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Recent Publications

Professor Betensky: The Mysteries of Paris
(Penguin Classics, 2015)

Betensky_mysteries_smThe Mysteries of Paris is doubtless one of the most entertaining and influential works to emerge from the nineteenth century. It was one of France’s first serial novels and Parisians rushed in droves to the newsstands each week for the latest installment. Eugene Sue’s intricate melodrama unfolds around the story of Rodolphe, a magnetic hero of noble heart and shadowy origins, garnering wild popularity and inspiring a raft of successors, including Les Miserables and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Professor Mandel: Disappear Here
(Ohio State University Press, 2015)

Mandel_disappear_smGeneration X, comprised of people born between 1960 and 1980, is a generation with no Great War or Depression to define it. Dismissed as apathetic slackers and detached losers, Xers have a striking disregard for the causes and isms that defined their Boomer parents. In Disappear Here: Violence After Generation X, Naomi Mandel argues that this characterization of Generation X can be traced back to changing experiences and representations of violence in the late twentieth century.

Professor Nikitas: Extra Life (Polis Books, 2015)

Nikitas_extralife_smThe first Young Adult novel, a mind-bending and time-bending thriller, from acclaimed author Derek Nikitas. “With Extra Life, Derek Nikitas gives us a weird-science thriller packed with inventive twists, dynamic action and characters we both care about and genuinely fear. Deeply satisfying.” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin.

Professor Eron: Inspiration in the Age of Enlightenment (University of Delaware Press, 2014)

Eron_enlightenment_smInspiration in the Age of Enlightenment reconsiders theories poetic authority to argue that the Augustan age created a new form of inspiration, one that crucially contributed to defining the movement of secularization in literature from the Renaissance to Romanticism. Seeking to redefine what we mean by secularization in the early stages of modernity, Eron argues that secularization’s link to enthusiasm, or inspiration, often associated with Romanticism, begins in the imaginative literature of the early eighteenth century.

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