Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction by Robert Eaglestone

Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Robert Eaglestone
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199609268
  • Pages : 114
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  • Language : English
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Summary:

In this Very Short Introduction, Robert Eaglestone provides a clear and engaging exploration of the major themes, patterns, and debates of contemporary fiction.


Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction by David Seed

Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : David Seed
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199557454
  • Pages : 147
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  • Language : English
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David Seed examines how science fiction has emerged as a popular genre of literature in the 20th century, and discusses it in relation to themes such as science and technology, space, aliens, utopias, and gender. Looking at some of the most influential writers of the genre he also considers the wider social and political issues it raises.


Modernism: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Butler

Modernism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Modernism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Christopher Butler
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0192804413
  • Pages : 117
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  • Language : English
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A compact introduction to modernism--why it began, what it is, and how it hasshaped virtually all aspects of 20th and 21st century life


Classical Literature by William Allan

Classical Literature
  • Title : Classical Literature
  • Author : William Allan
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199665451
  • Pages : 135
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  • Language : English
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William Allan's Very Short Introduction provides a concise and lively guide to the major authors, genres, and periods of classical literature. Drawing upon a wealth of material, he reveals just what makes the 'classics' such masterpieces and why they continue to influence and fascinate today.


Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew Robinson

Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Andrew Robinson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199567786
  • Pages : 157
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  • Language : English
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Writing is a defining marker of civilisation; without it there could be no accumulation of knowledge. Andrew Robinson tells the fascinating story of the history of writing, considering its development, and examining the enormous variety of writing and scripts we use today.


Biography: A Very Short Introduction by Hermione Lee

Biography: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Biography: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Hermione Lee
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199533547
  • Pages : 170
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  • Language : English
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Biographies are one of the most popular and best-selling of the literary genres. Why do people like them? What does a biography do and how does it work? This Very Short Introduction examines different types of biographies, why certain people and historical events arouse so much interest, and how they are compared with history and fiction.


Postmodernism by Christopher Butler

Postmodernism
  • Title : Postmodernism
  • Author : Christopher Butler
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN Code : 0192802399
  • Pages : 142
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  • Language : English
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This introduction unravels the mysteries of the concept of postmodernism, casting a critical light upon the way we live now, from the politicizing of museum culture to the cult of the politically correct.


Comparative Literature: a Very Short Introduction by Ben Hutchinson

Comparative Literature: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Comparative Literature: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Ben Hutchinson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198807279
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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Comparative Literature is both the past and the future of literary studies. Its history is intimately linked to the political upheavals of modernity: from colonial empire-building in the nineteenth century, via the Jewish diaspora of the twentieth century, to the postcolonial culture wars ofthe twenty-first century, attempts at "comparison" have defined the international agenda of literature. But what is comparative literature? Ambitious readers looking to stretch themselves are usually intrigued by the concept, but uncertain of its implications. And rightly so, in many ways: even theprofessionals cannot agree on a single term, calling it comparative in English, compared in French, and comparing in German. The very term itself, when approached comparatively, opens up a Pandora's box of cultural differences. Yet this, in a nutshell, is the whole point of comparative literature. To look at literature comparatively is to realize just how much can be learned by looking over the horizon of one's own culture; it is to discover not only more about other literatures, but also about one's own; and it is toparticipate in the great utopian dream of understanding the way nations and languages interact. In an age that is paradoxically defined by migration and border crossing on the one hand, and by a retreat into monolingualism and monoculturalism on the other, the cross-cultural agenda of comparativeliterature has become increasingly central to the future of the Humanities. We are all, in fact, comparatists, constantly making connections across languages, cultures, and genres as we read. The question is whether we realise it.This Very Short Introduction tells the story of Comparative Literature as an agent of international relations, from the point of view both of scholarship and of cultural history more generally. Outlining the complex history and competing theories of comparative literature, Ben Hutchinson offers anaccessible means of entry into a notoriously slippery subject, and shows how comparative literature can be like a Rorschach test, where people see in it what they want to see. Ultimately, Hutchinson places comparative literature at the very heart of literary criticism, for as George Steiner oncenoted, 'to read is to compare'.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, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Bradford

Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Richard Bradford
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191642703
  • Pages : 144
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  • Language : English
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Crime fiction has been one of the most popular genres since the 19th century, but has roots in works as varied as Sophocles, Herodotus, and Shakespeare. In this Very Short Introduction Richard Bradford explores the history of the genre, by considering the various definitions of 'crime fiction' and looking at how it has developed over time. Discussing the popularity of crime fiction worldwide and its various styles; the role that gender plays within the genre; spy fiction, and legal dramas and thrillers; he explores how the crime novel was shaped by the work of British and American authors in the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlighting the works of notorious authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Raymond Chandler — to name but a few — he considers the role of the crime novel in modern popular culture and asks whether we can, and whether we should, consider crime fiction serious 'literature'. 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.


Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction by John Polkinghorne

Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : John Polkinghorne
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191577677
  • Pages : 128
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  • Language : English
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Quantum Theory is the most revolutionary discovery in physics since Newton. This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare. Uncertainty, probabilistic physics, complementarity, the problematic character of measurement, and decoherence are among the many topics discussed. 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.


Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Jo Labanyi

Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Spanish Literature: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Jo Labanyi
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199208050
  • Pages : 139
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  • Language : English
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This Very Short Introduction introduces the ways in which Spanish literature has been read, in and outside Spain, explaining misconceptions, outlining the insights of recent scholarship, and suggesting new readings. It explores the relationship between Spanish literature and modernity and issues of gender and sexuality.


The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction by Nick Groom

The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Nick Groom
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191642398
  • Pages : 184
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  • Language : English
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The Gothic is wildly diverse. It can refer to ecclesiastical architecture, supernatural fiction, cult horror films, and a distinctive style of rock music. It has influenced political theorists and social reformers, as well as Victorian home décor and contemporary fashion. Nick Groom shows how the Gothic has come to encompass so many meanings by telling the story of the Gothic from the ancient tribe who sacked Rome to the alternative subculture of the present day. This unique Very Short Introduction reveals that the Gothic has predominantly been a way of understanding and responding to the past. Time after time, the Gothic has been invoked in order to reveal what lies behind conventional history. It is a way of disclosing secrets, whether in the constitutional politics of seventeenth-century England or the racial politics of the United States. While contexts change, the Gothic perpetually regards the past with fascination, both yearning and horrified. It reminds us that neither societies nor individuals can escape the consequences of their actions. The anatomy of the Gothic is richly complex and perversely contradictory, and so the thirteen chapters here range deliberately widely. This is the first time that the entire story of the Gothic has been written as a continuous history: from the historians of late antiquity to the gardens of Georgian England, from the mediaeval cult of the macabre to German Expressionist cinema, from Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy to American consumer society, from folk ballads to vampires, from the past to the present. 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.


Early Music: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas Forrest Kelly

Early Music: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Early Music: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Thomas Forrest Kelly
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780199831890
  • Pages : 144
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  • Language : English
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From Gregorian chant to Bach's Brandenburg Concerti, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods is both beautiful and intriguing, expanding our horizons as it nourishes our souls. In this Very Short Introduction, Thomas Forrest Kelly provides not only a compact overview of the music itself, but also a lively look at the many attempts over the last two centuries to revive it. Kelly shows that the early-music revival has long been grounded in the idea of spontaneity, of excitement, and of recapturing experiences otherwise lost to us--either the rediscovery of little-known repertories or the recovery of lost performing styles, with the conviction that, with the right performance, the music will come to life anew. Blending musical and social history, he shows how the Early Music movement in the 1960s took on political overtones, fueled by a rebellion against received wisdom and enforced conformity. Kelly also discusses ongoing debates about authenticity, the desirability of period instruments, and the relationship of mainstream opera companies and symphony orchestras to music that they often ignore, or play in modern fashion.


Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Stallabrass

Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Julian Stallabrass
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0192806467
  • Pages : 154
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  • Language : English
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"First published in hardback as Art incorporated 2004"--T.p. verso.


Contemporary Art: a Very Short Introduction by Julian Stallabrass

Contemporary Art: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Contemporary Art: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Julian Stallabrass
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198826621
  • Pages : 200
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  • Language : English
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Contemporary art has never been so popular - but the art world is changing. In a landscape of increasing globalization there is growing interest in questions over the nature of contemporary art today, and the identity of who is controlling its future. In the midst of this, contemporary art continues to be a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and switch between confronting viewers with works of great emotional profundity and jaw-dropping triviality. In this Very Short Introduction Julian Stallabrass gives a clear view on the diverse and rapidly moving scene of contemporary art. Exploring art's striking globalisation from the 1990s onwards, he analyses how new regions and nations, such as China, have leapt into astonishing prominence, over-turning the old Euro-American dominance on aesthetics. Showing how contemporary art has drawn closer to fashion and the luxury goods market as artists have become accomplished marketers of their work, Stallabrass discusses the reinvention of artists as brands. This new edition also considers how once powerful art criticism has mutated into a critical and performative writing at which many artists excel. Above all, behind the insistent rhetoric of freedom and ambiguity in art, Stallabrass explores how big business and the super-rich have replaced the state as the primary movers of the contemporary art scene, especially since the financial crisis, and become a powerful new influence over the art world. 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.


Photography: A Very Short Introduction by Steve Edwards

Photography: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Photography: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Steve Edwards
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0192801643
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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Photographs are an integral part of our daily lives - from snapshots and tabloid newspapers to art photography in galleries and exhibitions. Edwards combines a sense of the historical development of photography with an insightful analysis of its purpose and meaning within a wider cultural context.


Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction by Helen Morales

Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Helen Morales
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191579335
  • Pages : 168
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  • Language : English
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From Zeus and Europa, to Diana, Pan, and Prometheus, the myths of ancient Greece and Rome seem to exert a timeless power over us. But what do those myths represent, and why are they so enduringly fascinating? Why do they seem to be such a potent way of talking about our selves, our origins, and our desires? This imaginative and stimulating Very Short Introduction goes beyond a simple retelling of the stories to explore the rich history and diverse interpretations of classical myths. It is a wide-ranging account, examining how classical myths are used and understood in both high art and popular culture, taking the reader from the temples of Crete to skyscrapers in New York, and finding classical myths in a variety of unexpected places: from arabic poetry and Hollywood films, to psychoanalysis, the bible, and New Age spiritualism. 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.


Albert Camus by Oliver Gloag

Albert Camus
  • Title : Albert Camus
  • Author : Oliver Gloag
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198792972
  • Pages : 152
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  • Language : English
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Albert Camus is one of the best known philosophers of the twentieth century, as well as a widely read novelist. Active in the first half of the twentieth century, his views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism, and his works have inspired numerous movies, and even pop songs, and are frequently referenced in contemporary politics. 0In this Very Short Introduction Oliver Gloag explores the life and work of a man full of contradictions, who occupied an ambiguous position in troubled and conflicted times. A fearless journalist who tirelessly investigated the terrible conditions of people in French-occupied Algeria in the 1930s, Camus also stated that the only salvation for France was to remain an "Arab Power". While he published articles during the German Occupation in a clandestine resistance newspaper, Camus also withdrew a chapter on Kafka to ensure that his philosophical treatise would pass the Nazi-controlled censorship. Over the course of his life he ranged from being strongly in favour of the death penalty to deploring it in his philosophy.. Following a broad chronological framework, Gloag explores the major philosophical and literary works of Camus in the historical context in which they were written and published, and analyses how the reception and popularity of these works are connected with contemporary political, social and cultural issues, shaping the ideological landscape that surrounds us.


