Literary History & Criticism

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  • Cover scan of The Modernist Party

    The Modernist Party
    - Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
    Have you ever been struck by the number of parties in Modernist literature? In this book, scholars explore the party both as a literary device and as a social setting in which the movement's creative values were developed.
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    Roomscape: Women Writers In The British Museum From George Eliot To Virginia Woolf
    Susan David Bernstein - Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
    Drawing on archival materials around this national library reading room, 'Roomscape' integrates documentary, theoretical, historical, and literary sources to examine the significance of this public interior space for women writers and their treatment of reading and writing spaces in literary texts. This study challenges an assessment of the reading room of the British Museum as a bastion of class and gender privilege, an image firmly established by Virginia Woolf's 'A Room of One's Own' and the legions of feminist scholarship that upholds this spatial conceit.
  • Cover scan of Virginia Woolf And The Materiality Of Theory
    Virginia Woolf And The Materiality Of Theory: Sex, Animal, Life
    Derek Ryan - Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
    Through highly original readings of several of Virginia Woolf's most important works, Derek Ryan forges creative links between Woolf's modernist and feminist aesthetics and politics and contemporary theories of materiality. Ryan grounds his work in the thought of Gilles Deleuze, while also consulting the writings of Jacques Derrida, Rosi Braidotti and Donna Haraway.
  • Cover scan of The House On The Chine
    The House On The Chine
    Sian MacKay - Paperback - Sancho Press
    It is 1885, a tempestuous year in the writing life of Robert Louis Stevenson. Why did he settle in a Bournemouth villa called 'Skerryvore'? And what went on behind the facade to induce the Scottish writer to set aside 'Kidnapped' and create his chilling psychological thriller 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'?
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    Poetic Language: Theory And Practice From The Renaissance To The Present
    Tom Jones - Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
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    Atlantic Citizens: Nineteenth-Century American Writers At Work In The World
    Leslie Eckel - Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
    A rediscovery of the bold cosmopolitan activism and professional literary adventures of six antebellum writers.
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    Reading Literature Historically: Drama And Poetry From Chaucer To The Reformation
    Greg Walker - Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
    How far should we try to read medieval and early modern texts historically? Does the attempt to uncover how such texts might have been received by their original readers and audiences uncover new, hitherto unexpected contemporary resonances in them? Or does it flatten works of art into mere 'secondary sources' for historical analysis? This book makes the case for the study of literature in context.
  • Cover scan of Transatlantic Avant-Gardes
    Transatlantic Avant-Gardes: Little Magazines And Localist Modernism
    Eric White - Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
    Eric White explores new points of contact between European and American avant-gardes to place figures such as William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Jean Toomer, and Alfred Kreymborg back into the 'global design' of literary modernism. He focuses on artist-run 'little magazines' together with fine press publications and mainstream print culture.
  • Cover scan of Travellers' Tales Of Wonder
    Travellers' Tales Of Wonder: Chatwin, Naipaul, Sebald
    Simon Cooke - Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
    This study challenges a sensibility of disenchantment with travel. It reassesses travel writing as an aesthetically and ethically innovative form in contemporary international literature, and demonstrates the crucial role of wonder in the travel narratives of writers such as Bruce Chatwin, V.S. Naipaul, and W.G. Sebald.
  • Cover scan of Walter Scott And Contemporary Theory
    Walter Scott And Contemporary Theory
    Evan Gottlieb - Paperback - Bloomsbury
    This title introduces key concepts in contemporary literary theory to explore the major novels of Sir Walter Scott. This volume builds on this renewed appreciation of Scott's importance by viewing his most significant novels through the lens of contemporary critical theory.

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