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4. The American Bestseller

4. The American Bestseller  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2007
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‘The American bestseller’ traces its evolution from the nineteenth century to the present day. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) broke the Scott and Dickens mould in America, while Mark Twain forged ... More
3. Bodies

3. Bodies  

Ritchie Robertson

in Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2004
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The division between the mind and the body is a central theme in Western culture. Kafka dramatized this division by inserting the mind of a stressed employee into the body of a huge insect. ... More
5. The British Bestseller

5. The British Bestseller  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2007
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‘The British bestseller’ highlights the influence of cultural and commercial differences between Britain and the USA. The bestseller ‘machine’ arrived with Walter Scott. The early twentieth ... More
7. Can crime fiction be taken seriously?

7. Can crime fiction be taken seriously?  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2015
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The answer to this question is yes. ‘Can crime fiction be taken seriously?’ concludes that there are crime novelists whose work engages with profound social, moral, and existential issues, ... More
1. Definitions

1. Definitions  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

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Why read less than ‘good’ (and sometimes downright bad) books? Are they not throw-away literature? ‘Definitions’ argues that, though bestsellers may be ephemeral, they are vivid snapshots ... More
3. Fields and lists

3. Fields and lists  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Fields and lists’ outlines the difficulties in classifying bestsellers. The bestseller list exists to generate sales as much as to record them. An early subdivision was fiction/non-fiction ... More
6. The Future of the Bestseller: is there one?

6. The Future of the Bestseller: is there one?  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The future of the bestseller: is there one?’ explores the impact of digitization on the entire arc of the book process. The electronic delivery chain has cheapened the product, while ... More
5. Gender

5. Gender  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Gender’ considers the work of women crime writers and central female characters in the crime novel. In the relatively few novels featuring a woman detective produced between the period of ... More
4. Institutions

4. Institutions  

Ritchie Robertson

in Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

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Why was Kafka obsessed with institutions? What did he mean by an institution? Kafka's work contains a profound, sensitively rendered analysis of institutions, illustrating how they oppress ... More
4. International crime fiction

4. International crime fiction  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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‘International crime fiction’ looks at crime writing in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, East Asia, Latin America, and Scandinavia. Crime fiction in France was, and is, far more ... More
5. The last things

5. The last things  

Ritchie Robertson

in Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

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What did Kafka think about God? Where did his philosophy of life sit? It is hard to tell if he is criticising the values of Christianity in his works or not. He was brought up in a Jewish ... More
1. Life and myth

1. Life and myth  

Ritchie Robertson

in Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

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Kafka lead an ordinary life. During his lifetime he published just seven small books and left three unfinished manuscripts and a huge amount of notebooks and diaries which he had hoped ... More
2. The modern scene

2. The modern scene  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

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Why, when reading is so private an activity, should people want, so simultaneously, the one ‘book of the day’? ‘The modern scene’ evokes the history of bestsellerism in images such as ... More
1. Origins

1. Origins  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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What are the true origins of modern crime fiction? ‘Origins’ explains that the sources can be found in 18th-century England with the fiction and criminal biographies of Daniel Defoe and ... More
2. Reading Kafka

2. Reading Kafka  

Ritchie Robertson

in Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

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Kafka is not an easy read: impossible events occur yet they seem inevitable, and there appears to be no explanation for them in the narrative. Most of the stories are written from the ... More
6. Spy fiction, the thriller and legal drama

6. Spy fiction, the thriller and legal drama  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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‘Spy fiction, the thriller, and legal drama’ explains that although the first espionage novel was James Fennimore Cooper’s The Spy (1821), it was not until the 20th century when espionage ... More
3. Transitions

3. Transitions  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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From the mid-1960s to the early 21st century the mainstays of British detective fiction have been Reginald Hill, Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, R.D. Wingfield, Ian Rankin, and P.D. James. ... More
2. The two agesgolden and hard-boiled

2. The two ages: golden and hard-boiled  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The two ages: golden and hard-boiled’ begins with the Golden Age of crime fiction that consisted of the work of British writers, Agatha Christie, Marjorie Allingham, Anthony Berkeley, ... More

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