The Orchestra by D. Kern Holoman

The Orchestra
  • Title : The Orchestra
  • Author : D. Kern Holoman
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199760284
  • Pages : 158
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  • Language : English
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The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction considers the structure, roots, and day-to-day functioning of the modern philharmonic society. Far from an anachronistic organization that cannot long survive, it is shown to be powerful political and social force, occupying critical positions in cultural diplomacy, national identity, and civic pride.


Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction by Patricia Aufderheide

Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Patricia Aufderheide
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780199720392
  • Pages : 144
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  • Language : English
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Documentary film can encompass anything from Robert Flaherty's pioneering ethnography Nanook of the North to Michael Moore's anti-Iraq War polemic Fahrenheit 9/11, from Dziga Vertov's artful Soviet propaganda piece Man with a Movie Camera to Luc Jacquet's heart-tugging wildlife epic March of the Penguins. In this concise, crisply written guide, Patricia Aufderheide takes readers along the diverse paths of documentary history and charts the lively, often fierce debates among filmmakers and scholars about the best ways to represent reality and to tell the truths worth telling. Beginning with an overview of the central issues of documentary filmmaking--its definitions and purposes, its forms and founders--Aufderheide focuses on several of its key subgenres, including public affairs films, government propaganda (particularly the works produced during World War II), historical documentaries, and nature films. Her thematic approach allows readers to enter the subject matter through the kinds of films that first attracted them to documentaries, and it permits her to make connections between eras, as well as revealing the ongoing nature of documentary's core controversies involving objectivity, advocacy, and bias. Interwoven throughout are discussions of the ethical and practical considerations that arise with every aspect of documentary production. A particularly useful feature of the book is an appended list of "100 great documentaries" that anyone with a serious interest in the genre should see. Drawing on the author's four decades of experience as a film scholar and critic, this book is the perfect introduction not just for teachers and students but also for all thoughtful filmgoers and for those who aspire to make documentaries themselves. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.


Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Hainsworth,David Robey

Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Peter Hainsworth,David Robey
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199231796
  • Pages : 128
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  • Language : English
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In this Very Short Introduction to Italian Literature, Peter Hainsworth and David Robey examine Italian literature from the Middle Ages up to the present day, looking at themes and issues which have recurred throughout its history and continue to be of importance today.


Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Kimberley Reynolds

Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Kimberley Reynolds
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191620122
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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Children's literature takes many forms - works adapted for children in antiquity, picture books and pop-ups - and now includes the latest online games and eBooks. This vast and amorphous subject is both intimately related to other areas of literary and cultural investigation but also has its own set of concerns, issues and challenges. From familiar authors including Beatrix Potter and Roald Dahl, classic books such as Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, and The Secret Garden, to modern works including Harry Potter and the Twilight series, thisVery Short Introduction provides an overview of the history of children's literature as it has developed in English, whilst at the same time introducing key debates, developments, and figures in the field. Raising questions about what shape the future of literature for children should take, and exploring the crossover with adult fiction, Reynolds shows that writing for children - whether on page or screen - has participated in shaping and directing ideas about culture, society and childhood. 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.


Poetry by Bernard O'Donoghue

Poetry
  • Title : Poetry
  • Author : Bernard O'Donoghue
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199229112
  • Pages : 144
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  • Language : English
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Poetry, arguably, has a greater range of conceptual meaning than perhaps any other term in English. At the most basic level everyone can recognize it--it is a kind of literature that uses special linguistic devices of organization and expression for aesthetic effect. However, far grander claims have been made for poetry than this -- such as Shelley's that the poets "are the unacknowledged legislators of the world," and that poetry is "a higher truth." In this Very Short Introduction Bernard O'Donoghue provides a fascinating look at the many different forms of writing which have been called "poetry" -- from the Greeks to the present day. As well as questioning what poetry is, he asks what poetry is for, and considers contemporary debates on its value. Is there a universality to poetry? And does it have a duty of public utility and responsibility? 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.


Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction by Malcolm Gaskill

Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Malcolm Gaskill
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019923695X
  • Pages : 146
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  • Language : English
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Examines the history and origins of witchcraft, from pre-history to the present day, considering why it still features so heavily in our culture


Anthropocene by Erle C. Ellis

Anthropocene
  • Title : Anthropocene
  • Author : Erle C. Ellis
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198792980
  • Pages : 208
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  • Language : English
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Climate scientists, geologists, ecologists, and archaeologists recognize the profound effects of human activity on Earth, though whether and how this should be recognized as a formal geological epoch - the Anthropocene - remains under debate, Erle Ellis describes how the Anthropocene concept is affecting the sciences, humanities, and politics.


Beauty: A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton

Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Roger Scruton
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199229759
  • Pages : 186
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  • Language : English
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"First published in hardback as Beauty, 2009"--T.p. verso.


Psychology: A Very Short Introduction by Gillian Butler,Freda McManus

Psychology: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Psychology: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Gillian Butler,Freda McManus
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199670420
  • Pages : 148
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  • Language : English
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"Fully updated new edition"--Label on cover.


Nothing: A Very Short Introduction by Frank Close

Nothing: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Nothing: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Frank Close
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191574643
  • Pages : 176
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  • Language : English
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What is 'nothing'? What remains when you take all the matter away? Can empty space - a void - exist? This Very Short Introduction explores the science and the history of the elusive void: from Aristotle who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, via the theories of Newton and Einstein, to our very latest discoveries and why they can tell us extraordinary things about the cosmos. Frank Close tells the story of how scientists have explored the elusive void, and the rich discoveries that they have made there. He takes the reader on a lively and accessible history through ancient ideas and cultural superstitions to the frontiers of current research. He describes how scientists discovered that the vacuum is filled with fields; how Newton, Mach, and Einstein grappled with the nature of space and time; and how the mysterious 'aether' that was long ago supposed to permeate the void may now be making a comeback with the latest research into the 'Higgs field'. We now know that the vacuum is far from being empty - it seethes with virtual particles and antiparticles that erupt spontaneously into being, and it also may contain hidden dimensions that we were previously unaware of. These new discoveries may provide answers to some of cosmology's most fundamental questions: what lies outside the universe, and, if there was once nothing, then how did the universe begin? 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.


The Ghetto: a Very Short Introduction by Bryan Cheyette

The Ghetto: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Ghetto: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Bryan Cheyette
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198809956
  • Pages : 168
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  • Language : English
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For three hundred years the ghetto defined Jewish culture in the late medieval and early modern period in Western Europe. In the nineteenth-century it was a free-floating concept which travelled to Eastern Europe and the United States. Eastern European "ghettos", which enabled genocide, were crudely rehabilitated by the Nazis during World War Two as if they were part of a benign medieval tradition. In the United States, the word ghetto was routinely applied to endemic black ghettoization which has lasted from 1920 until the present. Outside of America "the ghetto" has been universalized as the incarnation of class difference, or colonialism, or apartheid, and has been applied to segregated cities and countries throughout the world. In this Very Short Introduction Bryan Cheyette unpicks the extraordinarily complex layers of contrasting meanings that have accrued over five hundred years to ghettos, considering their different settings across the globe. He considers core questions of why and when urban, racial, and colonial ghettos have appeared, and who they contain. Exploring their various identities, he shows how different ghettos interrelate, or are contrasted, across time and space, or even in the same place. 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.


Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Tanner

Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Michael Tanner
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 9780191606601
  • Pages : 128
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  • Language : English
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The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was almost wholly neglected during his sane life, which came to an abrupt end in 1889. Since then he has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum of people, whose interpretations of his thought range from the highly irrational to the firmly analytical. Thus Spoke Zarathustra introduced the 'superman' and The Twilight of the Idols developed the 'Will to Power' concept; these term, together with 'Sklavenmoral' and 'Herrenmoral', became confused with the rise of nationalism in Germany. Idiosyncratic and aphoristic, Nietzsche is always bracing and provocative, and temptingly easy to dip into. Michael Tanner's readable introduction to the philosopher's life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings. It also explodes the many misconceptions fostered in the hundred years since Nietzsche wrote, prophetically: 'Do not, above all, confound me with what I am not!' 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.


