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Historical Dictionary of Film Noir

by Andrew Spicer Scarecrow Press (March 19, 2010)

The Historical Dictionary of Film Noir is a comprehensive guide that ranges from 1940 to present day neo-noir. It consists of a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, a filmography, and over 400...


Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows: A Children's Classic at 100

by Jackie C. Horne & Donna R. White Scarecrow Press (November 25, 2009)

In Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows: A Children's Classic at 100, editors Jackie C. Horne and Donna R. White have assembled a collection of essays that look at the book in terms of class, gender and...


James M. Cain: Hard-Boiled Mythmaker

by David Madden, Kristopher Mecholsky & Edgar Scarecrow Press (April 28, 2011)

Providing an overview of all of James M. Cain's fiction, including an analysis of the major themes of his entire literary career, the book examines Cain's impact on and importance in 20th-century culture, film...


Robin McKinley: Girl Reader, Woman Writer

by Evelyn M. Perry Scarecrow Press (November 16, 2010)

This study of fantasy author Robin McKinley is the first full-length, in-depth analysis of the author's works, including her award-winning books The Blue Sword (Newbery Honor, 1983) and The Hero and the Crown...


Literary Research and British Modernism: Strategies and Sources

by Alison M. Lewis Scarecrow Press (November 25, 2009)

Focusing on work produced between 1880 and 1945, Literary Research and British Modernism: Strategies and Sources provides scholars with the necessary methods and tools for studying the literature of this period....


Literary Research and the Victorian and Edwardian Ages, 1830-1910: Strategies and Sources

by Melissa S. Van Vuuren Scarecrow Press (November 19, 2010)

This volume discusses traditional and new resources for researching British literature of the Victorian and Edwardian ages and the ways in which those resources can be used in conjunction with one another.


Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature

by Li-hua Ying Scarecrow Press (December 22, 2009)

Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature presents a broad perspective on the development and history of literature in modern China. This book offers a chronology, introduction, bibliography, and over...


Immigration Narratives in Young Adult Literature: Crossing Borders

by Joanne Brown Scarecrow Press (December 02, 2010)

This volume examines novels, short stories, and memoirs that portray the various aspects of the immigrant experience. It also explores how such works depict the causes of immigration, the immigrants' journey,...


Literary Research and the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand: Strategies and Sources

by Faye H. Christenberry Scarecrow Press (November 19, 2010)

This book is a research guide to the literatures of Australia and New Zealand. It contains references to many different types of resources, paying special attention to the unique challenges inherent in conducting...


Historical Dictionary of Latin American Literature and Theater

by Richard Young & Odile Cisneros Scarecrow Press (December 16, 2010)

The Historical Dictionary of Latin American Literature and Theater provides users with an accessible single-volume reference tool covering Portuguese-speaking Brazil and the 16 Spanish-speaking countries of...


Historical Dictionary of Children's Literature

by Emer O'Sullivan Scarecrow Press (November 22, 2010)

The Historical Dictionary of Children's Literature relates the history of children's literature through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, a bibliography, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary...


Historical Dictionary of German Literature to 1945

by William Grange Scarecrow Press (December 18, 2010)

The history of this period in German literature is told through a detailed chronology, an introductory essay, a comprehensive bibliography, and over 200 cross-referenced dictionary entries on poetry, novels,...


A Social History of Books and Libraries from Cuneiform to Bytes

by Patrick M. Valentine Scarecrow Press (September 27, 2012)

A Social History of Books and Libraries from Cuneiform to Bytes traces the roles of books and libraries throughout recorded history and explores their social and cultural importance within differing societies...


The Twilight Saga: Exploring the Global Phenomenon

by Claudia Bucciferro Scarecrow Press (December 12, 2013)

When Stephenie Meyer’s first novel, Twilight, was published in 2005, it received an astounding reception, selling millions of copies. The three sequels that followed—New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn—became...


Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror

by Gary William Crawford Scarecrow Press (December 05, 2013)

This is a collection of critical essays on Ramsey Campbell, author of several award-winning stories and novels in the fields of fantasy and horror, including To Wake the Dead, Incarnate, and Grin of the Dark....


Fifty Years of Hemingway Criticism

by Peter L. Hays Scarecrow Press (November 07, 2013)

This is a collection of essays on the life and work of Ernest Hemingway by noted literary scholar Peter Hays. Collected together for the first time, these essays—including seven previously unpublished works—look...


Literary Research and the Era of American Nationalism and Romanticism: Strategies and Sources

by Angela Courtney Scarecrow Press (December 07, 2007)

This book recommends best practices for research in the lively and vibrant literature of the American Early Republic. Covering all formats, the volume discusses bibliographies, indexes, research guides, archives...


