British Enlightenment Theatre: Dramatizing Difference (2020)
In this ground-breaking work, Bridget Orr shows that popular eighteenth-century theatre was about much more than fashion, manners and party politics. Using the theatre as a means of circulating and publicizing radical Enlightenment ideas, many plays made passionate arguments for religious and cultural toleration, and voiced protests against imperial invasion and forced conversion of indigenous peoples by colonial Europeans. Irish and labouring-class dramatists wrote plays, often set in the countryside, attacking social and political hierarchy in Britain itself. Another crucial but as yet unexplored aspect of early eighteenth-century theatre is its connection to freemasonry. Freemasons were pervasive as actors, managers, prompters, scene-painters, dancers and musicians, with their own lodges, benefit performances and particular audiences. In addition to promoting the Enlightened agenda of toleration and cosmopolitanism, freemason dramatists invented the new genre of domestic tragedy, a genre that criticized the effects of commercial and colonial capitalism.
Dailiness: Essays on Poetry (2020)
The essays in Dailiness are about how a poet makes a poem. For Mark Jarman a poem results from a deliberate and conscious act. He is especially interested in the way human consciousness connects devotional prayer to poetry. In these essays he considers poems written millennia apart from Gilgamesh to George Herbert s work, from the poems of Robert Frost to those of Seamus Heaney, to his own recently-written poems and those of his contemporaries. As the poems celebrate the work of daily creation, they possess a religious aspect. In Dailiness Jarman sheds light on how poems accomplish this work.
Selling Antislavery: Abolition and Mass Media in Antebellum America (2020)
Beginning with its establishment in the early 1830s, the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS) recognized the need to reach and consolidate a diverse and increasingly segmented audience. To do so, it produced a wide array of print, material, and visual media: almanacs and slave narratives, pincushions and gift books, broadsides and panoramas. Building on the distinctive practices of British antislavery and evangelical reform movements, the AASS utilized innovative business strategies to market its productions and developed a centralized distribution system to circulate them widely. In Selling Antislavery, Teresa A. Goddu shows how the AASS operated at the forefront of a new culture industry and, by framing its media as cultural commodities, made antislavery sentiments an integral part of an emerging middle-class identity. She contends that, although the AASS's dominance waned after 1840 as the organization splintered, it nevertheless created one of the first national mass markets.
In the Months of My Son’s Recovery (2019)
The poems of In the Months of My Son’s Recovery inhabit the persona of a woman whose grown child is in recovery from drug addiction. With clear perception and precise emotional tones, Kate Daniels explores recovery experiences from multiple, evolving points of view. These intimately voiced, often harrowing poems reveal the collateral damage that addiction can inflict on the families and friends of people with Substance Use Disorder in addition to the primary damage sustained by addicts, themselves. Offering bold descriptions of medical processes, maternal love, and the potential for hope as an antidote to despair, this timely collection contributes to our understanding of the many crises at the heart of the opioid epidemic.
In the Belly of her Ghost (2019)
"Colin Dayan has one of the most original minds in America and also one of the fiercest. Here for the first time she turns her rigorous intellect toward her own life, onto her vexed relationship with her mother and subsequent suffering ― and she does so with her usual uncompromising clarity. It’s rare for such a tormented work to be so masterful. In the Belly of her Ghost is not exactly an easy read, but it’s also very hard to put down."
-- Madison Smartt Bell
Elizabethan Narrative Poems: The State of Play (2019)
This volume traces dynamic conversations that took place in narrative verse in London in the 1590s when Shakespeare and a coterie of similarly educated dramatists, poets, and lawyers published erotic minor epics in response to one another. Putting Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece into dialogue with minor epics written by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, these chapters explore humanism’s unintended consequences while drawing attention to the complex connections among Latin pedagogy, sexuality, masculinity, and vernacular poetic invention.
The Fate of Food (2019)
In this fascinating look at the race to secure the global food supply, environmental journalist and professor Amanda Little tells the defining story of the sustainable food revolution as she weaves together stories from the world's most creative and controversial innovators on the front lines of food science, agriculture, and climate change.
Postcards from the Gerund State (2019)
"Lorraine López has done it again. With singular wit and humor, she has gifted us with stories that probe the meaning of art and the realities of being an artist, a woman, and a caregiver. Postcards from the Gerund State is hilarious, heartbreaking and memorable."
-- Daisy Hernández, author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed