Book Announcements

Check out the new book publications by Space Between members!

ERIN PENNER, Character and Mourning, July 2019.

Cover Image from UVAP websiteIn Character and Mourning, Erin Penner shows how William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf took on the challenge of rewriting literature of mourning for a new and difficult era.  The two novelists address the massive war losses from the perspective of the noncombatant, thus reimagining modern mourning. By refusing to let war poets dominate the larger cultural portrait of the postwar period, Faulkner and Woolf negotiated a relationship between soldiers and civilians—a relationship that was crucial once the war ended. Highlighting their sustained attention to elegiac reinvention over the course of their writing careers, Penner moves beyond biographical and stylistic differences to recognize Faulkner and Woolf’s shared role in reshaping elegiac literature in the period following the First World War.


GISELLA PERL, I Was a Doctor In Auschwitz, introduction by Phyllis Lassner and Danny M. Cohen, Feb. 2019.

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Phyllis Lassner and Danny M. Cohen have published and written the introduction for a new edition of the memoir by Gisella Perl, I Was a Doctor In Auschwitzthat was one of the first accounts by women of the extreme suffering and remarkable resistance of women who were incarcerated in Auschwitz-Birkenau between 1941-1945.






ELIZABETH EVANS, Threshold Modernism: New Public Women and the Literary Spaces of Imperial London, Jan. 2019.

Threshold Modernism reveals how changing ideas about gender and race in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain shaped – and were shaped by – London and its literature. Chapters address key sites, especially department stores, women’s clubs, and city streets, that coevolved with controversial types of modern women. Interweaving literary studies, cultural history, narrative theory, and spatial analysis, Threshold Modernism considers canonical figures such as George Gissing, Henry James, Dorothy Richardson, H. G. Wells, and Virginia Woolf alongside understudied British and colonial writers including Amy Levy, B. M. Malabari, A. B. C. Merriman-Labor, Duse Mohamed Ali, and Una Marson. Evans argues that these diverse authors employed the “new public women” and their associated spaces to grapple with widespread cultural change and reflect on the struggle to describe new subjects, experiences, and ways of seeing in appropriately novel ways. For colonial writers of color, those women and spaces provided a means through which to claim their own places in imperial London.