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Bloomsbury Literary Studies
New York/ London
Bringing you the latest book news and views from the Continuum Literary Studies team in London and New York
Interests: books, publishing, literary studies, literature, shakespeare, beckett, religion, comics, romanticism, theatre studies,
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The following is excerpted from “Questions, Not Answers,” originally published in The Dramatist. By John Biguenet Unlike a lecture hall, the theater is not a place to recite opinions: it is a forum in which a community phrases its most pressing questions. Whether we are considering Antigone or King Lear... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Join our Object Lessons authors around the country to celebrate the release of eight new books in the series! Take a look at the events below to find one in a city near you. Chicago 57th Street Books: Hear Kim Adrian (Sock), Harry Brown (Golf Ball), and Anna Leahy (Tumor)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Hywel Dix answered some questions for us about his new book The Late-Career Novelist: Career Construction Theory, Authors and Autofiction. How would you describe your book in one sentence? The Late-Career Novelist is the first major study of the often-neglected later works by major, established contemporary writers. What drew to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Matthew Griffiths answered some questions for us about The New Poetics of Climate Change: Modernist Aesthetics for a Warming World, now out in the Environmental Cultures series. How would you describe your book in one sentence? Poets need more sophisticated ways of writing to engage with climate change, and Modernism... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Meera Atkinson answered some questions for us about her new book, The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma. How would you describe your book in one sentence? The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma explores how literature testifies to trauma transmissions and how certain kinds of writing reveal their social operations and political underpinnings.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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In the week that thousands of people head off to San Diego Comic-Con for the world’s premier celebration of comic book culture in all its forms, we’re delighted to announce the launch of a new series of guides to the many worlds of comics and graphic novels. Later this year... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Jos Smith answered some questions for us about The New Nature Writing: Rethinking the Literature of Place, the latest volume in the Environmental Cultures series. How would you describe your book in one sentence? An appraisal of shifting cultural attitudes to nature and place in the UK over the last... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Now more than ever, we need smart writing for broad audiences. Since we launched Object Lessons in 2013, we’ve been delighted by the overwhelming interest in our books and essays. This “crossover” approach to smart writing for a general audience has proved to be an appealing alternative for a range... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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The following is adapted from Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Linda T. Elkins-Tanton's Earth, now available from Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series. Earth is a home, a limit, and a recurring challenge. Humans have long struggled with their desire to view the Earth from its outside — as if we could depart... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Joshua Tree National Park I’ve situated myself atop a mid-size bolder where the Colorado Desert meets the Mojave, where formidable thickets of cholla cactus and the blossom-tufted whips of ocotillo give way to gardens of the tree that gives this national park its name. Not that it’s an “actual tree,”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Кто придумал, скажи, эти пробки? В переулках – зима затаилась И ждет: что же будет. Zemfira, "Traffic" (Who thought up, tell me, these traffic jams? In the alleyways winter awaits us. And we shall wait - what will happen.) Jammed streets. Smoking exhausts. Lost time. Road rage. A built environment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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The following is adapted from Nicole Walker's Egg, now available from Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series. If you were just watching male squid in the ocean tentacling around the ocean floor, punching his fellow male squid in the face, seemingly randomly, you’d think squid were overreacting. But squid are not truculent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Willard Bohn answered some questions for us about editing the new anthology Surrealist Poetry. Tell us a bit about a significant piece in the collection and why you selected it. I selected “When I Sleep I See Clearly,” by J. V. Foix, for two reasons. Since Barcelona was, and continues... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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January 4, 2017 - Object Lessons series editors Ian Bogost (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Christopher Schaberg (Loyola University New Orleans) have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a traveling seminar program for writers, arranged to coincide with major academic conferences across the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Rob Latham answered a few questions for us about editing the new anthology Science Fiction Criticism. Tell us a bit about a significant piece in the collection and why you selected it. Well, the volume is packed with classic essays, so it’s hard to pick just one. That said, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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The following is adapted from Nicole Walker's Egg, now available from Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series. An egg, whole, uncracked makes a perfect arch. The eggshell’s beauty is the kind of beauty artists strive for. Foreshadowed, intentional, balanced, fragile. The opacity of the egg surprises. Its curves titillate. The potentiality the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Trent Hergenrader answered some questions for us about the new book Creative Writing Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in the Classroom and the collaboration process with his co-editors, Joseph Rein and Michael Dean Clark. How would you describe your book in one sentence? Creative Writing Innovations is about showcasing non-traditional approaches to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Jesús Blanco Hidalga answered some questions for us about his new book, Jonathan Franzen and the Romance of Community: Narratives of Salvation. How would you describe your book in one sentence? In my book I offer a close analysis of Jonathan Franzen’s fiction that integrates formal and ideological approaches and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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We asked Lucas Thompson to answer a few questions about his studies on David Foster Wallace and his new book, Global Wallace: David Foster Wallace and World Literature. How would you describe your book in one sentence? My book is an argument for reimagining David Foster Wallace as being not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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The Bloomsbury 21st Century Genre Fiction series seeks new titles addressing innovative trends and development in contemporary genre writing, considering the function of genre in both reflecting and shaping sociopolitical and economic developments of the twenty-first century. The series provides exciting and accessible introductions to new genres in twenty-first-century fiction... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Alexandra Berlina answered a few questions for us about her new book, Viktor Shklovsky: A Reader, a collection of Shklovsky's key criticism taken from the major theoretical writings as well as from letters and memoirs, and presented in new translations with introductory material and commentary. Tell us a bit about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
Bloomsbury is delighted to announce that we are currently seeking proposals for a new book series, Bloomsbury Studies in Critical Poetics, which seeks to publish the best contemporary scholarship on poetry from across the world. This series, edited by Daniel Katz, Professor of English at the University of Warwick, UK,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Is there any better gift to give or receive than books? We don’t think so! So we’ve asked some of our authors to share with us their Bloomsbury Holiday Wish Lists, to help inspire your gift-giving this season! Today's Wish List is from David Hering, author of David Foster Wallace:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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An excerpt from the Object Lessons book Silence by John Biguenet In our first visit to Florence, while still students, my wife and I found a little restaurant near our bat-infested pensione as sunset turned the Arno bronze. Having been raised by her grandmother from Viareggio, the nearby beach resort,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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This week, the Bloomsbury Literary Studies team is heading to the annual conference of the German Studies Association. We’re excited to showcase sixteen volumes from New Directions in German Studies, our fantastic series that uses new perspectives and methodologies to reframe aspects of the discipline and shed light on underrepresented... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies