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Pastoral

Pastoral

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Terry Gifford
November 15, 2019

Updated throughout, this new edition provides a clear and invaluable introduction to the study of Pastoral. Terry Gifford traces the history of the genre from its classical origins through to contemporary writing and introduces the major writers and critical issues relating to Pastoral. Gifford...

Children's Literature

Children's Literature

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Carrie Hintz
November 15, 2019

Children’s Literature is an accessible introduction to this engaging field. Carrie Hintz offers a defining conceptual overview of children’s literature that presents its competing histories, its cultural contexts, and the theoretical debates it has instigated. Positioned within the wider field of...

Trauma

Trauma

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Lucy Bond, Stef Craps
October 29, 2019

Trauma has become a catchword of our time and a central category in contemporary theory and criticism. In this illuminating and accessible volume, Lucy Bond and Stef Craps: provide an account of the history of the concept of trauma from the late nineteenth century to the present day examine...

Race

Race

1st Edition

Martin Orkin, Alexa Alice Joubin
January 24, 2019

Race offers a compelling introduction to the study of ideas related to race throughout history. Its breadth of coverage, both geographically and temporally, provides readers with an expansive, global understanding of the term from the classical period onwards. This concise guide offers an overview...

Satire

Satire

1st Edition

John T. Gilmore
November 24, 2017

What is satire? How can we define it? Is it a weapon for radical change or fundamentally conservative? Is satire funny or cruel? Does it always need a target or victim? Combining thematic, theoretical and historical approaches, John T. Gilmore introduces and investigates the tradition of satire...

Reception

Reception

1st Edition

Ika Willis
October 10, 2017

Reception introduces students and academics alike to the study of the way in which texts are received by readers, viewers, and audiences. Organized conceptually and thematically, this book provides a much-needed overview of the field, drawing on work in literary and cultural studies as well as...

The Sublime

The Sublime

2nd Edition

Philip Shaw
February 20, 2017

Related to ideas of the great, the awe-inspiring and the overpowering, the sublime has been debated for centuries amongst writers, artists, philosophers and theorists and has become a complex yet crucial concept in many disciplines. In this thoroughly updated edition, Philip Shaw looks...

Modernism

Modernism

3rd Edition

Peter Childs
September 27, 2016

Modernist movements radically transformed the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary establishment, and their effects are still felt today. Modernism introduces and analyzes what amounted to nothing less than a literary and cultural revolution. In this fully updated, expanded, and...

The Aphorism and Other Short Forms

The Aphorism and Other Short Forms

1st Edition

Ben Grant
June 06, 2016

The aphorism captures a huge amount of truth, meaning or wit in a very short statement. It has been used and studied from classical times to contemporary theory and takes on a new relevance when we look at today’s communication media such as text messages and twitter. This concise guide offers an...

Adaptation and Appropriation

Adaptation and Appropriation

2nd Edition

Julie Sanders
November 26, 2015

From the apparently simple adaptation of a text into film, theatre or a new literary work, to the more complex appropriation of style or meaning, it is arguable that all texts are somehow connected to a network of existing texts and art forms. In this new edition Adaptation and Appropriation...

Colonialism/Postcolonialism

Colonialism/Postcolonialism

3rd Edition

Ania Loomba
April 28, 2015

Colonialism/Postcolonialism is a comprehensive yet accessible guide to the historical, theoretical and political dimensions of colonial and postcolonial studies. This new edition includes a new introduction and conclusion as well as extensive updates throughout. Topics covered include globalization...

Genre

Genre

2nd Edition

John Frow
September 16, 2014

This second edition of John Frow’s Genre offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the area. Genre is a key means by which we categorize the many forms of literature and culture, but it is also much more than that: in talk and writing, in music and images, in film and television, genres...

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