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The Daughter's Dilemma - Family Process and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Novel (Paperback, New edition): Paula Marantz... The Daughter's Dilemma - Family Process and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Novel (Paperback, New edition)
Paula Marantz Cohen
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An interdisciplinary investigation into the daughter's role in 19th-century families and their fictional representations.

The Scars We Carve - Bodies and Wounds in Civil War Print Culture (Hardcover): Allison M. Johnson The Scars We Carve - Bodies and Wounds in Civil War Print Culture (Hardcover)
Allison M. Johnson
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Literary Meaning - Reclaiming the Study of Literature (Paperback): Wendell V. Harris Literary Meaning - Reclaiming the Study of Literature (Paperback)
Wendell V. Harris
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Literary theory, according to Wendell Harris, has over the last twenty-five years become increasingly characterized by illogical arguments, an esoteric vocabulary, and gnomic references to what various authority figures are presumed to have demonstrated. Arcane modes of argument and unargued assumptions leave the reader of contemporary theorists frustrated; little of the resulting criticism entices the reader to seek out the literary work itself. Harris argues that regardless of the specifics of individual theories, the central struggle is between traditional hermeneutics, in which the interpretation of the author's intended meaning is the necessary first step in any response to a text, and the more recent hermeticism, which seeks to deny the relevance of intention, the possibility of determinate meaning, and the reference of language to any reality beyond itself. With wit, insight, and analytical precision, Harris critiques the misunderstanding of scientific method spawned by the failure of structuralism, the absolutism of poststructuralism, and the confusions over contextualism and historicism. He concludes with an analysis of the hollowness of the current model of professionalism in literature departments.

Under Cover - A Poet's Life in Publishing (Hardcover): Jeremy Robson Under Cover - A Poet's Life in Publishing (Hardcover)
Jeremy Robson 1
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As an independent publisher, Jeremy Robson always punched above his weight with a roster of authors that have been the envy of many large publishers. As a poet, he has been at the centre of the poetry scene since the 1960s, with a number of highly praised volumes to his credit and the friendship of many leading poets and musicians. In this engrossing memoir, Robson looks back at both his publishing career and life as a poet. Stories abound; whether it be driving Muhammad Ali around Britain, coping with Michael Winner or working in the desert with David Ben-Gurion. Time spent joyously laughing with Maureen Lipman and Alan Coren while undertaking an exciting poetry reading tour with Ted Hughes, and packing the Royal Festival Hall for a historic poetry and jazz concert. Jeremy recounts treasured and life-long friendships with the poets and writers; Dannie Abse, Alan Sillitoe, Vernon Scannell, Laurie Lee, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Elie Wiesel and Frederic Raphael. Well known and celebrated as both publisher and poet, Jeremy Robson has produced a delicious memoir that will delight the reader.

Russian Literature - Ideals and Realities (Paperback, New edition): Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin, George Woodcock Russian Literature - Ideals and Realities (Paperback, New edition)
Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin, George Woodcock; Translated by George Woodcock
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Believing that the best minds of Russia chose literature to express their conceptions of national life, Kropotkin wrote this literary history as a celebration.

Jerusalem - City of the Book (Hardcover): Merav Mack, Benjamin Balint Jerusalem - City of the Book (Hardcover)
Merav Mack, Benjamin Balint; Photographs by Fr ed eric Brenner
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A captivating journey through the hidden libraries of Jerusalem, where some of the world's most enduring ideas were put into words In this enthralling book, Merav Mack and Benjamin Balint explore Jerusalem's libraries to tell the story of this city as a place where some of the world's most enduring ideas were put into words. The writers of Jerusalem, although renowned the world over, are not usually thought of as a distinct school; their stories as Jerusalemites have never before been woven into a single narrative. Nor have the stories of the custodians, past and present, who safeguard Jerusalem's literary legacies. By showing how Jerusalem has been imagined by its writers and shelved by its librarians, Mack and Balint tell the untold history of how the peoples of the book have populated the city with texts. In their hands, Jerusalem itself-perched between East and West, antiquity and modernity, violence and piety-comes alive as a kind of labyrinthine library.

Meatless Days - Introduction by the winner of the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction Kamila Shamsie (Paperback): Sara Suleri Meatless Days - Introduction by the winner of the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction Kamila Shamsie (Paperback)
Sara Suleri 1
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'Some of the more heart-shaking writing about love and grief I've ever read' Kamila Shamsie, winner fo the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction, from the introduction Meatless Days is a searing memoir of life in the newly-created country of Pakistan. When sudden and shocking tragedies hit the author's family two years apart, her personal crisis spirals into a wider meditation on universal questions: about being a woman when you're too busy being a mother or a sister or a wife to consider your own womanhood; about how it feels to begin life in a new language; about how our lives are changed by the people that leave them. This is a heart-breaking, hopeful and profound book that will get under your skin. 'Extraordinary... as an evocation of family love, with all its sharpness, pain and need, Meatless Days is almost faultless' New Statesman

Our Town (Paperback, Current Perennial Classics ed): Thornton Wilder Our Town (Paperback, Current Perennial Classics ed)
Thornton Wilder
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This beautiful new edition features an eye-opening Afterword written by Tappan Wilder that includes Thornton Wilder's unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.

Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play.

The Written World - How Literature Shaped History (Paperback): Martin Puchner The Written World - How Literature Shaped History (Paperback)
Martin Puchner 1
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From clay tablets to the printing press. From the pencil to the internet. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. This is the true story of literature -- of how great texts and technologies have shaped cultures and civilizations and altered human history. The inventions of paper, the printing press and the world wide web are usually considered the major influences on the way we share stories. Less well known is the influence of Greek generals, Japanese court ladies, Spanish adventurers, Malian singers and American astronauts, and yet all of them played a crucial role in shaping and spreading literature as we know it today. The Written World tells the captivating story of the development of literature, where stories intersect with writing technologies like clay, stone, parchment, paper, printing presses and computers. Central to the development of religions, political movements and even nations, texts spread useful truths and frightening disinformation, and have the power to change lives. Through vivid storytelling and across a huge sweep of time, The Written World offers a new and enticing perspective on human history.

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby (Hardcover): F. Scott Fitzgerald, James L.W. West... The Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby (Hardcover)
F. Scott Fitzgerald, James L.W. West III
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This eighteenth and final volume in the Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald is a variorum edition of The Great Gatsby (1925), the author's masterpiece. The variorum text is based on multiple witnesses including the extant holograph of the novel and Fitzgerald's revised galley proofs; the first edition and later impressions from the first-edition plates; and importantly, Fitzgerald's personal copy of the novel, which bears corrections and revisions in his hand. This edition removes instances of over-correction in later editions of the novel, where there are numerous examples of textual corruption, thus giving control of the text back to Fitzgerald. This critical edition includes an introduction, tracing the history of the novel, an emended text, emendation tables, Fitzgerald's 1935 introduction, and fourteen illustrations. Historical annotations provide identifications of persons, places, events, popular songs, and literary works - all now made available to readers, teachers, critics, and scholars.

Landscape of Fear - Stephen King's American Gothic (Paperback, New edition): Tony Magistrale Landscape of Fear - Stephen King's American Gothic (Paperback, New edition)
Tony Magistrale
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One of the very first books to take Stephen King seriously, "Landscape of Fear" (originally published in 1988) reveals the source of King's horror in the sociopolitical anxieties of the post-Vietnam, post-Watergate era. In this groundbreaking study, Tony Magistrale shows how King's fiction transcends the escapism typical of its genre to tap into our deepest cultural fears: "that the government we have installed through the democratic process is not only corrupt but actively pursuing our destruction, that our technologies have progressed to the point at which the individual has now become expendable, and that our fundamental social institutions-school, marriage, workplace, and the church-have, beneath their veneers of respectability, evolved into perverse manifestations of narcissism, greed, and violence."

The Bloomsbury Group Memoir Club 2014 (Paperback, 1st ed. 2014): S. Rosenbaum, James M. Haule The Bloomsbury Group Memoir Club 2014 (Paperback, 1st ed. 2014)
S. Rosenbaum, James M. Haule
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Shortly before his death, S. P. Rosenbaum began work on the history of the Bloomsbury Group's 'Memoir Club'. With original archival material and valuable insights on leading Bloomsbury figures such as Woolf, Keynes and Forster, this illuminating book offers a new perspective on our understanding of twentieth-century autobiography and life writing.

Ghosts in Enlightenment Scotland (Hardcover): Martha McGill Ghosts in Enlightenment Scotland (Hardcover)
Martha McGill
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Scotland is famed for being a haunted nation, "whare ghaists and houlets nightly cry". Medieval Scots told stories of restless souls and walking corpses, but after the 1560 Reformation, witches and demons became the focal point for explorations of the supernatural. Ghosts re-emerged in scholarly discussion in the late seventeenth century, often in the guise of religious propagandists. As time went on, physicians increasingly reframed ghosts as the conjurations of disturbed minds, but gothic and romantic literature revelled in the emotive power of the returning dead; they were placed against a backdrop of ancient monasteries, castles and mouldering ruins, and authors such as Robert Burns, James Hogg and Walter Scott drew on the macabre to colour their depictions of Scottish life. Meanwhile, folk culture used apparitions to talk about morality and mortality. Focusing on the period from 1685 to 1830, this book provides the first academic study of the history of Scottish ghosts. Drawing on a wide range of sources, and examining beliefs across the social spectrum, it shows how ghost stories achieved a new prominence in a period that is more usually associated with the rise of rationalism. In exploring perceptions of ghosts, it also reflects on understandings of death and the afterlife; the construction of national identity; and the impact of the Enlightenment. MARTHA MCGILL completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh.

