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  • Shakespeare's History Plays book cover

    Shakespeare's History Plays

    1st Edition

    By Robert Watt

    Shakespeare's history plays are central to his dramatic achievement. In recent years they have become more widely studied than ever, stimulating intensely contested interpretations, due to their relevance to central contemporary issues such as English, national identities and gender roles.…

    Paperback – 2003-01-10
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    The Brontes

    1st Edition

    By Patricia Ingham

    The novels of Charlotte and Emily Bronte have become canonical texts for the application of twentieth century literary and cultural theory. Along with the work of their sister, Anne, their texts are regarded as a sources of diversity in themselves, full of conflictual material which different…

    Paperback – 2002-10-03
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  • Laurence Sterne book cover

    Laurence Sterne

    1st Edition

    By Marcus Walsh

    The eighteenth century was a period when the modern Novel emerged through the work of writers such as Laurence Sterne (1713-68), Richardson, Defoe, Fielding and Johnson. However, the writing of Sterne is recognised as influencing modern writing from Joyce and Woolf onwards more than any of the…

    Paperback – 2002-07-18
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  • Modern Genre Theory book cover

    Modern Genre Theory

    1st Edition

    By David Duff

    Since Aristotle, genre has been one of the fundamental concepts of literary theory, and much of the world's literature and criticism has been shaped by ideas about the nature, function and value of literary genres. Modern developments in critical theory, however, prompted in part by the…

    Paperback – 1999-11-17
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  • Samuel Beckett book cover

    Samuel Beckett

    1st Edition

    By Jennifer Birkett, Kate Ince

     Bringing together seminal writings on Beckett from the 1950s and 1960s with critical readings from the 1980s and 1990s, this collection is inspired by a wide variety of literary-theoretical approaches and covers the whole range of Beckett's creative work. Following an up-to-date review and…

    Paperback – 1999-09-27
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  • Ben Jonson book cover

    Ben Jonson

    1st Edition

    By Richard Dutton

    Interest in Ben Jonson is higher today than at any time since his death. This new collection offers detailed readings of all the major plays - Volpone, Epicene, The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair - and the poems. It also provides significant insights into the court masques and the later plays which…

    Paperback – 1999-09-01
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  • Jonathan Swift book cover

    Jonathan Swift

    1st Edition

    By Nigel Wood

    This collection of critical thinking situates the satire of Jonathan Swift within both its eighteenth-century contexts and our modern anxieties about personal identity and communication. Augustan satire at its most provocative is not simply concerned with the public matters of politics or religion,…

    Paperback – 1999-03-02
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  • Christopher Marlowe book cover

    Christopher Marlowe

    1st Edition

    By Richard Wilson

    Christopher Marlowe has provoked some of the most radical criticism of recent years. There is an elective affinity, it seems, between this pre-modern dramatist and the post-modern critics whose best work has been inspired by his plays. The reason suggested by this collection of essays is that…

    Paperback – 1999-02-25
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  • Shakespeare: The Last Plays book cover

    Shakespeare

    The Last Plays, 1st Edition

    By Kiernan Ryan

    This is the first collection of criticism on Shakespeare's romances to register the impact of modern literary theory on interpretations of these plays. Kiernan Ryan brings together the most important recent essays on Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest, the greatest of the `last…

    Paperback – 1999-01-18
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  • Dante book cover

    Dante

    1st Edition

    By Jeremy Tambling

    Dante's work has fascinated readers for seven hundred years and has provided key reference points for writing as diverse as that of Chaucer, the Renaissance poets, the English Romantics, Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites, American writers from Melville through to Eliot and Pound, Anglo-Irish…

    Paperback – 1998-12-02
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  • T. S. Eliot book cover

    T. S. Eliot

    1st Edition

    By Harriet Davidson

    One of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, T. S. Eliot is generally regarded as a leading exponent of the literary movement which came to be known as Modernism. In this volume, Harriet Davidson collects key recent essays by such internationally renowned critics as Terry Eagleton,…

    Paperback – 1998-11-04
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  • Renaissance Poetry book cover

