Nine Continents, A Memoir in and Out of China, by Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolo Guo has ridden the brutal waves of twentieth-century Chinese history in which individual lives are engulfed by the State. Growing up in 1970-1980s Chine, she tellingly says of these years that we never used the word, “love.” In this vivid memoir, winner of he NBCC award for autobiography, Xiaolu…
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The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar & Translator Hillel Halkin

Contemporary Fiction, Dalkey Press (Spring 2018).
If Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and Bernard Malamud set in motion debates about Jewish traditions in America, Ruby Namdar sustains them in his new novel, The Ruined House. But his novel is in dialogue not only with these writers but, more importantly, the sacred Jewish texts of the ancient world…
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Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg & Translator Eliza Marciniak

Everyone in this enchanting novella whispers or sings something under his or her breath. A girl, Wiola, comes of age in the last decade of communist Poland, 1970-1980, in the small village of Herkaty hearing whispers, both political and personal. She hears her father, a deserter from the army, return…
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Listening In: Broadcasts, Speeches and Interviews, ed. Allan Hepburn

Journal of Modern Literature 35:2, 139-142 (Winter 2012).
If Elizabeth Bowen is a writer with whom we have to "catch up," Allan Hepburn's recent collections of her unpublished work will help us along that path. Bowen was a regular contibutor to the BBC from 1941-1973. And though Bowen is known mainly as an Anglo-Irish short story writer and…
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Modernism and the Museum by Rupert Arrowsmith

Modernism/Modernity (May 2012).
The radical change in London's artists and writers in the years leading up to World War I can best be seen, Rpert Arrowsmith argues, as "an unprecendeted engagement and dialogue between tadition and the rest of the world." Yet the histories and literary and artistic studies of the period have,…
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Shape Shifter: An Interview with Metis Publisher & Muge Sokman, Istanbul

Riverrun (April 17, 2011).
“Aren’t you afraid?” was the question posed to Muge Sukman, co-founder of Metis, one of the leading independent publishers of fiction and non-fiction in Turkey in 2005. Orhan Pamuk had just been threatened with imprisonment for “insulting Turkishness” in remarks he made about the killing of Armenians in a CNN…
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"ROOM," a Theatrical Adaptation of Virginal Woolf by Jocelyn Clarke & director of Ann Bogart

Imagine a string of pearls–“moments of being”–from Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and A Sketch of the Past strung together in a dramatic adaptation. This is the experience of attending Room, an admirable production mounted by the New York Women’s Project, under the direction of Ann Bogart, and adapted…
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Kapitoil: A Novel by Teddy Wayne

Contemporary Review of Fiction, September (2010).
Teddy Wayne like James Joyce plays freely with the grammatical infelicities of the English language in his engaging first novel... Teddy Wayne, Kapitoil, Harper Perennial (2009)
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O Fallen Angel by Kate Zambreno

Contemporary Review of Fiction (2010).
Kate Zambreno had written a literary triptych on the altar of modern American suburban life: "it's the American way the nuclear family and the nuclear bomb the white picket fence"..... Kate Zambreno, O Fallen Angel, Harper Collins (2019) Buy on Amazon:
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Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury by Alison Light

Virginia Woolf Miscellany 76, Fall-Winter (2009).
Until Alison Light's book, most critics sympathetic to Woolf would sweep her views of servants under the carpet. Or deny their importance to understanding the literary work of modernism. But since the rise of new historicism and cultural studies, information about the obscure lives af servants and Woolf's view have…
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Locating Woolf: the Politics of Place and Space by Anna Snaith & Micharl Whitworth

English Literature in Transition 52:3, 122-125 (2009).
Nothing can happen nowhere, asserts Elizabeth Bowen. This collection of essays attempts to locate the "where" of Woolf's stories and novels, asserting that the inner landscape of her writing has been overemphasized by critis. This postmodern turn is to locate her writing in material, national, imperial, global and geographic "space"...…
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Modernism and the Culture of Market Society, by John Xiros Cooper

English Literature in Transition 48: 3 (2005).
JOHN XIROS COOPER claims that the modernists of 1920s-1930s were "the first cells of a new kind of social organization" that would spread the "nihilism" of market culture by century's end. Arguing against Andreas Huyssens's theory of the Great Divide between the avant-garde and mass-market society, Cooper holds responsible various…
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Shamrocks & Chopsticks, James Joyce in China, a Tale of Two Encounters, by Jin Di

English Literature in Transition 45:3 (2002)
Jin Di, Shamrock and Chopsticks: James Joyce in China: A Tale of Two Encounters, City University of Hong Kong Press (2001). Buy on Amazon:
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As You Desire by Madeline Moore

Review of Contemporary Fiction, Summer 2002
Madeline Moore, As You Desire, Spinsters Ink. Books (1993). Buy on Amazon:
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Ladies and Gentleman, the Original Music of the Hebrew Alphabet and a Weekend in Mustara by Curt Leviant

Curt Leviant, Ladies and Gentleman, the Original Music of the Hebrew Alphabet and a Weekend in Mustara, University of Wisconsin Press (2002). Buy on Amazon:
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Sketches in Pen and Ink by Vanessa Bell & Lia Giachero

American Book Review (May-June 2000).
Vanessa Bell, Sketches in Pen and Ink, Ed. Lia Giachero (Hogarth Press (1997). Buy on Amazon:
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The Hours by MIchael Cunningham

English Literature in Transition 43:3 (2000).
MIchael Cunningham, The Hours, Picador USA (1998). Buy on Amazon:
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Bloomsbury Recalled by Quentin Bell

English Literature in Transition 40:2 (1997).
Quentin Bell, Bloomsbury Recalled, Columbia University Press (1995). Buy on Amazon:
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Virginia Woolf and Samuel Johnson: Common Readers by Beth Carole Rosenberg

English Literature in Transition 39:3, 380-383 (1996).
Beth Carole Rosenberg argues that Samuel Johnson and Vriginia Woolf are in dialogue, and that this relation has been ignored in Woolf criticism Applying a paradigm of dialogic relations as developed by the Russian formalist, Mikhail Bakhtin, she isolates Johnson's influence in this densely argued book. Beth Carole Rosenberg, Virginia…
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