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Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > 19th century

Shelley - The Pursuit (Paperback, New Ed): Richard Holmes Shelley - The Pursuit (Paperback, New Ed)
Richard Holmes
R463 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R108 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fantastic reissue of Richard Holmes' epic biography of this most enigmatic and intriguing of the Romantic poets. This is simply one of the greatest biographical achievements of recent years. Shelley, the most neglected of all the great Romantic poets, was born in Sussex in 1792 and died in Tuscany in 1822, a brief life packed with love affairs, alarums and excursions. Holmes's book offers a serious and critical reappraisal of Shelley as a man and a writer; all his prose and poetry is carefully re-examined, his sense of spiritual and geographical isolation brilliantly described and a detailed portrait of his macabre imaginative life slowly assembled. Shelley's intense friendships with some of the most remarkable figures of his age fill Holmes's pages with a vivid parorama of revolutionary idealism and recklessness. To this is added the private story of Shelley's tortuous romantic liaisons, complications which affected both the peculiar tenor of his daily life and the remotest conceptions of his poetry. This is a stunning, entrancing biography of a fascinating subject, and a timely reissue of an absolutely seminal work.

The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): George Levine, Nancy Henry The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
George Levine, Nancy Henry
R562 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R98 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This second edition of The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot includes several new chapters, providing an essential introduction to all aspects of Eliot's life and writing. Accessible essays by some of the most distinguished scholars of Victorian literature provide lucid and original insights into the work of one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century, author most famously of Middlemarch, Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, and Daniel Deronda. From an introduction that traces her originality as a realist novelist, the book moves on to extensive considerations of each of Eliot's novels, her life and her publishing history. Chapters address the problems of money, philosophy, religion, politics, gender and science, as they are developed in her novels. With its supplementary materials, including a chronology and an extensive section of suggested readings, this Companion is an invaluable tool for scholars and students alike.

The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (Paperback): Washington Irving The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (Paperback)
Washington Irving; Edited by Susan Manning
R266 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With these words, Washington Irving expresses the dilemma of every American artist in the nineteenth century. The Sketch-Book (1820-1) looks simultaneously towards audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, as Irving explores the uneasy relationship of an American writer to English literary traditions. He sketches a series of encounters with the cultural shrines of the parent nation, and in two brilliant experiments with tales transplanted from Europe creates the first classic American short stories, 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow'. The result was not only a hugely successful travel book; it exerted a strong formative influence on American writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe to Henry James, and is well worth rediscovery in its own right today. Based on Irving's final revision of his most popular work, this new edition includes comprehensive explanatory notes of The Sketch-Book's sources for the modern reader. In her introduction, Susan Manning suggests that the author forged a new idiom, the 'Literary Picturesque', to accommodate and turn to advantage his dilemma of dual literary allegiances. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Essays on Nature and Landscape (Paperback): Susan Fenimore Cooper Essays on Nature and Landscape (Paperback)
Susan Fenimore Cooper; Volume editing by Rochelle Johnson, Daniel Patterson; Foreword by John Elder
R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Susan Fenimore Cooper (1813-1894), though often overshadowed by her celebrity father, James Fenimore Cooper, has recently become recognized as both a pioneer of American nature writing and an early advocate for ecological sustainability. Editors Rochelle Johnson and Daniel Patterson have assembled here a collection of ten pieces by Cooper that represent her most accomplished nature writing and the fullest articulation of her environmental principles. With one exception, these essays have not been available in print since their original appearance in Cooper's lifetime.

A portrait of her thoughts on nature and how we should live and think in relation to it, this collection both contextualizes Cooper's magnum opus, "Rural Hours" (1850), and demonstrates how she perceived her work as a nature writer. Frequently her essays are models of how to catch and keep the interest of a reader when writing about plants, animals, and our relationship to the physical environment. By lamenting the decline of bird populations, original forests, and overall biodiversity, she champions preservation and invokes a collective environmental conscience that would not begin to awaken until the end of her life and century.

