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For your courses in Literature

Palgrave Macmillan publishes top quality books in the subject area of Literature. Browse through some of the core texts below and find the perfect books for your class.

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Romantic Misfits

Perhaps the most significant event of the Romantic period was the explosion in print media. In an age of personality, writers strove for attention by...

Robert Miles

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Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction

From Faulkner to Morrison

Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction explores a form of racial passing that has gone largely unnoticed. Duvall makes visible the means by which southern...

John N. Duvall

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Roland Barthes remains one of the most influential cultural theorists of the postwar period and Image-Music-Text is his most widely taught work. Ed White...

Ed White

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Decadence

An Annotated Anthology

The tradition of Decadent writing in the 19th century remains a fascinating current in the evolution of modern literature. This new anthology brings together...

By Jane Desmarais and Chris Baldick

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Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction

From Faulkner to Morrison

Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction explores a form of racial passing that has gone largely unnoticed. Duvall makes visible the means by which southern...

John N. Duvall

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This book, now with a new preface, offers a new history of the fairy tale, revealing the creative role of periodical publication in shaping this genre. Sumpter...

"...This book, now with a new preface, offers a new history of the fairy tale, revealing the creative role of periodical publication in shaping this genre. Sumpter.... This book, now with a new preface, offers a new history of the fairy tale, revealing the creative role of periodical publication in shaping this genre. Sumpter explores the fairy tale's reinvention for (and by) diverse readerships in unexpected contexts, including debates over evolution, colonialism, socialism, gender and sexuality a..."

Caroline Sumpter

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Death in a Cold Climate

A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction

Barry Forshaw, the UK's principal crime fiction expert, presents a celebration and analysis ofthe Scandinavian crime genre; from Sjöwall and Wahlöö's Martin...

"...Barry Forshaw, the UK's principal crime fiction expert, presents a celebration and analysis ofthe Scandinavian crime genre; from Sjöwall and Wahlöö's Martin.... Barry Forshaw, the UK's principal crime fiction expert, presents a celebration and analysis ofthe Scandinavian crime genre; from Sjöwall and Wahlöö's Martin Beck series, through Henning Mankell's Wallander, to Stieg Larsson's demolition of the Swedish Social Democratic ideal in the publishing phenomenon The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo....."

Barry Forshaw

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Inside Creative Writing

Interviews with Contemporary Writers

High profile writers, including Philip Pullman, Nadine Gordimer, Kate Grenville and Robert Pinsky, talk about their writing practice and ways of working....

"...High profile writers, including Philip Pullman, Nadine Gordimer, Kate Grenville and Robert Pinsky, talk about their writing practice and ways of working..... High profile writers, including Philip Pullman, Nadine Gordimer, Kate Grenville and Robert Pinsky, talk about their writing practice and ways of working. Designed with the needs of creative writers in mind, Graeme Harper explores both practice and process, asking authors questions about subjects ranging from motivation to creativity to dra..."

Graeme Harper

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Teaching Gender

Encompassing feminism, masculinities and queer theory, and drawing on film, literature, language, creative writing and digital technologies, these essays, from...

"...Encompassing feminism, masculinities and queer theory, and drawing on film, literature, language, creative writing and digital technologies, these essays, from.... Encompassing feminism, masculinities and queer theory, and drawing on film, literature, language, creative writing and digital technologies, these essays, from scholars experienced in teaching gender theory in university English programmes, offer inventive and student-focused strategies for teaching gender in the twenty-first century..."

By Fiona Tolan and Alice Ferrebe

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Living Poetry

Reading Poems from Shakespeare to Don Paterson

Living Poetry demonstrates that poems are vital expressions of how we live, feel and think. Lucidly written and jargon free, it introduces a range of poems...

"...Living Poetry demonstrates that poems are vital expressions of how we live, feel and think. Lucidly written and jargon free, it introduces a range of poems.... Living Poetry demonstrates that poems are vital expressions of how we live, feel and think. Lucidly written and jargon free, it introduces a range of poems from the Elizabethan age to the present day, presenting practical models of close reading and a stimulating rationale for the power of poetry to move and excite us.. ..."

William Hutchings

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This critical introduction to gay and lesbian identity within the media explores the concept of 'new storytelling.' The case studies look at film, television...

"...This critical introduction to gay and lesbian identity within the media explores the concept of 'new storytelling.' The case studies look at film, television.... This critical introduction to gay and lesbian identity within the media explores the concept of 'new storytelling.' The case studies look at film, television and online media, focusing on the narrative potential of individual storytellers who, as producers, writers and performers, challenge identity concerns and offer new expressions o..."

