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Of Sex and Faerie: Further Essays on Genre Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 440
Authors: John Lennard
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-01-01 - Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

Books about Of Sex and Faerie: Further Essays on Genre Fiction
Of Sex and Faerie: further essays on Genre Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 393
Authors: John Lennard
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010 - Publisher: Lulu.com

Taking up where Of Modern Dragons (2007) left off, these essays continue Lennard's investigation of the praxis of serial reading and the best genre fi ction of recent decades, including work by Bill James, Walter Mosley, Lois Mcmaster Bujold, and Ursula K. Le Guin. There are groundbreaking studies of contemporary paranormal romance, and of Hornblower's transition to space, while the fi nal essay deals with the phenomenon and explosive growth of fanfi ction, and with the increasingly empowered status of the reader in a digital world. There is an extensive bibliography of genre and critical work, with eight illustrations.
The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 566
Authors: Jayashree Kamblé, Eric Murphy Selinger, Hsu-Ming Teo
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-08-11 - Publisher: Routledge

Popular romance fiction constitutes the largest segment of the global book market. Bringing together an international group of scholars, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction offers a ground-breaking exploration of this global genre and its remarkable readership. In recognition of the diversity of the form, the Companion provides a history of the genre, an overview of disciplinary approaches to studying romance fiction, and critical analyses of important subgenres, themes, and topics. It also highlights new and understudied avenues of inquiry for future research in this vibrant and still-emerging field. The first systematic, comprehensive resource on romance fiction, this Companion will be invaluable to students and scholars, and accessible to romance readers.
Biology and Manners
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Regina Yung Lee, Una McCormack
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-06-17 - Publisher:

Thisvolume of essays continues the establishment of Lois McMaster Bujold as an importantauthor of contemporary science fiction and fantasy. It argues persuasively thatBujold's corpus spans the distance between two full arcs of US feminism, andhas anticipated or responded to several of its current concerns in ways thatinvite or even require theoretical exploration. The fourteen essays collected here provide wide-ranging scholarly analysesof Bujold's work and worlds so far, covering not only the science fiction and fantasyseries, but taking into account the wealth of ancillary material inspired byher works, such as fan fiction and role-playing games. Examining the majorseries through a range of perspectives, including feminist readings, queertheory, and disability studies, this volume aims to establish beyond doubt theseriousness of intent behind Bujold's various artistic projects and provide aset of rich readings of this engaging, experimental, playful, and popularauthor.
Georgette Heyer, History and Historical Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Samantha J. Rayner, Kim Wilkins
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-02-25 - Publisher: UCL Press

The Nonesuch is the name of one of Georgette Heyer’s most famous novels. It means a person or thing without equal, and Georgette Heyer is certainly that. Her historical works inspire a fiercely loyal, international readership and are championed by literary figures such as A. S. Byatt and Stephen Fry. Georgette Heyer, History, and Historical Fiction brings together an eclectic range of chapters from scholars all over the world to explore the contexts of Heyer’s career. Divided into four parts – gender; genre; sources; and circulation and reception – the volume draws on scholarship on Heyer and her contemporaries to show how her work sits in a chain of influence, and why it remains pertinent to current conversations on books and publishing in the twenty-first century. Heyer’s impact on science fiction is accounted for, as are the milieu she was writing in, the many subsequent works that owe Heyer’s writing a debt, and new methods for analysing these enduring books. From the gothic to data science, there is something for everyone in this volume; a celebration of Heyer’s ‘nonesuch’ status amongst historical novelists, proving that she and her contemporary women writers deserve to be read (and studied) as more than just guilty pleasures.
For Love and Money: the Literary Art of the Harlequin Mills and Boon Romance
Language: en
Pages: 230
Authors: Laura Vivanco
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-01-01 - Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

Laura Vivanco's study challenges the idea that Harlequin Mills & Boon romances are merely mass-produced commodities, churned out in accordance with a strict and unchanging formula. She argues that many are well-written, skilfully crafted works, and that some are small masterpieces. For Love and Money demonstrates the variety that exists beneath the covers of Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. They range from paranormal romances to novels resembling chick lit, and many have addressed serious issues, including the plight of post-Second World War refugees, threats to marine mammals, and HIV/AIDS. The genre draws inspiration from Shakespearean comedies and Austen's novels, as well as from other forms of popular culture. " “Laura Vivanco’s For Love and Money is an impressive study of the popular fiction of Harlequin Mills and Boon that is a must read for any student of popular fiction and for those who write and love the genre” —Liz Fielding, author of over 50 Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. “Deep learning, wide reading, and clear thinking are very much in evidence in Vivanco’s exploration of HM&B. A welcome addition to popular romance criticism.” — Professor Pamela Regis, author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel. "Laura Vivanco’s analysis of the category romance is both meticulous and inspiring. And while Vivanco limits her examples and discussions to category romances by Harlequin Mills & Boon and the HQN imprint, her application of Frye’s mimetic modes begs for expansion to texts and authors across the genre. This piece of literary criticism should serve as a template for romance scholars to move from defending the genre to discussing its values and complexity as a literary art. — Maryan Wherry, Journal of Popular Romance Studies
Paul Scott
Language: en
Pages: 115
Authors: John Lennard
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-10-21 - Publisher: eBook Partnership

