That a soap opera decked out in high-end clothes (and concepts) should have received so much acclaim and is taken so seriously reminds you that fads depend as much on the willingness of the public to believe as on the cleverness of the people who invent them; as with many fads that take the form of infatuations with certain moments in the past, the Mad Men craze tells us far more about today than it does about yesterday. But just what in the world of the show do we want to possess? The…
Here are attractive and accessible volumes of essential criticism of the playwright's most popularly studied plays in secondary schools and undergraduate curricula. Each play is treated with approximately 50 to 75 pages of text that includes an introduction, literary criticism and sources for further study.
Beyond Reformation: An Essay on William Langland's Piers Plowman and the End of Constantinian Christianity - In Beyond Reformation? An Essay on William Langland's Piers Plowman and the End of Constantinian Christianity , David Aers presents a sustained and profound close reading of the final version of William Langland's Piers Plowman, the most searching Christian poem of the Middle Ages in English. His reading, most unusually, seeks to explore the relations of Langland's poem to both…
Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence - In this major new book, Vincent Sherry reveals a fresh continuity in literary history. He traces the idea of decadence back to key events from the failures of the French Revolution to the cataclysm of the Great War. This powerful work of literary criticism and literary history encompasses a rich trajectory that begins with an exposition of the English Romantic poets and ends with a re-evaluation of modernists as varied as W. B. Yeats, Henry James
Odd Bodies And Visible Ends in Medieval Literature
The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides
The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction : With a New Epilogue