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The New Critical Idiom

Series Editor: John Drakakis

The well-established New Critical Idiom series continues to provide students with clear introductory guides to the most important critical terms in use today. Each book in this popular series:

  • provides a handy, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • gives an original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • relates the term to the larger field of cultural representation.

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples this series is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

New and Published Books

1-10 of 63 results in The New Critical Idiom
  1. Genre

    2nd Edition

    By John Frow

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    This second edition of John Frow’s Genre offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the area. Genre is a key means by which we categorize the many forms of literature and culture, but it is also much more than that: in talk and writing, in music and images, in film and television, genres...

    Published September 16th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Comedy

    2nd Edition

    By Andrew Stott

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    This new edition of Andrew Stott’s Comedy builds on themes presented in the first edition such as focusing on the significance of comic 'events' through study of various theoretical methodologies, including deconstruction, psychoanalysis and gender theory, and provides case studies of a number of...

    Published July 9th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Narrative

    2nd Edition

    By Paul Cobley

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Human beings have constantly told stories, presented events and placed the world into narrative form. This activity suggests a very basic way of looking at the world, yet, this book argues, even the most seemingly simple of stories is embedded in a complex network of relations. Paul Cobley traces...

    Published November 20th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Gothic

    2nd Edition

    By Fred Botting

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    This enduringly popular book has become a classic in the expanding and increasingly popular field of Gothic Studies. This long awaited new edition contains a new chapter on ‘Contemporary Gothic’, an expanded section on American Gothic and more discussion of the gothic in women’s film and writing...

    Published October 4th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Translation

    By Susan Bassnett

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    In a time when millions travel around the planet; some by choice, some driven by economic or political exile, translation of the written and spoken word is of ever increasing importance. This guide presents readers with an accessible and engaging introduction to the valuable position translation...

    Published August 30th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Fairy Tale

    By Andrew Teverson

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    This volume offers a comprehensive critical and theoretical introduction to the genre of the fairy tale. It: explores the ways in which folklorists have defined the genre assesses the various methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of fairy tale provides a detailed account of the...

    Published May 28th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Grotesque

    By Justin Edwards, Rune Graulund

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Grotesque provides an invaluable and accessible guide to the use (and abuse) of this complex literary term. Justin D. Edwards and Rune Graulund explore the influence of the grotesque on cultural forms throughout history, with particular focus on its representation in literature, visual art and film...

    Published May 24th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Epic

    By Paul Innes

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    This student guidebook offers a clear introduction to an often complex and unwieldy area of literary studies. Tracing epic from its ancient and classical roots through postmodern and contemporary examples this volume discusses: a wide range of writers including Homer, Vergil, Ovid, Dante,...

    Published January 31st 2013 by Routledge

  9. Spatiality

    By Robert T. Tally Jr.

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Spatiality has risen to become a key concept in literary and cultural studies, with critical focus on the ‘spatial turn’ presenting a new approach to the traditional literary analyses of time and history. Robert T. Tally Jr. explores differing aspects of the spatial in literary studies today,...

    Published October 1st 2012 by Routledge

  10. Temporalities

    By Russell West-Pavlov

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Temporalities presents a concise critical introduction to the treatment of time throughout literature. Time and its passage represent one of the oldest and most complex philosophical subjects in art of all forms, and Russell West-Pavlov explains and interrogates the most important theories of...

    Published September 27th 2012 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Colonialism/Postcolonialism, 3rd Edition
    By Ania Loomba
    To Be Published April 28th 2015
  2. Ballad
    By Suzanne Gilbert
    To Be Published August 31st 2015
  3. Literary Geography
    By Hones Sheila
    To Be Published November 30th 2015

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