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  • The Western Canonby Harold Bloom

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014; US$ 29.95

    Harold Bloom explores our Western literary tradition by concentrating on the works of twenty-six authors central to the Canon. He argues against ideology in literary criticism; he laments the loss of intellectual and aesthetic standards; he deplores multiculturalism, Marxism, feminism, neoconservatism, Afro-centrism, and the New Historicism. more...

  • Samuel Beckettby Jennifer Birkett; Kate Ince

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 70.95

     Bringing together seminal writings on Beckett from the 1950s and 1960s with critical readings from the 1980s and 1990s, this collection is inspired by a wide variety of literary-theoretical approaches and covers the whole range of Beckett's creative work. Following an up-to-date review and analysis of Beckett criticism, fifteen extracts of Beckett... more...

  • Byronby Jane Stabler

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 66.95

    Often seen as the exception to generalisations about Romanticism, Byron's poetry - and its intricate relationship with a brilliant, scandalous life - has remained a source of controversy throughout the twentieth century. This book brings together recent work on Byron by leading British and American scholars and critics, guiding undergraduate students... more...

  • Writing and Fantasyby Ceri Sullivan; Barbara White

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 71.95

    Writing and Fantasy brings together essays which restore a sense of the fantastic as a political response to cultural opportunities and pressures. It moves on from two conventional fields of discussion: the psychoanalytic, where phantasies are produced by the emergence of the consciousness, and the social, where fantasies are the production of nineteenth-century... more...

  • Irish Literature Since 1800by Norman Vance

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 73.95

    This book surveys Irish writing in English over the last two centuries, from Maria Edgeworth to Seamus Heaney, to give the literary student and the general reader an up-to-date sense of its variety and vitality and to indicate some of the ways in which it has been described and discussed. It begins with a brief outline of Irish history, of Irish... more...

  • Criticism and Literary Theory 1890 to the Presentby Chris Baldick

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 79.95

    Presents a coherent and accessible historical account of the major phases of British and American Twentieth-century criticism, from 'decadent' aestheticism to feminist, decontsructonist and post-colonial theories. Special attention is given to new perspectives on Shakesperean criticism, theories of the novel and models of the literary canon. The book... more...

  • Literature and Culture in Modern Britainby Clive Bloom; Gary Day

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 77.95

    British culture has changed almost beyond recognition since 1956. Angry young men have been displaced by Yuppies, Elvis by the Spice Girls, and meat and two veg by continental cuisine. What is more, as the death of Diana, Princess of Wales showed, the British are now more famous for a trembling lower lip than a stiff upper one. This volume, the... more...

  • A Preface to Jane Austenby Christopher Gillie

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 58.95

    Jane Austen's satirical classical novels have made a lasting contribution to English literature and first gave the novel its distinctly modern character with the treatment of ordinary people in everyday life. Her works, such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma andMansfield Park, remain as popular today as they ever have been, both in book form and a screen... more...

  • On Late Styleby Edward Said

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 12.99

    On Late Style examines the work produced by great artists -Beethoven, Thomas Mann, Jean Genet among them - at the end of their lives. Said makes it clear that, rather than the resolution of a lifetime's artistic endeavour, most of the late works discussed are rife with contradiction and almost impenetrable complexity. He helps us see how, though... more...

  • Stephen Greenblattby Mark Robson

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 24.95

    Stephen Greenblatt is the most important exponent of 'new historicism', a dynamic critical movement which rejects the traditional reliance on individual canonical texts, exploring a multitude of other, more marginal works and voices. Questioning not just literary but social, political and cultural assumptions about knowledge and power, Greenblatt?s... more...