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The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover): Dk The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover)
Dk 1
R542 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R132 (24%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Shakespeare Book is the perfect primer to the works of William Shakespeare, packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes.

This bold book covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, plus lost plays and less well-known works of poetry. Easy-to-understand graphics and illustrations bring the themes, plots, characters and language of Shakespeare to life, including illustrated timelines which offer an at-a-glance summary of the action for each play. With detailed plot summaries and an in-depth analysis of the major characters and themes, this is a brilliant, innovative exploration of the entire canon of Shakespeare plays, sonnets and poetry.

Whether you're a Shakespeare scholar or a student of the great Bard, The Shakespeare Book offers a fuller appreciation of his phenomenal talent and lasting legacy.

A User's Guide to Melancholy (Hardcover): Mary Ann Lund A User's Guide to Melancholy (Hardcover)
Mary Ann Lund
R524 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R90 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A User's Guide to Melancholy takes Robert Burton's encyclopaedic masterpiece The Anatomy of Melancholy (first published in 1621) as a guide to one of the most perplexing, elusive, attractive, and afflicting diseases of the Renaissance. Burton's Anatomy is perhaps the largest, strangest, and most unwieldy self-help book ever written. Engaging with the rich cultural and literary framework of melancholy, this book traces its causes, symptoms, and cures through Burton's writing. Each chapter starts with a case study of melancholy - from the man who was afraid to urinate in case he drowned his town to the girl who purged a live eel - as a way into exploring the many facets of this mental affliction. A User's Guide to Melancholy presents in an accessible and illustrated format the colourful variety of Renaissance melancholy, and contributes to contemporary discussions about wellbeing by revealing the earlier history of mental health conditions.

Domestic Georgic - Labors of Preservation from Rabelais to Milton (Paperback): Katie Kadue Domestic Georgic - Labors of Preservation from Rabelais to Milton (Paperback)
Katie Kadue
R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

When is literary production more menial than inspired, more like housework than heroics of the mind? In this revisionist study, Katie Kadue shows that some of the authors we credit with groundbreaking literary feats-including Michel de Montaigne and John Milton-conceived of their writing in surprisingly modest and domestic terms. In contrast to the monumental ambitions associated with the literature of the age, and picking up an undercurrent of Virgil's Georgics, poetic labor of the Renaissance emerges here as often aligned with so-called women's work. Kadue reveals how male authors' engagements with a feminized georgic mode became central to their conceptions of what literature is and could be. This other georgic strain in literature shared the same primary concern as housekeeping: the necessity of constant, almost invisible labor to keep the things of the world intact. Domestic Georgic brings into focus a conception of literary-as well as scholarly and critical-labor not as a striving for originality and fame but as a form of maintenance work that aims at preserving individual and collective life.

A History of African American Autobiography (Hardcover): Joycelyn Moody A History of African American Autobiography (Hardcover)
Joycelyn Moody
R2,206 Discovery Miles 22 060 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This History explores innovations in African American autobiography since its inception, examining the literary and cultural history of Black self-representation amid life writing studies. By analyzing the different forms of autobiography, including pictorial and personal essays, editorials, oral histories, testimonials, diaries, personal and open letters, and even poetry performance media of autobiographies, this book extends the definition of African American autobiography, revealing how people of African descent have created and defined the Black self in diverse print cultures and literary genres since their arrival in the Americas. It illustrates ways African Americans use life writing and autobiography to address personal and collective Black experiences of identity, family, memory, fulfillment, racism and white supremacy. Individual chapters examine scrapbooks as a source of self-documentation, African American autobiography for children, readings of African American persona poems, mixed-race life writing after the Civil Rights Movement, and autobiographies by African American LGBTQ writers.

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Hardcover): William Shakespeare All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Hardcover)
William Shakespeare; Edited by Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells
R354 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R90 (25%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture. This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.

Shakespeare and Lost Plays - Reimagining Drama in Early Modern England (Hardcover): David McInnis Shakespeare and Lost Plays - Reimagining Drama in Early Modern England (Hardcover)
David McInnis
R819 Discovery Miles 8 190 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Shakespeare and Lost Plays returns Shakespeare's dramatic work to its most immediate and (arguably) pivotal context; by situating it alongside the hundreds of plays known to Shakespeare's original audiences, but lost to us. David McInnis reassesses the value of lost plays in relation to both the companies that originally performed them, and to contemporary scholars of early modern drama. This innovative study revisits key moments in Shakespeare's career and the development of his company and, by prioritising the immense volume of information we now possess about lost plays, provides a richer, more accurate picture of dramatic activity than has hitherto been possible. By considering a variety of ways to grapple with the problem of lost, imperceptible, or ignored texts, this volume presents a methodology for working with lacunae in archival evidence and the distorting effect of Shakespeare-centric narratives, thus reinterpreting our perception of the field of early modern drama.

