Argues that today’s most popular television shows and films thrive on the type of violence, passion, madness, and catastrophe first introduced to the stage in fifth century Athens
Offers selected case studies that exemplify the compelling qualities of tragedy
Reviews the history of tragic performance and the qualities of the classic tragic hero, and clarifies the role of plot in defining traged
Analyzes the difference between a tragedy, a catastrophe, and a mere unhappy ending
Explores the past and future of the tragic form
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
An authoritative guide to modern British and Irish drama. Engages with theoretical discourses challenging a canon that has privileged London as well as white English males and realism. Topics covered include: national, regional and fringe theatres; post-colonial stages and multiculturalism; feminist and queer theatres; sex and consumerism; technology and globalisation; representations of war, terrorism, and trauma.
Tracks satire from its first appearances in the prophetic books of the Old Testament through the Renaissance and the English tradition in satire to Michael Moore’s satirical movie Fahrenheit 9/11.
Highlights the important influence of the Bible in the literary and cultural development of Western satire.
Focused mainly on major classical and European influences on and works of English satire, but also explores the complex and fertile cultural cross-semination within the tradition of literary satire.
Contributes to current debates in the field on subjects such as the public sphere, travel and exploration, scientific rhetoric, gender and the book trade, and historical versus literary perceptions of life on London streets.
Searches out connections between the remarkable number of new genres that appeared in the eighteenth century.
Crosses conventional disciplinary lines.
Demonstrates that philosophy, history, politics and social theory both influence and are influenced by literature.
This Companion conveys the scale and variety of science fiction.
Shows how science fiction has been used as a means of debating cultural issues.
Essays by an international range of scholars discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers.
Addresses general topics, such as the history and origins of the genre, its engagement with science and gender, and national variations of science fiction around the English-speaking world.
Maps out connections between science fiction, television, the cinema, virtual reality technology, and other aspects of the culture.
Includes a section focusing on major figures, such as H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin.
Offers close readings of particular novels, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Presents 35 original essays by scholars from around the world, representing a range of different approaches to Melville Considers Melville in a global context, and looks at the impact of global economies and technologies on the way people read Melville Takes account of the latest and most sophisticated scholarship, including postcolonial and feminist perspectives Locates Melville in his cultural milieu, revising our views of his politics on race, gender and democracy Reveals Melville as a more contemporary writer than his critics have sometimes assumed
Entries explore the history and tradition of the novel in different areas of the world; formal elements of the novel (story, plot, character, narrator); technical aspects of the genre (such as realism, narrative structure and style); subgenres, including the bildungsroman and the graphic novel; theoretical problems, such as definitions of the novel; book history; and the novel's relationship to other arts and disciplines.
The Encyclopedia is arranged in A-Z format and features entries from an international cast of over 140 scholars, overseen by an advisory board of 37 leading specialists in the field, making this the most authoritative reference resource available on the novel.
This essential reference, now available in an easy-to-use, fully indexed single volume paperback, will be a vital addition to the libraries of literature students and scholars everywhere.
Offers an innovative approach to understanding the Modernist literary mind in Britain.
Helps readers to grasp the intellectual and cultural contexts of literary Modernism.
Organised around contemporary ideas such as Freudianism and eugenics rather than literary genres.
Relates literary Modernism to the overarching issues of the period, such as feminism, imperialism and war.
An exceptionally broad-ranging and accessible Companion to the study of American fiction of the post-civil war period and the early twentieth century Brings together 29 essays by top scholars, each of which presents a synthesis of the best research and offers an original perspective
Divided into sections on historical traditions and genres, contexts and themes, and major authors
Covers a mixture of canonical and the non-canonical themes, authors, literatures, and critical approaches
Explores innovative topics, such as ecological literature and ecocriticism, children’s literature, and the influence of Darwin on fiction
Divided into five parts, this new companion surveys seven decades of history before examining the keys phases in a Victorian life, the leading professions and walks of life, the major Victorian literary genres, and the way Victorians defined their persons, their homes, and their national identities. Important topics such as sexuality, denominational faith, social class, and global empire inform each chapter’s approach. Each chapter provides a comprehensive bibliography of established and emerging scholarship.
