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3. Genre

3. Genre  

Robert Eaglestone

in Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778247
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199609260.003.0003
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9780199609260
‘Genre’ discusses one of the most important ideas in contemporary fiction. Genres mark out, or name, ‘lines of descent’, with previous novels influencing any piece of contemporary writing. ... More
5. Latin American fiction in the twentieth century: Regionalism to Modernism

5. Latin American fiction in the twentieth century: Regionalism to Modernism  

Roberto González Echevarría

in Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365838
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10.1093/actrade/9780199754915.003.0005
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9780199754915
‘Latin American fiction in the twentieth century: Regionalism to Modernism’ investigates the development of Modernist prose, which lagged behind other styles. Modernismo still dominated in ... More
4. The culture of postmodernism

4. The culture of postmodernism  

Christopher Butler

in Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775550
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802392.003.0004
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9780192802392
‘The culture of postmodernism’ considers postmodernism in the fields of literature, music, art, and architecture. The postmodern fiction that involves an ontological uncertainty about the ... More
3. Drama, fiction, and the elusive author

3. Drama, fiction, and the elusive author  

Julia Annas

in Plato: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775505
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802163.003.0003
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9780192802163
‘Drama, fiction, and the elusive author’ explores Plato's use of dialogue. In presenting his works in the form of dialogue (direct or reported), Plato is detaching himself, as the possessor ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

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/9780192802354.003.0001
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9780192802354
What does the word tragedy mean and in what context is it used? It is used to confer dignity and value on bad news. The Introduction asks: is this word now bandied around so much that its ... More
2. Form, or, what's contemporary about contemporary fiction?

2. Form, or, what's contemporary about contemporary fiction?  

Robert Eaglestone

in Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778247
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199609260.003.0002
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9780199609260
‘Form, or, what's contemporary about contemporary fiction?’ considers how writers explore the form of the novel. While most novels published are realist, three areas of challenge to this ... More
4. Vernacular drama and fiction: gardens, bandits, and dreams

4. Vernacular drama and fiction: gardens, bandits, and dreams  

Sabina Knight

in Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365739
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10.1093/actrade/9780195392067.003.0004
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9780195392067
‘Vernacular drama and fiction: gardens, bandits, and dreams’ assesses Chinese vernacular drama. Classical literature espoused a harmonious moral Way, but this gradually gave way to a more ... More
3. Classical narrative: history, jottings, and tales of the strange

3. Classical narrative: history, jottings, and tales of the strange  

Sabina Knight

in Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780199365739
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10.1093/actrade/9780195392067.003.0003
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9780195392067
‘Classical narrative: history, jottings, and tales of the strange’ reviews narrative forms in Chinese literature. Fictional elements were common in early narrative, and it was not until the ... More
Contemporary FictionA Very Short Introduction

Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction  

Robert Eaglestone

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778247
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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
4. The past

4. The past  

Robert Eaglestone

in Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778247
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10.1093/actrade/9780199609260.003.0004
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9780199609260
‘The past’ points out that novels have always been interested in the past, in history, and in memory. Contemporary fiction often rejects the traditional historical novel, instead exploring ... More
2. ‘I have raised myself a monument’Writer memorials and cults

2. ‘I have raised myself a monument’: Writer memorials and cults  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775314
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0002
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9780192801449
‘“I have raised myself a monument”: Writer memorials and cults’ looks at how the Russian state memorialized writers and elevated them within society and culture. Pushkin is examined as a ... More
Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction  

Patricia Aufderheide

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365494
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195182705.001.0001
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9780195182705
Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction takes readers along the diverse paths of documentary history and charts the lively, often fierce debates among filmmakers and ... More
6. No laughing matter

6. No laughing matter  

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/9780192802354.003.0007
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9780192802354
What is the connection between comedy and tragedy? Why do we find tragedy in the arts comic? If the brute matter of tragedy consists of pain, grief, death, and bereavement, laughter brings ... More
3. Conclusion

3. Conclusion  

Patricia Aufderheide

in Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365494
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10.1093/actrade/9780195182705.003.0003
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9780195182705
‘Conclusion’ reviews developments in documentary film making and the growth of scholarship in this area. The documentary form has evolved along with technological possibilities. Sound, ... 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
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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
5. ‘Awakening noble feelings with my lyre’Writers as ‘masters of minds’

5. ‘Awakening noble feelings with my lyre’: Writers as ‘masters of minds’  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775314
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0005
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chapter
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9780192801449
‘“Awakening noble feelings with my lyre”: Writers as “masters of minds”’ examines, via examples of Pushkin's work, his views on the expectations of readers and their perceptions of the ... More
1. Defining the Documentary

1. Defining the Documentary  

Patricia Aufderheide

in Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365494
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195182705.003.0001
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chapter
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9780195182705
Documentaries both inform and entertain. ‘Defining the documentary’ explores how film can tell a story about real life honestly, in good faith. Viewers expect to be told things about the ... More
Plato: A Very Short Introduction

Plato: A Very Short Introduction  

Julia Annas

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775505
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192802163.001.0001
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book
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9780192802163
Plato: A Very Short Introduction explores the philosophy and argument of Plato's writings, looking at Plato as a thinker grappling with philosophical problems in a variety of ... More
Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction  

Adrian Poole

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2005
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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
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

Print Publication Year: 
May 2015
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May 2015
eISBN: 
9780191785801
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199658787.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199658787
‘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

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