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Wilde Style: The Plays and Prose of Oscar Wilde

by Neil Sammells

This new study of the major prose and plays of Oscar Wilde argues that his dominant aesthetic category is not art but style. It is this major emphasis on style and attitude which helps mark Wilde so graphically...


A Preface to H G Wells

by John R. Hammond

John Hammond offers an introduction to the life and work of H G Wells which is of interest and value to both the student and the general reader.  Although Wells is studied at undergradute level there is no...


A Preface to Shakespeare's Tragedies

by Michael Mangan

This book is a study of four of Shakespeare's major tragedies - "Hamlet", "Othello", "King Lear" and "Macbeth". It looks at these plays in a variety of contexts - both in isolation and in relation to each other...


A Preface to James Joyce: Second Edition

by Sydney Bolt

This new edition includes material on Joyce's distinctive view of femininity and a greatly expanded treatment of Finnegan's Wake. The first section outlines the biographical and cultural background, the second...


Twentieth-Century America: The Intellectual and Cultural Context

by Douglas Tallack

The multi-volume Longman literature in English series aims to provide students of literature with a critical introduction to the major genres in their historical and cultural context. This book looks at cinema,...


Reading Joyce

by David Pierce

`Is there one who understands me?'

So wrote James Joyce towards the end of his final work, Finnegans Wake. The question continues to be asked about the author who claimed that he had put so many enigmas into...


A Scientific Theory of Culture and Other Essays: [1944]

by Bronislaw Malinowski

Published, posthumously, this volume is both a summing up and a reformulation of Malinowski's functional theory of culture.


English Novel, Vol I, The: 1700 to Fielding

by Richard W. F. Kroll

The English Novel, Volume I:1700 to Fielding collects a series of previously-published essays on the early eighteenth-century novel in a single volume, reflecting the proliferation of theoretical approaches...


Tennyson

by Rebecca Stott

Alternative approaches have emerged which have radically altered our understanding of Tennyson's poetry and his relationship to the Victorian age. This text covers the most significant areas of new work on Tennyson,...


English Novel, Vol II, The: Smollett to Austen

by Richard. W. F. Kroll

The English Novel, Volume II: Smollett to Austen collects a series of previously-published essays on the early eighteenth-century novel in a single volume, reflecting the proliferation of theoretical approaches...


Reading Fin de Siècle Fictions

by Lyn Pykett

The fin de siècle, the period 1880-1914, long associated with decadence and with the literary movements of aestheticism and symbolism, has received renewed critical interest recently. The essays in this volume...


Ideology

by Terry Eagleton

This collection of readings on the concept of ideology is brought together by the Marxist critic, Terry Eagleton. His introduction traces the historical evolution of ideology and examines in a more theoretical...


The Short Story: A Critical Introduction

by Valerie Shaw

Throughout this text, Valerie Shaw addresses two key questions: 'What are the special satisfactions afforded by reading short stories?' and 'How are these satisfactions derived from each story's literary techniques...


Women Writers in Renaissance England: An Annotated Anthology

by Randall Martin

Of all the new developments in literary theory, feminism has proved to be the most widely influential, leading to an expansion of the traditional English canon in all periods of study. This book aims to make...


Walking Light: Memoirs and Essays on Poetry

by Stephen Dunn

"Stephen Dunn's essays are grounded and funny and accessible without ceding intelligence or audacity." --amazon.com


Burns Night: A Freestyle Guide

by Boyd Baines

Planning to party on Burns Night this year? Find out what to expect, or learn something new about Scotland’s most celebrated citizen. Sort out your sonsie faces from your chapman billies, get your playlist...


The Quality of Mercy: Reflections on Shakespeare

by Peter Brook

In The Quality of Mercy, one of the world's most revered theatre directors reflects on a fascinating variety of Shakespearean topics.

In this sequence of essays - all but one published here for the first time...


Adios Muchachos

by Daniel Chavarría & Carlos Lopez

More Cuban noir from Akashic, following the success of Outcast by José Latour.


Andean Express

by Juan de Recacoechea & Adrian Althoff

Bolivia's preeminent fiction writer eclipses the successful English translation of American Visa with a riveting murder mystery.


American Representations of Post-Communism: Television, Travel Sites, and Post-Cold War Narratives

by Andaluna Borcila

With the televised events of 1989, territories of Eastern and Central Europe that had been marked as impenetrable and inaccessible to the Western gaze exploded into visibility. As the narratives of the Cold...