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Reading 'Catch-22' By Paul McDonald
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Comic novelist and critic, Paul McDonald, provides an accessible, revealing guide to Joseph Heller’s seminal anti-war novel, Catch-22. McDonald succinctly contextualises the book both in... More > relation to the author’s life, and key developments in modern American literature. The book offers a thorough summary and analysis of the plot, addresses important characters such as Colonel Cathcart, Milo Minderbinder, Major Major, and Doc Daneeka, and explains the various ways in which Yossarian’s hilarious predicament has been interpreted. Among other things it considers Yossarian’s status as a mythic hero, an individualist hero, and a postmodern hero, assessing his relevance to contemporary America, and his re-emergence in the sequel to Catch-22, Closing Time, published in 1994. It also offers a descriptive bibliography of important secondary sources, and links to useful online texts. Paul McDonald is Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Course Leader for Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton.< Less
Modernism, History and the First World War By Trudi Tate
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Drawing upon medical journals, newspapers, propaganda, military histories, and other writings of the day, Modernism, History and the First World War reads such writers as Woolf, HD, Ford, Faulkner,... More > Kipling, and Lawrence alongside fiction and memoirs of soldiers and nurses who served in the war. This ground breaking blend of cultural history and close readings shows how modernism after 1914 emerges as a strange but important form of war writing, and was profoundly engaged with its own troubled history. Trudi Tate s a Fellow and Tutor of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and author of The Silent Morning: Culture and Memory After the Armistice (2013). ‘Essential reading for anyone interested in modernist fiction and war writing.’—Jane Potter, Oxford Brookes University. ‘This superb book opened up literary studies of the conflict to a range of issues and approaches that have since become crucial to the field’—Santanu Das, King’s College London.< Less
Letters of Mrs Gaskell's Daughters By Irene Wiltshire
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The letters of the four Gaskell daughters open a door into the social and cultural lives of a well-connected middle-class Victorian family. Events that impinged on the lives and the letters of these... More > women include the Indian Mutiny, the assassination of Lincoln, the Franco–Prussian War, the Boer Wars and Fenian agitation. They witnessed the effects in England of the American Civil War, and engaged in the religious controversies of the day. They take a close interest in the impact of Darwin’s discoveries, discuss the latest news, Ruskin’s lectures on Venice, the Pre-Raphaelites, and what it is like to play Beethoven’s piano pieces under Sir Charles Hallé’s tuition. They also shed light on the network of Unitarian friends and scholars who undertook the stewardship of Elizabeth Gaskell’s writing. This richly annotated edition will appeal to anyone interested in Transatlantic relations, in Mrs Gaskell, in women’s networking, in Victorian ideas and social life, and in the intellectual culture of dissenting circles.< Less
Reading Toni Morrison's 'Beloved' By Paul McDonald
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Toni Morrison’s ground-breaking novel, 'Beloved', is one of the most successful novels of all time, selling millions of copies internationally and inspiring critical commentary from scholars of... More > the highest distinction. Its influence is such that it is studied by students of literature around the world and is often cited as one of the most significant books of modern times. However, its popularity belies its difficulty: many find the novel hard to read, struggling with its structure and occasionally fragmented style. This guide accessible, illuminating guide is designed to help readers engage with this complex work and achieve a deeper understanding of its context, the literary strategies it employs, and the various ways in which it has been interpreted since its publication in 1987. Paul McDonald is Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Course Leader for Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton, and is the author of eleven books, including three poetry collections and three comic novels.< Less
Grasmere 2013 By Richard Gravil
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This selection of three lectures and eight papers from the 42nd Wordsworth Summer Conference, opens with Heidi Thomson's fresh approach to Wordsworth's Salisbury Plain narrative, and closes with... More > Deirdre Coleman's exploration of the Keats Circle's interest in Indian culture. Christopher Simons contributes a rare full-length treatment of Ecclesiastical Sketches vis-a-vis Wordsworth's oeuvre. The book also includes papers on Wordsworth by Peter Larkin, Tom Clucas, Simon Swift, Daniel Robinson, Rowan Boyson and Richard Gravil, and by Kimiyo Ogawa on Godwin and Hazlitt, Alexandra Paterson on Shelley, and by Richard Lansdown on 'Coralline history' in James Montgomery's remarkable 'Pelican Island'.< Less
