Postcolonialism as a critical approach and pedagogic practice has informed literary and cultural studies since the late 1980s. This book addresses the many concerns, forms and 'specializations' of postcolonialism, including gender and sexuality studies, the nations and nationalism, space and place, and history and politics.
Featuring plays and poetry from all over the world, including Latin American and African fiction, this book offers a deeper look into the famed fiction of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and more, as in-depth literary criticism and interesting authorial biographies give each work of literature a new meaning.
The author is the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of "Fanny Hill", and who once found herself poring over a 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only thing in her apartment that she had not read at least twice. This title recounts her lifelong obsession with books.
This title presents an exploration of Gothic literature from its origins in Horace Walpole's 1764 classic 'The Castle of Otranto', through Romantic and Victorian Gothic to modernist and postmodernist takes on the form.
The Invention of Illusions: International Perspectives on Paul Auster is a collection of essays on Auster's recent novels and films. Following the example of Beyond the Red Notebook (1995), STEFANIA CIOCIA and JESUS A.
An accessible and easy-to-use scholarly guide to the literature, concepts and debates of the turbulent Romantic era. Aimed at both the undergraduate student and more experienced readers who seek a compact yet comprehensive up-to-date account of the poetry, drama and novels that characterised the Romantic period.
Presents a collection of non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama. This book covers the full sweep of dramatic performances, including State progresses and Court masques. It includes Mary Sidney's "The Tragedy of Antony", John Marston's "The Malcontent" and Ben Jonson's "Masque of Queens".
This new general introduction emphasises the importance of the short story to an understanding of modern fiction. In twenty succinct chapters, the study paints a complete portrait of the short story - its history, culture, aesthetics and economics.
Want to become a crime novel buff, or expand your reading in your favourite genre? With 100 of the best titles fully reviewed and a further 500 recommended, you'll quickly become an expert on the world of crime.
This text is designed to introduce students not only to ethnic American writers, but also to the cultural contexts and literary traditions in which their work is situated, with sections on African American, Asian American, Chicano/a and native American literature.
'York Notes for GCSE' offers a useful approach to English Literature and aims to help readers achieve a better grade. Updated to reflect the needs of today's students, the new editions are filled with detailed summaries, commentaries on key themes, characters, language and style, illustrations, exam advice and much more.
Providing detailed coverage of the main political and religious issues of the age, this new edition has expanded sections on Ireland and Scotland, ensuring the text considers Britain as a whole. There is extra coverage of economic and social topics.
Stories pervade our daily lives, from human interest news items, to a business strategy, to daydreams between chores. Stories are what we use to make sense of the world. But how does this work? This text examines this pervasive human habit and suggests ways to think about how we use stories.
Representations in visual arts and fiction play an important part in our lives and culture. Walton presents a theory of the nature of representation, which shows its many varieties and explains its importance. His analysis is illustrated with examples from film, art, literature and theatre.
The love of place is endemic in English literature, from the work of the earliest poets and hermits to the suburban celebrations of John Betjeman, covering all varieties of the British rural and urban landscape. This book presents an image of Britain as seen by writers of different regions and periods.
Aristocrat, literary celebrity, 'Rose Queen', devoted wife, lesbian, recluse, iconoclast - Vita Sackville-West was many things, but she was never straightforward. Her life is re-told here in a dazzling new biography.
From the birth of crime writing with Wilkie Collins and Dostoevsky, through Conan Doyle to the golden age of crime, with the rise of Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Margery Allingham, the author brings a lifetime of reading and writing crime fiction to bear on this personal history of the genre.
Rick Rylance addresses the debate over the public value of literary studies, from antiquity to the present day. He offers an account of the foundational issue of 'the public good' and explores the disciplinary integrity of literary study.
All the books published by a certain publisher could be seen as links in a single chain. In this book, the author meditates on the art of book publishing. It looks at the publishing industry as a whole, from the essential importance of graphics, jackets and cover flaps to the consequences of universal digitization.
One of France's most high-profile writers and a Nobel Prize-winner, Albert Camus experienced both public adulation and acrimonious rejection during his career, which was cut short by a fatal car accident in 1960. Edward J. Hughes unravels the life of a complex personality whose work and stance were the subjects of intense interest and scrutiny.
These days it is impossible to get away from discussions of whether the book will survive the digital revolution. This book presents conversations in which Jean-Claude Carriere and Umberto Eco discuss everything from how to define the first book to what is happening to knowledge now that infinite amounts of digital information is available.
Reading provides a unique kind of pleasure and no-one should live without it. This title tells us about the experience of reading, why access to books should never be taken for granted, how reading transforms our brains, and how literature can save lives.