An Introduction to Literary Studies

An Introduction to Literary Studies

An Introduction to Literary Studies

An Introduction to Literary Studies

Synopsis

In this volume, Mario Klarer provides the essential beginner's guide to English literary studies.He offers a concise, easy-to-understand discussion of central issues in the study of literary texts, looking at:*definitions of key terms such as 'literature' and 'text'*major genres, such as fiction, poetry, drama and film*periods and classifications of literature*theoretical approaches to texts*the use of secondary resources*guidelines for writing research essays.Klarer has fully updated the highly successful first edition to provide greater guidance for online research and to reflect recent changes to MLA guidelines for referencing and quoting sources. He concludes with suggestions for further reading and an extensive glossary of important literary and cinematic terms.

Excerpt

This concise introduction provides a general survey of various aspects of textual studies for college students who intend to specialize in English or American literature and want to acquire a basic familiarity with the entire field. The book targets both the European and American college market: it is not only designed for beginners in the European system, where students have to specialize in one or two disciplines upon entering university, but it also meets the requirements for American undergraduates who have opted for a major in English and need an introduction to the more scholarly aspects of literary studies, one which goes beyond freshman "Introduction to literature" courses. It therefore serves as a textbook for Introduction to English literature classes at all major European universities or advanced undergraduate English (honors) courses in the USA and as an independent study guide. Its simple language and accessible style make the book equally apt for English native speakers as well as students of English literature whose native language is other than English.

Unlike most of the existing American textbooks geared toward freshman "Introduction to literature" courses, which emphasize the firsthand reading of primary texts, this book targets a slightly more advanced audience interested in the scholarly aspects of literature. The book does not include entire literary texts, but rather draws on a number of very short excerpts to illustrate major issues of literary studies as an academic discipline.

An Introduction to Literary Studies deals with questions concerning the nature of "literature" and "text," discusses the three major textual

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