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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. Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Christopher Innes

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Since Hedda Gabler exploded on to European and American stages in the 1890s, the play and its title character have troubled and transfixed audiences, performers and critics the world over. In this sourcebook, Christopher Innes balances essential reprinted texts with clear, incisive commentary to:*...

    Published July 31st 2003 by Routledge

  2. The Poems of John Keats

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by John Strachan

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    This sourcebook offers the ideal introduction to the work of John Keats, a central figure in English Romanticism and one of the most popular poets in the literary canon.The sourcebook is arranged in four sections: Contexts, Interpretations, Key Poems and Further Reading. Each combines clear...

    Published June 5th 2003 by Routledge

  3. William Shakespeare's King Lear

    A Sourcebook

    Edited by Grace Ioppolo

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    This sourcebook clearly introduces the many critical issues surrounding this complex and haunting play. Ioppolo examines sources, from Holinshed to Spencer, and in the Interpretations section looks at critical readings and notable performances of the play. These range from early critical responses...

    Published May 22nd 2003 by Routledge

  4. 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 March 13th 2003 by Routledge

  5. William Shakespeare's Othello

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Andrew Hadfield

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    William Shakespeare's Othello (1601-2) has delighted and disturbed theatre audiences for the past four centuries, and remains one of the most frequently performed and widely studied of his plays. This volume is a broad-ranging guide to Othello, providing an introduction to:*the contexts of the play...

    Published December 5th 2002 by Routledge

  6. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Timothy Morton

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most widely studied works of English literature, and Frankenstein's creature is a key figure in the popular imagination. This sourcebook examines Mary Shelley's novel within its literary and cultural contexts, bringing together material on: *the contexts...

    Published July 18th 2002 by Routledge

  7. E.M. Forster's A Passage to India

    A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

    Edited by Peter Childs

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    E. M. Forster's most challenging work, A Passage to India has since 1924 provoked debate on topics from imperialism to modernism to ethnicity, sexuality and symbolism. This sourcebook introduces not only the novel but the key issues which surround it. This sourcebook offers: * a contextual and...

    Published June 20th 2002 by Routledge

  8. Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

    A Sourcebook

    Edited by Adriana Craciun

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) is the founding text of modern feminism. In this sourcebook, Adriana Craciun provides the ideal starting point for students new to Wollstonecraft's revolutionary work, providing carefully focused introductory materials combined with...

    Published April 25th 2002 by Routledge

  9. D.H. Lawrence

    By Fiona Becket

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    So many questions surround the key figures in the English literary canon, but most books focus on one aspect of an author's life or work, or limit themselves to a single critical approach. D. H. Lawrence is a comprehensive, user-friendly guide which: * offers basic information on Lawrence's,...

    Published April 4th 2002 by Routledge

  10. Ben Jonson

    By James Loxley

    Series: Routledge Guides to Literature

    First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published October 25th 2001 by Routledge

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