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Literary Theory & Cultural Studies



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Charles Dickens: An Introduction


Jenny Hartley

October 2016

Jenny Hartley introduces Charles Dickens's life and works, looking at the vitality of his characters and the energy which surges through his writing. Examining the themes running through his books, she considers the institutions which influenced his work (such as the workhouse) and looks at his critique of nineteenth century society.

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Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale


Marina Warner

July 2016

In ten succinct chapters, Marina Warner guides us through the rich world of fairy tale, from Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel to Snow White and Pan's Labyrinth. Exploring pervasive themes of folklore, myth, the supernatural, imagination, and fantasy, Warner highlights the impact of the genre on human understanding, history, and culture.

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The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction


Tod Linafelt

March 2016

Very Short Introductions

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Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction


Richard Bradford

May 2015

Very Short Introductions

Since the mid-19th century crime fiction has been one of the most popular sub-genres of the novel. In this Very Short Introduction, Richard Bradford explores its origins and the features that define its varied style. He considers its role in popular culture around the world and considers why its classification as 'literature' is still ambiguous.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

Fourth Edition


Chris Baldick

May 2015

Oxford Quick Reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms provides clear and concise definitions of even the most complex literary terms from abjection to zeugma. An essential reference tool for students of literature in any language. Recommended web links are available via a companion website.

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Dante: A Very Short Introduction


Peter Hainsworth, David Robey

February 2015

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction examines all the major aspects of Dante's work, emphasizing the features that have made him such an important point of reference for modern writers and their readers. Exploring and explaining The Divine Comedy, they also discuss his life and poetry as well as issues of truth, humanity, politics, and religion.

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Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry: Volume 2

Second Edition


Cary Nelson

August 2014

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Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction


William Allan

March 2014

Very Short Introductions

William Allan's Very Short Introduction provides a concise and lively guide to the major authors, genres, and periods of classical literature. Drawing upon a wealth of material, he reveals just what makes the 'classics' such masterpieces and why they continue to influence and fascinate today.

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The World of Myth: An Anthology

Second Edition


David A. Leeming

January 2014

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature

Third Edition


M.C. Howatson

August 2013

Oxford Quick Reference

A unique A-Z reference work of over 3,100 entries spanning the length and breadth of classical literature. It ranges from detailed biographies of authors, overviews of myths and legends, and explanations of literary styles, to topical entries on the wider aspects of classical society, and on the literary works that shed light on them.

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The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature


Julia Mickenberg, Lynne Vallone

November 2012

Oxford Handbooks

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The Poetry Handbook

Second Edition


John Lennard

January 2006

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