Subject Area: British Studies

African Institution (1807-1827) and the Anti-slavery Movement in Great Britain
2005 0-7734-6129-9
The African Institution was a pivotal abolitionist and antislavery group in Britain during the early nineteenth century, and its members included royalty, prominent lawyers, Members of Parliament, and noted reformers such as William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and Zachary Macaulay. Focusing on the spread of Western civilization to Africa, the abolition of the foreign slave trade, and improving the lives of slaves in British colonies, the group's influence extended far into Britain's diplomatic relations in addition to the government's domestic affairs. The African Institution carried the torch for antislavery reform for twenty years and paved the way for later humanitarian efforts in Great Britain. This book is the only monograph on the African Institution, and thus the only specific book length analysis of its successes and failures. The 20-year period of its existence was a crucial transitional period for the antislavery movement, and the book adds to a relatively sparse body of research on that particular time period.

Almeida Garrett (1799-1854), Founder of Portuguese Romanticism. A Study in Anglo-Portuguese Cultural Interaction
2012 0-7734-1319-7
This book examines the ideological, cultural and social aspects of the fascinating relationship between Portuguese Romanticism and British Culture.

Atlantic Archipelago. A Political History of the British Isles
1996 0-88946-455-3
Presents a comprehensive political history of what are usually known as the British Isles without taking an Anglocentric point of view.

B Films as a Record of British Working-Class Preoccupations in the 1950s. The Historical Importance of a Genre that Has Disappeared
2009 0-7734-4788-1
The first extensive study of the British B film in the post-war period. The B film was, in the 1950s and 1960s, part of the staple fare of a cinema-going public although, even in their heyday, these films were undervalued even by the people who made them. Once the ‘full supporting programme’ disappeared from local cinema screens these films also apparently disappeared from the consciousness of all but a very few. This book contains ten black and white photographs.

Britain and the West New Guinea Dispute, 1949-1962
2008 0-7734-5097-1
Considers British policy during the dispute over “West Papua” between Indonesia and the Netherlands following the collapse of the Suharto regime. Although there are books and theses on American, Australian and Dutch policies, those of the British have remained unexplored. The work looks at the factors that conditioned Britain’s response to the unrest from accommodating its allies to navigating Cold War pressures and the emphasis on decolonization, particularly from the United Nations.

British Royal Messengers Service 1568-1750. An Institutional Study
1999 0-7734-7977-5
This monograph on the Royal Messengers of the Great Chamber in early modern Britain explores the rules and regulations, privileges and duties and, ultimately, the enduring structure of the Messengers' establishment.

British Strategic Bombing Policy From World War I Through 1940. Politics, Attitudes, and the Formation of a Lasting Pattern
1989 0-88946-464-2
Traces British governmental thought, policy, and action regarding strategic bombing from World War I to the end of 1940, the year in which the relatively unprofitable area-bombing campaign began. Policy-making at both the cabinet level and top level of the RAF is examined.

British Travel Writers in China - Writing Home to a British Public, 1890-1914
2004 0-7734-6497-2
The travel writers, or travel savants, as they are characterized in the work, rarely traveled alone but typically promoted a travel persona of the idealized solitary traveler derived from deeply engrained traditions in Western travel literature. Such solitary projections were mitigated by a narrative device that envisioned traveling companions in the form of an imaginary British readership. They sought to bring to their readers parts and elements of China not yet visited or profiled by Western writers. A critical component of the study engages travel encounters, namely the crowds, servants, official, transportations forms, inns, foods, dangers, and hardships of the road. Such encounters invoked fascination and wonder, but also engendered fear, aversion, and irritation – responses central to the norms of travel writing and the travel savant’s identity that invariably colored the representational process, reinforcing existent stereotypes about China and the Chinese

Comparative Study of the Political Communication Styles of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair
2005 0-7734-5976-6
This research expands the data base in comparative cross-national political communication. It thereby establishes the basis for generalizations about, and comparisons of, the campaign styles of Blair and Clinton. Throughout, the larger question is to what extent Great Britain has imported American communication methods.

Damaging Effect of Recent British Educational Reforms on Secondary School Teachers. An Empirical Study
2008 0-7734-4786-5
Examines the political context of recent educational policies and the replacement of tracing a broadly social democratic consensus view on the purpose of state education with the radical market-led neo-liberal policies of successive Conservative and New Labour governments. The study establishes a phenomenological methodology for exploring the world view of senior professionals engaged in the process of managing a specialist secondary school in England.

Development of the PhD Degree in Britain, 1917-1959 and Since. An Evolutionary and Statistical History in Higher Education
2009 0-7734-4827-6
Examines the first half-century of the British PhD. The work begins with a study of the development of the new degree from the point of view of the decision-making bodies of the Universities - Senates, Faculty Boards, the teaching staff and the administrators. The second part provides detailed statistics and analysis on Faculties, Departments, overseas students, year of admission, gender, age, completion rates and duration of studies, part-time study and staff candidates, with more than 200 Tables and Figures.

Dorothy L. Sayers' Wimsey and Interwar British Society
1995 0-7734-9102-3
Looks at interwar British society as Sayers portrayed it in the eleven novels and twenty-one short stories concerning her famous creation, detective Lord Peter Wimsey. These works accurately represent the period and society the author was living in and really understood and as such are primary evidence of the period. It examines details of interest to both the historian and the culturalist of the period, as well as being of interest to a general audience. The work includes a short biography of Dorothy L. Sayers.

Early Education of the Blind in Britain 1790 - 1900
2007 0-7734-5247-8
Illustrates the educational experience of the blind in Victorian Britain, and examines critically the origins, nature, achievements and shortcomings of the voluntary institutions responsible in the State’s absence. The work discusses early unheeded criticisms of utilitarian education in confinement, the influential reports of the Charity Organisation Society (1876) and the Royal Commission (1899) on the condition of the disabled, and compares the role of the British state with more active governments elsewhere. Overall, Britain’s institutions offered inferior industrial training and less cultural stimulation than their counterparts in Saxony, France or the United States.

East India Company and the Provinces in the Eighteenth Century. Vol. 1- Portsmouth and the East India Company 1700-1815.
1999 0-7734-8201-6
The volumes draw on exhaustive study of the Company’s voluminous archive and upon the holdings of two dozen other repositories. Archives throughout England, the Orkney Islands, the Channel Islands, the Netherlands, the Isle of Man, Denmark, Sweden and the USA were consulted. For the first time, the provincial impact of England’s largest, most powerful, caring and successful of commercial undertakings will be assessed in full context. This volume, the first in a trilogy, fills a gap of information by examining the East India Company’s relationship with, and impact upon the mighty military and naval town of Portsmouth, considering local, regional, national and international developments during the crucial period 1700-1815.

East India Company and the Provinces in the Eighteenth Century. Vol. 2- Captains, Agents and Servants. A Gallery of East India Company Portraits.
2007 0-7734-5270-1
This volume is the first attempt to examine the East India Company’s activities and importance at a provincial level in the eighteenth century through the lives and experiences of those who were employed by this powerful and multi-faceted business concern. Drawing on manuscript from 27 different archive repositories and an array of printed primary and secondary sources, it sets out to fill a major gap in the knowledge of the East India Company and its multifarious activities. This book contains 3 color photographs.

Education of the British Literati. A Guide to Their Schools, Colleges, and Universities
1993 0-7734-9232-1
Manuscript serves as a useful and convenient catalogue of major and minor prose writers, poets, and dramatists of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, arranged (with the dates of their births and deaths) under the schools that they attended -- public grammar school, village school, national school, college, and/or university. In addition, the volume includes a category for those writers who never attended educational institutions, but received their learning at home, by private tutors, parents, or through their own devices.

