Criticism

Shakespeare's History Plays
Tillyard's analysis of Shakespeare's history plays (the first and second tetralogies) had a tremendous influence on 20th century criticism. Although this is an important read, like other readers, I found his analysis very one-sided. In particular,...

20.04.2014

Introducing Don DeLillo
If you want to find out what a rock critic, a syndicated columnist, and scholars of American literature have to say about one of America’s most important contemporary novelists, turn to Introducing Don DeLillo. Placing the author’s work in...

28.12.2013

Albert Camus
This book offers a new evaluation of Albert Camus, leading novelist and a pioneer of existentialism. Thody analyses Camus' development as a prose writer and the creation of such classics as The Stranger. The book places Camus' philosophies and...

10.04.2015

Keeping Slug Woman Alive
This remarkable collection of eight essays offers a rare perspective on the issue of cross-cultural communication. Greg Sarris is concerned with American Indian texts, both oral and written, as well as with other American Indian cultural phenomena...

18.06.2017

In Frankenstein's Shadow
The story of Frankenstein and the monster he created is one of our most important modern myths. This study surveys the history of the myth in literature before the advent of film. First examining the range of meanings generated by Mary Shelley's...

23.03.2017

Repression And Recovery
A poststructuralist literary history - Nelson's premise that the history of modernist culture is one we no longer know we have forgotten and he aims to recover the political questions many forgotten modern poets looked straight in the eye.

09.10.2017

Annotations to Finnegans Wake
Long considered the essential guide to Joyce's famously difficult work, Roland McHugh's Annotations to "Finnegans Wake" provides both novice readers and seasoned Joyceans with a wealth of information in an easy-to-use format uniquely suited...

16.03.2016

Philip K. Dick
Martin Harry Greenberg was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. In...

28.09.2015

Modernism
HistoryAny reader of literary fiction from the last 120 years will sooner or later encounter the distinction between Modernism and Post-Modernism.My teenage years coincided with the 1970's. During this period I...

06.07.2018

Dostoevsky
Great book. Much to think over. Anyone meaning to read this needs to have a decent handle on the major and even secondary characters of the four primary novels. I've jotted down a few notes on each chapter in an effort to keep the ideas fresh. What...

05.01.2014

The Columbia History of the American Novel
The first history of America's major literary form offers new views of our literary history and a sophisticated examination of areas of fiction that have only recently begun to receive attention.

25.11.2014

Death of a Discipline
For almost three decades, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has been ignoring the standardized "rules" of the academy and trespassing across disciplinary boundaries. Today she remains one of the foremost figures in the study of world literature and its...

26.08.2015

Pieces of My Mind
Sir Frank Kermode has been writing peerless literary criticism for more than a half-century. "Pieces of My Mind "includes his own choice of his major essays since 1958, beginning with his extraordinary study of "Poet and Dancer Before Diaghilev" and...

18.10.2016

William Faulkner
In this companion volume to "William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country, " Cleanth Brooks takes an in-depth look at Faulkner's early poetry and prose as well as his five non-Yoknapatawpha novels -- "Soldiers Pay, Mosquitoes, Pylon, The Wild Palms,...

31.01.2017

Hard-Boiled Sentimentality
Leonard Cassuto's cultural history links the testosterone-saturated heroes of American crime stories to the sensitive women of the nineteenth-century sentimental novel. From classics like "The Big Sleep" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" to neglected...

29.11.2014

Virginia Woolf
Eminent feminist critic Gillian Beer's work on Woolf, George Eliot, and Victorian scientific discourse are well known and admired. As the essays in this collection affirm, Beer has an extraordinary command of British cultural history, a talent for...

27.06.2018

The Genesis of Secrecy
Frank Kermode has long held a distinctive place among modern critics. He brings to the study of literature a fine and fresh critical intelligence that is always richly suggestive, never modish. He offers here an inquiry--elegant in conception and...

15.03.2018

The Innocent Eye
Shattuck, who died in 2005, would have probably called himself a flaneur - a title that he translates at different times as either idler or walker. In more American terms, I see him in the James Bros/Henry Adams/Kenneth Burke tradition of pragmatic...

17.11.2012

Romanticism and Contemporary Criticism
This volume assembles for the first time material written by Paul de Man between 1954 and 1981, including his previously unpublished Gauss Seminar lectures delivered at Princeton in 1967, three papers on romantic and postromantic issues, a...

28.06.2015

On the Historical Novel
Alessandro Manzoni was a giant of nineteenth-century European literature whose I promessi sposi (The Betrothed, 1928) is ranked with War and Peace as marking the summit of the historical novel. Manzoni wrote “Del romanzo storico”...

