From vampires and demons to ghosts and zombies, interest in monsters in literature, film, and popular culture has never been stronger. This concise Encyclopedia provides scholars and students with a comprehensive and authoritative A-Z of monsters throughout the ages. It is the first major reference book on monsters for the scholarly market. Over 200 entries written by experts in the field are accompanied by an overview introduction by the editor. Generic entries such as 'ghost' and 'vampire' are cross-listed with important specific manifestations of that monster. In addition to monsters appearing in English-language literature and film, the Encyclopedia also includes significant monsters in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African and Middle Eastern traditions. Alphabetically organized, the entries each feature suggestions for further reading. The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters is an invaluable resource for all students and scholars and an essential addition to library reference shelves.
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Category: Literary Criticism
This comprehensive survey of the critical response to Dracula provides an overview of the trends and development of work surrounding the novel. The critics and approaches discussed range from the earliest studies to the present day, with particular emphasis on biography, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, Irish studies and gender.
Jane Bluett,Marcello Giovanelli,Andrea Macrae,Felicity Titjen,Ian Cushing
Author: Jane Bluett,Marcello Giovanelli,Andrea Macrae,Felicity Titjen,Ian Cushing
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
A new series of bespoke, full-coverage resources developed for the 2015 A Level English qualifications. Endorsed for the AQA A/AS Level English Language and Literature specification for first teaching from 2015, this print Student Book offers stretch opportunities for the more able and additional scaffolding for those who need it. Providing full coverage of the specification, the unique three-part structure bridges the gap between GCSE and A Level and develops students' understanding of descriptive linguistics and literary and non-literary stylistics, together with support for the revised coursework component and new textual intervention task. An enhanced digital edition and free Teacher's Resource are also available.
The Encylopedia of the Gothic features a series of newly-commissioned essays from experts in Gothic studies that cover all aspects of the Gothic as it is currently taught and researched, along with the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture. Comprises over 200 newly commissioned entries written by a stellar cast of over 130 experts in the field Arranged in A-Z format across two fully cross-referenced volumes Represents the definitive reference guide to all aspects of the Gothic Provides comprehensive coverage of relevant authors, national traditions, critical developments, and notable texts that define, shape, and inform the genre Extends beyond a purely literary analysis to explore Gothic elements of film, music, drama, art, and architecture. Explores the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture
Key Concepts in the Gothic provides a one-stop resource which details and defines, in accessible language, those contexts essential for the study of the Gothic in all periods and media. The volume is divided into three sections: Concepts and Terms; Theories of the Gothic; and Key Fictional Texts. Bibliographies are provided with the last two sections. The book clearly explains the critical terms - from 'Ab-human' to 'Zombie' - as well as the main theories, including ecocriticism, queer theory and Postcolonial theory, which any student of the Gothic is likely to encounter. This book will be a reliable companion for students of the genre from school and through university.
"Dracula is the daddy of all vampires." --Daily Express 'I am Dracula. And I bid you welcome to my house.' He is deathly pale. His fingernails are cut to sharp points. His teeth protrude menacingly from his mouth in clouds of rancid breath... Yet even Count Dracula's unnerving appearance and the frightened reaction of the local peasants fail to warn Jonathan Harker, a young man from England, about his host. Little does Jonathan know that this is a land where babies are snatched for their blood and wolves howl menacingly from the forest, where reality is far more frightening than superstition. What's more, it's going to be up to him to stop the world's most bloodthirsty predator.
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Category: Literary Criticism
Julian Barnes's work has been marked by great variety, ranging not only from conventional fiction to postmodernist experimentation in such well-known novels as Flaubert's Parrot (1984) and A History of the World in 10 1⁄2 Chapters (1989), but also from witty essays to deeply touching short stories. The responses of readers and critics have likewise varied, from enthusiasm to scepticism, as the substantial volume of critical analysis demonstrates. This Readers' Guide provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the essential criticism on Barnes's work, drawing from a selection of reviews, interviews, essays and books. Through the presentation and assessment of key critical interpretations, Vanessa Guignery provides the most wide-ranging examination of his fiction and non-fiction so far, considering key issues such as his use of language, his treatment of history, obsession, love, and the relationship between fact and fiction. Covering all of the novels to date, from Metroland (1981) to Arthur and George (2005), this is an invaluable introduction to the work of one of Britain's most exciting and popular contemporary writers.
