Murray J. Evans (U Winnipeg) has recently published Sublime Coleridge: The Opus Maximum (Palgrave Macmillan) – an entry point, a reader’s guide, and an analysis of a work that has challenged every Coleridge reader and scholar since publication of The Opus Maximus in the early 1820s. Murray Evans introduces each major theme of the Opus Maximum — the Will, divine ideas, human subjectivity, and the Trinity — and shows their importance in explaining Coleridge’s ideas about religion, psychology, and the sublime.
Judith Rice Henderson (University of Saskatchewan) has brought out a a selection of essays entitled The Unfolding of Words: Commentary in the Age of Erasmus (UTP). The collection examines the way in which scholars like Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus combined print technology with the genre of commentary not only in order to challenge the Middle Ages’ deference to authority but also to advance some of the “most original thought – and most violent controversy – of the Renaissance and Reformation.”
Kit Dobson (Mount Royal University) sets a new benchmark for publishing activity, with three new books just out, or on the brink of publication. Kit Dobson and Áine McGlynn’s edited collection on Transnationalism, Activism, Art (UTP) ranges across activist expressions – film, literature, visual art, performance – in order to investigate how artistic media “enact citizen participation” in social justice movements.
Please, No More Poetry: The Poetry of derek beaulieu (WLUP) is more than a scholar edition of a genuinely innovative poet. This collection, which included Kit Dobson’s introduction, and an interview with derek beaulieu by Lori Emererson (U Colorado at Boulder), pushes all the boundaries of experimental poetry, and “forces readers to reconsider what they think they know.”
Kit Dobson and Smaro Kamboureli’s TransCanada publication Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace (WLUP) deploys the medium of the dialogue – with writers Christian Bök, George Elliott Clarke, Daniel Heath Justice, Larissa Lai, Stephen Henighan, Roy Miki, Erín Moure, Ashok Mathur, Lee Maracle, Jane Urquhart, and Aritha van Herk – to investigate how readers perceive their relation to the cultural economy. Economy matters to cultural production: this is materialist criticism at its finest.
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