Landscapes of Language: the Achievement and Context of Richard Brautigan's Fiction By John Tanner
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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Richard Brautigan was a counter-cultural celebrity, a writer that the would-be hip just had to read. The problem was that his fame did not rest on the considerable... More > literary virtues of his work but, to a great extent, on a mediated image of cool hippie, which fell out of fashion in the mid-70s. This is the first book-length study of Brautigan in English for 30 years. Its purpose is to reclaim Brautigan’s reputation. Dr. John Tanner analyses Brautigan’s fiction against the background of the cultural and literary upheavals from which it emerged and demonstrates that Brautigan is no mere Sixties curio but an innovative and vibrant American voice ignored for far too long. John Tanner teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at Bangor University. He is an elected member of the Welsh Academy of writers and his poetry has appeared in various magazines, in the anthology The Lie of the Land, and in the collected volume of his verse, Pieces, both published by Cinnamon Press.< Less
Grasmere, 2011 By Richard Gravil
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This Selection from the 40th Wordsworth Summer Conference includes Stephen Gill on Wordsworth's 'revisitings' of his poems, Ann Wroe on the bicentenary of Shelley's 'Necessity of Atheism', Mark J... More > Bruhn on Wordsworth's Dualism and Jacob Risinger on his Stoicism, Jessica Fay on Wordsworth's hermits and Matthew Rowney on his peripatetics, Daniel Robinson on Wordsworth's sonnets and newspaper verse, Gregory Leadbetter on the 'Lucy Poems', Madeleine Callaghan on Shelley's Idealism, Monika Class on Coleridge and Phrenology, Mary Favret on the cultural practice of 'The General Fast and Humiliation', Stacey McDowell on Keats's 'Otho the Great', Felicity James on Mary Hays and the life-writing of religious Dissent, Richard Gravil on John Thelwall's hitherto unknown analysis of the prosody of Wordsworth's Excursion. This is the fourth paperback collection from this prestigious ten-day conference, created by Richard Wordsworth in 1970, and now run by an educational charity, the Wordsworth Conference Foundation.< Less
For Love and Money: the Literary Art of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance By Laura Vivanco
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Laura Vivanco’s study challenges the idea that Harlequin Mills & Boon romances are merely mass-produced commodities, churned out in accordance with a strict and unchanging formula. She... More > argues that many are well-written, skilfully crafted works, and that some are small masterpieces. For Love and Money demonstrates the variety that exists beneath the covers of Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. They range from paranormal romances to novels resembling chick lit, and many have addressed serious issues, including the plight of post-Second World War refugees, threats to marine mammals, and HIV/AIDS. The genre draws inspiration from Shakespearean comedies and Austen’s novels, as well as from other forms of popular culture. “Laura Vivanco’s For Love and Money is an impressive study of the popular fiction of Harlequin Mills and Boon that is a must read for any student of popular fiction and for those who write and love the genre” — Liz Fielding, author of over 50 Harlequin Mills & Boon romances.< Less
Reading Philip Larkin: Selected Poems By John Gilroy
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Our best-selling poetry introduction offers a detailed commentary on the poetry of Philip Larkin, exploring the political and cultural contexts which have shaped his contemporary reputation. Part 1,... More > Life and Times, traces Larkin’s early years and follows his development, within his career as a university librarian, into one of the most important and popular voices in twentieth-century poetry. Part 2, Artistic Strategies, explores a range of methodologies and aesthetic influences by which Larkin was empowered to create poetry at once both accessible and profound. Part 3, Reading Larkin, provides detailed critical commentary on many of the poems from his three major collections, The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows. Part 4, Reception, outlines the history of Larkin’s reputation from the mid-1950s to the present, examining the debates to which his poetry has given rise. John Gilroy teaches at Anglia Ruskin University and for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.< Less
The Fenwick Notes of William Wordsworth By Jared Curtis
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In 1843 William Wordsworth dictated invaluable notes on his life's work to his friend Isabella Fenwick. In 1993 Jared Curtis published his invaluable edition of these notes (which are not included in... More > The Prose Works of William Wordsworth). This revised and corrected edition of The Fenwick Notes was published 2008. To receive a free accompanying Ebook please send proof of purchase of the paperback to Humanities-Ebooks. Please note that while colour is used in the preview, as in the ebook, the print in the paperback is black and white.< Less