Literature: Introductory Literary Studies

  • Writing the Landscape: Women and Nature in the Works of French Female Novelists 1789-1815 book cover

    Writing the Landscape

    Women and Nature in the Works of French Female Novelists 1789-1815

    By Christie Margrave

    Women novelists were among the most popular authors of the First Republic and First Empire, yet they are frequently overlooked in favour of their canonical male counterparts. Their penchant for sentimental novels has led some later critics to take their writing at face value as apolitical and…

    Hardback – 2018-12-01 

  • The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism book cover

    The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism

    By Linda Wagner-Martin

    The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism offers readers a fresh, insightful overview to all genres of postmodern writing. Drawing on a variety of works, from not only mainstream authors but, also those that are arguably unconventional, renown scholar, the author gives the reader a solid…

    Paperback – 2018-09-25 
    Routledge Introductions to American Literature

  • Close Reading: The Basics book cover

    Close Reading: The Basics

    By David Greenham

    Close reading remains the most essential skill that Literature students continue to develop across the full length of their studies and this book is the ideal guide to the practice, providing a methodology that can be used for poetry, novels, drama, and beyond. Using classic works of Literature,…

    Paperback – 2018-08-13 
    The Basics

  • Pastoral book cover


    By Peter V. Marinelli

    First published in 1971, this book explores the theme of the pastoral in literature and the way in which it adapts itself to various forms. It examines some of the ways in which it has manifested itself, such as ‘the golden age’, ‘Arcadia’, ‘Sparta’ and childhood, whilst also identifying the…

    Paperback – 2018-07-12 
    The Critical Idiom Reissued

  • Medieval Literature: The Basics book cover

    Medieval Literature: The Basics

    By Angela Jane Weisl, Anthony Joseph Cunder

    Medieval Literature: The Basics is an engaging introduction to this fascinating body of literature. The volume breaks down the variety of genres used in the corpus of medieval literature and makes these texts accessible to readers. It engages with the familiarities present in the narratives and…

    Paperback – 2018-03-20
    The Basics

  • Shelley's Style book cover

    Shelley's Style

    By William Keach

    First published 1984. In a provocative study, this book argues that the problems posed by Shelley’s notoriously difficult style must be understood in relation to his ambivalence towards language itself as an artistic medium — the tension between the potential of language to mirror emotional…

    Paperback – 2017-08-22

  • Doing English: A Guide for Literature Students book cover

    Doing English

    A Guide for Literature Students, 4th Edition

    By Robert Eaglestone

    Doing English presents the ideas and debates that shape how we ‘do’ English today, explaining arguments about the value of literature, the canon, Shakespeare, theory, politics and the subject itself. In his lucid and engaging style, Robert Eaglestone: orients students by encouraging them to think…

    Paperback – 2017-08-15
    Doing... Series

  • The Critical Idiom Reissued book cover

    The Critical Idiom Reissued

    By Various

    This set of 37 volumes is a revival of the original Critical Idiom series. First published between 1969 and 1979, the volumes in this series provide concise and accessible introductions to a range of critical terms which are key to the study of literature. This set will be a valuable resource for…

    Hardback – 2017-07-10
    The Critical Idiom Reissued

  • Primitivism book cover


    By Michael Bell

    First published in 1972, this books examines the subject of primitivism through the study of the work of a number of major writers, including D. H. Lawrence, Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot and James Joyce. It looks at the variety of definitions and uses of primitivism and how the idea…

    Hardback – 2017-07-10
    The Critical Idiom Reissued

  • The Romance book cover

    The Romance

    By Gillian Beer

    First published in 1970, this work provides an overview of the Romance from the medieval period to the 20th century and tracks how the genre has changed with time, including its interaction with other forms of literature such as gothic novels, realism and science fiction. It explores a myriad of…

    Hardback – 2017-07-10
    The Critical Idiom Reissued

  • The Ballad book cover

    The Ballad

    By Alan Bold

    First published in 1979, this work presents the history of the ballad, including its origin, style, content and preservation. It explores how ballads have adapted and changed over time, particularly with the rise of mass literacy and printing and the decline in the oral tradition, and in doing so,…

    Hardback – 2017-07-10
    The Critical Idiom Reissued

  • Rhetoric book cover


    By Peter Dixon

    First published in 1971, this book provides a historical account of the fortunes of Rhetoric. Beginning with a study of classical rhetorical theory and practice, it goes on to explore the impact of rhetoric on English literature and the renunciation of rhetoric from the late 17th century. The book…

    Hardback – 2017-07-10
    The Critical Idiom Reissued

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