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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. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wall-Paper

    A Sourcebook and Critical Edition

    Edited by Catherine J. Golden

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    In 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman published her landmark work, The Yellow Wall-Paper, generating spirited debates in literary and political circles on both sides of the Atlantic. Today this story of a young wife and mother succumbing to madness is hailed both as a feminist classic and a key text in...

    Published August 25th 2004 by Routledge

  2. Jane Austen's Emma

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Paula Byrne

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Emma is widely regarded as Jane Austen's most perfectly constructed novel. At once a comedy of misunderstanding, a razor-sharp analysis of the English class-system, a classic tale of moral growth, and a romance that combines sense with sensibility, it has appealed to readers of every generation and...

    Published May 19th 2004 by Routledge

  3. Charles Dickens's Bleak House

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Janice M. Allan

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    With its sustained social criticism and complex construction, Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1853) is considered by many critics to be Dickens's most remarkable novel. Janice Allan: introduces the contextual issues that most directly influenced Dickens's writing and reprints relevant source...

    Published May 19th 2004 by Routledge

  4. Kate Chopin's The Awakening

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Janet Beer, Elizabeth Nolan

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Damned upon publication for engaging with the taboo issues of female sexuality and infidelity, Kate Chopin's The Awakening (1899) is now hailed as a key early feminist text and an important work of American literature.This sourcebook combines accessible commentary with reprinted documents to...

    Published May 19th 2004 by Routledge

  5. William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

    A Sourcebook

    Edited by S.P. Cerasano

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    With Shylock's pound of flesh and Portia's golden ring,The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most controversial, disturbing and unforgettable plays.Combining accessible commentary with a range of reprinted materials, S. P. Cerasano:*explores the contexts of the play, including early modern...

    Published December 17th 2003 by Routledge

  6. Charles Dickens's David Copperfield

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Richard J. Dunn

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    This guidebook offers the ideal introduction to one of the most enduringly popular works of the nineteenth century. Richard J. Dunn first places David Copperfield in its social, biographical and literary contexts, touching upon such fascinating issues as autobiography and Victorian social...

    Published December 17th 2003 by Routledge

  7. The Poems of W.B. Yeats

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Michael O'Neill

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Deeply involved with Irish culture and history, W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) is one of the greatest poets writing in the last two centuries. This sourcebook provides essential help for readers who wish to learn more about his powerful, haunting poems. Considering Yeats's early, dreamily evocative poems...

    Published December 10th 2003 by Routledge

  8. Thomas Hardy

    By Geoffrey Harvey

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Thomas Hardy was the foremost novelist of his time, as well as an established poet. Author of Jude the Obscure and Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy reflected in his works the dynamics of social, intellectual and aesthetic change in nineteenth-century England.This guide provides students with a...

    Published December 7th 2003 by Routledge

  9. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Debra J. Rosenthal

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    First published in book form in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin quickly became a bestseller, recognised as a powerful contribution to anti-slavery debates. After more than 150 years, it remains one of the most widely discussed works of American literature. Debra Rosenthal: *examines the life and career of...

    Published September 24th 2003 by Routledge

  10. Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Michael J. Davey

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    No book is more central to the study of nineteenth-century American literature than Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; or The Whale. First published it 1851, it still speaks powerfully to readers today. Combining reprinted documents with clear introductions for student readers, this volume examines the...

    Published September 17th 2003 by Routledge

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