15.11.2017

The English Novel
Of all Ford Madox Ford's critical works, The English Novel (first published in 1930) is his most satisfying. He wrote it while travelling: memory plays a large part. Our guide - a major innovative novelist of the century - takes us on a tour of the...

21.06.2015

Realism and Naturalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Revised Edition
The 1966 edition of this book has be­come a standard work. In this new, re­vised edition, Pizer has dropped three chapters and has refined and extended the work by adding six: “American Liter­ary Naturalism: An Approach Through Form,”...

21.06.2017

Northrop Frye on Shakespeare
Born in Quebec but raised in New Brunswick, Frye studied at the University of Toronto and Victoria University. He was ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada and studied at Oxford before returning to UofT.His first book,...

04.03.2016

The Anatomy of Criticism
When Henry Hazlitt published this exceedingly rare book, he was finishing up a three-year position at The Nation as literary critic, and preparing to accept the position as H.L. Mencken's successor at American Mercury. He was struggling with...

25.02.2018

Ariel and the Police
In Ariel and the Police, Frank Lentricchia searches through the totalizing desires for power that have built and help to maintain tangible and intangible structures of confinement and purification within, and sometimes as, the house of...

30.05.2013

Art and Revolution
Leon Trotsky was undoubtedly one of the most dynamic thinkers of the Bolshevik revolution and in the Marxist pantheon as a whole. One question -- odd yet prescient -- arises when we think first think of Art & Revolution: why would he...

23.05.2016

Biblical and Classical Myths
In the 1970s and 80s, Northrop Frye and Jay Macpherson co-taught a very influential course at the University of Toronto's Victoria College on the history of Western mythology - Frye focusing on the biblical myths; Macpherson on the classical....

01.08.2015

Language of Fiction
Professor David Lodge is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College London. He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to write full-time.He...

03.12.2013

Your Brain on Latino Comics
Though the field of comic book studies has burgeoned in recent years, Latino characters and creaters have received little attention. Putting the spotlight on this vibrat segment, Aldama illuminates the world of superheroes Firebird, Vibe, and Blue...

10.08.2013

Is There a Text in This Class?
Stanley Fish is one of America's most stimulating literary theorists. In this book, he undertakes a profound reexamination of some of criticism's most basic assumptions. He penetrates to the core of the modern debate about interpretation,...

31.08.2013

From Blake to Byron
This fifth volume covers the period from William Blake to Lord Byron. It begins with an account of the social and intellectual context of English literature during this, the Romantic period, followed by a survey of the literature itself. The rest of...

21.01.2016

Alien Encounters
"The book is exciting. It is a contribution to genre theory. But most of all it is a book that finally puts science fiction into a context achieved enough in its individual readings and broad enough in its allusions to non-science fiction works to...

03.08.2015

Comparative Literature
This major new introduction to comparative literature is for the students coming to the subject for the first time. Through an examination of a series of case studies and new theoretical developments, Bassnett reviews the current state of...

20.04.2016

The Idea of Spatial Form
The Idea of Spatial Form contains the classic essay that introduced the concept of "spatial form" into literary discussion in 1945, and has since been accepted as one of the foundations for a theory of modern literature. It is here reprinted along...

26.06.2013

Colors of the Mind
Angus Fletcher, who is considered to be one of the finest theorists of the arts, follows in the tradition of I.A. Richards, Erich Auerbach and Northrop Frye. This book aims to open another field of study: how thought - the act, the experience of...

02.11.2016

The Search For Roots
It is not my job to explain why...the reader who wishes can enter the passage and cast an eye on the ecosystem that lodges unsuspected in my depths, saprophytes, birds of day and night, creepers, butterflies, crickets, and fungi. Primo Levi emerged...

27.01.2016

City Of Words
I found Tanner's essay in the Alderman Library "new arrivals" cart and pounced on it before it disappeared into the stacks. His wonderful, loving survey of the revolutionaries of sixties fiction ratified so much of what I had enjoyed and encouraged...

04.06.2017

Why Trilling Matters
Lionel Trilling, regarded at the time of his death in 1975 as America’s preeminent literary critic, is today often seen as a relic of a vanished era. His was an age when literary criticism and ideas seemed to matter profoundly in the intellectual...

28.11.2017

The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon
The most celebrated American novelist of the past half-century, an indispensable figure of postmodernism worldwide, Thomas Pynchon notoriously challenges his readers. This Companion provides tools for meeting that challenge. Comprehensive,...

