Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

This series provides concise, authoritative guides to key concepts in literary and cultural studies. Edited by acknowledged leaders in the field, the volumes consist of essential secondary literature. They give historical purchase on the development of the concept concerned and also provide students with a snapshot of current thinking.

  • Travel Writing

    Edited by Tim Youngs, Charles Forsdick

    The past three decades have seen a remarkable growth of cross-disciplinary academic interest in travel writing. This new four-volume collection from Routledge brings together the best research from scholars around the world. The collection also features pieces by travel writers themselves…

    Hardback – 2012-11-11
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  • Gender and Modernism: Critical Concepts 4 vols

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

    Edited by Bonnie Kime Scott

    Modernism, whether seen as a period designation, a manifestation of formal experimentation, or an aspect of modernity, has since its inception been marked, consciously or unconsciously, by gender. The dates 1890-1940, typically accepted as encompassing the modernist period, coincide with the first…

    Hardback – 2008-03-18
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  • Modern Drama

    Edited by Martin Puchner

    What is generally referred to as modern drama was an international development or movement centred in Europe and North America, a movement directed against many of the conventions and institutions of nineteenth-century drama and theatre. Between 1880 and 1960, a number of foundational figures broke…

    Hardback – 2007-12-18
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  • Medieval Drama

    By John C. Coldewey

    Medieval drama, always a popular area of study, has enjoyed a surge of interest in recent years. This new Routledge Major Work now makes available for the first time both the canonical and the best cutting-edge scholarship in the field. Organized generically, geographically and chronologically, the…

    Hardback – 2007-07-30
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  • Myth

    By Robert Segal

    Myth is truly boundlessly interdisciplinary. There is no field of myth studies itself. Rather, many disciplines have contributed theories of myth. In addition to theories from anthropology and sociology, theories of myth have come mainly from psychology, folklore, philosophy, religious studies, and…

    Hardback – 2007-04-26
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  • Autobiography

    Edited by Trev Lynn Broughton

    The analysis of life-writing as a distinct and specialized project emerged only in the second half of the twentieth century. That it has achieved both academic respectability and critical cachet over the last twenty-five years is the result of a number of trends. Politically 'progressive'…

    Hardback – 2006-12-13
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  • Twentieth-Century American Drama

    Edited by Brenda Murphy

    There was a vast array of activity in American theatre during the twentieth century, when work produced in the United States reached the height of its significance and influence within the world repertoire. Presenting an overview of criticism on the full range of twentieth-century American drama…

    Hardback – 2006-08-14
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  • Structuralism

    Edited by Jonathan Culler

    Structuralism is a broad intellectual movement in the humanities and social sciences that came to prominence in the 1960s. Representing the beginning of modern interdisciplinary work in what has come to be called "theory", it seeks not to explain the meaning of an object or event but to understand…

    Hardback – 2006-06-22
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  • Children's Literature

    Edited by Peter Hunt

    The study of children’s literature is currently centred on literary studies, educational studies, and a third more diverse group of many other related disciplines, including history, bibliography, sociology and psychology. All of these then overlap with cultural studies and contribute to the…

    Hardback – 2006-06-04
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  • Romanticism

    Edited by Michael O'Neill, Mark Sandy

    Romanticism is, and always has been, one of the most hotly contested terms in literary and cultural history. Many of the writers now described as Romantic refused to be defined by the word: 'it would be such bad taste', said Byron in 1820. Lovejoy spoke of a plurality of ‘romanticisms’,…

    Hardback – 2005-09-13
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  • Folklore

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

    Edited by Alan Dundes

    The academic study of folklore is a worldwide, interdisciplinary field spanning the humanities and the social sciences. It is very much tied to nationalism and national identity and for this reason it has often been the smaller countries that have led the way in terms of providing theory and method…

    Hardback – 2004-10-27
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  • Narrative Theory

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

    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 – 2004-07-28
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  • Urban Culture

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

    Edited by Chris Jenks

    This collection is an interdisciplinary study focusing on the various cultural aspects of city life. The works included are drawn from a broad range of canonical and secondary sources and emphasise the 'new', covering modernist and postmodernist perspectives of urban culture. The collection is…

    Hardback – 2004-07-21
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  • Gothic

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

    Edited by Fred Botting, Dale Townshead

    In the last two decades criticism of Gothic fiction has been transformed from a scholarly backwater, interesting itself in literary curiosities, to a wave of wide-ranging critical investigations collectively convinced of the significance, scope and centrality of the genre.Embracing recent…

    Hardback – 2004-04-21
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  • Performance

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

    Edited by Philip Auslander

    Over the past twenty years, 'performance' has emerged as a central analytical and critical concept. Now the focus of a burgeoning academic discipline, performance studies, it is also crucial to many other fields, including anthropology, sociology, communications, art history, cultural studies,…

    Hardback – 2003-03-12
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  • Modernism

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

    Edited by Tim Middleton

    As befits so notoriously ambiguous a term, 'modernism' may be studied in a wide variety of contexts. The term embraces subjects ranging from the new architectural practices of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, the innovative art of painters as diverse as Monet and Kandinsky, the drama of Strindberg…

    Hardback – 2002-12-18
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  • Deconstruction

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

    This collection reprints a cross section of key works, which chart the ways in which deconstruction is conceptualised and demonstrates the impact it has had on a wide range of traditions - areas as diverse as psychoanalysis, law, gender studies and architecture.…

    Hardback – 2002-11-27
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  • Feminism

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

    Edited by Mary Evans

    Feminism has always refused compartmentalisation within any one social context, and this collection attests to its universal relevance. This is a guide for specialist and non-specialist readers to the many debates and discussions to which feminists have contributed in the past two hundred years.The…

    Hardback – 2000-10-25
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  • Postcolonialism

    Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies

    Edited by Diana Brydon

    Postcolonialism: Critical Concepts documents the scope of postcolonialism as a multidisciplinary project, re-examining the history and legacy of colonialism from the perspectives of the colonized as well as the colonizers. This collection gathers the most influential sources in postcolonial work…

    Hardback – 2000-06-21
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