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Literary theory books

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The Fetish Literature, Cinema, Visual Art by Massimo Fusillo The Fetish Literature, Cinema, Visual Art

Object fetishism is becoming a more and more pervasive phenomenon. Focusing on literature and the visual arts, including cinema, this book suggests a parallelism between fetishism and artistic creativity, based on a poetics of detail, which has been brilliantly exemplified...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic by Robert McKay Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic

Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic explores the appearance of werewolves and wolves in literary and cultural texts from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. This collection brings together explorations of the gothic and questions of human-animal relations, issues of identity...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Storytelling and Ethics Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative by Hanna Meretoja Storytelling and Ethics Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative

In recent years there has been a huge amount of both popular and academic interest in storytelling as something that is an essential part of not only literature and art but also our everyday lives as well as our dreams,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Reception by Ika Willis Reception

Reception introduces students and academics alike to the study of the way in which texts are received by readers, viewers, or audiences. Organised conceptually and thematically this book provides a much-needed overview of the field, suggests new ways of understanding...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2017

Reception by Ika Willis Reception

Reception introduces students and academics alike to the study of the way in which texts are received by readers, viewers, or audiences. Organised conceptually and thematically this book provides a much-needed overview of the field, suggests new ways of understanding...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2017

Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture by Mitchum Huehls Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture

Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture is essential reading for anyone invested in the ever-changing state of literary culture.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

Habits of Distraction by Michael Wood Habits of Distraction

Starting with Walter Benjamin's idea of 'reception in a state of distraction' and looking briefly at some antecedents for Benjamin's thinking, this book develops a working model of distraction in interpretation. It includes examples that are taken from film (Benjamin's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

Reading and Writing Experimental Texts Critical Innovations by Robin Silbergleid Reading and Writing Experimental Texts Critical Innovations

This collection of essays offers twelve innovative approaches to contemporary literary criticism. The contributors, women scholars who range from undergraduate students to contingent faculty to endowed chairs, stage a critical dialogue that raises vital questions about the aims and forms...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/08/2017

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The Dematerialisation of Karl Marx Literature and Marxist Theory by Leonard Jackson The Dematerialisation of Karl Marx Literature and Marxist Theory

This volume constitutes both an attack on modern left wing literary theory - the main product of the last Marxist renaissance in the past thirty years - and a defence of the one element of Marxism which, in the general...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Eating Otherwise The Philosophy of Food in Twentieth-Century Literature by Maria (Lancaster University) Christou Eating Otherwise The Philosophy of Food in Twentieth-Century Literature

'You are what you eat' is an adage taken seriously as this book uncovers connections between the alimentary and ontological.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Practicing Literary Theory in the Middle Ages Ethics and the Mixed Form in Chaucer, Gower, Usk, and Hoccleve by Eleanor Johnson Practicing Literary Theory in the Middle Ages Ethics and the Mixed Form in Chaucer, Gower, Usk, and Hoccleve

Literary scholars often avoid the category of the aesthetic in discussions of ethics, believing that purely aesthetic judgments can vitiate analyses of a literary work's sociopolitical heft and meaning. In Practicing Literary Theory in the Middle Ages, Eleanor Johnson reveals...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Engagements with Contemporary Literary and Critical Theory by Evan Gottlieb Engagements with Contemporary Literary and Critical Theory


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Engagements with Contemporary Literary and Critical Theory by Evan Gottlieb Engagements with Contemporary Literary and Critical Theory


Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period by Anthony Domestico Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period

In doing so, this book offers a new literary history of the modernist period, one that attends both to the material circulation of texts and to the broader intellectual currents of the time.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Untimely Democracy The Politics of Progress After Slavery by Gregory Laski Untimely Democracy The Politics of Progress After Slavery

Untimely Democracy offers an exploration of how one of the bleakest periods in American racial history provided fertile terrain for a radical reconstruction of America's most fundamental assumptions about democracy.
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2017

Orpheus and Eurydice A Graphic - Poetic Exploration by Tom De Freston, Kiran Millwood Hargrave Orpheus and Eurydice A Graphic - Poetic Exploration
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The story of Orpheus's tragic quest into the underworld to rescue his true love Eurydice back from the dead is one that has haunted the western imagination for over 2,000 years through many tellings, re-tellings, appropriations and adaptations. A unique...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Winnowing Fan Verse-Essays in Creative Criticism by Christopher Norris The Winnowing Fan Verse-Essays in Creative Criticism

This path-breaking book explores different ways in which writing about poetry can deepen and extend our critical engagement by deploying creatively the manifold resources of poetic language and form. Through a series of verse-essays, reflective monologues, and inventive variations on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Artefacts of Writing Ideas of the State and Communities of Letters from Matthew Arnold to Xu Bing by Peter D. (Professor of English and Related Literature, University of Oxford and Fellow, St Hugh's College) McDonald Artefacts of Writing Ideas of the State and Communities of Letters from Matthew Arnold to Xu Bing
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Explores the relationship between literature and international relations and considers how writing resists norms and puts any fixed or final idea of community in question. Part I examines the European context (1860 to 1945) and Part II analyses the traditions...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017

