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

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

  • Rhetoric

    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 – 2017-07-12 
    Routledge
    The Critical Idiom Reissued

  • Drama & the Dramatic

    By S. W. Dawson

    First published in 1970, this book explores drama as literature and provides critical overviews of different aspects of drama and the dramatic. It first asks what a play is, before going on to examine dramatic language, action and tension, dramatic irony, characters and drama’s relationship with…

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

  • Aestheticism

    By R. V. Johnson

    First published in 1969, this work explores aestheticism and its relationship with literature. After defining the term and examining the unique qualities of ‘the Aesthetes’, the book provides an overview of the literary movement from its emergence to its apotheosis in the 1890s. This book will be…

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

  • Comedy

    By Moelwyn Merchant

    First published in 1972, this work pursues the question ‘what is comedy?’ In its quest for an answer it explores critical theory, psychology, sociology and metaphysics. It also examines the classical origins of comedy, different kinds of comedy, the rituals of comedy, its relationship with other…

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

  • Satire

    By Arthur Pollard

    First published in 1970, this work explores the literary genre of satire. After identifying the definitive aspects of satire, it goes on to examine the subjects which can be susceptible to satire, the modes and means of satire, the tone of satire and the satirist’s relationship with the reader. In…

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

  • The Stanza

    By Ernst Häublein

    First published in 1978, this work bridges the gap between the study of poetic form, which tends to isolate form from meaning and structural poetics, which tends to focus on meaning without considering the stanza’s impact. Beginning with an examination of the various definitions of the stanza, the…

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

  • Romanticism

    By Lilian R. Furst

    First published in 1969, this work traces the evolution of Romanticism and in doing so, demonstrates its novelty as an imaginative and emotional perception of the world in contrast to the rationalistic approach which was dominant in the seventeenth century. It identifies the fundamental…

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

  • Fancy & Imagination

    By R. L. Brett

    First published in 1969, this book provides a concise and helpful introduction to the terms ‘fancy’ and ‘imagination’. Although they are generally associated with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the work begins with a discussion the history of these concepts which were also known to Aristotle, the…

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

  • Naturalism

    By Lilian R. Furst, Peter N. Skrine

    First published in 1971, this book examines the literary style of Naturalism. After introducing the reader to the term itself, including its history and its relationship to Realism, it goes on to trace the origins of the Naturalist movement as well as particular groups which adhered to Naturalism…

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

  • Burlesque

    By John D. Jump

    First published in 1972, this book provides a helpful introduction to burlesque literature, a term used by critics from the seventh-century onwards to describe work in which an incongruity between serious subject-matter and style is used to provoke laughter. It examines the four main types of…

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

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