Effort to Create a National System of Higher Education in Great Britain, 1850-2010. The Conflict of State Regulation and Academic Autonomy
2009 0-7734-3786-X
Unique in its examination of the development of state regulation of higher education in the United Kingdom during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, with reference to the interplay of policy-strands and government initiatives involving the use of public funding to ‘drive change’, and the struggle to protect university autonomy and academic freedom. It analyzes the progress of the struggle between state control and academic institutional autonomy with its concomitant traditions of academic freedom. The reference work relies directly on the documents and discussions which have underpinned this process.

Evaluating the Political Achievement of New Labour Since 1997. Social Policy and the Public Trust
2009 0-7734-4695-8
Explores the issue of trust in relation to the British state under New Labour. The issue of trust was raised most vividly around foreign policy matters, particularly Britain’s role in the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent debate about the validity or otherwise of the intelligence material. From this starting point the stewardship of New Labour is evaluated in terms of the notion of active citizenship and from the perspective of writers working in a range of agencies and policy areas, including health, community development, social security and criminal justice.

Feminist Campaigns for Birth Control and Abortion Rights in Britain
2003 0-7734-6868-4
Book has important implications for contemporary feminist politics. It contributes to a growing body of work on the relationship between feminist theory, feminist campaigning activity and policy change.

Free Trade Area and the Construction of Great Britain’s European Policy, 1952-1958
2003 0-7734-6875-7
Great Britain’s European policy during the 1950s was not the abject failure as other scholars have portrayed it. Britain needed to re-evaluate its relationship with the Commonwealth, Europe, and Atlantic circles in the 1950s to reach the point where it could apply for EEC membership in the following decade. The 1950s were important in providing the impetus to revise Britain’s external priorities. In sum, beginning with the WEU plan and concluding with the FTA proposal, this period signaled a ‘historical departure’ for Britain and for Europe and was not a reaffirmation of the status quo.

Government and Institutions in the Post-1832 United Kingdom
1995 0-7734--8980-0
This volume of twelve original essays explores the strengths of British institutions at local, national and informal levels. A particular feature of the volume is the stress upon how formal and informal agencies of governing reinforced one another and were linked to the world of popular politics through networks of communication. Four essays assess aspects of local institutions, examining their efficiency and utility over a period of more than a century. A second section pays particular attention to the British Parliament. A theme running through the essays is the central importance of government and institutions as a social cement in modern British society.

History of Elections to the House of Lords in the United Kingdom From 1707 to the 2010 General Election
2014 0-7734-4294-4
Describes the working of the electoral process enshrined in the 1999 Act for the Hereditary Peerage over the last decade. A description is given of the original 1999 election and the subsequent by-elections, which have occurred to replace hereditary peers who have died. These elections are put into the historical context of the election of Scottish and Irish Representative Peers to the House of Lords over a period of nearly three hundred years.

How the British National Health Service Deals with Ethnic Diversity
2006 0-7734-5733-X
Provides a valuable insight into the experiences of minority ethnic communities both as patients and staff members in the NHS. It charts the nature of the problems they face, from language barriers to cultural misunderstandings. Issues of discrimination are explored and a unique insight is provided into the perceptions of a range of NHS staff in relation to the political climate in the wake of the Macpherson Report (1999). A fresh perspective is offered from the point of view of users into the concept of institutional racism, which questions the unwitting nature of prejudice as defined in the Report.

Labour League of Youth. An Account of the Failure of the Labour Party to Sustain a Successful Youth Organisation
2010 0-7734-3737-1
Chronicles, for the first time, the full history of the Labour Party’s youth movement from the LOY, established 1924, to the present organisation, Young Labour, established 1994. Previously unpublished primary source material, including oral interviews, provides a narrative that illuminates the culture, organisation and political activism of the youth sections and highlights the similarities and differences between them as well as their relationship with the party leadership at local and national level.

Landscape, Writing and ‘The Condition of England’ - 1878-1917. From Ruskin to Modernism
2004 0-7734-6527-8
This book contributes to a number of areas of current scholarship: the literary and cultural history of English national identity, both the origins of literary modernism and the countervailing resistance to modernism, the sources of modern environmental thought, the history of social criticism, and the literary history of London.

Life and Works of Lancashire Novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, 1805-1882
2003 0-7734-6633-9
William Harrison Ainsworth, a prolific writer now as obscure as he once was famous, reinvented the gothic novel in an English setting, a radical re-write of Scott’s model of the historical romance and an antecedent of the contemporary urban gothic of Dickens and Reynolds. This study examines Ainsworth’s literary career from a writer of magazine tales of terror in the 1820s to the massive influence of his gothic/Newgate romance of 1834, Rookwood; his friendships with Lamb, Lockhart, and Dickens; his fall from literary grace during the Newgate controversy (a moral panic engendered by the supposedly pernicious effects of cheap, theatrical adaptations of Ainsworth’s underworld romance Jack Sheppard). The second half of the book examines the later ‘Lancashire novels’ and the legacy of Ainsworth’s subsequent historical novels, taking The Lancashire Witches to be his final, major work and the last of the ‘original’ gothic novels. The novels The Tower of London, Guy Fawkes, Old St. Paul’s, and Windsor Castle are read as epic tragedy rather than simply as bad romance. The study re-examines Ainsworth’s singular vision of the outlaw, English history and religious intolerance as being at political odds with the new Victorian value system, particularly with regard to Catholics and the urban poor. A final chapter explores Ainsworth’s later life and fiction and his adoption by his native Mancunians as ‘The Lancashire Novelist.’ The book includes extracts from Ainsworth’s correspondence and journalism, detailing his close relationships with, among others, Scott, Dickens, Forster, Thackeray, Cruikshank, Bulwer-Lytton, and G. P. R. James.

Life of the English Poet Leonard Welsted (1688-1747) the Culture and Politics of Britain's Eighteenth-Century Literary Wars
2014 0-7734-0049-4
The first study on poet Leonard Welsted since Daniel Fineman’s work written in 1950. The book seeks to offer a more balanced account of Welsted’s career and his worth in light of new material that has come to light since Fineman wrote. A wonderfully written brief account of Welsted’s life that will capture the interest of eighteenth-century literary students and those interested in cultural politics.


Literary Career of Novelist Mary Shelley After 1822
2007 0-7734-5564-7
This book focuses on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s literary career after 1822, and Dr. Webster-Garrett explores the neglected end of the “Mary Shelley Story” and questions inherited images of her as a bourgeois satellite of masculine genius and as a child prodigy whose genius faded after The Last Man. The study contextualizes Shelley’s later career in terms of the rise of discourses of influence to describe sociopolitical, cultural, spiritual, and sexual relationships, and in terms of the rise of Romantic cultural anxieties regarding the ascendance of the popular novel and romance to positions of cultural influence. Shelley’s late novels each showcase a female principal who exerts a fully conscious and fully cognizant force on her textual world. In 1830, this deviation gained more significance as Shelley, for the first time, created a narrative in which a beautiful woman, Katherine Gordon, survives a masculine narrative in order to tell her own alternative tale. Her post-1830 novels trace the ultimate subversive act for a woman in the nineteenth-century: continued existence. As such, they demonstrate a dramatic reversal of Shelley’s approach to romantic prose fiction and suggest her need to separate herself from romance as a masculinist tradition that compulsively celebrates the death of a beautiful woman.