Literature and the Experience of Globalization Texts Without Borders by Svend Erik (Aarhus University, Denmark) Larsen Literature and the Experience of Globalization Texts Without Borders
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How does literature represent, challenge and help us understand our experience of globalization? Taking literary globalization studies beyond its traditional political focus, Literature and the Experience of Globalization explores how writers from Shakespeare through Goethe to Isak Dinesen, J.M. Coetzee,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

Literature as Cultural Ecology Sustainable Texts by Hubert (University of Augsburg, Germany) Zapf Literature as Cultural Ecology Sustainable Texts
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Drawing on the latest debates in ecocritical theory and sustainability studies, Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts outlines a new approach to the reading of literary texts. Hubert Zapf considers the ways in which literature operates as a form of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Spaces of Feeling Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature by Marta Figlerowicz Spaces of Feeling Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature


Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2017

Pacifist Invasions Arabic, Translation & the Postfrancophone Lyric by Yasser Elhariry Pacifist Invasions Arabic, Translation & the Postfrancophone Lyric

Pacifist Invasions: Arabic, Translation, and the Postfrancophone Lyric is about what happens to the contemporary French lyric in the translingual Arabic context. Drawing on lyric theory, comparative poetics, and linguistics, it demonstrates how Arabic literature and Islamic scripture pacifically invade...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Science by Steven (Washington University, St Louis) Meyer The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Science
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This Companion shows how literature and science inform one another and that they're more closely aligned than they typically appear.
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2017

Other books in this genre

Debating the 'Post' Condition in India Critical Vernaculars, Unauthorised Modernities, Postcolonial Contentions by Makarand R. Paranjape Debating the 'Post' Condition in India Critical Vernaculars, Unauthorised Modernities, Postcolonial Contentions

How was the post-modernist project contested, subverted and assimilated in India? This book offers a personal account and an intellectual history of its reception and response. Tracing independent India's engagement with Western critical theory, Paranjape outlines both its past and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/08/2017

A Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory by Imre Szeman A Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory

This Companion addresses the contemporary transformation of critical and cultural theory, with special emphasis on the way debates in the field have changed in recent decades.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2017

Traumatic Memory and the Ethical, Political and Transhistorical Functions of Literature by Susana Onega Traumatic Memory and the Ethical, Political and Transhistorical Functions of Literature

This volume addresses the construction and artistic representation of traumatic memories in the contemporary Western world from a variety of inter- and trans-disciplinarity critical approaches and perspectives, ranging from the cultural, political, historical, and ideological to the ethical and aesthetic,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2017

Beginning Theory An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory: Fourth Edition by Peter Barry Beginning Theory An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory: Fourth Edition

Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for over two decades. This new and expanded fourth edition continues to offer readers the best single-volume introduction to the field. The bewildering variety of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017

Literary Geography by Sheila Hones Literary Geography

Literary Geography provides a valuable introduction to the field, making work in cultural geography more accessible and visible to students and academics working in literary studies. Acknowledging how the cultural turn in human geography and the spatial turn in literary...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2017

Literary Geography by Sheila Hones Literary Geography

Literary Geography provides a valuable introduction to the field, making work in cultural geography more accessible and visible to students and academics working in literary studies. Acknowledging how the cultural turn in human geography and the spatial turn in literary...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

Women and the Gothic An Edinburgh Companion by Avril Horner, Sue Zlosnik Women and the Gothic An Edinburgh Companion
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This collection of newly commissioned essays brings together major scholars in the field of Gothic studies in order to re-think the topic of `Women and the Gothic .
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 01/08/2017

Contaminations Beyond Dialectics in Modern Literature, Science and Film by Michael (Durham University) Mack Contaminations Beyond Dialectics in Modern Literature, Science and Film

Whereas dialectics separates two entities and traverses from one to the other (finally negating negation), contamination allows for the simultaneous interdependence of what has previously been conceived as separate or opposed. The book enquires into the problem of various oppositions...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2017

The Other by Jacob Blevins The Other


Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2017

New Critical Thinking Criticism to Come by Julian Wolfreys New Critical Thinking Criticism to Come

A volume that introduces new areas of critical thinking which go beyond the standard 'isms': Literary Reading in a Digital Age; Critical Making in the Digital Humanities; Thing Theory; Memory Work and Criticism; Body, Objects, Technology; Criticism and 'The Animal';...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2017

Rhetoric's Questions, Reading and Interpretation by Peter Mack Rhetoric's Questions, Reading and Interpretation

This book aims to help readers interpret, and reflect on, their reading more effectively. It presents doctrines of ancient and renaissance rhetoric (an education in how to write well) as questions or categories for interpreting one's reading. The first chapter...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/07/2017

Haunting Encounters The Ethics of Reading across Boundaries of Difference by Joanna Lipson Freed Haunting Encounters The Ethics of Reading across Boundaries of Difference


Format: Hardback - Released: 25/07/2017

Mythologies by John E. Gomez Mythologies

Advertisements for soap. The image of a film star. We accept these common objects as a normal part of our life. But each also carries hidden messages that none of us even suspect - as Barthes demonstrated in his unique...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes Ecotheory and the Environmental Imagination by Heide Estes Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes Ecotheory and the Environmental Imagination

Heide Estes shows that Anglo-Saxon ideologies which view nature as diametrically opposed to humans, and the natural world as designed for human use, have become deeply embedded in our cultural heritage, language, and more.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

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