Exploring Literature, Creating Fiction

 
Preliminary
Reading

Alexander, M. (2013) A History of English Literature (Palgrave MacMillan)
Barry, P. (2009) Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, Third Edition (Manchester University Press)
Beckman, W. (2015) European Romanticism: A Brief History with Documents (Hackett Publishing Company)
Bennett, A. & Royle, N. (2016) An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (Routledge)
Bould, M. & Vint, S. (2011) The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction (Routledge)
Brown, P., Roediger, H. & McDaniel, M. (2014) Make it Stick (Harvard University Press)
Cavanagh, D. et al [Eds.] (2014) The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature (Edinburgh University Press)
Clark, R. P. (2008) Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer (Little Brown Book Group)
Crystal, D. (2005) The Stories of English (Penguin)
Eagleton, T. (2013) How to Read Literature (Yale)
Faulkner, P. (1986) A Modernist Reader: Modernism in England, 1910-30 (Batsford)
Furniss, T. & Bath, M. (2007) Reading Poetry: An Introduction (Routledge)
Hawthorn, J. (2017) Studying the Novel: Seventh Edition (Bloomsbury)
Hogle, J. [Ed.] (2002) The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction (Cambridge University Press)
Llosa, M. V., Natasha Wimmer [Trans.] (2003) Letters to a Young Novelist (Picador)
Lodge, D. (2011) The Art of Fiction (Vintage)
Loomba, A. & Orkin, M. [Eds.] (1998) Post-Colonial Shakespeares (Routledge)
Mendlesohn, F. & James, E. (2012) Short History of Fantasy: 2nd Edition (Libri Publishing)
Montgomery, M. et al (2012) Ways of Reading: Advanced Reading Skills for Students of English Literature, 4th Edition (Routledge)
O'Gorman, F. [Ed.] (2010) The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture (Cambridge University Press)
Pope, R. (1995) Textual Intervention: Critical and Creative Strategies for Literary Studies (Routledge)
Richter, D. H. (2017) Reading the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Wiley-Blackwell)
Sutherland, J. (2011) 50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know (Quercus)
Todd, J. (2015) The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen (Cambridge University Press)
VanderMeer, J. (2013) Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (Abrams Image)
Wood, J. (2009) How Fiction Works (Vintage)
 
Literary Theory Abrams, M. H. (1971) The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition (Oxford University Press)
Ashcroft, B., Griffiths, G. & Tiffin, H. [Eds.] (2003) The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (Routledge)
Brannigan, J. (2002) Orwell to the Present: Literature in England, 1945-2000 (Palgrave Macmillan)
Carruthers, J. (2011) England's Secular Scripture: Islamophobia and the Protestant Aesthetic (Continuum)
During, S. [Ed.] (2007) The Cultural Studies Reader (Routledge)
Eagleton, T. (2008) Literary Theory: An Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell)
Easthope, A. (2003) Literary into Cultural Studies (Routledge)
Feather, J. (2005) A History of British Publishing (Routledge)
Fludernik, M. (2009) Introduction To Narratology (Routledge)
Forster, E. M. (1927/2005) Aspects of the Novel (Penguin)
Grzanka, P. R. (2014) Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader (Westview Press)
Hall, S., Evans, J. & Nixon, S. [Eds.] Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Sage)
Kundera, M., L. Asher [Trans.] (2005) The Art of the Novel (Faber & Faber)
Leitch, V. B. [Ed.] (2001) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (Norton)
Longhurst, B. et al (2016) Introducing Cultural Studies (Routledge)
Lupack, A. (2007) The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend
(Oxford University Press)
McClintock, A. (2013) Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (Routledge)
McLeod, J. (2013) Beginning Postcolonialism (Oxford University Press)
Moi, T. (2002) Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (Routledge)
Rees-Jones, D. (2005) Consorting with Angels (Bloodaxe Books)
Said, E. W. (1978/2003) Orientalism (Penguin)
Said, E. W. (1994) Culture And Imperialism (Vintage)
Sullivan, N. (2003) A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory (New York University Press)
Woolf, V. (1929/2002) A Room of One's Own (Penguin)
 
