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A Little History of Literature

by Sutherland John

This “little history” takes on a very big subject: the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. John Sutherland is perfectly suited to...


Rifled Sanctuaries: Some Views of the Pacific Islands in Western Literature to 1900

by Bill Pearson

The Pacific Islands began to appear in Western literature soon after European navigators made landfall there. From the first, there was seldom a statement of plain facts. Explorers brought their own viewpoints...


Look Back Harder: Critical Writings, 1935-84

by Allen Curnow

The collected critical writings of one of New Zealand’s major poets and critics, covering half a century of his work. Of the thirty-eight items (reviews, essays, lectures, interviews, and letters) included,...


Leaving the Highway: Six Contemporary New Zealand Novelists

by Mark Williams

The major New Zealand novelists of the 1980s have begun to receive international acclaim. This first critical study of Janet Frame, Keri Hulme, Witi Ihimaera, Maurice Gee, Ian Wedde, and C.K. Stead concentrates...


Answering to the Language: Essays on Modern Writers

by C. K. Stead

A collection of 47 essays, lectures, reviews and articles covering a wide variety of topics, ranging from Yeats and Katherine Mansfield to Booker Prizewinners Peter Carey and Keri Hulme.


An Unsettled Spirit: The Life and Frontier Fiction of Edith Lyttleton

by Terry Sturm

A critical biography of the popular 1920s novelist G. B. Lancaster (the pen name of Edith Lyttleton), this book tells the moving story of her life and work. Sturm paints a fascinating picture of the harsh experience...


Waimarino County: & Other Excursions

by Martin Edmond

Looking outwards, into the past, and to the natural landscape for inspiration, these masterful essays offer elegant ruminations on the experience of living. Divided into four distinct sections, the collection...


Milk and Honey

by Michele Leggott

Deft word play, allusion, and quotation meet intense images and stirring rhythms in this compendium from one of New Zealand's top poets. The verse in this demanding body of work represents a step forward—it...


Kin of Place: Essays on New Zealand Writers

by C. K. Stead

This collection of 28 critical essays provides provocative comment on the work of 20 New Zealand writers, including Elizabeth Knox, Katherine Mansfield, Kendrick Smithyman, Allen Curnow, and Janet Frame.


Conversation in a Train and Other Critical Writings

by Frank Sargeson

Frank Sargeson wrote fiction for over half a century as well as occasional criticism in many forms and on many topics. Writers considered include D. H. Lawrence, Sherwood Anderson, Henry Lawson and Olive Schreiner...


Agamben and Indifference: A Critical Overview

by William Watkin

The first truly comprehensive and fully up-to-date critical introduction to the philosophy of Giorgio Agamben for an interdisciplinary audience.


Book Self: The Reader as Writer and the Writer as Critic

by C. K. Stead

A sequel to the successful books Kin of Place and The Writer at Work, this collection of critical writing takes the reader on a personal journey from the author’s earliest discovery of poetry as a young man...


A Question of Commitment: Australian Literature in the Twenty Years After the War

by Susan McKernan

A Question of Commitment examines the attitudes of writers as diverse as James McAuley, Frank Hardy, Judith Wright, Patrick White and A. D. Hope as they responded to changes in postwar Australian society. Susan...


Passions and Subjectivity in Early Modern Culture

by Brian Cummings & Freya Sierhuis

Framed within a wide range of ideas, including politics and religion, this volume makes new connections between embodiment, selfhood and the passions. It explores new ways of negotiating the boundaries between...


Collaborative Translation and Multi-Version Texts in Early Modern Europe

by Belén| Bistué

Focusing on team translation and the production of multilingual editions, and on the difficulties these techniques created for Renaissance translation theory, this book interrogates textual practices that were...


In the Thick of the Fight: The Writing of Emily Wilding Davison, Militant Suffragette

by Carolyn P. Collette

One of the most memorable images of the British women's suffrage movement occurred on June 4, Derby Day, 1913. As the field of horses approached a turning at Epsom, militant suffragette Emily Wilding Davison...


Dark Matter: Invisibility in Drama, Theater, and Performance

by Andrew Sofer

Dark Matter maps the invisible dimension of theater whose effects are felt everywhere in performance. Examining phenomena such as hallucination, offstage character, offstage action, sexuality, masking, technology,...


The Law of Ancient Athens

by David Phillips

The Law of Ancient Athens contains the principal literary and epigraphical sources, in English, for Athenian law in the Archaic and Classical periods, from the first known historical trial (late seventh century)...


Robert Hayden: Essays on the Poetry

by Laurence Goldstein & Robert Chrisman

This collection of essays by leading critics and poets charts Robert Hayden's growing reputation as a major writer of some of the twentieth century's most important poems on African-American themes, including...


The Lantern-Bearers and Other Essays

by Robert Louis Stevenson & Jeremy Treglown

This anthology collects 33 of his finest pieces on diverse subjects.