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ItemReview of "The Cambridge history of twentieth-century English literature" edited by Laura Marcus and Peter Nicholls(Taylor & Francis, 2007-03-27)From the outset it should be said that this book contains a great many well-written, expert and thoroughly researched papers produced by a large number of scholars who obviously know what they are talking about. If I nevertheless find this publication by and large disappointing, that is because the title is in some respects quite misleading, and the organisation of the parts into a whole leaves much to be desired.
ItemReview of "Self-fashioning and Metamorphosis in Early Modern English Literature" edited by Olav Lausund and Stein Haugom Olsen(Taylor & Francis, 2006-08-23)This is a satisfying collection of essays derived from a conference hosted by the English Department of the University of Oslo: interesting, original, sensible, and based on sound scholarship. [...] The themes of the book are metamorphosis, self-fashioning, and power. While the essays invariably concern themselves with one or more of these matters, there is no strained or artificial attempt to ensure that each author deals with all three, leave alone that some kind of impossible-to-achieve unity is imposed on the book as a whole.
ItemNational, international, and comparative literary approaches: what are we about?(Council on National Literatures, 1979-10)We must distinguish very clearly between national, international, and comparative approaches. [...] My own greatest hope is for 'international' as distinct from 'comparative' literature: an approach which sees the literary work within its own context, but in such a way as to draw out what are likely to be matters of permanent and universal importance.
ItemStudying 'New Literatures in English'(New Literature Review, Australian National University, 1979)A discussion of what constitutes new literature in English, arising from the description given in the opening paragraph, namely: all literary writing in English which does not emanate from Great Britain, Ireland or the United States of America.