The Arts Aberth, S. (2010) Leonora Carrington (Lund Humphries)
Cousins, M. (2011) The Story of Film (Pavilion Books)
Crilley, M. (2016) The Drawing Lesson (Watson-Guptill)
Farthing, S. & Cork, R. (2010) Art: The Whole Story (Thames and Hudson Ltd)
Gioia, T. (1997) The History of Jazz (Oxford University Press)
Harrington, A. (2004) Art and Social Theory: Sociological Arguments in Aesthetics (Polity)
Oakley, G. (1997) The Devil's Music: History of the Blues (DaCapo Press)
Roche, E. (2004) The Acoustic Guitar Bible (SMT)
Steele, J. (1997) An Architecture for People: Complete Works of Hassan Fathy (Thames & Hudson)
Sultan, K. (1993) Acoustic Blues Guitar (Centerstream)
 
VSIs Bate, J. (2010) English Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)
Butler, C. (2010) Modernism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)
Davies, O. (2012) Magic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press) 
Ferber, M. (2010) Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)
Groom, N. (2012) The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)
Podany, A. H. (2013) The Ancient Near East: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)
Reynolds, K. (2011) Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)
Seed, D. (2011) Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)
Wall, C. (2016) The Harlem Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)
Young, R. J. C. (2003) Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)
 
Literature
 
Stephen Mitchell [Trans.], 'The Epic of Gilgamesh' (Ancient Mesopotamia)
Homer, ‘The Odyssey’ (8th Century BCE)

Seamus Heaney [Trans.], 'Beowulf' (c.900 CE)
Dante Alighieri, 'The Divine Comedy' (1320 CE)
J. R. R. Tolkien [Trans.], 'Sir Orfeo' (c.1330 CE)
J. R. R. Tolkien [Trans.], 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' (14th Century CE)
William Langland, 'Piers Ploughman' (c.1380 CE)
Julian of Norwich, 'Revelations of Divine Love' (1395 CE)
Geoffrey Chaucer, 'The Canterbury Tales' (1400 CE)
William Shakespeare, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1596)
William Shakespeare, 'Othello' (1603)
William Shakespeare, 'King Lear' (1606)
William Shakespeare, 'Macbeth' (1606)
 