    Renaissance Poetry

    1st Edition

    By Cristina Malcomson

    This book, the first single volume to collate essays about sixteenth and seventeenth century poetry, explores the remarkable changes that have occurred in the interpretation of English Renaissance poetry in the last twenty years. In the introduction Cristina Malcolmson argues that recent…

    Paperback – 1998-10-27
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  • English Novel, Vol II, The: Smollett to Austen book cover

    English Novel, Vol II, The

    Smollett to Austen, 1st Edition

    By Richard W.F. Kroll

    The English Novel, Volume II: Smollett to Austen collects a series of previously-published essays on the early eighteenth-century novel in a single volume, reflecting the proliferation of theoretical approaches since the 1970s. The novel has been the object of some of the most exciting and…

    Paperback – 1998-10-22
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  • English Novel, Vol I, The: 1700 to Fielding book cover

    English Novel, Vol I, The

    1700 to Fielding, 1st Edition

    By Richard W.F. Kroll

    The English Novel, Volume I:1700 to Fielding collects a series of previously-published essays on the early eighteenth-century novel in a single volume, reflecting the proliferation of theoretical approaches since the 1970s. The novel has been the object of some of the most exciting and important…

    Paperback – 1998-10-13
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  • Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales book cover

    Chaucer

    The Canterbury Tales, 1st Edition

    By Geoffrey Chaucer, Steve Ellis

    This new addition to the Longman Critical Readers Series provides an overview of the various ways in which modern critical theory has influenced Chaucer Studies over the last fifteen years. There is still a sense in the academic world, and in the wider literary community, that Medieval Studies are…

    Paperback – 1998-10-02
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  • Byron book cover

    Byron

    1st Edition

    By Jane Stabler

    Often seen as the exception to generalisations about Romanticism, Byron's poetry - and its intricate relationship with a brilliant, scandalous life - has remained a source of controversy throughout the twentieth century. This book brings together recent work on Byron by leading British and American…

    Paperback – 1998-09-30
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  • Andrew Marvell book cover

    Andrew Marvell

    1st Edition

    By Thomas Healy

    Andrew Marvell brings together ten recent and critically informed essays by leading scholars on one of the most challenging and important seventeenth-century poets. The essays examine Marvell's poems, from lyrics, such as 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'The Nymph Complaining for the Death of her Fawn',…

    Paperback – 1998-09-03
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  • Contemporary American Women Writers: Gender, Class, Ethnicity book cover

    Contemporary American Women Writers

    Gender, Class, Ethnicity, 1st Edition

    By Lois Parkinson Zamora

    This collection brings together critical essays that examine questions of identity and community in the fiction of contemporary American women writers among them Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Sandra Cisnernos. The essays consider how identities and societies are dramatized in particular works of…

    Paperback – 1998-09-01
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  • William Blake book cover

    William Blake

    1st Edition

    By John Lucas

    The collection of essays presented in this volume represents some of the best recent critical work on William Blake as poet, prophet, visual artist, and social and political critic of his time.The critical range that is represented includes examples of Marxist, New Historicist, Feminist and…

    Paperback – 1998-05-15
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  • Joseph Conrad book cover

    Joseph Conrad

    1st Edition

    By Andrew Michael Roberts

    Joseph Conrad is a key figure in modernist fiction, whose innovative work engages with many of the crucial philosophical, moral and political concerns of the twentieth century. This collection of major critical readings of his work is arranged according to the issues which each critic addresses,…

    Paperback – 1998-04-09
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  • Tragedy book cover

    Tragedy

    1st Edition

    By John Drakakis, Naomi Conn Liebler

    This wide-ranging and unique collection of documents on one of the most enduring of literary genres, Tragedy, offers a radical revaluation of its significance in the light of the critical attention that it has received during the past one-hundred and fifty years. The foundations of much…

    Paperback – 1998-04-09
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  • Early Women Writers: 1600 - 1720 book cover

    Early Women Writers

    1600 - 1720, 1st Edition

    By Anita Pacheco

    The last twenty years have witnessed the rediscovery of a large number of women writers of the early modern period. This process of recovery has had a major impact on early modern studies for, by beginning to restore women to the history of the period, it provides new insight into the formative…

