Skip to main content

New Casebooks

New Casebooks

Collections of all new critical essays

21 Volumes | 2000 - 2017


Recent years have seen a number of exciting developments in both the theory and practice of literary criticism. The purpose of New Casebooks is to reveal to students how these developments have challenged and changed our understanding of commonly studied texts and authors. The latest, remodelled, series of New Casebooks consists of brand new critical essays specially commissioned to introduce the reader to the innovative critical approaches to the text or texts being discussed in the collection. The original-format New Casebooks complement their parallel volumes in the Casebooks series by presenting key works of previously published criticism. All New Casebooks feature a substantial Introduction which sets the scene for the essays that follow, as well as a list of further reading which enables readers to follow up issues raised by the essays in the volume.

All books of the series New Casebooks

2017 | Contemporary Literature | Book

Virginia Woolf

This collection of original essays on Virginia Woolf by leading scholars in the field opens up new debates on the work of one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.

The collection also looks at some of Woolf's own essays, discussing …

2016 | Contemporary Literature | Book

Jacqueline Wilson

Over the last twenty years, Jacqueline Wilson has published well over 100 titles and has become firmly established in the landscape of Children's Literature. She has written for all ages, from picture books for young readers to young adult fiction …

2016 | Literature to 1900 | Book

Medieval English Literature

This volume brings together a wide range of original, scholarly essays on key figures and topics in medieval literature by leading academics. The volume examines the major authors such as Chaucer, Langland and the Gawain Poet, and covers key …

2016 | Poetry | Book

American Poetry since 1945

This book features a collection of essays on some of the key poets of post-war America, written by leading scholars in the field. All the essays have been newly commissioned to take account of the diverse movements in American poetry since 1945 …

2015 | Poetry | Book

Ted Hughes

This innovative casebook introduces readers to wide-ranging critical dialogue about the work of Ted Hughes, one of the most popular and influential British poets of the twentieth century. In twelve new essays, international authorities on Hughes …

2014 | Contemporary Literature | Book

David Almond

David Almond is one of the most exciting and innovative authors writing for children and young people today. Since the publication of his award-winning first book, Skellig (1998), his novels have pushed the boundaries of children's literature and …

2013 | Contemporary Literature | Book

Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess has made a powerful name for himself in the world of children's and young adult literature, emerging in the 1990s as the author of over twenty critically acclaimed novels.

This collection of original essays by a team of established …

2013 | Contemporary Literature | Book

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien is arguably the most influential and popular of all fantasy writers. Although his position and status have long been controversial, his popularity has not faded. His best-loved works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, have …

2013 | Contemporary Literature | Book

John Fowles

This vibrant collection of original essays sheds new light on all of Fowles' writings, with a special focus on The French Lieutenant's Woman as the most widely studied of Fowles' works. The impressive cast of contributors offers an outstanding …

2012 | Contemporary Literature | Book

Robert Cormier

This compelling New Casebook is the first essay collection devoted to the work of groundbreaking American author Robert Cormier. Written by a team of international children's literature experts, the volume offers a variety of critical and …

2012 | Contemporary Literature | Book

J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter

J. K. Rowling's popular series of books about the boy wizard Harry Potter has captivated readers of all ages around the world. Selling more than 400 million copies, and adapted into highly successful feature films, the stories have attracted both …

2012 | Contemporary Literature | Book

C. S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia

Beginning with the publication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950 and concluding with the appearance of The Last Battle in 1956, C. S. Lewis's seven-book series chronicling the adventures of a group of young people in the fictional …

2012 | Contemporary Literature | Book

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is one of the world's best-loved authors. More than twenty years after his death, his books are still highly popular with children and have inspired numerous feature films – yet he remains a controversial figure.

This volume, the first …

2005 | Shakespeare | Book

Shakespeare’S Problem Plays

All’S Well That Ends Well, Measure For Measure, Troilus And Cressida

This New Casebook offers a wide-ranging selection of contemporary critical readings of Shakespeare's three 'problem plays': All's Well that Ends Well, Measure for Measure and Trolius and Cressida. Together, they reflect the diversity of …

2004 | Contemporary Literature | Book


James Joyce

This collection of recent essays on James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, provides an up-to-date overview of debates in Joycean scholarship, with particular emphasis on gender, postcolonial and ideological critiques, and deconstructive readings. The …

2004 | Shakespeare | Book


William Shakespeare

With its focus on gender, power, race, sexuality, and violence, Othello is an important site for new critical approaches to the study of Shakespeare's works. Both criticism and culture are represented in this collection of recent essays which …

2003 | Shakespeare | Book


Christopher Marlowe is known not only as Shakespeare's most notable contemporary playwright, but also as one of the most intriguing figures of the English Renaissance. The mystery of his death in a fray at the age of 29 has inspired writers around …

2002 | Literature to 1900 | Book

The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner

This New Casebook explores the enduring significance of George Eliot's novels The Mill on the Floss (1860) and Silas Marner (1861). Eliot's radical cultural politics and the arrestingly original fictional strategies that characterise two of her …

2002 | Shakespeare | Book

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar: A New Casebook provides students and academics with a selection of important essays by leading contemporary critics on Shakespeare's first "Globe" play. New historicist, feminist, psychoanalytic and Marxist readings of the tragedy …

2001 | Shakespeare | Book

Romeo and Juliet

Willam Shakespeare

As one of the world's greatest love stories Romeo and Juliet continues to excite new theatre-goers, readers and film-goers. Its depiction of tragic lovers strikes a chord in each generation of young people, and seems to speak in their own idiom.