The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature

The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature

The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature

The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature

Synopsis

What does advanced or university study of English literature involve today? How should students read literary texts? Answers to these questions have substantially changed over recent decades, particularly in response to advances in literary theory. In the light of these trends, this volume provides a new, updated guide for students beginning their study of literature. It provides clear, prgamatic explanations of critical practices and literary forms, styles, and techniques, employing examples taken from readily available, commonly assigned works. Each chapter is written by an experienced academic and teacher, resulting in an unbeatable introduction to the reading of literary texts and their critical, formal, and historical implications. New students will find new and essential insights on every page, directing their understanding for years to come and opening up the imaginative promise of literary study.

Excerpt

Reading literature offers us diverse and abiding pleasures and can be rewarding in a great variety of ways. Such pleasures, though, can be enhanced, sustained and deepened by the critical study of literature, and such study can be an absorbing, challenging and enriching experience in itself. This book aims to open the door to such experience and to give a glimpse of its rewards. Expert, thorough, up to date and easy to follow, the chapters which follow provide a straightforward and effective pathway towards increasing your enjoyment and broadening your understanding of literature. Anyone wishing to become a more insightful and informed reader will find practical and lasting guidance throughout these pages. If you are studying literature formally as part of a course or for a degree, this book will also impart the skills and knowledge required to begin a more advanced programme of study.

One reason literature matters is its longevity as a practice and an art form. in this book, we have drawn on a wide variety of examples from different periods. This is because the serious study of literature demands historical awareness: literature has changed over the centuries, and will probably change again; unsurprisingly, what is understood or defined as literature has changed as well. All of the literary examples are drawn from easily accessible sources, either standard and familiar editions or widely-available anthologies such as those published by Norton and Longman. You will find a list of all the primary literary works to which our contributors refer in the ‘Works Cited’ section at the end of the book, along with all the secondary literary and critical material each chapter uses. We have not assumed that you have read these works previously, and the contributors take care to explain the kind of texts they are discussing and their key concerns. the same applies to the secondary material they mention.

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