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Barthes: A Very Short Introduction

Barthes: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathan Culler

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775369
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801593.001.0001
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9780192801593
Roland Barthes: A Very Short Introduction elucidates the varied theoretical contributions of Roland Barthes, whose lifelong fascination was with the way people make their world ... More
The Beats: A Very Short Introduction

The Beats: A Very Short Introduction  

David Sterritt

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365890
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199796779.001.0001
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9780199796779
The Beats: A Very Short Introduction offers an overview of the social, cultural, and aesthetic sensibilities of the Beats, bringing out the similarities that connected them, ... More
Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction  

John Sutherland

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776960
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.001.0001
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9780199214891
Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction shows that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study. It lifts ... More
Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Kimberley Reynolds

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777431
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199560240.001.0001
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9780199560240
Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of the history of children's literature as it has developed in English, introducing key debates, ... More
Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Sabina Knight

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365739
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195392067.001.0001
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9780195392067
Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction tells the story of Chinese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on the key role literary culture played in ... More
Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Rolena Adorno

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365845
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199755028.001.0001
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9780199755028
Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction provides a vivid account of the literary culture of the Spanish-speaking Americas from the time of Columbus to ... More
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

Comedy: A Very Short Introduction  

Matthew Bevis

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778131
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.001.0001
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9780199601714
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction studies written forms of comedy such as prose fiction, poetry, caricatures, and cartoons. There are also performance forms of comedy such as ... More
Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Ben Hutchinson

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
eISBN: 
9780191844911
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198807278.001.0001
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9780198807278
Comparative literature is both the past and the future of literary studies. Its history is intimately linked to the political upheavals of modernity: from colonial empire-building in the ... More
Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction  

Robert Eaglestone

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778247
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199609260.001.0001
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9780199609260
Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction explores a wide and diverse field, now global in dimension, with an enormous range of novels and writers that continues to grow ... More
Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction  

Richard Bradford

Print Publication Year: 
May 2015
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May 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785801
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199658787.001.0001
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9780199658787
Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction explores the history of ‘crime fiction’ and the various definitions of the genre and considers how it has developed over time. ... More
Dante: A Very Short Introduction

Dante: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780191781575
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.001.0001
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9780199684779
Dante: A Very Short Introduction examines the main themes and issues that run through all of Dante’s work, ranging from autobiography, to understanding God, and the order of ... More
Decadence: A Very Short Introduction

Decadence: A Very Short Introduction  

David Weir

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
eISBN: 
9780190610258
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190610227.001.0001
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9780190610227
Decadence: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of the culture of decadence—the artistic expression of a conflicted sense of modernity—by tracing its origin in ... More
Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction

Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction  

Lynda Mugglestone

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777639
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199573790.001.0001
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9780199573790
Dictionaries: A Very Short Introduction demonstrates that dictionaries are not merely works which list the words and meanings of a language. They are human products, reflecting ... More
English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

English Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathan Bate

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777578
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199569267.001.0001
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9780199569267
English Literature: A Very Short Introduction considers such diverse topics as the birth of the novel, the brilliance of English comedy, the deep Englishness of landscape ... More
Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction

Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction  

Marina Warner

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2018
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Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191853500
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199532155.001.0001
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9780199532155
The characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over adults and children for centuries. These fantastic stories have travelled across cultural borders, and been passed on from ... More
French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

French Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

John D. Lyons

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777516
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199568727.001.0001
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9780199568727
French Literature: A Very Short Introduction examines texts that portray protagonists whose adventures and conflicts reveal shifts in literary and social practices. It explores ... More
German Literature: A Very Short Introduction

German Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Nicholas Boyle

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776892
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199206599.001.0001
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9780199206599
German writers, from Luther and Goethe to Heine, Brecht, and Günter Grass, have had a profound influence on the modern world. German Literature: A Very Short Introduction traces the course ... More
Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

Goethe: A Very Short Introduction  

Ritchie Robertson

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191785764
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199689255.001.0001
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9780199689255
Goethe: A Very Short Introduction covers the life and work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832): scientist, administrator, artist, art critic, and supreme literary writer ... More
The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction  

Nick Groom

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777905
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.001.0001
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9780199586790
The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction shows that the concept of ‘Gothic’ is wildly diverse. It can refer to ecclesiastical architecture, supernatural fiction, cult horror ... More
Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777073
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199231799.001.0001
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book
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9780199231799
Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction considers Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. Examining themes such as regional identities, political ... More
Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

