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Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies


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This series provides concise, authoritative guides to key concepts in literary and cultural studies. Edited by acknowledged leaders in the field, the volumes consist of essential secondary literature. They give historical purchase on the development of the concept concerned and also provide students with a snapshot of current thinking.

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Travel Writing

Travel Writing

1st Edition

Edited By Tim Youngs, Charles Forsdick
November 12, 2012

The past three decades have seen a remarkable growth of cross-disciplinary academic interest in travel writing. This new four-volume collection from Routledge brings together the best research from scholars around the world. The collection also features pieces by travel writers themselves ...

Gender and Modernism: Critical Concepts 4 vols Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

Gender and Modernism: Critical Concepts 4 vols: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

1st Edition

Edited By Bonnie Kime Scott
March 19, 2008

Modernism, whether seen as a period designation, a manifestation of formal experimentation, or an aspect of modernity, has since its inception been marked, consciously or unconsciously, by gender. The dates 1890-1940, typically accepted as encompassing the modernist period, coincide with the first ...

Modern Drama

Modern Drama

1st Edition

Edited By Martin Puchner
December 19, 2007

What is generally referred to as modern drama was an international development or movement centred in Europe and North America, a movement directed against many of the conventions and institutions of nineteenth-century drama and theatre. Between 1880 and 1960, a number of foundational figures broke...

Myth

Myth

1st Edition

By Robert Segal
April 27, 2007

Myth is truly boundlessly interdisciplinary. There is no field of myth studies itself. Rather, many disciplines have contributed theories of myth. In addition to theories from anthropology and sociology, theories of myth have come mainly from psychology, folklore, philosophy, religious studies, and...

Autobiography

Autobiography

1st Edition

Edited By Trev Lynn Broughton
December 14, 2006

The analysis of life-writing as a distinct and specialized project emerged only in the second half of the twentieth century. That it has achieved both academic respectability and critical cachet over the last twenty-five years is the result of a number of trends. Politically 'progressive' ...

Twentieth-Century American Drama

Twentieth-Century American Drama

1st Edition

Edited By Brenda Murphy
August 15, 2006

There was a vast array of activity in American theatre during the twentieth century, when work produced in the United States reached the height of its significance and influence within the world repertoire. Presenting an overview of criticism on the full range of twentieth-century American drama ...

Structuralism

Structuralism

1st Edition

Edited By Jonathan Culler
June 23, 2006

Structuralism is a broad intellectual movement in the humanities and social sciences that came to prominence in the 1960s. Representing the beginning of modern interdisciplinary work in what has come to be called "theory", it seeks not to explain the meaning of an object or event but to understand ...

Children's Literature

Children's Literature

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Hunt
June 05, 2006

The study of children’s literature is currently centred on literary studies, educational studies, and a third more diverse group of many other related disciplines, including history, bibliography, sociology and psychology. All of these then overlap with cultural studies and contribute to the ...

Romanticism

Romanticism

1st Edition

Edited By Michael O'Neill, Mark Sandy
September 14, 2005

Romanticism is, and always has been, one of the most hotly contested terms in literary and cultural history. Many of the writers now described as Romantic refused to be defined by the word: 'it would be such bad taste', said Byron in 1820. Lovejoy spoke of a plurality of ‘romanticisms’, ...

Folklore Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

Folklore: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

1st Edition

Edited By Alan Dundes
October 28, 2004

The academic study of folklore is a worldwide, interdisciplinary field spanning the humanities and the social sciences. It is very much tied to nationalism and national identity and for this reason it has often been the smaller countries that have led the way in terms of providing theory and method...

Narrative Theory Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

Narrative Theory: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

1st Edition

Edited By Mieke Bal
July 29, 2004

This set of volumes sketches the history, breadth, and applicability of narrative theory, thus demonstrating its value as an analytical instrument. The collection includes articles from the leading names of narrative theory, such as Roland Barthes, Mikhail Bakhtin, Tzvetan Todorov and ...

Urban Culture Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

Urban Culture: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

1st Edition

Edited By Chris Jenks
July 22, 2004

This collection is an interdisciplinary study focusing on the various cultural aspects of city life. The works included are drawn from a broad range of canonical and secondary sources and emphasise the 'new', covering modernist and postmodernist perspectives of urban culture. The collection is ...

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