Selected Essays

Legenda book series


Each title in Selected Essays presents influential, but often scattered, papers by a major scholar in the Humanities. While these essays will, we hope, offer a model of scholarly writing, and chart the development of an important thinker in the field, the aim is not retrospective but to gather a coherent body of work as a tool for future research. Each volume contains a new introduction, framing the debate and reflecting on the methods used.

Selected Essays is curated by Professor Susan Harrow (University of Bristol).

Proposals. Titles are directly commissioned by the Legenda Editorial Board rather than arising from submitted proposals.

Review copies. Journals wishing to review books in this series should please contact to request copies.

History. Selected Essays began preparation in 2015, and arose from the success of earlier Legenda titles which had gathered important, scattered work by leading critics: notably Terence Cave's Retrospectives, Matthew Reynolds's Likenesses, and the Selected Essays of Malcolm Bowie. The series was announced on 1 October 2016, the day on which MHRA became Legenda's sole owner for the first time.

17Seas Unsailed: Women, Writing and Film in the Portuguese-Speaking World
Hilary Owen 
Selected Essays 171 June 2025
16Angles of Approach
Ann Jefferson 
Selected Essays 1628 July 2024
15Re-Viewing the Canon: Feminist Readings of German Literature from the Age of Goethe to the Present
Elizabeth Boa 
Selected Essays 1528 July 2024
14Crossing Frontiers: Essays on Translation and Comparative Literature
Susan Bassnett 
Selected Essays 1414 January 2025
13Across Texts: Essays on Different Forms of French Textuality
Keith Reader
Selected Essays 1310 December 2021
12Contemporary Fictions: Essays on American and Postcolonial Narratives
Judie Newman
Selected Essays 1228 September 2020
11Spanish Culture from Romanticism to the Present: Structures of Feeling
Jo Labanyi
Selected Essays 1123 September 2019
10For the Love of Art
Peter Dayan
Selected Essays 1020 October 2022
9Brute Meaning: Essays in Materialist Criticism from Dickens to Hitchcock
David Trotter
Selected Essays 928 September 2020
8Out of Focus: Russia at the Margins
Catriona Kelly
Selected Essays 814 February 2023
6Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio: Literature, Doctrine, Reality
Zygmunt G. Barański
Selected Essays 617 February 2020
5Italian Rewritings: Subtexts and Reworkings in Italian Literature from Dante to Calvino
Martin McLaughlin 
Selected Essays 5
4Perspectives on Culture and Politics in the French Antilles
Celia Britton
Selected Essays 425 May 2018
3Putting it About: Social Rights and Wrongs in Spain in the Long Nineteenth Century
Alison Sinclair
Selected Essays 323 September 2019
2Perpetual Motion: Studies in French Poetry from Surrealism to the Postmodern
Michael Sheringham
Selected Essays 225 May 2017
1Enlightenment and Religion in German and Austrian Literature
Ritchie Robertson
Selected Essays 125 May 2017