Literary Products of the Lewis Carroll-George Macdonald Friendship Revised Second Edition
1997 0-7734-9038-8
This revised volume is the most extensive and wide-ranging study get published of MacDonald's two great mythopoeic romances, Phantastes and Lilith. It is similarly the most extensive and wide-ranging yet published on Carroll's Alice books. The most important aspects of the study are the demonstration that Wonderland is an exploration by Alice of the different regions of her soul (a traditional Imitation of Christ drawing equally on Dante's Inferno and Spenser's House of Alma in The Fairie Queen); and the demonstration that in Looking-Glass Alice explores the three principal regions of the adult world - the religious, economic, and political, in the course of an imaginative, doubly spiraling journey through Oxford. This revision of the 1995 publication has affected most of the book. The chapter on Lilith has been completely re-written, with the incommensurable nature of Lilith demonstrated for the first time, along with the extent of MacDonald's debt to Wm Blake, Goethe, and Schlegel. The extent to which Lilith is addressed to the 'one reader', Lewis Carroll, is now seen to be vastly greater than was realized in the first edition. The chapter on Carroll's Sylvie and Bruno has been rewritten to emphasize its nature as imaginative biography - of Carroll's relationship, over many years, with MacDonald. Its framework is now shown to be a parody of MacDonald's Adela Cathcart. That work demonstrates the therapeutic value of fairy tales, and the Sylvie and Bruno books portray MacDonald's escape from the tyranny of textuality.

Literature, Culture and Society in Postwar England, 1945-1965
2002 0-7734-7169-3
Literature, Culture and Society in Postwar England, 1945-1965 is a study of how writers from very different backgrounds represented the changes taking place in English society after the Second World War. Originally published in 2002, this book gives original, detailed readings of neglected traditions of working-class writing, women's writing, and black writing in England, and explores how these writers dealt with the contentious issues of class, gender, sexuality, and race which began to become visible as fissures in a society slowly recovering from war.

Matricentric Narratives Recent British Women's Fiction in a Postmodern Mode
1997 0-7734-8644-5
Three chapters explore representative works of British women authors from the 1950's to the present. Further chapters trace how women's writing is historically produced, through social conditions and economic forces, as matricentric works and material culture interact; how various feminist criticisms problematize the matricentric and vice versa; a positive psychoanalytic discourse on female development confirms the centrality of matrix in women's writing and demonstrates the relative degrees of agency in their works. Writers examined also include lesser-known (in the US) authors Maureen Duffy, Wendy Perriam, Pat Barker, Elizabeth North, and Sara Maitland. An Appendix includes a conversation with Margaret Drabble.

Meaning of Byzantium in the Poetry and Prose of W.b. Yeats: The Long Schoolroom
2004 0-7734-6364-X
This book is an exploration of the interrelationship among Yeat’s 1925 version of his prose work, A Vision; his two poems Sailing to Byzantium and Byzantium from the same period; and the Byzantine icon The Christ Pantokrator. The poems in question are undoubtedly Yeats’ most critically evaluated and frequently anthologized poetic works, and are certainly among the most significant poems of the modernist era. There has been no other work that has taken this particular approach or applied its conclusions to a reading of the poetry. This work will bring all this preceding scholarship together in a single source, as well as formulate what then ought to be a resulting interpretation of those richly complex (sometimes impenetrably so) and symbolic poems.

Mentoring Relationships in the Life and Writings of Samuel Johnson. A Study in the Dynamics of Eighteenth-Century Literary Mentoring
2005 0-7734-6085-3
Explores the phenomenon of literary mentoring and the role that it played in Samuel Johnson’s literary and personal life. Synthesizing this model with Levinsonian psychosocial theories of adult development, it explores Johnson’s relationships with Cornelius Ford, Richard Savage, Oliver Goldsmith, Hester Thrale, Frances Burney, and James Boswell, tracing how each relationship interweaves with stages in Johnson’s psychological development. It also examines mentoring themes in Johnson’s early poetry.

Mirror Metaphor and Coleridge’s Mysticism Poetics, Metaphysics and the Formation of the Pentad
2000 0-7734-7548-6
This study treats Coleridge’s thinking as an integral whole and follows in detail the chronological development of Coleridge’s quest. It begins with placing modern subjectivity within the history of the mirror metaphor, that here represents mysticism in the West from antiquity to modernity, then analyses Coleridge’s encounter with the metaphor and traces his lifelong engagement with it that culminates in the formation of the Pentad. It discusses his early poems and poetics, his reading and rewriting of Kant, his own transcendentalism seen in Biographia Literaria and Aids to Reflection. It them briefly compares Coleridge’s mirror metaphor with two contemporary mirror metaphors by Lacan and Rorty.

Mutiny in United States and British Armed Forces in the Twentieth Century
2011 0-7734-1447-9
examines the ways in which existing leadership models and related concepts can be better integrated in order to provide a more developed explanation of leadership failure. The concept of the emotional tone of the group provides an integrative concept for understanding the impact of the leader at the group level. The narratives also emphasize the importance of understanding leadership and followership within a wider social context.

Names, Titles, and Characters by Literary Writers - Shakespeare, 19th and 20th Century Authors
2001 0-7734-7524-9
This book is part of an honorable tradition in the examination of influences on authors in naming characters, choosing titles, setting locale. The book’s coverage is broad: literary names are examined for the Early Modern Period in England; 19th century in America ; and the 20th century America, and some European influences.

Narrative Structure of William Blake’s Poem jerusalem: A Revisionist Interpretation
2010 0-7734-3640-5
This book argues that William Blake’s last major poem, Jerusalem, possesses a narrative structure. This argument runs contrary to the critical consensus that sees the poem as possessing a “synchronic” structure in which the events of the poem all occur simultaneously rather than sequentially. This book contains three color photographs.

Nature and Uses of Eighteenth-Century Book Subscription Lists
2010 0-7734-3757-6
Examines the nature of eighteenth-century book subscription lists: how they worked and the role they played in the eighteenth century book trade. It also analyzes specific lists and how they may be used as exemplars for those wishing to investigate and analyse other lists

Neville Chamberlain’s Domestic Policies. Social Reform, Tariffs and Financial Orthodoxy
2010 0-7734-3642-1
This work redresses the imbalance in existing scholarship on Neville Chamberlain’s domestic political career. Most work on Chamberlain focuses on the three years of his Premiership from 1937 to 1940, neglecting the remainder of his career.

Oldest British Prose Literature. The Compilation of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi
2009 0-7734-4710-5
Establishes the chronology and provenance of the early mediæval tales known today as the Four Branches of the Mabinogi. Although they have been justly described as ‘fundamentally the stories of the old Brittonic gods from whom the leading Welsh dynasties claimed descent’, which makes their principal subject-matter archaic and in principle timeless, Tolstoy shows that often seemingly incongruous and contradictory passages reflect details of historical events in Britain and Ireland during the first two decades of the eleventh century.

Oligarchy, Dissent and the Culture of Print in Georgian Britain. Essays, Reviews, and Documents
2015 1-4955-0346-1
The essays and reviews in this volume illuminate some of the still obscure, fragmented, paradoxical yet fascinating aspects of Britain’s complex progress towards modernity. Drawing on a vast array of manuscript sources, many previously neglected or unknown, the narratives explore new linkages between personalities, the dynamics and rhetoric of formalized politics, press activity and the patterns of compliance and dissent that interactively defined and shaped the growth of national unity.


Origins and Rise of the British Distillery
1999 0-7734-8007-2
This highly original monograph substantiates the industry's rise and contributions in an age when distilled beverages had much good to contribute to mankind and added to the power of the West to explore, to trade, and to conquer where others sickened and failed. Contains rich anecdotal material and contemporary observations that illuminate the subject from Tudor times to the mid-18th century. With illustrations.

