Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History
Table of Contents
- Editor’s Introduction
- “Rhetoric, Ethics, Aesthetics, and Probability in Fiction and Nonfiction: Pride and Prejudice and The Year of Magical Thinking” by James Phelan
- “John Milton, Englishman: ‘Of the Devil’s Party’ per the Spanish Inquisition” by Angelica Duran
- “Devouring Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Black Readers Between Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. Board of Education” by Barbara Hochman
- “Gandhi vs. Mishima: The Politics of Critical Reception” by John Howard Wilson
- “Reflections on the Interplay of Race, Whiteness and Canadian Identity in a Film Studies Classroom” by Lee Easton and Kelly Hewson
James Phelan is Distinguished University Professor at Ohio State University. He is the author of five books of narrative theory, the most recent of which are Living to Tell about It (2005) and Experiencing Fiction: Judgments, Progressions, and the Rhetorical Theory of Narrative (2007). He edits Narrative, the journal of the International Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, and, with Peter J. Rabinowitz, co-edits the Ohio State University Press book series, The Theory and Interpretation of Narrative.
Angelica Duran is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University. She is the editor of A Concise Companion to Milton (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006) and author of The Age of Milton and The Scientific Revolution (Duquesne UP, 2007). She is currently working on two book-length projects on Milton in relation to Spain, Spanish, and Hispanoamerica.
Barbara Hochman is Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben Gurion University in Israel. She is the author of The Art of Frank Norris: Storyteller (1988), Getting at the Author: Reimagining Books and Reading in the Age of American Realism (2001), and diverse essays on nineteenth and twentieth-century American fiction. Her forthcoming book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Reading Revolution: Race, Literacy, Childhood, and Fiction 1852-1911 (U Mass Press, 2011) explores radical differences in what Stowe’s novel meant – to commentators, editors, illustrators, and the ’common’ reader-- before and after the Civil War.
John Howard Wilson is an associate professor of English at Lock Haven University. He has published two volumes of a literary biography devoted to Evelyn Waugh, and he edits the Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies.
Lee Easton and Kelly Hewson teach in the English Department of Mt. Royal College, Calgary, Alberta. For several years they have engaged in team teaching and joint publications on topics ranging from reparative readings to the affective turn to a manifesto of teaching to dilemmas of the postcolonial queer to cross-dressing and the church. Recently they published “I’m not an American, I’m a Nymphomaniac: Queering the Nation in Maddin’s The Saddest Music in the World,” which appeared in a 2009 book on Canadian film-maker Guy Maddin.