Literature roundup

September 17, 2009

The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath

Author: Jo Gill

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 168

Price: £10.99

ISBN: 9780521686952

This text offers an inclusive guide to Plath’s poetry, prose and autobiographical writings, with an overview of readings, debates and issues surrounding her writings to the present day.

The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies

Author: Christopher B. Balme

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 246

Price: £14.99

ISBN: 9780521672238

By examining a variety of elements within the discipline, this book aims to present a complete overview of the methods and tools required in studying historical and contemporary theatre.

British Women Writers of the Romantic Period: An Anthology of their Literary Criticism

Editor: Mary A. Waters

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 256

Price: £18.99

ISBN: 9780230205772

Presenting a selection of texts from women in the Romantic period, this anthology endeavours to provide fuel for debate in studies into the era, including issues such as professionalism, nationalism and the literary canon.

Children’s Literature: Approaches and Territories

Editors: Janet Maybin and Nicola J. Watson

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 416

Price: £22.99

ISBN: 97802302132

Placing an emphasis on how children’s literature is embedded in the social life of both children and adults, this collection of essays presents a social and literary overview into the field of Anglophone children’s literature.

Reading Science Fiction

Editors: James Gunn, Marleen Barr and Matthew Candelaria

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 288

Price: £16.99

ISBN: 97802305188

Synthesising work from scholars and fiction writers, this text introduces the history, concepts and contexts required in understanding this genre, and takes into consideration theoretical approaches such as gender studies, postcolonial studies and structuralism.

The Handbook of the Gothic

Editors: Marie Mulvey-Roberts

Edition: Second

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 384

Price: £16.99

ISBN: 9780230008540

Consisting of entries from a range of scholars, this handbook seeks to explore the recurrent concerns of the Gothic. Covering developments in the field since the first edition, this revised text looks into areas such as children’s literature, comedy, music and medicine.

Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard

Author: Ben Crystal

Edition: First

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

Pages: 2

Price: £7.99

ISBN: 9781848310544

Crystal, determined to bring Shakespeare’s work to life, coves aspects such as his language and his life with accessible scholarship, wit and verve.

Doing English

Author: Robert Eaglestone

Edition: Third

Publisher: Routledge

Pages: 192

Price: £12.99

ISBN: 9780415496742

Intended as a guide for English literature students in the final year of secondary schooling or those embarking upon higher education, this text presents an introduction to the ideas and debates surrounding the subject.

An Introduction to Narratology

Author: Monika Fludernik

Edition: First

Publisher: Routledge

Pages: 200

Price: £14.99

ISBN: 9780415450300

Via a summary of concepts in the field, this text offers an accessible and comprehensive overview for newcomers to narratology, while reflecting on recent theoretical developments in the subject.

Scottish Literature

Author: Gerard Carruthers

Edition: First

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Pages: 240

Price: £16.99

ISBN: 9780748633098

This guide brings together detailed literary history with contemporary debates surrounding “Scottishness”, and aims to identify the main trends in the emergence and development of Scottish literature.

The Medieval British Literature Handbook

Editor: Daniel T. Kline

Edition: First

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 328

Price: £17.99

ISBN: 9780826494092

Intended to serve as a resource for courses in medieval literature, this text aims to provide students with the most complete guide to the subject’s major texts, critics, approaches and directions for new research.

The Poetry Toolkit: The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry

Author: Rhian Williams

Edition: First

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 288

Price: £15.99

ISBN: 9781847060495

By providing commentary on the formal traditions of poetry across the ages, Williams aims offer clear explanations on the key terms, genres and concepts in an accessible format.

Beginning Postmodernism

Author: Tim Woods

Edition: Second

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Pages: 304

Price: £9.99

ISBN: 9780719079962

This guide aims to present an introduction to postmodernism across a wide range of subjects. By exploring how debates around the field have emerged from philosophical and cultural ideas, it demonstrates how comparative connections can be made from one area to another.

The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Editor: Tim Kendall

Edition: Second

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 776

Price: £.50

ISBN: 9780199559602

Combining the work of literary critics from across the globe, this handbook aims to present current thinking on 20th-century war poetry, while mapping both the uniqueness of each war and the continuities between poets of the different conflicts.

Understanding Style: Practical Ways to Improve Your Writing

Author: Joe Glaser

Edition: Second

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 288

Price: £16.99

ISBN: 9780195379495

Intended for use in advanced composition courses, this text seeks to explain the art of crafting sentences in a clear and readable fashion. By adapting the findings of modern linguistic research, the author offers detailed writing advice and has included open-ended exercises as a result.

Gothic and Modernism

Editor: John Paul Riquelme

Edition: First

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Pages: 248

Price: £16.50

ISBN: 9780801888656

Interpreting the presence and transformations of Gothic traditions during the 19th and 20th century, this collection of essays examines Gothic writing’s persistent influence on modern works.

Russian Literature

Authors: Andrew Baruch Wachtel and Ilya Vinitsky

Edition: First

Publisher: Polity

Pages: 316

Price: £16.99

ISBN: 9780745636863

Offering comprehensive details on the history of Russian literature and culture, Wachtel and Vinitsky provide an analysis of relevant events, people and texts and place them in their historical context, as well as discussing the effects they had on developments in art and music of the time.

Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction

Author: John Sutherland

Edition: Second

Publisher: Pearson Education

Pages: 736

Price: £19.99

ISBN: 9781408203903

Intended to serve as a full account of fiction published in the Victorian era, this text provides a synopsis of over 900 biographical entries and 600 novels, and includes information on various aspects of the Victorian publishing, writing, reviewing and reading worlds.

An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory

Authors: Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle

Edition: Fourth

Publisher: Pearson Education

Pages: 392

Price: £14.99

ISBN: 9781405859141

This new edition has been revised to take into account recent theory, and aims to provide a comprehensive look into the subject. Encompassing a range of topics from sexual and racial difference to ecocriticism, queer theory and ghosts, this readable, unpretentious and much-praised text engages literary works (from Chaucer to Monty Python) to illuminate complex ideas in the field.

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