Origins of the British Israelites- the Lost Tribes
1993 0-7734-2306-0
This exhaustive and comprehensive work uses in-depth research in the fields of philology, British history, hermeneutics, scientific principles, and geological and archeological studies to refute the claims of British Israelism that they are the Lost Tribes. The writer shows the many groups that fall into the British Israelism camp. The book also contains maps of the Holy Land and the land grants of the various tribes, as well as letters from leading institutions of higher education refuting the claims of British Israelism.

Percy Bysshe Shelley's Poetic Science: His Visionary Enterprise and the Crisis of Self-Consciousness
2012 0-7734-3060-1
This epistemologically oriented analysis of Shelley’s verse explores the poet’s visionary enterprise and the emergence of the Shelleyan self. Shelley, once a candidate to become a physician, gave scientifically sound descriptions of the workings of the eyes and nervous system.

The author, after surveying the literature, gives descriptions of Shelley’s psychological and physiological features recorded by the poet himself. The operations of the poet’s eyesight are seen to be linked to his imagery and use of language.

Perspective as a Problem in the Art, History and Literature of Early Modern England
1992 0-7734-9620-3


Piagetian Epistemology of William Wordsworth a Reconsideration of the Poet's Genius
1998 0-7734-8294-6
The purpose of this study is to try to resolve long-standing questions regarding Wordsworth's claim to philosophic consideration. It turns to the modern theoretical premises of empirical psychologist Jean Piaget for clues to a more cogent interpretation. The remarkable parallels between Wordsworth's insights and Piaget's empirical observations give fresh indication of the poet's genius. Piagetian relativism provides a theoretical framework for appreciating elements in his works which have hitherto seemed irreconcilable philosophically: it reveals the presence of system in the poet's thought.

Poetic Achievements of Donald Davie and Charles Tomlinson: Expanding Vision, Voice and Rhythm in Late Twentieth-Century English Poetry
2010 0-7734-3783-5
Donald Davie and Charles Tomlinson are both poets have sought to explore the wider possibilities of an English poetic. This work demonstrates how, in opposition to the Movement's perceived inwardness, Davie and Tomlinson have continued to explore the legacies of international modernism.

Practice and Prospects of the Ombudsmen in the United Kingdom
1995 0-7734-9081-7
In the last two decades, the Ombudsman concept has been adopted for many areas of administration in the United Kingdom. Among the distinguished contributors to this volume are Ombudsmen themselves (the Parliamentary Commissioner, William Reid; his local government equivalent, Dr. David Yardley; and the Insurance, Building Societies and Banking Ombudsmen); representatives of consumer groups (Lady Wilcox, Chairman of the National Consumer Council, and Jeremy Mitchell, Director of the International Consumer Policy Bureau); 'victims' (Sir Derek Andrews, then Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, and Roger Jefferies, Chief Executive of a London Borough); academic commentators (Professor Carol Harlow and Gavin Drewry); and Sir Anthony Durant, M.P. Together they debated how visible and accessible are the different Ombudsman systems to ordinary members of the public, whether they achieve the results which aggrieved citizens and consumers desire, and how they can be made more effective in the future.

Prayer and Piety in the Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins the Landscape of a Soul
1998 0-7734-8380-2
This study focuses on poems that are either addressed totally and directly to God or the Blessed Virgin Mary; poems that are prayers in part; and poems that are meditations on a religious theme. It categorizes the poems by the topics most influential in shaping Hopkins' spiritual and poetic life: the Virgin Mary, the Eucharist, the dark night of the soul, spiritual wrecking, nature, attainment of spiritual perfection, and the resurrection of the body. It chronicles the progress of Hopkins' spiritual life and his efforts to minimize himself as a poet and render praise and honor to God as a priest, seeking connections among poems, prayers, and spiritual meditations, examining them organically by asking how they reflect Hopkins' erratic relationship to God. It also examines the poems in light of his sermons, letters, and spiritual writings which clarify his religious sentiments and complete the portrait of Hopkins the poet and the priest.

Prose Fiction Stage Adaptation as Social Allegory in Contemporary British Drama. Staging Fictions
2004 0-7734-6356-9
This study will argue that a distinction needs to be made between faithful but derivative stage versions of novels in the tradition of Zola's Thérèse Raquin, which aspire only to the status of theatricalised novel, and the autonomous stage transformation of a literary text, creating its own performance dynamic through the reconstruction of literary form and content. For the sake of greater critical clarity the former type will be designated dramatizations and the latter adaptations, despite the lack of consistent differentiation in common theatre discourse.

Psychological and Religious Narratives in Iris Murdoch’s Fiction
2000 0-7734-7570-2
This study explores the religious narratives woven into Murdoch’s work alongside the psychological ones. It traces the influence of specific psychoanalytic texts on her work and shows that Freud and Jung, who both wrote a great deal on religion, are useful to understanding more than just Murdoch’s portrayal of the psychological side of the self.

Readers’ Response to Isabel Allende’s Fiction: A Critical Study of Her Cross-Cultural Popularity in Britain and Spain
2014 1-4955-0280-5
An original piece of scholarship that will interest a wide range of readers. This research is innovative in other ways too. Methodologically, it approaches readers through the under studied cultural form of the reading group. As a whole, this project contributes to an understanding of Allende’s cross-cultural popularity by situating readers at the centre.

Reading the Gothic in the First Seven Novels of Margaret Atwood
2003 0-7734-6773-4
This study contains a thorough reading of Margaret Atwood’s works (The Edible Woman; Survival; Surfacing; Lady Oracle; Selected Poems; Life Before Man; Second Words; Bluebeard’s Egg; Bodily Harm; Murder in the Dark; The Handmaid’s Tale; Selected Poems II; and Cat’s Eye) through both a Gothic lens and a feminist perspective.

Reassessment of Weimar Classicism
1996 0-7734-1348-0
The essays in this volume represent a wide spread of interests, but the main emphasis is on Sachs's drama. The significance of his contribution to the development of German literature is examined, including the most frequently discussed sub-genre, his Fastnachtspiel. Also examines his Greek tragic subjects, serious dramas, his contribution as a linguistic innovator in the development of Early Modern German, and his Meisterlied.

Recent Reinterpretations of Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2005 0-7734-5991-X
This examination of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) and its reinterpretations presents original interviews with novelists Emma Tennant and Valerie Martin, and playwright David Edgar, framed by analysis of their works. In so doing, it moves away from common division between those who write literature and those who write about literature. Its examination of Stevenson’s original novel and its comprehensive survey of the history of Jekyll and Hyde reveals that these three late twentieth-century writers react against the tradition of reinterpretations and recover Stevenson’s structure. Arguing that their returns to a Victorian text are motivated by contemporary concerns about class and gender politics that find an apt vehicle for exploration in Stevenson’s story, this book identifies a trend of neo-Victorianism – an attraction to cultural products of the Victorian period that results, not from a desire for a time of greater elegance and leisure, but from perceived similarities between our time and that of over one hundred years ago. The interviews in this book foreground the authors’ own political concerns, their views on why Stevenson’s story lends itself to reinterpretation over one hundred years after it first appeared, the research that they performed to prepare for writing their adaptations, and the choices that they made while writing.

Recounting the Life of Sir William Petty (1623-1687) Through a Fictionalized Correspondence: An Experiment in Historical Imagination
2016 1-4955-0511-1
An extraordinary work of both fact and fiction comprising correspondence to family and friends in the 17th century by Sir William Petty representing a true biography of his life and a reflection of the historical circumstances of his time.

