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  • Torture and Truth (Routledge Revivals) book cover

    Torture and Truth (Routledge Revivals)

    By Page duBois

    First published in 1991, this book — through the examination of ancient Greek literary, philosophical and legal texts — analyses how the Athenian torture of slaves emerged from and reinforced the concept of truth as something hidden in the human body. It discusses the tradition of…

    Paperback – 2018-02-01 
    Routledge

  • Postmodern Brecht: A Re-Presentation book cover

    Postmodern Brecht

    A Re-Presentation

    By Elizabeth Wright

    In this radical and deliberately controversial re-reading of Brecht, first published in 1989, Elizabeth Wright takes a new view of the playwright, giving us a more ‘Brechtian’ reading than so far achieved and making his work historically relevant here and now. The author discusses in detail Brecht’…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

  • The Taming of the Text: Explorations in Language, Literature and Culture book cover

    The Taming of the Text

    Explorations in Language, Literature and Culture

    Edited by Willie Van Peer

    The contributors of this text, first published in 1988, provide a dynamic view of the social functioning of texts, taking account of linguistic, literary and cultural elements. They bring together innovative perspectives on literary analysis and theory, on pragmatics and discourse analysis, as well…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

  • Nature and Language: A Semiotic Study of Cucurbits in Literature book cover

    Nature and Language

    A Semiotic Study of Cucurbits in Literature

    By Ralf Norrman, Jon Haarberg

    There exists an area of overlap where language and nature meet, and this book, first published in 1980, illuminates that fascinating territory. When real-world things, such as plants, are used in literature or language as symbols, these special signs have a double allegiance. They function as…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

  • Historical Criticism and the Meaning of Texts book cover

    Historical Criticism and the Meaning of Texts

    By J. R. de J. Jackson

    In this original and significant contribution to literary controversy, first published in 1989, Professor Jackson argues on semantic grounds that historical criticism, which he defines as the attempt to read works of literature and criticism as they were read when they were new, is a necessary…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

  • William Empson: The Man and His Work book cover

    William Empson

    The Man and His Work

    Edited by Roma Gill

    This volume of commemorative and celebratory essays, first published in 1974, concentrates on William Empson – the critic, the poet and friend. The papers range from the biographical to the academic, but what every one suggests is the impossibility of separating the man from his work and the ‘life’…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

  • Black Literature and Literary Theory book cover

    Black Literature and Literary Theory

    By Henry Louis Gates, Jr

    The imaginative literature of African and Afro-American authors writing in Western languages has long been seen as standing outside the Western literary canon. In fact, however, black literature not only has a complex formal relation to that canon, but tends to revise and reflect Western rhetorical…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

  • A Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms: Revised and Enlarged Edition book cover

    A Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms

    Revised and Enlarged Edition

    Edited by Roger Fowler

    This book, first published in 1987, differs from many other ‘dictionaries of criticism’ in concentrating less on time-honoured rhetorical terms and more on conceptually flexible, powerful terms. Each entry consists of not simply a dictionary definition but an essay exploring the history and full…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

  • E. M. Forster as Critic book cover

    E. M. Forster as Critic

    By Rukun Advani

    This title, first published in 1984, is a study of E. M. Forster as a liberal-humanist thinker and socio-literary critic. Advani discusses Forster’s ideas on man, society, politics, religion, art, aesthetics, fiction and literary criticism. The author examines why Forster was impelled from fiction…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

  • A. J. Greimas and the Nature of Meaning: Linguistics, Semiotics and Discourse Theory book cover

    A. J. Greimas and the Nature of Meaning

    Linguistics, Semiotics and Discourse Theory

    By Ronald Schleifer

    In this book, first published in 1987, Professor Schleifer sets Greimas’ work in its intellectual context and sets forth the development of his distinctive style of interpretation. Moreover, the author goes on to consider Greimas’ work against the latest examinations of discourse in philosophy,…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

  • The Ecstasies of Roland Barthes book cover

    The Ecstasies of Roland Barthes

    By Mary Bittner Wiseman

    In this book, first published in 1989, Mary Bittner Wiseman interprets Roland Barthes’s experiments as efforts to reposition the human subject with respect to language and to time in order to let the subject escape from the language of a particular culture and the present time. With her insistent…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

  • The Reader's Construction of Narrative book cover

    The Reader's Construction of Narrative

    By Horst Ruthrof

    In this book, first published in 1981, the author argues that narrative is an interaction between "the presented world and the presentational process" and attempts to define narrative from the perspective of reading. The Reader’s Construction of Narrative includes chapters on narrative language,…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

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