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Richard Harland was born in the north of England in the middle of the coldest winter ever recorded. He moved to Australia on a university scholarship, fell in love with it and stayed. Richard loves writing fantasy and science fiction for adults and children, and has won five Aurealis awards for his novels, the Wolf Kingdom quartet and The Black Crusade, and for his short stories.


Richard says, ‘Worldshaker came from a dream in which I fell through a slot in the ground, down past endless floors of machinery, metal pipes and impossibly cramped living spaces. It took me fifteen years to develop all the details of the world inspired by that glimpse. By the time I finally sat down to write, the story was just busting to come out.’

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A Lineal Index to the Wesleyan Hymn Book and Supplement

A Lineal Index to the Wesleyan Hymn Book and Supplement

Author: Richard Harland Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2016

Song of the Slums

Song of the Slums

Author: Richard Harland Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2013

What if they'd invented rock 'n roll way back in the 19th century? What if it could take over the world and change the course of history?In the slums of Brummingham, the outcast gangs are making a new kind of music, with pounding rhythms and wild guitars. Astor Vance has been trained in refined classical music. But when her life plummets from riches to rags, the only way she can survive is to play the music the slum gangs want.Charismatic Verrol, once her servant, is now her partner in crime.and he could be so much more if only he'd come clean about his mysterious past.'I loved the music, the syncopated rhythm, the dark, smoky atmosphere, the call to arms, the love story.this is gaslight fantasy at its best.' Kate Forsyth

Beyond Superstructuralism

Beyond Superstructuralism

Author: Richard Harland Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2003

Superstructuralism

Superstructuralism

Author: Richard Harland Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2002

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Literary Theory From Plato to Barthes An Introductory History

Literary Theory From Plato to Barthes An Introductory History

Author: Richard Harland Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/1999

Where does the current explosion in literary theory come from? What earlier theoretical movements does it grow out of, bounce off, react against? This introductory history homes in on the essential principles governing the major movements in literary theory, unfolding a comprehensive 'story' in all its jumps and swings and switches. Because contemporary literary theory depends heavily upon European thinkers, the focus here is international; and because contemporary theory draws from many sources outside traditional 'literary criticism', the coverage also extends to philosophers, social theorists and linguists. Harland looks behind particular critical judgements and interpretations in order to convey a core grasp of underlying positions. He explains the internal rationale of each position, along with its derivation and repercussions. At the same time, he shows how literary theory has taken on very different roles in different periods. He relates these different roles to particular socio-political settings, institutional contexts and creative practices. Lucid and accessible, Literary Theory from Plato to Barthes is an invaluable aid for students seeking to make sense of contemporary literary theory. Richard Harland is a Senior Fellow on the English Program at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Literary Theory From Plato to Barthes An Introductory History

Literary Theory From Plato to Barthes An Introductory History

Author: Richard Harland Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/1999

Where does the current explosion in literary theory come from? What earlier theoretical movements does it grow out of, bounce off, react against? This introductory history homes in on the essential principles governing the major movements in literary theory, unfolding a comprehensive 'story' in all its jumps and swings and switches. Because contemporary literary theory depends heavily upon European thinkers, the focus here is international; and because contemporary theory draws from many sources outside traditional 'literary criticism', the coverage also extends to philosophers, social theorists and linguists. Harland looks behind particular critical judgements and interpretations in order to convey a core grasp of underlying positions. He explains the internal rationale of each position, along with its derivation and repercussions. At the same time, he shows how literary theory has taken on very different roles in different periods. He relates these different roles to particular socio-political settings, institutional contexts and creative practices. Lucid and accessible, Literary Theory from Plato to Barthes is an invaluable aid for students seeking to make sense of contemporary literary theory. Richard Harland is a Senior Fellow on the English Program at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Beyond Superstructuralism

Beyond Superstructuralism

Author: Richard Harland Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/1993

Moving on from his previous book, Superstructuralism , Richard Harland argues that the focus on single words in the structuralist theory of language is its key weakness and that the next advance beyond post-structuralism depends upon replacing word-based with syntagm-based theories. In a lucid way he develops a new syntagmatic theory which shows that the effect of combining words grammatically can transform the very nature of meaning. The wide breadth of coverage in the book covers both post-Chomskyan' linguistics and Derrida, and sets up an opposition to analytic and speech-act views of language. By presenting a systematic critique and counter-proposal, Harland challenges the very foundation of recent literary and language based theory.

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