Literature: history & criticism

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  • A New Sublime

    £12.99

    A New Sublime

    (Re)discover the timeless beauty of ancient literature

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    £12.99
  • A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

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    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

    George Saunders guides the reader through seven classic Russian short stories he’s been teaching for twenty years as a professor in the prestigious Syracuse University graduate MFA creative writing program. Paired with stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, these essays are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it’s more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. Saunders approaches each of these stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. For the process of writing, Saunders reminds us, is as much a craft as it is a quality of openness and a willingness to see the world through new eyes.

    £10.99
  • An Introduction To Forensic Linguistics

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    An Introduction To Forensic Linguistics

    This bestselling textbook has long been the standard reference for courses in forensic linguistics and language and the law. Using knowledge and experience gained in legal settings, the authors combine many perspectives into a unified textbook, focusing throughout on evidence from real cases including UK serial killer Harold Shipman and the murder of JonBenét Ramsey. Divided into two sections, it covers the key topics of the field and includes research tasks, further reading and web links. This edition includes new approaches, new material on courtroom discourse, forensic phonetics and authorship attribution, a new conclusion and glossary, ensuring it remains the essential textbook.

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  • Brilliant Isles

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    Brilliant Isles

    A companion book to the landmark BBC television documentary series to be broadcast from April to June 2022, ‘Brilliant Isles’ tells the turbulent story of British creativity through 80 stunning works of art, music, literature and architecture.

    £8.99
  • Burning Man

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    Burning Man

    D.H. Lawrence is no longer censored, but he is still on trial – and we are still unsure what the verdict should be, or even how to describe him. History has remembered him, and not always flatteringly, as a nostalgic modernist, a sexual liberator, a misogynist, a critic of genius, and a sceptic who told us not to look in his novels for ‘the old stable ego’, yet pioneered the genre we now celebrate as auto-fiction. But where is the real Lawrence in all of this, and how – one hundred years after the publication of ‘Women in Love’ – can we hear his voice above the noise? Delving into the memoirs of those who both loved and hated him most, ‘Burning Man’ follows Lawrence from the peninsular underworld of Cornwall in 1915 to post-war Italy to the mountains of New Mexico, and traces the author’s footsteps through the pages of his lesser known work.

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  • Close Reading

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    Close Reading

    Close Reading: The Basics is formulated to bring together reading pleasure and analytic techniques that will engage the student of literature, and enhance their experience.

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  • Contemporary Literature

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    Contemporary Literature

    Contemporary literature is among the most popular areas of literary study but it can be a difficult one to define. This book equips readers with the necessary tools to take an analytical and systematic approach to contemporary texts. The author provides answers to some of the critical questions in the field.

    £22.99
  • Der Gute Mensch Von Sezuan

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    Der Gute Mensch Von Sezuan

    Includes the full German text, accompanied by German-English vocabulary. Notes and a detailed introduction in English put the work in its social and historical context.

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    £32.99
  • Hidden Hands

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    Hidden Hands

    Manuscripts teem with life. They are not only the stuff of history and literature, but they offer some of the only tangible evidence we have of entire lives, long receded. ‘Hidden Hands’ tells the stories of the artisans, artists, scribes and readers, patrons and collectors who made and kept the beautiful, fragile objects that have survived the ravages of fire, water and deliberate destruction to form a picture of both English culture and the wider European culture of which it is part.

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  • Jane Austen and Marriage

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    Jane Austen and Marriage

    The question of marriage lies at the centre of Jane Austen’s novels. The issues bound up in the pursuit of love, happiness, money and status were those of her day and informed the plots and morals of her work. This book explores the ways in which these themes manifest themselves in Jane Austen’s life and fiction.

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  • King Henry V

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    King Henry V

    This is one of many titles in a widely-acclaimed best-selling series that offers students the perfect introduction to Shakespeare’s plays.

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    £4.99
  • Stalin’s Library

    £25.00

    Stalin’s Library

    A compelling intellectual biography of Stalin told through his personal library

    £25.00
  • The Hedgehog and the Fox

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    The Hedgehog and the Fox

    The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. This fragment of Archilochus describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin’s masterly, but very readable, essay on Tolstoy’s view of history.

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  • The Ring Legends of Tolkien

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    The Ring Legends of Tolkien

    Tolkien’s One Ring, at the centre of one of the greatest fantasy tales ever told, is an undeniably iconic and powerful symbol in literature. Tracing centuries of ancient folklore, ‘The Ring Legends of Tolkien’ is a deep and highly informed investigation into the inspiration behind Tolkien’s epic fantasy world, exploring the origins of the One Ring, as well as the extraordinary myths and legends that inspired Tolkien’s works. This work is unofficial and is not authorized by the Tolkien Estate or HarperCollins Publishers.

    £12.99
  • The Subplot

    £11.99

    The Subplot

    What does contemporary China’s diverse and exciting fiction tell us about its culture, and the relationship between art and politics? ‘The Subplot’ takes us on a lively journey through a literary landscape like you’ve never seen before: a vast migrant-worker poetry movement, homoerotic romances by “rotten girls,” swaggering literary popstars, millionaire e-writers churning out the longest-ever novels, underground comics, the surreal works of Yu Hua, Yan Lianke, and Nobel laureate Mo Yan, and what is widely hailed as a golden age of Chinese science fiction.

    £11.99