Literature round-up

September 18, 2008

Excursions

Author: Henry D. Thoreau

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 672

Price: £38.95

ISBN 9780691064505

This presents newly edited texts of nine essays - including some of Thoreau's most popular and engaging works - drawing from his writing career between 1842 and 1862. The collection highlights Thoreau's early use of themes and approaches that recur throughout his work, including explorations of internal and external geography.

Salman Rushdie

Author: Andrew Teverson

Edition: First

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Pages: 256

Price: £45.00 and £11.99

ISBN 9780719070501 and 0518

This guide by Teverson, lecturer in English at Kingston University, examines the intellectual, biographical, literary and cultural contexts of Rushdie's fiction with detailed critical readings of all of his novels. It will be of interest to students of postcolonial studies and 20th- and 21st-century British literature.

Douglas Coupland

Author: Andrew Tate

Edition: First

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Pages: 192

Price: £50.00 and £14.99

ISBN 9780719074882 and 6619

This is the first full-length study of the work of the Canadian novelist, covering the prolific first 15 years of his career, in which he published ten novels and four volumes of non-fiction. Tate, lecturer in English at Lancaster University, focuses on Coupland's engagement with narrative, consumer culture, space, religion and ideas of the future.

Paul Auster

Author: Mark Brown

Edition: First

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Pages: 224

Price: £50.00 and £14.99

ISBN 9780719073960 and 3977

In providing an analysis of Auster's essays, poetry, fiction, films and collaborative projects, Brown, a lecturer in American literature at Keele University, explores key themes of identity; language and writing; metropolitan living and community; and storytelling and illusion.

R.K. Narayan

Author: John Thieme

Edition: First

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Pages: 240

Price: £50.00 and £11.99

ISBN 9780719059261 and 98

Thieme, visiting professor of literature at the University of East Anglia, offers a wide-ranging guide to the fiction of a man considered one of the founding figures of Indian literature, viewing the work in terms of South Indian contexts, cultural geography and non-Indian intertexts.

How to Read the Victorian Novel

Author: George Levine

Edition: First

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Pages: 200

Price: £50.00 and £12.99

ISBN 9781405130554 and 0561

This is a broad-ranging introduction to the genre using examples from the classics. Levine, the Kenneth Burke professor of English at Rutgers University in New Jersey, surveys a variety of literary types and explores the cultural and historical developments of the novel form itself.

The Importance of Feeling English: American Literature and the British Diaspora, 1750-1850

Author: Leonard Tennenhouse

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 170

Price: £19.95

ISBN 9780691096810

In revisiting the landscape of early American literature, The Importance of Feeling English radically revises its features. Tennenhouse, professor of English at Brown University, Rhode Island, focuses on the concept of transatlantic circulation and shows how some of the first American authors applied their perspective to existing British literary models.

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