The selections include independent essays, miscellaneous introductions and prefaces, and the first three installments from Cooper's work of literary ornithology, "Otsego Leaves," arguably her most mature and fully realized contribution to American environmental writing. In addition to a foreword by John Elder, one of the nation's leading environmental educators, an introduction analyzes each essay in various cultural contexts. Brief but handy textual notes supplement the essays. Perfect for nature-writing aficionados, environmental historians, and environmental activists, this collection will radically expand Cooper's importance to the history of American environmental thought.

The Angel Out of the House - Philanthropy and Gender in Nineteenth-century England (Hardcover): Dorice Williams Elliott The Angel Out of the House - Philanthropy and Gender in Nineteenth-century England (Hardcover)
Dorice Williams Elliott
R1,217 Discovery Miles 12 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Was nineteenth-century British philanthropy the "truest and noblest woman's work" and praiseworthy for having raised the nation's moral tone, or was it a dangerous mission likely to cause the defeminization of its practitioners as they became "public persons"? In Victorian England, women's participation in volunteer work seemed to be a natural extension of their domestic role, but like many other assumptions about gender roles, the connection between charitable and domestic work is the result of specific historical factors and cultural representations. Proponents of women as charitable workers encouraged philanthropy as being ideal work for a woman, while opponents feared the practice was destined to lead to overly ambitious and manly behavior.

In The Angel out of the House Dorice Williams Elliott examines the ways in which novels and other texts that portrayed women performing charitable acts helped to make the inclusion of philanthropic work in the domestic sphere seem natural and obvious. And although many scholars have dismissed women's volunteer endeavors as merely patriarchal collusion, Elliott argues that the conjunction of novelistic and philanthropic discourse in the works of women writers--among them George Eliot and Elizabeth Gaskell, Hannah More and Anna Jameson--was crucial to the redefinition of gender roles and class relations.

In a fascinating study of how literary works contribute to cultural and historical change, Elliott's exploration of philanthropic discourse in nineteenth-century literature demonstrates just how essential that forum was in changing accepted definitions of women and social relations.

The Charterhouse of Parma (Paperback): Stendhal The Charterhouse of Parma (Paperback)
Stendhal; Edited by Roger Pearson; Translated by Margaret Mauldon
R299 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R47 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) is a compelling novel of passion and daring, of prisons and heroic escape, of political chicanery and sublime personal courage. Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, amidst the golden landscapes of northern Italy, it traces the joyous but ill-starred amorous exploits of a handsome young aristocrat called Fabrice del Dongo, and of his incomparable aunt Gina, her suitor Prime Minister Mosca, and Clelia, a heroine of ethereal beauty and earthly passion. These characters are rendered unforgettable by Stendhal's remarkable gift for psychological insight. `Never before have the hearts of princes, ministers, courtiers, and women been depicted like this,' wrote Honore de Balzac. `Stendhal's tableau has the dimensions of a fresco but the precision of the Dutch masters.' The great achievement of The Charterhouse of Parma is to conjure up the excitement and romance of youth while never losing sight of the harsh realities which beset the pursuit of happiness, nor the humour and patient irony with which these must be viewed. This new translation captures Stendhal's narrative verve, while the Introduction explores the novel's reception and the reasons for its enduring popularity and power. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Utopias of One (Hardcover): Joshua Kotin Utopias of One (Hardcover)
Joshua Kotin
R970 R786 Discovery Miles 7 860 Save R184 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Utopias fail. Utopias of one do not. They are perfect worlds. Yet their success comes at a cost. They are radically singular--and thus exclusive and inimitable. Utopias of One is a major new account of utopian writing. Joshua Kotin examines how eight writers--Henry David Thoreau, W. E. B. Du Bois, Osip and Nadezhda Mandel'shtam, Anna Akhmatova, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, and J. H. Prynne--construct utopias of one within and against modernity's two large-scale attempts to harmonize individual and collective interests: liberalism and communism. The book begins in the United States between the buildup to the Civil War and the end of Jim Crow; continues in the Soviet Union between Stalinism and the late Soviet period; and concludes in England and the United States between World War I and the end of the Cold War. The book, in this way, captures how writers from disparate geopolitical contexts resist state and normative power to construct perfect worlds--for themselves alone. Utopias of One makes a vital contribution to debates about literature and politics, presenting innovative arguments about aesthetic difficulty, personal autonomy, and complicity and dissent. The book also models a new approach to transnational and comparative scholarship, combining original research in English and Russian to illuminate more than a century and a half of literary and political history.

