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Books by Catherine Belsey

  • Tales of the Troubled Dead

    Catherine Belsey

    Product Code: BZQOQ
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    What do they want, the ghosts that even in the age of science still haunt our storytelling? Taking Shakespeare's Ghost in Hamlet as a turning point in the history of the genre, Catherine Belsey uncovers the ancient sources the play relies on to trace Gothic writing and tales of the uncanny up to the present, from Homer and the Icelandic Sagas to Lincoln in the Bardo. Follow this vividly recounted ghostly trail through accredited records of apparitions and fiction by such writers as Ann Radcliffe, Washington Irving, Emily Bront , Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, M. R. James and Susan Hill. In recent blockbusting movies, too, ghost stories bring us fragments of news from the unknown.
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  • Criticism

    Catherine Belsey

    Product Code: AUVTQ
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    Ideas in Profile: Small Introductions to Big Topics At the heart of criticism lies one question: What do you think of it? Every time we comment on an artefact, whether a poem, a play, a painting, a novel or a piano concerto, we are acting as critics, making our own judgements and interpretations. Among the most fundamental of human intellectual activities, criticism offers a starting point for many of our journeys towards understanding. Focusing particularly on stories, plays and poems, Criticism traces the central concepts and controversies in criticism, from Plato to Derrida, and from Romanticism to the death of the author. In the process, it reflects on criticism itself, the possibilities and options that confront casual readers, as well as reviewers, members of reading groups, students and teachers of English. How far do we make conscious choices about how and what we read (or view)? What do we conventionally look for in fiction? And what might we look for if we went beyond the conventional?
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  • Poststructuralism

    Catherine Belsey

    Product Code: AHHFV
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    Poststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world. Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this Very Short Introduction traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture. Whilst the author discusses such well-known figures as Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan, she also draws pertinent examples from literature, art, film, and popular culture, unfolding the postructuralist account of what it means to be a human being. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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