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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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21-30 of 63 results in The New Critical Idiom
  1. 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 19th 2009 by Routledge

  2. Lyric

    By Scott Brewster

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The term ‘lyric’ has evolved, been revised, redefined and contested over the centuries. In this fascinating introduction, Scott Brewster: traces the history of the term from its classical origins through the early modern, Romantic and Victorian periods and up to the twenty-first century...

    Published June 1st 2009 by Routledge

  3. Genders

    2nd Edition

    By David Glover, Cora Kaplan

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The concept of gender continues to be a central issue in literary and cultural studies, with a significance that crosses disciplinary boundaries and provokes lively debate. In this fully revised and updated second edition, David Glover and Cora Kaplan offer a lucid and illuminating introduction to...

    Published December 11th 2008 by Routledge

  4. Myth

    2nd Edition

    By Laurence Coupe

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Laurence Coupe offers students a comprehensive overview of the development of myth, showing how mythic themes, structures and symbols persist in literature and entertainment today. This introductory volume: illustrates the relation between myth, culture and literature with discussions of poetry,...

    Published December 9th 2008 by Routledge

  5. Memory

    By Anne Whitehead

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The concept of ‘memory’ has given rise to some of the most exciting new directions in contemporary theory. In this much-needed guide to a burgeoning field of a study, Anne Whitehead: presents a history of the concept of ‘memory’ and its uses, encompassing both memory as activity and the nature of...

    Published September 5th 2008 by Routledge

  6. Humanism

    2nd Edition

    By Tony Davies

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Definitions of humanism have evolved throughout the centuries as the term has been adopted for a variety of purposes – literary, cultural and political – and reactions against humanism have contributed to movements such as postmodernism and anti-humanism. Tony Davies offers a clear...

    Published March 10th 2008 by Routledge

  7. Modernism

    2nd Edition

    By Peter Childs

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The modernist movement radically transformed the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary establishment, and its effects are still felt today. Modernism introduces and analyzes what amounted to nothing less than a literary and cultural revolution. In this fully updated and revised...

    Published November 1st 2007 by Routledge

  8. Rhetoric

    By Jennifer Richards

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Rhetoric has shaped our understanding of the nature of language and the purpose of literature for over two millennia. It is of crucial importance in understanding the development of literary history as well as elements of philosophy, politics and culture. The nature and practise of rhetoric was...

    Published August 29th 2007 by Routledge

  9. Elegy

    By David Kennedy

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Grief and mourning are generally considered to be private, yet universal instincts. But in a media age of televised funerals and visible bereavement, elegies are increasingly significant and open to public scrutiny. Providing an overview of the history of the term and the different ways in which it...

    Published August 21st 2007 by Routledge

  10. Metaphor

    By David Punter

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Metaphor is a central concept in literary studies, but it is also prevalent in everyday language and speech. Recent literary theories such as postmodernism and deconstruction have transformed the study of the text and revolutionized our thinking about metaphor. In this fascinating volume, David...

    Published June 5th 2007 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Adaptation and Appropriation, 2nd Edition
    By Julie Sanders
    To Be Published November 26th 2015
  2. Literary Geography
    By Sheila Hones
    To Be Published February 1st 2016
  3. The Aphorism and Other Short Forms
    By Ben Grant
    To Be Published May 1st 2016
  4. The Sublime, 2nd Edition
    By Philip Shaw
    To Be Published June 1st 2016

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