William Shakespeare, 'The Tempest' (1611)
John Milton, 'Paradise Lost' (1667)
John Bunyan, 'The Pilgrim's Progress' (1678)
Daniel Defoe, 'Moll Flanders' (1722)
Jonathan Swift, 'Gulliver's Travels' (1726)
Samuel Richardson, 'Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded' (1740)
Henry Fielding, 'The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling' (1749)
Charlotte Lennox, 'The Female Quixote' (1752)
Samuel Johnson, 'The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia' (1759)
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, 'The Turkish Embassy Letters' (1763)
Horace Walpole 'The Castle of Otranto' (1764)
Laurence Sterne, 'Tristram Shandy' (1767)
Tobias Smollett, 'The Expedition of Humphry Clinker' (1771)
William Beckford, 'Vathek' (1782)
Olaudah Equiano, 'The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano' (1789)
Mary Wollstonecraft, 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman' (1792)
Ann Radcliffe, 'The Mysteries of Udolpho' (1794)
Matthew Lewis, 'The Monk' (1796)
William Wordsworth & Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 'Lyrical Ballads' (1798)
Jane Austen, 'Pride and Prejudice' (1813)
Jane Austen, 'Emma' (1815)
Jane Austen, 'Northanger Abbey' (1817)
Jane Austen, 'Persuasion' (1817)
Mary Shelley, 'Frankenstein' (1818)
Victor Hugo, 'The Last Day of a Condemned Man' (1829)
Andrew Ashfield [Ed.], 'Romantic Women Poets: 1770-1838' (-1838)
Wilhelm Meinhold, 'The Amber Witch' (1838)
Charlotte Brontë, 'Jane Eyre' (1847)
Emily Brontë, 'Wuthering Heights' (1847)
William Makepeace Thackeray, 'Vanity Fair' (1848)
Elizabeth Gaskell, 'North and South' (1855)
George Meredith, 'The Shaving of Shagpat' (1856)
George MacDonald, 'Phantastes' (1858)
Charles Dickens, 'Great Expectations' (1861)
George Eliot, 'Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe' (1861)
Lewis Carroll, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1865)
Henry James, 'The Portrait of a Lady' (1881)
Olive Schreiner, 'The Story of an African Farm' (1883)
Robert Louis Stevenson, 'Treasure Island' (1883)
Robert Louis Stevenson, 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' (1886)
Edward Lear, 'The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse' (1846-1888)
Knut Hamsun, 'Hunger' (1890)
Thomas Hardy, 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' (1891)
Oscar Wilde, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' (1891)
Arthur Conan Doyle, 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' (1892)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 'The Yellow Wallpaper' (1892)
George Du Maurier, 'Trilby' (1894)
Bram Stoker, 'Dracula' (1897)
H. G. Wells, 'The Invisible Man' (1897)
Kate Chopin, 'The Awakening' (1899)
Joseph Conrad, 'Heart of Darkness' (1899)
H. G. Wells, 'The First Men in the Moon (1901)
James Joyce, 'Dubliners' (1914)
Robert Tressell, 'The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists' (1914)
David Lindsay, ‘A Voyage to Arcturus’ (1920)
E. R. Eddison, 'The Worm Ouroboros' (1922)
James Joyce, 'Ulysses' (1922)
E. M. Forster, 'A Passage to India' (1924)
Franz Kafka, 'The Trial' (1925)
Virginia Woolf, 'Mrs Dalloway' (1925)
Sinclair Lewis, 'Arrowsmith' (1925)
Hope Mirrless, 'Lud-in-the-Mist' (1926)
Sylvia Townsend Warner, 'Lolly Willowes' (1926)
Virginia Woolf, 'To the Lighthouse' (1927)
Virginia Woolf, 'Orlando' (1928)
Aldous Huxley, 'Brave New World' (1932)
J. B. Priestley, 'English Journey' (1934)
Djuna Barnes, 'Nightwood' (1936)
Zora Neale Hurston, 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' (1937)
Naguib Mahfouz, 'Midaq Alley' (1947)
Graham Greene, 'The Heart of the Matter' (1948)
George Orwell, 'Animal Farm' (1945)
Mervyn Peake, ‘Gormenghast’ (1946-1959)
George Orwell, 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' (1949)
Ralph Ellison, 'Invisible Man' (1952)
Vladimir Nabokov, 'Lolita' (1955)
John Wyndham, 'The Chrysalids' (1955)
Chinua Achebe, 'Things Fall Apart' (1958)
William S. Burroughs, 'The Naked Lunch' (1959)
Jorge Luis Borges, James E. Irby [Trans.], 'Labyrinths' (1962)
Madeleine L'Engle, 'A Wrinkle in Time' (1963)
Frank Herbert, 'Dune' (1965)
Jean Rhys, 'Wide Sargasso Sea' (1966)
Tayeb Salih, 'Season of Migration to the North' (1966)
Peter S. Beagle, 'The Last Unicorn' (1968)
Ursula K. Le Guin, 'The Left Hand of Darkness' (1969)
Norman Spinrad, 'The Iron Dream' (1972)
Samuel R. Delany, 'Dhalgren' (1975)
Joanna Russ, 'The Female Man' (1975)
Leonora Carrington, 'The Hearing Trumpet' (1976)
Marge Piercy, 'Woman on the Edge of Time' (1976)
Philip K. Dick, 'A Scanner Darkly' (1977)
Octavia Butler, 'Kindred' (1979)
Michael Ende, 'The Neverending Story' (1979)
Frederik Pohl, 'Jem' (1980)
Isabel Allende, 'The House of the Spirits' (1982)
Robert Irwin, 'The Arabian Nightmare' (1983)
Tariq Mehmood, 'Hand on the Sun' (1983)
Angela Carter, 'Nights at the Circus' (1984)
William Gibson, 'Neuromancer' (1984)
Margaret Atwood, 'The Handmaid's Tale' (1985)
Tony Harrison, 'V' (1985)
George Alec Effinger, 'When Gravity Fails' (1986)
Amin Maalouf, 'Leo the African' (1988)
Alan Moore, David Lloyd, 'V for Vendetta' (1988-1989)
Mary Gentle, 'Rats and Gargoyles' (1990)
William Gibson & Bruce Sterling, 'The Difference Engine' (1990)
Derek Walcott, 'Omeros' (1990)
Art Spiegelman, 'Maus' (1991)
Michael Swanwick, 'The Iron Dragon's Daughter' (1993)
Amitav Gosh, 'The Calcutta Chromosome' (1995)
Mayra Montero, 'In the Palm of Darkness' (1995)
Philip Pullman, 'His Dark Materials' (1995-2000)
Melissa Scott, 'Shadow Man' (1996)
Diana Wynne Jones, 'The Dark Lord of Derkholm' (1998)
Suniti Namjoshi, 'Feminist Fables' (1998)
Tahar Ben Jelloun, 'This Blinding Absence of Light' (2000)
Nalo Hopkinson, 'Skin Folk' (2001)
Kim Stanley Robinson, 'The Years of Rice and Salt' (2002)
Evangeline Walton, 'The Mabinogion Tetralogy' (2002)
Susanna Clarke, 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell' (2004)
Mark Haddon, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (2004)
Andrea Levy, 'Small Island' (2004)
Arundhati Roy, 'The God of Small Things' (2004)
Jeanette Winterson, 'Lighthousekeeping' (2004)
Margaret Atwood, 'The Penelopiad' (2005)
Octavia E. Butler, 'Fledgling' (2005)
Deryn Rees-Jones [Ed.], 'Modern Women Poets' (2005)
Camilla Gibb, 'Sweetness on the Belly' (2007)
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, 'Wizard of the Crow' (2007)
Chris Baldick [Ed.], 'The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales' (2009)
Lev Grossman, 'The Magicians' (2009)
China Miéville, 'The City & the City' (2009)
Tabish Khair, 'The Thing about Thugs' (2010)
Saladin Ahmed, 'Throne of the Crescent Moon' (2012)
Adrian Mitchell, 'Come On Everybody: Poems 1953-2008' (2012)
Philip Hensher [Ed.], 'The Penguin Book of British Short Stories, Vol. 2' (2016)
 
