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  • Giorgio Agamben

    1st Edition

    By Alex Murray

    Giorgio Agamben is one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory. His work covers a broad array of topics from biblical criticism to Guantanamo Bay and the ‘war on terror’. Alex Murray explains Agamben’s key ideas, including: an…

    Paperback – 2010-04-14
    Routledge Critical Thinkers

  • Caliban's Voice

    The Transformation of English in Post-Colonial Literatures, 1st Edition

    By Bill Ashcroft

    In Shakespeare’s Tempest, Caliban says to Miranda and Prospero:        " taught me language, and my profit on’t         Is, I know how to curse. " With this statement, he gives voice to an issue that lies at the centre of…

    Paperback – 2008-12-05

  • Word and Meaning in Ancient Alexandria

    Theories of Language from Philo to Plotinus, 1st Edition

    By David Robertson

    During the late Hellenistic and early Imperial periods (B.C. 50 - A.D. 300), important developments may be traced in the philosophy of language and its relationship to mind. This book examines theories of language in the work of theologians and philosophers linked to Ancient Alexandria. The growth…

    Hardback – 2008-07-08

  • Rhetoric

    1st Edition

    By Jennifer Richards

    Rhetoric has shaped our understanding of the nature of language and the purpose of literature for over two millennia. It is of crucial importance in understanding the development of literary history as well as elements of philosophy, politics and culture. The nature and practise of rhetoric was…

    Paperback – 2007-08-29
    The New Critical Idiom

  • Language and Revolution in Burke, Wollstonecraft, Paine, and Godwin

    1st Edition

    By Jane Hodson

    The Revolution in France of 1789 provoked a major 'pamphlet war' in Britain as writers debated what exactly had happened, why it had happened, and where events were now headed. Jane Hodson's book explores the relationship between political persuasion, literary style, and linguistic theory in this…

    Hardback – 2007-06-28

  • Power and Passion in Shakespeare's Pronouns

    Interrogating 'you' and 'thou', 1st Edition

    By Penelope Freedman

    In revealing patterns of you/thou use in Shakespeare's plays, this study highlights striking and significant shifts from one to the other. Penelope Freedman demonstrates that understanding of the implications of you/thou use in early modern English has been bedevilled by overconcern with issues of…

    Hardback – 2007-04-13

  • The Early Islamic Grammatical Tradition

    1st Edition

    Edited by Ramzi Baalbaki

    The last decades have witnessed a major resurgence of interest in the Arabic grammatical tradition. Many of the issues on which previous scholarship focused - for example, foreign influences on the beginnings of grammatical activity, and the existence of grammatical "schools" - have been revisited,…

    Hardback – 2007-02-02
    The Formation of the Classical Islamic World

  • Performativity

    1st Edition

    By James Loxley

    Do our writings and our utterances reflect or describe our world, or do they intervene in it? Do they, perhaps, help to make it? If so, how? Within what limits, and with what implications? Contemporary theorists have considered the ways in which the languages we speak might be ‘performative’ in…

    Paperback – 2006-11-17
    The New Critical Idiom

  • Dictionary of Oriental Literatures

    1st Edition

    The Dictionary of Oriental Literatures fills a long-felt gap in Western literature by presenting a concise summary, in three volumes and about 2000 articles, of the literatures of Asia and North Africa. The first volume describes the Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Korean and Mongolian literatures; the…

    Hardback – 2006-08-15

  • Latin Rhetoric and Education in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

    1st Edition

    By James J. Murphy

    The essays in this volume deal with the history of rhetoric and education for the thousand years from the early Middle Ages to the European Renaissance. They represent the author's pioneering efforts over four decades to piece together a kind of mosaic which will provide elements necessary to…

    Hardback – 2005-05-23
    Variorum Collected Studies

  • Narrative Theory

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mieke Bal

    This set of volumes sketches the history, breadth, and applicability of narrative theory, thus demonstrating its value as an analytical instrument. The collection includes articles from the leading names of narrative theory, such as Roland Barthes, Mikhail Bakhtin, Tzvetan Todorov and…

    Hardback – 2004-07-29
    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

  • Peculiar Language

    2nd Edition

    By Derek Attridge

    First published in 1988, Peculiar Language is now established as one of the most important discussions of the language of literature. This thought-provoking book challenges traditional notions of literary criticism, arguing that all attempts by writers, critics and literary theorists to define the…

    Paperback – 2004-05-27

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