New Literary Criticism, Writing, & Classics Books
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Roald Dahl - Roald Dahl is one of the most enduringly popular children's authors of the last fifty years; and one of the most controversial. This timely collection of new essays, from an international team of leading scholars, provides both an overview and a contemporary assessment of Dahl's reputation and his achievement as a writer for children.
My Life in Middlemarch - A New Yorker writer and author of One Perfect Day explores the themes and complex influence of George Eliot's Middlemarch, discussing how her own repeated readings of the literary classic shaped her education, career, relationships and family life.
Magical tales : myth, legend and enchantment in children's books - traces the origin of the genre back through Norse mythology, Arthurian legend, and medieval literature. Drawing on manuscripts and rare books in the renowned collection of the Bodleian Library, the essays turn the spotlight on spell books; grimoires, or magical textbooks; and books of legend and myth
A Companion to the Victorian Novel - The first section provides overviews of key historical contexts, such as religion, class, gender, and the publishing world. The second part surveys the various genres and subgenres of the Victorian novel. The third deals with Victorian, modern, and postmodern theories of the novel and looks at how Victorian novels and novelists were received, both now and then.
The Cambridge Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Poetry - For readers daunted by the formal structures and rhetorical sophistication of eighteenth-century English poetry, this introduction by John Sitter brings the techniques and the major poets of the period 1700–1785 triumphantly to life.
Early Modern Women in Conversation - In 16th and 17th century England conversation was an embodied act that held the capacity to negotiate, manipulate and transform social relationships.Early Modern Women in Conversation illuminates the extent to which gender shaped conversational interaction and demonstrates the significance of conversation as a rhetorical practice for women.
Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures : Postcolonial City and Its Subjects - This book considers twentieth and twenty-first century literary and cultural formations of the postcolonial city and the constitution of new subjects within it. Varma offers a reading of both historical and contemporary debates on urbanism through the filter of postcolonial fictions and the cultural fields surrounding and containing them.
A sneetch is a sneetch and other philosophical discoveries : finding wisdom in children's literature - This warm and charming volume casts a spell on adult readers as it unveils the surprisingly profound philosophical wisdom contained in children's picture books, from Dr Seuss's Sneetches to William Steig's Shrek!. With a light touch and good humor, Wartenberg discusses the philosophical ideas in these classic stories.
The edge of the precipice : why read literature in the digital age? - brings together a thoughtful group of writers, editors, philosophers, librarians, archivists, and literary critics from Canada, the US, France, England, South Africa, and Australia to contemplate the state of literature in the twenty-first century.
Autobiography of Mark Twain. Volume 2 - The second volume of Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography continues to describe the events of the author's life in his own humorous and opinionated voice, including his preoccupation with money and his dislike of the politicians of his day.
Handling the truth : on the writing of memoir - A memoir-writing guide offers writing lessons and examples for those interested in putting their memories down on paper, explains the difference between remembering and imagining, and describes the language of truth.
Suffer the little children : uses of the past in Jewish and African American children's literature - examines classic and contemporary Jewish and African American children's literature. Through close readings of selected titles published since 1945, Jodi Eichler-Levine analyzes what is at stake in portraying religious history for young people, particularly when the histories in question are traumatic ones.
Native American fiction : a user's manual - Rather than create a comprehensive cultural and historical genealogy for Native American literature, David Treuer investigates a selection of the most important Native American novels and, with a novelist's eye and a critic's mind, examines the intricate process of understanding literature on its own terms.
Fallen forests : emotion, embodiment, and ethics in American women's environmental writing, 1781-1924 - ntributes to scholarship in American women's writing, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and feminist rhetoric, expanding the literary, historical, and theoretical grounds for some of today's most pressing environmental debates.
The letters of Ernest Hemingway - A collection of more than 6,000 letters by Ernest Hemingway, beginning when he was 8, includes notes passed to school friends, letters to family, exchanges with writers and editors and more, and reveals previously unknown correspondence.
A life in letters - This compilation of personal letters creates an autobiography of the well-known author of Nineteen Eighty-Four” through his correspondence with other literary luminaries including T.S. Elliot and Henry Miller, as well as letters to complete strangers.
Writing about the humanities - This brief, practical guide explores the many aspects involved in writing about works of art, literature, and music. It details the multiple approaches to artworks (responding, interpreting, evaluating); the steps of interpretation (observing, connecting, inferring, and concluding); the writing process (drafting, organizing, revising, editing, proofreading, comparing); and the research process
Singing school : learning to write (and read) poetry by studying with the masters - A former poet laureate provides informative introductions and sidebar notes for more than 80 poems by greats including William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson and George Herbert, in an effort to spark pleasure in reading and writing poems.