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A Plague upon Your House

Nicholas P. Money

in Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores: A Natural History of Toxic Mold

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172270
eISBN:
9780199790258
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172270.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Microbiology

This chapter considers other fungi that grow in buildings. Meruliporia incrassata has become a frequent problem in California, where its massive rootlike organs, called rhizomorphs, snake into homes ... More


Baudelaire: Life and the Production of Poetry

Ann Jefferson

in Biography and the Question of Literature in France

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199270842
eISBN:
9780191710292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270842.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The chapter explores Baudelaire's biographical portraits of other writers, especially Poe and Gautier, in which he revises the contemporary view that the poet's work simply reflects his life. ... More


Popular Forms

Michael T. Gilmore

in Surface and Depth: The Quest for Legibility in American Culture

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195157765
eISBN:
9780199787784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157765.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter looks at popular forms closely identified with American culture. It reinterprets the Western, the detective story, and the celebrity novel, and finds that each genre is built on a ... More


Probably Poe

Maurice S. Lee

in Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797578
eISBN:
9780199932412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797578.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Focusing on Poe’s detective fiction, this chapter discusses the spread of probability theory in the 1830s and 1840s—in logic and mathematics, in sociology and statistics, and in gaming practices, ... More


American Terror: The Feeling of Thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville

Paul Hurh

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780804791144
eISBN:
9780804794510
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791144.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

American Terror interrogates the origins, contexts, and significance of the distinctive tone of terror within a major strain of early and nineteenth-century American literature. Contrary to critical ... More


Secular Lyric: The Modernization of the Poem in Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson

John Michael

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780823279715
eISBN:
9780823281473
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823279715.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Secular Lyrics interrogates the distinctively individual ways that Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson adapt ancient and renaissance conventions of lyric expression to the developing conditions of their ... More


The Entrapments of Form

Catherine Toal

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823269341
eISBN:
9780823269396
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823269341.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

“Cruelty” is intuitively recognized by readers as a theme and even a dramatic kernel of literary works, especially in portrayals of human interaction. Philosophers have proposed that literature is ... More


The Beginning of the End

Andrew Martin

in The Mask of the Prophet: The Extraordinary Fictions of Jules Verne

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780198157984
eISBN:
9780191673252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198157984.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses the styles of Napoleon, Borges, and Verne in presenting their characters. It argues that perhaps the enormous number of novels in which the hero is tracking a vanishing target ... More


Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Christopher Peterson

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245208
eISBN:
9780823252602
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In contemporary race and sexuality studies, the topic of animality emerges almost exclusively in order to index the dehumanization that makes discrimination possible. Bestial Traces argues that a ... More


Antebellum Idealism

David E. Shi

in Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850–1920

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195106534
eISBN:
9780199854097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106534.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

Genteel idealism, domestic idealism, and transcendental idealism dominated the intellectual landscape during the 1830s and 1840s, but three of America's most powerful and enduring writers fell ... More


The Moral Vernacular of American Copyright Reform

Michael J. Everton

in The Grand Chorus of Complaint: Authors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199751785
eISBN:
9780199896936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751785.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

The nineteenth-century debate over international copyright is usually framed as a battle over law and economics. Many of the antagonists saw the law and economics of intellectual property, however, ... More


The Silence of the Grave

Roger Pearson

in Mallarmé and Circumstance: The Translation of Silence

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199266746
eISBN:
9780191708923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266746.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, European Literature

This chapter shows that Mallarmé saw himself as a kind of midwife, helping the departed to be ‘born’ into eternity by reconfiguring him in language. He responds to the silence of death in a number of ... More


The Silence of the Image

Roger Pearson

in Mallarmé and Circumstance: The Translation of Silence

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199266746
eISBN:
9780191708923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266746.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, European Literature

This chapter shows that ‘Billet’ is more than just a poetic letter praising an ephemeral English review. It is also a homage to James McNeill Whistler, whom Mallarmé viewed as the living embodiment ... More


Natchez and Richard Wright in Southern American Literature

Margaret Walker Alexander

in The Past Is Not Dead: Essays from the Southern Quarterly

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617033032
eISBN:
9781617033056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617033032.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses how the South is depicted in literature as both a historical region and a mythical place. It considers the work of Richard Wright, including how he was influenced by Natchez ... More


Held in Reserve: Banks, Serial Crises, and the Ekphrastic Turn

John O’brien

in Literature Incorporated: The Cultural Unconscious of the Business Corporation, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226291123
eISBN:
9780226291260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226291260.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

The Panic of 1837 was the financial crisis that set the pattern for such paroxysms of instability in the financial system ever since. This chapter explores the importance of the figure of the bank in ... More


Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses

Paul Grimstad

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199874071
eISBN:
9780199345465
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Criticism/Theory

American pragmatism is premised on the notion that to find out what something is, look to fruits rather than roots. But the thought of the classical pragmatists is itself the fruit, this book argues, ... More


Murder and Madness: The Myth of the Kentucky Tragedy

Matthew G. Schoenbachler

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125664
eISBN:
9780813135373
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125664.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The “Kentucky Tragedy” was early America's best known true crime story. In 1825, Jereboam O. Beauchamp assassinated Kentucky attorney general Solomon P. Sharp. The murder, trial, conviction, and ... More


The Theatre

Nancy Duvall Hargrove

in T. S. Eliot’s Parisian Year

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034010
eISBN:
9780813039367
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034010.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The Parisian theatre scene, with its variety and richness, served as inspiration for developing Eliot the dramatist and poet. Eliot described Paris as a combination of past and present. Various ... More


Recollection

Dirk Van Hulle

in Manuscript Genetics, Joyce's Know-How, Beckett's Nohow

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032009
eISBN:
9780813039657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032009.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses the recollection of both personal reminiscences and intertextual memories. It reveals that the moment of the “necessity” has been one of Beckett's major preoccupations ... More


Aurora Australis: Antebellum Seascapes and the Southern Cross

Paul Giles

in Antipodean America: Australasia and the Constitution of U. S. Literature

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199301560
eISBN:
9780199369218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199301560.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, World Literature

Paying special attention to Washington Irving’s Life and Voyages of Columbus (1828), this chapter starts by analysing ways in which the antipodes appears as a metaphorical figure of inversion in ... More


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