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Theory. Philosophy. Esthetics

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  • On Storiesby Richard Kearney

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 26.95

    Stories offer us some of the richest and most enduring insights into the human condition and have preoccupied philosophy since Aristotle. On Stories presents in clear and compelling style just why narrative has this power over us and argues that the unnarrated life is not worth living. Drawing on the work of James Joyce, Sigmund Freud's patient 'Dora'... more...

  • Merlin and Legendary Romanceby Carol Harding

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 120.00

    An indepth work on the origins of the Merlin of Arthurian legend, this book examines early texts, thirteenth century romances focusing particularly on Merlin as a character, rather than those where Merlin is a background cast member. The outline here starts with looking at the genre and the place of fantasy, moving on to consider the attitudes towards... more...

  • Modern Genre Theoryby David Duff

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 68.95

    Since Aristotle, genre has been one of the fundamental concepts of literary theory, and much of the world's literature and criticism has been shaped by ideas about the nature, function and value of literary genres. Modern developments in critical theory, however, prompted in part by the iconoclastic practices of modern writers and the emergence of... more...

  • Spiralsby Nico Israel

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 44.99

    In this elegantly written, intellectually daring study, Nico Israel reveals how spirals are at the heart of some of the most significant literature and visual art of the twentieth century. Juxtaposing the work of writers and artists—including W. B. Yeats and Vladimir Tatlin, James Joyce and Marcel Duchamp, and Samuel Beckett and Robert Smithson—he... more...

  • Parodyby Professor Simon Dentith

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 24.95

    Parody is part of all our lives. It occurs not only in literature, but also in everyday speech, in theatre and television, architecture and films. Drawing on examples from Aristophanes to The Simpsons , Simon Dentith explores: * the place of parody in the history of literature * parody as a subversive or conservative mode of writing * parody's pivotal... more...

  • Deconstructionby Christopher Norris

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 31.95

    Deconstruction: Theory and Practice has been acclaimed as by far the most readable, concise and authoritative guide to this topic. Without oversimplifying or glossing over the challenges, Norris makes deconstruction more accessible to the reader. The volume focuses on the works of Jacques Derrida which caused this seismic shift in critical thought,... more...

  • Psychonarratologyby Marisa Bortolussi; Peter Dixon

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 40.00

    This book provides a broad, integrative framework for pursuing research in the field of psychonarratology. more...

  • Freud's Literary Cultureby Graham Frankland

    Cambridge University Press 2000; US$ 44.00

    This original study offers a comprehensive reappraisal of Freud's work from a literary-critical perspective. more...

  • Revenge of the Aestheticby Michael Clark

    University of California Press 2000; US$ 15.95

    This collection of essays showcases the work of some of the most influential theorists of the last 30 years of the 20th century as they grapple with the question of how literature should be treated in contemporary theory. The contributors challenge trends that have recently dominated the field - especially those that emphasize social and political... more...

  • Theorizing the Avant-Gardeby Richard Murphy

    Cambridge University Press 1999; US$ 44.00

    Challenges conventional approaches to the avant-garde through a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary take on postmodernism. more...