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Cover Stories (Routledge Revivals): Narrative and Ideology in the British Spy Thriller

by Michael Denning

First published in 1987, this title tracks the spy thriller from John Buchanan to Eric Ambler, Ian Fleming and John Le Carré, and shows how these tales of spies, moles, and the secret service tell a history...


Jonathan Swift (Routledge Revivals): Political Writer

by Alan Downie

First published in 1984, this biography gives an account of Jonathan Swift's political ideas and provides a critical commentary on his major works. With its emphasis on Swift as a political writer, the title...


Rethinking Empathy through Literature

by Meghan Marie Hammond & Sue J. Kim

In recent years, a growing field of empathy studies has started to emerge from several academic disciplines, including neuroscience, social psychology, and philosophy. Because literature plays a central role...


Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet's Life

by Scott Donaldson

At the time of his death in 1935, Edwin Arlington Robinson was regarded as the leading American poet-the equal of Frost and Stevens. In this biography, Scott Donaldson tells the intriguing story of this poet's...


Chinese Fiction of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: Essays by Patrick Hanan

C. T. Hsia on Chinese Literature

by C. T. Hsia

-- Choloe Starr, The China Quarterly


Classic Writings on Poetry

by William Harmon

The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. He is a sovereign, and stands on the centre.—Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "The Poet"

"[The poet] is a seer . . . . he is individual . . . he is complete...


Just Living: Poems and Prose of the Japanese Monk Tonna

by Steven D. Carter

One of the best scholar-translators in the field presents a selection of writings by Tonna (1289--1372), an outstanding medieval Buddhist poet-monk, very little of whose work has been translated until now. Tonna...


Mediterranean Identities in the Premodern Era: Entrepôts, Islands, Empires

by John Watkins & Kathryn L. Reyerson

Defining the Mediterranean as a coherent region with distinct patterns of social, political, and cultural exchange, this interdisciplinary collection explores the production, modification, and circulation of...


Castiglione's Allegory: Veiled Policy in The Book of the Courtier (1528)

by W.R. Albury

Approaching The Book of the Courtier as an early modern reader would have, author W.R. Albury explores aspects of the work which he argues are intentionally concealed and veiled in allegory. In this reading,...


Zizek: A Guide for the Perplexed

by Sean Sheehan

One of the most widely-read thinkers writing today, Slavoj �i�ek's work can be both thrilling and perplexing in equal measure. �i�ek: A Guide for the Perplexed is the most up-to-date guide available...


Shakespeare Inside: The Bard Behind Bars

by Amy Scott-Douglass

Shakespeare Inside goes behind the scenes to reveal Shakespeare at work in the most decisive institutional context of our time - in prisons. Based upon the author's experience of watching prison yard rehearsals...


Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire

by Elizabeth Ho

Examining the global dimensions of Neo-Victorianism, this book explores how the appropriation of Victorian images in contemporary literature and culture has emerged as a critical response to the crises of decolonization...


Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain

by Alan Sinfield

Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain is a landmark work in contemporary literary and cultural analysis. It offers a provocative and brilliant account of political change since 1945 and how such...


Melancholy and the Archive: Trauma, History and Memory in the Contemporary Novel

by Jonathan Boulter

Melancholy and the Archive examines how trauma, history and memory are represented in key works of major contemporary writers such as David Mitchell, Paul Auster, Haruki Murakami and Jose Saramago. The book...


Mallarme: The Politics of the Siren

by Jacques Ranci¿re & Steven Corcoran

In this concise and illuminating study, Jacques Ranci�re, one of the world's most popular and influential living philosophers, examines the life and work of the celebrated nineteenth-century French poet and...


Jane Austen and Marriage

by Hazel Jones

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." -Pride and Prejudice

The question of marriage lies at the center of Jane Austen's novels....


Caryl Churchill's Top Girls

by Alicia Tycer

Caryl Churchill is widely considered to be one of the most innovative playwrights to haveemerged in post-war British theatre. Identified as a socialist feminist writer, she is one of the few British women playwrights...


Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

by Sarah Graham

J. D. Salinger's 1951 novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is the definitive coming-of-age novel and Holden Caulfield remains one of the most famous characters in modern literature. This jargon-free guide to the text...


Reading Derrida's Of Grammatology

by Sean Gaston & Ian Maclachlan

With new readings from nineteen internationally renowned scholars, Reading Derrida's Of Grammatology is a significant reassessment and informed discussion of Jacques Derrida's landmark 1967 text.

Since its original...