Scholarly Series

In 1992, Dalkey Archive Press at Illinois State University began its Scholarly Series with the publication of Viktor Shklovsky’s Theory of Prose. Since that time, the Press has published such distinguished critics, theorists, and scholars as Gerald L. Bruns, Leslie Fiedler, Hugh Kenner, and Warren Motte.

In 2004, the Press expanded this series in response to the crisis in scholarly publishing-and the call by a number of professional organizations, including the Modern Language Association, for much needed subventions-in order to issue specialized scholarly research that otherwise cannot be made available. Recent and forthcoming books in this series include Holodeck in the Garden: Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction, a collection of essays that were presented at a symposium in Paderborn, Germany; and The Paradox of Freedom by Shiva Rahbaran, a monograph on the works of Nicholas Mosley. The Press plans to publish as many as 20 titles per year in this series.

SUBMISSION POLICIES AND EDITORIAL PROCEDURES: Scholarly Series

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  • Sale! French Fiction FRONT

    French Fiction Today
    ( Paperback )

    $25.00 $20.00

    French Fiction Today focuses on the French novel in the twenty-first century, examining a series of works that are exemplary of broader currents in the genre. Each of these texts may be thought of as a critical novel, a form that calls upon us to engage with it in a critical manner, promising that meaning will arise in the articulation of writing and reading.


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    Translation as Innovation
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    $45.00 $36.00

    The proceedings of the second biennial conference coordinated through a partnership between the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Illinois and the Centre d’Études sur la Traduction at the University of Paris Denis-Diderot examine the role of translation in the transmission of knowledge, particularly in the sciences, recognizing translation as a non-neutral activity and instead as an act that may enhance topic awareness or even generate debate.


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    Prancing Novelist
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    $21.00 $17.00

    In these pages–by turns instructive, mischievous, and even gossipy–Brigid Brophy seeks nothing less than a vindication of the eternal liveliness of fiction itself against the persistent rumors that it is dying or dead. Though serious in intent, Prancing Novelist is not only a monument to Firbank, but is also a delightful showcase for Brophy’s own uproarious prose, not to mention her genius for telling good stories.


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    Writing the Sky: Observations and Essays on Dermot Healy
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    $40.00 $32.00

    Writing the Sky: Observations and Essays on Dermot Healy is a comprehensive collection of critical essays, memoirs, poetry, and other writerly responses devoted to the life and work of the late Dermot Healy (1947– 2014). Healy was an accomplished poet, short story writer, novelist, playwright, and editor, and so these essays and observations address the entire range of his eclectic and exciting oeuvre. While paying due tribute to the memory of the man himself, the collection primarily seeks to establish a series of important critical perspec- tives through which Healy’s writings can be properly viewed and assessed.


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    Border Towns
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    The several essays that comprise Border Towns chase, worry, and trouble ideas about situation and reference. As a group, the essays’ topics—color, lycanthropy, African-Canadian history, cooking, public transit, etc.—make an unlikely field. But through all its pages the book traces and describes acts of situation; and— for all its werewolves, greengrocers, and paeans to miscegenation and migration—its interest is not in capturing but in “the shape of reference itself.” The title figure of the border town serves as a “beard” for the unassimilable. Border Towns—the book of essays—is perhaps, finally, a book about poetry. (“It often seems to me,” writes the author, “that one of the best uses to which prose can be put is describing poetry.”)


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    John Barth: A Body of Words
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    $40.00 $32.00

    John Barth: A Body of Words is a bit of a chimera: a tripartite hybrid of tributes and reminiscences from friends, colleagues, fellow writers, and former students; a sheaf of cutting-edge scholarly essays; and a triadic conclu- sion comprising a description of the Sheridan Libraries Barth Collection, a rare recording of a 1966 public reading by Barth, and a two-part radio interview with him. At once a Festschrift, an assemblage of academic essays written to honor a colleague, and a liber amico- rum, this volume provides Barth’s critics, students, and fans with an essential vade mecum to his life and works.


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    The Field of Nonsense
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    $16.00 $12.80

    … a masterpiece of American literary criticism. This magnificent and witty study by an unrecognized innovator seeks to define and explore the nature of “nonsense” in literature. Relying mainly on readings of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, Elizabeth Sewell not only sets out plausible boundaries for what or does not constitutes gibberish, but elucidates just how much of what is considered “sensible” writing must rely on nonsense for its power.


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    Diglossia and the Linguistic Turn
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    With Flann O’Brien widely acknowledged as a subversive genius of early postmodernism, Flore Coulouma places the “question of language” at the center of his literary identity. Connecting O’Brien’s philosophy of language to the convoluted structure of his writing, Coulouma demonstrates how bilingualism and an ambiguous relation to language inspired O’Brien’s satirical fiction, while developing narrative oppositions such as orality and literacy, truth and fiction authority and legitimacy, and native and national language(s).


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    Telling It Again and Again
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    $39.95 $31.96

    How do writers and filmmakers use repetition? While repetition is useful when accenting an idea, in this original and thought-provoking book, Bruce F. Kawin argues it serves a more important function as a manipulator of our sense of time and the timeless. Brilliantly juxtaposing the aesthetics of novelty against those of repetition, Kawin shows how the connections and rhythm of repetition offer revelations about literature and film, nature and memory, and time and art.


  • Sale! Louis Bury / Excersises in Critisism cover

    Exercises in Criticism
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    $35.00 $28.00

    Exercises in Criticism is an experiment in applied poetics in which critic and poet Louis Bury utilizes constraint-based methods in order to write about constraint-based literature.