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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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book
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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
Published Online: 
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
C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction

C. S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction  

James Como

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
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Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780191866890
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198828242.001.0001
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9780198828242
Beloved by children and adults worldwide, the writings of C. S. Lewis have a broad and enduring appeal. Although best known for the iconic Chronicles of Narnia series, C. S. Lewis was a man ... More
Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction  

Jenny Hartley

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191783203
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.001.0001
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9780198714996
Charles Dickens is credited with creating some of the world’s best-known fictional characters, and is widely regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian age. Charles Dickens: A Very ... 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
eISBN: 
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
Published Online: 
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
Published Online: 
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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book
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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
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778384
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199691340.001.0001
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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
Published Online: 
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
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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
Published Online: 
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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book
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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
ISBN: 
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
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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
ISBN: 
9780192801821
Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction explores the political, social, and cultural effects of decolonization, continuing the anti-colonial challenge to western dominance. ... More
Reading: A Very Short Introduction

Reading: A Very Short Introduction  

Belinda Jack

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2019
Published Online: 
Apr 2019
eISBN: 
9780191860300
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198820581.001.0001
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book
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9780198820581
Reading: A Very Short Introduction explores the fascinating history of literacy and the opportunities reading opens. For much of human history reading was the preserve of the ... 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
ISBN: 
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
ISBN: 
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
ISBN: 
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
ISBN: 
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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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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ISBN: 
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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ISBN: 
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
Leo Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction

Leo Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction  

Liza Knapp

Print Publication Year: 
May 2019
Published Online: 
May 2019
eISBN: 
9780191851650
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198813934.001.0001
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ISBN: 
9780198813934
War and Peace and Anna Karenina are widely recognized as two of the greatest novels ever written. Their author, Leo Tolstoy, has been honoured as the father of the modern war ... 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
ISBN: 
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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