Selected Works

Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York’s Play of Corpus Christi
By: Sarah T. Beckwith

Beckwith explores the most lavish, long-lasting, and complex form of collective theatrical enterprise in English history: the York Corpus Christi plays. 

Beyond Reformation? An Essay on Langland's ‘Piers Plowman’ and the End of Constantinian Christianity
By: David Aers

Aers presents a sustained and profound close reading of the final version of William Langland’s Piers Plowman, the most searching Christian poem of the Middle Ages in English.

Salvation and Sin: Augustine, Langland, and Fourteenth-Century Theology
By: David Aers

Aers continues his study of Christian theology in the later Middle Ages. He explores various modes of displaying the mysterious relations between divine and human agency, together with different accounts of sin and its consequences.

Sanctifying Signs: Making Christian Tradition in Late Medieval England
By: David Aers

Aers presents a critical study of Christian literature, theology, and culture in late medieval England. Using a wide range of texts the author explores the complex theological, institutional, and political processes that shape and preserve tradition during changing circumstances. 

How Novels Think: The Limits of Individualism 1719-1900
By: Nancy Armstrong

Armstrong argues that the history of the novel and the history of the modern individual are, quite literally, one and the same.

Dark Church
By: Joseph Donahue

Donahue delivers the third volume of an ongoing poetic sequence called Terra Lucida.

Dissolves (Terra Lucida IV-VIII)
By: Joseph Donahue

Donahue continues the restless deployment of stark, imbricated images, meticulous descriptions, bracing meditations on the sacred and the worldly, and various micro-narratives.

Incidental Eclipse
By: Joseph Donahue

'Hints and symbols die out. / All's actual now.' These lines seem to contain the germ of Donahue's massive, mesmerizing book.

Feeling Italian: The Art of Ethnicity in America
By: Thomas J. Ferraro

Ferraro explores a series of books, movies, paintings, and records in ten dramatic vignettes to answer the question of why a century after the peak of Italian immigration to the U.S. the American imagination is so enthralled by The Sopranos, and other portraits of Italian-ness.

Africa in Stereo: Modernism, Music and Pan-African Solidarity
By: Tsitsi Ella Jaji

The book analyzes how Africans have engaged with African American music and its representations in the long twentieth century (1890-2011) to offer a new cultural history attesting to pan-Africanism's ongoing and open theoretical potential.

Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation, 1830 to the Present
By: Ranjana Khanna

The book discusses the figure of woman, both under colonial rule in Algeria and within the postcolonial independent nation-state.

Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism
By: Ranjana Khanna

Sigmund Freud infamously referred to women's sexuality as a “dark continent” for psychoanalysis, drawing on colonial explorer Henry Morton Stanley’s use of the same phrase to refer to Africa.

From a Broke Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Volumes 1-3
By: Nathaniel Mackey

From a Broken Bottle collects the first three installments – Bedouin Hornbook, Djbot Baghostus’s Run, and Atet A.D. – of Nathaniel Mackey’s genre-defying work of fiction.

Splay Anthem
By: Nathaniel Mackey

Part antiphonal rant, part rhythmic whisper, Mackey's new collection of poems, Splay Anthem, takes the reader to uncharted poetic spaces.

More Than You Know
By: Melissa Malouf

Alice Clark has been trying to avoid an acute state of "not-knowing" about what's happened and what's happening. Whatever happened has much to do with why three of her friends died early and badly and she did not. Alice is a mess, and her story is a mess too.

Experimental Life: Vitalism in Romantic Science and Literature
By: Robert Mitchell

Mitchell draws on approaches and ideas from contemporary science studies, proposing the concept of experimental vitalism to show both how Romantic authors appropriated the concept of experimentation from the sciences and the impact of their appropriation on post-Romantic concepts of literature and art.

Bioart and the Vitality of Media
By: Robert Mitchell

This is the first comprehensive theoretical account of Bioart – art that uses either living materials or more traditional materials to comment on, or even transform, biotechnological practice. While it receives enormous media attention, bioart is frequently misunderstood. Here Mitchell situates it in the contexts of art history, laboratory practice, and media theory.

Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information
By: Robert Mitchell, Helen J. Burgess and Phillip Thurtle

Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information is an accessible, cross-platform DVD-ROM that explores key legal, ethical, scientific, and commercial aspects of the rapidly changing world of biotechnology and bioinformatics.

Sympathy and the State in the Romantic Era: Systems, State Finance, and the Shadows of Futility
By: Robert Mitchell

Mitchell explores a fascinating connection between two seemingly unrelated Romantic-era discourses, outlining the extent to which eighteenth and early nineteenth century theories of sympathy were generated by crises of state finance.

Tissue Economies: Blood, Organs, and Cell Lines in Late Capitalism
By: Catherine Waldby and Robert Mitchell

The authors survey the rapidly expanding economies of exchange in human tissue, explaining the complex questions raised and suggesting likely developments.