Film: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Wood

Film: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Film: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Michael Wood
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0192803530
  • Pages : 138
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Offers a wealth of insight into the paradoxical nature of film, considering its role and impact on society in the 20th century as well as its future in the digital age. Original.


Émile Zola: a Very Short Introduction by Brian Nelson

Émile Zola: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Émile Zola: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Brian Nelson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198837569
  • Pages : 168
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  • Language : English
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�mile Zola was the leader of the literary movement known as 'naturalism' and is one of the great figures of the novel. In his monumental Les Rougon-Macquart (1871-93), he explored the social and cultural landscape of the late nineteenth century in ways that scandalized bourgeois society. Zola opened the novel up to a new realm of subjects, including the realities of working-class life, class relations, and questions of gender and sexuality, and his writing embodied a new freedom of expression, with his bold, outspoken voice often inviting controversy. In this Very Short Introduction, Brian Nelson examines Zola's major themes and narrative art. He illuminates the social and political contexts of Zola's work, and provides readings of five individual novels (The Belly of Paris, L'Assommoir, The Ladies' Paradise, Germinal, and Earth). Zola's naturalist theories, which attempted to align literature with science, helped to generate the stereotypical notion that his fiction was somehow nonfictional. Nelson, however, reveals how the most distinctive elements of Zola's writing go far beyond his theoretical naturalism, giving his novels their unique force. Throughout, he sets Zola's work in context, considering his relations with contemporary painters, his role in the Dreyfus Affair, and his eventual murder. 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.


Fascism: A Very Short Introduction by Kevin Passmore

Fascism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Fascism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Kevin Passmore
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 019150856X
  • Pages : 176
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  • Language : English
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What is fascism? Is it revolutionary? Or is it reactionary? Can it be both? Fascism is notoriously hard to define. How do we make sense of an ideology that appeals to streetfighters and intellectuals alike? That is overtly macho in style, yet attracts many women? That calls for a return to tradition while maintaining a fascination with technology? And that preaches violence in the name of an ordered society? In the new edition of this Very Short Introduction, Kevin Passmore brilliantly unravels the paradoxes of one of the most important phenomena in the modern world—tracing its origins in the intellectual, political, and social crises of the late nineteenth century, the rise of fascism following World War I, including fascist regimes in Italy and Germany, and the fortunes of 'failed' fascist movements in Eastern Europe, Spain, and the Americas. He also considers fascism in culture, the new interest in transnational research, and the progress of the far right since 2002. 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.


Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Slack

Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Jonathan Slack
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199603383
  • Pages : 130
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  • Language : English
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There is much public interest in stem cells, but also much confusion and misinformation. Developmental biologist Jonathan Slack explains the biology behind stem cells - what they are what scientists do with them, what stem cell therapies are available today, and what can be expected to happen in the future.


The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction by Julian D. Richards

The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Julian D. Richards
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 9780191578076
  • Pages : 168
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  • Language : English
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The Viking reputation is of bloodthirsty seafaring warriors, repeatedly plundering the British Isles and the North Atlantic throughout the early Middle Ages. Yet Vikings were also traders, settlers, and farmers, with a complex artistic and linguistic culture, whose expansion overseas led them to cross the Atlantic for the first time in European history. Highlighting the latest archaeological evidence, Julian Richards reveals the whole Viking world: their history, society and culture, and their expansion overseas for trade, colonization, and plunder. We also look at the Viking identity, through their artistic expression, rune stones, their ships, and their religion. The Viking story is also brought up to date, by examining their legacy from the medieval Icelandic sagas to 19th Century nationalism, Wagner, and the Nazis. 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.


Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction by Charles Townshend

Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Charles Townshend
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199603944
  • Pages : 161
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  • Language : English
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Is terrorism crime or war? Can there be a 'war against terrorism'? In this fully updated edition, Charles Townshend unravels the questions at the heart of the problem of terrorism - its causes, methods, effects and limitations - suggesting that it must be understood as a political strategy whose threat can be rationally grasped and answered.


Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction by Jim Fraser

Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Jim Fraser
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191609668
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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Forensic science is a subject of wide fascination. What happens at a crime scene? How does DNA profiling work? How can it help solve crimes that happened 20 years ago? In forensic science, a criminal case can often hinge on a piece of evidence such as a hair, a blood trace, half a footprint, or a tyre mark. High profile cases such as the Stephen Lawrence enquiry and the Madeleine McCann case have attracted enormous media attention and enhanced this interest in recent years. However, the public understanding of forensic science is poor, and largely based on TV shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which exploit high-tech imagery for dramatic effect. Forensic science is a complex activity at the interface of science and law. However, it also deals with real life issues and its results are interpreted within unique situations. Complex scientific findings must be considered carefully, dispassionately, and communicated with clarity, simplicity, and precision. In this Very Short Introduction, Jim Fraser introduces the concept of forensic science and explains how it is used in the investigation of crime. He begins at the crime scene itself, explaining the principles and processes of crime scene management. He explores how forensic scientists work; from the reconstruction of events to laboratory examinations. He considers the techniques they use, such as fingerprinting, and goes on to highlight the immense impact DNA profiling has had. Providing examples from forensic science cases in the UK, US, and other countries, he considers the techniques and challenges faced around the world. 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.


Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Mumford

Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Stephen Mumford
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191640263
  • Pages : 128
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  • Language : English
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Metaphysics is one of the traditional four main branches of philosophy, alongside ethics, logic and epistemology. It is also an area that continues to attract and hold a fascination for many people yet it is associated with being complex and abstract. For some it is associated with the mystical or religious. For others it is known through the metaphysical poets who talk of love and spirituality. This Very Short Introduction goes right to the heart of the matter, getting to the basic and most important questions of metaphysical thought in order to understand the theory: What are objects? Do colours and shapes have some form of existence? What is it for one thing to cause another rather than just being associated with it? What is possible? Does time pass? By using these questions to initiate thought about the basic issues around substance, properties, changes, causes, possibilities, time, personal identity, nothingness and emergentism, Stephen Mumford provides a clear and simple path through this analytical tradition at the core of philosophical thought. 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.


Slang by Jonathon Green

Slang
  • Title : Slang
  • Author : Jonathon Green
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198729537
  • Pages : 144
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  • Language : English
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Slang, however one judges it, shows us at our most human. It is used widely and often, typically associated with the writers of noir fiction, teenagers, and rappers, but also found in the works of Shakespeare and Dickens. It has been recorded since at least 1500 AD, and today's vocabulary, taken from every major English-speaking country, runs to over 125,000 slang words and phrases. This Very Short Introduction takes readers on a wide-ranging tour of this fascinating sub-set of the English language. It considers the meaning and origins of the word 'slang' itself, the ideas that a make a word 'slang', the long-running themes that run through slang, and the history of slang's many dictionaries. 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.


Work: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Fineman

Work: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Work: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Stephen Fineman
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 019164241X
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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The image of a job captures our imagination from an early age, usually prompted by the question 'What do you want to be when you grow up?'. Work — paid, unpaid, voluntary, or obligatory — is woven into the fabric of all human societies. For many of us, it becomes part of our identity. For others it is a tedious necessity. Living is problematic without paid work, and for many it is catastrophic. Steve Fineman tells the fascinating story of work - how we strive for security, reward, and often, meaning. Looking at how we classify 'work'; the cultural and social factors that influence the way we work; the ethics of certain types of work; and the factors that will affect the future of work, from globalization to technology, this Very Short Introduction considers work as a concept and as a practical experience, drawing upon ideas from psychology, sociology, management, and social history. 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.