Critical Idioms Glover, D. (2008) Genders (Routledge)
Hawkes, D. (2003) Ideology (Routledge)
Innes, P. (2013) Epic (Routledge)
Loomba, A. (2015) Colonialism/Postcolonialism (Routledge)
Mills, S. (2004) Discourse (Routledge)
Morris, P. (2003) Realism (Routledge)
Punter, D (2007) Metaphor (Routledge)
Richards, J. (2007) Rhetoric (Routledge)
Shaw, P. (2017) The Sublime (Routledge)
Widowson, P. (1998) Literature (Routledge)
Allen, G. (2000) Intertextuality (Routledge)
Anderson, L. (2010) Autobiography (Routledge)
Botting, F. (2013) Gothic (Routledge)
Bradford, R. (1997) Stylistics (Routledge)
Childs, P (2016) Modernism (Routledge)
Cobley, P. (2001) Narrative (Routledge)
Colebrook, C. (2003) Irony (Routledge)
Day, A. (2011) Romanticism (Routledge)
Frow, J. (2014) Genre (Routledge)
Garrard, G. (2011) Ecocriticism (Routledge)
 

Writing Skills

Burroway, J., et al (2010) Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft: International Edition, Eight Edition (Pearson)
Delany, S. (2006) About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews (Wesleyan University Press)
Doty, M. (2010) The Art of Description: Word into World (Graywolf)
Hale, C. (2013) Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing (Norton)
Halverson, D. (2011) Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons)
Lamott, A. (1995) Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor)
Mendlesohn, F. (2008) Rhetorics of Fantasy (Wesleyan University Press) 
Morgan, N. (2011) Write to be Published (Snowbooks Ltd)
Morley, D. (2007) The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing (Cambridge University Press)
Strunk Jr., W. & , White, E. B.  (2000) The Elements of Style: Fourth Edition (Longman)
 

