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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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41-50 of 71 results in The New Critical Idiom
  1. Magic(al) Realism

    By Maggie Ann Bowers

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Bestselling novels by Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and a multitude of others have enchanted us by blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Their genre of writing has been variously defined as 'magic', 'magical' or 'marvellous' realism and is quickly becoming a core...

    Published September 22nd 2004 by Routledge

  2. Drama/Theatre/Performance

    By Simon Shepherd, Mick Wallis

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    What is implied when we refer to the study of performing arts as 'drama', 'theatre' or 'performance'? Each term identifies a different tradition of thought and offers different possibilities to the student or practitioner. This book examines the history and use of the terms and investigates the...

    Published September 15th 2004 by Routledge

  3. Romance

    By Barbara Fuchs

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Often derided as an inferior form of literature, 'romance' as a literary mode or genre defies satisfactory definition, dividing critics, scholars and readers alike. This useful guidebook traces the myriad transformations of 'romance' from medieval courtly love to Mills and Boon, and claims that its...

    Published September 8th 2004 by Routledge

  4. Ecocriticism

    By Greg Garrard

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Inspired by a range of ecological movements, ecocriticism explores the ways in which we imagine and portray the relationship between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production, from Wordsworth and Thoreau to Disney and BBC nature documentaries. Greg Garrard's animated and...

    Published June 30th 2004 by Routledge

  5. Discourse

    2nd Edition

    By Sara Mills

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    This volume provides a broad analysis of the term 'discourse' and a thorough examination of the many theoretical assumptions surrounding it. In the revised edition of this invaluable guidebook, Sara Mills:*examines the historical definitions and developments of discourse*analyzes Foucault's use of...

    Published May 26th 2004 by Routledge

  6. Difference

    By Mark Currie

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Difference is one of the most influential critical concepts of recent decades. Mark Currie offers a comprehensive account of the history of the term and its place in some of the most influential schools of theory of the past four decades, including: * post-structuralism* deconstruction* new...

    Published February 18th 2004 by Routledge

  7. Subjectivity

    By Donald E. Hall

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Explores the history of theories of selfhood, from the Classical era to the present, and demonstrates how those theories can be applied in literary and cultural criticism. Donald E. Hall: * examines all of the major methodologies and theoretical emphases of the twentieth and twenty-first...

    Published February 4th 2004 by Routledge

  8. Irony

    By Claire Colebrook

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    In this handy volume, Claire Colebrook offers an overview of the history and structure of irony, from Socrates to the present.Students will welcome this clear, concise guide, which:*traces the use of the concept through history, from Greek times to the Romantic period and on to the postmodern era*...

    Published September 17th 2003 by Routledge

  9. Dramatic Monologue

    By Glennis Byron

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The dramatic monologue is traditionally associated with Victorian poets such as Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson, and is generally considered to have disappeared with the onset of modernism in the twentieth century. Glennis Byron unravels its history and argues that, contrary to belief, the...

    Published July 23rd 2003 by Routledge

  10. Realism

    By Pam Morris

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Coming to prominence with the nineteenth-century novel, literary realism has most often been associated with the insistence that art cannot turn away from the more sordid and harsh aspects of human existence. However, because realism is unavoidably tied up with the gnarly concept of 'reality' and '...

    Published July 9th 2003 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Genre, 2nd Edition
    By John Frow
    To Be Published September 21st 2014
  2. Ecocriticism
    By Greg Garrard
    To Be Published December 14th 2014
  3. The Canon
    By Christopher Kuipers
    To Be Published December 31st 2014
  4. Colonialism/Postcolonialism, 3rd Edition
    By Ania Loomba
    To Be Published March 31st 2015
  5. Satire
    By John T. Gilmore
    To Be Published April 30th 2015
  6. Tragedy
    By Martin Regal
    To Be Published April 30th 2015
  7. Ballad
    By Suzanne Gilbert
    To Be Published June 30th 2015

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