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Travel books

Women, Travel Writing, and Truth

The issue of truth has been one of the most constant, complex, and contentious in the cultural history of travel writing. Whether the travel was undertaken in the name of exploration, pilgrimage, science, inspiration, self-discovery, or a combination of these elements, questions of veracity and authenticity inevitably arise. Women, Travel, and Truth is a collection…

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Novels

The Graphic Novel, An Introduction

This book provides both students and scholars with a critical and historical introduction to the graphic novel. Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey explore this exciting form of visual and literary communication, showing readers how to situate and analyse graphic novels since their rise to prominence half a century ago. Several key questions are addressed: what…

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Novels

The Maximalist Novel, From Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow to Roberto Bolano’s 2666

The Maximalist Novel sets out to define a new genre of contemporary fiction that developed in the United States from the early 1970s, and then gained popularity in Europe in the early twenty-first century. The maximalist novel has a very strong symbolic and morphological identity. Ercolino sets out ten particular elements which define and structure…

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Travel books

Tourists with Typewriters, Critical Reflections on Contemporary Travel Writing

Looks at how contemporary travel writing reflects gender, cultural history, and social class

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Scientific books

Science Fact and Science Fiction, An Encyclopedia

Science fiction is a literary genre based on scientific speculation. Works of science fiction use the ideas and the vocabulary of all sciences to create valid narratives that explore the future effects of science on events and human beings. Science Fact and Science Fiction examines in one volume how science has propelled science-fiction and, to…

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Novels

The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 10: the Novel in South and South East Asia Since 1945

The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars. The series is concerned with novels as a whole, not just the ‘literary’ novel, and each volume includes chapters on the processes of…

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Scientific books

Strange Science, Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age

“With a foreword by Dame Gillian Beer”–Cover.

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Thriller books

The Thriller and Northern Ireland Since 1969, Utterly Resigned Terror

For the past 30 years, the so-called ‘Troubles’ thriller has been the dominant fictional mode for representing Northern Ireland, leading to the charge that the crudity of this popular genre appropriately reflects the social degradation of the North. Aaron Kelly challenges both these judgments, showing that the historical questions raised by setting a thriller in…

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Scientific books

The Third Culture, Literature and Science

the representation and incorporation of science in literary works; and “bridging” exercises such as Naturphilosophie, occult or “soft” sciences, organic aesthetics, and anthropic arguments.

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Novels

Jane Austen, Women, Politics, and the Novel

“The best (and the best written) book about Austen that has appeared in the last three decades.”—Nina Auerbach, Journal of English and Germanic Philology “By looking at the ways in which Austen domesticates the gothic in Northanger Abbey, examines the conventions of male inheritance and its negative impact on attempts to define the family as…