive Feelings: A Theory of Greek Tragedy
Author: Mario Telo

Do we take pleasure in reading ancient Greek tragedy despite the unsettling content or because of it? Does a safe aesthetic distance protect us from tragic suffering, or does the proximity to death tap into something more primal?

Strange Likeness
Author: Dora Zhang

The modern novel, so the story goes, thinks poorly of mere description—what Virginia Woolf called “that ugly, that clumsy, that incongruous tool.” As a result, critics have largely neglected description as a feature of novelistic innovation during the twentieth century.

Under the Dome: Walks with Paul Celan
Author:

Jean Daive; translated by Rosmarie Waldrop; Intro by Robert Kaufman, Philip Gerard

Acoustic Properties
Author: Tom McEnaney

Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas discovers the prehistory of wireless culture.

Accidental Orientalists

This is the first monograph in English to address Orientalism in the writings of Italian travellers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and to do against a backdrop of comparative reference to works in English and French that preceded or were contemporary to them.

The Senses of Democracy

Tracing the evolution of “sense work” in literary texts, the visual arts, periodical culture, and history, this paradigm-shifting book explores how embodied cognition helps define democratic practice and rebellion, cultural crisis, and social change.