Argues that today’s most popular television shows andfilms thrive on the type of violence, passion, madness, andcatastrophe first introduced to the stage in fifth centuryAthens
Offers selected case studies that exemplify the compellingqualities of tragedy
Reviews the history of tragic performance and the qualities ofthe classic tragic hero, and clarifies the role of plot in definingtraged
Analyzes the difference between a tragedy, a catastrophe, and amere 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 thathas privileged London as well as white English males andrealism.Topics covered include: national, regional and fringe theatres;post-colonial stages and multiculturalism; feminist and queertheatres; sex and consumerism; technology and globalisation;representations of war, terrorism, and trauma.
Tracks satire from its first appearances in the prophetic booksof the Old Testament through the Renaissance and the Englishtradition in satire to Michael Moore’s satirical movieFahrenheit 9/11.
Highlights the important influence of the Bible in the literaryand cultural development of Western satire.
Focused mainly on major classical and European influences onand works of English satire, but also explores the complex andfertile cultural cross-semination within the tradition of literarysatire.
Contributes to current debates in the field on subjects such asthe public sphere, travel and exploration, scientific rhetoric,gender and the book trade, and historical versus literaryperceptions of life on London streets.
Searches out connections between the remarkable number of newgenres that appeared in the eighteenth century.
Crosses conventional disciplinary lines.
Demonstrates that philosophy, history, politics and socialtheory both influence and are influenced by literature.
This Companion conveys the scale and variety of sciencefiction.
Shows how science fiction has been used as a means of debatingcultural issues.
Essays by an international range of scholars discuss thecontexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers.
Addresses general topics, such as the history and origins ofthe genre, its engagement with science and gender, and nationalvariations of science fiction around the English-speakingworld.
Maps out connections between science fiction, television, thecinema, virtual reality technology, and other aspects of theculture.
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 MaryShelley’s Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood’sThe Handmaid’s Tale.
Presents 35 original essays by scholars from around the world, representing a range of different approaches to MelvilleConsiders Melville in a global context, and looks at the impact of global economies and technologies on the way people read MelvilleTakes account of the latest and most sophisticated scholarship, including postcolonial and feminist perspectivesLocates Melville in his cultural milieu, revising our views of his politics on race, gender and democracyReveals 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 Modernistliterary mind in Britain.
Helps readers to grasp the intellectual and cultural contextsof literary Modernism.
Organised around contemporary ideas such as Freudianism andeugenics rather than literary genres.
Relates literary Modernism to the overarching issues of theperiod, such as feminism, imperialism and war.
An exceptionally broad-ranging and accessible Companionto the study of American fiction of the post-civil war period andthe early twentieth century Brings together 29 essays by topscholars, each of which presents a synthesis of the best researchand 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 andecocriticism, children’s literature, and the influence ofDarwin on fiction
Divided into five parts, this new companion surveys sevendecades of history before examining the keys phases in a Victorianlife, the leading professions and walks of life, the majorVictorian literary genres, and the way Victorians defined theirpersons, their homes, and their national identities. Importanttopics such as sexuality, denominational faith, social class, andglobal empire inform each chapter’s approach. Each chapterprovides a comprehensive bibliography of established and emergingscholarship.
Short-listed for The Modernist Studies Association 2015 Book Prize for an Edition, Anthology, or Essay CollectionHighlights and exposes the salient controversies and changing cultural thought at the heart of modernismGoes beyond constructions of “plural modernisms” to reveal all modernist writing as overlapping and interactive in a simultaneous and interlocking mixDraws from a vast compilation of more than a thousand sources, ranging from vernacular prose to experimental literary formsSpans the “long” modernist period, from its incipient beginnings c.1880 to its post-WWII aftermathApproaches English written modernism in its own terms, tempering explanations of modernism often derived from European poets and paintersModels research techniques based on digital databases and collaborative work in the humanities
Presents new and authoritative essays by internationallyrespected Milton scholarsExplains how and why Milton’s works established theircentral place in the English literary canonStructured chronologically around Milton’s majorworksAlso includes a select bibliography and a chronology detailingMilton’s life and works alongside relevant world eventsIdeal as a first critical work on Milton
Brings together more than twenty leading international scholarsto provide the definitive survey volume to the field of earlymodern women's writing
Examines individual texts, including works by Mary Sidney,Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn
Explores the historical context and generic diversity of earlymodern women's writing, as well as the theoretical issues thatunderpin its study
Provides a clear sense of the full extent of women'scontributions to early modern literary culture
The most inclusive survey yet published of American regionalliterature.
Represents a wide variety of theoretical and historicalapproaches.
Surveys the literature of specific regions from California toNew England and from Alaska to Hawaii.
Discusses authors and groups who have been important indefining regional American literature.
