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Shakespeare's History Plays

Shakespeare's History Plays

1st Edition

Robert Watt
January 10, 2003

Shakespeare's history plays are central to his dramatic achievement. In recent years they have become more widely studied than ever, stimulating intensely contested interpretations, due to their relevance to central contemporary issues such as English, national identities and gender roles....

The Brontes

The Brontes

1st Edition

Patricia Ingham
October 03, 2002

The novels of Charlotte and Emily Bronte have become canonical texts for the application of twentieth century literary and cultural theory. Along with the work of their sister, Anne, their texts are regarded as a sources of diversity in themselves, full of conflictual material which different...

Laurence Sterne

Laurence Sterne

1st Edition

Marcus Walsh
July 18, 2002

The eighteenth century was a period when the modern Novel emerged through the work of writers such as Laurence Sterne (1713-68), Richardson, Defoe, Fielding and Johnson. However, the writing of Sterne is recognised as influencing modern writing from Joyce and Woolf onwards more than any of the...

Modern Genre Theory

Modern Genre Theory

1st Edition

David Duff
November 17, 1999

Since Aristotle, genre has been one of the fundamental concepts of literary theory, and much of the world's literature and criticism has been shaped by ideas about the nature, function and value of literary genres. Modern developments in critical theory, however, prompted in part by the...

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

1st Edition

Jennifer Birkett, Kate Ince
September 27, 1999

 Bringing together seminal writings on Beckett from the 1950s and 1960s with critical readings from the 1980s and 1990s, this collection is inspired by a wide variety of literary-theoretical approaches and covers the whole range of Beckett's creative work. Following an up-to-date review and...

Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson

1st Edition

Richard Dutton
September 01, 1999

Interest in Ben Jonson is higher today than at any time since his death. This new collection offers detailed readings of all the major plays - Volpone, Epicene, The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair - and the poems. It also provides significant insights into the court masques and the later plays which...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

1st Edition

Nigel Wood
March 02, 1999

This collection of critical thinking situates the satire of Jonathan Swift within both its eighteenth-century contexts and our modern anxieties about personal identity and communication. Augustan satire at its most provocative is not simply concerned with the public matters of politics or religion,...

Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe

1st Edition

Richard Wilson
February 25, 1999

Christopher Marlowe has provoked some of the most radical criticism of recent years. There is an elective affinity, it seems, between this pre-modern dramatist and the post-modern critics whose best work has been inspired by his plays. The reason suggested by this collection of essays is that...

Shakespeare: The Last Plays

Shakespeare: The Last Plays

1st Edition

Kiernan Ryan
January 18, 1999

This is the first collection of criticism on Shakespeare's romances to register the impact of modern literary theory on interpretations of these plays. Kiernan Ryan brings together the most important recent essays on Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest, the greatest of the `last...

Dante

Dante

1st Edition

Jeremy Tambling
December 02, 1998

Dante's work has fascinated readers for seven hundred years and has provided key reference points for writing as diverse as that of Chaucer, the Renaissance poets, the English Romantics, Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites, American writers from Melville through to Eliot and Pound, Anglo-Irish...

T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot

1st Edition

Harriet Davidson
November 04, 1998

One of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, T. S. Eliot is generally regarded as a leading exponent of the literary movement which came to be known as Modernism. In this volume, Harriet Davidson collects key recent essays by such internationally renowned critics as Terry Eagleton,...

Renaissance Poetry

Renaissance Poetry

1st Edition

Cristina Malcomson
October 27, 1998

This book, the first single volume to collate essays about sixteenth and seventeenth century poetry, explores the remarkable changes that have occurred in the interpretation of English Renaissance poetry in the last twenty years. In the introduction Cristina Malcolmson argues that recent...

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