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Very Short Introductions #53: Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #53: Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction
by Catriona Kelly
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Rather than presenting a conventional chronology of Russian literature, Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction explores the place and importance in Russian culture of all types of literature. How and when did a Russian national literature come... (read more)

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Barthes: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Barthes: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Jonathan Culler
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Roland Barthes was the leading figure of French Structuralism, the theoretical movement of the 1960s which revolutionized the study of literature and culture, as well as history and psychoanalysis. But Barthes was a man who disliked orthodoxies. His... (read more)

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Classics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Classics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Mary Henders Beard
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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects -- from Islam to Sociology, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #4: Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #4: Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
by Jonathan Culler
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What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is literature, and does it matter? These questions and more are addressed in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, a book which steers a clear path... (read more)

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The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction
The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction
by John Phillips
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This book introduces the Marquis de Sade as writer and philosopher to new readers, offering concise but comprehensive surveys of his most controversial works, based on contemporary theoretical approaches. The style is lively and accessible without... (read more)

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Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Ritchie Robertson
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Franz Kafka is among the most intriguing and influential writers of the last century. During his lifetime he worked as a civil servant and published only a handful of short stories, the best known being The Transformation. His other three novels... (read more)

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Foucault : Very Short Introduction (05 Edition)
Foucault : Very Short Introduction (05 Edition)
by Gary Gutting
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From aesthetics to the penal system, and from madness and civilization to avant-garde literature, Foucault was happy to reject old models of thinking and replace them with fresh versions that are still being debated today. A major influence on Queer... (read more)

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Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Adrian Poole
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To your local anchorperson, the word "tragedy" brings to mind an accidental fire at a low-income apartment block, the horrors of a natural disaster, or atrocities occurring in distant lands. To a classicist however, the word brings to mind the... (read more)

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