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4. The revenge of the dead

4. The revenge of the dead  

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/9780199586790.003.0004
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The Reformation divested the church of its pageantry, ritual, customs, and lore. The ensuing religious turmoil had a profound influence on the literature of the period. ‘The revenge of the ... More
8. The descent into hell

8. The descent into hell  

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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10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.003.0008
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‘The descent into hell’ puts the ‘Gothic’ literature of this time into the political and social context of that era, a time of upheaval. The century after the end of the 1760s saw a huge ... More
6. The arts

6. The arts  

Michael Ferber

in Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777547
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10.1093/actrade/9780199568918.003.0006
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‘The arts’ surveys the arts Romanticism inspired. Was Beethoven a Romantic or a ‘classical’ composer? Who are the major figures of Romanticism within music? The prestige of music is ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Bart van Es

in Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191789823
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723356.003.0001
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What is a Shakespearean comedy? Nearly half of Shakespeare’s plays could be described as comedies of some kind, but more restrictive criteria would whittle the number to just half a dozen ... More
Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction

Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Ferber

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Sep 2010
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780199568918.001.0001
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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
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction  

Stanley Wells

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191788048
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718628.001.0001
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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
8. Tragicomedy

8. Tragicomedy  

Stanley Wells

in William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2015
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Shakespeare’s restlessly imaginative exploration of the possibilities of comic form led him into new paths in four plays based on romance literature that show him continuing to experiment ... More
1. Madness unbound

1. Madness unbound  

Andrew Scull

in Madness: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778230
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10.1093/actrade/9780199608034.003.0001
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‘Madness unbound ’ explores social responses to madness. Our interpretations of it, and our notions of what is to be done about it, have varied remarkably over the centuries. Our early ... More
NapoleonA Very Short Introduction

Napoleon: A Very Short Introduction  

David A. Bell

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Nov 2018
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Oct 2018
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9780190911959
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10.1093/actrade/9780199321667.001.0001
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Napoleon: A Very Short Introduction provides a concise and lively portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte’s character and career, situating him firmly in historical context. It ... More
12. The ghost in the machine

12. The ghost in the machine  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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9780191777905
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.003.0012
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Ironically, despite its deep historic basis, the Gothic has always been a modern movement inspired by contemporary culture. Advances in science inspired Gothic writers such as Mary Shelley ... More
5. The futures of comparative literature

5. The futures of comparative literature  

Ben Hutchinson

in Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191844911
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10.1093/actrade/9780198807278.003.0005
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Comparative literature is both central and marginal to literary studies: central because it draws on almost every discipline in the Humanities; marginal because it is not tied to any single ... More
6. Religion

6. Religion  

Ritchie Robertson

in Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785764
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10.1093/actrade/9780199689255.003.0006
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Goethe was brought up in Frankfurt, a Protestant city where the Lutheran Church held sway, but was also introduced to key Enlightenment texts through his father’s extensive library. ... More
5. Tragedy

5. Tragedy  

Ritchie Robertson

in Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

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Goethe lived in a great age of tragedy-writing. Goethe’s place in this tradition is assured by his most famous work, Faust; its two parts are subtitled respectively the First and Second ... More
5. Liberty Gothic

5. Liberty Gothic  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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By the mid-17th century, the Goths were still the barbarians (for Catholics, classicists, and royalists). However, there was a growing opinion that saw the Goths as the forerunners of ... More
7. The sixties

7. The sixties  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Between the 17th and 18th centuries, the Gothic developed into three main strands: a political strand with Whiggist tendencies; a mediaeval strand in terms of manners and national identity; ... More
3. Love

3. Love  

Bart van Es

in Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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9780191789823
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723356.003.0004
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Shakespearean comedy is about getting the girl or the boy, but it is also about love, and one ingredient that makes this possible is the sonnet. ‘Love’ argues that love is not only a ... More
3. Classical art and world literature

3. Classical art and world literature  

Ritchie Robertson

in Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785764
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10.1093/actrade/9780199689255.003.0003
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‘Classical art and world literature’ shows that Goethe’s knowledge of art and literature was wide-ranging and explains that, in both, he came to believe that the works produced by the ... More
1. The meaning of the word

1. The meaning of the word  

Michael Ferber

in Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777547
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10.1093/actrade/9780199568918.003.0001
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The ‘Preface’ asks What is Romanticism? It is easier to ask Who were the Romantics? A list of the individuals most commonly acknowledged as Romantics follows, covering several European ... More
1. Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon

1. Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon  

Stanley Wells

in William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2015
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9780191788048
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William Shakespeare is thought to have been born on 23 April 1564 and died on 23 April 1616. ‘Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon’ describes his life in the Warwickshire market town with ... More
Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction

Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction  

Bart van Es

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191789823
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723356.001.0001
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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

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