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.
Writers, Readers, and Reputations explores the literary world in which the modern best-seller first emerged. Writers were promoted as celebrities, advertising both products and themselves. Philip Waller's detailed and entertaining study is a collective biography of literary figures, some forgotten, some enduring, over half a century.
Writing a War of Words is the first investigation of a valuable archive of war-time notebooks documenting changes to the English language on the Home Front. Using unconventional sources, it explores the effect of war on the language of ordinary people, and reflects on the role of language as an interdisciplinary lens on history.
What did it mean in the first half of the 20th century to say "I am English"? This collection contains extracts, drawn from a wide range of sources of the time including letters, diaries, journalism, fiction, poems, parliamentary speeches and government reports, which all raise this question.
Explores the elements of fiction, providing practical writing techniques and examples. Written in a tone that is personal and non-prescriptive, this book encourages students to develop proficiency through each step of the writing process. It also integrates diverse, contemporary short stories in every chapter.
From M.R. James to Shirley Jackson, the Uncanny has long provided fertile ground for writers - and recent years have seen a notable resurgence in both literature and film. But how does the Uncanny work? Writing the Uncanny is an essential guide for both the casual reader and the aspiring writer of strange tales.
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.
Concentrating on a period of significant social and political change and exploring both canonical and newly rediscovered texts, this book critically assess the changing culture of the late-Victorian period as represented by a range of women writers through a range of essays by leading academics in the field and cutting-edge work by newer scholars.
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.
York Notes Advanced offer a fresh and accessible approach to English Literature. This market-leading series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced intorduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.
Building on the formula of "York Notes", this Advanced series introduces students to more sophisticated analysis and wider critical perspectives. The notes enable students to appreciate contrasting interpretations of the text and to develop their own critical thinking.