Intends to introduce readers to the best work in the world of art, culture, and thought - whether that means literature, painting, wrestling, philosophy, or cooking - in an attractive vehicle that's free from the bugbears of condescension, mustiness, and jargony obfuscation.
A memoir that follows Claire Tomalin through triumph and tragedy in about equal measure, from the disastrous marriage of her parents and the often difficult wartime childhood that followed, to her own marriage to the brilliant young journalist Nicholas Tomalin.
Advertisements for soap. The image of a film star. We accept these common objects as a normal part of our life. But each also carries hidden messages that none of us even suspect - as Barthes demonstrated in his unique analysis of the signs that generate meanings and assumptions we all take for granted.
Reports from beyond the horizon of old age. This book looks at the context of a life and times, the history and archaeology that is actually being made as we live out our lives in real time, in her case World War II; post war penny-pinching Britain; the Suez crisis; the Cold War and up to the present day.
The Short Oxford History of English Literature is the most comprehensive and scholarly history of English literature on the market. It offers an introductory guide to the literature of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day in eleven chapters covering all the major periods of English literature chronologically. Professor Sanders provides detailed analysis of the major writers and their works and examines the impact of British
literature on contemporary political, social and intellectual developments.
This third edition has been revised and updated for a 21st century reader, incorporating discussion of a greater number of female and contemporary authors.
In Dying Modern, renowned literary critic Diana Fuss argues that as death has been increasingly shunted off-stage, out of the public eye, poets have taken up the task of reckoning with dying, loss, absence, and grief.
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.
What were people reading about as Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? How did the events around the industrial revolution influence the literary output of British writers and thinkers? This title presents a digest of significant and representative works of literature published in English by British authors from 1474 to 2001.
"Replacing the Annals of English Literature" (first published by OUP in 1935), this book presents a chronological record of around 15,000 works published in the English language since 1474. It focuses on English literature and covers various genres. It features the titles in an alphabetical order by author surname, and includes three indexes.
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.
Georges Bataille was arguably the greatest influence on the post-structuralist revolution in twentieth-century thought and literature, yet few truly understand his large body of work or its impact. This book translates the work and life of the renowned French writer into a biography that reveals various facets of this intellectual giant.
Born in Paris, Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) was a hugely influential poet, art critic and translator. This book brings together Charles Baudelaire's life and his creative and critical writing, showing how closely interlinked they were, and how much his experience of daily life and the world around him was distilled and transformed in his work.
As a novelist, Graham Swift delights in the possibilities of the human voice, imagining his way into the minds and hearts of an extraordinary range of characters. In Making an Elephant, his first ever work of non-fiction, the voice is his own.
Readers get a traditional Cliffs Notes treatment of an award-winning novel that explores the intricacies of love, prejudice, and justice in the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s. This product also features a historical introduction to the novel and addresses the concerns of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
This work is part of the "Continuum Contemporaries" series giving readers accessible and informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential contemporary novels. It contains a biography of the novelist and a full-length study of the novel.
A guide to the works of Susan Hill for teachers and students. This work offers an in-depth interview with Susan Hill, relating specifically to the texts under discussion. It deals with Hill's themes, genre and narrative technique.
Everywhere he looks he finds fragments and gaps: disconnected typescripts, bones and husks, boxes of marbles, collections of photographs. Like a shaman flying across the globe, his mind tracks the journeys of his subjects to the deserts of Africa and the maelstroms of the Arctic, where the shapes of myth meet the patterns of science.
Readers' Liberation addresses question of what we should be reading to obtain information, examining how past readers encountered the same problems that today's readers face, and how they dealt with them.
Covers everything from hosepipe bans to Spanish restaurants, from writer's block to slug warfare, from slob holidays to the banning of beige. This book reveals the author, ourselves and the nation in a new light.
Anne Bronte is the forgotten Bronte sister, overshadowed by her older siblings - virtuous, successful Charlotte, free-spirited Emily and dissolute Branwell. Tragic, virginal, sweet, stoic, selfless, Anne. The less talented Bronte, the other Bronte.
This book includes essays, unpublished sketches, Woolf's social realist 1919 novel Night and Day, and her final, visionary novel Between the Acts. This approach to Woolf's writing takes an integrated view, incorporating her juvenilia and foregrounding Woolf's critically neglected early novels.
and: A Rambling Fancy: In the Footsteps of Jane Austen, a travel book about Jane Austen's life and locations.Caroline's articles, book reviews and author interviews have appeared in The Times, The Independent on Sunday, Mslexia, newbooks and Books for Keeps.
This introductory study explores Margaret Atwood's versatility as a writer and her use of a variety of novel forms. Atwood's writing from the 1970s to the 1990s is analyzed in order to indicate the significant continuities beneath her constant shifts of emphasis.
This study investigates magical realism as the most important trend in contemporary international fiction. It defines its characteristics and narrative techniques and proposes a new theory to explain its significance. Works by Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and Ben Okri are discussed.
This textbook explores the language of metaphor. Combining insights from relevance theory and functional linguistics, Goatley provides a powerful model for understanding how metaphors work in real communication.