New Approaches to Gone with the Wind (Hardcover): James A Crank New Approaches to Gone with the Wind (Hardcover)
James A Crank
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Civil War Writing - New Perspectives on Iconic Texts (Hardcover): Stephen Cushman, Gary W. Gallagher Civil War Writing - New Perspectives on Iconic Texts (Hardcover)
Stephen Cushman, Gary W. Gallagher; Contributions by Keith Bohannon, William C Davis, Matthew Gallman, …
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Tacitus Histories I: A Selection (Paperback): Benedict Gravell, Ellen O'Gorman Tacitus Histories I: A Selection (Paperback)
Benedict Gravell, Ellen O'Gorman
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This is the endorsed publication from OCR and Bloomsbury for the Latin AS and A-Level (Group 1) prescription of Histories Book I sections 4 (finis Neronis ...) to 7, 12-14, 17-23 and 26, and the A-Level (Group 2) prescription of Histories Book I sections 27-36, 39-44 and 49, giving full Latin text, commentary and vocabulary, with a detailed introduction that also covers the prescribed text to be read in English for A Level. Histories I starts in AD 69, during the civil war after the death of Nero. Tacitus describes the unstable conditions in the Roman Empire, as different generals are elevated by their soldiers to the position of emperor. In the prescribed selection, rebellion and violence break out in the city of Rome, as the Praetorian Guard of the emperor Galba transfer their support to a controversial younger man, Otho. Tacitus vividly portrays the elderly Galba's attempts to maintain order and discipline as power slips from his grasp, while Otho inspires the disorderly soldiers, keeping control only with difficulty over this volatile group of men. Resources are available on the Companion Website www.bloomsbury.com/ocr-editions-2019-2021

The Literary Churchill - Author, Reader, Actor (Hardcover): Jonathan Rose The Literary Churchill - Author, Reader, Actor (Hardcover)
Jonathan Rose 1
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A transformative portrait of Churchill, whose love of history, theater, and reading was inextricably linked to his life as a statesman This strikingly original book introduces a Winston Churchill we have not known before. Award-winning author Jonathan Rose explores in tandem Churchill's careers as statesman and author, revealing the profound influence of literature and theater on Churchill's personal, carefully composed grand story and on the decisions he made throughout his political life. Rose provides in this expansive literary biography an analysis of Churchill's writings and their reception (he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 and was a best-selling author), and a chronicle of his dealings with publishers, editors, literary agents, and censors. The book also identifies an array of authors who shaped Churchill's own writings and politics: George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, Margaret Mitchell, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, and many more. Rose investigates the effect of Churchill's passion for theater on his approach to reportage, memoirs, and historical works. Perhaps most remarkably, Rose reveals the unmistakable influence of Churchill's reading on every important episode of his public life, including his championship of social reform, plans for the Gallipoli invasion, command during the Blitz, crusade for Zionism, and efforts to prevent a nuclear arms race. In a fascinating conclusion, Rose traces the significance of Churchill's writings to later generations of politicians, among them President John F. Kennedy as he struggled to extricate the U.S. from the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Cambridge Companions to Literature - The Cambridge Companion to Balzac (Paperback): Owen Heathcote, Andrew Watts Cambridge Companions to Literature - The Cambridge Companion to Balzac (Paperback)
Owen Heathcote, Andrew Watts
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One of the founders of literary realism and the serial novel, Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) was a prolific writer who produced more than a hundred novels, plays and short stories during his career. With its dramatic plots and memorable characters, Balzac's fiction has enthralled generations of readers. 'La Comedie humaine', the vast collection of works in which he strove to document every aspect of nineteenth-century French society, has influenced writers from Flaubert, Zola and Proust to Dostoevsky and Oscar Wilde. This Companion provides a critical reappraisal of Balzac, combining studies of his major novels with guidance on the key narrative and thematic features of his writing. Twelve chapters by world-leading specialists encompass a wide spectrum of topics such as the representation of history, philosophy and religion, the plight of the struggling artist, gender and sexuality, and Balzac's depiction of the creative process itself.

A very serious thing - Women's humor and American culture (Paperback): Nancy A Walker A very serious thing - Women's humor and American culture (Paperback)
Nancy A Walker
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"A Very Serious Thing "was first published in 1988. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

"It is a very serious thing to be a funny woman." -Frances Miriam Berry Whitcher

"A Very Serious Thing" is the first book-length study of a part of American literature that has been consistently neglected by scholars and underrepresented in anthologies--American women's humorous writing. Nancy Walker proposes that the American humorous tradition to be redefined to include women's humor as well as men's, because, contrary to popular opinion, women do have a sense of humor.

