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Hannah Arendt: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Dana Villa

9780198806981
Paperback
January 2023

Very Short Introductions

An exploration of the life and political essays of 20th century philosopher, Hannah Arendt. Dana Villa analyses Arendt's pathbreaking studies on totalitarianism, power, evil, and political theory.

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A Bite of the Apple: A Life with Books, Writers and Virago

£12.99

Lennie Goodings

9780198828747
Paperback
August 2022

In this insightful memoir Lennie Goodings takes the reader behind the scenes at Virago, the feminist press that she has led for twenty years. Moving from Virago's early days of independence, through its various commercial incarnations, the author reflects on idealistic publishing and how it feels to be a beacon for change.

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How Romantics and Victorians Organized Information: Commonplace Books, Scrapbooks, and Albums

£18.99

Jillian M. Hess

9780192896070
Paperback
August 2022

Oxford Textual Perspectives

This volume studies an important manuscript form of nineteenth-century England: the commonplace book and its descendent, the scrapbook. It explores the tradition of managing information in nineteenth-century England and excavates notes and drafts of the most important works in Romantic and Victorian literature.

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Jacob's Room

Second Edition

£7.99

Virginia Woolf, Urmila Seshagiri

9780192857392
Paperback
June 2022

Oxford World's Classics

Jacob's Room is Virginia Woolf's first truly experimental novel. It is a portrait of a young man, who is both representative and victim of the social values which led Edwardian society into war.

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Empire of Ruin: Black Classicism and American Imperial Culture

£22.99

John Levi Barnard

9780197635100
Paperback
June 2022

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The Digital Humanities and Literary Studies

£15.99

Martin Paul Eve

9780198850489
Paperback
February 2022

The Literary Agenda

A short introduction and overview of developing intersections between digital methods and literary studies that offers the best starting place for those who wish to learn more about the possibilities, but also the limitations, of the digital humanities in the literary space.

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What is American Literature?

£19.99

Ilan Stavans

9780198816218
Hardback
February 2022

An engaging, thought-provoking, and polemical volume on what makes American literature what it is today.

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James Joyce: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Colin MacCabe

9780192894472
Paperback
October 2021

Very Short Introductions

James Joyce was one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. This book explores his novels and short stories, and analyses the literary traditions and social factors influencing his distinctive complex style. Interweaving Joyce's life and history with his books, it also shows how Joyce celebrated his own experiences in Dublin.

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On Essays: Montaigne to the Present

£20.00

Thomas Karshan, Kathryn Murphy

9780192848611
Paperback
September 2021

Sets out in a new and authoritative way the history of the essay; explains how the essay has come to mean what it does, surveys the widely various incarnations of the form, offers new accounts of major essayists in English, and traces a wide range of significant themes.

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Horror: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Darryl Jones

9780198755562
Paperback
June 2021

Very Short Introductions

Fear is one of the most primal emotions, and one of the hardest to reason with and dispel. So why do we scare ourselves? Delving into the darkest corners of horror literature, films, and plays, Darryl Jones explores its monsters and its psychological chills, discussing why horror stories disturb us, and how they reflect society's taboos.

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Major Cultural Essays

£14.99

George Bernard Shaw, David Kornhaber

9780198817727
Paperback
June 2021

Oxford World's Classics

George Bernard Shaw's Major Cultural Essays introduces readers to the wealth and diversity of Shaw's cultural writings from across the breadth of his professional life, beginning around 1890 and ending in 1950.

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Major Political Writings

£9.99

George Bernard Shaw, Elizabeth Carolyn Miller

9780198816591
Paperback
February 2021

Oxford World's Classics

A new collection of Shaw's major political writings which reflect on his long career and influential role as a public intellectual. These essays reveal significant shifts in his positions and beliefs from the Victorian era to the aftermath of World War II.

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Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Robert J. C. Young

9780198856832
Paperback
October 2020

Very Short Introductions

Since the 1960s, many people around the world have challenged the idea that western perspectives are the only ones that count. This book examines the history of that challenge, outlining the ideas behind it, and showing the ways in which the histories and the cultures of the world can be rethought in new, different and productive directions.

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George Bernard Shaw: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Christopher Wixson

9780198850090
Paperback
September 2020

Very Short Introductions

Christopher Wixson introduces George Bernard Shaw, the greatest playwright in English after Shakespeare. Taking a chronological approach through his works, he provides an overview of Shaw's sensibility as a writer, and studies the creative evolution of core themes and styles throughout his long career.

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Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Brian Nelson

9780198837565
Paperback
July 2020

Very Short Introductions

Émile Zola occupies a distinctive place in the great tradition of French realist fiction. Brian Nelson introduces this quintessential novelist of modernity, and explores his fascination with change, and the way he opened the novel up to new areas of representation: the realities of working-class life, class relations, and sexuality and the body.

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Genetics and the Literary Imagination

£18.99

Clare Hanson

9780198813347
Paperback
May 2020

Oxford Textual Perspectives

Studying works by Doris Lessing, Ian McEwan, A.S. Byatt, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Jackie Kay, this book explores the impact on literature of the gene-centric model of human nature that entered mainstream culture in the wake of the discovery of the structure of DNA.

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Leo Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Liza Knapp

9780198813934
Paperback
May 2019

Very Short Introductions

Leo Tolstoy is one of the greatest novelists ever to have lived, whose books have stood the test of time to remain widely recognised as literary masterpieces today. This Very Short Introduction explores his celebrated novels and nonfiction writings to reveal the core themes and thought at the heart of Tolstoy's work.

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C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

James Como

9780198828242
Paperback
January 2019

Very Short Introductions

The writings of C.S. Lewis have a universal appeal. His Chronicles of Narnia are by far the best known, but he was also a prolific literary scholar, essayist, broadcaster, novelist, poet, and Christian apologist. Following the chronology of Lewis's life, James Como draws out the core themes of his writings, showing how his ideas evolved.

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Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Laura Marcus

9780199669240
Paperback
July 2018

Very Short Introductions

Autobiography is one of the most popular of written forms. Laura Marcus defines what autobiographies are, considering their relationship with similar literary forms, and analysing the core themes in autobiographical writing. She also discusses how autobiography offers the most fundamental accounts of what it means to be a self in the world.

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Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Ben Hutchinson

9780198807278
Paperback
March 2018

Very Short Introductions

Considering literature comparatively can help readers realize how much can be learned by looking beyond the horizon of their own cultures, discovering not only more about other literatures, but also about their own. Ben Hutchinson offers a history of comparative literature, placing it at the heart of literary criticism.

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