    Paperback – 1997-10-24
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  • Postcolonial Criticism book cover

    Postcolonial Criticism

    1st Edition

    By Bart Moore-Gilbert, Gareth Stanton, Willy Maley

    Post-colonial theory is a relatively new area in critical contemporary studies, having its foundations more Postcolonial Criticism brings together some of the most important critical writings in the field, and aims to present a clear overview of, and introduction to, one of the most exciting and…

    Paperback – 1997-10-01
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  • Victorian Women Poets book cover

    Victorian Women Poets

    1st Edition

    By Tess Cosslett

    Through her selection of fourteen essays, Tess Cosslett charts the rediscovery by feminist critics of the Victorian Women Poets such as Emily Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti, and the subsequent developments as critics use a range of modern theoretical approaches to…

    Paperback – 1996-10-22
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  • Narratology: An Introduction book cover

    Narratology

    An Introduction, 1st Edition

    By Susana Onega, Jose Angel Garcia Landa

    This text provides an excellent introduction and overview of Narratology, a rapidly growing field in the humanities. Literary narratologists have provided many key concepts and analytical tools which are widely used in the interdisciplinary analysis of such narrative features as plot, point of view…

    Paperback – 1996-09-06
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  • Edmund Spenser book cover

    Edmund Spenser

    1st Edition

    By Andrew Hadfield

    This collection represents some of the best recent critical writing on Edmund Spenser, a major Renaissance English poet. The essays cover the whole of Spensers work, from early literary experiments such as The Shepeardes Calendar, to his unfinished crowning work,The Fairie Queene. The introduction…

    Paperback – 1996-08-20
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  • Reading Fin de Siècle Fictions book cover

    Reading Fin de Siècle Fictions

    1st Edition

    By Lyn Pykett

    The fin de siècle, the period 1880-1914, long associated with decadence and with the literary movements of aestheticism and symbolism, has received renewed critical interest recently. The essays in this volume form a valuable introduction to fin de siècle cultural studies and provide a commentary…

    Paperback – 1996-07-05
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  • Charles Dickens book cover

    Charles Dickens

    1st Edition

    By Steven Connor

    Dickens is second only to Shakespeare in the range and intensity of critical discussion which his work has provoked. His writing is central to literature and culture across the English-speaking world. In this important new anthology, Steven Connor gathers together representative examples of the…

    Paperback – 1996-06-21
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  • Tennyson book cover

    Tennyson

    1st Edition

    By Rebecca Stott

    Alternative approaches have emerged which have radically altered our understanding of Tennyson's poetry and his relationship to the Victorian age. This text covers the most significant areas of new work on Tennyson, effectively linking feminist and gender studies with deconstructive, psychoanalytic…

    Paperback – 1996-06-21
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  • Pope book cover

    Pope

    1st Edition

    By Brean S. Hammond

    This collection of essays represents some of the best critical thinking on Pope in recent years. Professor Hammond examines the main issues in the debate, in particular why Pope's writing has been so resistant to modern methodologies, such as deconstruction.The essays focus on particular poems or…

    Paperback – 1996-04-03
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  • Metafiction book cover

    Metafiction

    1st Edition

    By Mark Currie

    Metafiction is one of the most distinctive features of postwar fiction, appearing in the work of novelists as varied as Eco, Borges, Martin Amis and Julian Barnes. It comprises two elements: firstly cause, the increasing interpenetration of professional literary criticism and the practice of…

    Paperback – 1995-07-13
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  • Readers and Reading book cover

    Readers and Reading

    1st Edition

    By Andrew Bennett

    Much literary criticism focuses on literary producers and their products, but an important part of such work considers the end-user, the reader. It asks such questions as: how far can the author condition the response of the reader, and how much does the reader create the meaning of a text? Dr…

    Paperback – 1995-04-17
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  • Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism book cover

    Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism

    1st Edition

    By Maud Ellmann

    This collection of essays provides students of literary critical theory with an introduction to Freudian methods of interpretation, and shows how those methods have been transformed by recent developments in French psychoanalysis, particularly by the influence of Jacques Lacan. It explains how…