A Bibliographical Companion

by Roy Stokes Scarecrow Press (May 20, 2011)

An alphabetical list of words and phrases encountered during even a cursory reading of the 'literature about books.'


A Primer of the Novel: For Readers and Writers

by David Madden, Charles Bane & Sean M. Flory Scarecrow Press (June 22, 2006)

In this revised edition, David Madden, Charles Bane and Sean Flory have produced an updated work that is intended for a general readership including writers, teachers, and students who are just being introduced...


William T. Vollmann: An Annotated Bibliography

by Michael Hemmingson Scarecrow Press (December 30, 2011)

In this comprehensive bibliography, Michael Hemmingson has assembled a list of all editions of Vollmann's books in every language, as well as every short story, every essay, book reviews, and the author's investigative...


The Rhetoric of Character in Children's Literature

by Maria Nikolajeva Scarecrow Press (January 01, 2002)

Through a variety of critical perspectives, Nikolajeva ponders the art of characterization, uncovering the essential differences between story ('what we are told') and discourse ('how we are told'), and carefully...


The Distant Mirror: Reflections on Young Adult Historical Fiction

by Joanne Brown & St. Nancy Clair Scarecrow Press (December 08, 2005)

Young adult historical fiction brings the past alive through stories of adventure, suspense, and mystery. The genre is both complex and controversial, encompassing novels that range from romance and fantasy...


Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman's Sweetheart

by Nadine Farghaly Scarecrow Press (September 19, 2013)

This collection of essays examines the Lois Lane character in comic books, film, and television to address various aspects of sexuality, gender, social change, and feminism.


Historical Dictionary of French Literature

by John Flower Scarecrow Press (January 17, 2013)

The Historical Dictionary of French Literature covers the history of the principal authors and movements in the history of imaginative French literature since the 9th century. It also contains analyses of a...


Such a Simple Little Tale: Critical Responses to L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables

by Mavis Reimer Scarecrow Press (January 01, 1992)

New in Paperback 2003. A compilation of the best critical essays on this enduring classic.


Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors

by Robert H. Waugh Scarecrow Press (May 30, 2013)

Recognized as a major innovator in the weird story, H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an author whose influence was felt by nearly every writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction in the second half of the...


John Steinbeck and His Contemporaries

by Stephen K. George & Barbara A. Heavilin Scarecrow Press (October 02, 2007)

In March of 2006, scholars from around the world gathered in Sun Valley, Idaho for a conference devoted to not only John Steinbeck but also to the authors whose work influenced, informs, or illuminates his writings....


Historical Dictionary of Postmodernist Literature and Theater

by Fran Mason Scarecrow Press (February 21, 2007)

The Historical Dictionary of Postmodernist Literature and Theater examines the different areas of postmodernist literature and the variety of forms that have been produced. This is accomplished through a list...


Paratexts: Introductions to Science Fiction and Fantasy

by James Gunn Scarecrow Press (April 18, 2013)

In the mid-1980s, Easton Press began publishing a series of leather-bound collector editions called “Masterpieces of Science Fiction,” and “Masterpieces of Fantasy,” which featured some of the most important...


The Jane Addams Children's Book Award: Honoring Children's Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953

by Susan C. Griffith Scarecrow Press (July 05, 2013)

This volume looks at the life of activist Jane Addams and examines the books that have received an award bestowed in her name. An advocate for reforms in child labor, sanitation, and other issues, Addams and...


Lord Dunsany, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury: Spectral Journeys

by William F. Touponce Scarecrow Press (June 28, 2013)

This is a comparative study of modernity in the works of Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury, noted writers of fantastic fiction. The books examines how these authors addressed modernity by creating...


Toward a Literary Ecology: Places and Spaces in American Literature

by Karen E. Waldron & Rob Friedman Scarecrow Press (May 16, 2013)

In this book, editors Karen E. Waldron and Robert Friedman have assembled a collection of essays that study the interconnections between literature and the environment to theorize literary ecology. The disciplinary...


Enter the Superheroes: American Values, Culture, and the Canon of Superhero Literature

by Alex S. Romagnoli & Gian S. Pagnucci Scarecrow Press (May 16, 2013)

Ever since the first appearances of Superman and Batman in comic books of the late 1930s, superheroes have been a staple of the popular culture landscape. Though initially created for younger audiences, superhero...


Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Literature and Theater

by Jan Sjåvik Scarecrow Press (April 19, 2006)

The literature of Scandinavia is amazingly rich and varied, consisting of the works produced by the countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, and stretching from the ancient Norse Sagas to the...


