Fresh, original and compelling, "An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory "is the essential guide to literary studies. Starting at the beginning and concluding with the end, the book covers topics that range from the familiar (character, narrative, the author) to the more unusual (secrets, pleasure, ghosts). Eschewing abstract "isms," ...Read MoreFresh, original and compelling, "An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory "is the essential guide to literary studies. Starting at the beginning and concluding with the end, the book covers topics that range from the familiar (character, narrative, the author) to the more unusual (secrets, pleasure, ghosts). Eschewing abstract "isms," Bennett and Royle successfully illuminate complex ideas by engaging directly with literary works so that a reading of "Jane Eyre" opens up ways of thinking about racial difference, whilst Chaucer, Raymond Chandler and Monty Python are all invoked in a discussion of literary laughter. Each chapter ends with a narrative guide to further reading and the book also includes a glossary and bibliography. The fourth edition has been revised to incorporate two timely new chapters on animals and the environment. A breath of fresh air in a field that can often seem dry and dauntingly theoretical, this book will open the reader s eyes to the exhilarating possibilities of both reading and studying literature.Read Less
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This guide is lucid and clear compared to some other 'difficult', shall we say 'pseudy' texts while also providing useful commendations for further reading/references.
However, this is, I think, the 2nd Edition? The 3rd edition, which I own, is expanded with extra chapters on recent developments on literary theory, so bear that in mind when buying this - Unfortunately the newest, the 3rd, is in high demand and can be expensive and/or uncommon second hand, as students hold onto them!
Jul 20, 2007
An Introduction to Literature Criticism and Theory
I have only read a few chapters. I was told that the book woul be very helpful for teaching literary theory to teenagers but I have found the way it is organised a little hard to follow and the book not easy to read. I will persevere.
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