The Language of Literature

The Language of Literature

The Language of Literature

The Language of Literature


Routledge A Level English Guides equip AS and A2 Level students with the skills they need to explore, evaluate, and enjoy English.Books in the series are built around the various skills specified in the assessment objectives (AOs) for all AS and A2 Level English courses. Focusing on the AOs most relevant to their topic, the books help students to develop their knowledge and abilities through analysis of lively texts and contemporary data. Each book in the series covers a different area of language and literary study, and offers accessible explanations, examples, exercises, summaries, a glossary of key terms, and suggested answers. The Language of Literature :*looks at how writers use language to create literary texts*explores a wide variety of literary texts from Shakespeare to Helen Fielding, via Alexander Pope, William Blake, Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Julian Barnes and Martin Amis*covers the key skills and topics, including structure, shapes and patterns, genre and sub-genre, narrative and narrators, representing talk, metaphor, allegory and intertextuality*offers a step-by-step guide to approaching literary texts and structuring a response*can be used as both a course stimulus and a revision tool.Written by an experienced teacher, author and AS and A2 Level examiner, The Language of Literature is an essential resource for all students of AS and A2 Level English Language, English Literature, and English Language and Literature.


The AS/A2 specifications in English are governed by assessment objectives (or AOs) which break down each of the subjects into component parts and skills. These assessment objectives have been used to create the different modules which together form a sort of a jigsaw puzzle. Different objectives are highlighted in different modules, but at the end of AS and again at the end of A2 each of the objectives has been given a roughly equal weighting.

The function of language that will be focused on in this book is how it is used in the creation of literary texts. That said, many students find writing about the language of literature difficult. It is one thing to comment on what was written about, quite another to write about how it was written. This book will help you to analyse literary texts by looking at the ways in which language has been used in their formation.

Each chapter contains a number of exercises. When the exercise introduces a new idea, there will usually be suggestions for answer immediately following. When the exercise checks to see if a point has been understood, suggestions for answer can be found at the end of the book.

See overleaf for assessment objectives that are focused on in this book. . .

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