Reflection of Africa in Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama and Poetry
2002 0-7734-1255-7
This study explores literary allusions to Africans against the background of 16th and early 17th century English political values, adding to scholarly knowledge of English priorities during this period of rapid colonization and participation in the slave trade. It examines the lyric poetry of Sidney, Shakespeare, Daniel, Donne, Edward Herbert, Jonson, et al. Dramas include Titus Andronicus, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tamburlaine the Great, Dr. Faustus, Masque of Blackness, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and Oroonoko. The conclusion examines influence on late 20th century values. “This is a most valuable study of a serious and important subject. Dr. Mangum’s clear and objective analysis of material frequently clouded by rationalization is a welcome contribution toward the understanding of vexed and vexing material. The presentation of historical matter to undergird the consideration of various writers and their works is especially helpful. The author’s subject is the treatment of the black African and black itself in Elizabethan and Jacobean literature. Shakespeare in particular is shown to rise above prevailing opinion (exemplified by Elizabeth’s banishment of all “Blackamoors” from her realm) as he moves from Aaron’s unabashed evil to the nobility of Othello. There is, of course, much else of value in this book. Those who read it will be enlightened, informed, and enriched.” – George B. Hallett

Regulation of Consciousness in the English Novel Desire and Power
2002 0-7734-7248-7
This study examines representative novels in the English tradition from Austen to Woolf. The book explores three main aspects of these novels: desire, power, and consciousness. These works all examine hierarchies of power in the social practices and institutions by and in which the protagonists live. Examines Emma; Villette; Little Dorrit; The Water Babies ; Daniel Deronda; The Woodlanders; The Well-Beloved; Mrs. Dalloway Table of contents: Introduction 1. Desire, Freedom, and Marriage in Emma 2. Surveillance in Villette 3. Guilt in Little Dorrit 4. Discipline in The Water Babies 5. Consciousness and Power in Daniel Deronda 6. Modern Desire in The Woodlanders and The Well-Beloved 7. Power and Patriarchy in Mrs. Dalloway Conclusion; Works Cited; Index

Religion, State, and Society in Modern Britain
1989 0-88946-832-X
Twenty essays comprising a unique work, the first survey of the state of religion in today's Britain which seeks to be fully comprehensive, focusing on Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland as well as on England. Takes into account not only the mainstream Christian traditions but also the dynamic black-led churches, the folk-religionists, the minor sects, and the controversial New Religious Movements. Also recognizes the multi-faith dimension of modern Britain and includes chapters on the Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist communities. Takes an overall perspective on issues of Church and State, the "troubles" of Northern Ireland, attitudes toward women, permissive society, and secularization.

Representation of Men in the English Gothic Novel, 1762-1820
2003 0-7734-7016-6


Representing Rape in the English Early Modern Period
2003 0-7734-6861-7
This study makes an important contribution with its interdisciplinary scope, with chapters on Old Testament rape narratives, medieval and early modern English law and legal practices pertaining to rape, elitist poetry concerning rape as well as popular prose narratives, and pictorial representations of Lucrece, as well as chapters on the drama of the period. It delineates a congruence between rape and pornography, and traces the ways rape becomes effaced as a brutal crime to become an occasion in the service of men, as the context for heroic rivalry among men, or as an act that women secretly desire.

Reputation History of John Dee, 1527-1609. The Life of an Elizabethan Intellectual
2009 0-7734-4667-2
Argues that the Elizabethan polymath John Dee was not the influential intellectual he purported himself to be. Dee’s scientific works were anachronistic and in no way heralded the new age of experimental science. This book traces the course of Dee’s life showing how he was a marginal figure and his works had little lasting value. It also provides a useful historiographical summation of Dee’s life and career.

Rhetorical Analysis of Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry's Design Governing Postures
1990 0-88946-929-6
A rhetorical explication that elucidates the techniques that Lowry employed to amplify the fragmentation of the Consul and his world.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Britain's School for Scandal
2007 0-7734-5494-2
This book examines the life and work of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) and his significant and unique place in the theatrical and political life of Great Britain. A man of middling background, he was simultaneously a leading Whig politician and, because of the success of his two plays, The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1777), the most dominant figure in the British theatre during the last quarter of the eighteenth century. Theatre historians have tended to view these works as manners comedies which are long on style but appropriately short on substance. Therefore, previous criticism of the plays has concerned itself mainly with questions of genre classification, leading to an under appreciation of Sheridan’s historical context. This book argues that, given the fact that the British theatre was central to the discussion and formation of the nation’s evolving ideology, Sheridan’s dramaturgy, far from being empty of content, offers snapshots of the state of negotiations between the classes over the nature of British identity centering on issues of money, gender, class, morality, and language.

Rise of New Science Epistemological, Linguistic, and Ethical Ideals and the Lyric Genre in the Eighteenth Century
2002 0-7734-6909-5
This is the first work to study the relationship between the rise of science in the 17th and 18th centuries and the rise to major genre status of the lyric genre. It argues that the epistemological, linguistic, and methodological principles which underlay the rise of the new science also influenced the ways in which poets and critics conceived of the significance and cultural value of the lyric genre. Relying on a wide range of critical commentary from the 17th to the late 18th century, much of it from little known or unknown critical writings, the study shows how the lyric genre became the key for understanding poetry and the function of poetry. It offers a model for understanding the relationships between literature and other cultural experiences, encouraging critical, historical, and multi-disciplinary research.

Role of Ruling Class Adaptability in the British Transition From Ancien Regime to Modern State: The Open Elite of Britain and Ireland From the Middle Ages to the Second World War
2010 0-7734-1464-9
This work examines how the landed elite openly absorbed a regular flow of new members to the ruling class. It examines the transition of Britain from aristocratic rule to democracy through a study of the Whig Party.

Romantic Imagery in the Works of Walter De La Mare
2001 0-7734-7474-9
This monograph, covering all de la Mare’s poetry and prose works, reveals his complex and serious side. It concentrates on his master images: the Cage; the House; the Traveller; Paradise; the Visionary Face. Introductory chapters study de la Mare’s personality and ideas, his linguistic technique, the Georgian scene, and the influence of the Symbolist Movement on his work.

Romanticism and the Androgynous Sublime Revisited: A New Perspective of the English Romantic Poets
2010 0-7734-3842-4
This book examines the emergence from the poetical subtext of the six major English romantic poets of "the androgynous sublime," which conflates elements of the myth of the androgyne, as told by Aristophanes in Plato's Symposium, with the mode of sublimity, first discussed by Longinus, who cited the account of the Creation in the Book of Genesis as a prime example, and much debated from the 18th century onward. The androgynous sublime may be distinguished from the "terrible sublime" of Edmund Burke and the more recent "phallic sublime" of scholar Thomas Weiskel, who before his sudden demise poignantly implied the need for something more durable. Characterized by a flexuous, limber style -associated with androgynous subject matter, the androgynous sublime subverts conventional notions of sublimity while offering a more comprehensive model with which to supplement, if not supplant them. Examples of the androgynous sublime are Blake's Jerusalem, Coleridge's "Christabel," Shelley's "The Witch of Atlas," and Byron's Don Juan. Interestingly enough, each of these four masterworks was neglected during the romantic period, but they have all begun to come into their own during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This book contains four black and white photographs.

Samuel Johnson’s Attitude Toward Islam. A Study of His Oriental Readings and Writings
2012 0-7734-3917-X
This study is the first to juxtapose pre-existing texts with Samuel Johnson’s portrayal of the Orient, particularly Islam and Arab culture. Nassir asserts that Johnson’s observations of Islam in both his writings and conversations prove that he did not look at it objectively and was highly biased against Islam and Arab culture in his assessment. The book seeks to furnish the students of eighteenth century English literature, Johnsonian scholars, and orientalists with useful observations of his orientalism as a whole in light of Johnson’s life, personality, and period in which he wrote.

