Struggling Upward: Worldly Success and the Japanese Novel, by Asian languages and civilizations professor Timothy J. Van Compernolle, was published. It examines the role played by new discourses on social mobility and the formation of the imagination of the modern Japanese novel.
Plagiarama!, by English professor Geoffrey Sanborn, was published. This book about known plagiarist William Wells Brown examines the man’s work, pilfering and legacy, and argues that Brown’s plagiarism was a means of capitalizing on the energies of mass-cultural entertainments popularized by showmen such as P.T. Barnum.