The Hasheesh Eater: Being Passages from the Life of a by Fitz Hugh Ludlow

By Fitz Hugh Ludlow

Fitz-Hugh Ludlow used to be a up to date graduate of Union university in Schenectady, long island, while he vividly recorded his hasheesh-induced visions, reports, adventures, and insights. in the course of the mid-nineteenth century, the drug used to be a felony therapy for lockjaw and Ludlow had a chum in class from whom he acquired a prepared provide. He fed on such huge amounts at each one sitting that his hallucinations were likened to these skilled by way of opium addicts. in the course of the booklet, Ludlow colorfully describes his psychedelic trip that resulted in prolonged reflections on faith, philosophy, medication, and tradition. First released in 1857, The Hasheesh Eater was once the 1st full-length American instance of drug literature. but regardless of the scandal that surrounded it, the booklet fast grew to become an enormous good fortune. considering the fact that then, it has turn into a cult vintage, first between Beat writers within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, and later with San Francisco Bay sector hippies within the 1970s.In this primary scholarly version, editor Stephen Rachman positions Ludlow's enduring paintings as not only a chronicle of drug use but in addition as a window into the budding American bohemian literary scene. A lucid creation explores the breadth of Ludlow's classical studying in addition to his involvement with the nineteenth-century tradition that integrated fellow revelers resembling Walt Whitman and the pianist Louis Gottshalk. With worthy annotations guiding readers during the text's richly allusive features and abundance of references, this variation is perfect for lecture room use in addition to for common readers.

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The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville (Cambridge by Robert S. Levine

By Robert S. Levine

The recent Cambridge significant other to Herman Melville offers well timed, serious essays on Melville's vintage works. The essays were in particular commissioned for this quantity and supply an entire review of Melville's profession. Melville's significant novels are mentioned, besides more than a few his brief fiction and poetry, together with overlooked works ripe for rediscovery. the amount comprises essays on such new issues as Melville and oceanic stories, Melville and animal reviews, and Melville and the planetary, besides a couple of essays that concentrate on shape and aesthetics. Written at a degree either not easy and available, this New better half brings jointly a staff of best overseas students to provide scholars of yank literature the main entire creation on hand to Melville's artwork.

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Monopolizing the Master: Henry James and the Politics of by Michael Anesko

By Michael Anesko

Henry James defied posterity to disturb his bones: he used to be adamant that his legacy be established completely on his guides and that his deepest lifestyles and writings stay without end inner most. regardless of this, presently after his dying in 1916 an extreme fight begun between his kinfolk and his literary disciples to manage his posthumous popularity, a fight that was once persevered via later generations of critics and biographers. Monopolizing the Master supplies a blow-by-blow account of this clash, which aroused extreme emotions of jealousy, suspicion, and proprietorship between those that claimed to be the simply custodians of James's literary legacy. With an unparalleled volume of recent facts now on hand, Michael Anesko unearths the notable social, political, and sexual intrigue that inspired—and influenced—the planned development of the Legend of the Master.

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New Essays on The Crying of Lot 49 (The American Novel) by Patrick O'Donnell

By Patrick O'Donnell

The Crying of Lot forty nine is well known as an important modern paintings that frames the will for which means and the search for wisdom in the social and political contexts of the '50s and '60s in the US. within the advent to this number of unique essays on Thomas Pynchon's vital novel, Patrick O'Donnell discusses the heritage and important reception of the radical. additional essays via 5 specialists on modern literature learn the novel's "semiotic regime" or the best way it organizes indicators; the comparability of postmodernist Pynchon and the influential South American author, Jorge Luis Borges; metaphor within the novel; the novel's narrative techniques; and the radical in the cultural contexts of yank Puritanism and the Beat stream. jointly, those essays offer an exam of the unconventional inside of its literary, old, and clinical contexts.

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The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American by Patrick O'Donnell

By Patrick O'Donnell

The yank Novel Now navigates the substantial terrain of the yankee novel on the grounds that 1980, exploring problems with identification, background, relations, kingdom, and aesthetics, in addition to cultural routine and narrative recommendations from over seventy assorted authors and novels.

  • Discusses an extremely wide-range of authors and novels, from validated figures to major rising writers
  • Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, Louise Erdrich, Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, Kathy Acker and lots of more
  • Explores the variety of topics and types provided within the wealth of up to date American fiction on account that 1980, in either mainstream and experimental writings
  • Reflects the liveliness and variety of yank fiction within the final thirty years
  • Written in a method that makes it excellent for college students and students, whereas additionally obtainable for normal readers

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Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded Age by James B. Salazar

By James B. Salazar

From the patricians of the early republic to post-Reconstruction racial scientists, from fin de siècle progressivist social reformers to post-war sociologists, personality, that interestingly formable but both ambitious “stuff,” has had an extended and checkered heritage giving form to the yankee nationwide identity.Bodies of Reform reconceives this pivotal type of nineteenth-century literature and tradition through charting the improvement of the idea that of “character” within the fictional genres, social reform events, and political cultures of the us from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth century. by way of examining novelists corresponding to Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman along a various selection of texts excited by the challenge of creating personality, together with child-rearing publications, muscle-building magazines, libel and naturalization legislation, Scout handbooks, and good fortune manuals, James B. Salazar uncovers how the cultural practices of representing personality operated in tandem with the character-building thoughts of social reformers. His leading edge examining of this archive deals an intensive revision of this defining type in U.S. literature and tradition, arguing that personality used to be the keystone of a cultural politics of embodiment, a politics that performed a serious position in determining-and contesting-the social mobility, political authority, and cultural that means of the raced and gendered physique.

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The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in by Mary McAleer Balkun

By Mary McAleer Balkun

Fakery, authenticity, and id in American literature and tradition on the flip of the twentieth century

concentrating on texts written among 1880 and 1930, Mary McAleer Balkun explores the idea that of the “counterfeit,” either by way of fabric items and invented identities, and the ways in which the purchase of items got here to outline participants in American tradition and literature. Counterfeiting is, in a single experience, in regards to the construction of whatever that looks authentic—an invented self, a museum exhibit, a solid murals. however the counterfeit is also a way through which the actual is measured, thereby growing our perception of the real or real.

When counterfeiting is utilized to person identities, it fosters fluidityin social obstacles and the video games of social hiking and passing that experience turn out to be consultant of yankee tradition: the Horatio Alger tale, the con guy or huckster, the social climber, the ethnically ambiguous.
Balkun presents new readings of conventional texts equivalent to The nice Gatsby, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The residence of Mirth, in addition to readings of less-studied texts, similar to Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days and Nella Larsen’s Passing. In every one of those texts, Balkun locates the presence of synthetic identities and counterfeit figures, demonstrating that the place authenticity and consumerism intersect, the self turns into yet one other commodity to be promoted, offered, and at last consumed.



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