LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

See below for a selection of the latest books from Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers category. Presented with a red border are the Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece

In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece

Author: Salamishah Tillet Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2021

Mixing cultural criticism, literary history, biography, and memoir in an exploration of Alice Walker's critically acclaimed and controversial novel, The Color Purple Alice Walker made history in 1982 when she became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, both for The Color Purple. Published in the Reagan Era amid a severe backlash to civil rights, the jazz age novel tells the story of an African-American woman haunted by domestic and sexual violence. Prominent academic and activist Salamishah Tillet combines cultural criticism, history, and memoir to explore Walker's epistolary novel, and shows how it has influenced and been informed by the zeitgeist of the time. The Color Purple received both praise and criticism upon publication, and the conversation it sparked around race and gender still continues today. It has been adapted for an Oscar-nominated film and a hit Broadway musical. Through interviews with Walker, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and others, as well as archival research, Tillet studies Walker's life and the origins of her subjects, including violence, sexuality, gender, and politics. Reading The Color Purple at age 15 was a groundbreaking experience for Tillet. It continues to resonate with her-as a sexual violence survivor, as a teacher of the novel, and as an accomplished academic. Provocative and personal, In Search of the Color Purple is a bold work from an important public intellectual.

The Novelist at the Crossroads

The Novelist at the Crossroads

Author: David Lodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

'A superb demonstration of the fact that a serious professional criticism can be focused close a genuine creative career, that the two activities are not distinct but lie in one field. That field requires all the resources of intelligence, moral humanity and logic: and these are the qualities that come out in this book in full measure. ' Malcolm Bradbury, New Society 'We are conscious of ourselves as unique, historic individuals, living together in societies by virtue of certain common assumptions and methods of communication; we are conscious that our sense of identity, of happiness and unhappiness, is defined by small things as well as large; we seek to adjust our lives, individually and communally, to some order or system of values which, however, we know is always at the mercy of chance and contingency. It is this sense of reality which realism imitates; and it seems likely that the latter will survive as long as the former.' - David Lodge, The Novelist at the Crossroads The Novelist at the Crossroads contains some of the sharpest and most insightful pieces of David Lodge's literary criticism, spanning the topics of fiction and Catholicism, modernism and utopia. From the titular essay, where Lodge defends a critical pluralism, to the concluding chapter where he identifies three types of critic - the 'academic', the 'creative writer' and the 'freelancer' - the essays exhibit Lodge's acknowledgement of human beings as fragile yet resourceful and are shot through with a characteristic liberal humanism. The most revealing parts of the book, however, are Lodge's critical appraisals of writers as diverse as Graham Greene, Muriel Spark, William Burroughs, Samuel Beckett , HG Wells and John Updike. The book also includes Lodge's short story, The Man Who Wouldn't Get Up.

Cross-Border Crime in Contemporary Detective Fiction

Cross-Border Crime in Contemporary Detective Fiction

Author: Manina (University of Western Ontario, Canada) Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Exploring the reciprocal relevance of critical border studies and popular detective fiction, this book asks how and why representations of cross-border crime have taken such a central place in the North American and Western European popular imagination. A recent proliferation of crime novels, television series, and films - instances of border noir -- attests to exigent anxieties, conflicts, and desires around the permeability and security of bodies and borders. This book offers case studies of police procedurals and private eye fiction set in North American and European borderlands, and produced from the 1980's to today. In a time of globalization, when borders are presumed to be eroding due to worldwide flows of information, trade, and migrant peoples, border noir registers complex responses to the issue of boundary crossing. How does the border function as a site of fear and attraction, regulation and freedom in the age of the European Union, NAFTA, and post-9/11? To understand the ways in which borders are culturally navigated, Jones turns to the detective story, whose plots by definition conceptualize issues of morality, justice, and legality, performing a discursive policing of territories and bordered identities (especially nation, class, and gender). In the dark aesthetics of border noir, the boundary is a site of risk, the scene of the crime, a signifier of the potential or expressed violence of (trans)national governance. This study works the disciplinary boundaries between literary analysis, popular culture studies in the humanities, and burgeoning scholarly interest in border studies across the social sciences to investigate how fiction shapes our understanding of, and ability to live with and to challenge, borders. It thus reveals the complexities of the vital and expanding fields of border theory, genre studies, and transnational cultural analysis.

