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Peter Childs

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620432

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620432.001.0001

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Introduction: Starting Points

Introduction: Starting Points

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Peter Childs

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620432.003.0001

Unlike many books in the field, this is not a study of literary texts in cultural contexts but a book about cultural texts of the kind increasingly studied through literary approaches. The chapters analyse a wide range of different texts that are neither poems nor ‘literary’ novels and offer readings of them in the light of issues that arise in literary studies and elsewhere, from considerations of trauma to questions of time, from ethics to spatial dynamics. A number of preselected critical and theoretical perspectives are brought to bear, from ecocriticism to performativity theory to postcolonial studies, but these are used to suggest ways of reading specific texts more than the texts are used to illustrate theories

Keywords:   Textuality, literary theory, cultural texts

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