Comparing Texts

Comparing Texts

Comparing Texts

Comparing Texts

Excerpt

This book explores the relationships that exist between texts. It focuses on skills and concepts rather than particular texts, and centres on how you might approach comparing the sort of literary and non-literary texts that you will encounter as you study AS/A2 English. As readers, we can spend so much of our time looking for what is original about a writer's approach that we can overlook the fact that all texts are written, received and understood within a network of other texts. When we read new text we apply what we already know about how texts work to construct meanings as we read. The book looks at how comparing texts can cast fresh light upon them.

Each chapter of this book contains several exercises. When the exercise introduces a new idea, there will usually be suggestions for answer immediately following. When the exercise is testing to see if an idea has been fully understood, suggestions for answer are given at the back of the book on page 71. Research-based exercises do not have suggestions for answer, and some tasks are designed to stimulate ideas or encourage classroom discussion, and stand alone because suggested answers might narrow down your range of potential answers. Technical terms, defined in the Glossary on page 77, are printed in bold when used for the first time.

ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES

AS and A2 examination specifications are underpinned by core Assessment Objectives (AOs), which set out the knowledge and skills you need to acquire during the course. The key AOs addressed in this book are as follows:

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