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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.

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21-30 of 64 results in The New Critical Idiom
  1. Lyric

    By Scott Brewster

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The term ‘lyric’ has evolved, been revised, redefined and contested over the centuries. In this fascinating introduction, Scott Brewster: traces the history of the term from its classical origins through the early modern, Romantic and Victorian periods and up to the twenty-first century...

    Published May 31st 2009 by Routledge

  2. Genders

    2nd Edition

    By David Glover, Cora Kaplan

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The concept of gender continues to be a central issue in literary and cultural studies, with a significance that crosses disciplinary boundaries and provokes lively debate. In this fully revised and updated second edition, David Glover and Cora Kaplan offer a lucid and illuminating introduction to...

    Published December 10th 2008 by Routledge

  3. Myth

    2nd Edition

    By Laurence Coupe

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Laurence Coupe offers students a comprehensive overview of the development of myth, showing how mythic themes, structures and symbols persist in literature and entertainment today. This introductory volume: illustrates the relation between myth, culture and literature with discussions of poetry,...

    Published December 8th 2008 by Routledge

  4. Memory

    By Anne Whitehead

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The concept of ‘memory’ has given rise to some of the most exciting new directions in contemporary theory. In this much-needed guide to a burgeoning field of a study, Anne Whitehead: presents a history of the concept of ‘memory’ and its uses, encompassing both memory as activity and the nature of...

    Published September 4th 2008 by Routledge

  5. Humanism

    2nd Edition

    By Tony Davies

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Definitions of humanism have evolved throughout the centuries as the term has been adopted for a variety of purposes – literary, cultural and political – and reactions against humanism have contributed to movements such as postmodernism and anti-humanism. Tony Davies offers a clear...

    Published March 9th 2008 by Routledge

  6. Modernism

    2nd Edition

    By Peter Childs

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The modernist movement radically transformed the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary establishment, and its effects are still felt today. Modernism introduces and analyzes what amounted to nothing less than a literary and cultural revolution. In this fully updated and revised...

    Published October 31st 2007 by Routledge

  7. Rhetoric

    By Jennifer Richards

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Rhetoric has shaped our understanding of the nature of language and the purpose of literature for over two millennia. It is of crucial importance in understanding the development of literary history as well as elements of philosophy, politics and culture. The nature and practise of rhetoric was...

    Published August 28th 2007 by Routledge

  8. Elegy

    By David Kennedy

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Grief and mourning are generally considered to be private, yet universal instincts. But in a media age of televised funerals and visible bereavement, elegies are increasingly significant and open to public scrutiny. Providing an overview of the history of the term and the different ways in which it...

    Published August 20th 2007 by Routledge

  9. Metaphor

    By David Punter

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Metaphor is a central concept in literary studies, but it is also prevalent in everyday language and speech. Recent literary theories such as postmodernism and deconstruction have transformed the study of the text and revolutionized our thinking about metaphor. In this fascinating volume, David...

    Published June 4th 2007 by Routledge

  10. Performativity

    By James Loxley

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Do our writings and our utterances reflect or describe our world, or do they intervene in it? Do they, perhaps, help to make it? If so, how? Within what limits, and with what implications? Contemporary theorists have considered the ways in which the languages we speak might be ‘performative’ in...

    Published November 16th 2006 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Genre, 2nd Edition
    By John Frow
    To Be Published September 28th 2014
  2. Colonialism/Postcolonialism, 3rd Edition
    By Ania Loomba
    To Be Published May 31st 2015
  3. Ballad
    By Suzanne Gilbert
    To Be Published June 30th 2015
  4. Aphorisms and Other Short Forms
    By Ben Grant
    To Be Published July 31st 2015

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