H. N. Bialik and the Prophetic Mode in Modern Hebrew Poetry (Paperback): Dan Miron H. N. Bialik and the Prophetic Mode in Modern Hebrew Poetry (Paperback)
Dan Miron
R110 R92 Discovery Miles 920 Save R18 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Dan Miron's erudite and rich essay chronicles and analyzes the rise and fall of the prophetic poem in modern hebrew literature. While focusing on H. N. Bialik's contribution to the rise and decline of the prophetic poem, Miron analyzes the historical, literary, and artistic factors influencing the fate of the prophetic poem from its ascendancy during the period of Hebrew Romanticism of the late 1890s and early 1900s to its decline in the post-World War I era and its eventual demise with the rise of the new poetics and the establishment of the State of Israel.

In addition to Bialik, Miron discusses the works of Avraham Mapu, M.L. Lilienblum, Issac Irter, Shaul Tchernikhovsky, A. Shlonsky, U. Z. Greenberg, Yonatan Ratosh, Haim Gouri, and Amir Gilboa, among others.

The Letters of Christina Rossetti v. 3; 1882-1886 (Hardcover, 1997-<2000): Christina Rossetti The Letters of Christina Rossetti v. 3; 1882-1886 (Hardcover, 1997-<2000)
Christina Rossetti; Volume editing by Antony H. Harrison
R2,004 Discovery Miles 20 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In recent years Christina Rossetti's star has soared. Rossetti (1830-1894) has come to be considered one of the major poets--not just one of the major women poets--of the Victorian era, eclipsing her famous brother. Leading critics have demonstrated how studies of Rossetti's work, her daily life, her relationships with the Pre-Raphaelites, and her interactions with other women authors of the period can help us understand the unique cultural situation of Victorian women writers. When complete in four volumes, this project will make available all of Rossetti's extant letters, almost two-thirds of which have never been published.

The third volume of the Letters covers years in which Christina Rossetti lost several important family members, including her mother, her brother Dante, and a young nephew, Michael, and many close friends. Her preoccupation with their illnesses and with memorializing her brother took its toll on her poetic output. In the face of her loss, she turned increasingly to religion and wrote works of devotional prose--Time Flies, Letter and Spirit--not designed to attract much literary attention. Rossetti herself had been diagnosed with Graves' disease in 1872; by 1874 she had recovered but continued to use her earlier health problems to identify herself as a "semi-recluse," which allowed her a degree of freedom she might not have had otherwise. This self-imposed reclusiveness, however, gave rise to a large correspondence, in which her interests and sensibilities were given broad exposure. She devoted more time to favored causes, including antivivisectionism and the protection of minors, and her letters afford the reader an in-depth perspective on these and other public issues and on the personal values underlying her opinions.

Tact - Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Hardcover): David Russell Tact - Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Hardcover)
David Russell
R774 R638 Discovery Miles 6 380 Save R136 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The social practice of tact was an invention of the nineteenth century, a period when Britain was witnessing unprecedented urbanization, industrialization, and population growth. In an era when more and more people lived more closely than ever before with people they knew less and less about, tact was a new mode of feeling one's way with others in complex modern conditions. In this book, David Russell traces how the essay genre came to exemplify this sensuous new ethic and aesthetic. Russell argues that the essay form provided the resources for the performance of tact in this period and analyzes its techniques in the writings of Charles Lamb, John Stuart Mill, Matthew Arnold, George Eliot, and Walter Pater. He shows how their essays offer grounds for a claim about the relationship among art, education, and human freedom--an "aesthetic liberalism"--not encompassed by traditional political philosophy or in literary criticism. For these writers, tact is not about codes of politeness but about making an art of ordinary encounters with people and objects and evoking the fullest potential in each new encounter. Russell demonstrates how their essays serve as a model for a critical handling of the world that is open to surprises, and from which egalitarian demands for new relationships are made. Offering fresh approaches to thinking about criticism, sociability, politics, and art, Tact concludes by following a legacy of essayistic tact to the practice of British psychoanalysts like D. W. Winnicott and Marion Milner.