Scholarly Edition of a Seventeenth-Century Anonymous Commonplace Book in the British Library: How People Received and Responded to the Books They Read
2014 0-7734-0084-2
The study of commonplace books offers an important means for scholars to gather evidence on the history of reading practices in early modern England. A cross between a diary and a notebook, a commonplace book is usually a collection of handwritten notes in which a reader recorded items of particular interest from printed books, manuscripts or from conversations or sermons.

A remarkable work that brings to life the reader-reception practices of early modern England, this work provides the original voices of both the author of the published work and of the commonplace author while it remains pure to the idiomatic nuances of the time. A rare glimpse into the history of the book through the eyes of the reader’s notes.



Scholarly Studies in Harry Potter: Applying Academic Methods to a Popular Text
2005 0-7734-6010-1
This book is intended primarily for an academic audience, especially scholars – students and teachers – doing research and publication in categories such as myth and legend, children’s literature, and the Harry Potter series in particular. Additionally, it is meant for college and university teachers. However, the essays do not contain jargon that would put off an avid “lay” Harry Potter fan. Overall, this collection is an excellent addition to the growing analytical scholarship on the Harry Potter series; however, it is the first academic collection to offer practical methods of using Rowling’s novels in a variety of college and university classroom situations.

Seductive Strategies in the Novels of Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)
2004 0-7734-6361-5
This book explores the notion of seduction in all of Anthony Trollope’s 47 novels, beginning with a preliminary sturdy of seductresses in Barchester Towers, The Eustace Diamonds and The American Senator. The first part deals with the various weapons and strategies which Trollopian characters resort to in order to fascinate their victims. A chapter is then devoted to the demonic/angelic nature of sexual seduction, before “social seduction” is examined in the world of politics and business. One of the most powerful means of seduction thus appears to be language (canvassing, advertising, etc), which also applies to the novelist himself. Starting from the writer’s early attempts, the author tries to determine the main characteristics of Trollope’s seductive pose. Once he managed to conquer the common reader, Trollope refused to indulge his taste of his contemporaries and went as far as to offend his Victorian audience with deliberately unpleasant books: The Way We Live Now and An Autobiography.

Selected Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins with Modern English Paraphrases Volume One
1995 0-7734-8932-0
This text gives a line-by-line paraphrase, in modern English diction, syntax, and punctuation, of the major poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins. The original poems are on the facing page, making this a useful tool for helping readers unfamiliar with Hopkins decipher his sometimes difficult work. Much Hopkins scholarship consists of giving suggested readings of the poems, and most teachers and expositors find it necessary to do this paraphrasing anyway; here is a volume with that work already available. A second use of the book is for scholars themselves. The paraphrases this volume offers may suggest to scholars readings with which they can compare their own interpretations.

Selected Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins with Modern English Paraphrases Volume Two
2002 0-7734-7017-4
This text gives a line-by-line paraphrase, in modern English diction, syntax, and punctuation, of the major poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins. The original poems are on the facing page, making this a useful tool for helping readers unfamiliar with Hopkins decipher his sometimes difficult work. Much Hopkins scholarship consists of giving suggested readings of the poems, and most teachers and expositors find it necessary to do this paraphrasing anyway; here is a volume with that work already available. A second use of the book is for scholars themselves. The paraphrases this volume offers may suggest to scholars readings with which they can compare their own interpretations.

Seventeenth-Century English Women’s Autobiographical Writings
2004 0-7734-6381-X
The aim of this book is to discuss and explain the appearance and proliferation of the early modern Englishwomen’s autobiographical writings. In order to provide some answers, this work draws upon a large number of primary documents and close textual analysis. The diaries and autobiographies in question are examined within their historical and ideological context and they are seen as textual spaces that cannot be easily put into clear-cut categories. As the title of this book suggests, they constitute, in a number of ways, both enclosures and disclosures: they at once confine and liberate, reveal and conceal, protect and expose their authors and their ideas, constructing very complex self-portraits. This study eventually sheds more light not only on the lives of the early modern women and several little-known autobiographical texts by them, but also on the development of autobiography and the diary in the western tradition.

Shakespeare and Asia
2010 0-7734-3726-6
This yearbook volume presents 21 essays by international scholars, including 14 theme essays on Shakespeare and Asia. The theme essays deal with Shakespeare’s imagining of Asia and his images in Asian cultures, and especially his reception in China. Other essays cover topics of general interests. The book contains 6 color photographs.

Shakespeare and Public Execution
2004 0-7734-6553-7
This study demonstrates how Shakespeare utilized a strategy of manipulating the language and conventions of public execution in his plays. Paying special attention to the poetics of hangings at Tyburn, the most dominant place of execution, Shakespeare’s subversion of this well-known (and uneasy) discourse between the public and the state is illuminated by close readings of The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Measure for Measure, and The Tempest. It uses audience-reception theory and new historicism, as well as non-dramatic texts (popular literature and ballads) to demonstrate the knowledge and experiences of execution that the audiences of Shakespeare’s time took with them to the theatre. With illustrations.

Shakespeare Apocrypha
2007 0-7734-5421-7
This volume of the Shakespeare Yearbook has brought together a number of outstanding articles from an international group of scholars united around the topic of the Shakespearean Apocrypha. The articles are followed by a series of book reviews on recent Shakespeare scholarship and notes on the contributors

Shakespearean and Other Literary Investigations with the Master Sleuth (and Conan Doyle)
2003 0-7734-6779-3
This study presents some major influences on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (especially Shakespeare), but also deals with the influence of Doyle on others, notably T. S. Eliot. Other essays deal with onomastics, religion, and race, with Doyle’s insistence that Shakespeare was the true author of the plays (not Bacon, Marlowe, Edward de Vere, etc), the identity of Mr. W. H., and more.

Shakespeare’s Philosophy of History Revealed in Detailed Analysis of henry V and Examined in Other History Plays
2003 0-7734-6572-3
This study begins with a careful reading of Henry V, and argues that the play’s representation of Henry as a consciously Machiavellian prince, who wages an unjust foreign war to bring about domestic peace, elicits complex responses to the king that are comprehensible within a single interpretative framework. The ‘history’ dramatized in Henry V and in all of Shakespeare’s plays that deal with the causes or consequences of political revolutions is made intelligible by Shakespeare’s philosophy of history, a view mainly Machiavellian, that dramatizes all post-revolutionary modes of government and warfare as inescapable necessities that have fallen from superior ‘past’ worlds, irrecoverable but eliciting nostalgia for a mythological, medieval world, a nostalgia embraced by the Elizabethan and Jacobean establishment to maintain its power through a putative continuity with an imaginary medievalism. The plays elicit that nostalgia in order to criticize it in acts of subversion that are not, as the New Historicists claim, contained.

Shelley and the Development of English Imperialism: British India and England
1999 0-7734-7932-5
This postcolonialist work locates Shelley in the context of England’s colonial venture in British India. It also ties together several major, seemingly disparate – and even competing - late-18th/early 19th-century discourses on British India, and illustrates how those discourses were later enlisted to serve the Imperialism of the English Raj. Shelley’s A Philosophical View of Reform, the guiding document of this study, demonstrates his knowledge of these debates and his own internalized contradictions concerning both English workers at home and Indian subjects abroad. Chapters include surveys of period issues of class, gender, race, and nationalism, their relationship to British India, and Shelley’s personal and literary treatment of them; English Orientalism concerning India and Indic elements in Shelley’s poetry; Utilitarian projects in India and England and Shelley’s reaction; Evangelical projects in India and England; Victorian imperialism.

