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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. William Shakespeare's Hamlet

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Sean McEvoy

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    William Shakespeare's Hamlet (c.1600-1601) has achieved iconic status as one of the most exciting and enigmatic of plays. It has been in almost constant production in Britain and throughout the world since it was first performed, fascinating generations of audiences and critics alike. Taking the...

    Published March 22nd 2006 by Routledge

  2. Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Ruth Glancy

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Since its publication in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities has remained the best-known fictional recreation of the French Revolution, and one of Charles Dickens’s most exciting novels. A Tale of Two Cities blends a moving love story with the familiar figures of the Revolution—Bastille prisoners, a...

    Published January 31st 2006 by Routledge

  3. The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Alice Jenkins

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Hopkins’ poetry presents: extensive introductory comments on the contexts, critical history and interpretations of his work, from composition to the present annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews and critical works unabridged texts...

    Published January 31st 2006 by Routledge

  4. William Shakespeare's Macbeth

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Alexander Leggatt

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a timeless tale of love, greed and power, which has given rise to heated debates around such issues as the representation of gender roles, political violence and the dramatisation of evil. Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Shakespeare’s play presents:...

    Published December 12th 2005 by Routledge

  5. Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Juliet John

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist is one of the most significant novels of the Victorian era and having been adapted for both stage and screen, retains its impact in the cultural consciousness of many nations. Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Dickens’ novel includes: extensive...

    Published December 7th 2005 by Routledge

  6. Jane Austen

    By Robert P. Irvine

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Jane Austen is one of England's most enduringly popular authors, renowned for her subtle observations of the provincial middle classes of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England.This guide to Austen's much-loved work offers: an accessible introduction to the contexts and many...

    Published February 28th 2005 by Routledge

  7. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Robert Morrison

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Robert Morrison sets Pride and Prejudice within the social contexts of female conduct books and political tales of terror and traces criticism of the novel from the nineteenth century to the present, including material on the 1995 film adaptation. Extensive introductory comment and annotation...

    Published February 17th 2005 by Routledge

  8. Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Scott McEathron

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    This sourcebook offers an introduction to Thomas Hardy's crucial novel, offering: a contextual overview, a chronology and reprinted contemporary documents, including a selection of Hardy's poems an overview of the book's early reception and recent critical fortunes, as well as a wide range of...

    Published February 17th 2005 by Routledge

  9. John Milton's Paradise Lost

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Margaret Kean

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost (1667) is a literary landmark. His reworking of Biblical tales of the loss of Eden constitutes not only a gripping literary work, but a significant musing on fundamental human concerns ranging from freedom and fate to conscience and consciousness. Designed for...

    Published December 8th 2004 by Routledge

  10. Walt Whitman's Song of Myself

    A Sourcebook and Critical Edition

    By Walt Whitman

    Edited by Ezra Greenspan

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    This sourcebook includes the full text of Song of Myself. Since 1855, Walt Whitman's Song of Myself has been enjoyed, debated, parodied and imitated by readers, critics and artists crossing national and linguistic boundaries. Many argue that it is the most influential poem ever written by an...

    Published September 1st 2004 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children: A Routledge Guide
    By James Procter
    To Be Published February 19th 2015

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