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Middlemarch: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism (A Norton Critical Edition)
Bert G. Hornback, George Eliot
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
The New Historicism - Collection of essays, some better than others, some pro, some contra. Foucault this, Geertz that. Predictable, &c. Worthwhile for literature students who are interested in late 20th century developments.

Spivak's contribution is top notch. Fineman's reading of Thucydides is also slick, as is Shaeffer's reading of Vico. The standout is Pecora's interpretation of Geertz's work on Indonesia, which juxtaposes "local knowledge" and "thick description" against the 1965 CIA coup, which resulted in 500,000 murdered human persons and 900,000 unlawful detentions, whereof Geertz was constrained to a bizarre quasi-silence.

There's a few essays on feminism, and on marxism, and on variosu aspects of specific periods of literary history--all of which are a bit less memorable. The two afterwards, by Hayden White and Stanley Fish, respectively, aren't particularly memorable, either; ditto, Greenblatt's introduction. Graff and Lentricchia each also make contributions--but I've already forgotten their arguments, too.