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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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31-40 of 63 results in The New Critical Idiom
  1. Performativity

    By James Loxley

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Do our writings and our utterances reflect or describe our world, or do they intervene in it? Do they, perhaps, help to make it? If so, how? Within what limits, and with what implications? Contemporary theorists have considered the ways in which the languages we speak might be ‘performative’ in...

    Published November 17th 2006 by Routledge

  2. Mimesis

    By Matthew Potolsky

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    A topic that has become increasingly central to the study of art, performance and literature, the term mimesis has long been used to refer to the relationship between an image and its ‘real’ original. However, recent theorists have extended the concept, highlighting new perspectives on key concerns...

    Published February 23rd 2006 by Routledge

  3. Science Fiction

    2nd Edition

    By Adam Roberts

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Science Fiction is a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to one of the most popular areas of modern culture. This second edition reflects how the field is rapidly changing in both its practice and its critical reception. With an entirely new conclusion and all other chapters fully reworked...

    Published December 15th 2005 by Routledge

  4. The Sublime

    By Philip Shaw

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Often labelled as ‘indescribable’, the sublime is a term that has been debated for centuries amongst writers, artists, philosophers and theorists. Usually related to ideas of the great, the awe-inspiring and the overpowering, the sublime has become a complex yet crucial concept in many disciplines....

    Published November 24th 2005 by Routledge

  5. Adaptation and Appropriation

    By Julie Sanders

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    From the apparently simple adaptation of a text into film, theatre or a new literary work, to the more complex appropriation of style or meaning, it is arguable that all texts are somehow connected to a network of existing texts and art forms. Adaptation and Appropriation explores: multiple...

    Published October 17th 2005 by Routledge

  6. Crime Fiction

    By John Scaggs

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Crime Fiction provides a lively introduction to what is both a wide-ranging and hugely popular literary genre. Using examples from a variety of novels, short stories, films and televisions series, John Scaggs: presents a concise history of crime fiction - from biblical narratives to James Ellroy -...

    Published January 27th 2005 by Routledge

  7. The Author

    By Andrew Bennett

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    This volume investigates the changing definitions of the author, what it has meant historically to be an 'author', and the impact that this has had on literary culture. Andrew Bennett presents a clearly-structured discussion of the various theoretical debates surrounding authorship, exploring such...

    Published December 15th 2004 by Routledge

  8. The Postmodern

    By Simon Malpas

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Simon Malpas investigates the theories and definitions of postmodernism and postmodernity, and explores their impact in such areas as identity, history, art, literature and culture. In attempting to map the different forms of the postmodern, and the contrasting experiences of postmodernity in the...

    Published November 18th 2004 by Routledge

  9. Magic(al) Realism

    By Maggie Ann Bowers

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Bestselling novels by Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and a multitude of others have enchanted us by blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Their genre of writing has been variously defined as 'magic', 'magical' or 'marvellous' realism and is quickly becoming a core...

    Published September 23rd 2004 by Routledge

  10. Drama/Theatre/Performance

    By Simon Shepherd, Mick Wallis

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    What is implied when we refer to the study of performing arts as 'drama', 'theatre' or 'performance'? Each term identifies a different tradition of thought and offers different possibilities to the student or practitioner. This book examines the history and use of the terms and investigates the...

    Published September 16th 2004 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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