Routledge Guides to Literature

Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.

Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.

Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.

  • Toni Morrison

    By Pelagia Goulimari

    Toni Morrison's visionary explorations of freedom and identity, self and community, against the backdrop of African American history have established her as one of the foremost novelists of her time; an artist whose seriousness of purpose and imaginative power have earned her both widespread…

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  • Gerard Manley Hopkins

    By Angus Easson

    Gerard Manley Hopkins was among the most innovative writers of the Victorian period. Experimental and idiosyncratic, his work remains important for any student of nineteenth-century literature and culture. This guide to Hopkins’ life and work offers: a detailed account of Hopkins life and…

    Paperback – 2010-12-08
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  • Nadine Gordimer's July's People

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Brendon Nicholls

    Nadine Gordimer is one of the most important writers to emerge in the twentieth century. Her anti-Apartheid novel July's People (1981) is a powerful example of resistance writing and continues even now to unsettle easy assumptions about issues of power, race, gender and identity. This guide to…

    Paperback – 2010-09-10
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  • Kazuo Ishiguro

    By Wai-chew Sim

    Having earned an international reputation with his booker-prize-winning novel, The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro is fast emerging as an important cultural figure of our times. In this guide to Ishiguro’s varied and often experimental work, Wai-chew Sim presents: a biographical survey of…

    Paperback – 2009-10-07
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  • Ted Hughes

    By Terry Gifford

    For the first time, one volume surveys the life, works and critical reputation of one of the most significant British writers of the twentieth-century: Ted Hughes. This accessible guide to Hughes’ writing provides a rich exploration of the complete range of his works. In this volume, Terry Gifford…

    Paperback – 2008-11-26
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  • Martin Amis

    By Brian Finney

    Booker-shortlisted for Time's Arrow and widely known for his novels, short stories, essays, reviews, and autobiographical works, Martin Amis is one of the most influential of contemporary British writers. This guide to Amis's diverse and often controversial work offers: an accessible introduction…

    Paperback – 2008-05-22
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  • William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Sonia Massai

    William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (c.1600) is one of his most captivating plays. A comedy of mistaken identities, it has given rise to thought-provoking debates around such issues as gender identity and role-playing, manipulation and deception. Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to…

    Paperback – 2007-12-17
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  • Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By David Whittaker, Mpalive-Hangson Msiska

    Offering an insight into African culture that had not been portrayed before, Things Fall Apart is both a tragic and moving story of an individual set in the wider context of the coming of colonialism, as well as a powerful and complex political statement of cross-cultural encounters. This guide to…

    Paperback – 2007-11-06
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  • Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke

    Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness, has fascinated critics and readers alike, engaging them in highly controversial debate as it deals with fundamental issues of good and evil, civilisation, race, love and heroism. This classic tale transcends the boundaries of time and place and has…

    Paperback – 2007-09-19
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  • W.H. Auden

    By Tony Sharpe

    As both a politically engaged and stylistically versatile poet, W.H. Auden is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. His work is not only widely studied and read, but has been used in musical scores and quoted in Hollywood films. This guide to Auden’s compelling work…

    Paperback – 2007-08-24
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  • House Of Mirth

    By Janet Beer, Pamela Knights, Elizabeth Nolan

    Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (1905) is a sharp and satirical, but also sensitive and tragic analysis of a young, single woman trying to find her place in a materialistic and unforgiving society. The House of Mirth offers a fascinating insight into the culture of the time and, as suggested by…

    Paperback – 2007-07-25
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  • George Eliot

    By Jan Jedrzejewski

    As a woman in an illegal marriage, publishing under a male pseudonym, George Eliot was one of the most successful yet controversial writers of the Victorian period. Today she is considered a key figure for women’s writing and her novels, including The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch, are commonly…

    Paperback – 2007-05-08
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  • Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Helen Stoddart