Presents new and authoritative essays by internationally respected Milton scholars Explains how and why Milton’s works established their central place in the English literary canon Structured chronologically around Milton’s major works Also includes a select bibliography and a chronology detailing Milton’s life and works alongside relevant world events Ideal as a first critical work on Milton
Brings together more than twenty leading international scholars to provide the definitive survey volume to the field of early modern women's writing
Examines individual texts, including works by Mary Sidney, Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn
Explores the historical context and generic diversity of early modern women's writing, as well as the theoretical issues that underpin its study
Provides a clear sense of the full extent of women's contributions to early modern literary culture
The most inclusive survey yet published of American regional literature.
Represents a wide variety of theoretical and historical approaches.
Surveys the literature of specific regions from California to New England and from Alaska to Hawaii.
Discusses authors and groups who have been important in defining regional American literature.
Draws heavily on historical and cultural contexts in its consideration of American fiction
Relates the fiction of the period to conflicts about territory and sovereignty and to issues of gender, race, ethnicity and identity
Covers different forms of fiction, including children’s literature, sketches, polemical pieces, historical romances, Gothic novels and novels of exploration
Considers both canonical and lesser-known authors, including James Fennimore Cooper, Hannah Foster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and Harriet Beecher Stowe
Treats neglected topics, such as the Western novel, science and the novel, and American fiction in languages other than English
Covers a wide range of authors from Samuel Beckett to Salman Rushdie
Provides readings of key novels, including Graham Greene’s ‘Heart of the Matter’, Jean Rhys’s ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ and Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Remains of the Day’
Considers particular subgenres, such as the feminist novel and the postcolonial novel
Discusses overarching cultural, political and literary trends, such as screen adaptations and the literary prize phenomenon
Gives readers a sense of the richness and diversity of the novel during this period and of the vitality with which it continues to be discussed
Balances consideration of canonical material with discussion of works by previously marginalized playwrights
Includes studies of leading dramatists, such as Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill and Gertrude Stein
Allows readers to make new links between particular plays and playwrights
Examines the movements that framed the century, such as the Harlem Renaissance, lesbian and gay drama, and the solo performances of the 1980s and 1990s
Situates American drama within larger discussions about American ideas and culture
Provides an expansive and inter-disciplinary approach to Renaissance plays and the world they played to.
Offers a colourful and comprehensive overview of the material conditions of England's most important dramatic period.
Gives readers facts and data along with up-to-date interpretation of the plays.
Looks at the drama in terms of its cultural agency, its collaborative nature, and its ideological complexity.
Situates the writing of this period in its various historical and cultural contexts, including colonialism, imperialism, diaspora, and nation formation.
Highlights interactions between native, non-scribal groups and Europeans during the early centuries of exploration.
Covers a wide range of approaches to defining and reading early American writing.
Looks at the development of regional spheres of influence in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Serves as a vital adjunct to Castillo and Schweitzer’s ‘The Literatures of Colonial America: An Anthology’ (Blackwell Publishing, 2001).
The "Companion" embraces the extraordinary development of poetry over the century in twenty English-speaking countries; a century which began with a bipolar transatlantic connection in modernism and ended with the decentred heterogeneity of post-colonialism. Representation of the 'canonical' and the 'marginal' is therefore balanced, including the full integration of women poets and feminist approaches and the in-depth treatment of post-colonial poets from various national traditions. Discussion of context, intertextualities and formal approaches illustrates the increasing self-consciousness and self-reflexivity of the period, whilst a 'Readings' section offers new readings of key selected texts. The volume as a whole offers critical and contextual coverage of the full range of English-language poetry in the last century.
Assesses rhetoric’s place in the larger intellectual universe.
Focuses on the practical side of rhetoric, looking at specific works, problems and figures.
Provides examples of rhetoric from ancient times to the present day.
