. Poetry and public discourse in nineteenth-century America
. London: Palgrave, 2010. Print.Abstract
Poetry and Public Discourse explores nineteenth- century poetry as it addresses and engages in major concerns of American cultural life. It focuses on gender, biblical politics, Revolutionary discourses and racial, sectional, and religious identities, as these contend and negotiate with each other in the shaping of a pluralist democratic polity. Nineteenth-century American poetry, far from being the self-reflective art object of twentieth-century aesthetic theory, offers a rhetorical arena in which civic, economic, and religious trends intersect with each other in mutual definition and investigation. Poetry emerges as a core impulse in the formation of American identity and cultural definition
. Kant and Milton
. Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press, 2010. Print.
. Towards the Ethics of Form in Fiction
. Ohio University Press, 2010. Print.Abstract
In Towards the Ethics of Form in Fiction, Leona Toker deals with narratives that explore cultural remissions and the conditions they set for the reader's experience of self-liberation. She is particularly interested in the Bahktinian carnivalesque, the literary mode that subverts and liberates a narrative's dominant atmosphere in festive or grim ways.