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Lost in Space: Geographies of Science Fiction
Lost in Space: Geographies of Science Fiction
by Rob Kitchin
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Science fiction - one of the most popular literary, cinematic and televisual genres - has received increasing academic attention over the years. Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches, essays in this volume explore the writings of a broad selection... (read more)

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Last Looks, Last Books: Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill (A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts)
Last Looks, Last Books: Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill (A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts)
by Helen Vendler
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In Last Looks, Last Books, the eminent critic Helen Vendler examines the ways in which five great modern American poets, writing their final books, try to find a style that does justice to life and death alike. With traditional religious consolations no... (read more)

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Reading of the "Canterbury Tales"
Reading of the "Canterbury Tales"
by Trevor Whittock
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In this 1968 study, Dr Whittock argues that there is greater unity in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales than has been supposed. He sees the Canterbury Tales as as great religious poem, a Christian work of art in which certain topics deliberately recur, so that... (read more)

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Dangerous Desire: Literature of Sexual Freedom and Sexual Violence Since the Sixties
Dangerous Desire: Literature of Sexual Freedom and Sexual Violence Since the Sixties
by Pamela E Barnett
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In "Dangerous Desire," Pamela Barnett explores the jarring, frequent juxtaposition of sexual freedom and rape in American literature of and about the 1960s. Why were the social promises figured by sexual freedom in these texts consistently foreclosed by... (read more)

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The Zaniest Riddle Book in the World
The Zaniest Riddle Book in the World
by Joseph Rosenbloom
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Over 900 riddles plus index. "GR.3 up. Mr. Rosenbloom, will you ever run dry? My third graders sincerely hope not."--SLJ. "Students of all ages will love it!"--Book Report. 128 pages, 86 b/w illus., 5 3/8 x 8 1/4.... (read more)

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Beyond the Sound Barrier; The Jazz Controversy in Twentieth-Century American Fiction (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory)
Beyond the Sound Barrier; The Jazz Controversy in Twentieth-Century American Fiction (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory)
by Kristin K Henson
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-54) and index.... (read more)

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Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature
Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature
by Darryl Pinckney
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With this appreciation of three very different black writers, novelist Darryl Pinckney reminds us that marginal or neglected literary figures have a lot to tell us about the history of a people who are always "outsiders." Born in Jamaica in 1883, J. A... (read more)

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Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel: From Leavis to Levinas
Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel: From Leavis to Levinas
by Andrew Gibson
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In Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel Andrew Gibson sets out to demonstrate that postmodern theory has actually made possible an ethical discourse around fiction. Each chapter elaborates and discusses a particular aspect of Levinas' thought and raises... (read more)

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The Romantic Period: The Intellectual & Cultural Context of English Literature 1789-1830 (Longman Literature in English)
The Romantic Period: The Intellectual & Cultural Context of English Literature 1789-1830 (Longman Literature in English)
by Robin Jarvis
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The intellectual and cultural context of English literature, 1789-1830.... (read more)

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Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West
Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West
by Laurie Wagner Buyer
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Poetry. This collection assembles the work of twenty contemporary writers whose poems embrace what the editors describe as "the West of personal conviction." Rather than simply reconfigure the standard mythology of cowboys and outlaws, Buyer and Jameson... (read more)

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Tom Jones, Notes - Study Notes
Tom Jones, Notes - Study Notes
by James C Evans
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It was Fielding's wish to make readers laugh themselves out of their folly and vice with this novel. He is a moralist, but without indignation. Tom Jones is a funny tale of a man's battle with virtue and vice, good and evil. Cliffs Notes gives you the... (read more)

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Empire Burlesque: The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America (New Americanists)
Empire Burlesque: The Fate of Critical Culture in Global America (New Americanists)
by Daniel T O'hara
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Empire Burlesque traces the emergence of the contemporary global context within which American critical identity is formed. Daniel T. O’Hara argues that globalization has had a markedly negative impact on American cultural criticism, circumscribing... (read more)

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My Antonia (Modern Critical Interpretations)
My Antonia (Modern Critical Interpretations)
by Harold Bloom
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-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a... (read more)

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Shakespeare's Hamlet (Cliffs Notes) - Study Notes
Shakespeare's Hamlet (Cliffs Notes) - Study Notes
by Carla Lynn Stockton
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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the... (read more)

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Cambridge Student Guide to Othello
Cambridge Student Guide to Othello
by Pamela Mason
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'\'This pack contains all twelve titles in the series, Cambridge Student Guides: Shakespeare.\''... (read more)

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The Singularity of Literature
The Singularity of Literature
by Derek Attridge
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Winner of the ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) Book Award for Literature 2006 Literature and the literary have proved singularly resistant to definition. Derek Attridge argues that such resistance represents not a dead end, but a crucial... (read more)

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Rabelais: A Critical Study in Prose Fiction
Rabelais: A Critical Study in Prose Fiction
by Dorothy Coleman
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A study of Rabelais (?1494-1553) as a literary artist giving special attention to the form and language of his fiction. Coleman uses a genuinely literary approach, using some of the techniques of stylistic analysis. She avoids the two extremes of... (read more)

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Fictions of Romantick Chivalry: Samuel Johnson & Romance
Fictions of Romantick Chivalry: Samuel Johnson & Romance
by Eithne Henson
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This study uses biographical and literary evidence to explore the profound effect the reading of romances of chivalry had on Samuel Johnson. The romances he read are discussed and illustrated, followed by the chronological evidence, from his writing and... (read more)

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Macbeth Notes - Study Notes
Macbeth Notes - Study Notes
by Denis M Calandra
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39 New and Revised Titles. The Best Just Got Better! Plus Glossary from Webster's New World™Dictionary Anthem Atlas Shrugged Beowulf Brave New World The Canterbury Tales The Catcher in the Rye The Contender The Crucible The Fountainhead... (read more)

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Postcolonial Studies: A Materialist Critique (Postcolonial Literatures)
Postcolonial Studies: A Materialist Critique (Postcolonial Literatures)
by Benita Parry
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This volume presents a powerful selection of reprinted and new essays by one of the most important critics in postcolonial studies. It constitutes a trenchant critique of the textualism that has dominated the field and proposes alternative critical and... (read more)

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