• Doing God? Public theology under Blair

      Graham, Elaine L.; University of Chester (Continuum, 2009-03-31)
      This book chapter discusses the relationship between faith and politics in Tony Blair's New Labour.
    • Fowles's The French lieutenant's woman

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Continuum, 2007-11-15)
      This book discusses the literary and historical context of the novel; the treatment of gender, sexuality, and social class; reviews of the novel, and the 1981 film adaptation.
    • Gonzo republic: Hunter S Thompson's America

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Continuum, 2011-11-24)
      This book examines Hunter S Thompson's complex relationship with America, covering the whole range of Thompson's work, from his early reporting from South American client states of the USA in the 1960s to his twenty-first century internet columns on sport, politics, and 9/11.
    • Heart of Darkness: Character studies

      Chantler, Ashley; University of Chester (Continuum, 2008-03-27)
      This book introduces "Heart of Darkness" through its key characters - an ideal framework for students looking to develop an advanced understanding of the text. Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" (1899) is one of the most important literary works of the early twentieth century. It has provoked much critical debate, on issues such as fin de siecle doubt and pessimism, European colonialism, racism, and misogyny. Engaging with the novel's characters is crucial to understanding its complexity and its critical history.This study includes: an overview of the novel, including an account of its late nineteenth-century context; discussions of the narrative structure and the narrators; chapters analysing in detail the key characters in relation to the text's themes, issues and historical context; engagement with a range of literary criticism and theory; a conclusion reminding students of the potential of detailed character analysis and close critical reading; and, a guide to secondary texts and a comprehensive bibliography. This is an ideal introduction for students wanting to develop an advanced understanding of Joseph Conrad's challenging novel." Character Studies" aims to promote sophisticated literary analysis through the concept of character. It demonstrates the necessity of linking character analysis to texts' themes, issues and ideas, and encourages students to embrace the complexity of literary characters and the texts in which they appear. The series thus fosters close critical reading and evidence-based discussion, as well as an engagement with historical context, and with literary criticism and theory.Designed for first year students, the series builds on the usual knowledge base of students beginning literary study in HE by focusing on the familiar characters but introducing more sophisticated analysis.
    • Inhabiting the good city: The politics of hate and the urbanisms of hope

      Graham, Elaine L.; Davey, Andrew; University of Chester ; Church of England (Continuum, 2011-06-16)
      This book chapter discusses the involvement of the Church of England in 'disconected' urban areas.
    • Literature 1660-1714

      Alsop, Derek; University of Chester (Continuum, 2010-02-28)
      This book chapter discusses the poetry of the Earl of Rochester and the Rover by Aphra Behn and places them within the historical context of the time.
    • Literature 1714-1789

      Alsop, Derek; University of Chester (Continuum, 2010-02-28)
      This book chapter discusses key authors and texts between 1714 and 1789, focusing on the poetry of Alexander Pope and Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding.
    • Literature 1901-1945

      Chantler, Ashley; University of Chester (Continuum, 2010-02-28)
      This book chapter discusses key authors and texts in early twentieth-century literature, focusing on the poetry of T S Eliot and Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
    • Literature 1945-1990

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Continuum, 2010-02-28)
      This book chapter discusses key authors and texts from the late twentieth century, focusing on Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and The magic toyshop by Angela Carter.
    • Literature 1990-the present

      Stephenson, William; University of Chester (Continuum, 2010-02-28)
      This book chapter discusses key authors and texts from 1990, focusing on Regeneration by Pat Barker and the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy.
    • Post colonialism and religion: New spaces of 'belonging and becoming' in the postsecular city

      Baker, Chris; Beaumont, Justin; University of Chester ; University of Groningen (Continuum, 2011-06-16)
      This book chapter discusses the new religious dynamics that immigaration from the South has brought to the public and political life of the Western 'secular' city.
    • Secularization and its discontents

      Warner, Rob; University of Chester (Continuum, 2010-10-21)
      This book discusses classical secularisation theory and modified versions that allow for difference between national and social context, within the context of changing pattersn of religious practice in the West over the past 150 years.
    • Shakespeare and the Renaissance

      Rees, Emma L. E.; University of Chester (Continuum, 2010-02-28)
      This book chapter discusses Renaissance thought, the courtly love tradition, and Elizabeth I and the English Renaissance.
    • Studying English literature

      Chantler, Ashley; Higgins, David; University of Chester ; University of Leeds (Continuum, 2010-02-28)
      Studying English Literature offers a link between pre-degree study and undergraduate study by introducing students to: the history of English literature from the Renaissance to the present; the key literary genres (poetry, prose, and drama); a range of techniques, tools and terms useful in the analysis of literature; critical and theoretical approaches to literature. It is designed to improve close critical reading skills and evidence-based discussion; encourage reflection on texts' themes, issues and historical contexts; and demonstrate how criticism and literary theories enable richer and more nuanced interpretations. This one-stop resource for beginning students combines a historical survey of English literature with a practical introduction to the main forms of literary writing. Case studies of key texts offer practical demonstrations of the tools and approaches discussed. Guided further reading and a glossary of terms used provide further support for the student. Introducing a wide range of literary writing, this is an indispensable guide for any student beginning their study of English Literature, providing the tools, techniques, approaches and terminology needed to succeed at university.
    • Theology through social and political action

      Clough, David (Continuum, 2004-05-01)
      This book chapter discusses how social and political activism undertaken by Methodists can help to understand Methodist theology.
    • The tragedies

      Rees, Emma L. E.; University of Chester (Continuum, 2010-02-28)
      This book chapter discusses Shakespeare's tragedies, focusing on King Lear.
    • Twelfth night: Character studies

      Atkin, Graham; University of Chester (Continuum, 2011-02-06)
      This book discusses the characters of Orsino, Viola, Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Maria, Feste, Olivia, Malvolio, Antonio, and Sebastian.
    • The Victorian period

      Wynne, Deborah; University of Chester (Continuum, 2010-02-28)
      This book chapter discusses Victorian literature, focusing on Great expectations by Charles Dickens and The importance of being earnest by Oscar Wilde.
    • Wuthering Heights: Character studies

      Fegan, Melissa; University of Chester (Continuum, 2008-02-21)
      This book discusses the characters of Mr Lockwood, Nelly Dean, Mr and Mrs Earnshaw, Mr and Mrs Linton, Joseph, Hindley Earnshaw, Edgar Linton, Isabella Linton, Heathcliff, Catherine Earnshaw, Hareton Earnshaw, Linton Heathcliff, and Catherine Linton.