Kafka: A Very Short Introduction  

Ritchie Robertson

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2004
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775987
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804556.001.0001
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9780192804556
Attending both to Kafka's crisis-ridden life and to the subtleties of his art, Kafka: A Very Short Introduction shows how his work explores such characteristically modern themes as the ... More
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Jonathan Culler

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778384
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199691340.001.0001
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book
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9780199691340
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction addresses the questions: What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? In fact, what is ... More
The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction

The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction  

John Phillips

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2005
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776038
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804693.001.0001
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book
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9780192804693
The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction aims to disentangle the ‘real’ Marquis de Sade from his mythical and demonic reputation of the past two hundred years by ... More
Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Elaine Treharne

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2015
Published Online: 
Sep 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782367
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199668496.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199668496
Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction provides a compelling account of the emergence of the earliest literature in Britain and Ireland, including English, Welsh, ... More
Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365838
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199754915.001.0001
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book
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9780199754915
In the 1960s, Latin American literature became known worldwide as never before, but few know about the literary tradition from which these writers emerged. Modern Latin American Literature: ... More
Modernism: A Very Short Introduction

Modernism: A Very Short Introduction  

Christopher Butler

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775963
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804419.001.0001
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9780192804419
Modernism: A Very Short Introduction examines how and why modernism began, what it is, how it has gradually informed all aspects of 20th and 21st century life. Modernism ... More
Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Myth: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Robert Segal

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
Published Online: 
Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780191792328
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198724704.001.0001
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book
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9780198724704
Where do myths come from? What is their function and what do they mean? Myth: A Very Short Introduction introduces a wide array of approaches to understanding myth from disciplines as ... More
Native American LiteratureA Very Short Introduction

Native American Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Sean Teuton

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2018
Published Online: 
Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780190231392
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199944521.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199944521
Native American literature began over thirty thousand years ago when indigenous people started telling stories of emergence, creation, journey, quest, heroism, and trickery. By setting ... More
Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction

Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction  

Robert J. C. Young

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775451
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801821.001.0001
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book
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9780192801821
Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction explores the political, social, and cultural effects of decolonization, continuing the anti-colonial challenge to western dominance. ... More
Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction

Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction  

Richard Toye

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2013
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778285
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199651368.001.0001
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book
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9780199651368
Rhetoric is often seen as a synonym for shallow, deceptive language, and therefore as something negative. But if it is viewed in more neutral terms, as the ‘art of persuasion’, it is clear ... More
Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction

Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Ferber

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777547
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199568918.001.0001
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book
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9780199568918
Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction explores the definition of the word ‘Romantic’ and considers its origins. What is Romanticism? Who were the Romantics? and What did they ... More
Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Catriona Kelly

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775314
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.001.0001
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book
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9780192801449
Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction explores the place and importance of literature in Russian culture. How and when did a Russian national literature come into ... More
Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction  

David Seed

Print Publication Year: 
Jun 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777394
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199557455.001.0001
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book
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9780199557455
Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction looks at the emergence of science fiction as a popular genre in the 20th century. It examines science fiction in film and literature ... More
Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction

Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction  

Bart van Es

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2016
Published Online: 
Mar 2016
eISBN: 
9780191789823
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723356.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198723356
Shakespeare’s Comedies: A Very Short Introduction explores the full range of the playwright’s comic writing over the course of a career spanning nearly a quarter century of ... More
Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction

Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathan F. S. Post

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2017
Published Online: 
Sep 2017
eISBN: 
9780191787065
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198717577.001.0001
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9780198717577
Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction introduces all of Shakespeare’s poetry: the Sonnets; the two great narrative poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of ... More
Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction  

Stanley Wells

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2017
Published Online: 
Apr 2017
eISBN: 
9780191827297
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.001.0001
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9780198785293
Tragedy, including grief, pain, and suffering, is a common theme in Shakespeare’s plays, often leading to the death of at least one character. Yet such themes can also be found in ... More
Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Jo Labanyi

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776939
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199208050.001.0001
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book
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9780199208050
Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction explores the ways in which it has been read, in and outside Spain, explaining misconceptions, outlining the insights of recent ... More
Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction  

Adrian Poole

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775543
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802354.001.0001
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book
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9780192802354
Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction addresses questions of tragedy about belief, blame, mourning, revenge, pain, witnessing, timing, and ending and demonstrates the age-old ... More
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction  

Stanley Wells

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2015
Published Online: 
Apr 2015
eISBN: 
9780191788048
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198718628.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198718628
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction provides a guide to the life and writings of one of the world’s greatest and best-known dramatists: William Shakespeare. Looking ... More

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