Idol of Suburbia - Marie Corelli and Late-Victorian Literary Culture (Hardcover): Annette Federico Idol of Suburbia - Marie Corelli and Late-Victorian Literary Culture (Hardcover)
Annette Federico
R1,198 Discovery Miles 11 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Marie Corelli (1855-1924) was the most popular novelist of the turn of the century, outselling Hall Caine, Mrs. Humphry Ward, H. G. Wells, and Arthur Conan Doyle by the thousands. For thirty years she was ridiculed by reviewers and the literary elite--Edmund Gosse dismissed her as "that little milliner"--but these opinions had no impact on her mass appeal. In 1895, with The Sorrows of Satan, she broke all previous publishing records, and by 1906 a Corelli novel sold 100,000 copies a year.

Idol of Suburbia returns Marie Corelli to conversations about the late-Victorian and Edwardian literary world. As Annette R. Federico points out, Corelli's participation in the cultural life of her time was highly creative, combative, and contradictory. Her ongoing war with highbrow literary critics and her management of her own image illuminate continuing debates about literary value, class hegemony, and gender politics at the fin de siecle.

In examining Corelli's celebrity and her protean literary talents in the context of a changing book market, Federico reveals the profusion of the late-Victorian literary imagination. She analyzes Corelli's participation in literary decadence, feminism, and New Woman fiction, and she discusses how seriously we should take her aesthetic and its literary influence. Federico asks why heterosexual love seems pathological in so many of Corelli's novels and assesses the validity of biographical and psychoanalytic explanations of her celibacy and her lifelong companionship with another woman.

Idol of Suburbia is the first full-length study to address these questions and to set Corelli within the framework of literary history and contemporary critical theory.

Reader's Guide to Joseph Conrad (Paperback, Rev Ed): Frederick R. Karl Reader's Guide to Joseph Conrad (Paperback, Rev Ed)
Frederick R. Karl
R447 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R73 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It was not until the late 1930s - after his death - that Joseph Conrad emerged from literary neglect. Critical works on his significant contribution began to surface, many comparing him in talent to Joyce and Faulkner. Frederick R. Karl provides for readers an independent study on the ""Nostromo"" manuscript and defends ""Victory"" as one of Conrad's greatest novels.

The Letters of Christina Rossetti v. 1; 1843-73 (Hardcover): Christina Rossetti The Letters of Christina Rossetti v. 1; 1843-73 (Hardcover)
Christina Rossetti; Volume editing by Antony H. Harrison
R2,047 Discovery Miles 20 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In recent years Christina Rossetti's star has soared. Rossetti (1830-1894) has come to be considered one of the major poets--not just one of the major women poets--of the Victorian era, eclipsing her famous brother. Leading critics have demonstrated how studies of Rossetti's work, her daily life, her relationships with the Pre-Raphaelites, and her interactions with other women authors of the period can help us understand the unique cultural situation of Victorian women writers. When complete in four volumes, this project will make available all of Rossetti's extant letters, almost two-thirds of which have never been published.

Traveler Disguised - The Rise of Modern Yiddish Fiction in the Nineteenth Century (Paperback, New edition): Dan Miron Traveler Disguised - The Rise of Modern Yiddish Fiction in the Nineteenth Century (Paperback, New edition)
Dan Miron
R451 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R71 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In an exposition of writer S.Y. Abramovitsh, this work shows the symbolic importance of his central character, Mendele the Bookseller, and explores the history of Yiddish fiction in Russia during the 19th century.

