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5. Radical Dickens

5. Radical Dickens  

Jenny Hartley

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
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9780191783203
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10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.003.0005
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Charles Dickens was a life-long radical. According to Forster, it was Dickens’s childhood experiences that instilled ‘the hatred of oppression, the revolt against abuse of power, and the ... More
3. Bodies

3. Bodies  

Ritchie Robertson

in Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775987
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804556.003.0003
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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
1. Forgetting photography

1. Forgetting photography  

Steve Edwards

in Photography: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2006
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Sep 2013
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9780191775390
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801647.003.0001
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9780192801647
Much of our familiarity with the world as we know it derives from photographic visualization as a replacement for first-hand experience. Photographs have made many things seem quite ... More
2. Reading Kafka

2. Reading Kafka  

Ritchie Robertson

in Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775987
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804556.003.0002
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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
2. ‘Slang’ as a linguistic register

2. ‘Slang’ as a linguistic register  

Jonathon Green

in Slang: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
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9780191796418
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10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.003.0002
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9780198729532
‘“Slang” as a linguistic register’ considers the definitions of slang and asks what qualifies as slang and what does not. Slang indicates a marginal, contrarian lexis, created and largely ... More
7. Recording slang

7. Recording slang  

Jonathon Green

in Slang: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Feb 2016
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9780191796418
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10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.003.0007
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9780198729532
‘Recording slang’ considers the defining of slang terms, the spelling of slang, the dating of slang terms, and the pronunciation of slang. What does a slang term mean? The answer is often ... More
5. What Tolstoy believed

5. What Tolstoy believed  

Liza Knapp

in Leo Tolstoy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2019
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May 2019
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9780191851650
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10.1093/actrade/9780198813934.003.0005
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As he approached the age of 50, Tolstoy experienced what is often described as a spiritual crisis. He struggled to finish Anna Karenina and then devoted the next several years to religious ... More
1. Echoes

1. Echoes  

William Doyle

in The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Nov 2019
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Nov 2019
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9780191875649
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10.1093/actrade/9780198840077.003.0001
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9780198840077
‘Echoes’ examines the legacy of the French Revolution in the Western world through the lens of late 18th-century and 19th-century literature and culture. It considers writing by Edmund ... More
4. Who’s to blame?

4. Who’s to blame?  

Poole Adrian

in Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775543
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802354.003.0005
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9780192802354
Tragedy presents situations in which there is a desperate urgency to assign blame. Who is to blame for an earthquake? Where does responsibility begin and end for victims of a war, a famine, ... More
3. ‘Tidings of me will go out over all great Rus’Pushkin and the Russian literary canon

3. ‘Tidings of me will go out over all great Rus’: Pushkin and the Russian literary canon  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775314
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0003
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9780192801449
Pushkin set out to create a monument out of his work and ‘“Tidings of me will go out over all great Rus”: Pushkin and the Russian literary canon’ looks at the work that other writers left. ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Stanley Wells

in William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191788048
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718628.003.0009
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9780198718628
Shakespeare’s plays and poems have had, and continue increasingly to have, a major impact on many areas of human life. Fellow poets from Ben Jonson onwards have written appreciatively of ... More
Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction  

Jenny Hartley

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
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9780191783203
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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
1. More

1. More  

Jenny Hartley

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
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9780191783203
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10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.003.0001
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Charles Dickens’s first two novels—The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club and Oliver Twist—were published in monthly instalments, usually of two or three chapters at a time, beginning ... More
Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

Kafka: A Very Short Introduction  

Ritchie Robertson

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Oct 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775987
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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
8. Aspects of the English novel

8. Aspects of the English novel  

Jonathan Bate

in English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777578
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569267.003.0008
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9780199569267
Romance is a very ancient literary form. A typical example is the adventures of Apollonius, told in many different versions. But is it good literature? ‘Aspects of the English novel’ ... More
9. The poetics of blood

9. The poetics of blood  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777905
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.003.0009
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9780199586790
Gothic novels inspired a new genre of writers known later as the Romantics who harked back to the romances of the Middle Ages. Writers such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Keats and ... More
1. Origins: emergence and consolidation 1820–1914

1. Origins: emergence and consolidation 1820–1914  

David Cottington

in The Avant Garde: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191777790
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10.1093/actrade/9780199582730.003.0002
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‘Origins: emergence and consolidation 1820–1914’ charts the beginnings of avant-garde. The concept moved from military to political during the French Revolution and its aftermath. Shortly ... More
1. Origins

1. Origins  

Richard Bradford

in Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2015
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May 2015
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9780191785801
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10.1093/actrade/9780199658787.003.0001
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9780199658787
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
3. Character and plot

3. Character and plot  

Jenny Hartley

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
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9780191783203
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10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.003.0003
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9780198714996
Characters are what Charles Dickens is famous for. They crowd and flock through his novels, roughly 2,000 named characters, and multitudes more unnamed. The original illustrations by George ... More
6. Dickensian

6. Dickensian  

Jenny Hartley

in Charles Dickens: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191783203
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10.1093/actrade/9780198714996.003.0006
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9780198714996
Charles Dickens became an adjective in his own lifetime. By the 1850s, he was ‘Dickenesque’ and ‘Dickensy’; ‘Dickensian’ came in the decade after his death. Contradictions beset the many ... More

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