Selected Works

Minding the Modern
By: Thomas Pfau

In this study Pfau argues that the loss of foundational concepts in classical and medieval Aristotelian philosophy caused a fateful separation between reason and will in European thought.

Romanticism and Modernity
By: Thomas Pfau and Robert Mitchell (editors)

Pfau contributes to this republication of a special issue of European Romantic Review that explores a half-century of rapid societal and intellectual change.

Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy, 1790-1840
By: Thomas Pfau

Pfau reinterprets the evolution of British and German Romanticism as a progress through three successive dominant moods, each manifested in the "voice" of an historical moment.

Race and Identity in D. H. Lawrence: Indians, Gypsies, and Jews
By: Judith Ruderman

Ruderman analyzes D.H. Lawrence's blunt language on issues of race and ethnicity.

Eighteenth-Century English Literature, 1660-1789
By: Charlotte Sussman

This engaging book introduces new readers of eighteenth-century texts to some of the major works, authors, and debates of a key period of literary history.

Recognizing the Romantic Novel: New Histories of British Fiction, 1780-1830
By: Jillian Heydt-Stevenson and Charlotte Sussman

Bringing this rich but neglected body of works to the fore, the authors challenge us to rethink our ideas of the novel as a genre, as well as our long-held assumptions about the literary movement of Romanticism.

Consuming Anxieties: Consumer Protest, Gender & British Slavery, 1713-1833
By: Charlotte Sussman

Boycotts are so commonplace these days that one hardly notices them, and yet they have a fascinating history, one closely connected to the growth of the British Empire and the birth of a consumer society.

Languages In The World: How History, Culture, and Politics Shape Language
By: Julie Tetel Andresen and Phillip M. Carter

The authors provide an interdisciplinary account of the evolution of language over the past 200,000 years.

Linguistics and Evolution
By: Julie Tetel Andresen

Informed by the latest findings in evolutionary theory, this book sets language within the context of human biology and development, taking ideas from fields such as psychology, neurology, biology, anthropology, genetics and cognitive science.

French Lessons
By: Julie Tetel Andresen

In Tetel Andresen's latest novella, the gently bred Danielle Wemberly is forever changed when she discovers a book hidden in her town's lending library.

The Importance of Feeling English: American Literature and the British Diaspora, 1750-1850
By: Leonard Tennenhouse

In The Importance of Feeling English, Leonard Tennenhouse revisits the landscape of early American literature and radically revises its features. Using the concept of transatlantic circulation, he shows how some of the first American authors--from poets such as Timothy Dwight and Philip Freneau to novelists like William Hill Brown and Charles Brockden Brown--applied their newfound perspective to pre-existing British literary models.

Chimeras of Form
By: Aarthi Vadde

In Chimeras of FormAarthi Vadde vividly illustrates how modernist and contemporary writers reimagine the nation and internationalism in a period defined by globalization. 

The Near Future
By: Joe Ashby Porter

"The Near Future is a little jewel of a book, a very funny novel about getting—among other things—old, and in Florida, and with less than one's entire dignity in tact.

All Aboard
By: Joe Ashby Porter

With All Aboard, acclaimed fiction writer Joe Ashby Porter ventures into new, sometimes unprecedented territory, from the luxe restraint of “Merrymount,” through the stops-out eroticism of “Pending,” to the distilled heebie-jeebies of “Dream On.” 

Touch Wood: Short Stories
By: Joe Ashby Porter

Touch Wood acknowledges the sway of chance and contingency in our lives without entailing any facile despair. 

Resident Aliens
By: Joe Ashby Porter

In the mid-seventies four adults from beyond their national borders find themselves marooned in Jeffersonian academic Charlottesville, Virginia: the journalist Irène and her professor husband Jean-Luc, both French; Chantal, a graduate student from Montréal; and Mouse, an Oneida Quebecoise.

The Drama of Speech Acts: Shakespeare's Lancastrian Tetralogy
By: Joseph A. Porter

Traces Shakespeare's preoccupation with the subject of speech and language in Richard II, 1 & 2 Henry IV, and Henry V, plays written at a time when Shakespeare's allegiance as an artist was shifting decisively from poetry to drama.

Shakespeare’s Mercutio: His History and Drama
By: Joseph A. Porter

Analyzes Mercutio from historical and cultural standpoints, and considers his brief role in Romeo and Juliet in terms of the Renaissance era

By: Joe Ashby Porter

Eelgrass, Joe Ashby Porter’s first novel, takes place on an unnamed island somewhere just offshore the Atlantic coast of our imaginations.

The Kentucky Stories
By: Joe Ashby Porter

In these eight stories, the state of Kentucky becomes a state of mind a semi mythical realm of the heart s fidelities and predilections, of violence, fear, and love It is a land where the commonplace takes on a new and marvelous glow as quixotic individuals explore the enduring puzzles of human existence