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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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61-70 of 72 results in The New Critical Idiom
  1. Culture/Metaculture

    By Francis Mulhern

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Culture/Metaculture is a stimulating introduction to the meanings of 'culture' in contemporary Western society. This essential survey examines: * culture as an antidote to 'mass' modernity, in the work of Thomas Mann, Julien Benda, José Ortega y Gasset, Karl Mannheim and F. R. Leavis* changing...

    Published March 22nd 2000 by Routledge

  2. Intertextuality

    By Graham Allen

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    No text has its meaning alone; all texts have their meaning in relation to other texts. Since Julia Kristeva coined the term in the 1960s, intertextuality has been a dominant idea within literary and cultural studies leaving none of the traditional ideas about reading or writing undisturbed....

    Published March 15th 2000 by Routledge

  3. Pastoral

    By Terry Gifford

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Pastoral is a succinct and up-to-date introductory text to the history, major writers and critical issues of this genre. Terry Gifford clarifies the different uses of pastoral covering: * the history of the genre from its classical origins to Elizabethan drama, through eighteenth-century pastoral...

    Published August 4th 1999 by Routledge

  4. The Unconscious

    By Anthony Easthope

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    The unconscious is a term which is central to the understanding of psychoanalysis, and, indeed everyday life. In this introductory guide, Antony Easthope provides a witty and accessible overview of the subject showing the reality of the unconscious with a startling variety of examples. He takes us...

    Published June 23rd 1999 by Routledge

  5. Literature

    By Peter Widdowson

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    This introductory volume provides an overview of the history of Literature as a cultural concept, and reflects on the contemporary nature, place and function of what the literary might mean for us today. Literature: * offers a concise history of the canonic concept of 'literature' from its earliest...

    Published December 9th 1998 by Routledge

  6. Myth

    By Laurence Coupe

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Laurence Coupe offers students a crucial overview of the evolution of 'myth', from the ancient Greek definitions to those of a range of contemporary thinkers. This introductory volume: provides an introduction to both the theory of myth and the making of myth explores the uses made of the term '...

    Published September 10th 1997 by Routledge

  7. Stylistics

    By Richard Bradford

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Richard Bradford provides a definitive introductory guide to modern critical ideas on literary style and stylistics. It will provide students with a basic grasp of stylistics and literary analysis.This comprehensive and accessible guidebook for undergraduates examines:* the terminology of literary...

    Published February 26th 1997 by Routledge

  8. Humanism

    By Tony Davies

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Definitions of humanism as educational movement, philosophical concept or existential ‘life stance’ have evolved over the centuries as the term has been adopted for a variety of cultural and political purposes and contexts, and reactions against humanism have contributed to movements such as...

    Published November 6th 1996 by Routledge

  9. Ideology

    By David Hawkes

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Any literary student who is new to the terminology and uses of critical terms will welcome David Hawkes' Ideology, a comprehensive and concise overview. In refreshingly clear and jargon-free prose, Hawkes: Considers the myriad definitions and meanings of ideology Traces the history of the term and...

    Published March 13th 1996 by Routledge

  10. Gothic

    By Fred Botting

    Series: The New Critical Idiom

    Tailored specifically for students new to the daunting field of literary theory, Fred Botting's Gothic is a clear and welcome introduction to the study of this compelling genre. This lucid, easy-to-follow guide: * Explains the transformations of the genre through history * Outlines all the major...

    Published November 22nd 1995 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Dramatic Monologue
    By Glennis Byron
    To Be Published May 20th 2014
  2. Comedy, 2nd Edition
    By Andrew Stott
    To Be Published June 29th 2014
  3. Genre, 2nd Edition
    By John Frow
    To Be Published September 29th 2014
  4. The Canon
    By Christopher Kuipers
    To Be Published December 14th 2014
  5. Colonialism/Postcolonialism, 3rd Edition
    By Ania Loomba
    To Be Published March 31st 2015

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