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Literary history and criticism

  • The Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnoldby Flemming Olsen

    Sussex Academic Press 2014; US$ 19.99

    Many of the ideas that appear in poet Matthew Arnold?s Preface to the Poems of 1853 to his collection of poems and in his later essays are suggested in the letters that Arnold wrote to his friend Arthur Hugh Clough. Literature was, in Arnold?s perception, meant to communicate a message rather than impress by its structure or by formal sophistication.... more...

  • John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth Centuryby Daniel Starza Smith

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 97.99

    How and why did men and women send handwritten poetry, drama, and literary prose to their friends and social superiors in the seventeenth century-and what were the consequences of these communications? Within this culture of manuscript publication, why did John Donne (1572-1631), an author who attempted to limit the circulation of his works, become... more...

  • The Importance of Being Earnestby Oscar Wilde

    McClelland & Stewart 2014; US$ 1.99

    A clever farce poking fun at the complex set of social conventions that defined upper-class England at the time, the play tells the story of Jack and Algernon and the antics that ensue as they seek romance while also trying to avoid the cumbersome demands of their class. To this end, they both adopt the alias Ernest, causing no end of confusion. Despite... more...

  • Puzzles and Epiphanies (Routledge Revivals)by Sir Frank Kermode

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    This book, first published in 1962, is a collection of twenty-four essays written by Frank Kermode between 1958 and early 1961, and are all concerned with criticism and fiction. Puzzles and Epiphanies: Essays and Reviews 1958-1961 includes essays on the works of James Joyce, William Golding, E. M. Forster, and J. D. Salinger, amongst many others.... more...

  • The Living Milton (Routledge Revivals)by Sir Frank Kermode

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    Various aspects of Milton are explored in this collection of essays by scholars whose reputations were, at the time of publication in 1960, perhaps largely based on their writings on more modern subjects. This had the advantage of demonstrating that Milton as a poet is "alive" and that other attempts to represent him as irrelevant to the interests... more...

  • Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Poetry 1660-1780 (Routledge Revivals)by Eric Rothstein

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Poetry 1660-1780, originally published in 1981, considers poetry written between 1660 and 1780, a period which, although largely recovered from its nineteenth-century reputation, still attracts widely varying critical responses. Abandoning the old labels such as ?neoclassicism?, ?romanticism? and ?sensibility?, the... more...

  • Voice Terminal Echo (Routledge Revivals)by Jonathan Goldberg

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    First published in 1986, this title examines a set of English Renaissance texts by Shakespeare, Spenser, Herbert, Marvell and Milton, within the theoretic framework of postmodern thought. Following an opening chapter that argues for the value of this conjunction as a way of understanding literary history, subsequent chapters draw upon Jacques Derrida?s... more...

  • Mary Wroth and Shakespeareby Paul Salzman; Marion Wynne-Davies

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 125.00

    Over the last twenty five years, scholarship on Early Modern women writers has produced editions and criticisms, both on various groups and individual authors. The work on Mary Wroth has been particularly impressive at integrating her poetry, prose and drama into the canon. This in turn has led to comparative studies that link Wroth to a number of... more...

  • English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century, 1700-1789by David Fairer

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 73.95

    In recent years the canon of eighteenth-century poetry has greatly expanded to include women poets, labouring-class and provincial poets, and many previously unheard voices. Fairer?s book takes up the challenge this ought to pose to our traditional understanding of the subject. This book seeks to question some of the structures, categories, and... more...

  • Language and Relationship in Wordsworth's Writingby Michael Baron

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 70.95

    William Wordsworth (1770-1850) needs little introduction as the central figure in Romantic poetry and a crucial influence in the development of poetry generally. This broad-ranging survey redefines the variety of his writing by showing how it incorporates contemporary concepts of language difference and the ways in which popular and serious literature... more...