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Carole Sweeney. Michel Houellebecq And The Literature Of Despair. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. Xx + 215 Pp., Benn E. Williams 2017 The University of Illinois at Chicago

Carole Sweeney. Michel Houellebecq And The Literature Of Despair. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. Xx + 215 Pp., Benn E. Williams

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Carole Sweeney. Michel Houellebecq and the Literature of Despair. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. xx + 215 pp.


Hanna Meretoja. The Narrative Turn In Fiction And Theory: The Crisis And Return Of Storytelling From Robbe-Grillet To Tournier. Palgrave Studies In Modern European Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Xviii + 282 Pp., Charles R. Sullivan 2017 University of Dallas

Hanna Meretoja. The Narrative Turn In Fiction And Theory: The Crisis And Return Of Storytelling From Robbe-Grillet To Tournier. Palgrave Studies In Modern European Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Xviii + 282 Pp., Charles R. Sullivan

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Hanna Meretoja. The Narrative Turn in Fiction and Theory: The Crisis and Return of Storytelling from Robbe-Grillet to Tournier. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. xviii + 282 pp.


A Secret Vice (2016) By J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited By Dimitra Fimi And Andrew Higgins, Nelson Goering 2017 University of Oxford

A Secret Vice (2016) By J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited By Dimitra Fimi And Andrew Higgins, Nelson Goering

Journal of Tolkien Research

Book review by Nelson Goering of A Secret Vice (2016) by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins


Sttcl Editorial Board, 2017 Kansas State University Libraries

Sttcl Editorial Board

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

STTCL Editorial Board


The Ecocritical Carnivalesque Of Mason & Dixon: Thomas Pynchon's Environmental Vision, Theodor Jack Hamstra 2017 University of Colorado Boulder

The Ecocritical Carnivalesque Of Mason & Dixon: Thomas Pynchon's Environmental Vision, Theodor Jack Hamstra

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Among American novelists since 1945, Thomas Pynchon ranks as one of the most accomplished, with arguably the most fully realized and profound visions of Postmodernity. Therefore, his absence from the field of Ecocriticism is alarming. The aim of my thesis is to demonstrate that Pynchon’s 1997 novel Mason & Dixon ought to be considered as an essential text of American environmental writing. My thesis triangulates the environmental vision of Mason & Dixon by highlighting its affinity with environmental literature on three overlapping levels: the specter of the ancient, the spectacle of the new during the Enlightenment setting of the novel, and ...


Advertisement For Women In French Studies, 2016 Kansas State University Libraries

Advertisement For Women In French Studies

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Advertisement for Women in French Studies, the refereed journal of Women in French (WIF)


Andrew Asibong. Marie Ndiaye: Blankness And Recognition. Liverpool: Liverpool Up, 2013., Katarzyna Peric 2016 University of Toronto

Andrew Asibong. Marie Ndiaye: Blankness And Recognition. Liverpool: Liverpool Up, 2013., Katarzyna Peric

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Andrew Asibong. Marie NDiaye: Blankness and Recognition. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2013.


William J. Nichols And H. Rosi Song, Eds. Toward A Cultural Archive Of La Movida. Back To The Future. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson Up, 2014., Jorge Gonzalez del Pozo 2016 University of Michigan - Dearborn

William J. Nichols And H. Rosi Song, Eds. Toward A Cultural Archive Of La Movida. Back To The Future. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson Up, 2014., Jorge Gonzalez Del Pozo

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of William J. Nichols and H. Rosi Song, eds. Toward a Cultural Archive of La Movida. Back to the Future. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2014.


Jobst Welge. Genealogical Fictions: Cultural Periphery And Historical Change. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Up, 2015., Patrick R. Young 2016 University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Jobst Welge. Genealogical Fictions: Cultural Periphery And Historical Change. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Up, 2015., Patrick R. Young

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Jobst Welge. Genealogical Fictions: Cultural Periphery and Historical Change. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2015.


