First Published in 2002. Amongst a time of rapid and radical social change, New Accents is a positive response to change, with each volume seeking to encourage rather than resist the process of change, to stretch rather than reinforce boundaries that currently define literature and its academic study. All the essays collected here deal in their different ways with 'popular fictions', but they were all, also, first published in the journal Literature and History. In that sense, then, they are quite literally 'essays in literature and history'.

chapter 1|15 pages


ByHumm Peter, Paul Stigant, Peter Widdowson

chapter 2|13 pages

Literature and the Grub Street myth

ByKathy Macdermott

chapter 3|19 pages

Beggars and thieves: The Beggar's Opera as crime drama

ByMichael Denning

chapter 4|20 pages

The moment of Pickwick, or the production of a commodity text

ByNorman Feltes

chapter 5|26 pages

History and ‘literary value’: Adam Bede and Salem Chapel

ByBrooker Peter, Paul Stigant, Peter Widdowson

chapter 7|16 pages

Fictional suburbia

ByKate Flint

chapter 8|24 pages

Philip Gibbs and the newsreel novel

ByStuart Laing

chapter 10|23 pages

Agincourt 1944: readings in the Shakespeare myth

ByGraham Holderness

chapter 11|26 pages

Production and reproduction: the case of Frankenstein

ByPaul O'Flinn

chapter 12|15 pages

Re-imagining the fairy tales: Angela Carter's bloody chambers

ByPatricia Duncker

chapter 13|29 pages

Marxism and popular fiction

ByTony Bennett