CRITICAL INSIGHTS: THEMES Literature BEST SELLER! Literature of Protest A diverse geographical, cultural, and historical field of study, drawn together by their conveyance of socially progressive ideas in an emotionally compelling, consciousness-altering way. Original critical essays on a diverse collection of writers highlight Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, George Orwell, Yevgeny Zamyatin and many others. March 2013 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3826-9 | $105 Magical Realism Magical Realism analyzes its evolution as well as its manifestations in different cultures. Several essays discuss the struggle between the hegemonic imposition of western modernity and subaltern, ethnicized, non-western conceptualizations in the Third World. Magical realist cultural production is thus seen as a tool for questioning Eurocentric views, as it endows non-western worldviews with additional agency. September 2014 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-413-8 | $105 Midwestern Literature Several essays survey the critical conversation regarding Midwestern literature, explore its cultural and historical contexts and offer close and comparative reading of key texts in the genre, including Huckleberry Finn, A Thousand Acres, Nick Adams Stories, Beloved, Winter Dreams, Home, and Looking for Mr. Green. December 2013 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-216-5 | $105 Modern Japanese Literature Modern Japanese Literature examines the developments of the country’s history: its economic and military rise in the early 20th century and its bitter defeat after WWII. Essays in this volume explore the search for national identity and examine the work of Murakami Haruki, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, and Futabatei Shimei. February 2017 | Print ISBN: 978-1-68217-258-2 | $105 Nature & the Environment This volume addresses the themes of nature and the environment in literature. Essays survey the critical conversation regarding these themes, explore the cultural and historical contexts, and offer comparative readings of key texts in the genre. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the themes can explore them in depth through a variety of critical approaches. September 2012 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3738-5 | $105 Paranoia, Fear & Alienation Paranoid fiction is defined as “literature that explores the subjective nature of reality and how it can be manipulated by forces in power.” This essay compilation investigates common motifs found in paranoid literature—such as dystopian settings and unreliable narrators—and studies the work of prominent authors in the genre, including Philip K. Dick, William S. Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, and more. December 2016 | Print ISBN: 978-1-68217-126-4 | $105 Political Fiction Combining richness of interpretation and the intellectual challenge to readers, this volume presents a variety of essays and stories that not only deal with events that occurred throughout the nation, but are also fable- like, allegorical, or manically metafictional to the genre. Topics in this volume range from the Cold War period to the aftermath of 9/11, along with discussion of a range of individual authors such as Joseph Conrad, George Orwell, and Robert Stone. November 2014 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-411-4 | $105 Post-Colonial Literature Critical Insights: Post-Colonial Literature is global in scope, representing work from Asia, Africa and India to offer new perspectives on the work of Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche among others. December 2017 | Print ISBN: 978-1-68217-559-0 | $105 Pulp Fiction of the ’20s and ’30s From the end of the nineteenth century to the 1950s, “pulp” magazines entertained the masses with lurid adventure, Western, romance, crime, fantasy, horror, and science fiction stories. Notable publications, such as Weird Tales, also served as apprenticeships for many new writers, including H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith. May 2013 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3827-6 | $105 RECENT RECENT RECENT RECENT All Critical Insights titles come with free online access (800) 221-1592 www.salempress.com GET ONLINE ACCESS WITH YOUR PRINT BUY! FREE Online Access FREE CRITICAL INSIGHTS: THEMES LITERATURE 46