Shipping Freight by Water in Britain and Ireland. Calculating Economic Cost and Environmental Opportunities
2010 0-7734-4850-0
Examines the prospects of increased participation of Britain and Ireland in freight trade shipping. The dependence of both island nations on road haulage has led to environmental concerns over congestion, pollution, road damage and heavy fuel consumption. This book contains twelve color photographs.

Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Grand Opera Ivanhoe and Its Musical Precursors: Adaptations of Sir Walter Scott’s Novel for the Stage, 1819-1891
2008 0-7734-5068-8
This study explores the drama behind the trajectory of the opera, Ivanhoe, and Arthur Sullivan’s venture into Grand Opera. The back story is complex and entertaining, dealing with issues of English nationalism, socialism, politics and real estate. This book contains ten black and white photographs.

Sir Walter Scott and the Gothic Novel
1995 0-7734-1276-X
This monograph considers the relationship of Scott to that series of dark and powerful works that had begun in 1764 with Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto and, passing through the works of William Beckford, Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis, were to find their gloomy fulfilment in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer. This study includes a survey of the critical appraisal of Sir Walter Scott in the twentieth century, the influence of the Gothic novel in the nineteenth century, Scott's relations with the Gothic novelists Horace Walpole and Ann Radcliffe, the origins of Scott's interest in the marvelous, Gothic influences upon his poetry and novels, and an assessment of Scott's significance.

Sir William Petty, 1674: Letters to John Aubrey
2010 0-7734-3845-9
This book gives a fictional-style voice to the entrepreneur William Petty (1623-1687) who provided information about his life ad hoc to John Aubrey. The letters are dated back to 1674, a time when Petty was on good terms with the Stuart brothers and the cognoscenti of the era, such as examples are Isaac Newton, Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren.

Social Democratic Politics in Britain 1881-1911
2002 0-7734-6947-8


Social Discontinuity in the Novels of Elizabeth Bowen the Conservative Quest
1998 0-7734-8259-8


Social Mobility in the English Bildungsroman Gissing, Hardy, Bennett, and Lawrence
1986 0-7734-1996-9
Examines four novelists in terms of the social mobility observed in their novels, and accounts for formal innovation and disjunction within the novels in terms of ideological conflict, seeing the genre itself as a bearer of ideology. Resists thinking about literature as a self-referential system and instead explores its connection to those social practices through which we constitute our world.

Sources, Meaning and Influences of Coleridge’s Kubla Khan Xanadu Re-Routed: A Study in the Ways of Romantic Variety
2000 0-7734-7718-7
This study contain three main sections: first, an extensive analysis of the poem not only line by line but image by image; then an examination of the construct of the poem as a whole on its own terms (text, structure and imagery, influence); finally, the modern effect in terms of influence upon others (Poe, Tennyson, Forster, Bowen, Welles). the vital drug issue, and evaluating modern scholarship on the subject.

Story, the Teller, and the Audience in George Macdonald’s Fiction
2000 0-7734-7728-4
This volume emphasizes George MacDonald’s achievement as a Victorian novelist, critic, and thinker who anticipates many of the issues surrounding readers, texts, and authors we tend to think of as modern or postmodern. It also shows his awareness of the role of faith in these literary interrelationships. It examines novels which are often overlooked, such as Sir Gibbie and Wilfrid Cumbermede, finding in these more realistic works similar textual preoccupations to those in the fantasies.

Streets and Market Places in Towns of Southwest Englandencroachments and Improvements
1999 0-7734-7953-8
This work examines the various forces affecting the streets of the towns in Somerset and Gloucestershire. It explains how the system has been either diminished or increased over a thousand year span, criticising the public space/private space dichotomy as a flawed tool which does not accord with reality as represented by the English Common Law. The processes and their interplay are examined chronologically. There are detailed case studies of Bath and Wells. The whole is copiously illustrated by a mixture of old maps or views and modern plans.

Studies in the Quality of Life and Human Development in Ireland and Britain Since the Sixteenth Century
2010 0-7734-1371-5


Study of Coleridge’s Three Great Poems - Christabel, Kubla Khan and the Rime of the Ancient Mariner
2001 0-7734-7496-X
This thoroughly revised and augmented edition of Stevenson’s Nimbus of Glory, originally published in softcover in 1983. This edition updates this scholarly and critical work, making it accessible to a new generation of scholars. It includes a new chapter entitled “The Case of Missing Captain: Power Politics in ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. “ the study as a whole argues that the impact of the personality of William Wordsworth is much more profound than has previously been realized, and that Coleridge’s originality as an artist is able to withstand the assaults of time and critics.

Study of Cultural Centres and Margins in British Poetry Since 1950 Poets and Publishers
1995 0-7734-2275-7
Drawing on the author's experience both inside and outside the British literary milieu, this volume gives a unique and often contentious view of the late-twentieth-century poetry canon, and the way that this canon has been established. As well as offering an interpretive overview, the book is valuable in suggesting different perspectives on the poetry of several specific key figures writing in Britain, such as Philip Larkin and Seamus Heaney. But it does not neglect other writers who have been forced onto the periphery of the poetry-publishing world, such as representatives of various ethnic and gender groups working in Britain during this period (e.g., the Northern Ireland frontier, West Indian poets, feminist poets). It adds up to a stimulating and provocative account of what's been happening in British poetry in recent years.

Study of George Macdonald and the Image of Woman
2000 0-7734-7761-6
The study examines the theory that MacDonald wrote his fantasies out of his private inner world, in an attempt to solve the problems of identity left him by his mother who died while he was very young, problems which pursued him through life. Throughout his work is found a perplexity about the figure of woman. On the one hand the image of woman is a source of great inspiration, as with the old woman spinning the thread of life in the Curdie stories, or in the image of idealised naked women in Phantastes. But then there are images of women who at first seem benign but later turn out to be threatening, or, as with the North Wind in At the Back of the North Wind, turn out to be devastating. Holbrook’s interest is a phenomenological one: trying to explore the symbolism by which an author tackles such a problem in his unconscious mind. The study throws light on the association in the human mind between woman and death. He searches behind the religious impulses of MacDonald to try to find the psychological quest which the writer was trying to perform.

Study of Llewelyn Powys His Literary Achievement and Personal Philosophy
1991 0-7734-9700-5
Llewelyn Powys, whilst emerging from the same creative mold as that of his two literary brothers, John Cowper and Theodore Francis, was in his own way a forceful and significant writer. This study is one of interpretation -- of Powys's work in the light of his philosophy, and an interpretation of his philosophy in the context of his life and personality. The structure is not confined to a chronological description, nor to an examination of works out of context, but rather a mosaic structuring around certain nodal themes - often contradictory, but which he sought to balance if not reconcile: themes such as epicureanism and mysticism, action and contemplation, happiness and the `struggle for life.'

Summarie of the Chronicles of England, Diligently Collected, Abridged and Continued Unto This Present Yeare of Christ, 1604, by John Stow
2008 0-7734-5267-2
This book is an annotated edition of John Stow’s Summarie of the Chronicles of England (1604). Stow (1524/5–1605) was a citizen historian who offers a concise, narrative history of England from the earliest time to the reign of James I, who succeeded Elizabeth in 1603. This abridged chronicle offered readers of lower social and economic status an accessible national history than was available in his own larger works or those of other writers of his time.

T.h. White’s Reinterpretation of Malory’s le Morte Darthur: An Analysis of Shifting Meaning and Unstable Language
2009 0-7734-4814-4
The study demonstrates that the unstable signification so important to Malory’s Arthurian world informs White’s handling of his own version of the story.

