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  • 12 Aug 2023
    Jan Baetens, Hugo Frey, Fabrice Leroy

    The Cambridge Companion to the American Graphic Novel

    What is the American Graphic Novel? Why is it important to study its form, history, and content, and how should one approach this endeavor while opening new ground for the examination of graphic narrative in general? These are some of the key questions addressed in this collection that brings together the best specialists in the […]

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  • 19 Aug 2022
    Elizabeth K. Helsinger

    Just Talking

    What is a conversation?  And why should conversations matter to poetry?    (1) ‘They found you out?’                                                                ‘Not they’.                                                                                                  ‘Well—after all– What know we of the secret of a man?” (2) ‘No more wine? Then we’ll push back chairs and talk. A final glass for me, though: cool, i’ faith!’ (3) ‘But do […]

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  • 24 Feb 2022
    Sarah Burton, Jem Poster

    Advice for fiction writers

    Writers looking for guidance as they embark on their first novel or short story will often come across neat formulations – little nuggets of advice that can be easily swallowed: ‘Write what you know’; ‘Show, don’t tell’.             Too easily swallowed, perhaps. One of the reasons we wrote The Book You Need to Read to […]

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  • 24 Jan 2022
    Vera J. Camden

    The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Psychoanalysis

    Since at least the 1980’s, any university student who wanted to learn about Freud or psychoanalysis would not be directed to departments of psychology, nor to psychiatry, but would instead be ushered to the English department. The irony of this circumstance is, of course, that such guidance returns the student to the origins of psychoanalysis. […]

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  • 21 Dec 2021
    Molly G. Yarn

    Precarity, Privilege, and Publication

    If you look at the title page of my new book, Shakespeare’s ‘Lady Editors’: A New History of the Shakespearean Text, you might notice that there’s something missing – the space beneath my name is blank, an empty void where, usually, you would see an author’s institutional affiliation. In the three years since I submitted […]

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  • 21 Jul 2021
    Kevin R. McNamara

    The Republican War on Cities

    Voting laws recently passed or awaiting passage in Republican-controlled state legislatures along with the outrageous vote “audit” ongoing in Arizona have been widely covered in the press through a focus on the racial animus that underlies them. Rightly so, given the Republican Party’s increasingly explicit embrace of white-identity politics and the evidence from Georgia, where […]

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  • 23 Mar 2021
    Katherine Ibbett, Kristine Steenbergh

    Practicing Compassion – From Plague to Pandemic

    Photo By: Al Bello/Getty Images.

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  • 4 Mar 2021
    Mary Ann Lund

    Enjoying Melancholy

    It sounds like an odd contradiction that anyone might enjoy melancholy: an age-old disease of body, mind, and spirit typically characterised by sadness and fear. Melancholy’s symptoms could be extreme, its consequences fatal. But when Robert Burton set out to write The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year, he confronted […]

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