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Fairies fascinate young and old alike. To some they offer tantalizing glimpses of other worlds, to others a subversive counterpoint to human arrogance and weakness. Like no other author, Katharine Briggs throughout her work communicated the thrill and delight of the world of fairies, and in this…
Paperback – 2002-06-20
Blake was a visionary like no other. To some, like William Wordsworth, the only explanation for the remarkable spiritual world Blake witnessed and brought to life in his books was 'insane genius'. Although such a view persisted well into the twentieth century, this is the pivotal work which…
Paperback – 2002-06-13
For the past four decades Frank Kermode, critic and writer, has steadily established himself as one of the most brilliant minds of his generation. Questioning the public's harsh perception of 'the artist', Kermode at the same time gently pokes fun at artists' own, often inflated, self-image. He…
Paperback – 2001-10-12
The last fifty years have seen a significant change in the focus of saga studies, from a preoccupation with origins and development to a renewed interest in other topics, such as the nature of the sagas and their value as sources to medieval ideologies and mentalities. The Routledge Research…
Hardback – 2017-02-14
Adam Kuper’s iconoclastic intellectual history argues that the idea of “primitive society” is a western myth. The “primitive” is imagined as the opposite of the “civilised”. But this is a protean myth. As ideas about civilisation change, so the image of primitive society must be adjusted. By way…
Paperback – 2017-02-14
Routledge Classic Texts in Anthropology
First published in 1962 and 1963, these two volumes bridge the gap between the study of classics and the study of literature and attempt to reconcile the two disciplines. The collection of essays offers a critical examination of Latin literature and aims to stimulate critical discussion of a…
Hardback – 2017-02-07
Routledge Revivals: Critical Essays on Roman Literature
We're delighted to share this collection which showcases our new and forthcoming Literature books publishing in 2017.
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The new Routledge Engagements with Literature series presents engagement as a means of discovery. Unlike other books that simply provide references and overviews, this series offers students and instructors new ways to engage with the literature they are studying, teaching, or researching. We talked to series editor Daniel Robinson to find out more.
The new Routledge Introductions to American Literature series provides critical introductions to the most important topics in American Literature, outlining the key literary, historical, cultural and intellectual contexts. We talked to series editors D. Quentin Miller and Wendy Martin to find out more.
Collecting together key theoretical essays in the field, The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies Reader creates a solid base for any critical study of autobiography, biography, or life writing. In this interview, editors Ricia Anne Chansky and Emily Hipchen, who are also co-editors of the journal a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, tell us more about the book and their own interests in the field.
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Guiding students through the fundamentals of close reading and helping them understand and enjoy literature, Engagements with Close Reading is the latest book from author and scholar Annette Federico. In this interview Prof. Federico tells us more about the book.
Jennifer Abbott commissions books on a broad array of subjects within Literary Studies. This includes textbooks, supplementary textbooks, companions, handbooks, readers, and research monographs. Jennifer manages some our most popular and influential series in Literature including, Routledge Introductions to American Literature,Children’s Literature and Culture, Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literature,Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture, Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature, Routledge Studies in Comparative Literature, and Routledge Research in Travel Writing. She is actively seeking new projects within the discipline, so please feel free to reach out with your book idea.
Polly Dodson works across the entire spectrum of literary studies, from Classical to Contemporary Literature. She aims to bring a fresh approach to every book she publishes, whether on established topics such as Shakespeare, American Literature, and Literary Theory, or emerging areas such as Digital Literature, World Literature, and Environmental Literature. She commissions a variety of text types including Handbooks and Companions, Readers, Textbooks for students, and a digital project on Modernism. Key series include the New Critical Idiom, Engagements with Literature, and Literature and Contemporary Thought.
Michelle Salyga commissions scholarly monographs and edited collections across a range of topics, from Medieval to Twentieth-century Literature, in our Routledge Research series. She is actively seeking cutting-edge research works within traditional topics of literature as well as emerging sub-disciplines in Early Modern, Shakespeare, and Renaissance Literature. Innovative developments in Eighteenth-Century and Nineteenth-Century Literatures which analyze archetypes, literary movements and criticisms, or pioneering motifs are particularly welcome. She welcomes authors to submit their proposal for further discussion and initial assessment for consideration in one of our prestigious literature lists.