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The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Dinah Birch.

January 2009; published online January 2009.

Book. Subjects: literary reference works. 7066 pages.1052701 words.

‘No guide could come more classic than The Oxford Companion to English Literature … the literary reference source of first resort’The Times

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Russian Literature

Catriona Kelly.

August 2001; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary studies (fiction, novelists, and prose writers); literary studies (European); literary theory and cultural studies. 182 pages.

Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction explores the place and importance of literature in Russian culture. How and when did a Russian national literature come into being? What shaped...

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Barthes

Jonathan Culler.

February 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary theory and cultural studies. 160 pages.

Roland Barthes: A Very Short Introduction elucidates the varied theoretical contributions of Roland Barthes, whose lifelong fascination was with the way people make their world...

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Postcolonialism

Robert J. C. Young.

June 2003; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: national liberation and post-colonialism; literary studies (postcolonial literature). 192 pages.

Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction explores the political, social, and cultural effects of decolonization, continuing the anti-colonial challenge to western dominance. It explores...

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Tragedy

Adrian Poole.

August 2005; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary theory and cultural studies. 160 pages.

Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction addresses questions of tragedy about belief, blame, mourning, revenge, pain, witnessing, timing, and ending and demonstrates the age-old significance of...

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Myth

Robert A. Segal.

July 2004; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary theory and cultural studies. 176 pages.

A survey of the past 300 years of theorizing on myth, Myth: A Very Short Introduction examines the work of such prominent thinkers as Albert Camus, Claude Lévi-Strauss, C. G. Jung, and...

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Modernism

Christopher Butler.

July 2010; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary theory and cultural studies. 136 pages.

Modernism: A Very Short Introduction examines how and why modernism began, what it is, how it has gradually informed all aspects of 20th and 21st century life. Modernism expressed a new way...

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Kafka

Ritchie Robertson.

October 2004; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary studies (fiction, novelists, and prose writers). 152 pages.

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...

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The Marquis de Sade

John Phillips.

July 2005; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary studies (18th century). 160 pages.

The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction aims to disentangle the ‘real’ Marquis de Sade from his mythical and demonic reputation of the past two hundred years by examining Sade's...

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Nietzsche

Michael Tanner.

October 2000; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: literary studies (fiction, novelists, and prose writers); 19th-century philosophy. 128 pages.

The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was almost wholly neglected during his sane life, but since then he has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum...

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