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1996
A Glance beyond Doubt: Narration, Representation, Subjectivity
Rimon-Kenan, Shlomith. A Glance beyond Doubt: Narration, Representation, Subjectivity. Ohio State University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1996), 1996. Print.
Nineteenth Century American Romance: Genre and the Democratic Construction of Culture
Budick, Emily Miller. Nineteenth Century American Romance: Genre and the Democratic Construction of Culture. 1996. Web. Publisher's Version
The Translatability of Cultures: Figurations of the Space Between
Budick, Sanford, and Wolfgang Iser. The Translatability of Cultures: Figurations of the Space Between. 1996. Web. Publisher's Version
1994
Commitment in Reflection: Essays in Literature and Moral Philosophy
Toker, Leona. Commitment in Reflection: Essays in Literature and Moral Philosophy. Routledge (December 1, 1993), 1994. Web. Publisher's Version
Engendering Romance
Budick, Emily Miller. Engendering Romance. 1994. Web. Publisher's Version
1993
Eloquent Reticence
Toker, Leona. Eloquent Reticence. 1993. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The importance of the ethics of form in literature has only recently gained broad recognition and has thus far been explored mainly from the position of moral philosophy and critical theory. Leona Toker develops a narratological approach to the subject, based on studying “reticence” in works of fiction.

1989
Nabokov: The Mystery of Literary Structures
Toker, Leona. “Nabokov: The Mystery of Literary Structures”. (1989): 143. Print.
1988
Chaucer and the Bible: A Critical Review of Research, Indexes, and Bibliography
Besserman, Lawrence. Chaucer and the Bible: A Critical Review of Research, Indexes, and Bibliography. Taylor & Francis (1 December 1988), 1988. Web. Publisher's Version
1987
Shakespeare's Other Language
Nevo, Ruth. Shakespeare's Other Language. Methuen (January 1988), 1987. Print.Abstract

Ruth Nevo's book offers a reading of the last plays which invokes the findings and methods of post-psychoanalytic semiotics. Drawing on recent work in the reinterpretation of Freud by Lacan and others, she embarks on a brilliant analysis of "Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and "The Tempest" , which illuminates thier strange 'language'.

The Return of the Reader: Reader Response Criticism
Freund, Elizabeth. The Return of the Reader: Reader Response Criticism. Methuen (August 10, 1987), 1987. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

An introduction to work on reader-response criticism which reflects on the spectrum of alternative projects which reader-oriented criticism generates.

Allegory: The Dynamics of an Ancient and Medieval Technique
Whitman, Jon. Allegory: The Dynamics of an Ancient and Medieval Technique. 1987. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Allegory is both a strategy for interpreting texts and a method for composing them. This book investigates the interplay between these interpretive and compositional traditions at critical points in their development. Jon Whitman analyzes a range of works in which the allegorical impulse develops, from the Stoic moral essay and the Roman mythological epic to the Neoplatonic exegetical treatise and the Christian spiritual encyclopedia. By examining important changes in approach to the logic of a text, the design of the world, and the organization of events, Whitman shows how the interpretive and poetic strategies of allegory increasingly overlap and broaden in scope in antiquity and the early Middle Ages. He explains how this interaction acquires an intensive form in the twelfth-century Cosmographia, which explicates the story of creation by devising allegorical characters to act out the narrative. Relating this early convergence of analytic and imaginative methods to broader critical concerns, Whitman shows how allegory constantly promotes the reassessment of its own formulations, a process that stimulates the complex allegorical movement of the late Middle Ages. Jon Whitman currently teaches English literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. Discourse in Psychoanalysis and Literature. Routledge (30 July 1987), 1987. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The essays in this collection, first published in 1987, represent a collective attempt to listen with the third ear to the underhand ways the unspoken has of speaking, and to speak of these ways. By focusing on ‘discourse’ the volume is distinguished from traditional literature by its emphasis on rhetorical structures and textual strategies, and the investment of these structures with desire, power and other aspects of subjectivity, rather than the personality of the artist or the creative process. However, in this book the human dimension is not lost. By claiming that the structures in question are not merely linguistic, semiotic, or narratological (although they are all of these), the human dimension is returned- not ‘in the raw’, as in traditional approaches, but through the traces it leaves in the text, as activated by its reading. This book is ideal for students of literature and psychoanalytical theory.

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1986
Midrash and Literature
Midrash and Literature. Yale Univ Pr; First Edition edition (April 1986), 1986. Print.
The Dividing Muse: Images of Sacred Disjunction in Milton's Poetry.
Budick, Sanford. The Dividing Muse: Images of Sacred Disjunction in Milton's Poetry. Yale University Press (July 1, 1985), 1986. Print.