    A highly original and influential work of modern British literature, Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus combines a fantastically creative plot with a strong political undertone. The result is an emotive and provocative novel, which has attracted much critical attention from a range of…

    Paperback – 2007-03-31
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  • Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Alex Tickell

    On publication Arundhati Roy's first novel The God of Small Things (1997) rapidly became an international bestseller, winning the Booker Prize and creating a new space for Indian literature and culture within the arts, even as it courted controversy and divided critical opinion. This guide to Roy’s…

    Paperback – 2007-02-26
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  • J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Sarah Graham

    J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951) is a twentieth-century classic. Despite being one of the most frequently banned books in America, generations of readers have identified with the narrator, Holden Caulfield, an angry young man who articulates the confusion, cynicism and vulnerability of…

    Paperback – 2007-01-16
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  • Ian McEwan's Enduring Love

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Peter Childs

    Ian McEwan is one of Britain's most inventive and important contemporary writers. Also adapted as a film, his novel Enduring Love (1997) is a tale of obsession that has both troubled and enthralled readers around the world. Renowned author Peter Childs explores the intricacies of this haunting…

    Paperback – 2006-12-20
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  • Richard Wright's Native Son

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Andrew Warnes

    Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940) is one of the most violent and revolutionary works in the American canon. Controversial and compelling, its account of crime and racism remain the source of profound disagreement both within African-American culture and throughout the world. This guide to…

    Paperback – 2006-11-27
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  • Byron

    By Caroline Franklin

    Lord Byron (1788-1824) was a poet and satirist, as famous in his time for his love affairs and questionable morals as he was for his poetry. Looking beyond the scandal, Byron leaves us a body of work that proved crucial to the development of English poetry and provides a fascinating counterpoint to…

    Paperback – 2006-10-25
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  • Joseph Conrad

    By Tim Middleton

    The popular yet complex work of Joseph Conrad has attracted much critical attention over the years, from the perspectives of postcolonial, modernist, cultural and gender studies. This guide to his compelling work presents: an accessible introduction to the contexts and many interpretations of…

    Paperback – 2006-08-29
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  • Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels

    A Routledge Study Guide

    Edited by Roger D. Lund

    An extremely complex, yet widely studied text, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels ranks as one of the most scathing satires of British and European society ever published. Students will therefore welcome the publication of Roger Lund’s sourcebook, which provides a clear way through the wealth of…

    Paperback – 2006-06-15
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  • William Shakespeare's Hamlet

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Sean McEvoy

    William Shakespeare's Hamlet (c.1600-1601) has achieved iconic status as one of the most exciting and enigmatic of plays. It has been in almost constant production in Britain and throughout the world since it was first performed, fascinating generations of audiences and critics alike. Taking the…

    Paperback – 2006-03-23
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  • Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Ruth Glancy

    Since its publication in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities has remained the best-known fictional recreation of the French Revolution, and one of Charles Dickens’s most exciting novels. A Tale of Two Cities blends a moving love story with the familiar figures of the Revolution—Bastille prisoners, a…

    Paperback – 2006-02-01
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  • The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Alice Jenkins

    Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Hopkins’ poetry presents: extensive introductory comments on the contexts, critical history and interpretations of his work, from composition to the present annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews and critical works unabridged texts…

    Paperback – 2006-02-01
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  • William Shakespeare's Macbeth

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Alexander Leggatt

    William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a timeless tale of love, greed and power, which has given rise to heated debates around such issues as the representation of gender roles, political violence and the dramatisation of evil. Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Shakespeare’s play presents:…

    Paperback – 2005-12-13
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  • Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Juliet John

    Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist is one of the most significant novels of the Victorian era and having been adapted for both stage and screen, retains its impact in the cultural consciousness of many nations. Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Dickens’ novel includes: extensive…

    Paperback – 2005-12-08
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  • Jane Austen