Tom Burns, Elcio Cornelson, Volker Jaeckel, And Luis Gustavo Vieira, Eds. War And Literature: Looking Back On 20th Century Armed Conflicts. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2014., Paul R. Schue 2016 Northland College

Tom Burns, Elcio Cornelson, Volker Jaeckel, And Luis Gustavo Vieira, Eds. War And Literature: Looking Back On 20th Century Armed Conflicts. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2014., Paul R. Schue

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Tom Burns, Elcio Cornelson, Volker Jaeckel, and Luis Gustavo Vieira, eds. War and Literature: Looking Back on 20th Century Armed Conflicts. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2014.


Martin Munro. Writing On The Fault Line: Haitian Literature And The Earthquake Of 2010. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014., Linda Alcott 2016 University of Colorado Denver

Martin Munro. Writing On The Fault Line: Haitian Literature And The Earthquake Of 2010. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014., Linda Alcott

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Martin Munro. Writing on the Fault Line: Haitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014.


Don Quixote In Russia In The 18th And 19th Centuries: The Problem Of Perception And Interpretation, Slav N. Gratchev PhD 2016 Marshall University

Don Quixote In Russia In The 18th And 19th Centuries: The Problem Of Perception And Interpretation, Slav N. Gratchev Phd

Slav Gratchev

This paper examines the problem of the perception of Don Quixote in Russia in the XVIII and XIX centuries. The author wants to demonstrate that this process of appropriation has had a long and complex history, and there were specific reasons for this. Don Quixote, the first modern fiction novel, upon arrival in Russia, received minimal attention and was perceived as a very simple and comic book. Then, little by little, it began to gain importance. Most of the materials the author uses for this presentation are available only in Russian, and they are kept in the scientific libraries of ...


Prince Myshkin As A Tragic Interpretation Of Don Quixote, Slav N. Gratchev PhD 2016 Marshall University

Prince Myshkin As A Tragic Interpretation Of Don Quixote, Slav N. Gratchev Phd

Slav Gratchev

Surprisingly, although virtually no one doubts Dostoevsky’s profound and direct indebtedness to Cervantes, and the Quixote–Myshkin identity is obvious, no one has ever mentioned or analyzed how Myshkin, the character more dialogically elaborate and versatile, turned out to be more limited in literary expressivity than his more “monological” counterpart. The focus on this essay is the question of what weakened the realness of Dostoevsky’s favorite hero, and what negatively affected his literary answerability.


Representing Modern Female Villain: On Feminine Evil, Perverse Nationhood, And Opposition In Rómulo Gallegos’ Doña Bárbara And Salman Rushdie’S Midnight’S Children, Barbara Guerrero 2016 The University of Western Ontario

Representing Modern Female Villain: On Feminine Evil, Perverse Nationhood, And Opposition In Rómulo Gallegos’ Doña Bárbara And Salman Rushdie’S Midnight’S Children, Barbara Guerrero

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This thesis aims to contribute to the scholarship on modern female villainy by further exploring the ways in which 20th century female villains are represented as well as the functions they carry out in the text. In this study, I look at Rómulo Gallegos’ doña Bárbara from Doña Bárbara (1929) and Salman Rushdie’s Indira Gandhi from Midnight’s Children (1981). I argue that both villains are a combination of already-existing forms of evil in more recognizable contexts as well as a rejection of and opposition to modern values. Firstly, I examine how the villains both conform and resist ...


French Women In Art: Reclaiming The Body Through Creation/Les Femmes Artistes Françaises : La Réclamation Du Corps À Travers La Création, Liatris Hethcoat 2016 Chapman University

French Women In Art: Reclaiming The Body Through Creation/Les Femmes Artistes Françaises : La Réclamation Du Corps À Travers La Création, Liatris Hethcoat

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

The research I have conducted for my French Major Senior Thesis is a culmination of my passion for and studies of both French language and culture and the history and practice of Visual Arts. I have examined, across the history of art, the representation of women, and concluded that until the 20th century, these representations have been tools employed by the makers of history and those at the top of the patriarchal system, used to control women’s images and thus women themselves. I survey these representations, which are largely created by men—until the 20th century. I ...