Spec Fic

Al-Hassani, Salim T. S. (2012) 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization' (National Geographic)
Armitt, L. (2005) Fantasy Fiction: An Introduction (Continuum)
Attebery, A. (2014) Stories about Stories: Fantasy And The Remaking Of Myth (Oxford University Press)
Barber, R. (2004) The Holy Grail: The History of a Legend (Penguin)
Bould, M., Butler, A., Roberts, A., & Vint, S. [Eds.] (2009) The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (Routledge)
Bowser, R. A. & Croxall, B. [Eds.] (2016) Like Clockwork: Steampunk Pasts, Presents, and Futures (Minnesota University Press)
Davies, O. (2010) Grimoires: A History of Magic Books (Oxford University Press)
Eco, U., McEwen, A. [Trans] (2015) The Book of Legendary Lands (MacLehose Press)
Filmer-Davies, K. (1996) Fantasy Fiction and Welsh Myth: Tales of Belonging (Palgrave Macmillan)
Hassler-Forrest, D. (2016) Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Politics (Rowman & Littlefield)
Hume, K. (2014) Fantasy and Mimesis: Response to Reality in Western Literature (Routledge)
Irwin, R. (2005) The Arabian Nights: A Companion (Tauris Parke Paperbacks)
James, E. & Mendlesohn, F. [Eds.] (2012) The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (CUP)
Jones, D. W. (2006) The Tough Guide To Fantasyland (Firebird Books) 
Kennedy, P. & Warner, M. [Eds.] (2013) Scheherazade's Children: Global Encounters with the Arabian Nights (NYU Press)
McAvan, E. (2012) The Postmodern Sacred: Popular Culture Spirituality in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Genres (McFarland)
Sandner, D. [Ed.] (2004) Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader (Praeger)
Wolf, M. J. P. (2012) Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation (Routledge)
Womack, Y. L. (2013) Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture (Chicago Review Press)
Zipes, J. (2013) The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre (Princeton University Press)
 

Histories & Cultures

Abu-Lughod, L. (2015) Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (Harvard University Press)
Bayly, C. A. (2004) The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914 (Wiley-Blackwell)
Chang, Ha-Joon (2011) 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism (Penguin)
Connell, R. W. & Pearse, R. (2015) Gender: In World Perspective, Third Edition (Polity)
Esposito, J. L. and Mogahed, D. (2007) Who Speaks for Islam? (Simon and Schuster)
Hall, L. (2012) Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain since 1880 (Palgrave Macmillan)
Hobsbawm, E. (1995) The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991 (Abacus)
Jones, O. (2015) The Establishment (Penguin)
Kingsley, P. (2016) The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis (Guardian Faber Publishing)
Klein, N. (2014) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Allen Lane)
Knysh, A. (2017) Islam in Historical Perspective (Prentice Hall))
Kurlansky, M. (2007) Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Vintage)
Lawler, S. (2014) Identity: Sociological Perspectives: Second Edition (Polity)
Lean, N. (2012) The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims (Pluto Press)
Pappe, I (2004) A Modern History of Palestine: Second Edition (Cambridge University Press)
Pryor, F. (2011) The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today (Penguin)
Savage, M. (2015) Social Class in the 21st Century (Pelican)
Tharoor, S. (2017) Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India (Hurst)
Todd, S. (2014) The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 (Hachette)
Zinn, H. (2008) A People's History of the American Empire (Metropolitan Books)
 

Poetry & Drama

Damon, M. & Livingston, I. [Ed.] (2009) Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader (University of Illinois Press)
Damrosch, L. (2016) Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake (Yale University Press)
Ferguson, M., Salter, M. J. & Stallworthy, J. (2005) The Norton Anthology of Poetry (Norton)
Markham, E. A. (1989) Hinterland: Caribbean Poetry from the West Indies and Britain (Bloodaxe)
Patke, R. (2006) Postcolonial Poetry in English (Oxford University Press)
Paulin, T. [Ed.] (1990) The Faber Book of Vernacular Poetry (Faber)
Puchner, M. et al [Eds.] (2017) The Norton Anthology of Drama (Norton)
Ramazani, J. (2001) The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English (The University of Chicago Press)
Trussler, S. (2000) The Cambridge Illustrated History of British Theatre (Cambridge University Press)
Williams, R. (2013) The Poetry Toolkit: The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry: 2nd Edition (Bloomsbury Academic)
 

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