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The New Critical Idiom

Series Editor: John Drakakis

The well-established New Critical Idiom series continues to provide students with clear introductory guides to the most important critical terms in use today. Each book in this popular series:

  • provides a handy, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • gives an original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • relates the term to the larger field of cultural representation.

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples this series is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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11-20 of 62 results in The New Critical Idiom
  1. Romanticism

    2nd Edition

    By Aidan Day

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Romanticism was a revolutionary intellectual and artistic movement which generated some of the most popular and influential texts in British and American literary history. This clear and engaging guide introduces the history, major writers and critical issues of this crucial era. This fully updated...

    Published December 12th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Ecocriticism

    2nd Edition

    By Greg Garrard

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from Wordsworth and Thoreau through to Google Earth, J.M. Coetzee and Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man. Greg Garrard’s animated and accessible volume...

    Published July 14th 2011 by Routledge

  3. Intertextuality

    2nd Edition

    By Graham Allen

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Theories of intertextuality suggest that meaning in a text can only ever be understood in relation to other texts; no work stands alone but is interlinked with the tradition that came before it and the context in which it is produced. This idea of intertextuality is crucial to understanding...

    Published May 18th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Travel Writing

    By Carl Thompson

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    An increasingly popular genre – addressing issues of empire, colonialism, post-colonialism, globalization, gender and politics – travel writing offers the reader a movement between the familiar and the unknown. In this volume, Carl Thompson: introduces the genre, outlining competing...

    Published May 11th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Dialogue

    By Peter Womack

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Dialogue is a many-sided critical concept; at once an ancient philosophical genre, a formal component of fiction and drama, a model for the relationship of writer and reader, and a theoretical key to the nature of language. In all its forms, it questions ‘literature’, disturbing the singleness and...

    Published April 20th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Sexuality

    2nd Edition

    By Joseph Bristow

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Theories of sexuality and desire are commonly used in literary and cultural studies. In this illuminating study Joseph Bristow introduces readers to the fundamental critical debates surrounding the topic. This fully updated second edition includes: a historical account of sexuality from the...

    Published November 25th 2010 by Routledge

  7. Autobiography

    2nd Edition

    By Linda Anderson

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    If every writer necessarily draws on their own life, is any writing outside the realm of ‘autobiography’? The new edition of this classic guide is fully updated to include: developments in autobiographical criticism, highlighting major theoretical issues and concepts different forms of the genre...

    Published November 25th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Interdisciplinarity

    2nd Edition

    By Joe Moran

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Interdisciplinarity covers one of the most important changes in attitude and methodology in the history of the university. Taking the study of English as its main example, this fully updated second edition examines the ways in which we have organized knowledge into disciplines, and are now...

    Published February 3rd 2010 by Routledge

  9. The Historical Novel

    By Jerome De Groot

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The historical novel is an enduringly popular genre that raises crucial questions about key literary concepts, fact and fiction, identity, history, reading, and writing. In this comprehensive, focused guide, Jerome de Groot offers an accessible introduction to the genre and critical debates that...

    Published September 23rd 2009 by Routledge

  10. Allegory

    By Jeremy Tambling

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Indispensable to an understanding of Medieval and Renaissance texts and a topic of controversy for the Romantic poets, allegory remains a site for debate and controversy in the twenty-first-century. In this useful guide, Jeremy Tambling: presents a concise history of allegory, providing...

    Published August 18th 2009 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Colonialism/Postcolonialism, 3rd Edition
    By Ania Loomba
    To Be Published April 28th 2015
  2. Trauma
    By Stef Craps
    To Be Published December 31st 2015
  3. Literary Geography
    By Hones Sheila
    To Be Published January 31st 2016
  4. Ballad
    By Suzanne Gilbert
    To Be Published February 29th 2016

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