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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. House Of Mirth

    By Janet Beer, Pamela Knights, Elizabeth Nolan

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published July 24th 2007 by Routledge

  2. George Eliot

    By Jan Jedrzejewski

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published May 7th 2007 by Routledge

  3. Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Helen Stoddart

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published March 30th 2007 by Routledge

  4. Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Alex Tickell

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published February 25th 2007 by Routledge

  5. J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Sarah Graham

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published January 15th 2007 by Routledge

  6. Ian McEwan's Enduring Love

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Peter Childs

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published December 19th 2006 by Routledge

  7. Richard Wright's Native Son

    A Routledge Study Guide

    By Andrew Warnes

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published November 26th 2006 by Routledge

  8. Byron

    By Caroline Franklin

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published October 24th 2006 by Routledge

  9. Joseph Conrad

    By Tim Middleton

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published August 28th 2006 by Routledge

  10. Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels

    A Routledge Study Guide

    Edited by Roger D. Lund

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    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...

    Published June 14th 2006 by Routledge

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