Books for Review

The titles below have been received in the MMLA office for possible review. If you've recently published an academic title, please have your publisher send it to our mailing address. If it meets our requirements, we will list it here.

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After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11 by Richard Gray (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing, eds. Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith (Northwestern University Press, 2011)

Against the Gallows: Antebellum American Writers and the Movement to Abolish Capital Punishment by Paul Christian Jones (University Of Iowa Press, 2011)

Anthems, Sonnets, and Chants: Recovering the African American Poetry of the 1930s by Jon Woodson (Ohio State University Press, 2011)

A Biocultural Approach to Literary Theory and Interpretation by Nancy Easterlin (John Hopkins University Press, 2012)

Boston: Voices and Visions by Shaun O'Connell (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010)

Collecting as Modernist Practice by Jeremy Braddock (John Hopkins University Press, 2012)

A Companion to James Joyce, ed. Richard Brown (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: The John Hopkins Guide edited by Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman (John Hopkins University Press, 2012)

Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep? A Science-Fictional Theory of Representation by Seo-Young Chu (Harvard University Press, 2010)

The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory Vol. I-III, ed. Michael Ryan (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

The Encyclopedia of the Novel: A-Li and Lo-Z, ed. Peter Melville Logan (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, Vol. I-III, ed. Brian W. Shaffer (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Faulkner and His Critics, ed. John N. Duvall (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010)

Four Truths by Steven Schroeder (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2011)

From the Modernist Annex: American Women Writers in Museums and Libraries by Karin Roffman (University Alabama Press, 2010)

A Future for Criticism by Catherine Belsley (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Grounded Vision: New Agrarianism and the Academy by William H. Major (University of Alabama Press, 2011)

A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts by Mark Bland (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

In Spite of the Dark Silence by Jorge Volpi, trans. Olivia Maciel (Swan Isle Press, 2010)

Joyce, Medicine, and Modernity by Vike Martina Plock (University Press of Florida, 2010)

Kant and Milton by Sanford Budick (Harvard University Press, 2010)

Katherine Anne Porter Remembered, ed. Darlene Harbour Unrue (University Alabama Press, 2010)

Language and the Declining World in Chaucer, Dante, and Jean de Meun by John M. Fyler (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Lewis Nordan: Humor, Heartbreak, and Hope, ed. Barbara A. Barker (University of Alabama Press, 2012)

Muriel Spark: Twenty-First Century Perspectives, ed. David Herman (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010)

The Myth of Popular Culture from Dante to Dylan by Perry Meisel (John Wiley and Sons, 2010)

Names, Proverbs, Riddles, and Material Text in Robert Frost by Timothy O'Brien (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Novel Characters: A Genealogy by Maria DiBattista (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

On Mount Vision: Forms of the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry by Norman Finkelstein (University Of Iowa Press, 2010)

Pilar de Zubiaurre: Evocaciones, Articulos y diario (1909-1958), ed. Iker Gonzalez-Allende (Editorial Saturranran, S. L., 2010)

Paris, Capital of the Black Atlantic: Literature, Modernity, and Diaspora, Eds. Jeremy Braddock & Jonathan P/ Eburne. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Radical Affections: Essays on the Poetics of Outside by Miriam Nichols (University of Alabama Press, 2011)

Renaissance Literature: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose, ed. John C. Hunter (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You by Julie Sedivy and Greg Carlson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Subversive Seduction: Darwin, Sexual Selection, and the Spanish Novel by Travis Landry (University of Washington Press, 2012)

The Seventeenth Century Literature Handbook by Marshall Grossman (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema by Jeffrey Weinstock (Columbia University Press, 2012)

Walt Whitman's Mystical Ethics of Comradeship: Homosexuality and the Marginality of Friendship at the Crossroads of Modernity by Juan A. Hererro Brasas (SUNY Press, 2011)

Worlds Made by Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West by Anthony Grafton (Harvard University Press, 2011)