    By Robert P. Irvine

    Jane Austen is one of England's most enduringly popular authors, renowned for her subtle observations of the provincial middle classes of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England.This guide to Austen's much-loved work offers: an accessible introduction to the contexts and many…

    Paperback – 2005-03-01
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  • Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Robert Morrison

    Robert Morrison sets Pride and Prejudice within the social contexts of female conduct books and political tales of terror and traces criticism of the novel from the nineteenth century to the present, including material on the 1995 film adaptation. Extensive introductory comment and annotation…

    Paperback – 2005-02-18
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  • Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Scott McEathron

    This sourcebook offers an introduction to Thomas Hardy's crucial novel, offering: a contextual overview, a chronology and reprinted contemporary documents, including a selection of Hardy's poems an overview of the book's early reception and recent critical fortunes, as well as a wide range of…

    Paperback – 2005-02-18
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  • John Milton's Paradise Lost

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Margaret Kean

    John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost (1667) is a literary landmark. His reworking of Biblical tales of the loss of Eden constitutes not only a gripping literary work, but a significant musing on fundamental human concerns ranging from freedom and fate to conscience and consciousness. Designed for…

    Paperback – 2004-12-09
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  • Walt Whitman's Song of Myself

    A Sourcebook and Critical Edition

    By Walt Whitman

    Edited by Ezra Greenspan

    This sourcebook includes the full text of Song of Myself. Since 1855, Walt Whitman's Song of Myself has been enjoyed, debated, parodied and imitated by readers, critics and artists crossing national and linguistic boundaries. Many argue that it is the most influential poem ever written by an…

    Paperback – 2004-09-02
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  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wall-Paper

    A Sourcebook and Critical Edition

    Edited by Catherine J. Golden

    In 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman published her landmark work, The Yellow Wall-Paper, generating spirited debates in literary and political circles on both sides of the Atlantic. Today this story of a young wife and mother succumbing to madness is hailed both as a feminist classic and a key text in…

    Paperback – 2004-08-26
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  • Jane Austen's Emma

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Paula Byrne

    Emma is widely regarded as Jane Austen's most perfectly constructed novel. At once a comedy of misunderstanding, a razor-sharp analysis of the English class-system, a classic tale of moral growth, and a romance that combines sense with sensibility, it has appealed to readers of every generation and…

    Paperback – 2004-05-20
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  • Charles Dickens's Bleak House

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Janice M. Allan

    With its sustained social criticism and complex construction, Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1853) is considered by many critics to be Dickens's most remarkable novel. Janice Allan: introduces the contextual issues that most directly influenced Dickens's writing and reprints relevant source…

    Paperback – 2004-05-20
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  • Kate Chopin's The Awakening

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Janet Beer, Elizabeth Nolan

    Damned upon publication for engaging with the taboo issues of female sexuality and infidelity, Kate Chopin's The Awakening (1899) is now hailed as a key early feminist text and an important work of American literature.This sourcebook combines accessible commentary with reprinted documents to…

    Paperback – 2004-05-20
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  • William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

    A Sourcebook

    Edited by S.P. Cerasano

    With Shylock's pound of flesh and Portia's golden ring,The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most controversial, disturbing and unforgettable plays.Combining accessible commentary with a range of reprinted materials, S. P. Cerasano:*explores the contexts of the play, including early modern…

    Paperback – 2003-12-18
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  • Charles Dickens's David Copperfield

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Richard J. Dunn

    This guidebook offers the ideal introduction to one of the most enduringly popular works of the nineteenth century. Richard J. Dunn first places David Copperfield in its social, biographical and literary contexts, touching upon such fascinating issues as autobiography and Victorian social…

    Paperback – 2003-12-18
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  • The Poems of W.B. Yeats

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Michael O'Neill

    Deeply involved with Irish culture and history, W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) is one of the greatest poets writing in the last two centuries. This sourcebook provides essential help for readers who wish to learn more about his powerful, haunting poems. Considering Yeats's early, dreamily evocative poems…