Macbeth: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback): Alisdair Macrae Macbeth: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback)
Alisdair Macrae 1
R219 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R34 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Vital exam practice, revision and study for AS & A2 students from the UK's market leading brand.

Mapping Region in Early American Writing (Hardcover): Edward Watts, Keri Holt, John Funchion Mapping Region in Early American Writing (Hardcover)
Edward Watts, Keri Holt, John Funchion
R1,129 Discovery Miles 11 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Mapping Region in Early American Writing is a collection of essays that study how early American writers thought about the spaces around them. The contributors reconsider the various roles regions-imagined politically, economically, racially, and figuratively-played in the formation of American communities, both real and imagined. These texts vary widely: some are canonical, others archival; some literary, others scientific; some polemical, others simply documentary. As a whole, they recreate important mental mappings and cartographies, and they reveal how diverse populations imagined themselves, their communities, and their nation as occupying the American landscape. Focusing on place-specific, local writing published before 1860, Mapping Region in Early American Writing examines a period often overlooked in studies of regional literature in America. More than simply offering a prehistory of regionalist writing, these essays offer new ways of theorizing and studying regional spaces in the United States as it grew from a union of disparate colonies along the eastern seaboard into an industrialized nation on the verge of overseas empire building. They also seek to amplify lost voices of diverse narratives from minority, frontier, and outsider groups alongside their more well-known counterparts in a time when America's landscapes and communities were constantly evolving.

Old Norse Made New - Essays on the Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse Literature and Culture (Paperback): David Clark, Carl... Old Norse Made New - Essays on the Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse Literature and Culture (Paperback)
David Clark, Carl Phelpstead
R261 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R23 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Presents eight essays on translations and reinterpretations of Old Norse myth and saga from the eighteenth century.

The Duchess of Malfi: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022... The Duchess of Malfi: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback)
Stephen Sims, X 2
R217 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R34 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Metaphysical Poets: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022... Metaphysical Poets: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback)
Pamela King
R209 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

A history of South African literature - Afrikaans literature 17th - 19th centuries (Paperback): Jerzy Koch A history of South African literature - Afrikaans literature 17th - 19th centuries (Paperback)
Jerzy Koch
R610 R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Save R62 (10%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Literary history is a problematic and shifting discourse, especially in the multilingual, post-colonial South African situation. In this book, the author draws on his intimate knowledge of documents written in Dutch during the 17th century and the texts that were produced in this language and its variations as it gradually became Afrikaans by the end of the 19th century. A History of South African Literature: Afrikaans Literature 17th-19th centuries brings an important expansion and regeneration of Afrikaans historiography within the context of South African literary history. A History of South African Literature: Afrikaans Literature 17th-19th centuries is divided into three broad historical periods: the Dutch colonial time (1652-1795), British colonial time (first part of the 19th century) and the time of the language movements (latter half of the 19th century). It follows an inclusive approach, discussing and contextualising a wide variety of documents, like travelogues and personal as well as official journals and other "non-literary texts". The thorough analyses of previously neglected works, like those produced at Genadendal, provide a rich and textured image of the history of writing in South Africa.

Domestic Georgic - Labors of Preservation from Rabelais to Milton (Hardcover): Katie Kadue Domestic Georgic - Labors of Preservation from Rabelais to Milton (Hardcover)
Katie Kadue
R1,966 Discovery Miles 19 660 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

When is literary production more menial than inspired, more like housework than heroics of the mind? In this revisionist study, Katie Kadue shows that some of the authors we credit with groundbreaking literary feats-including Michel de Montaigne and John Milton-conceived of their writing in surprisingly modest and domestic terms. In contrast to the monumental ambitions associated with the literature of the age, and picking up an undercurrent of Virgil's Georgics, poetic labor of the Renaissance emerges here as often aligned with so-called women's work. Kadue reveals how male authors' engagements with a feminized georgic mode became central to their conceptions of what literature is and could be. This other georgic strain in literature shared the same primary concern as housekeeping: the necessity of constant, almost invisible labor to keep the things of the world intact. Domestic Georgic brings into focus a conception of literary-as well as scholarly and critical-labor not as a striving for originality and fame but as a form of maintenance work that aims at preserving individual and collective life.

Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature (Hardcover): Ato Quayson Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature (Hardcover)
Ato Quayson
R800 Discovery Miles 8 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book examines tragedy and tragic philosophy from the Greeks through Shakespeare to the present day. It explores key themes in the links between suffering and ethics through postcolonial literature. Ato Quayson reconceives how we think of World literature under the singular and fertile rubric of tragedy. He draws from many key works - Oedipus Rex, Philoctetes, Medea, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear - to establish the main contours of tragedy. Quayson uses Shakespeare's Othello, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Tayeb Salih, Arundhati Roy, Toni Morrison, Samuel Beckett and J.M. Coetzee to qualify and expand the purview and terms by which Western tragedy has long been understood. Drawing on key texts such as The Poetics and The Nicomachean Ethics, and augmenting them with Frantz Fanon and the Akan concept of musuo (taboo), Quayson formulates a supple, insightful new theory of ethical choice and the impediments against it. This is a major book from a leading critic in literary studies.

Songs of Innocence and Experience: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021... Songs of Innocence and Experience: York Notes Advanced - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback)
David Punter 2
R206 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

The Rogue Narrative and Irish Fiction, 1660-1790 (Paperback): Joe Lines The Rogue Narrative and Irish Fiction, 1660-1790 (Paperback)
Joe Lines
R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With characteristic lawlessness and connection to the common man, the figure of the rogue commanded the world of Irish fiction from 1660 to 1790. During this period of development for the Irish novel, this archetypal figure appears over and over again. Early Irish fiction combined the picaresque genre, focusing on a cunny, witty trickster or picaro, with the escapades of real and notorious criminals. On the one hand, such rogue tales exemplified the English stereotypes of an unruly Ireland, but on the other, they also personified Irish patriotism. Existing between the dual publishing spheres of London and Dublin, the rogue narrative explored the complexities of Anglo-Irish relations. In this volume, Lines investigates why writers during the long eighteenth-century so often turned to the rogue narrative to discuss Ireland. Alongside recognized works of Irish fiction, such as those by William Chaigneau, Richard Head, and Charles Johnston, Lines presents lesser-known and even anonymous popular texts. With consideration for themes of conflict, migration, religion, and gender, Lines offers up a compelling connection between the rogue themselves, marked by persistence and adaptability, and the ever-popular rogue narrative in this early period of Irish writing.

Edward II - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback, 2nd edition): X,... Edward II - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback, 2nd edition)
X, Christopher Marlowe
R208 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

A History of the Literature of the U.S. South: Volume 1 (Hardcover): Harilaos Stecopoulos A History of the Literature of the U.S. South: Volume 1 (Hardcover)
Harilaos Stecopoulos
R2,207 Discovery Miles 22 070 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A History of the Literature of the U.S. South provides scholars with a dynamic and heterogeneous examination of southern writing from John Smith to Natasha Trethewey. Eschewing a master narrative limited to predictable authors and titles, the anthology adopts a variegated approach that emphasizes the cultural and political tensions crucial to the making of this regional literature. Certain chapters focus on major white writers (e.g., Thomas Jefferson, William Faulkner, the Agrarians, Cormac McCarthy), but a substantial portion of the work foregrounds the achievements of African American writers like Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, and Sarah Wright to address the multiracial and transnational dimensions of this literary formation. Theoretically informed and historically aware, the volume's contributors collectively demonstrate how southern literature constitutes an aesthetic, cultural and political field that richly repays examination from a variety of critical perspectives.

Love and Sex in the Time of Plague - A Decameron Renaissance (Hardcover): Guido Ruggiero Love and Sex in the Time of Plague - A Decameron Renaissance (Hardcover)
Guido Ruggiero
R993 Discovery Miles 9 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

As a pandemic swept across fourteenth-century Europe, the Decameron offered the ill and grieving a symphony of life and love. For Florentines, the world seemed to be coming to an end. In 1348 the first wave of the Black Death swept across the Italian city, reducing its population from more than 100,000 to less than 40,000. The disease would eventually kill at least half of the population of Europe. Amid the devastation, Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron was born. One of the masterpieces of world literature, the Decameron has captivated centuries of readers with its vivid tales of love, loyalty, betrayal, and sex. Despite the death that overwhelmed Florence, Boccaccio's collection of novelle was, in Guido Ruggiero's words, a "symphony of life." Love and Sex in the Time of Plague guides twenty-first-century readers back to Boccaccio's world to recapture how his work sounded to fourteenth-century ears. Through insightful discussions of the Decameron's cherished stories and deep portraits of Florentine culture, Ruggiero explores love and sexual relations in a society undergoing convulsive change. In the century before the plague arrived, Florence had become one of the richest and most powerful cities in Europe. With the medieval nobility in decline, a new polity was emerging, driven by Il Popolo-the people, fractious and enterprising. Boccaccio's stories had a special resonance in this age of upheaval, as Florentines sought new notions of truth and virtue to meet both the despair and the possibility of the moment.