Ten Remarkable Women of the Tudor Courts and Their Influence in Founding of the New World, 1530-1630
2000 0-7734-7717-9


Tennyson’s “maud” and Its Critical, Cultural and Literary Contexts
2002 0-7734-7134-0
This study explores the major artistic and cultural influences that gave life to, and informed the reception of, the work Tennyson considered the zenith of his poetic career: Maud. It examines in depth its relationship with the work Tennyson himself cited as its ancestor: Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as well as the Spasmodic closet dramas to which is has been linked, and with Pre-Raphaelitism. “It is a scholarly presentation. . . . Annotated bibliographies are a godsend for researchers. Ms. Glanville’s annotated bibliography of Maud scholarship from 1855 to the present (chapter 4) should be a must for any serious Tennyson researcher who is interested in Tennyson’s monodrama, containing as it does over 260 annotated items, including sometimes overlooked master theses and doctoral dissertations. And. . . rich in contemporaneous periodical reviews.. . . It should be a sought-for source for serious Tennyson scholars.” – William H. Scheuerle “When he called Maud ‘a little Hamlet’ Tennsyon riddled the world; Professor Glanville is the first to appreciate the deeper meaning of the puzzle and bring it to a full solution. She draws out a host of thematic, plot and character parallels and weaves a highly convincing reading whereby the shifting narrative persona identifies alternately with the characters of Hamlet, Laertes, and Horatio. Maud is truly Hamlet in a Victorian rendering, Glanville reveals, with overtones of modern war, world-weariness, Darwinism, and Social Darwinism. This book makes a compelling argument for the validation long overdue of a work that is full of beauty and complexity.” – Nancy Jane Tyson

Thomas Hardy’s the Dorsetshire Labourer and Wessex
2005 0-7734-6089-6
This study returns to questions which have occupied critics of Hardy’s novels since their first appearance: how should readers understand his rural world? Is he a reliable witness of contemporary conditions? What are his purposes as he describes the countryside of ‘Wessex’ and tells stories of its people?

Critics typically recruit authors in support of their own world views, and over the last fifty years have cast Hardy as a social historian: a sympathetic and concerned portrayer of the rural poor, who positioned himself, so the novels persuade them, on the political left.

This study challenges that view. Hardy’s intense, even poetic, response to the familiar places of his native Dorset, combined with his powerful realist rhetoric, has encouraged the belief that his portrayal of rural society must be similarly accurate. But Hardy was not a disinterested observer, however much the authorial voice of the novels may persuade us that that is the case. Born and brought up in a village-tradesman family, he broke away, re-inventing himself first as a professional architect, and then as a successful man of letters. The imagined societies of his rural novels are significantly selective: he ignores, marginalizes, or treats dismissively the mass of rural poor, the agricultural labourers, whose condition was a running concern of the nineteenth century. His novels focus on the independent group to which his family belonged: ‘an interesting and better-informed class, ranking distinctly above’ the agricultural labourers, as he pointedly tells us. His fictions are coloured with a rich rural conservatism where social attitudes are concerned.

Hardy’s Wessex countryside is to be valued as metaphor, not reportage: for the latter we have to turn to that huge bulk of contemporary material highlighting the situation of the agricultural poor, nowhere more severely felt than in Dorset. It is no wonder that his early readers were puzzled. This study resolves the problem by reading Hardy’s novels primarily as pastorals, and Wessex as a place of the mind.

To introduce this argument, the first part of the study offers an edition of Hardy’s article for Longman’s Magazine, ‘The Dorsetshire Labourer’ (1883). This may be treated either as an end in itself, or as a way to open up important questions about Hardy’s representation of the rural world in his novels, which becomes the focus of the second part of the study.

Thorney Annals 963-1412 A. D. an Edition and Translation
1997 0-7734-8535-X
Thorney Abbey lies in the Cambridgeshire Fenlands. It was founded in 971 and survived until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540, and ranked as one of the most important religious houses in the Eastern fenlands. The early annals are all in a hand datable to 1110, and were therefore entered retrospectively, but for the next three centuries the annals appear to have been added contemporaneously year by year. In this first complete edition, Latin text and English translation on opposing pages, and a full introduction, critical notes and indexes are provided. Individual annals recorded events of both local and national importance. Besides the succession of abbots and bishops, they covered such topics as the price of wheat, floods, fires, epidemics, and royal successions. Occasional entries cover a range of unexpected subjects sch as the sinking of the White Ship, the beheading of Piers Gaveston, the suppression of the Templars, the writings and trial of John Wycliffe, and the Black Death.

Trade Union Sponsorship of UK Labour Migration to the United States 1850s to 1880s
2015 1-4955-0363-1
A new and contemporary examination of the emigration schemes utilized by the UK Trade/Craft Unions of the late 19th century to supply and channel workers to the USA. This fresh analysis on the subject fills a gap in the existing literature that has not been visited in scholarship for over fifty years.


Triumphs of God’s Revenge
2004 0-7734-8992-4
John Reynolds’ ‘Histories’, set in European countries so that no one in England could be identified, comprised a unique and lively collection of stories of murder and revenge encompassing the social, religious, and to some extent political mores of his day. His characters represent all classes of society, and unique in the collection of duello stories and the terrible and tragic consequences which they depict. In Reynolds’ day and beyond, his book was a best-seller, and was last reprinted in 1779, adapted to the taste of the times. This volume, based on the 1639 volume, contains the first ten of the original thirty ‘histories’ (Books I and II), with the original foreword and introduction by John Reynolds, and a new foreword by the editor.

Twelve Years of Commonwealth Diplomatic History. Commonwealth Summit Meetings 1979-1991
1992 0-7734-9498-7
The Commonwealth Secretariat was established in 1965 as a means of displacing Britain's central role in the association of her former colonies. Since then it has spearheaded resistance to British policy particularly over Southern Africa. Disagreements between the Commonwealth body and Britain came to a head during Mrs. Thatcher's tenure as British Prime Minister. This book chronicles, summit by summit, the tumultuous confrontations of her era and their importance in the diplomatic history of the Commonwealth.

Unemployment and Employment Policies Concerning Women in Britain 1900-1951
2002 0-7734-7085-9
This study addresses the three major aspects of Britain's discriminatory approach to women's employment laws which were domestic service, broad unemployment and the links between voluntary bodies and the British state

Why British Black Women Have Difficulty Finding Employment. A Sociological Analysis
2012 0-7734-2943-3
Utilizes first-hand interviews with unemployed black women in Britain to ascertain reasons why they cannot find work. The author studies the various barriers that impede Black Women from succeeding in employment and in education. Her conclusions are that racial discrimination along with their subjective racial and gendered identity hinders their forward progress in employment situations, and in educational settings.

Women’s Groups & Equality in British Trade Unions
2003 0-7734-6710-6
Within industrial relations, the mainstream literature has not shown much interest in women as the subjects or shapers of research. This study shows the centrality of women’s organizing to unionism and women’s experience of unions, and provides insights into the circumstances necessary for women’s sustained activism. It examines union operations and how women’s groups influence, and are influenced by, them. It contributes an original analysis of the organizational ‘identity’ of individual unions and women’s groups. It also examines the complex relations between unions and their women’s groups within particular institutions, including the little-examined area of women’s engagement in less formal as well as mainstream union activity.

Working Class Gambling in Britain c. 1906-1960s
2007 0-7734-5374-1
Examines the class nature of gambling in Britain which made the off-course ready-money gambling of the working-class illegal while permitting the middle-class off-course credit gambling. It rejects the views of the National Anti-Gambling League that working-class gambling was an excessive waste of money and suggests that it was, by and large, ‘a bit of a flutter’ by the working classes. Using rarely used Home Office and police evidence, it suggests that both the police and the Home Office would have liked the Street Betting Act of 1906, and other restrictive legislation, removed since it was an impediment to good relations with the working classes upon which the police relied for evidence of serious crimes.