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The Fall of a Sparrow: Vivien Eliot's Life and Writings

Hardback, 05/11/2020, £35.00
The Vivien Eliot Papers is a groundbreaking new biography of Vivien Eliot, comprising two sections: her Life and her Papers.

Letters from Tove

Paperback, 17/09/2020, £12.99

Ahab`s Rolling Sea - A Natural History of "Moby-Dick"

Hardback, 26/11/2019, £23.00
King lays bare the background to Moby-Dick by moving through the voyage of the Pequod, exploring topics in marine biology, oceanography, and the science of navigation as Ishmael raises them in the novel.

Reynard the Fox

Hardback, 16/10/2020, £20.00
Reynard was once the most popular and beloved character in European folklore. Expanded with new interpretations, innovative language and characterisation, this edition is an imaginative re-telling of the Reynard story and as relevant and controversial today as it was in the fifteenth century.

New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion

Hardback, 09/02/2017, £145.00
This companion volume to The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works concentrates on the issues of canon and chronology. This major work in attribution studies presents in full the evidence behind the choices made in The Complete Works about which works Shakespeare wrote, in whole or part.

Under Fire

Paperback, 17/03/2014, £9.99
Follows the fortune of a French battalion during the First World War. This title presents a critique of inequality between ranks, the incomprehension of those who have not experienced battle, and of war itself.

Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre

Paperback, 13/10/2011, £33.49
An international team of scholars examines the theatrical world in which Shakespeare worked, tracing the social, political, and patronage pressures under which actors operated. They also explore the practicalities of playing: acquiring scripts, theatres, rehearsing, lighting, music, props, boy actors, and the role of women in an 'all-male' world.

Cambridge Introduction to Jean Rhys

Paperback, 02/04/2009, £17.99
A student-friendly guide to the life, work, context and reception of the author of Wide Sargasso Sea.

Julius Caesar: New Critical Essays

Paperback, 02/08/2012, £42.99

Making of Jacobean Culture: James I and the Renegotiation of Elizabethan Literary Practice

Paperback, 14/12/2006, £23.99
A fresh examination of the historical factors shaping the emergence of Jacobean literary culture.

Literature of the 1920s: Writers Among the Ruins: v. 3

Hardback, 02/10/2012, £70.00
A study, in which, the 1920s emerge as a period with its own distinctive historical awareness and creative agenda, one in which Modernist, non-Modernist and semi-Modernist writers met on shared ground with common memories and preoccupations. It offers a general account of Twenties literature in Britain.

Literature of the 1940s: War, Postwar and 'Peace': v.5

Paperback, 30/04/2015, £24.99
Offers a reading of the literary response to a decade of trauma and transformation. This study focuses on the thematic preoccupations that emerged from writers' immersion in and resistance to the Second World War. It includes a detailed and theoretically informed case studies of canonical writers such as Bowen, Orwell, Greene and Waugh.

Modernist Fiction: An Introduction

Paperback, 08/10/1997, £40.99
Covers a wide range of modernist novelists and novels, and also provides a guide to key developments in the genre. This revised edition includes a new discussion of "Heart of Darkness", an expanded section on gender and a revised section on the politics of Modernism.

Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Language

Paperback, 24/09/2012, £19.99
In the context of the significant struggles with 'fundamentalisms', media consolidation, and the stifling of dissent, the author's close readings of Woolf's writings focus on their relevance to our political situation.

Authoring War: The Literary Representation of War from the Iliad to Iraq

Hardback, 20/01/2011, £75.00
Authoring War illuminates the ingenious ways in which writers have met the challenge of conveying conflict, from the Iliad to Iraq.

Writing War in the Twentieth Century

Paperback, 31/12/2000, £20.95
An examination of why the immense violence and suffering in the 20th century failed to arouse artistic and cultural expressions powerful enough to prevent their recurrence. By looking at the whole span of the century's writing on war, it provides a critique of art's ethical limitations.

Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life

Paperback, 12/08/2003, £23.50
Why do women join book clubs? What do the women discuss when they meet? to answer questions like these, Long spent years observing and participating in women's book clubs in the Houston area. She discovered that members find reading a crucial way for them to reflect on their lives.

Bloomsbury Group Memoir Club

Hardback, 03/01/2014, £20.00
Shortly before his death, S. P. Rosenbaum began work on the history of the Bloomsbury Group's 'Memoir Club'. With original archival material and valuable insights on leading Bloomsbury figures such as Woolf, Keynes and Forster, this illuminating book offers a new perspective on our understanding of twentieth-century autobiography and life writing.

Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace

26/08/2011, £60.00
Reading is both a social process and a social formation, as this book illustrates across centuries and cultural contexts. Highlighting links evident in reading communities from literary salons to online environments, each essay reflects the rich repertoire of research methods available to reading scholars.

Modernism: A Sourcebook

Paperback, 18/06/2008, £30.99
This Sourcebook provides a substantial anthology of documents for contextualising texts from the Modernist period of Anglo-American literature. The documents are supported by substantial editorial, including an authoritative introduction which outlines key historical events, movements, and literary and cultural issues of the time.

