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Approaches to Literature

Approaches to Literature

Explore and learn to apply the many different styles of studying literature, and discover how different schools of thought influence our interpretation of a text.

2002 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Formalist Criticism and Reader-Response Theory

This invaluable guide by Todd F. Davis and Kenneth Womack offers an accessible introduction to two important movements in the history of twentieth-century literary theory. A complementary text to the Palgrave volume Postmodern Narrative Theory by …

Authors:
Todd F. Davis, Kenneth Womack

2009 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Modernisms

A Literary Guide

Peter Nicholls provides original analytic accounts of the main Modernist movements. Close readings of key texts monitor the histories of Futurism, Expressionism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. This new edition includes discussion of the recent …

Author:
Peter Nicholls

2011 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Literature and Science


The growing field of literature and science is for the first time given a fully theorized overview. Using case studies from a three hundred year history, Sleigh focuses on literary form and argues that novels did not just reflect or inform areas …

Author:
Charlotte Sleigh

2005 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Julia Kristeva and Literary Theory

Engaged debate among feminist, political, and psychoanalytic thinkers has secured Julia Kristeva's status as one of the most formidable figures in twentieth-century critical theory. Nevertheless, her precise relevance to the study of literature - …

Author:
Megan Becker-Leckrone

2006 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Making the Novel

Fiction and Society in Britain, 1660–1789

This book advances a new cultural reading of the formation of the British novel. Rejecting a teleological narrative of the genre's 'rise' and through close analysis of key texts, the authors present a dynamic picture of the emergence of the novel …

Authors:
Brean Hammond, Shaun Regan

2011 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Postmodern Narrative Theory

How have developments in literary and cultural theory transformed our understanding of narrative? What has happened to narrative in the wake of poststructuralism? What is the role and function of narrative in the contemporary world?

In this …

Author:
Mark Currie

2014 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Tragedy

Tragedy is one of the oldest and most revered forms of literature in the western world. Over the centuries, tragedy has shown a tremendous capacity to reinvent itself, often emerging at crucial moments in the evolution of cultural, political and …

Author:
Sarah Dewar-Watson
Editor:
Nicolas Tredell

2015 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Literature and Science

A reader’s guide to essential criticism

This Guide introduces literature and science as a vibrant field of critical study that is increasingly influencing both university curricula and future areas of investigation. Martin Willis explores the development of the genre and its surrounding …

Author:
Martin Willis
Editor:
Nicolas Tredell

2009 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Starting an English Literature Degree

Competition to study English Literature at university is now tougher than ever before. How can you make sure your application stands out?

What is expected of you at university? How will you adapt to the changes in teaching, learning and lifestyle?

Author:
Andrew Green

2008 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Transgression

Identity, Space, Time

Julian Wolfreys introduces students to the central concept of transgression, showing how to interpret the concept from a number of theoretical standpoints. He demonstrates how texts from different cultural and historical periods can be read to …

Author:
Julian Wolfreys

2011 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Roland Barthes

Or the Profession of Cultural Studies

Roland Barthes was one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century, but why should the reader of today, or tomorrow, be concerned with him? Martin McQuillan provides a fresh perspective on Barthes, addressing his political and …

Author:
Martin McQuillan

2014 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Living Fiction

Reading the British Novel from Daniel Defoe to Julian Barnes

Analysing a wide range of extracts from key works of British fiction from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century, William Hutchings lucidly demonstrates how close reading can enhance appreciation of detail and illuminate whole novels.

Author:
William Hutchings

2013 | Approaches to Literature | Book

A Brief History of English Literature

This new edition of an established text provides a succinct and up-to-date historical overview of the story of English literature. Focusing on how writing both reflects and challenges the periods in which it is produced, John Peck and Martin Coyle …

Authors:
John Peck, Martin Coyle

2013 | Approaches to Literature | Book

A History of English Literature

This comprehensive text traces the development of one of the world’s richest literatures from the Old English period through to the present day, discussing a wide range of key authors without losing its clarity or verve. Building on the book's …

Author:
Michael Alexander

2005 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Queer Theory

Queer Theory is one of the most contested and intellectually complex movements in contemporary sexual politics. Where did it come from, and what does it do? Is queer theory only for queers? If you have ever wanted to be a leather daddy, been …

Editors:
Iain Morland, Annabelle Willox

2003 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Race

This dynamic study of the history of the idea of race traces the concept from its prehistory across 400 years to its current status. Brian Niro introduces key theorists and philosophers and a wide variety of literary and theoretical concepts …

Author:
Brian Niro

2004 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Ideology

This concise introduction to the concept of ideology provides an overview of the term and considers its impact on literary theory. James M. Decker analyzes the history of Western ideology from its pre-Enlightenment roots to its current …

Author:
James M. Decker

2004 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Critical Keywords in Literary and Cultural Theory

This book is an invaluable reference guide for students of literary and cultural studies which introduces over forty of the complex terms, motifs and concepts in literary and cultural theory today.

Critical Keywords in Literary and Cultural Theory …

Author:
Julian Wolfreys

2000 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Deconstructions

A User’s Guide

Deconstructions: A User's Guide is a new and unusual kind of book. At once a reference work and a series of inventive essays opening up new directions for deconstruction, it is intended as an authoritative and indispensable guide. With a helpful …

Editor:
Nicholas Royle

2003 | Approaches to Literature | Book

Queer Theories

This essential introductory guide explores and aggressively expands the provocative new field of sexual identity studies. It explains the history of sexual identity categories, such as 'gay' and 'lesbian', covers the reclamation of 'queer' as a …

Author:
Donald E. Hall