Literary Research and Canadian Literature: Strategies and Sources

by Gabriella Reznowski Scarecrow Press (February 07, 2011)

This guide addresses the tools and best practices for selecting and evaluating print and electronic sources related to the extensive and varied literature of Canada. Beginning with an overview of the strategies...


Beyond Babar: The European Tradition in Children's Literature

by Sandra L. Beckett & Maria Nikolajeva Scarecrow Press (August 19, 2006)

Beyond Babar: The European Tradition in Children's Literature examines in depth eleven of the most celebrated European children's novels in substantial, critical essays written by well-known international scholars....


Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children's Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper

by Charles Butler Scarecrow Press (April 25, 2006)

Four British Fantasists explores the work of four of the most successful and influential of the generation of fantasy writes who rose to prominence in the "second Golden Age" of children's literature in Britain:...


From Mythic to Linear: Time in Children's Literature

by Maria Nikolajeva Scarecrow Press (January 01, 1991)

In this radically new approach to text typology, Maria Nikolajeva examines the depiction of time in literature for children.


Historical Dictionary of Postwar German Literature

by William Grange Scarecrow Press (July 09, 2009)

Historical Dictionary of Postwar German Literature is devoted to one of the most intriguing bodies of modern literature, that produced in the German language, whether from Germany, Austria, Switzerland or writers...


The Road to Science Fiction: From Gilgamesh to Wells

by James Gunn Scarecrow Press (September 21, 2002)

Now in Paper! The Road to Science Fiction is a six-volume anthology of science fiction that covers the development of science fiction from its earliest prototypes in the Sumerian Gilgamesh and the Greek epics...


Literary Research and the British Eighteenth Century: Strategies and Sources

by Peggy Keeran & Jennifer Bowers Scarecrow Press (February 15, 2013)

The 18th century in Britain was a transition period for literature. For the literary scholar, these changes mean that different search strategies may be required to conduct research into primary and secondary...


Chris Crutcher: A Stotan for Young Adults

by Bryan Gillis & Pam B. Cole Scarecrow Press (August 17, 2012)

Chris Crutcher is a literary icon in the field of young adult literature. In this book, Gillis and Cole examine the life, career, and works of this young adult advocate. This volume opens with a never-before-published...


Written for Children: An Outline of English-Language Children's Literature

by John Rowe Townsend Scarecrow Press (May 01, 1996)

An authoritative history and analysis of the best British and American children's literature through 1994, with a new 2003 postscript on J.K.Rowling and Philip Pullman.


The Chicago of Fiction: A Resource Guide

by James A. Kaser Scarecrow Press (February 01, 2011)

This book provides detailed synopses for more than 1,200 works of fiction significantly set in Chicago and published between 1852 and 1980. The synopses include plot summaries, names of major characters, and...


Girls and Their Comics: Finding a Female Voice in Comic Book Narrative

by Jacqueline Danziger-Russell Scarecrow Press (November 08, 2012)

This book discusses the overall history of the comic book, paying special attention to girls’ comics, showing how such works relate to a female point of view. While examining the concept of visual literacy,...


Not Your Mother's Vampire: Vampires in Young Adult Fiction

by Deborah Wilson Overstreet Scarecrow Press (August 15, 2006)

Not Your Mother's Vampire analyzes twenty current young adult vampire novels and also addresses Buffy the Vampire Slayer-all vampire representations aimed at younger audiences. The book's structure includes...


J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan In and Out of Time: A Children's Classic at 100

by Anita C. Tarr, Donna R. White, David Rudd & Irene Hsaio et al. Scarecrow Press (April 27, 2006)

Celebrating 100 years of Peter Pan, this fourth volume in the Centennial Studies series explores the cultural contents of Barrie's creation and the continuing impact of Peter Pan on children's literature and...


Aesthetic Approaches to Children's Literature: An Introduction

by Maria Nikolajeva Scarecrow Press (May 12, 2005)

This work provides students of children's literature with a comprehensible and easy-to-use analytical tool kit, showing through concrete demonstration how each tool might best be used to examine aesthetic rather...


The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film: A History and Annotated Bibliography

by Drewey Wayne Gunn Scarecrow Press (October 26, 2012)

This new edition of The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film provides an overview of milestones in the development of gay detectives over the last several decades. Also included in this volume is an annotated list...


American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children: A Reader and Bibliography

by Arlene Hirschfelder, Paulette F. Molin, Yvonne Wakim & Michael A. Dorris Scarecrow Press (July 01, 1999)

The world of contemporary American infants and young children is saturated with inappropriate images of American Indians. American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children reveals and discusses these images...