A Beginner's Guide to Critical Reading: An Anthology of Literary Texts

A Beginner's Guide to Critical Reading: An Anthology of Literary Texts

A Beginner's Guide to Critical Reading: An Anthology of Literary Texts

A Beginner's Guide to Critical Reading: An Anthology of Literary Texts

Synopsis

A Beginner's Guide to Critical Reading brings literature to life by combining a rich selection of literary texts with original and lively commentary. Unlike so many introductions to literary studies, it vividly demonstrates how criticism and theory can enhance your own enjoyment and appreciation of literature.Aimed at AS, A2 and undergraduate students, Richard Jacobs draws a map of English Literature which is fresh and distinctive and which offers guidance to many familiar landmarks. In the process he shows that studying literature can be a source of huge pleasure and interest.

Excerpt

This book is a short collection of texts and extracts, in twenty-four chronologically arranged chapters, with critical commentaries attached to each chapter. The texts in each chapter range in length from a couple of short poems or a single Shakespeare scene to most of a long story or an entire short play. The commentaries are designed to encourage you to see texts and their contexts as inter-related, and to introduce you to a variety of different ways of approaching literary texts.

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone with an appetite for reading. It assumes that you enjoy the challenge of reading widely and reflectively and that you have an interest in seeing what different contemporary critical approaches can bring to the understanding of texts. Some chapters are more demanding than others but the texts featured and the critical commentaries are designed to be accessible in a stimulating way.

Why this book is different

First, it's a hybrid, two books in one. It can be read as a highly selective anthology of literature in English from about 1530 to about 1980, an anthology designed to reflect, even in its very brief compass, the complex map of literature as that map has been drawn and redrawn over the course of literary-critical history. Like other anthologies, this book

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