We did a little dance of celebration around the office this week as 4 of our books were recommended in the Times Higher Education textbook guide! Below I have listed all 4 books, along with the quotes from the Times Higher Education, and specially created exclusive previews of the introduction and first chapter of each book. if you are a lecturer and interested in seeing any of these books on inspection, then please do contact the relevant member of the marketing team (details here!).
Children's Literature in Context by Fiona McCulloch
'Through close readings and a consideration of their critical and popular afterlives, this book takes students through well-known texts. It considers key issues involved in the study of children's literature and its social, cultural and literary contexts. Works by C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman are examined to highlight major themes.'
The Life in Sonnets by David Fuller
'In this controversial text, David Fuller works to recover the life in Shakespeare's sonnets, and argues that the emotion that criticism often ignores should again become a central concern. First, he engages with the poems through feelings fundamental to the "young man" sequence of sonnets as presented in other writing and art by figures such as Plato, Michelangelo, Thomas Mann and Derek Jarman. Second, he recommends reading the words aloud without translating them into other terms, which brings out their expressivity and leads to a fuller understanding of their form, structure and meaning.'
The Comic Mode in English Literature by Murray Roston
'Intended as a comprehensive guide to comedy in the English literary canon, it begins with a critical exploration of historical and philosophical theories of humour, and offers close readings of a wide range of major texts, authors and genres. Among those texts considered are Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pope's The Rape of the Lock, Austen's Emma, Dickens' The Pickwick Papers, Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary.'
The Romanticism Handbook edited by Sue Chaplin and Joel Faflak
'Furnishing case studies for reading literary and critical texts, The Romanticism Handbook is conceived as a one-stop resource. Exploring the historical and cultural context of key authors, texts and genres, the collection seeks to provide a starting point for anyone beginning a study of Romantic literature. Essays on changes in the canon, interdisciplinary approaches, consideration of race and ethnicity, and a look at current and future directions in the field are offered, while guided further reading should serve to support independent work.'
Many thanks to the Times Higher Education and their excellent books editor Karen Shook.