Her book draws on history, sociology, anthropology, literature, and psychology to posit that the reasons for neglect of women's humorous expression are rooted in a male-dominated culture that has officially denied women the freedom and self-confidence essential to the humorist. Rather than a study of individual writers, the book is an exploration of relationships between cultural realities--including expectations of "true womanhood"--and women's humorous response to those realities.

Humorous expression, Walker maintains, is at odds with the culturally sanctioned ideal of the "lady," and much of women's humor seems to accept, while actually denying, this ideal. In fact, most of American women's humorous writing has been a feminist critique of American culture and its attitudes toward women, according to the author.

Dreamscheme - Narrative and Voice in "Finnegans Wake" (Hardcover): Michael H. Begnal Dreamscheme - Narrative and Voice in "Finnegans Wake" (Hardcover)
Michael H. Begnal
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Study and Revise for AS/A-level: Wuthering Heights (Paperback): Andrew Green Study and Revise for AS/A-level: Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
Andrew Green
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Exam Board: AQA, CCEA, Edexcel Level: AS/A-level Subject: English literature First teaching: September 2015 First exams: Summer 2016 Enable students to achieve their best grade in AS/A-level English Literature with this year-round course companion; designed to instil in-depth textual understanding as students read, analyse and revise Wuthering Heights throughout the course. This Study and Revise guide: - Increases students' knowledge of Wuthering Heights as they progress through the detailed commentary and contextual information written by experienced teachers and examiners - Develops understanding of characterisation, themes, form, structure and language, equipping students with a rich bank of textual examples to enhance their coursework and exam responses - Builds critical and analytical skills through challenging, thought-provoking questions and tasks that encourage students to form their own personal responses to the text - Extends learning and prepares students for higher-level study by introducing critical viewpoints, comparative references to other literary works and suggestions for independent research - Helps students maximise their exam potential using clear explanations of the Assessment Objectives, sample student answers and examiner insights - Improves students' extended writing techniques through targeted advice on planning and structuring a successful essay

Imagined Frontiers - Contemporary America and Beyond (Paperback): Carl Abbott Imagined Frontiers - Contemporary America and Beyond (Paperback)
Carl Abbott
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A Tour on the Prairies (Paperback): Washington Irving A Tour on the Prairies (Paperback)
Washington Irving; Volume editing by John Francis McDermott; John Francis McDermott
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In 1832, Washington Irving, recently returned from seventeen years' residence abroad and eager to explore his own country, embarked on an expedition to the country west of Arkansas set aside for the Indians. "A Tour on the Prairies" is his absorbing account of that journey, which extended from Fort Gibson to the Cross Timbers in what is now Oklahoma. First published in 1835, it has remained a perennial favorite, retaining its original freshness, vigor, and vividness to this day.

Walking in the Shade - Volume Two of My Autobiography, 1949-1962 (Paperback, New Ed): Doris Lessing Walking in the Shade - Volume Two of My Autobiography, 1949-1962 (Paperback, New Ed)
Doris Lessing 2
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The second volume of one of the great autobiographies of the twentieth century.


In 'Walking in the Shade' we move into the heyday of Lessing's career, sparked off by the international success of her first novel, 'The Grass is Singing'.

A wonderful evocation of London's literary and political life during the 1950s and 1960s. Doris Lessing was at the very centre of the intellectual scene at the time, and knew many of its personalities and opinion-makers – Kenneth Tynan, John Osborne, E.P. Thompson, Bertrand Russell and many others.

Perhaps the most frank and open book Doris Lessing has ever written. She writes about her involvement with communism, her love affairs, her depression at the ending of a relationship and her experience of bringing up a child on her own.

"Funny and heartbreaking…every word rings true."
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, 'Books of the Year'

It is exhilarating to read. Not many lives are worth more than two long volumes, but Doris Lessing's most certainly is."
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Narrative Theory - A Critical Introduction (Paperback): Kent Puckett Narrative Theory - A Critical Introduction (Paperback)
Kent Puckett
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Kent Puckett's Narrative Theory: A Critical Introduction provides an account of a methodology increasingly central to literary studies, film studies, history, psychology and beyond. In addition to introducing readers to some of the field's major figures and their ideas, Puckett situates critical and philosophical approaches towards narrative within a longer intellectual history. The book reveals one of narrative theory's founding claims - that narratives need to be understood in terms of a formal relation between story and discourse, between what they narrate and how they narrate it - both as a necessary methodological distinction and as a problem characteristic of modern thought. Puckett thus shows that narrative theory is not only a powerful descriptive system but also a complex and sometimes ironic form of critique. Narrative Theory offers readers an introduction to the field's key figures, methods and ideas, and it also reveals that field as unexpectedly central to the history of ideas.

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