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January 2006 (vol. 121, no. 1)

Cover and table of contents


6 A Statement of Editorial Policy
6 Forthcoming in PMLA
7 Features in PMLA
  Special Topic: The History of the Book and the Idea of Literature
Coordinated by Seth Lerer and Leah Price
9 Introduction: Reading Matter
Leah Price
17 Francis Kirkman's Counterfeit Authority: Autobiography, Subjectivity, Print
Jody Greene
33 Breaking the Book Known as Q
Coleman Hutchison
67 The Thick Style: Steady Sellers, Textual Aesthetics, and Early Modern Devotional Reading
Matthew P. Brown
87 Defoe and the Contagion of the Oral: Modeling Media Shift in A Journal of the Plague Year
Paula McDowell
107 The Encyclopedist and the Peruvian Princess: The Poetics of Illegibility in French Enlightenment Book Culture
Lorraine Piroux
124 Rethinking the Print Object: Goethe and the Book of Everything
Andrew Piper
139 Burning with Reverence: The Economics and Aesthetics of Words in Qing (1644-1911) China
Alexander Des Forges
156 Race and the (Para)Textual Condition
Beth A. McCoy
170 Ezra Pound's Poetic Anthologies and the Architecture of Reading
John G. Nichols
186 Constructing the Postwar Art Novel: Paul Bowles, James Laughlin, and the Making of The Sheltering Sky
Evan Brier
200 War and the Book: The Diarist, the Cryptographer, and The English Patient
Alice Brittan
214 Ideas of the Book and Histories of Literature: After Theory?
Peter D. McDonald
229 Epilogue: Falling Asleep over the History of the Book
Seth Lerer
  Little-Known Documents
235 Are Too Many Books Written and Published? (1927)
Leonard Woolf and Virginia Woolf
Introduction by Melba Cuddy-Keane

245 Marie of the Cabin Club (1939)
Ann Petry
Introduction by Gene Jarrett
  Theories and Methodologies
255 The Unassimilated Theorist
Linda Martín Alcoff
260 Anzaldúa and Transnational American Studies
Debra A. Castillo
266 Gloria Anzaldúa: Place, Race, Language, and Sexuality in the Magic Valley
María Herrera-Sobek
272 Bridging Islands: Gloria Anzaldúa and the Caribbean
Frances Negrón-Muntaner
279 Prietita y el Otro Lado: Gloria Anzaldúa's Literature for Children
Tey Diana Rebolledo
285 For Gloria Anzaldúa: Collecting America, Performing Friendship
Ivy Schweitzer
292 The Contingencies of Life and Reading: Para Gloria
Silvia Spitta
295 Forum
Ian Barnard, Judith Butler, John DeFrancis, Harold Fromm, James D. Hoff, Burton Pike, Robert Scholes, and Gang Zhou
303 Minutes of the MLA Executive Council
312 In Memoriam
314 Index of Advertisers
318 Index of Authors Advertised
348 Abstracts


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