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J.O. Francis, realist drama and ethics: culture, place and nation

by Alyce von Rothkirch

Developing an ethical literary theory of place, this book rediscovers and re-evaluates the work of the Welsh dramatist J. O. Francis, placing his work within the context of the vibrant amateur dramatic scene...


The Gothic Ideology: Religious Hysteria and Anti-Catholicism in British Popular Fiction, 1780-1880

by Diane Long Hoeveler

This book explores why lecherous monks, evil nuns, dank torture chambers and haunted abbeys have filled the pages of gothic novels for two hundred years.


The Twilight of the Gothic?: Vampire Fiction and the Rise of the Paranormal Romance

by Joseph Crawford

This book explores the history of the paranormal romance genre, from its earliest eighteenth-century sources to the commercial success of contemporary media franchises such as Twilight and True Blood.


Dylan Thomas

by Walford Davies

An authoritative introduction by a leading Dylan Thomas scholar to the nature, cultural background, achievement and critical reception of this major poet's work.


Gothic Machine: Textualities, Pre-Cinematic Media and Film in Popular Visual Culture, 1670-1910

by David J. Jones

Almost everyone loves a good horror film but how did they originate? Audiences thrilled and shuddered at ghosts and monsters projected on screens all over Europe for centuries before film was born. This pioneering...


"Footsteps of Liberty & Revolt": Essays on Wales and the French Revolution

by Mary Ann Constantine & Dafydd Johnston

A collection of essays exploring the impact on Welsh culture of one of the most exciting periods in history, the decades surrounding the French Revolution of 1789.


Women's Writing in Twenty-First-Century France: Life as Literature

by Amaleena Damlé & Gill Rye

Women's Writing in Twenty-First Century France is the first book-length publication on women-authored literature of this period, and comprises a collection of challenging critical essays that engage with the...


George Eliot and the Gothic Novel: Genres, Gender, Feeling

by Royce Mahawatte

Royce Mahawatte critically compares the frightening, startling and melodramatic moments in George Eliot's fiction with excerpts from Gothic and sensation novels and in doing so argues that suspenseful plotting,...


Female Gothic Histories: Gender, History and the Gothic

by Diana Wallace

Female Gothic Histories: Gender, History and the Gothic is an innovative new study of the ways in which women writers have used Gothic historical fiction to symbolise and counter their exclusion from traditional...


R S Thomas: Serial Obsessive

by M Wynn Thomas

The study places the work of a major religious poet of the late twentieth century in a number of striking new perspectives that allow him to be viewed for the first time as an 'alternative' war poet, a conscience-stricken...


Why Read the Classics?

by Italo Calvino & Martin McLaughlin

A posthumously published collection of thirty-six essays offering Italo Calvino's invigorating and illuminating analysis of his most treasured literary classics.


Huck Finn's America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece

by Andrew Levy

A provocative, exuberant, and deeply researched investigation into Mark Twain’s writing of America’s favorite icon of childhood, Huckleberry Finn: “A boldly revisionist reading of Twain’s Huckleberry...


Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus: Written in the Cosmos

by Richard Rader

Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus revivifies the complex question of fate and freedom in the tragedies of the famous Greek playwright. Starting with Sartre's insights about radical existential freedom,...


F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

by William J. Maxwell

Few institutions seem more opposed than African American literature and J. Edgar Hoover’s white-bread Federal Bureau of Investigation. But behind the scenes the FBI’s hostility to black protest was energized...


Hunting Mister Heartbreak: A Discovery of America

by Jonathan Raban

A New York Times Notable Book

"In an era of jet tourism, [Jonathan Raban] remains a

traveler-adventurer in the tradition of  .  .  .  Robert Louis Stevenson."

--The New York Times Book Review

In 1782...


George Bowering: Bright Circles of Colour

by Eva-Marie Kroller

The first book-length, critical study of George Bowering explores the relationship between his work and the arts.


The Cherry Orchard

by Anton Chekhov & Tom Stoppard

Anton Chekhov was a master whose daring work revolutionized theater, and this was as true of Ivanov, his first full-length play, as of The Cherry Orchard, his last. Building on the success of his acclaimed adaptation...


The Literary Criticism of Frank Norris

by Donald Pizer

All of American author Frank Norris's significant critical writings have been compiled in this book, including his articles for the San Francisco Wave during 1896-1897 and selections from his "Weekly Letter"...


The Modernist Movement in Brazil: A Literary Study

by John Nist

"Ask an authority on Brazilian culture what he considers to be the most significant artistic event in Brazil during this century," observes John Nist, "and he will quickly reply, 'The Modern Art Week Exhibition,...


Computer Games and Technical Communication: Critical Methods and Applications at the Intersection

by Jennifer deWinter & Ryan M. Moeller

Taking as its point of departure the fundamental observation that games are both technical and symbolic, this collection investigates the multiple intersections between the study of computer games and the discipline...