A historically informed and informing study guide to of Scott's four great novels of British India - The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Scorpion, The Towers of Silence, A Division of the Spoils - and of the popular coda, Staying On. The book covers Paul Scott's Life and works, the British Raj, imperial decay, civil and military India, the Indian independence movement, the birth of India and Pakistan, Ghandi, Jinnah, Congress and the Muslim League, the characters of the novel, especially Edwina Crane, Daphne Manners, Ronald Merrick and Hari Kumar.John Lennard's The Poetry Handbook (OUP, 1996; 2/e 2005), with Mary Luckhurst The Drama Handbook (OUP, 2002), and Of Modern Dragons and other essays on Genre Fiction (HEB, 2007). He is General Editor of HEB's Genre Fiction Sightlines and Monographs series, for which he has written on Reginald Hill, Walter Mosley, Octavia E. Butler, Ian McDonald, and Tamora Pierce. For Literature Insights he has also written on Shakespeare's Hamlet and Nabokov's Lolita.
Reading Tamora Pierce: 'The Protector of the Small'
Language: en
Pages: 191
Authors: John Lennard
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-01-01 - Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

Tamora Pierce is a prolific and very unusual modern master of fantasy for young adults and the first such author to appear regularly on the New York Times bestseller lists. The four books making up The Protector of the Small are the 9th to 12th (of 15) novels set in Tortall, and follow the progress of Keladry of Mindelan from the first openly female page in more than a century to her attainment of Knighthood and introduction to war. The Notes cover Tamora Pierce's life and work; the world of Tortall (including the geography, cast, and neighbouring cultures); the strange menagerie of immortal creatures who may be friend or foe; the pantheon of interfering multicultural god/desse/s; knighthood; and the school series format that Pierce adapts. The well-illustrated Annotations cover unusual words, ideas, and objects mentioned, real-world cultural, historical, and literary references, and the major thematic issues that develop throughout the quartet. First Test, Page, Squire, and Lady Knight are all covered on a chapter-by-chapter basis. The Essay considers The Protector of the Small as a revisioning of Song of the Lioness, the structure of the quartet, and the nature of Blayce and the killing devices. A Note on Fanfiction surveys the enormous Tortall archive of fanfic as a resource for readers of the quartet, and a Bibliography provides checklists both of Pierce's works and of writing about her. Tamora Pierce read the book in manuscript and has generously allowed her comments to be published, including new extracanonical facts about Jump, women in combat, the death magic that powers the killing devices, and much more.
Vladimir Nabokov
Language: en
Pages: 114
Authors: John Lennard
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-10-21 - Publisher: eBook Partnership

An illuminating study of Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel with special attention to its film versions. From its first publication in 1955 Nabokov's Lolita has been denounced as immoral filth, hailed as a moral masterpiece, and both praised and damned for stylistic excess. In this fresh appraisal John Lennard provides convenient overviews of Nabokov's life and of the novel (including both Kubrick's and Lyne's film-adaptations), before considering Lolita as pornography, as lepidoptery, as film noir, and as parody.
Shakespeare: King Lear A Guide to the Play
Language: en
Pages: 112
Authors: John Lennard
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-01-01 - Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

A theatre-based study guide to Shakespeare's greatest play, emphasising the conditions of Jacobethan production, textual variations, and aspects of modern performance, rather than the background of ideas or critical interpretations. This book aims to introduce students (including those with little or no prior experience of the field) to the worlds of Shakespeare and his theatre revealed in King Lear. It begins by 'Approaching Shakespeare' as utterly a man of the theatre, a professional actor before he was a playwright and a resident dramatist who knew intimately the actors for whom he wrote. It continues by discussing 'King Lear' in that light. The middle chapters look in detail at the 'Actors and Players' of the drama, and at Shakespeare's favourite 'Acts and Devices' as deployed within it. A final chapter considers the concept of 'comedic agony'. The annotated Bibliography includes the current major editions, major film-adaptations, and a selection of both the best criticism and the most useful websites.
‘The Raj Quartet’ and ‘Staying On’
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: John Lennard
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: - Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

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Reading Tamora Pierce: 'The Immortals'
Language: en
Pages: 122
Authors: John Lennard
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-01-01 - Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

The four books making up The Immortals are the 5th - 8th (of 15) novels set in Tortall, and introduce the' Wildmage', Veralidaine Sarrasri, who appears in most later novels in the Tortall series. The Notes in this book cover Tamora Pierce's life and work; the world of Tortall (including the geography, cast, and neighbouring cultures); the strange menagerie of immortal creatures who may be friend or foe; and the pantheon of interfering multicultural god/desse/s. The well-illustrated Annotations pay special attention to the many animals who feature, cultural and historical references, and the major thematic issues that develop throughout the quartet. Wild Magic, Wolf-Speaker, The Emperor Mage, and The Realms of the Gods are all covered on a chapter-by-chapter basis, and there is a link to the deleted chapter of The Emperor Mage (in which Daine heals a poisoned camel). The Essay compares The Immortals with its successor quartet, Protector of the Small, for both the brave teenage heroines have a particular and very educational relationship with Pierce's greatest fantasy-beasts, the amazing (and amazingly smelly) Stormwings. The Bibliography has a section detailing works about' Tamora Pierce and Children's Writing'.