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Modernist Fiction: An Introduction

Paperback, 08/10/1997, £34.99
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.

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.

Julius Caesar: New Critical Essays

Paperback, 02/08/2012, £39.99

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Richard III: A Critical Reader

Paperback, 24/10/2013, £21.99

Spanish Tragedy: A Critical Reader

Paperback, 20/10/2016, £21.99

Edward II: A Critical Reader

Paperback, 23/02/2017, £21.99

Julius Caesar: A Critical Reader

Paperback, 20/10/2016, £21.99

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.

Gerard Manley Hopkins and Victorian Catholicism: A Heart in Hiding

Paperback, 18/10/2003, £39.99
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, £21.99
Leading scholars explore the work of Sarah Waters from a full range of critical perspectives. Includes a new interview with the author.

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

Paperback, 01/07/2016, £24.95
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.

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.

Culture and Society: 1780-1950

Paperback, 03/08/2017, £10.99
Acknowledged as a masterpiece of materialist criticism in the English language, this collection cover topics from British literary history to George Eliot and George Orwell to enquire about the complex ways economic reality shapes the imagination.

Beat Atlas

Paperback, 07/04/2011, £13.99
Beat Atlas is the ultimate tour guide for those interested in the Beats and their travels "on the road."

Short Oxford History of English Literature

Paperback, 19/08/2004, £30.00
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.

History of English Literature

Paperback, 30/01/2013, £22.99
Revised and updated throughout, the third edition of this best-selling book traces the development of one of the world's richest literatures from the old English period to the present day. It now features a full chapter on the contemporary period, with more on genres and the impact of globalisation.

New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion

Hardback, 09/02/2017, £125.00
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.

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.

Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics

Paperback, 21/10/1996, £20.99
Discusses the contradictions whereby Asians have been included in the workplaces and markets of the US nation-state, yet, through exclusion laws and bars from citizenship, have been distanced from the terrain of national culture.

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.

Invitation to the Dance

Paperback, 05/05/2005, £10.99
Contains character, book, painting and place indices. This work is a database of Anthony Powell's imagination and England's cultural landscape. It details over four hundred characters and one million words of Powell's fifty-year dance of fiction and fact.

Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer

Hardback, 05/02/2015, £16.99
Dealing with the issues that affect us all: personal, political, national and global, this book explores questions such as: What is cultural heritage? How do we define national identity? Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda? And how can we celebrate, challenge and change our remarkable world?

Burying The Bones: Pearl Buck in China

Paperback, 01/04/2011, £8.99
Pearl Buck was raised in China by her American parents, Presbyterian missionaries from Virginia. Blonde and blue-eyed she looked startlingly foreign, but felt as at home as her Chinese companions. Pearl Buck would eventually rise to eminence in America as a bestselling author. This biography recounts her upbringing in China.


Hardback, 24/08/2017, £16.99
Begins with a letter the author writes to his unborn daughter. He adds one short piece per day, describing the material and natural world with the precision and mesmerising intensity that have become his trademark.

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.

Writing War in the Twentieth Century

Paperback, 31/12/2000, £26.50
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.

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

Hardback, 20/01/2011, £67.00
Authoring War illuminates the ingenious ways in which writers have met the challenge of conveying conflict, from the Iliad to Iraq.

Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir in Correspondence

Hardback, 24/08/2017, £14.99
The extraordinary, posthumously published memoir in letters of a Colombian artist whose writing was championed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Modernism: A Sourcebook

Paperback, 18/06/2008, £25.99
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.

'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.

Greece: A Literary Guide for Travellers

Hardback, 30/08/2017, £16.99
An engaging portrait of the unparalleled literary history of Greece

A 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!

Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London

Paperback, 27/07/2017, £9.99
Flaneuse [flanne-euhze], noun, from French. Feminine form of flaneur [flanne-euhr], an idler. In this book, the author defines her as 'a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk'.

Mastering English Literature

Paperback, 28/07/2006, £23.99
The third edition of this leading text provides a comprehensive guide to literary study. Emphasis has been placed on contextualizing literature and this updated version takes these changes into account by incorporating more material on historical and cultural contexts as well as in-depth discussions on novels, drama and poetry.

Penguin Book of Historic Speeches

Paperback, 05/10/2017, £14.99

Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett

Hardback, 02/11/2017, £30.00
Over a career spanning nearly fifty years Edward Garnett - editor, critic and publisher's reader - would become one of the most influential men in twentieth-century British literature.

Judith Butler's Gender Trouble

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £5.99
Butler's 1990 work shook the foundations of feminist theory and changed the conversation about gender. While many thinkers already accepted that "gender" was a category constructed by society defined by one's genitalia, Butler went further and argued that gender is performative-it exists only in the acts that express it.

Diary of an Ordinary Schoolgirl

Hardback, 07/12/2017, £10.99
24 July, SaturdayBought a pair of shorts - white, very short with two pockets. Algebra, 6th = 74%. Latin = 55% Thrilled! Eng Literature, Top = 79% but Lang. 4th = 60%. History top = 85% smashing! French 12th = 61%. Geography, disgusting, 2nd = 67%.

Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

Hardback, 15/07/2017, £19.99
Kennedy sought to understand the social, economic, and military forces that shape great powers. While earlier scholars of international history had written about `great men' and their achievements, Kennedy focused on the interdependence of military might and economic growth.

Catcher in the Rye GSCE Guide

Paperback, 01/04/2004, £4.99
"Letts Explore Literature Guides" help you to get to grips with the novels, poetry and plays most commonly studied for GCSE coursework and exams. This guide covers Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye".

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Orhan Pamuk

Paperback, 01/10/2017, £28.99

Globalization on the Line: Culture, Capital and Citizenship at U.S.borders

Paperback, 17/07/2002, £35.00
Instead of viewing globalization and nation states as two separate and opposed domains of theorization and politics, this volume contextualizes US borders within global processes that are reconstituting the relationship between nation states and private corporations at the site of US borders.

Criticism in the Borderlands: Studies in Chicano Literature, Culture, and Ideology

Paperback, 30/05/1991, £21.99
Presents an anthology of Chicano literary criticism, with essays on a range of texts - both old and new - that draws on diverse perspectives in contemporary literary and cultural studies: from ethnographic to postmodernist, from Marxist to feminist, from cultural materialist to new historicist.


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