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An introduction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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An introduction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular and famous detectives in literary history. Andrew Dickson explores the fame, success, trials and tribulations that Holmes brought to his creator, Arthur

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Angela Carter’s wolf tales (‘The Werewolf’, ‘The Company of Wolves’ and ‘Wolf-Alice’)
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Angela Carter’s wolf tales (‘The Werewolf’, ‘The Company of Wolves’ and ‘Wolf-Alice’)

The last three stories in Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber all feature wolves. Bidisha considers how these tales use wolves to explore sexual and gender politics, social violence and the

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An introduction to Silas Marner: fairytale, realism and labour
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An introduction to Silas Marner: fairytale, realism and labour

Professor John Mullan explores how George Eliot draws on fairytale elements in her ‘realistic treatment’ of a pre-industrial weaver and his work.

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Feminist literature
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Feminist literature

The Women’s Liberation Movement both rediscovered and encouraged new female writers. They also took over the means of production by setting up feminist printing houses such as Virago Press.

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‘What a joy it is to dance and sing!’: Angela Carter and Wise Children
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‘What a joy it is to dance and sing!’: Angela Carter and Wise Children

Legitimacy and illegitimacy, high and low culture, north versus south London, everything in Wise Children has duality at its heart. Greg Buzwell examines Angela Carter’s last novel, the story of

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A close reading of Chaucer's ‘The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale'
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A close reading of Chaucer's ‘The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale'

Jenny Stevens introduces 'The Merchant's Prologue and Tale', exploring the way in which it combines literary genres and traditions, and refuses to give the reader a clear moral or message.

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Philip Pullman's introduction to Paradise Lost
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Philip Pullman's introduction to Paradise Lost

Philip Pullman first read Paradise Lost as a schoolboy and was dazzled by the sound of its poetry as he and his classmates read it aloud. Since then, he has become fascinated by Milton's

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