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Five new books out this week, and links to related content you won’t find anywhere else.

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Nicole Dennis-Benn‘s hotly anticipated debut novel Here Comes the Sun shows a side of Jamaica the tourists don’t see. The book’s protagonist is a lesbian, but homosexuality has long been taboo in Jamaica.

You know we’re excited about Ithaca, Patrick Dillon‘s novelization of The Odyssey (and not just because JSTOR’s parent company is called ITHAKA). Ithaca is of course the island to which Odysseus travels home to…or is it?

Renowned prose stylist and visual artist Rikki Ducornet‘s newest novel Brightfellow is about a feral boy. A lot of her surrealist writing can be read in the literary journal Conjunctions; here is a story called “The Neurosis of Containment.”

Acclaimed critic and writer Cynthia Ozick has a new nonfiction collection called Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays. But just who is Cynthia Ozick, really?

Fans of the television show Seinfeld will eat up Jennifer Keishin Armstrong‘s exhaustively researched Seinfeldia: How A Show About Nothing Changed Everything. In fact–don’t laugh–critics and scholars have long seen Seinfeld as lens through which to observe modernism in pop culture.


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Social and Economic Studies, Vol. 60, No. 1, Sexualities in the Caribbean (March 2011), pp. 3-29
Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies
Conjunctions, No. 26, Sticks & Stones (1996), pp. 33-47
The Annual of the British School at Athens, Vol. 33 (1932/1933), pp. 1-21
British School at Athens
Studies in American Jewish Literature (1981-), No. 6, THE WORLD OF CYNTHIA OZICK (Fall 1987), pp. 5-12
Penn State University Press
New Literary History, Vol. 37, No. 4, Attending to Media (Autumn, 2006), pp. 761-776
The Johns Hopkins University Press