Christopher Pullen

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Webster: The White Devil

This introductory guide to one of Webster's most widely-studied plays offers a scene-by-scene commentary of the play in performance, a brief history of the...

"...This introductory guide to one of Webster's most widely-studied plays offers a scene-by-scene commentary of the play in performance, a brief history of the.... This introductory guide to one of Webster's most widely-studied plays offers a scene-by-scene commentary of the play in performance, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key productions, a wide sampling of critical opinion and further reading.. ..."

Stephen Purcell

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Ford: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

'Tis Pity She's a Whore is one of the most controversial plays ever staged in the English theatre. This introductory guide to one of Ford's most read and...

"...'Tis Pity She's a Whore is one of the most controversial plays ever staged in the English theatre. This introductory guide to one of Ford's most read and.... 'Tis Pity She's a Whore is one of the most controversial plays ever staged in the English theatre. This introductory guide to one of Ford's most read and performed plays offers a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key performances and productions, a survey of fi..."

Martin White

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This introductory guide to one of Middleton and Rowley's most widely-studied plays offers a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, a brief history of...

"...This introductory guide to one of Middleton and Rowley's most widely-studied plays offers a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, a brief history of.... This introductory guide to one of Middleton and Rowley's most widely-studied plays offers a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key performances and productions, a survey of film and TV adaptations, and a wide sampling of critical opinion and further reading....."

Jay O'Berski

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William Blake: The Poems

William Blake was ignored in his own time. Now, however, his Songs of Innocence and Experience and 'prophetic books' are widely admired and studied. The...

"...William Blake was ignored in his own time. Now, however, his Songs of Innocence and Experience and 'prophetic books' are widely admired and studied. The.... William Blake was ignored in his own time. Now, however, his Songs of Innocence and Experience and 'prophetic books' are widely admired and studied. The second edition of this successful introductory text: - leads the reader into the Songs and 'prophetic books' via detailed analysis of individual poems and extracts, and now features additio..."

Nicholas Marsh

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John Keats

A Literary Life

At the heart of this ‘Literary Life’ are fresh interpretations of Keats’s most loved poems, alongside other neglected but rich poems. The...

"...At the heart of this ‘Literary Life’ are fresh interpretations of Keats’s most loved poems, alongside other neglected but rich poems. The.... At the heart of this ‘Literary Life’ are fresh interpretations of Keats’s most loved poems, alongside other neglected but rich poems. The readings are placed in the contexts of his letters to family and friends, his medical training, radical politics of the time, his love for Fanny Brawne, his coterie of literary figures and his tragic e..."

R.S. White

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Romantic Consciousness

Blake to Mary Shelley

Revolutionary thinking at the end of the eighteenth century prompted major English writers to probe the riddle of human consciousness and the ways in which it...

John Beer

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Britain's Bloodless Revolutions

1688 and the Romantic Reform of Literature

In 1688 an institutional change subordinated the monarchy to the parliament, in part to avert the violence of the recent past. A century later a radical print...

"...In 1688 an institutional change subordinated the monarchy to the parliament, in part to avert the violence of the recent past. A century later a radical print.... In 1688 an institutional change subordinated the monarchy to the parliament, in part to avert the violence of the recent past. A century later a radical print culture threatened to take this process a step further and subordinate parliament to "the voice of the people". This did not happen.   This book explores the relationship of the..."

Anthony Jarrells

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Bluestockings

Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism

Bluestockings: Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism, now in paperback, explores the cultural history of women's literary and intellectual activity...

Elizabeth Eger

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Post-Romantic Consciousness

Dickens to Plath

In this sequel to his Romantic Consciousness, John Beer discusses further questionings of human consciousness: both the degree to which Dickens's conscious...

John Beer

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Beyond Romantic Ecocriticism

Toward Urbanatural Roosting

Charting a pervasive paradigm shift,Ashton Nichols chronicles the revolutionary turn away from the view of "Nature" as static and separate from humans as it...

Ashton Nichols

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This exciting new title investigates the explosion of Shakespeare films during the 1990s and beyond. It reflects upon the contexts determining the production...

Mark Thornton Burnett

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Shelley and Vitality

Shelley and Vitality, now in paperback and with a new Preface, reassesses Percy Shelley's engagement with late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century science...

Sharon Ruston

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