A paperback edition of a best-seller offers a fully illustrated guide through the traditions of vampire lore, giving practical advice on dealing with these supernatural creatures. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Atticus Turners Gefühle für seinen Vater waren schon immer zwiespältig. Doch als der verschwindet, macht Atticus sich wohl oder übel auf die Suche. Auch wenn die Spur nach „Lovecraft Country“ in Neuengland führt, Mitte der 50er Jahre ein Ort der schärfsten Rassengesetze in den USA. Mit Hilfe seines Onkels George, Herausgeber des „Safe Negro Travel Guide“, und seiner Jugendfreundin Letitia gelangt Atticus bis zum Anwesen der Braithwhites. Hier tagt eine rassistische Geheimloge, mit deren Hilfe Braithwhite junior nichts weniger als die höchste Macht anstrebt. Matt Ruff erzählt mit überbordender Phantasie und teuflischem Humor die wahnwitzigen Abenteuer einer schwarzen Familie.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula, still the most famous of all vampire stories, was first published in 1897. But the bloodsucking Count was not the only member of the undead to bare his fangs in the literature of the period. Late Victorian and Edwardian fiction is full of vampires and this anthology of scary stories introduces modern readers to fifteen of them. A travel writer in Sweden unleashes something awful from an ancient mausoleum. A psychic detective battles a vampire that has taken refuge in an Egyptian mummy. A nightmare becomes reality in the tower room of a gloomy country house. The Rivals of Dracula is a collection of classic tales to chill the blood and tingle the spine and includes works from authors Alice & Claude Askew, EF Benson, Mary Cholmondeley, F Marion Crawford, Ulric Daubeny, Augustus Hare, Julian Hawthorne, E and H Heron, MR James, Vernon Lee, Richard Marsh, Hume Nisbet, Frank Norris, Phil Robinson and HB Marriott Watson.
Seit über 150 Jahren werden Werwölfe überall auf der Welt unerbittlich gejagt. Nun ist es soweit: es gibt nur noch einen einzigen – Jacob Marlowe. Marlowe, lebensmüde und gepeinigt von den Erinnerungen an seine Taten, will aufgeben. Doch ein brutaler Mord und eine außergewöhnliche Begegnung bringen ihn dazu, sich dem Kampf um sein Leben neu zu stellen. Glen Duncan hat einen einzigartigen Roman geschaffen: »Der letzte Werwolf« ist packend und philosophisch zugleich, eine meisterhafte Verbindung von Literatur und fantastischer Unterhaltung.
What is 'postcolonial literature' and what is its appeal? What is the purpose of writing literature about the aftermath of colonization and the independence of colonial nations? This Guide presents new access routes into the key questions and debates surrounding the genre and offers innovative ways of thinking critically about postcolonial literature. Justin D. Edwards: analyses the criticism surrounding English-language literature from the major regions and countries of the postcolonial world, such as South Africa, Nigeria, the Caribbean, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka, includes a discussion of native American writing and African American literature, as well as of Irish and Scottish liberationist texts, examines criticism on works by key writers, such as Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Jamaica Kincaid, explores the themes, concepts and theoretical approaches that are vital to an understanding of postcolonial literature and the development of criticism of the genre. Lucid and stimulating, this is an invaluable introduction to one of the most exciting, and fastest growing, fields in contemporary English literary studies. Book jacket.
Surveys the full range of critical responses surrounding the field of Twentieth-century Irish literature. This work covers a variety of modern Irish novelists, poets, and dramatists. It relates Irish literature to debates surrounding issues such as national identity, modernity and the Revival period, armed struggle, sexuality and post colonialism.
Fünfundzwanzig Jahre sind vergangen, seit die Vampirjäger um Professor van Helsing den gefürchteten Dracula zur Strecke brachten. Doch der Friede ist trügerisch. In London geschehen unheimliche Dinge, und Jonathan Harker wird ermordet am Picadilly Circus aufgefunden. Irgendjemand scheint es auf diejenigen abgesehen zu haben, die damals an der Vernichtung des dunklen Grafen mitwirkten. Harkers Sohn Quincey tritt in die Fußstapfen seines Vaters, um den Mord aufzuklären. Dabei macht er rätselhafte Entdeckungen. Könnte es sein, dass der legendäre Dracula noch unter den Lebenden weilt?