Covers a wide range of authors from Samuel Beckett to SalmanRushdie
Provides readings of key novels, including GrahamGreene’s ‘Heart of the Matter’, JeanRhys’s ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ and KazuoIshiguro’s ‘The Remains of the Day’
Considers particular subgenres, such as the feminist novel andthe 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 thenovel during this period and of the vitality with which itcontinues to be discussed
Balances consideration of canonical material with discussion ofworks by previously marginalized playwrights
Includes studies of leading dramatists, such as TennesseeWilliams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill and Gertrude Stein
Allows readers to make new links between particular plays andplaywrights
Examines the movements that framed the century, such as theHarlem Renaissance, lesbian and gay drama, and the soloperformances of the 1980s and 1990s
Situates American drama within larger discussions aboutAmerican ideas and culture
Provides an expansive and inter-disciplinary approach toRenaissance plays and the world they played to.
Offers a colourful and comprehensive overview of the materialconditions of England's most important dramatic period.
Gives readers facts and data along with up-to-dateinterpretation of the plays.
Looks at the drama in terms of its cultural agency, itscollaborative nature, and its ideological complexity.
Situates the writing of this period in its various historicaland cultural contexts, including colonialism, imperialism,diaspora, and nation formation.
Highlights interactions between native, non-scribal groups andEuropeans during the early centuries of exploration.
Covers a wide range of approaches to defining and reading earlyAmerican writing.
Looks at the development of regional spheres of influence inthe 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 intellectualuniverse.
Focuses on the practical side of rhetoric, looking at specificworks, problems and figures.
Provides examples of rhetoric from ancient times to the presentday.
Written by leading scholars from a variety of differentfields.
Provides contextual and critical information about the entirerange of British fiction published during the Victorianperiod.
Explains issues such as Victorian religions, class structure,and Darwinism to those who are unfamiliar with them.
Comprises original, accessible chapters written by renowned andemerging scholars in the field of Victorian studies.
Ideal for students and researchers seeking up-to-the-minutecoverage of contexts and trends, or as a starting point for asurvey course.
Comprises 29 chapters written by leading scholars in thefield
Reflects current debates among Old Norse-Icelandicscholars
Pays attention to previously neglected areas of study, such asthe sagas of Icelandic bishops and the fantasy sagas
Looks at the ways Old Norse-Icelandic literature is used bymodern writers, artists and film directors, both within and outsideScandinavia
Sets Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature in its widercultural context
Comprises 35 original essays written by leading figures in thefieldIncludes contributions from pioneers in the field such as WayneC. Booth, Seymour Chatman, J. Hillis Miller and Gerald PrinceRepresents all the major critical approaches to narrative andinvestigates and debates the relations between themConsiders narratives in different disciplines, such as law andmedicineFeatures analyses of a variety of media, including film, music,and paintingDesigned to be of interest to specialists, yet accessible toreaders with little prior knowledge of the field
Provides new perspectives on established texts.
Orientates the new student, while providing advanced studentswith 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-centurynovel
Furnishes readers with a sophisticated vision of theeighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and moralcontext
Foregrounds those topics of most historical and politicalrelevance to the twenty-first century
Explores formative influences on the eighteenth-century novel,its engagement with the major issues and philosophies of theperiod, and its lasting legacy
Covers both traditional themes, such as narrative authority andprint 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 Whitmanavailable to studentsDesigned to make readers more aware of the social and culturalcontexts of Whitman’s work, and of the experimental nature ofhis writingIncludes contributions devoted to specific poetry and proseworks, 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 inShakespeare and performance.
Raises questions about the dynamic interplay betweenShakespearean writing and the practices of contemporary performanceand 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 historicalevents with a survey of broader themes, movements and issues
Explores the work of Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, WilliamFaulkner, Zora Neale Huston, Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, aswell as those - black and white, male and female - who are writingnow
Co-edited by the esteemed scholar Richard Gray, author of theacclaimed volume, A History of American Literature(Blackwell, 2003)
A ground-breaking collection of newly-commissioned essays onmedieval literature and culture.Encourages students to think beyond a narrowly defined canonand conventional disciplinary boundaries.Reflects the erosion of the traditional, rigid boundary betweenmedieval and early modern literature.Stresses the importance of constructing contexts for readingliterature.Explores the extent to which medieval literature is in dialoguewith other cultural products, including the literature of othercountries, manuscripts and religion.Includes close readings of frequently-studied texts, includingtexts by Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve.Confronts some of the controversies that exercise students ofmedieval literature, such as those connected with literary theory,love, and chivalry and war.
Contains 37 original articles written by leaders in thefield.
Addresses the central concerns shared by those interested inthe subject.
Major sections focus on the experience of particulardisciplines in applying computational methods to research problems;the basic principles of humanities computing; specific applicationsand methods; and production, dissemination and archiving.
Accompanied by a website featuring supplementary materials,standard readings in the field and essays to be included in futureeditions of the Companion.
Makes use of illustrative examples and case studies ofwell-known texts
Written by a group of expert contributors
Covers topical debates, such as the nature of censorship andthe future of the book