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

Author: Veronica (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, USA) Hendrick Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Toni Morrison is one of the most celebrated living authors. Her work, for which she received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, vibrantly portrays American life from the Antebellum period to the present. Her best-selling novels and short stories have been adapted for theater and film, influenced countless artists, and have been widely read on college campuses for decades. Hendrick provides a short, contextualizing biography about Morrison's life and then moves through Morrison's work, introducing students to slavery, segregation, law, and civil rights. In five brief chapters, bolstered by interviews, excerpts, and historical documents, Toni Morrison provides a perfect analytical bridge between literature and history. Routledge Historical Americans is a series of short, vibrant biographies that illuminate the lives of Americans who have had an impact on the world. Each book includes a short overview of the person's life and puts that person into historical context through essential primary documents, written both by the subjects and about them. A series website supports the books, containing extra images and documents, links to further research, and where possible, multi-media sources on the subjects. Perfect for including in any course on American History, the books in the Routledge Historical Americans series show the impact everyday people can have on the course of history.

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

Author: Veronica (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, USA) Hendrick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Toni Morrison is one of the most celebrated living authors. Her work, for which she received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, vibrantly portrays American life from the Antebellum period to the present. Her best-selling novels and short stories have been adapted for theater and film, influenced countless artists, and have been widely read on college campuses for decades. Hendrick provides a short, contextualizing biography about Morrison's life and then moves through Morrison's work, introducing students to slavery, segregation, law, and civil rights. In five brief chapters, bolstered by interviews, excerpts, and historical documents, Toni Morrison provides a perfect analytical bridge between literature and history. Routledge Historical Americans is a series of short, vibrant biographies that illuminate the lives of Americans who have had an impact on the world. Each book includes a short overview of the person's life and puts that person into historical context through essential primary documents, written both by the subjects and about them. A series website supports the books, containing extra images and documents, links to further research, and where possible, multi-media sources on the subjects. Perfect for including in any course on American History, the books in the Routledge Historical Americans series show the impact everyday people can have on the course of history.

The Routledge Companion to Romantic Women Writers

The Routledge Companion to Romantic Women Writers

Author: Ann R (Texas Tech University, USA) Hawkins, Maura Ives Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Recovery efforts in the last 25 years have dramatically expanded our understanding of the numbers of women in the Romantic book trade. Responding to the need for a guide to this important field, The Ashgate Research Companion to Romantic Women Writers provides scholars with a comprehensive introduction to the critical currents of women writers who have already garnered substantive attention and identifies writers who are deserving of further study. In addition to essays focused on individual authors, the Companion includes topical essays relating to the economic, material, and social contexts of women's writing during the period.

Noir and the Irish Nation

Noir and the Irish Nation

Author: Maureen T. Reddy Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Although several Irish writers produced crime novels before 2000, most of these books were set outside Ireland and brought out by non-Irish publishing houses. This situation changed radically in the early years of the twenty-first century when numerous novels and series set in Ireland and written by Irish authors were published and began generating strong sales at home and abroad. Maureen Reddy examines this phenomenon, analyzing the conditions that gave rise to it and the commonalities among the novels. Reddy places what she calls Hibernian Noir in the context of the social and economic conditions in Ireland from 1998 to 2012 and relates that period to the post-World War I United States that gave rise to hardboiled detective fiction. As Reddy shows, Irish hardboiled fiction participates in the genre's tradition of placing previously marginalized individuals in positions of narrative authority. At the same time, Reddy argues that writers such as Ken Bruen, Benjamin Black, Tana French, Niamh O'Connor, Cormac Millar, Stuart Neville, Brian McGilloway, Declan Hughes, and Declan Burke are collectively working through the problem of defining Irishness and grappling with deep anxieties about a society that is rapidly changing in the face of a globalized, late capitalist culture.

Cyborgs, Sexuality, and the Undead

Cyborgs, Sexuality, and the Undead

Author: M. Elizabeth Ginway Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

Writers in Brazil and Mexico discovered early on that speculative fiction provides an ideal platform for addressing the complex issues of modernity, yet the study of speculative fictions rarely strays from the United States and England. Cyborgs, Sexuality, and the Undead: The Body in Mexican and Brazilian Speculative Fiction expands the traditional purview of speculative fiction in all its incarnations (science fiction, fantasy, horror) beyond the traditional Anglo-American context to focus on work produced in Mexico and Brazil across a historical overview from 1870 to the present. The book portrays the effects-and ravages-of modernity in these two nations, addressing its technological, cultural, and social consequences and their implications for the human body. In Cyborgs, Sexuality, and the Undead, M. Elizabeth Ginway examines all these issues from a number of theoretical perspectives, most importantly through the lens of BolIvar EcheverrIa's baroque ethos, which emphasizes the strategies that subaltern populations may adopt in order to survive and prosper in the face of massive historical and structural disadvantages. Foucault's concept of biopolitics is developed in discussion with Roberto Esposito's concept of immunity and Giorgio Agamben's distinction between 'political life' and 'bare life.' This book will be of interest to scholars of speculative fiction, as well as Mexicanists and Brazilianists in history, literary studies, and critical theory.