The History, Memory, And Representation Of The Holocaust: Reflections On A Yearlong Freshman Seminar And Study Trip, Brian Vetruba, Cecily Hibbs, Talia Wazana, Abigail Wippel, Erin McGlothlin, Anika Walke 2016 Washington University in St Louis

The History, Memory, And Representation Of The Holocaust: Reflections On A Yearlong Freshman Seminar And Study Trip, Brian Vetruba, Cecily Hibbs, Talia Wazana, Abigail Wippel, Erin Mcglothlin, Anika Walke

University Libraries Presentations

Presented at the Lessons and Legacies conference on Holocaust Studies in November 2016, these posters document a year-long freshman FOCUS seminar held at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015-2016 that aimed to give incoming college students a sophisticated understanding of the causes, dynamics, representation, and memory of the Nazi genocide. Created and co-taught by Anika Walke and Erin McGlothlin, this intensive academic engagement featured two semesters of coursework focusing on the history and the literary and filmic representation of the Holocaust and a twelve-day trip to Germany, Poland and Lithuania. The group visited important Holocaust-related sites to deepen their ...


The James Merrill Digital Archive: Channeling The Collaborative Spirit(S), Shannon Davis, Joel Minor 2016 Washington University in St Louis

The James Merrill Digital Archive: Channeling The Collaborative Spirit(S), Shannon Davis, Joel Minor

Central Plains Network for Digital Asset Management

The James Merrill Papers, housed in Washington University Libraries Special Collections, contains manuscripts, drafts, and other materials from the renowned poet. In 2013, work began to digitize and deliver a selection of the Merrill Papers towards his epic poem, The Book of Ephraim. Because the Libraries’ already used Omeka digital exhibit software for a number of projects, the materials were delivered in an Omeka exhibit, The James Merrill Digital Archive. The process of transforming an archival collection into a digital exhibit required the expertise and input of many collaborators including library staff in Special Collections and Scholarly Publishing, and students ...


James Joyce Dubliners Run: He Went Through The Narrow Alley Of Temple Bar Quickly, Barry Sheehan 2016 Dublin Institute of Technology

James Joyce Dubliners Run: He Went Through The Narrow Alley Of Temple Bar Quickly, Barry Sheehan

Other resources

I write a blog www.jj21k.com which looks at the works of James Joyce, the environment which he wrote about and changes that have taken place since he wrote about them. The blogposts are predominantly about Dublin. As part of discovering Dublin by reading and Running I have written several longer pieces.

This piece creates a running narrative that runs through each of the Dubliners stories, physically connecting them and making observation on them and the city of Dublin.

You can see more background information and other posts on www.jj21k.com.


Don Quixote In Russia In The 18th And 19th Centuries: The Problem Of Perception And Interpretation, Slav N. Gratchev PhD 2016 Marshall University

Don Quixote In Russia In The 18th And 19th Centuries: The Problem Of Perception And Interpretation, Slav N. Gratchev Phd

Modern Languages Faculty Research

This paper examines the problem of the perception of Don Quixote in Russia in the XVIII and XIX centuries. The author wants to demonstrate that this process of appropriation has had a long and complex history, and there were specific reasons for this. Don Quixote, the first modern fiction novel, upon arrival in Russia, received minimal attention and was perceived as a very simple and comic book. Then, little by little, it began to gain importance. Most of the materials the author uses for this presentation are available only in Russian, and they are kept in the scientific libraries of ...


La Poética De Bernardo De Balbuena: Breve Estudio De La Teoría Épico-Fantástica Tras "El Bernardo O Victoria De Roncesvalles" (1624), Miguel Magdaleno Santamaria 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

La Poética De Bernardo De Balbuena: Breve Estudio De La Teoría Épico-Fantástica Tras "El Bernardo O Victoria De Roncesvalles" (1624), Miguel Magdaleno Santamaria

Theses, Dissertations, Student Research: Modern Languages and Literatures

Siguiendo una metodología de análisis de tipo narratológico-estructuralista, en este ensayo se presenta una panorámica general de la teoría épico-fantástica sobre la que se asienta "El Bernardo o Victoria de Roncesvalles" (1624) de Bernardo de Balbuena, así como de la estructura funcional de la fantasía en la obra.


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