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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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Janelle Adsit answered a few questions about her new book, Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing: Threshold Concepts to Guide the Literary Writing Curriculum. How would you describe your book in one sentence? Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing exposes hidden biases of the creative writing curriculum and suggests principles that can... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Robert Harvey answered some questions about his new book, Sharing Common Ground: A Space for Ethics. How would you describe your book in one sentence? The book demonstrates how thought fueled by imagining liminal life – life at its limit – in what Foucault termed heterotopias, or “spaces otherwise,” stimulates... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
We are delighted to announce that next year we will be launching a flagship new book series that aims to become the home for the best and most exciting scholarship in modern and contemporary poetry criticism. Edited by Daniel Katz, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Guest post by Astrid Bracke At some point early into my research on climate crisis, I began to get the feeling that climate crisis was everywhere. I saw it referenced in films, novels, in food advertising. This, of course, happens to anyone who immerses herself in a topic: suddenly, her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Guest post by Claire Battershill and Shawna Ross When we began writing Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom: A Practical Introduction for Teachers, Lecturers, and Students, our hope for the book was that we could help instructors who were interested in the digital humanities (DH) but did not know where... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Guest post by Anna Leahy When my ARCs—advance review copies—of Tumor arrived in the mail, I posted on Facebook, “This was the easiest and most difficult book to write.” I’ve been thinking about what I meant by that statement and how writing can be both easy and difficult at once.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Jane Hiddleston answered some questions about her new book, Writing After Postcolonialism: Francophone North African Literature in Transition. How would you describe your book in one sentence? It’s a study of the role and status of francophone literature in North Africa from the 1980s to the present. What drew to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Guest post by William Germano My latest book is Eye Chart, just out in the Object Lessons series. Eye Chart is about ways of thinking about vision – from the first primitive attempts to decide who in the group has the sharpest eyes to the development of lenses and eyeglasses,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Guest post by Robert Ficociello and Robert Bell Two recent news articles about hurricanes Harvey and Irma, one from the LA Times and another from Politico, offered us an opportunity to compare some of our conclusions in America’s Disaster Culture to the tragic unfolding aftermath of these two storms. One... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary Studies
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Guest post by Christopher Schaberg This month my third book about airports will be published. It’s called Airportness: The Nature of Flight. When I tell my friends and colleagues about this book, they often say something like, “Another book about airports?” A more generous way to look at it is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Bloomsbury Literary 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 Sep 19, 2017 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