Literary and Critical Theory

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Routledge's Literary and Critical Theory books offer everything you could need from textbooks to research monographs. Take a look at Using Critical Theory, Lois Tyson’s introductory guide to the field, or The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, a comprehensive resource and textbook to this vibrant and interdisciplinary area. You can also see our extensive range of research and reference including the Routledge Companions series.


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  1. Originality and Intellectual Property in the French and English Enlightenment

    Edited by Reginald McGinnis

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    Are legal concepts of intellectual property and copyright related to artistic notions of invention and originality? Do literary and legal scholars have anything to learn from each other, or should the legal debate be viewed as separate from questions of aesthetics? Bridging what are usually...

    Published October 10th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Women, Murder, and Equity in Early Modern England

    By Randall Martin

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This book presents the first comprehensive study of over 120 printed news reports of murders and infanticides committed by early modern women. It offers an interdisciplinary analysis of female homicide in post-Reformation news formats ranging from ballads to newspapers. Individual cases are...

    Published October 10th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Adorno

    By Brian O'Connor

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was one of the foremost philosophers and social theorists of the post-war period. Crucial to the development of Critical Theory, his highly original and distinctive but often difficult writings not only advance questions of fundamental philosophical significance, but...

    Published September 20th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Keats and Philosophy

    The Life of Sensations

    By Shahidha Kazi Bari

    Series: Routledge Studies in Romanticism

    John Keats remains one of the most familiar and beloved of English poets, but has received surprisingly little critical attention in recent years. This study is a fresh contribution to Keats criticism and Romantic scholarship, positioning Keats as a figure of philosophical interest who warrants...

    Published May 15th 2012 by Routledge

  5. The Textual Condition of Nineteenth-Century Literature

    By Josephine Guy, Ian Small

    Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

    In this important new book, Guy and Small develop a new account of literary creativity in the late nineteenth century, one that combines concepts generated by text-theorists concerning the embodied nature of textuality with the empirical insights of text-editors and book historians. Through these...

    Published December 20th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Retheorizing Shakespeare through Presentist Readings

    By James O'Rourke

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    This book offers a theoretical rationale for the emerging presentist movement in Shakespeare studies and goes on to show, in a series of close readings, that a presentist Shakespeare is not an anachronism. Relying on a Brechtian aesthetic of "naïve surrealism" as the performative model of the...

    Published November 18th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Shakespeare, Trauma and Contemporary Performance

    By Catherine Silverstone

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    Shakespeare, Trauma and Contemporary Performance examines how contemporary performances of Shakespeare’s texts on stage and screen engage with violent events and histories. The book attempts to account for – but not to rationalize – the ongoing and pernicious effects of various forms of violence as...

    Published June 6th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Criticism, Crisis, and Contemporary Narrative

    Textual Horizons in an Age of Global Risk

    Edited by Paul Crosthwaite

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

    The etymological affinity between ‘criticism’ and ‘crisis’ has never been more resonant than it is today, when social life is increasingly understood as defined by a succession of overlapping global crises: financial and economic crises; environmental crises; geopolitical crises; terrorist crises;...

    Published December 2nd 2010 by Routledge