    Paperback – 2003-12-11
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  • Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Debra J. Rosenthal

    First published in book form in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin quickly became a bestseller, recognised as a powerful contribution to anti-slavery debates. After more than 150 years, it remains one of the most widely discussed works of American literature. Debra Rosenthal: *examines the life and career of…

    Paperback – 2003-09-25
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  • Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Michael J. Davey

    No book is more central to the study of nineteenth-century American literature than Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; or The Whale. First published it 1851, it still speaks powerfully to readers today. Combining reprinted documents with clear introductions for student readers, this volume examines the…

    Paperback – 2003-09-18
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  • Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Christopher Innes

    Since Hedda Gabler exploded on to European and American stages in the 1890s, the play and its title character have troubled and transfixed audiences, performers and critics the world over. In this sourcebook, Christopher Innes balances essential reprinted texts with clear, incisive commentary to:*…

    Paperback – 2003-07-31
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  • The Poems of John Keats

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by John Strachan

    This sourcebook offers the ideal introduction to the work of John Keats, a central figure in English Romanticism and one of the most popular poets in the literary canon.The sourcebook is arranged in four sections: Contexts, Interpretations, Key Poems and Further Reading. Each combines clear…

    Paperback – 2003-06-05
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  • William Shakespeare's King Lear

    A Sourcebook

    Edited by Grace Ioppolo

    This sourcebook clearly introduces the many critical issues surrounding this complex and haunting play. Ioppolo examines sources, from Holinshed to Spencer, and in the Interpretations section looks at critical readings and notable performances of the play. These range from early critical responses…

    Paperback – 2003-05-22
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  • Thomas Hardy

    By Geoffrey Harvey

    Thomas Hardy was the foremost novelist of his time, as well as an established poet. Author of Jude the Obscure and Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy reflected in his works the dynamics of social, intellectual and aesthetic change in nineteenth-century England.This guide provides students with a…

    Paperback – 2003-03-13
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  • William Shakespeare's Othello

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Andrew Hadfield

    William Shakespeare's Othello (1601-2) has delighted and disturbed theatre audiences for the past four centuries, and remains one of the most frequently performed and widely studied of his plays. This volume is a broad-ranging guide to Othello, providing an introduction to:*the contexts of the play…

    Paperback – 2002-12-05
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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Timothy Morton

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most widely studied works of English literature, and Frankenstein's creature is a key figure in the popular imagination. This sourcebook examines Mary Shelley's novel within its literary and cultural contexts, bringing together material on: *the contexts…

    Paperback – 2002-07-18
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  • E.M. Forster's A Passage to India

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Peter Childs

    E. M. Forster's most challenging work, A Passage to India has since 1924 provoked debate on topics from imperialism to modernism to ethnicity, sexuality and symbolism. This sourcebook introduces not only the novel but the key issues which surround it. This sourcebook offers: * a contextual and…

    Paperback – 2002-06-20
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  • Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

    A Sourcebook

    Edited by Adriana Craciun

    Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) is the founding text of modern feminism. In this sourcebook, Adriana Craciun provides the ideal starting point for students new to Wollstonecraft's revolutionary work, providing carefully focused introductory materials combined with…

    Paperback – 2002-04-25
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  • D.H. Lawrence

    By Fiona Becket

    So many questions surround the key figures in the English literary canon, but most books focus on one aspect of an author's life or work, or limit themselves to a single critical approach. D. H. Lawrence is a comprehensive, user-friendly guide which: * offers basic information on Lawrence's,…

    Paperback – 2002-04-04
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  • Ben Jonson

    By James Loxley

    First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2001-10-25
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  • Robert Browning

    By Stefan Hawlin

    Accessibly written throughout, this guidebook covers biographical details, information on the historical and social contexts of Browning's work, an overview of the full range of his work and a survey of the major critical debates surrounding him and his work.…

    Paperback – 2001-09-13
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