Literature

“Quiet as it’s kept”: How The Bluest Eye Inaugurated a New Genre of Fiction 50 Years Ago

New from Clemson University Press, Writing the Survivor by Robin Field explores how rape novels place survivors at the heart of narratives of sexual violence rather than the perpetrators. In this blog post, Field reflects on the power of Toni Morrison's debut novel The Bluest Eye, to mark its 50th anniversary. The Bluest Eye was … Continue reading

Literature, Poetry

Poetry, Money & Me

Poetry & Money: A Speculation by the award-winning poet Peter Robinson is a study of the relationships between poets, poetry, and money from Chaucer to contemporary times. Through its close readings of poems over many centuries directly or indirectly engaged with money, the book demonstrates the extent to which money and its metaphors permeate areas … Continue reading

Literature

The formal and the informal, the redacted and the omitted: working with the Henry Crabb Robinson archive

Philipp Hunnekuhl is the author of Henry Crabb Robinson: Romantic Comparatist, 1790–1811, published recently in the Romantic Reconfigurations: Studies in Literature and Culture 1780–1850 series. The book is the first comprehensive study of Robinson’s achievements as a pioneering literary critic and cross-cultural disseminator. In this blog post, Hunnekuhl reflects on working with the manuscripts of … Continue reading

Literature

Gendered Ecologies – In Conversation with Dewey W. Hall and Jillmarie Murphy

From Clemson University Press, Gendered Ecologies considers the value of interrelationships that exist among human, nonhuman species, and inanimate objects as part of the environment, and features observations by women writers as recorded in nature diaries, poetry, bildungsroman, sensational fiction, philosophical fiction, and folklore. We spoke to editors Dewey W. Hall and Jillmarie Murphy to … Continue reading

Literature

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Science Fiction, and the Contingent Nature of Roads

In this blog post Jeremy Withers, author of Futuristic Cars and Space Bicycles, considers the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our urban environments, in relation to science fiction’s frequent focus on futuristic and post-apocalyptic settings The coronavirus pandemic shattered our world.  This first wave of this crisis led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, staggering … Continue reading