Richard III: A Critical Reader

Paperback, 24/10/2013, £22.99

Spanish Tragedy: A Critical Reader

Paperback, 20/10/2016, £22.99

Edward II: A Critical Reader

Paperback, 23/02/2017, £22.99

Julius Caesar: A Critical Reader

Paperback, 20/10/2016, £22.99

From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

Paperback, 15/09/2012, £25.50
This volume includes essays that consider how changes such as the mounting ubiquity of digital technology and the globalization of structures of publication and book distribution are shaping the way readers participate in the encoding and decoding of textual meaning. Contributors also examine how and why reading communities cohere in a range of contexts.

'Shuttles in the Rocking Loom': Mapping the Black Diaspora in African American and Caribbean Fiction

Hardback, 11/10/2013, £20.00
This important new work explores the symbolic geographies found within modern black fiction and identifies a significant set of relations between these geographies and communal affiliations, identity politics, and understandings of a diasporic past.

Letters of Keith Douglas

Paperback, 26/10/2000, £18.99
Keith Douglas enlisted when World War II began, to fight and to try to make sense of history from within its turbulence. Like the major poets of World War I, his art was tried and tempered, and then curtailed. His letters tell the story of a man fully engaged by his art, his times and his loves.

In Search of the Afropolitan: Encounters, Conversations and Contemporary Diasporic African Literature

Paperback, 01/07/2016, £35.00
A dissemination of the figure of the 'Afropolitan' from a critical literary angle. It attempts to explore a field of study which lacks a comprehensive literary approach to ways of being Afropolitan in the 21st century.

Gerard Manley Hopkins and Victorian Catholicism: A Heart in Hiding

Paperback, 18/10/2003, £46.99
Drawing on historical and cultural studies of Victorian Catholicism, along with Hopkins's writings, Muller shows how the melancholy trajectory of the Jesuit poet's career mimics the deflation of Catholic hopes during the second half of Victoria's reign.

Sarah Waters: Contemporary Critical Perspectives

Paperback, 18/07/2013, £22.99
Leading scholars explore the work of Sarah Waters from a full range of critical perspectives. Includes a new interview with the author.

Life in the Day

Hardback, 13/07/2017, £16.99
The sequel to the hugely enjoyable and poignant childhood memoir by Hunter Davies - The Co-op's Got Bananas!

New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction 2ed

Paperback, 25/11/1999, £25.00
The first edition of this encyclopaedia was published in 1979. This edition is intended to be more than a simple updating. The world of science fiction in the 1990s is much more complex and diverse than it was in the 1970s and the book has been expanded to account for the dramatic changes.

On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction

Paperback, 02/11/2010, £19.95
Offers a comprehensive account of the evolutionary origins of art and storytelling. This title explains why we tell stories, how our minds are shaped to understand them, and what difference an evolutionary understanding of human nature makes to stories we love.

Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace

Paperback, 01/01/2011, £60.00
Reading is both a social process and a social formation, as this book illustrates across centuries and cultural contexts. Highlighting links evident in reading communities from literary salons to online environments, each essay reflects the rich repertoire of research methods available to reading scholars.

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Orhan Pamuk

Paperback, 01/10/2017, £24.95

On the Trail of Arthur Conan Doyle: Illustrated Devon Tour

Hardback, 22/02/2008, £12.99
This title is the result of many years of research into the lives of Arthur Conan Doyle and two notable friends of his - Dr Budd and journalist, Bertram Robinson.

Story Cure: An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise

Hardback, 21/09/2017, £16.99
This 'perfect gift' (Vogue) is an essential guide to filling your children's shelves with all the books they'll ever need

Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies

Hardback, 21/09/2017, £16.99
A warm, wise guide to prescribe you a literary remedy for any of life's ailments

History of Children's Books in 100 Books

Hardback, 21/09/2017, £25.00
This book takes a global perspective, tracing the development of children's literature from ancient stories such as Aesop's Fables and the Indian Panchatantra, to the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, to the highly collectable Ladybird books of the 20th century, and up to modern classics and bestsellers such as the Harry Potter series.

Daughters Of Decadence: Stories by Women Writers of the Fin-de-Siecle

Paperback, 10/06/1993, £9.99
Stories by celebrated female writers Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin and Edith Wharton - edited by Elaine Showalter

Fin de Siecle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900

Paperback, 05/10/2000, £37.49
Dealing with the cultural history of the Fin de Siecle, this is an anthology of non-literary writings from 1880-1900. It includes sections on Degeneration, Outcast London, The Metropolis, The New Woman, Literary Debates, The New Imperialism, Socialism, Anarchism, Scientific Naturalism, Psychology, Psychical Research, Sexology, and Racial Science.

Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010)

Paperback, 14/10/2016, £19.99
This Companion offers a comprehensive account of the influence of contemporary British Black and Asian writing in British culture.

How to Study Romantic Poetry

Paperback, 09/11/2000, £26.99
Romantic poetry deals with the tensions, hopes and fears of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as felt by a disparate group of men and women. This revised and expanded second edition shows how to use some developments in literary theory to think and write about Romantic poetry.

Illustrated Letters of Virginia Woolf

Hardback, 05/10/2017, £16.99
The moving story of the life and work of novelist Virginia Woolf, revealed through her own letters to those closest to her.

Art and Idea in the Novels of China Mieville

Paperback, 07/09/2015, £16.99

C.L.R. James: The Artist as Revolutionary

Paperback, 03/10/2017, £14.99


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