Morgan Rooney (Carleton U) has just published a monograph examining how debates about history during the French Revolution changed the English novel. The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel, 1790-1814 (Bucknell UP) connects the fiction-writing of authors such as Charles Walker, Robert Bisset, Jane West, Charlotte Smith, Jane Porter and Maria Edgeworth with political writing by Burke, Paine, Godwin, Wollstoncraft, and others, and in the process “demonstrates that the transformation of the novel at this fascinating juncture of British political and literary history contributes to the emergence of the historical novel as it was first realized in Scott’s Waverley (1814).”
Richard Lane (Vancouver Island University) has just brought out his selection of “classic, must-read” critical essays in “the wider sphere of global theory.” Global Literary Theory: An Anthology (Routledge 2013) is an enormous work, spanning topics such as the globalization of both literature and theory, the “internationalization” of the curriculum, the religious turn in theory and philosophy, the rise of the digital humanities, and the emergence new textualities in autobiography, travel writing and ecocriticism. The anthology “offers a refocusing of essential literary theory” in the context of globalization, and shows that “new voices are always emerging, and being discovered, from around the globe.” The link below also takes you to the anthology’s Companion Website.
Katherine Quinsey (U Windsor) has just brought Under the Veil: Feminism and Spirituality in Post-Reformation England and Europe, with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This edited collection features nine essays “on the direct links between emergent feminism and religious faith” as they appeared across Europe, Britain and North America from the early seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries. “Philadelphian visionaries and Quaker missionaries, Iroquois leaders and early Canadian nuns, Islamic societies and European female travellers, French mystics and educators, British writers and intellectuals… these accounts reveal how women across a wide spectrum of formal beliefs and cultural backgrounds found in religion a way to negotiate the restrictions of their outward lives, and a radical source of personal and collective independence and value.”
Sherrill Grace, Patrick Imbert, and Tiffany Johnstone (all UBC) have recently co-edited a scholarly collection on “the impact of war and the power of suffering, heroism and memory” with McGill-Queens UP. Bearing Witness: Perspectives on War and Peace from the Arts and Humanities features essays on how “musicians, dramatists, poets, painters, photographers and novelists” represent war, its witnessing, and its orders of memory. Sherrill Grace’s new book, a study of Canadian representations of the two world wars called Landscapes of Memory, will be published by the University of Alberta Press in 2014.
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