Written by leading scholars from a variety of different fields.
Provides contextual and critical information about the entire range of British fiction published during the Victorian period.
Explains issues such as Victorian religions, class structure, and Darwinism to those who are unfamiliar with them.
Comprises original, accessible chapters written by renowned and emerging scholars in the field of Victorian studies.
Ideal for students and researchers seeking up-to-the-minute coverage of contexts and trends, or as a starting point for a survey course.
Comprises 29 chapters written by leading scholars in the field
Reflects current debates among Old Norse-Icelandic scholars
Pays attention to previously neglected areas of study, such as the sagas of Icelandic bishops and the fantasy sagas
Looks at the ways Old Norse-Icelandic literature is used by modern writers, artists and film directors, both within and outside Scandinavia
Sets Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature in its wider cultural context
Comprises 35 original essays written by leading figures in the field Includes contributions from pioneers in the field such as Wayne C. Booth, Seymour Chatman, J. Hillis Miller and Gerald Prince Represents all the major critical approaches to narrative and investigates and debates the relations between them Considers narratives in different disciplines, such as law and medicine Features analyses of a variety of media, including film, music, and painting Designed to be of interest to specialists, yet accessible to readers with little prior knowledge of the field
Provides new perspectives on established texts.
Orientates the new student, while providing advanced students with current and new directions.
Pioneered by leading scholars.
Occupies a unique niche in Renaissance studies.
Illustrated with 12 single-page black and white prints.
An up-to-date resource for the study of the eighteenth-century novel
Furnishes readers with a sophisticated vision of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and moral context
Foregrounds those topics of most historical and political relevance to the twenty-first century
Explores formative influences on the eighteenth-century novel, its engagement with the major issues and philosophies of the period, and its lasting legacy
Covers both traditional themes, such as narrative authority and print culture, and cutting-edge topics, such as globalization, nationhood, technology, and science
Considers both canonical and non-canonical literature
Makes the best and most up-to-date thinking on Whitman available to students Designed to make readers more aware of the social and cultural contexts of Whitman’s work, and of the experimental nature of his writing Includes contributions devoted to specific poetry and prose works, a compact biography of the poet, and a bibliography
Redraws the boundaries of Shakespeare performance studies.
Considers performance in a range of media, including in print, in the classroom, in the theatre, in film, on television and video, in multimedia and digital forms.
Introduces important terms and contemporary areas of enquiry in Shakespeare and performance.
Raises questions about the dynamic interplay between Shakespearean writing and the practices of contemporary performance and performance studies.
Written by an international group of major scholars, teachers, and professional theatre makers.
Includes discussion of the visual arts, music, society, history, and politics in the region
Combines treatment of major literary works and historical events with a survey of broader themes, movements and issues
Explores the work of Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Huston, Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, as well as those - black and white, male and female - who are writing now
Co-edited by the esteemed scholar Richard Gray, author of the acclaimed volume, A History of American Literature (Blackwell, 2003)
A ground-breaking collection of newly-commissioned essays on medieval literature and culture.Encourages students to think beyond a narrowly defined canon and conventional disciplinary boundaries. Reflects the erosion of the traditional, rigid boundary between medieval and early modern literature. Stresses the importance of constructing contexts for reading literature. Explores the extent to which medieval literature is in dialogue with other cultural products, including the literature of other countries, manuscripts and religion. Includes close readings of frequently-studied texts, including texts by Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve. Confronts some of the controversies that exercise students of medieval literature, such as those connected with literary theory, love, and chivalry and war.
Contains 37 original articles written by leaders in the field.
Addresses the central concerns shared by those interested in the subject.
Major sections focus on the experience of particular disciplines in applying computational methods to research problems; the basic principles of humanities computing; specific applications and methods; and production, dissemination and archiving.
Accompanied by a website featuring supplementary materials, standard readings in the field and essays to be included in future editions of the Companion.
Makes use of illustrative examples and case studies of well-known texts
Written by a group of expert contributors
Covers topical debates, such as the nature of censorship and the future of the book