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  • Rewriting the American Soul

    Trauma, Neuroscience and the Contemporary Literary Imagination

    By Anna Thiemann

    Rewriting the American Soul focuses on the political implications of psychoanalytic and neurocognitive approaches to trauma in literature, their impact on cultural representations of collective trauma in the United States, and their subversive appropriation in pre- and post-9/11 fiction. Anna…

    Hardback – 2017-09-08 
    Routledge
    Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

  • J.M. Coetzee: Fictions of the Real

    Edited by Anthony Uhlmann

    J.M. Coetzee has new things to say about this relation between the ‘real’ and ‘fictions of the real’, and while much has already been written about him, these questions need to be more fully explored. The contributions to this volume are drawn together by the idea of the hinge between the world (…

    Hardback – 2017-07-25 
    Routledge

  • Irony and the Ironic

    By D. C. Muecke

    First published in 1970 and revised in 1982, this work provides a critical overview of the concept of irony in literary criticism. After establishing the relationship of the ironical and the non-ironical, it summarises the history of the concept of irony, before isolating and discussing its basic…

    Hardback – 2017-07-12 
    Routledge
    The Critical Idiom Reissued

  • Formulaicity and Creativity in Language and Literature

    Edited by Ian MacKenzie, Martin A. Kayman

    Formulaicity is pervasive in both spoken and written language. Speakers use a huge amount of prefabricated language including collocations, idioms, fixed and semi-fixed expressions, and verbal creativity often involves combining established word sequences rather than inventing wholly new ones. In…

    Hardback – 2017-07-11 
    Routledge

  • Close to the Sources

    Essays on Contemporary African Culture, Politics and Academy

    By Abebe Zegeye, Maurice Vambe

    European and African works have found it difficult to move past the image of Africa as a place of exotica and relentless brutality. This book explores the status and critical relationship between politics, culture, literary creativity, criticism, education and publishing in the context of…

    Paperback – 2017-06-13 
    Routledge
    Routledge African Studies

  • Discourse: The Basics

    By Angela Goddard, Neil Carey

    Humans are social animals and are constantly interacting with each other through conversation, written communication, symbols and other expressions . Discourse: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the analysis of those interactions and the many forms and meanings they can take.…

    Paperback – 2017-05-24
    Routledge
    The Basics

  • Victimhood and Vulnerability in 21st Century Fiction

    Edited by Jean-Michel Ganteau, Susana Onega

    Editors Jean-Michel Ganteau and Susana Onega) have assembled a volume which addresses the relationship between trauma and ethics, and moves one step further to engage with vulnerability studies in their relation to literature and literary form. It consists of an introduction and of twelve articles…

    Hardback – 2017-03-17
    Routledge
    Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

  • Realist Fiction and the Strolling Spectator (Routledge Revivals)

    By John Rignall

    The classic realist text has long been derided by post-structuralist critics as an unsophisticated and reactionary form. In this study, first published 1992, John Rignall makes a powerful case for the rehabilitation of realism as a self-aware and reflexive genre. Using the novels of Scott, Balzac,…

    Paperback – 2017-01-31
    Routledge
    Routledge Revivals

  • A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory

    6th Edition

    By Raman Selden, Peter Widdowson, Peter Brooker

    A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory is a classic introduction to the complex yet crucial area of literary theory. This book is known for its clear, accessible style and its thorough, logical approach, guiding the reader through the essentials of literary theory. It includes two new…

    Paperback – 2016-12-08
    Routledge

  • Modernism

    3rd Edition

    By Peter Childs

    Modernist movements radically transformed the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary establishment, and their effects are still felt today. Modernism introduces and analyzes what amounted to nothing less than a literary and cultural revolution. In this fully updated, expanded, and…

    Paperback – 2016-09-27
    Routledge
    The New Critical Idiom

  • Routledge Revivals: Literary Fat Ladies (1987)

    Rhetoric, Gender, Property

    By Patricia Parker

    First published in 1987, the essays in this volume focus on questions of gender, property and power in the use of rhetoric and the practice of literary genres, and provide a historicised cultural critique. They analyse the links between rhetoric and property, but also representations of women as…

    Hardback – 2016-08-11
    Routledge

  • Routledge Revivals: The Progress of Romance (1986)

    The Politics of Popular Fiction

    Edited by Jean Radford

    First published in 1986, the aim of this book is to present some of the changing thinking on popular writing to a wider audience in view of the enormous growth of mass culture after the war, but also to offer a historical perspective on a specific form of popular fiction: the romance. The essays…

    Hardback – 2016-08-08
    Routledge
    Routledge Revivals: History Workshop Series

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