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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.

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1-10 of 54 results in Routledge Guides to Literature
  1. Toni Morrison

    By Pelagia Goulimari

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published June 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  2. Gerard Manley Hopkins

    By Angus Easson

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published December 8th 2010 by Routledge

  3. Nadine Gordimer's July's People

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Brendon Nicholls

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published September 10th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Kazuo Ishiguro

    By Wai-chew Sim

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published October 7th 2009 by Routledge

  5. Ted Hughes

    By Terry Gifford

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published November 26th 2008 by Routledge

  6. Martin Amis

    By Brian Finney

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published May 22nd 2008 by Routledge

  7. William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Sonia Massai

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published December 17th 2007 by Routledge

  8. Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By David Whittaker, Mpalive-Hangson Msiska

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published November 6th 2007 by Routledge

  9. Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published September 19th 2007 by Routledge

  10. W.H. Auden

    By Tony Sharpe

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published August 24th 2007 by Routledge

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