Stories of St. Nicholas (Hardcover, Syracuse Univ PR ed.): James Kirke Paulding Stories of St. Nicholas (Hardcover, Syracuse Univ PR ed.)
James Kirke Paulding
R237 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R35 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A collection of Christmas stories which highlights the New York Dutch customs and traditions. This text includes The Book of St. Nicholas and the novel The Dutchman's Fable.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Her Utopian Vision and Selected Writings (Paperback, 1st ed): Carol Farley Kessler Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Her Utopian Vision and Selected Writings (Paperback, 1st ed)
Carol Farley Kessler
R451 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R71 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Belly of Paris (Paperback): Emile Zola The Belly of Paris (Paperback)
Emile Zola; Translated by Brian Nelson
R238 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Unjustly deported to Devil's Island following Louis-Napoleon's coup-d'etat in December 1851, Florent Quenu escapes and returns to Paris. He finds the city changed beyond recognition. The old Marche des Innocents has been knocked down as part of Haussmann's grand program of urban reconstruction, replaced by Les Halles, the spectacular new food markets. Disgusted by a bourgeois society whose devotion to food is inseparable from its devotion to the Government, Florent attempts an insurrection. Les Halles, apocalyptic and destructive, play an active role in Zola's picture of a world in which food and the injustice of society are inextricably linked.
This is the first English translation in fifty years of Le Ventre de Paris (The Belly of Paris). The third in Zola's great cycle, Les Rougon-Macquart, it is as enthralling as Germinal, Therese Raquin, and the other novels in the series. Its focus on the great Paris food hall, Les Halles--combined with Zola's famous impressionist descriptions of food--make this a particularly memorable novel. Brian Nelson's lively translation captures the spirit of Zola's world and his Introduction illuminates the use of food in the novel to represent social class, social attitudes, political conflicts, and other aspect of the culture of the time. The bibliography and notes ensure that this is the most critically up-to-date edition of the novel in print.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more."

Victorian Literature - Criticism and Debates (Paperback): Lee Behlman, Anne Longmuir Victorian Literature - Criticism and Debates (Paperback)
Lee Behlman, Anne Longmuir
R1,817 Discovery Miles 18 170 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Victorian Literature: Criticism and Debates offers a comprehensive and critically engaging introduction to the study of Victorian literature and addresses the most popular and vibrant topics in the field today. Separated into twelve sections, this anthology investigates issues as diverse as neo-formalism, sensationalism, religion, evolution, psychology, gender and sexuality, colonialism, imperialism, and economics. Each section contains at least three classic essays from leading scholars which offer a variety of approaches and theories from the liveliest areas of current criticism and debate in the field. Each section concludes with a newly written essay from a subject expert that reflects on this work and looks forward to new directions. A sign-posted introduction to the key critical contributions in Victorian studies from the past twenty-five years sets the reader on their path. Providing both the essential criticism along with clear introductions and analysis, this book is the perfect guide for students and scholars of Victorian literature.

Edgar A. Poe - Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance (Paperback, 1st HarperPerennial ed): Kenneth Silverman Edgar A. Poe - Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance (Paperback, 1st HarperPerennial ed)
Kenneth Silverman
R434 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R67 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From a Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer, the most revealing, fascinating, and important biography of one of our greatest literary figures.

An Analysis of Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning - From More to Shakespeare (Paperback): Liam Haydon An Analysis of Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning - From More to Shakespeare (Paperback)
Liam Haydon
R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is a self? Greenblatt argues that the 16th century saw the awakening of modern self-consciousness, the ability to fashion an identity out of the culture and politics of one's society. In a series of brilliant readings, Greenblatt shows how identity is constructed in the work of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser and other Renaissance writers. A classic piece of literary criticism, and the origins of the New Historicist school of thought, Renaissance Self-Fashioning remains a critical and challenging text for readers of Renaissance literature.

Visions of Science - Books and readers at the dawn of the Victorian age (Hardcover): James A. Secord Visions of Science - Books and readers at the dawn of the Victorian age (Hardcover)
James A. Secord
R512 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R91 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The early 1830s witnessed an extraordinary transformation in British political, literary, and intellectual life. New scientific disciplines begin to take shape, while new concepts of the natural world were hotly debated. James Secord, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, captures this unique moment of change by exploring key books, including Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology, Mary Somerville's Connexion of the Physical Sciences, and Thomas Carlyle's satirical work, Sartor Resartus. Set in the context of electoral reform and debates about the extension of education to meet the demands of the coming age of empire and industry, Secord shows how the books were published, disseminated, admired, attacked and satirized.