Blake and Tradition (Hardcover): Kathleen Raine Blake and Tradition (Hardcover)
Kathleen Raine
R8,079 Discovery Miles 80 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Blake and Tradition is an investigation of the sources of Blake's knowledge of the Neoplatonic and Hermetic tradition and allied currents of thought. The volumes contain what was then new information on Blake's vast fund of exact knowledge in these fields, and Kathleen Raine interprets his works in the light of the ideas that originally inspired and informed them. The core of this important work of scholarship formed the A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts in 1962 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The expanded, two-volume work was originally published by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1969.

The Taming of the Shrew: York Notes for A-level - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and... The Taming of the Shrew: York Notes for A-level - everything you need to catch up, study and prepare for 2021 assessments and 2022 exams (Paperback)
Rebecca Warren, Frances Gray 1
R219 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R34 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

An enhanced exam section: expert guidance on approaching exam questions, writing high-quality responses and using critical interpretations, plus practice tasks and annotated sample answer extracts. Key skills covered: focused tasks to develop analysis and understanding, plus regular study tips, revision questions and progress checks to help students track their learning. The most in-depth analysis: detailed text summaries and extract analysis to in-depth discussion of characters, themes, language, contexts and criticism, all helping students to reach their potential.

Webster: The Duchess of Malfi (Paperback): David Carnegie Webster: The Duchess of Malfi (Paperback)
David Carnegie
R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Duchess of Malfi is generally regarded as John Webster's finest play, a masterpiece of tragic depth and emotional complexity. The conflict between private love and public political behaviour for a passionate but circumscribed woman is as theatrically pertinent now as when first performed. This timely Handbook: * examines the play's sources and its cultural context * offers a detailed theatrical commentary that aids visualisation of the underlying dynamics and structure of the play in performance, and explores performance possibilities * analyses influential productions on stage and screen, from when it was first performed by the actors of Shakespeare's theatre company, the King's Men, to the present day * presents key critical debates and assessments of The Duchess of Malfi.

Correspondence with Aaron Hill and the Hill Family (Hardcover, New): Samuel Richardson Correspondence with Aaron Hill and the Hill Family (Hardcover, New)
Samuel Richardson; Edited by Christine Gerrard
R2,337 Discovery Miles 23 370 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) was an established master printer when, at the age of 51, he published his first novel, Pamela, and immediately became one of the most influential and admired writers of his time. Not only were all Richardson's novels written in epistolary form: he was also a prolific letter-writer himself. This volume in the first ever full edition of Richardson's correspondence includes his letters to and from Aaron Hill, the poet, dramatist and entrepreneur (1685-1750). Hill was Richardson's earliest literary friend and advisor as he embarked on a new career as a novelist. This correspondence offers fascinating insight into the compositional processes not just of the two Pamela novels, but of Richardson's later novels Clarissa and The History of Sir Charles Grandison. The volume also contains Richardson's correspondence with Hill's three literary daughters, which forms an invaluable chapter in the history of women's writing and literary criticism.

Shakespeare and Audience in Practice (Paperback): Stephen Purcell Shakespeare and Audience in Practice (Paperback)
Stephen Purcell
R700 Discovery Miles 7 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What do audiences do as they watch a Shakespearean play? What makes them respond in the ways that they do? This book examines a wide range of theatrical productions to explore the practice of being a modern Shakespearean audience. It surveys some of the most influential ideas about spectatorship in contemporary performance studies, and analyses the strategies employed both in the texts themselves and by modern theatre practitioners to position audiences in particular ways.

York Notes Advanced - "Prelude" (Books 1 and 2) and Selected Poems (Paperback): William Wordsworth, Martin Gray York Notes Advanced - "Prelude" (Books 1 and 2) and Selected Poems (Paperback)
William Wordsworth, Martin Gray
R209 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

York Notes Advanced aim to help make the study of literature more fulfilling and lead to exam success. They should also be of interest to the general reader, as they cover the widest range of popular literature titles. This title covers William Wordsworth's The Prelude and selected poetry.

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