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Literature

  • Donna Haraway's A Cyborg Manifesto

    1st Edition

    By Rebecca Pohl

    Haraway’s ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’ is a key postmodern text and is widely taught in many disciplines as one of the first texts to embrace technology from a leftist and feminist perspective using the metaphor of the cyborg to champion socialist, postmodern, and anti-identitarian politics. Until Haraway’…

    Paperback – 2018-09-28
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  • Roland Barthes's The Death of the Author

    1st Edition

    By Laura Seymour

    Roland Barthes’s 1967 essay, "The Death of the Author," argues against the traditional practice of incorporating the intentions and biographical context of an author into textual interpretation because of the resultant limitations imposed on a text. Hailing "the birth of the reader," Barthes posits…

    Paperback – 2018-06-04
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  • Jacques Derrida's Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of Human Sciences

    1st Edition

    By Tim Smith-Laing

    Jacques Derrida’s Structure, Sign, and Play is one of the most controversial and influential philosophical texts of the 20th century. Delivered at a conference on structuralism at Johns Hopkins, the lecture took aim at the critical and philosophical fashions of the time and radically proposing a…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • Michel Foucault's What is an Author?

    1st Edition

    By Tim Smith-Laing

    Michel Foucault’s 1969 essay “What is an Author?” sidesteps the stormy arguments surrounding “intentional fallacy” and the “death of the author,” offering an entirely different way of looking at texts. Foucault points out that all texts are written but not all are discussed as having “authors”. So…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic

    The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, 1st Edition

    By Rebecca Pohl

    The 1979 publication of Susan Gubar and Sandra M. Gilbert’s ground-breaking study The Madwoman in the Attic marked a founding moment in feminist literary history as much as feminist literary theory. In their extensive study of nineteenth-century women’s writing, Gubar and Gilbert offer radical…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning

    From More to Shakespeare, 1st Edition

    By Liam Haydon

    What is a self? Greenblatt argues that the 16th century saw the awakening of modern self-consciousness, the ability to fashion an identity out of the culture and politics of one’s society. In a series of brilliant readings, Greenblatt shows how identity is constructed in the work of Shakespeare,…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet

    1st Edition

    By Christien Garcia

    In this book, Sedgwick examines texts from Europe and America such as Wilde, Nietzsche and Proust and considers the historical moment when sexual orientation came to be as important a signifier of personhood as gender had been for centuries. In doing this, Sedgwick provides a history of sexuality…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy

    1st Edition

    By Liam Haydon

    The Defence of Poesy is the first major piece of literary criticism in English. Taking aim at classical authors who disparaged poetry, and contemporary critics who saw literature as a corrupting influence, Sidney foregrounds the moral force of poetry. Sidney considers the real life affects of…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • William Wordsworth's Preface to The Lyrical Ballads

    1st Edition

    By Alex Latter, Rachel Teubner

    Central to the creative process of the Romantic poets that followed him, Wordsworth’s Preface to the Lyrical Ballads has been both a gift and a thorn in the side of critics for over a century. Readers find themselves drawn back to the essay repeatedly as they seek to untangle the ideas and…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • Walter Benjamin's The Work Of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

    1st Edition

    By Rachele Dini

    The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction combats traditional art criticism’s treatment of artworks as fixed, unchanging mystical objects. For Walter Benjamin, the consequences of addressing a work of art in this manner have a wider resonance: closed off from any active visual or…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • An Image of Africa

    Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness, 1st Edition

    By Clare Clarke, Lindsay Scorgie-Porter

    Few works of scholarship have so comprehensively recast an existing debate as Chinua Achebe’s essay on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Achebe – a highly distinguished Nigerian novelist and university teacher – looked with fresh eyes at a novel that was set in Africa, but in which Africans appear…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Characteristics of Negro Expression

    1st Edition

    By Mercedes Aguirre, Benjamin Lempert

    The racial prejudices of 1930s America were many, and included a common presumption that African American art was unoriginal – merely poorly copying white culture. African-American novelist, anthropologist and essayist Zora Neale Hurston crushingly evaluated such assumptions in her 1934 essay ‘…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Mythologies

    1st Edition

    By John Gomez

    Mythologies is a masterpiece of analysis and interpretation. At its heart, Barthes’s collection of essays about the “mythologies” of modern life treats everyday objects and ideas – from professional wrestling, to the Tour de France, to Greta Garbo’s face – as though they are silently putting…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • The Second Sex

    1st Edition

    By Rachele Dini

    Simone de Beauvoir’s 1949 book The Second Sex is a masterpiece of feminist criticism and philosophy. An incendiary take on the place of women in post-war French society, it helped define major trends in feminist thought for the rest of the 20th century, and its influence is still felt today. The…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Gender Trouble

    1st Edition

    By Tim Smith-Laing

    Judith Butler's Gender Trouble is a perfect example of creative thinking. The book redefines feminism's struggle against patriarchy as part of a much broader issue: the damaging effects of all our assumptions about gender and identity. Looking at the factionalism of contemporary (1980s) feminism,…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Playing in the Dark

    Whiteness in the American Literary Imagination, 1st Edition

    By Karina Jakubowicz, Adam Perchard

    Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination is a seminal piece of literary criticism, and a masterclass in the critical thinking skill of interpretation. Interpretation plays a vital role in critical thinking: it focuses on interrogating accepted meanings and laying…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

    1st Edition

    By Ruth Scobie

    Mary Wollstonecraft’s 1792 Vindication of the Rights of Women is an incendiary attack on the place of women in 18th-century society. Often considered to be the earliest widely-circulated work of feminism, the book is a powerful example of what can be achieved by creative thinkers – people who…

    Paperback – 2017-07-13
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  • Can the Subaltern Speak?

    1st Edition

    By Graham Riach

    A key theme of Gayatri Spivak's work is agency: the ability of the individual to make their own decisions. While Spivak's main aim is to consider ways in which "subalterns" – her term for the indigenous dispossessed in colonial societies – were able to achieve agency, this paper concentrates…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Orientalism

    1st Edition

    By Riley Quinn

    Edward Said’s Orientalism is a masterclass in the art of interpretation wedded to close analysis. Interpretation is characterized by close attention to the meanings of terms, by clarifying, questioning definitions, and positing clear definitions. Combined with one of the main sub-skills of analysis…

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  • The Location of Culture

    1st Edition

    By Stephen Fay, Liam Haydon

    Homi K. Bhabha’s 1994 The Location of Culture is one of the founding texts of the branch of literary theory called postcolonialism. While postcolonialism has many strands, at its heart lies the question of interpreting and understanding encounters between the western colonial powers and the nations…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • A Room of One's Own

    1st Edition

    By Tim Smith-Laing, Fiona Robinson

    A Room of One's Own is a very clear example of how creative thinkers connect and present things in novel ways. Based on the text of a talk given by Virginia Woolf at an all-female Cambridge college, Room considers the subject of 'women and fiction.' Woolf’s approach is to ask why, in the early…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • The Sacred Wood

    Essays on Poetry and Criticism, 1st Edition

    By Rachel Teubner

    The essay for which The Sacred Wood is primarily remembered is one of the most famous pieces of criticism in English: “Tradition and the Individual Talent” helped to re-orientate arguments about the study of literature and its production by redefining the nature of tradition and the artist's…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • Course in General Linguistics

    1st Edition

    By Laura E.B. Key, Brittany Pheiffer Noble

    Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics is one of the most influential texts of the 20th-century – an astonishing feat for what is, at heart, a series of deeply technical lectures about the structure of human languages. What the Course’s vast influence shows, fundamentally, is the…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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