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.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Woodcock provides a survey of the critical responses to this popular play, as well as the key debates and developments, from the seventeenth century to the present day. Leading the reader through material chronologically, the Guide summarises and assesses key interpretations, setting them in their intellectual and historical context.
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.