Category Archives: Literature and Philosophy

Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

By | June 27, 2012

We are thrilled to announce the publication of our new book Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, edited by Julian Murphet and Mark Steven. The book brings together a superb set of critical essays to examine Cormac McCarthy’s esteemed post-apocalyptic novel, The Road. Editors Julian Murphet and Mark Steven open Styles of Extinction with… Read More »

Tracing a Literary Fantasia: an extract from Samuel Beckett and Arnold Geulincx

By | June 1, 2012

'With a few chapters left to write of Murphy in January 1936, Samuel Beckett ventured within what he called ‘the abhorred gates’ of Trinity College, Dublin library for the first time since resigning from a teaching post at his old University 4 years earlier. He returned repeatedly to the library over the following 3 months… Read More »

In Conversation with David Tucker: Samuel Beckett and Arnold Geulincx

By | June 1, 2012

David Tucker is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex and currently teaches at the University of Oxford, UK. He is the editor of British Social Realism in the Arts since 1940 (Palgrave, 2011) and author of the latest book in our Historicizing Modernism series  – Samuel Beckett and Arnold Geulincx: Tracing 'a… Read More »

A Literary Estate – South Oxhey in Words

By | May 29, 2012

We are delighted to bring you news of an exciting evening of readings and writing about South Oxhey featuring our author John Schad alongside Michael Crowley (poet), David Reidy (historian) and others. The event takes place on Saturday 2 June at 7.30 pm at Watford Palace Theatre and, here's the best bit, is free and… Read More »

Beyond Discontent: ‘Sublimation’ from Goethe to Lacan

By | May 25, 2012

Beyond Discontent, the latest volume in our “New Directions in German Studies,” is by Eckart Goebel, Professor and Chair of German at New York University. The following, by the book’s translator, James C. Wagner, sums up its singular contribution rather neatly: "The fourth volume in Continuum's New Directions in German Studies series, Beyond Discontent: 'Sublimation'… Read More »

Cavell and Improvisation in The Wallace Stevens Journal

By | May 16, 2012

Two very nice reviews in the Spring 2012 issue of The Wallace Stevens Journal" “Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism marks a fruition of the available criticism on Cavell’s relation to literary studies. It conveys the sense of a thorough assimilation of Cavell’s project that reflects a deep—and sometimes long—acquaintance with it on… Read More »

In Conversation with John Schad: Walter Benjamin Revealed

By | May 3, 2012

John Schad is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Lancaster and author of our new fictional narrative The Late Walter Benjamin. 'Set partly in Watford and partly in the haunted wing of the English language' (Ian Macmillan, on BBC Radio 3's 'The Verb'), this documentary novel juxtaposes the life and death of Walter… Read More »

Guest post from Michael Lackey, author of The Modernist God State

By | April 16, 2012

In an early unpublished lecture version of his book White Man, Listen!, Richard Wright made a startling claim.  Instead of accepting the traditional academic view that western culture is becoming increasingly more secular, Wright observes: “The Mid-Twentieth Century finds more active religion on earth than at any time since 1455!  This is a startling fact… Read More »

Benjamin, Barthes and the Singularity of Photography – a sneak peek at some of the photos!

By | April 5, 2012

If a picture paints a thousand words, it’s equally a moment caught in time. But how do we understand and interpret this and other photographic images? Along with film, photography has straddled the personal and the historical. Many theories – some philosophical, others not – have sprung up to explain the power and resonance of the… Read More »

Coming Soon: The Late Walter Benjamin

By | March 30, 2012

We tweeted about this book when we got our advanced copies a couple of weeks ago, but as it’s one of our most exciting and original publications this year, I really wanted to give it a proper launch on this blog. The Late Walter Benjamin is a rigorously researched exploration of the life and work… Read More »