    Paperback – 1994-11-21
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  • Ideology book cover

    Ideology

    1st Edition

    By Terry Eagleton

    This collection of readings on the concept of ideology is brought together by the Marxist critic, Terry Eagleton. His introduction traces the historical evolution of ideology and examines in a more theoretical style the various meanings of the word and their significance. The readings begin with…

    Paperback – 1994-10-03
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  • Contemporary Film Theory book cover

    Contemporary Film Theory

    1st Edition

    By Antony Easthope

    During the twentieth century, the medium of film has developed as a means of understanding the complexity of modern life. Since 1968, film theory has concentrated not so much on theme or content but on the deeper question of how the medium works on its viewer. Film theory has been profoundly…

    Paperback – 1993-12-20
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  • Shelley book cover

    Shelley

    1st Edition

    By Michael O'Neill

    Attacked by T.S. Eliot and F.R. Leavis, Shelley's poetry has, over the last few decades, enjoyed a revival of critical interest. His radical politics and arrestingly original poetic strategies have been studied from a variety of perspectives - formalist, deconstructionist, new historicist, feminist…

    Paperback – 1993-06-21
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  • Romanticism book cover

    Romanticism

    1st Edition

    By Cynthia Chase

    The essays in this volume have all been carefully chosen by Cynthia Chase to exemplify the most important strands in contemporary critical thought on Romantic literature, in particular the best of recent feminist, deconstructive, and new historicist writing. They include contributions from critics…

    Paperback – 1993-02-01
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  • John Milton book cover

    John Milton

    1st Edition

    By Annabel M. Patterson

    This collection of selected writings represents the best of recent critical work on Milton. The essays cover all stages of his career, from the early poems through to the later poems of the Restoration period, especially Paradise Lost. Professor Patterson includes British and American critics such…

    Paperback – 1992-11-09
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  • Contemporary Marxist Literary Criticism book cover

    Contemporary Marxist Literary Criticism

    1st Edition

    By Francis Mulhern

    Marxism has had an enormous impact on literary and cultural studies, and all those interested in the field need to be aware of its achievements. This collection presents the very best of recent Marxist literary criticism in one single volume. An international group of contributors provide an…

    Paperback – 1992-11-02
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  • Virginia Woolf book cover

    Virginia Woolf

    1st Edition

    By Rachel Bowlby

    Rachel Bowlby's anthology of articles conjures up the enormous richness and variety of recent work that returns to Woolf not so much for final answers as for insights into questions about writing, literary traditions and the differences of the sexes. The collection includes pieces by such…

    Paperback – 1992-10-05
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  • Modernism/Postmodernism book cover

    Modernism/Postmodernism

    1st Edition

    By Peter Brooker

    The concepts of 'Modernism' and 'Postmodernism' constitute the single most dominant issue of twentieth-century literature and culture and are the cause of much debate. In this influential volume, Peter Brooker presents some of the key viewpoints from a variety of major critics and sets these…

    Paperback – 1992-04-13
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  • New Historicism and Renaissance Drama book cover

    New Historicism and Renaissance Drama

    1st Edition

    By Richard Wilson, Richard Dutton

    New Historicism has been one of the major developments in literary theory over the last decade, both in the USA and Europe. In this book, Wilson and Dutton examine the theories behind New Historicism and its celebrated impact in practice on Renaissance Drama, providing an important collection both…

    Paperback – 1992-04-13
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  • Shakespearean Tragedy book cover

    Shakespearean Tragedy

    1st Edition

    By John Drakakis

    Shakespearean Tragedy brings together fifteen major contemporary essays on individual plays and the genre as a whole. Each piece has been carefully chosen as a key intervention in its own right and as a representative of an influential critical approach to the genre. The collection as a whole,…

    Paperback – 1991-12-02
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  • Feminist Literary Criticism book cover

    Feminist Literary Criticism

    1st Edition

    Edited by Mary Eagleton

    Looks at the work of a range of critics, including Elaine Showalter, Kate Millett, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and the French feminists. The critical approaches encompass Marxist feminism and contemporary critical theory as well as other forms of discourse. It also provides an overview of the…

    Paperback – 1991-06-03
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