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  1. Pre-Order Your Copy of Literary Criticism and Theory: From Plato to Post-Colonialism

    Pelagia Goulimari examines a variety of key thinkers from Plato to Derrida in her book Literary Criticism and Theory: From Plato to Post-Colonialism. An ideal introduction to anyone approaching theory and criticism for the first time, including handy study features such as annotated further reading. Why not request your complimentary inspection copy now?

  2. Comedy by Andrew Stott - New Edition Out Now

    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 themes, ranging from the drag act to the simplicity of slipping on a banana skin. Read More...

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  3. Studying Literature in English - Out Now

    Studying Literature in English provides the ideal point of entry for students of English Literature. This book is an accessible guide for Literature students around the world. From principal literary genres, periods and theory, to strategies for reading, research and essay-writing, Dominic Rainsford provides an engaging introduction to the most important aspects of studying literature in English. Read more...

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  4. Ecocriticism: The Essential Reader - Out Now

    Ecocriticism: The Essential Reader charts the growth of this important field. The first-wave ecocriticism section focuses on key readings from the 1960s to the 1990s. The second-wave ecocriticism section goes on to consider a range of exciting contemporary trends, including environmental justice, esthetics and philosophy, and globalization.

  5. New - A Short Literary History of the United States

    A Short Literary History of the United States offers an introduction to American Literature for students wanting to acquaint themselves with the most important periods, authors and works of American literary history. Comprehensive yet concise, it provides an essential overview of the different currents in American literature in an accessible, engaging style. Read more...

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  6. Now Available from Routledge - An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory

    ‘The best introduction to literary studies on the market’ - Jonathan Culler, Cornell University, USA

    Fresh, original and compelling, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory is the essential guide to literary studies. Starting at ‘the beginning’ and concluding with ‘the end’, the book covers topics that range from the familiar (character, narrative, the author) to the more unusual (secrets, pleasure, ghosts). Eschewing abstract isms, Bennett and Royle successfully illuminate complex ideas by engaging directly with literary works. Read More.

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  7. Narrative - New Edition Out Now

    This second, revised and fully updated edition of the successful guidebook to narrative covers a range of narrative forms and their historical development from early oral and literate forms through to contemporary digital media, encompassing Hellenic and Hebraic foundations, the rise of the novel, realist representations, narratives of imperialism, modernism, cinema, postmodernism and new technologies. A final chapter reviews the way that narrative theory in the last decade has re-orientated definitions of narrative. Read more...

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  8. Literary Studies: A Practical Guide - Out Now

    Literary Studies: A Practical Guide provides a comprehensive foundation for the study of English, American, and world literatures, giving students the critical skills they need to best develop and apply their knowledge. Designed for use in a range of literature courses, it begins by outlining the history of literary movements, enabling students to contextualise a given work within its cultural and historical movement. Read more...

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  9. Medieval Literature: Criticism and Debates

    Medieval Literature: Criticism and Debates combines classic critical essays alongside new voices and approaches, highlighting vibrant debates on medieval literature that will continue to shape critical conversations for the coming decades. Holly A. Crocker and D. Vance Smith present a fascinating collection of essays from leading contemporary scholars of medieval literature and culture, examining topics including gender, sexuality, politics, belief, language, nationhood, science and desire. Read more...

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  10. American Literature: A History

    This comprehensive history of American Literature traces its development from the earliest colonial writings of the late 1500s through to the present day. Essential reading for anyone seeking to situate their reading of American Literature in the appropriate religious, cultural, and political contexts. Read more.

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