Autobiography (Paperback): John Stuart Mill Autobiography (Paperback)
John Stuart Mill; Edited by Mark Philp
R302 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R84 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It may be useful that there should be some record of an education which was unusual and remarkable John Stuart Mill (1806-73), philosopher, economist, and political thinker, was the most prominent figure of nineteenth century English intellectual life and his work has continuing significance for contemporary debates about ethics, politics and economics. His father, James Mill, a close associate of the utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham, assumed responsibility for his eldest son's education, teaching him ancient Greek at the age of three and equipping him with a broad knowledge of the physical and moral sciences of the day. Mill's Autobiography was written to give an account of the extraordinary education he received at the hands of his father and to express his gratitude to those he saw as influencing his thought, but it is also an exercise in self-analysis and an attempt to vindicate himself against claims that he was the product of hothousing. The Autobiography also acknowledges the substantial contribution made to Mill's thinking and writings by Harriet Taylor, whom he met when he was twenty-four, and married twenty-one years later, after the death of her husband. The Autobiography helps us understand more fully some of the principal commitments that Mill's political philosophy has become famous for, in particular his appreciation of the diversity, plurality, and complexity of ways of life and their possibilities. This edition of the Autobiography includes additional manuscript materials from earlier drafts which demonstrate the conflicting imperatives that influenced Mill'schoice of exactly what to say about some of the most significant episodes and relationships in his life. Mark Philps introduction explores the forces that led Mill to write the 'life' and points to the tensions in the text and in Mill's life.

Rules of Art - Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field (Paperback, New Ed): Pierre Bourdieu Rules of Art - Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field (Paperback, New Ed)
Pierre Bourdieu
R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is Bourdieu's long-awaited study of Flaubert and the formation of the modern literary field.

It was in the nineteenth century that the literary universe as we know it today took shape, as a space set apart from the approved academies of the state. No one could any longer dictate with authority what ought to be written, or decree the canons of good taste: recognition and consecration were produced in and through the struggle in which writers, critics and publishers confronted one another.

The aesthetic project of Gustave Flaubert was formed at the very moment when the literary field became autonomous. Through a careful analysis of the genesis and structure of the literary field, Bourdieu is able to show how the work of Flaubert was shaped by the different currents, movements, schools and authors of the time - how, in other words, Flaubert was the product of the very field that he helped to produce.

By uncovering the rules of art, the logic which writers and literary institutions obey and which expressed itself in a sublimated form in their works, Pierre Bourdieu shatters the illusion of the all-powerful creative genius. At the same time, he lays the foundations for a sociological analysis of literary works which would be concerned not only with the material production of the work itself, but also with the production of its value.

Widely praised in France, where the book was compared with Sartre's classic work on Flaubert, "The Rules of Art "will be extensively discussed in the English-speaking world. It will be recognized as one of the most important contributions of the last decade to the study of the social and historical conditions of literary works.

Oxford Student Texts: A Woman of No Importance (Paperback): Peter Buckroyd Oxford Student Texts: A Woman of No Importance (Paperback)
Peter Buckroyd; Series edited by Steven Croft
R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Oxford Student Texts offer an accessible route into the study of texts for A Level including line-by-line notes, and detailed sections covering key themes, issues and contexts. This edition focuses on A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde.

Great Expectations (Paperback, New): Charles Dickens Great Expectations (Paperback, New)
Charles Dickens; Edited by Margaret Cardwell; Introduction by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst; Notes by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst 2
R120 R111 Discovery Miles 1 110 Save R9 (7%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

'you are to understand, Mr. Pip, that the name of the person who is your liberal benefactor remains a profound secret...' Young Pip lives with his sister and her husband the blacksmith, with few prospects for advancement until a mysterious benefaction takes him from the Kent marshes to London. Pip is haunted by figures from his past - the escaped convict Magwitch, the time-withered Miss Havisham and her proud and beautiful ward, Estella - and in time uncovers not just the origins of his great expectations but the mystery of his own heart. A powerful and moving novel, Great Expectations is suffused with Dickens's memories of the past and its grip on the present, and it raises disturbing questions about the extent to which individuals affect each other's lives. This edition includes a lively introduction, Dickens's working notes, the novel's original ending, and an extract from an early theatrical adaptation. It reprints the definitive Clarendon text. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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