07.10.2017

Fantastic Literature
Unprecedented in range and scope, this volume serves as a record of and reference for the development of fantasy literature. Working to be inclusive, rather than exclusive, opening a dialogue wherever possible, Sandner presents the full range of...

21.03.2018

The Spirit of Romance
Written in 1910 when Pound was only 25 years old, and later revised by the author, this critical work has long stood as an important stage in the development of Pound's poetics, and a dramatic revaluation of Europe's literary tradition. Pound...

23.10.2014

Modern Literary Theory
Covering the key theoretical approaches in modern literary theory, the text includes essays and documents that are essential reading for students of literature and critical theory. The original structure of the book has been improved and new...

22.10.2017

Sur Racine
"On Racine" is a brilliant, personal view of theatre in which Barthes discusses all the major tragedies of Racine as well as the range of critical views of his work.

12.11.2013

Lectures on Don Quixote
A master teacher and critic as well as a novelist, Nabokov created a fastidiously shaped series of lectures based on a chapter-by-chapter synopsis of the Spanish classic, recording his insights as he proceeded. since his teaching methods relied...

22.10.2012

An Experiment in Criticism
Why do we read literature and how do we judge it? C.S. Lewis's classic analysis springs from the conviction that literature exists for the joy of the reader and that books should be judged by the kind of reading they invite. Crucial to his notion of...

31.05.2015

Speak, Nabokov
On the eve of the controversial, posthumous publication of The Original of Laura, Michael Maar follows his critically acclaimed The Two Lolitas with a revealing new perspective on Vladimir Nabokov s life and work. Hunting down long-hidden clues in...

01.09.2016

The Modern Element
Over the last ten years, through essays in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and other magazines, Adam Kirsch—“one of the most promising young poet-critics in America” (Los Angeles Times)—has established himself among the...

03.09.2015

From Dryden to Johnson
A discussion of the development of English literature from 1660 to 1780 includes examinations of authors, such as Alexander Pope, Daniel Defoe, and Henry Fielding.

06.05.2015

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five
I've only read the original, which in some respects is auto-biographical, in that Vonnegut was a prisoner-of-war in Dresden, and survived the Dresden firebombing. My interest in this is that my grandmother also survived the Dresden bombing, in a...

14.01.2015

Mark Twain's America
Beginning in 1835, the birth year of Samuel Clemens, and extending through the Gilded Age, Mark Twain’s America depicts the vigorous social and historical forces that produced the creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Bernard DeVoto...

08.03.2017

War Like a Wasp
The second world war stung Britain like a wasp. It was a stimulus and an endurance. On the home front or on service abroad, there was action and the fear of death. The Blitz concentrated the mind wonderfully. The arts flowered, poetry and painting,...

03.11.2014

The Critics Bear it Away
Frederick Crews has been a force in American literary culture ever since his hilarious spoof of criticism, The Pooh Perplex, made its way onto the bestseller lists in 1963. Now, in The Critics Bear It Away, he turns his attention to the way key...

07.11.2016

Feminisms
"Everything you might want to know about the history and practice of feminist criticism in North America". -Feminist Bookstore News"Admirably comprehensive, intelligently organized and introduced, with a wide array of challenging yet accessible...

18.10.2017

Practicing New Historicism
For almost twenty years, new historicism has been a highly controversial and influential force in literary and cultural studies. In Practicing the New Historicism, two of its most distinguished practitioners reflect on its surprisingly...

10.01.2013

Reformist Apocalypticism and 'Piers Plowman'
This book addresses the need for scholarly attention to the field of alternative, non-Augustinian apocalypticism and its implications for the study of Piers Plowman. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton discusses the major prophets and visionaries of such...

18.07.2013

Up the University
Higher education today is big business. Subsidized by tuition and taxpayers' dollars, universities have become giant corporations in which bloated administrations scrounge for funds and professors are "hustlers" in search of perks and grants. What...

24.11.2015

Science Fiction
In this volume, Mark Rose examines science fiction's affinities with the romance tradition, while Kingsley Amis Identifies the forerunners of today's science fiction in Shakespeare's The Tempest, Voltaire's Micromegas and Swift's Gulliver's Travels....

07.02.2013

New Essays
In the introduction to this volume, Frank Lentricchia provides an overview of the critical reception of the novel and examines in its context other works by Don DeLillo. The other essays in the volume discuss DeLillo's view of family and divorce,...

06.03.2016

The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce
Including several new and revised essays, reflecting increasing emphasis on Joyce's politics, this Companion focuses on the importance of his engagement with Ireland, and the changes wrought by gender studies on criticism of his work. The second...

