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General Information

Name:  Mark Canuel  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Canuel lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mark Canuel is professor and the head of the English department at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He served on the Executive Committee of the UIC Institute for the Humanities and the Chancellor’s Committee on Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Issues.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Justice, dissent, and the sublime
ISBN: 9781421406091. OCLC Number: 859673673

Johns Hopkins University Press,. .

In the past ten years, theorists from Elaine Scarry to Roger Scruton have devoted renewed attention to the aesthetic of beauty. Part of their discussions claim that beauty - because it arises from a sense of proportion, symmetry, or reciprocity - provides a model for justice. Justice, Dissent, and the Sublime makes a significant departure from this mode of thinking. Mark Canuel argues that the emphasis on beauty unwittingly reinforces, in the name of justice, the constraints of uniformity and conventionality. He calls for a more flexible and inclusive connection between aesthetics and justice, one founded on the Kantian concept of the sublime. The sublime captures the roles that asymmetry, complaint, and disagreement play in a complete understanding of a just society - a point, the author maintains, that was appreciated by a number of Romantic writers, including Mary Shelley. Canuel draws interesting connections between the debate about beauty and justice and issues in cosmopolitanism, queer theory, and animal studies.--Project Muse.

Religion, toleration, and British writing, 1790-1830 /
ISBN: 0521021588. OCLC Number: 56112277

Cambridge University Press,. .

Canuel examines the way that Romantic poets, novelists and political writers criticised the traditional grounding of British political unity in religious conformity. Canuel shows how Romantic writers including Bentham, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Byron saw their works as political and literary commentaries on the extent and limits of religious toleration.

The shadow of death :
ISBN: 0691129614. OCLC Number: 950698791

Princeton University Press,. .

"[This book] is a timely and ambitious reassessment of English Romantic literature and the unique role it played in one of the great liberal political causes of the modern age. Mark Canuel argues that Romantic writers in Great Britain led one of the earliest assaults on the death penalty and were instrumental in bringing about penal-law reforms. He demonstrates how writers like Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, and Jane Austen defined the fundamental contradictions that continue to inform todays debates about capital punishment."--Jacket.