Manchester Literature Studies is a collection of 199 books and 1 journal written by leading names in the field, offering readers critical introductions to some of the most exciting and challenging writing of recent years.


Manchester Literature Studies offers readers critical introductions to some of the most exciting and challenging writing of recent years and presents lucid interpretations of authors who have sought to capture the sensibilities of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries as well as critical narratives that dominate conventional and established understandings of nineteenth-century literature.

Informed, but not dominated, by critical theory, this collection of 199 book and 1 journal explores the influence of diverse traditions, histories and cultures on prose fiction, and situates key figures within their relevant social, political, artistic and historical contexts.


Key features & benefits

Includes books from the Contemporary world writers and Contemporary British Novelists series which offer readers critical introductions to some of the most exciting and challenging writers of recent years
Offers in-depth analysis of celebrated texts and authors with regard to numerous critical lenses, including gender, memory and theory
Engages with literature from the early modern period through to the contemporary, creating an ideal resource for students and scholars alike
Includes award winning titles such as:
- Women poets of the English Civil War, Sarah C. E. Ross and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, Winner of the 2018 Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Award for Best Teaching Edition
- Polysituatedness, John Kinsella, Winner of the Humanities Research Awards 2018: Humanities Book of the Year, and the Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry: 2018 Niall Lucy Award
- Between earth and heaven, Johanna Kramer, Winner of the Southeastern Medieval Association Award for the Best First Book in 2016
- Performing women, Susannah Crowder, Winner of the David Bevington Award 2019
- Spenser and Virgil, Syrithe Pugh, Winner of the Isabel MacCaffrey Prize in recognition of the best book in Spenser Studies published in 2015/16


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