23.02.2014

Tradition and the Individual Talent
"In English writing we seldom speak of tradition, though we occasionally apply its name in deploring its absence. We cannot refer to ?the tradition? or to ?a tradition?; at most, we employ the adjective in saying that the poetry of So-and-so is...

29.01.2016

James Joyce/Finnegans Wake
Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress is unique among the many books Finnegans Wake has evoked from other writers. This symposium was published in Paris ten years before Joyce's work in progress was...

20.11.2015

The Fantastic Sublime
Many Victorian and Edwardian fantasy stories began as extemporaneous oral tales told for the delight of children and, like "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wind in the Willows," were written down by chance. These fanciful stories, told with child-like...

19.12.2017

Life.After.Theory
Is there life after theory? If the death of the Author has now been followed by the death of the Theorist, what's left? Indeed, who's left? To explore such riddles Life. After.Theory brings together new interviews with four theorists who are left,...

07.07.2017

The Greenblatt Reader
Stephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential practitioners of new historicism. This Reader makes available in one volume Greenblatt's most important writings on culture, Renaissance studies, and Shakespeare. It also features occasional pieces...

21.11.2012

The Well-Tempered Critic
"It is worth a hundred ordinary critical studies..." - George P. Elliot, The Hudson ReviewFew lovers of literature, students, or even scholars are trained in the art of criticism. While our universities emphasize research and specialization,...

30.11.2014

The Way Into Narnia
quote:"The only reason for putting The Magicians Nephew first is to have readers encounter events in chronological order, and that, as every storyteller knows, is quite unimportant as a reason. Often the early events in a sequence gave a...

19.05.2018

Savage Reprisals
Focusing on three literary classics - Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1853); Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1857); and Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks (1901) - Peter Gay, a cultural historian, demonstrates that there is more than one way to read a...

26.11.2016

Hamlet
In Harold Bloom's New York Times bestselling Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, the world's foremost literary critic theorized on the authorship of the historic play Hamlet. In this engaging new stand-alone work, he...

05.08.2013

Anatomy of Satire
A well-built book if you're interested in or studying the history of satire and satirical pieces from the romans to the second world war. Some remarks from the author on contemporary events are a tad dated and even surprising for a 2013 reader, but...

04.11.2013

Critical Writings, 1953-1978
Paul de Man was a Belgian-born deconstructionist literary critic and theorist.He began teaching at Bard College. Later, he completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in the late 1950s. He then taught at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins...

18.04.2017

Invitation To The Dance
A dance!? Really?! I’m invited??A Dance to the Music of Time. Nicolas Poussin. 1634-35.Yes,...

20.11.2014

James Joyce, Race, and Colonialism
Dr. Cheng is the Shirley Sutton Thomas Professor of English at the University of Utah. His professional interests include Modern British and American Literature, Colonial and Postcolonial English Literatures, James Joyce, Modern Novel, and Irish...

03.03.2015

Axel's Castle
Published in 1931, Axel's Castle was Edmund Wilson's first book of literary criticism--a landmark book that explores the evolution of the French Symbolist movement and considers its influence on six major twentieth-century writers: William...

07.09.2015

Looking for Sex in Shakespeare
One of the best-known and most versatile of Shakespearian scholars considers the extent to which sexual meaning in Shakespeare's writing relies on interpretation by actors, directors and critics. Tracing interpretations of Shakespearian "bawdy" and...

06.10.2015

Postethnic Narrative Criticism
Magical realism has become almost synonymous with Latin American fiction, but this way of representing the layered and often contradictory reality of the topsy-turvy, late-capitalist, globalizing world finds equally vivid expression in US...

18.07.2014

The Dance of the Intellect
Perloff is a fine critic who has been a strong advocate for types of poetry that need advocates. Anyone interested in modern poetry should read her. I have learnt much from reading her books, but after awhile her tendency to make statements...

26.07.2014

The Pelican History of Greek Literature
It is from the ancient Greeks that we have inherited the most remarkable body of stories ever to emerge from the human imagination.Peter Levi's excellent work covers every major writer and literary genre from Homer to Plutarch, from lyric to...

21.02.2015

The Playwright as Thinker
He was a theater critic and translator.Taught freshman English at UCLA for a year. And that is where he met the "German playwright Bertolt Brecht, who had recently immigrated to the United States after fleeing Nazi Germany and was unknown in...

13.05.2017

American Magic and Dread
Don DeLillo once remarked to an interviewer that his intention is to use "the whole picture, the whole culture," of America. Since the publication of his first novel Americana in 1971, DeLillo has explored modern American culture through a series of...

11.11.2015