Cyborgs, Sexuality, and the Undead

Cyborgs, Sexuality, and the Undead

Author: M. Elizabeth Ginway Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2020

Writers in Brazil and Mexico discovered early on that speculative fiction provides an ideal platform for addressing the complex issues of modernity, yet the study of speculative fictions rarely strays from the United States and England. Cyborgs, Sexuality, and the Undead: The Body in Mexican and Brazilian Speculative Fiction expands the traditional purview of speculative fiction in all its incarnations (science fiction, fantasy, horror) beyond the traditional Anglo-American context to focus on work produced in Mexico and Brazil across a historical overview from 1870 to the present. The book portrays the effects-and ravages-of modernity in these two nations, addressing its technological, cultural, and social consequences and their implications for the human body. In Cyborgs, Sexuality, and the Undead, M. Elizabeth Ginway examines all these issues from a number of theoretical perspectives, most importantly through the lens of BolIvar EcheverrIa's baroque ethos, which emphasizes the strategies that subaltern populations may adopt in order to survive and prosper in the face of massive historical and structural disadvantages. Foucault's concept of biopolitics is developed in discussion with Roberto Esposito's concept of immunity and Giorgio Agamben's distinction between 'political life' and 'bare life.' This book will be of interest to scholars of speculative fiction, as well as Mexicanists and Brazilianists in history, literary studies, and critical theory.

Listening for God

Listening for God

Author: Peter C. Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

We live in a secular age, where the world and its ways seem to indicate the absence of God. The testimony of ancient and latter-day prophets requires more faith (or credulity) than most of us can manage. Can we still find spiritual truths that will restore a sense of a higher meaning to our lives? For millennia, people have looked to literature, to scriptures, epics, poems, plays, novels, and films for insights into the human condition. In our increasingly rationalized world, some of these contemporary storytellers - like a Bernard Malamud, Flannery O'Connor, John Updike, or Toni Morrison? - stretch their art to find new words for the sacred. The God for whom they listen is elusive, a mystery. Their stories and novels are not make-believe accounts of a supernatural Being. They are stories that dig beneath all the ordinary ways we try to justify our lives to uncover in them the traces of a transcending judgment that both exalts and humbles us. Their engrossing stories are not just the moral parables or cunning plots they appear on the surface to be. Peter Brown offers a highly interdisciplinary examination of these four authors who represent four different faith traditions within Judeo-Christianity: Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and syncretistic (blending Africanist creole beliefs with Catholicism). All subversive writers, they work in extraordinary ways to undermine their own stories and open us, their readers, to something more, something that transcends time and fate. The close reading this requires from us is part of the trick, and the pleasure. Brown invites us to reread them to listen for this elusive transcendence, a sacred mystery that rebukes both the atheist's weak humanism and the believer's naive supernaturalism.

Critical Insights: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Critical Insights: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Author: Robert C. Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

Marilynne Robinson, Theologian of the Ordinary

Marilynne Robinson, Theologian of the Ordinary

Author: Dr Andrew (Queens University Belfast, UK) Cunning Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/12/2020

Marilynne Robinson, Theologian of the Ordinary posits that Robinson's widely celebrated novels and essays are best understood as emerging from a foundational theology that has 'the Ordinary' as its source. Reading Robinson's published work, and drawing on an original interview with Robinson, Andrew Cunning constructs an authentically Robinsonian theology that is at once distinctly American and conversant with contemporary continental philosophy of religion. This book demonstrates that the Ordinary is the source of Robinson's writing and, as a phenomenon that opens onto a surplus of meaning, is where Robinson's notion of transcendence emerges. Robinson's theology is one centered on the material reality of the world and on the subjective nature of one's encounter with oneself and the physical stuff of existence. Arguing that the Ordinary demands an artistic response, this book reads Robinson's fiction as her theological response to the surplus of meaning in ordinary experience. Under the themes of grace, language, time and self, Cunning locates the ordinary, everyday grounding of Robinson's metaphysics.