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Henry Miller: New Perspectives


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Notes on Contributors Acknowledgments Chronology Foreword Lou Renza, Dartmouth College, USA Abbreviations Introduction Indrek Manniste, University of Tartu, Estonia, and James M. Decker, Illinois Central College, USA Henry Miller's Inhuman Philosophy Indrek Manniste, University of Tartu, Estonia "The agonizing gutter of my past": Henry Miller, Conversion, and the Trauma of the Modern James M. Decker, Illinois Central College, USA When Henry Miller Left for Tibet Paul Jahshan, Notre Dame University, Lebanon The Religiosity of Henry Miller Edward Abplanalp, Illinois Central College, USA Henry Miller and Morality Guy Stevenson, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK Tropic Of Cancer: Word Becoming Flesh Ondrej Skovajsa, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic "A dirty book worth reading": Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer and the Feminist Backlash Anna Lillios, University of Central Florida, USA Henry Miller: Obscene Other of the Law Rob Herian, University of London, UK The Ecstatic Psychotic: Henry Miller via Jacques Lacan Hamish Jackson, University of East Anglia, UK Big Sur and Walden: Henry Miller's Practical Transcendentalism Eric Lehman, University of Bridgeport, USA A Surrealist Duet: Word and Image in Into the Night Life with Henry Miller and Bezalel Schatz Sarah Garland, University of East Anglia, UK Cartography Of The Obscene Jeff Bursey, essayist and author of Verbatim: A Novel Dispossessed Sexual Politics: Henry Miller's Anarchism Qua Kate Millett And Ursula K. Le Guin James Gifford, Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA Miller's Paris Finn Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Henry Miller's Titillating Words Katy Masuga, Skidmore College, France Bibliography Index

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Brings together the best academic scholarship available today on carefully chosen themes of Henry Miller's literary and intellectual legacy.

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James M. Decker is Professor of English and Language Studies at Illinois Central College, USA. He is the author of Henry Miller and Narrative Form: Constructing the Self, Rejecting Modernity (2005) and Ideology (2003) and is the Editor of Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal. Indrek Manniste is Lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia, and author of Henry Miller: The Inhuman Artist: A Philosophical Inquiry (2013).


[C]omprised of previously unpublished articles based on critical readings of Miller's work ... [Henry Miller: New Perspectives] stands as the first collection of its kind ... [The book] provides in-depth analysis on themes in Miller's writing, bringing a fresh approach with recent scholarship trends. * 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies *
As the title promises, the essays do indeed take a fresh look at what Miller (1891-1980) achieves in his work, and many contributors make useful contrasts to earlier critical approaches so that the reader will appreciate just why Miller's stock has risen in the 21st century. Though the number of instructors who incorporate Miller in their syllabi is lower than it should be-as Louis Renza (emer., Dartmouth) points out in his foreword-those who do will find this collection a gem. And students looking for insights into literature that can be challenging but well worth unraveling will not be disappointed. The array of contributors is impressive, and the neat synopses of the essays in the introduction will be convenient for researchers looking for commentary on particular issues or themes. Dialogues such as this may well encourage readers to shed outdated misconceptions and instead embrace the style, ideas, and contradictions that make Miller so provocative. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE *
Henry Miller: New Perspectives offers an exciting collection of essays that illuminate Miller and his work. The essays use a wide range of theoretical approaches and demonstrate that Miller's narratives definitely reward close reading. The volume also treats Miller holistically and considers a variety of his texts and concerns. Particularly absorbing is the way that the book combines fresh reexaminations of classic Miller themes with penetrating investigations of previously unexplored--and unexpected--topics. In short, the book indeed provides a host of "new perspectives" on Henry Miller and should reinvigorate debate over a shamefully neglected American writer. * Roger Jackson, Co-author and Publisher of Henry Miller: A Bibliography of Primary Sources (2 volumes)and Managing Editor of Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal *
An invaluable contribution to the ongoing reevaluation of Henry Miller as a major American writer, this volume draws on scholarship from around the world to offer the best collection of new essays on his life and work to appear in book form for many years. * Karl Orend, Former Member of the Advisory Board of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, USA, Editorial Director of Alyscamps Press, Paris, and author of Henry Miller's Angelic Clown (2012) and The Brotherhood of Fools & Simpletons: Gods and Devils in Henry Miller's Utopia (2005) *

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